Home Build: Kitchen Range

The design process for me this time around is so much more fun since most of the details are already thought out. I do have a dilemma though right now. I’ve been looking at different ranges because DCS changed the look on me from our last style. The last range we had was the DCS 48″ Gas Range by Fisher Paykel and I absolutely loved it. We had a Viking before that and I didn’t like how hard it was to clean under the burners and how it leaked gas when baking (our whole home smelled like gas) but the DCS was an A+ on both of these and performed perfectly while looking pretty. The new design that DCS has come out with isn’t my taste so I’m looking for either an old model or alternatives.

I love this La Cornue Stainless Cornufe:

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The LaCanche:

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My Old Standby (the old DCS Range that I had and loved but has to be found from a dealer who has the old design).  Though it isn’t quite as fancy as the two ranges above, it’s spot on in cooking/function and I like the clean design so it’s a safe option:

DCS Ranges 48-Inch Propane Gas Range With Griddle

What to do?   I’m stuck!

Home Tour

A very sweet reader (whose blog I was already stalking before she ever found mine) asked if she could do a feature of my home on her blog. I was extremely flattered! My home is still very much a work in progress though. If you are interested, she’ll be posting pictures of my home (including ones that I have not shown on this blog such as Avery’s room, entrance, etc.) throughout the week at A’ La Mode Maven. There are several posts that she did throughout the week. Also, her home is So gorgeous! Make sure to check out what she did with her home. I’m absolutely in love with her office and her little girl’s nursery is perfection. She has great taste!

Visit her blog by clicking here:

Our Bedroom

You asked so here goes….

Our bedroom is very much a reflection of everything I love: lots of natural light, light gray walls, crisp white bedding, and subtle details with an overall calm and clean look. I had help with the furnishings and fabric for the pillows from Urban Grace. I love working with them!

The only things not finished include my intaglio grouping (almost finished with this project) which will be hung over a pretty table on the side of the room I didn’t photograph and accessories for end tables which I like to collect over time. I may or may not add a bench to the end of the bed. I like the idea of finding a unique antique bench and adding a custom fabric to complete the room….one day.
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The Master Bathroom:
Our bathroom space was designed so that we each have our own personal space. We each have our own vanity, built-in armoire for all of our things, and closets.
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My Side:
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His Side:
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Olivia’s Nursery

I’m almost finished with Olivia’s nursery. My designer distraction disorder creates a challenge for me because I keep moving from room to room without completely finishing the task at hand :) !

The inspiration for this room started before Olivia was conceived. I knew when we decided that we would have another baby that I wanted a room that wasn’t pink or blue but rather neutral and while perusing on Etsy (yes, I’m addicted), I found this great photograph. I had the photographer shoot a few more coordinating photos of the carousel so I could frame the set. I based everything in the room off these photos.

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This little Angel sleeps here in her crib during the day and in our room at night. She is just the sweetest girl! She loves, loves, loves to be talked to and will reward you with huge smiles and laughs.
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Her nursery turned out just as I had hoped as it is a very calming space:
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The view from her room is one of my favorites from our entire home:
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Details:
Wall Color: SW Sea Salt (in the pictures above it looks light blue but is a really pretty light blue/green color)
Crib and Side Tables: Stanley Young America – Passed down from Avery
Armoire: Was stained Dark Brown and from an old bedroom suit so I repainted Sherwin Williams “Westhighland White” and added knobs from Anthropologie
Knobs: www.anthropologie.com
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Lamb: a gift
Woven Baskets: www.potterybarnkids.com
Peter Rabbit Prints: Ebay
Frames: www.potterybarnkids.com
Carousel Photographs: Etsy
Custom Frames: americanframes.com
ABC Print: Etsy
Crib Bedding: Customized at www.carouseldesigns.com
Moroccan pouf: Ebay (much cheaper than serenaandlily.com)
Birdie Mirror: Laurie’s Home Furnishings
Chaise: From our last home
Carpet: Godfrey Hirst

Avery and Olivia’s Bathroom (Jack and Jill):
Olivia’s side:
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I’m going to have to get a custom made shower curtain because the length is too tall. I have yet to find the perfect fabric:
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Avery’s side:
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Nesting – Room by Room!

Now that I have some energy again, I’ve been thinking about how to decorate the house.   I’m back into nesting mode!  Isn’t it funny how having a baby does that to you.  My problem is I am having a hard time focusing on one room and keep getting distracted by others. I’ve decided the best way to handle this is for me to focus on Olivia’s and Avery’s room to get those done and to have one of the talented designers I love to focus on our family and breakfast rooms and then I’ll move on from there.  Being in the house now for a month has given me a better idea of what I want to do.   I think having a plan of action will help me stay on track.

The Master was designed in collaboration with Erika and her team at Urban Grace Interiors - www.urbangraceinteriors.com.   It is a work in progress as things are on backorder.    She’s very talented!  I’m anxiously awaiting a few final pieces and hopefully everything will be complete by May.   I love the way it is turning out and look forward to seeing it all pulled together.   On that note, I love blogging about design but do struggle with what to share or if I should share more.   I love  pouring through blogs and reading about others and how they decorate their homes and the progress pictures.   There are so, so many talented people out there and I love finding inspiration from them.  It’s so fun seeing how a room can be transformed and it is something I thoroughly enjoy.  I think it is awesome that others open up and share their spaces but it is their personal space  and taste and I know how vulnerable they are to being hurt by commenters.      

For the Master, I pulled different ideas from different inspiration pictures I had in my file. 

I love this bedroom and its neutral tones.   The play on tone on tone and texture is beautiful and I like that the pillows can be changed out to create a different look depending on your mood. 

I am in love with everything about this room except I’m not a huge fan of that particular color. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Kasler’s work and my files are filled with images of her work. I have several things from her different lines like my lanterns in the kitchen.

Intaglios……LOVE them! I will have framed intaglios in our bedroom.

This bedroom is one of my all time favorite bedrooms. Incidentally, this home was two blocks from the house we just moved from and I love her entire home. I’m all about white!   This room speaks to me :) The drapery is gorgeous and the seagrass adds warmth.

Organizing!

I’ve come a long way the last two weeks unpacking and most importantly organizing all of our “stuff”. Scott thinks I’m a wee bit over the top when it comes to organizing but I love being organized. It provides a sense of calm for me when I see things in order. Ha! I’ve been a great customer to Target, Container Store, and Bed Bath and Beyond this month, that’s for sure :) .

I’ve pretty much organized every nook and cranny of the house and Scott helped organize as well (much to his dismay). He’d rather do other things which I can certainly understand.

Here is Olivia’s beginnings of her closet. My Mom and Hillary helped me out a ton by pulling all this stuff out of the boxes and lining it all up for me. Her closet is very large so there is plenty of room to grow in here. I’m very fortunate that she is pretty much set as far as clothes go. I have 0-6 months on that back wall and 6-12 months on the side wall and everything else is boxed away for now.

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One of the best parts of this house is closet space and an enormous attic. We have designated a separate closet upstairs for all of Olivia’s toys so we can access them as she grows into them. This way, all toys have a place, and can be tucked away while not in use. On my to-do list is to pick up a couple more of these Itso cubes for Olivia’s toys and for her closet.
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This is Avery’s closet. It’s smaller than Olivia’s but has awesome built-ins behind the closet door which makes it so easy to keep nice and neat. You can see Avery here wearing her pink tutu. As long as she is at home, she has it on.
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My closet is one of the first things I organized so I could find my very “limited” amount of maternity wear. I’m loving having my own closet and plenty of shelf space for my shoes and things. However, the shelves go all the way to the ceiling at 12 feet high so I’m probably going to have to install a library ladder.
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I learned how to fold my sweaters on the internet! :)
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We have three junk drawers in our kitchen so we have to keep them in order to be able to find things:
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This is another toy closet that is down stairs off of our family room. All of Avery’s toys reside here so she can pull them out and play. There still are two or three more boxes of toys in the attic that I have yet to unpack but I figured she hasn’t missed them for the last 5 months so we can pull them out a bit later.

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A glimpse into my craft room space:
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Pantry:
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For my own reference, here are a few places I love to visit for organizational inspiration:
1. www.penelopeloveslists.com
2. www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/
3. www.russellandhazel.com/
4. www.seejanework.com
5. www.deliciouslyorganized.blogspot.com
6. www.bobsyouruncle.com
7. www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/office/index.html

Avery’s Nursery

(For Kelly’s Korner Home Tour, this post is a year old and before Avery was born.  My week has been so busy so I didn’t get a chance to take new pictures.  Avery’s room has a lot more stuff in it now so I’ll update this post with  more pictures this afternoon.  Thanks for visiting and I can’t wait to see all your little ones rooms :) )

Avery’s nursery is a work in progress but mostly completed.  We are so excited about the outcome.  One of my first posts was about her room, and if you remember, we decided to convert one of our master closets into her room so she could be really close to us.  It turned out to be the perfect size!   It won’t be long now until her arrival :)

Her pictures frames are still empty but will be filled soon:

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I made this board to showcase Avery’s pictures after she arrives:

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Work still in progress:

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Updated pictures from 5/29/09:
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Moving into February

This weekend was a whirlwind!  Scott and I have been very busy and we are really beginning to feel our lives changing with the upcoming arrival of Avery Grace.  We both spent all day Saturday working on her room.  I did fun projects while Scott painted.   I’ve really noticed that my nesting instincts have started to kick in.  I can’t help but want to make the house all cozy and liveable.  Scott even mentioned that he has never seen me do crafty projects before like scrapbooking and so forth.   I really enjoy doing all those things very much so I’m glad I finally have a reason to do them!  

We had a lovely dinner Saturday night with friends to celebrate Elizabeth’s big birthday at Reef!   The food was delicious and the company was even better.  We managed to stay out until the weeeee hours of 11:30.   Needless to say, the birthday fun continued on several more hours.   Scott has been a real trooper.   I’m sure he would have loved to stay.  I just can’t hang!

On Sunday, I drove down to Shiner for my cousin’s baby shower and then turned around and came right back to Houston for the Super Bowl Blowout at Mariam’s.   I’m not much of a football fanatic but I was so rooting for the Giants.   I think it is so cool that both Peyton and Eli won back-to-back.    We had a ton of fun and can definitely say that this weekend was jam packed.

Looking ahead, it appears our schedule will not be slowing down anytime soon….

The Challenge!

Scott and I went for a walk yesterday evening (with Bentley, of course) and we started discussing our new living arrangements.  Since we are moving to our new home and we have Baby H on the way, we tried to come up with ideas on how to organize our home.  Our new home will have 3 bedrooms and a much larger living space on the 4th floor than our current home.  We both work from home so we need two offices, a baby room, a guest room, and our own room.  That’s at least five rooms.   It’s always fun to throw ideas around and be creative, right?   Since we obviously need more rooms than we have with our new home, Scott threw out the idea that we use one of the large closets in the master bedroom as the baby room.  I laughed at first!!  And then I got to thinking.  The “his” closet has a lovely window and is plenty large to put the baby in.  The “her” closet is more than enough room for us to share.  We would have to rip out some of the shelving and do a new build out in there but the baby would have a built in organized area.  If you know me well, I love organized!  The room will be slightly more narrow than a normal room but I think we can make it work.   It’s fun to be spontaneous and a little adventurous and I owe this idea all to Scott!  Stay tuned on how it turns out.  I will post before, middle, and after pictures so everyone can see the progress.   We’ll see just how savvy we are.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

 Closet/Baby Room

I was thinking I could organize one of the walls similar to this one found at PotteryBarnKids.com.   This is super cute and will actually work in that space.   Stay tuned!

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