Wednesday, November 18, 2015

the new house / Front porch progress and plans

Our porch
I've always dreamed of a farmhouse style white house with a big front porch and this house totally delivers. The twins and I love hanging out on the porch waiting for daddy to get home (the most exciting party of the day to them. so cute) and Luke and I like to curl up out their with a cup of coffee in the morning before he leaves for work and the girls get up. We like our set up now but are just borrowing these pieces until we get our own. 
I've always dreamed of a bed swing on the front porch since my bff and her husband built one and I'm planning to straight up copy her idea. (love you roo).  
Ronnie Dunn's Barn Guesthouse designed by Rachel Halvorson
Wouldn't you love to have a one of these on your front porch?? We are looking to DIY a version but these are some of my favorite designs I've found around the web. My plan is to use an twin mattress we have and build the frame around that with a waterproof cover and outdoor fabric. We are hoping to get it built this winter so we can enjoy it in the spring. I'll be keeping you updated with plans and progress and be sure to send any good inspiration pictures my way! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thanksgiving Table / BSHT

This week I'm joining my sweet friend Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co for her week of fabulous Thanksgiving tablescapes Blogger Stylin Home Tours. Its so fun to see what other bloggers come up with, there are some amazing ones so make sure you check all the tours out! (Start here) And if you are coming over here from Dwellings by DeVore, welcome! Didn't Bethany do a wonderful job?! 

Thanksgiving is such a cozy fall holiday. Its just about being with those you love, eating good food and remembering to slow down for a day. I think we can all use a little bit of slowness in our lives and I love having a day to celebrate the things that matter. I also love living in South Carolina because we can use our outdoor spaces 3/4 of the year so for this Thanksgiving tablescape I pulled our table on our front porch to enjoy the crisp air and fall leaves. After dinner and watching football I'm thinking s'mores around the firepit, who's with me?
I used a neutral color palette for my table so that the gorgeous fall trees could be the real focal point. I grabbed some craft paper wrapping paper at Target and layered a simple linen table runner over it. 

I grabbed some eucalyptus and hydrangeas from Trader Joes and made both these bouquets for $15 total. Both eucalyptus and hydrangeas last forever so I'm planning on enjoying these for at least a month! White pumpkins and gold candlesticks finish off the table and made for an easy setup (time is at a premium in my house with 15 month twins :-)
 For each place setting I layered our grey and white stoneware with these striped French napkins from World Market. Some wood tags from the dollar section at target and fresh rosemary make the silverware feel special. The gold glasses are by Zodax. 

I can't wait until we all get to gather around the table and remember everything we are thankful for. This past year was a doozy for us with the twins in the NICU, renovating two houses and moving twice. We are settled in our new house and the theme for the next 6 months for us is slow. Taking it slow, enjoying this time with the twins being at such a fun age and loving our new city. I'm thankful for that. 

If you are new here, you can catch up on our newly finished renovation here

Next, head on over to My Fabuless Life and check out the tablescape, Jenn is so talented! 
All the bloggers in this years BSHT are making my jaw drop so make sure you are checking out all the links! 

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A Creative Day {HI}

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The new house DINING ROOM / Before and after

Our dining room is tucked off to the side of our living room and its a dining room / pass through to the kitchen so its pretty small. We end up eating in the kitchen most nights so this space is perfect for working on bills and things like that at night. I like that I don't have to clean up my table for us to eat at every night! And you have a good view to the tv from here so its great at night after the girls go to bed to get stuff done! 
All we had to do in here was paint and switch out the light fixture so it ended up being our easiest update.

Our tulip table from the old house was the perfect size with our trusty eames chairs. I painted a vintage armoire a fun chartreuse to add some color and layered a cowhide with a vintage ebay fine for some depth. Our DIY chandelier (find original tutorial I used on Little Green Notebook) was perfect with old drapes from the old house. The most fun thing we did was the DIY floating console. I wanted storage but thought the space was so small that a lot of furniture would feel heavy, the fact that this console doesn't go to the ground means it doesn't take up too much visual space. 
We looked at this DIY from amber interiors but we ended up not using the ikea console she used because we needed less depth. We did order the doors from Ikea 'wait for it' $3 a piece. I know right?? We used a good birch plywood from home depot and had them rip it down to 12" in the store for us. Luke built the box and added the doors and we love it! 

Catch up on all the new house posts here! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

the new house KITCHEN / Sources

 I'm so glad you all liked our kitchen! We did every bit of work ourselves and it was a labor of love and lots of late nights and early mornings. I am so grateful to be done though, momma is done with reno for a while. 
The Home Depot tile is a stunner and adds so much to the space.

Paint on lower cabinets is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore. Upper Cabinets and walls are Benjamin Moore Seapearl (my favorite color ever)

Sink and Countertops Ikea

Table/ Luke made for me / Chairs Vintage

Accessories Homegoods and vintage

Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions in the comments and I'll try to answer there! You guys are the best. 

Catch up on all the new house posts here! 

Monday, October 26, 2015


I have waited so long to write this post! We started the kitchen renovation the day after we closed on the house and we just finished it. The only thing we kept was most of the cabinetry. We ripped the floors, countertops, lighting, appliances and a wall out. We painted the cabinets and added a custom range hood and pennisula to the existing cabinets. I am OVER THE MOON thrilled with how this room came out. We live in the room and every time I walk into I'm so happy and grateful. 
Before. You can see how tight the space felt. We took out the wall to the right where you can see the side of the fridge.
Same view after. Taking the wall out and adding a peninsula with barstools made the biggest difference in the space.  
I designed a fun detail on the end of the peninsula to mimic the design on the floor and add some interest. The pennisula is the first thing you see when you look into the space so I designed it to look like a piece of furniture with inset paneling and up on legs. Luke's father built it for me and it adds so much to the space. 

UPDATE: I had a sweet commenter who asked me where the fridge got moved to and I realized I hadn't shown it! 
Shown above is the old pantry. (I'm standing in front of the old fridge to take the picture). We used the space for the pantry and took a little bit of the laundry room that the pantry backs up to for the fridge and its perfect. You can see the new placement in the below picture. 

Before.We lucked out with great solid wood simple panel cabinets that looked beautiful when painted and my favorite farmhouse sink from ikea was perfect. 
I looked and looked for cement tiles that were affordable for the big space (kitchen, breakfast and laundry all run together so the same tile was necessary) and found this fabulous ceramic option from home depot that I couldn't love more. So durable and always looks so clean which is a huge plus with the twins and our golden Rowan.
We changed from electric to gas and Luke built this gorgeous hood that I am in love with.
Sorry for the bad lighting on this before! But you can see the wall we took out and the eating area. 

I hope you like! I'll be back on Wednesday sharing sources and links! 

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