Ask The Designer “What is Your Style?”

Ask The Designer “What is Your Style?” 

In this segment of “Ask the Designer” I had the privilege to work with 16 brilliant bloggers, to share their home decorating style ideas with you. These ladies are all experts in their fields, and come from all walks of life around the world. Be sure to check out the entire Home Decor- 29 Day Challenge Event,  where each week we will focus on a topic from each of our guest bloggers.  

I personally think that interior design styles are constantly evolving, or improving. So what a fun set of discussion topics to ask my esteemed fellow colleagues, how they would classify their own personal home design style and what was the journey lead them to that style.  It has truly been my distinct please to work with this talented group of ladies, and I’m sure you are going to love their decorating advice as much as I have. 

EXPERT DESIGNER-BLOG QUESTION #11: As a Interior Designer, I appreciate all styles and types of Interior Design. What would you classified your current “signature style” to be, and why did you choose it?

Nicole Corr  @Green Isle Landscaping

As a fashion designer by trade I have over the years researched trends both by travelling the world and by watching peoples purchasing habits and also online / through magazines. So I can appreciate all types of designs styles. My personal current signature style is classical, I love antiques, master crafted furntiure with beautful fabrics, I love bright colours and nuetrals. I love cast iron and glass, stone and wood. I get great pleasure from sitting in a room that allows me to breath, lower my heart rate and sleep. My work like a very busy so I need a home that is a retreat.

Susanne Stewart@ Life on Pearl Street 

My current design style is eclectic and I know some people think that is just a catch all term for a little bit of everything, but eclectic style can be a hot mess if you don’t do it right. I didn’t pick this style, it picked me. I love rustic metal industrial pieces, bright yellow vases from the 60’s and 70’s, neutral crisp wall color, comfy leather furniture (that is actually a necessity for dog hair) and dark wood side tables. I also love white furry throw pillows, vintage gold frames, old milk bottles, old carpenter boxes, and wooden crates. Put all of that together, and if you aren’t careful, you have a hot mess. I believe that you can’t force yourself into a design style, you have to feel it. It has to be something you are drawn to, you have to be able to love and live in the end result.

Jessica Devlin@ Jessica Devlin Designs 

My current design style is California Modern. Which is funny since I live in northern Alberta. I love the clean lines and crisp feel. There is something so cool about the style and it always stops me in my scroll. I live in a mid century modern home and it’s the perfect fit! I can’t wait to start renovating.

 Sarah Foote @The Project Pile 

My design style is what I like to call “eclectically rustic.” If I had to actually describe my design style, it would be something like “antique old-world meets modern new-world”! Um, does that even make sense?! Well first off, I love collecting antiques and treasure hunting! I then bring these antiques or “treasures” home, and try to incorporate them into my more modern home décor. I feel like it’s a very fine line that I walk though… trying to incorporate all of this old-world stuff into my home without having it look like the home of a hoarder, or the home of an eighty year-old woman! Tricky, tricky!

Kim Boes @Reinvented KB 

My signature style leans toward modern farmhouse. I love all things shiplap, and old metal, rustic wood, with light walls and dark contrast. I struggled quite awhile finding my style; debating color vs. neutral, light vs. dark, and modern vs. traditional. In the past year I realized that although I had fleeting interest in other styles, I always came back to photos of modern rustic farmhouse spaces. It’s amazing how much simpler life is when one finally settles on a signature look; I am less tempted by every little thing, knowing exactly what will fit in our home and bring us joy for the long term.

 Christy Harper @ The Harper House 

I’d say my design style at the moment is classic coastal farmhouse. I love all things coastal even though we live in the midwest. We just installed white shiplap throughout most of our first floor, and I plan on adding a linen colored sectional with soft blue and sea glass green accessories. I need my home to be comfortable and approachable for my family and guests, and I think the coastal farmhouse style adds the perfect welcoming vibe that I want our home to portray.

Pam List @ Momma Can

Eclectic – I have always appreciated different styles of decor. I grew up as a military brat and therefore was a bit nomadic. My early childhood was in Istanbul, Turkey and we brought home several marble pieces for our living and dining room. I still remember the bookcase made of iron and gray marble. My parents used this unique piece in the living room for years, and then when we moved into our first permanent home, it became an outdoor fixture and held tons of plants and interesting rock pieces. And fast-forward to meeting my husband and moving to California we both have instrument collections. He guitars and I drums. Having the freedom of embracing Eclectic design allows both of us to have beautiful instruments throughout the home. I love mixing traditional pieces with instruments and art from our travels.

Sam Franklin  @ A Happy Home in Holland 

This is kind of hard for me to pin down because I would say that my style is pretty eclectic. I guess it is a combination of Scandinavian, Rustic, Farmhouse and Coastal, whatever that is, with a little bit of Dutch style thrown in for good measure. I think you can attribute a lot of my personal home style to my life experiences. I am British born and have travelled quite a bit, I lived in Greece for a number of years and I now live in the Netherlands. These factors all have a lot of influence over the styles that I am drawn to. I like bright fresh rooms with neutral walls which allows me to bring in lots of other elements. At the moment our home is filled with a mix of new and second hand furniture which we inherited when we first moved to the Netherlands. Whilst I love a lot of the new styles that you see in the shops at the moment I do actually love the challenge of recycling and update things to give them a fresh and modern twist. I am also really drawn to curves, round shapes and intricate patterns which I tend to bring in with home décor accents. I particularly like to accessorise with lots of mirrors, cushions, candles, natural elements, glass vases, fresh flowers and plants. This is how I mix all the different styles and bring it all together.

Emy Flint @ Semi Gloss Design 

If I had to coin a name for my style, it would be boho eclectic vintage. I love old stuff and lots of colors. I also love a relaxed feel, with nothing being too precious. This style fits my lifestyle and my love of collecting.

Yami Platero  @ The Latina Next Door 

I’m still working on my signature style and as of right now, it’s a little bit of modern farmhouse with a coastal and contemporary twist. I love me some “Fixer Upper” and Joanna Gaines took the world by storm with Ship Lap and she took me with her. But I like a more clean line farmhouse look because I still like shiny chrome fixtures and sleek lines, but I am also from Puerto Rico and I love anything that will remind me of being on swanky high end hotel off an ocean coast, so I love me soft soft blues and wicker accents… See? All over the place. 😉

Denise Bryant @ My Thrifty House

I would consider my current style to be an eclectic mix of flea market chic and industrial farmhouse. I can honesly say the only pieces of furniture in my home that were purchased at a store are the beds. Everything else has been purchased at a flea market, thrift store or garage sale.

Tina Bousu @ Eclectict Twist

I am definitely an eclectic lover. I don’t think I chose it as much as it chose me. I love EVERY single style of design. There is something to be appreciated in every genre and every period. I personally like to combine it all for a feeling of balance. I have several antique pieces around from accessories like old books to old dressers and abused workbenches that I combine with modern classic lined pieces like a chesterfield sofa but upholstered in a light powder blue leather or a zinc coffee table in a classic silhouette. Every design style has something to offer and I’m not about to let any of it get by me! Farmhouse sink, I LOVE, but combine it with grey stained cabinets and a marble arabesque backsplash and I call it a perfect combination. I won’t lean to much one way or the other for a particular style which makes me very eclectic!

Susie Kuc @ Tiny House Giant Life 

I’d have to say my style is Mid-Century Modern Eclectic and I did not choose it, it chose me. As a designer, years of helping others find their style has led me to appreciate all of it. I just love that eclectic mix of old and new, trendy and classic, its that perfectly imperfect mix that really makes a room for me. Not any one piece actually makes or breaks the design, but altogether they create a feeling that everything matters and is useful.

Sam Hay @ Raggedy Bits

Vintage Farmhouse. I have always loved collecting and styling with old wares and love incorporating painted furniture that I paint. It all stems back to my child hood and spending lots of time with my grandparents on their apple farm and finding lots of treasure

Liz Elliott @ Franc and Eli

Modern bohemian, becuase that is just what I am naturally drawn to. I didn’t choose it – it chose me!
Jennifer Gainer @ Jenron Designs

I consider my current signature style to be, Industrial Farmhouse Chic. There is  a slight nod in the coastal direction, but mainly only with my homes color pallet. Honestly, I think I ended up here since my childhood home was  very Traditional with hints of Danish Modern (very clean with simple lines). My husband has always been drawn to more rustic Craftsman styles (like a log cabins or mountain chalets). Since I was born and raised in the South, and we live in foothills of the North Georgia Mountain’s, it just seems to be a nice compromise of our backgrounds and local traditions. Plus “Fixer Upper” helped to streamline this look into the current market. I mean you gotta love Chip and Joanna Gaines, making farmhouse eclectic an everyday staple one house at a time.

 

Well there you have it folks, you got this information straight from the designer’s mouth. I hope you found all the advice and insight to be helpful, I know I sure did. I would once again, like to thank this amazing panel of ladies, that come to us from around the globe, some as far away as Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands, plus all of our local home grown beauties. I am truly lucky to be included in such a wonderful group of bloggers.  

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Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

This was a super quick, inexpensive, easy weekend project, that provides a lot of character to an otherwise basic kitchen island. In other words, you will  get a lot of bang for you buck. 

THE BEFORE:

Here is where my kitchen island started this past Friday afternoon. Let me say, I have always loved my kitchen, and the island is the perfect size for the room which allows me to have four barstools and eliminate the need for a kitchen table which truly opens the space up. However, I have always found that the basic drywall island was very blasé. It also seemed to get very dirty, I noticed lots of shoe marks in the bar stool location, and flat paint is not very scrubable.I did had the option when we were building our home to upgrade to a a furniture leg island, but it just didn’t grab me either, I found the legs were to slim which made the island feel very top heavy. I do actually liked the size and scale of the basic drywall island, but I wanted it to have more of a custom feel.   

    

This is the finished picture made Sunday morning. I am so happy with the outcome and final product, not to mention it literally took about 8 hours total to achieve the look I was wanting. Win, Win if you ask me!!!

As you can see I have a bunch of the Wainscot columns in my home. This particular upgraded trim package is part of the reason we choose to go with our builder. Even though I have a more of a industrial farmhouse chic style, I liked the classic feel of the custom trim and thought it really dressed up all the rooms. We also  have the decorative Wainscot at chair rail height (approximately 32″ above the floor) in our adjacent dinning room. So it only made sense to carry that same application through to the island. Believe me I thought about adding shiplap, which you all know I love, but I felt like the rooms were getting to shiplap heavy, and that they would lose there focus if I continued to put shiplap everywhere. Sometimes you really have to know where to draw the line with an open concept floor plans, how much is actually too much in one space.

Plus you also always want to look at the overall resale value for you home as well, just because you like it does not mean everyone will. Since the island is a permanent piece, like the columns I choose to make feel as if it was constructed that way with the rest of the home. To make it pop I added a deep gray paint to really make the Carrara Marble counter tops stand out.  In design you always want to highlight your higher ticket items, everything else should only accentuate them in a supporting role. 

DIY PROCESS:

Ok so here is the details of what we used and what you will need for this super easy project. 

Supplies:

  • Molding of choice
  • Paintable Caulk
  • Paint- we used Sherwin William Gauntlet Gray SW7019
  • Blue Painters Tape

Tools:

  • Miter Box
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Level 

As you can see in the picture above we pre measured and drew on the squares where the molding was to be installed. Why, you may ask? Well in my experience nothing is ever level or straight, so I would rather eyeball the squares and cheat them, to look visually correct to the human eye, rather than just doing whatever the level might say. By pre drawing the boxes no only do we one have a guidelines, but I can make sure that level is actually “visually level” which is more important to me (and my husband) at the end of the day. 

Then make you cuts with the miter box to create your frames. We cheated a bit and measured our existing column frames for continuity.

Here is how to do it, first  measure the size of your box. Then measure the width of the frame material you’ve chosen. Double that width and then add it to the length and width of the size frame box you are making. Those numbers will be the length and width of your frame material.

{Example- For example, let’s say you want to frame an 8×10 photo with wood that is 1/2” wide. That means the length of two sides of your frame must be cut to 11” and the other sides must be cut to 9” in length.}

 After cutting your 45 degree miter corners the inside of the frame should line up with your purposed box lines.
You a nail unto adhere the molding to create a frame. Caulk any gaps with paintable caulk, I like the pink kind that turns white when dry. Then paint…. ta dah…upgraded kitchen island.    

 

We also decided to upgrade our plugs located in the end of the island to USB plugs. I have found this seems to be the place our guest like to charge there phones, iPads, and laptops when in this space. So for about $20 a plug plus a new face plate we have built in charging stations on the island, which I am sure will be super handy. 

  All in all,  this entire project cost about $150 to do, a lot less than the $1,500 up grade, and I am very happy with the final results. It is exactly what I had envisioned in this space and it gives my kitchen the instant custom look it needed.  

Here is a look at the back side of the cabinet as well. No we did redo the cabinets, I have never seen painted cabinets that hold up very well so that idea was out. We were lucky that the mill work was already in place to make the backside also look like a piece of furniture. 

As you can see the new upgraded island has become a major focal point in the kitchen. By choosing a darker color paint I have visually weighted the island to feel like a custom piece of furniture which also makes it feel’s very solid and sturdy. The gray also helps to break up all the white in the subway tiles, cabinets and Carrara marble counter top. It also flows very well between all the spaces of our open concept family living area. I hope you have enjoyed this easy weekend upgrade, I know we sure will!!!          

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SHOP MY STYLE

WALL PAINT- Agreeable Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- Pure White Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Mohawk 3″Forrest Lake Oak Color: Oxford CABINETS- Georgetown Maple (Color- white) COUNTERTOP-Polished Carrara Marble OVENS- 27″ Double Wall Ovens Kitchen Aid  BACKSPLASH-  3×6 Gloss White Subway Tile Interceramic  BARSTOOLS- Allen Barstool Ballard Designs   ISLAND PENDENTS- Addie Pendents Ballard Designs MIXER- Kitchen Aid Professional 6 SPICE RACK-Kemenstrein 19 jar Revolving Rack BLENDER- Oster 6 cup Heritage 400 TOASTER-Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome COFFEE MAKER- Keurig 2.0 575 CUTTING BOARDS- West Elm (discontinued) 

 

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 5

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

So we are in week 5 for those of you that are following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. This is a link where you can check at all the participants in the 2017 ORC hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @Calling It Home.  

QUICK RECAP:

If you missed a week check out the past weeks here so you can catch up:

 Week 1          Week 2            Week 3          Week 4        Week 5          Week 6

As a recap or to bring you up speed, we are updated a basic screened in porch, into a southern style sleeping porch.  This is the inspiration board for this project: WEEK 5: PROGRESS REPORT:

This week is all about the accessories and bringing the whole look together. I just love the accessories week, it is my favorite week of all design projects!! I always like to think of the accessories as the icing on the cake. Yes you can have plain cake, but the icing is the super yummy part that elevates the style of the cake and makes it pretty.  These are some the great looks I have found so far that will be worked into the final design. Along with the “mystery antique DIY”… Have you seen it yet? If not, you should sign up for our email alerts to stay in the loop [wysija_form id=”1”

However, this is also the week I have had to strayed the most from my inspiration board. Since my 1st choice rug was back ordered this derailed the basis of my designs. While I am still sticking with tones of sea glass I have decided to use the bolder sea glass colors like navy blue, aqua, sea foam, and hints of green.   

  I was able to located the fun pillow cases seen above but not exact throw pillows from the inspiration board. But, hey that why it is a inspiration board to focus your mind to get a continuity to your end result. Check out the fun pillows I got below as I took a quick picture of them all heaped in the corner waiting for installation.

  

The other big project we marked off our list this week was making…..(yes I said making) and installing the drapery rod. We chose to utilize plumbing pipe to keep the rustic farmhouse feel, plus it’s weather & water resistant, so no rusting. Plus it was so super easy too!!! We took the overall measurements of the space, then had plumbing pipe cut and threaded at our local Home Depot. We added the outdoor drapes and sheers to the pipe and hung them up. Viola easy peasy!!! 

Since there will be a home build on the lot next to us eventually, I decided that I might as well implement the prior proper planning rule and  I decided to add the sheer drapes in the middle to give us a little bit more privacy.  Of course we have the solid light blocking panels as well but I just find something so relaxing about those sheer panels blowing in the wind. However, on really windy days I might need to devise a cute drapery weight system, to keep them from ending up in the ceiling fan. 

Sometime I like to make a list just to see how far I have journeyed into a project, where and my biggest wins are …  however with that being said a list also provides a closer look at all my deficiencies.  So here goes lets see if I am going to make the 6 weeks challenge:

THE TO DO LIST: 

DIY-Paint Ceiling-Haint Blue

DIY-Install weather stripping to seal up all cracks and grabs between screens and house

DIY-Repaint Ceiling Fan

Draw Pallet Bed Plans for building

DIY- Build a Pallet Bed From Scratch 

Install Ambient Night Lights under Pallet Bed

Purchase Mattress and Outdoor protection bags/pads

DIY- refinish/install the “Mystery Antique item” (Almost done just needs a few touch ups after moving up 3 flights of steps)

Order/Install Rug ( the rug has been my greatest challenge, dream rug Out of Stock, and not being able to find anything to make my heart sing like the original….. guess I will hit the bricks and see what I can find at HomeGoods, I tend to have unexpected luck there when nothing else will do. 

Shop for an end table that also provides storage

Purchase/ Install  Bedding, Pillows & Throws

DIY-Create Plumbing Pipes Drapery Rod

Purchase/ Install Drapes

Purchase/Install Wall Art 

Accessorize the Room

Stage Room for Photo Opt.  

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EXTERIOR WALL PAINT- Dorian Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Thompson Water Sealer Acorn CEILING FAN-52″ White Ceiling Fan Home Depot CEILING PAINT-DCR075 Piazza Blue Sherwin William CURTAINS- Outdoor Weighted Panels White Ballard Designs MATTRESS- Hampton & Rhodes 6.5″ HR100 Firm Mattress Firm of Cumming (see Aaron) MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS- 4″ Gel Foam Mattress Wayfair  MATTRESS COVER- Waterproof/Bed Bug Blocker Hypoallergenic Wayfair  MATTERESS TOPPER- Waterproof Mattress Topper Wayfair EURO SHAMS- Clairebella 200 Thread Count Wayfair BEDDING/QUILT- Cynthia Rowley Blue Green Medallion, HomeGoods HELLO HANDSOME/GORGEOUS PILLOW CASES- Wayfair END TABLE BASKET- Jacquelyne Lidded Barrel Basket Pottery Barn  WALL MIRROR- Wall Mounted Votive Holder Pottery Barn 

One Room Challenge Week 4

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

WEEK 4: PROGRESS REPORT

So we are in week 4 for those of you following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. This is a link where you can check at all the participants in the 2017 ORC hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @Calling It Home.  So my rug saga continues….. the replacement rug I ordered and have place into the room to look at, just is not working for me. I truly had my heart set on the other rug and this new style is just not living up to my expectations. Sadly I will probably be returning it….and scrambling to find a new suitable replacement, or none at all. I have been know to just wait for what I want….. once my heart is set on something. So we will see how the RUG SAGA sorts itself out….

 RECAP:

If you missed a week check out the past weeks here so you can catch up:

 Week 1               Week 2            Week 3               Week 4               Week 5                 Week 6

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As a recap or to bring you up speed, we are updated a basic screened in porch, into a southern style sleeping porch.  This is the inspiration board for this project: WEEK 4 PROJECTS:

This weeks project scope was 100% focused on building the day bed for the sleeping porch. Last week, we posted the actual blueprint designs for the pallet daybed. These plans were designed and drawn by my uber talented husband Ron Gainer. You can check them out (here) in case you missed them. Just as a quick recap we obtain pallets in Week 1, disassembled pallets in Week 2, drew up plans in Week 3 and are now ready to build in Week 4.  

The project started with building the base for the mattress, or pallet boxsprings. The base is just a little bit longer than one standard pallet width, mainly because we chose to use a full size mattress, a twin would have been the exact pallet width. A full size mattress run 54 inches wide by 74 inches long. In order to accommodate this size we were able to split a pallet and attached it to the back side as seen here. Then we replicated this process for the second layer.

The next step was to build a frame out of 2×4’s to house the pallet bed frame. This frame work creates the faux head board and side rails of the daybed.

Once we completed the frame we added a plywood backer to make the adhesion of the pallet wood easier. I know this seems like a uneccessary additional step, but as we learned on a previous project, if you have a solid backer surface you can cut the pallet wood to any length. This will enable you to make a pretty pattern with the wood, instead of being locked in to full size boards that can only be attached at ends. Plus it also makes the frame very sturdy.  

The final step in building the bed was cutting the pallet boards at random length and attaching them to the plywood.  While attaching the boards keep in mind the more random of the sizes, placement and colors the better. This will help create a that rustic farmhouse look, which is the look we are going for. 

Since the bed is very large, for moving purposes, we will assemble the base, frame walls, and sides on the porch, in place. Please keep in mind that this beast is being moved up 3 flights of steps to our screened porch. Prior to moving up to the porch, I will be sealing the pallets with a great new product I found. Weathered Wood Accelerator by Varathane available at Home Depot.  This product is amazing, with one pass coverage!!! It weathers the all wood both new and old to beautiful gray, brown and black color depending on piece of wood. 

Make sure to check in next week as we start to assemble the room for the BIG REVEAL!!! On the agenda for next week: hang curtains, assemble bed, finish up mystery antique item, and get ready for staging.  

 

SHOP MY STYLE

EXTERIOR WALL PAINT- Dorian Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Thompson Water Sealer Acorn CEILING FAN-52″ White Ceiling Fan Home Depot CEILING PAINT-DCR075 Piazza Blue Sherwin William  RUG- Outdoor Savannah Mist Aqua Overstock CURTAINS- Outdoor Weighted Panels White Ballard Designs MATTRESS- Hampton & Rhodes 6.5″ HR100 Firm Mattress Firm of Cumming (see Aaron) MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS- 4″ Gel Foam Mattress Wayfair  MATTRESS COVER- Waterproof/Bed Bug Blocker Hypoallergenic Wayfair  MATTERESS TOPPER- Waterproof Mattress Topper Wayfair EURO SHAMS- Clairebella 200 Thread Count Wayfair BEDDING/QUILT- Cynthia Rowley Blue Green Medallion

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 3

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

So we are in week 3 for those of you following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. (Here is the link to check out all participants) Graciously hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @ Calling It Home

WEEKLY RECAP:

In case you missed a week check out the past weeks here so you can catch up:

 Week 1            Week 2         Week 3       Week 4      Week 5    Week 6

WEEK 3: PROGRESS REPORT

 So….. we have now experienced the challenge part of the One Room Challenge.  I must eat my own words, on the prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance. You see I had found a great rug online from a company that will remain nameless…because I still love the company, even though they are out of my rug!!!! Which I found out when I went to order at the end of last week, the size I needed was sold out… not back in stock until July 4th…..YIKES!!! Well let’s just say I saw stars, stripes and fireworks!!!! Well, that was not going to work at all, so I busily started trying to locate a second choice for the indoor/outdoor rug. You know how it feels when you get your heart set on something, and you just can’t have it and that one thing is all you can focus on, and you think nothing else could possibly do!!! Yep, well there you have my week 3 challenge. Oh but on the plus side, I have ordered all of my soft goods, which includes the drapes, bedding and the new 2nd choice replacement rug ( not the one pictured below) . We shall see if it can live up to the ideal rug that I have built up in my own mind.  

“So, other than that Mrs. Lincoln how as the theater????” Despite the slight melt down I had over the rug debacle we are still moving forward I have also obtained most of the hard goods for staging the room for the reveal. I am however still looking for a full sized mattress, as the possible sponsor that contacted me, has not called back to confirm they can work within my timeline. So in order not to be behind, I am moving forward, with the thought that they can not accomadate my criteria or deadline requirements. 

A SURPRISE???  I  LOVE Surprises !!!

Oh and now it is time for the “good news” of the week. I have procured a “surprise antique item” which will be an add to my  DIY list, as a complete refinish to add to the space, not seen on the inspiration board. So be sure to check back in at the reveal to see our surprise antique, Hehehehe it makes me giggle a little when I think about it…… “that’s right” an antique that makes me giddy!!! Can’t wait 3 more weeks? You can catch a sneak peek of the mystery DIY as a subscriber at

WEEK 3 ON GOING PROJECTS:

As far as projects go this week, we purchase and applied the haint blue paint on the ceiling. Which is actually Sherwin William DCR075 Piazza Blue  from the Historic Architectural Collection. They actually had to look it up for me, so you may have to ask for it by name and number. I obtained this color from the SCAD historical design group for the historic preservation homes in Savannah, GA during a visit years ago I just squirreled away the information for a rainy day. Although haint blue comes in several shades of a pale blue/green I just think the historically accurate color was the way to go. Another project we decided to tackle this week is the ceiling fan. I currently had a very plane and basic outdoor ceiling fan in solid white. Which works, and was only about 6 months old, but it was boring. After looking for a rustic outdoor ceiling fan I was highly disenchanted with my options. Most of the styles that had aesthetics I liked either had fan blades that were too big for the space, or it hung too low from the ceiling and not rated for outdoor use. Which will result in those not so flattering, droopy blades you see out there all over the place. So I decided if I can’t find one to buy, I will make one instead….. yep another DIY. We removed the fan to paint the ceiling and while it was down I painted the blades with Amy Howard Selznick Grey  and the body of the fan with Rustoleum Galvanized Metal  spray paint.  I the result is amazing, just see for yourself. Here is a closer shot of the fan blades. I was going for a driftwood color. As you can see the wood grain texture is so real yet so fake. Just like a fake tan so is my fan!!! Obviously I am getting tired as the project is moving along,  as I am now making horrible puns.

This week we will be starting on the construction of the pallet day bed. The pallet boards are all prepped and ready to go. Below is a copy of the blueprints for the DIY build. We are thinking that due to size the bed will be constructed into the 4 pieces as shown below and stained separately. Then the pieces will be move up 3 floors to the master screen porch where the entire bed will be assembled as one piece. 

DAY BED BLUEPRINTS:

 


Don’t forget to check in next week, as we should be almost done building the day bed frame, refinishing that secret antique find, and hopefully hanging some outdoor curtains on a lovely iron plumbing pipe rod.

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One Room Challenge: Week 2

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

WEEK 2: PROGRESS REPORT

So we are in week two for those of you following along on the spring 2017 One Room Challenge hosted by Linda@Calling It Home and House Beautiful. If you missed WEEK 1 here is our link, so you can catch up. To bring you up speed, we are updated a basic screened in porch, into a southern style sleeping porch.  This is the inspiration board for this project: 

This week was all about procuring the necessary items to build the pallet day bed, and get the porch sealed up ready for upgrade. So I am know for alway talking about my “7 P’s” which is, ” Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” (I must call out my friend Karen, that taught me this valuable information at an early age!!!) Well welcome to the “prior proper planning phase”  of this project. 
We were able to obtain 15 pallets, 6 of which will be used for the bed base and the other 9 will be deconstructed for wood to create the pattern for the arms and back of the day bed. When picking pallets to utilize for furniture or wall treatments, you really want to make sure of two things. 1. What are the pallets are made out of and 2. What did the pallets originally transport. Some pallets have housed potential poisonous substances, while others are made out of wood treated with poisonous substances, and these are not suitable for reuse. 1001 pallets is a great resource for looking up this information and has a great article available at this (article link). I have included a copy of the pallet codes below from 1001 pallets, these are for the wood type used to make the pallets.  All of our pallets are HT and were originally used to ship concrete pavers……bet you can’t guess where I got those from….maybe the patio paver project?

So as I mention above we had to deconstruct the 9 of the pallets to reuse the pallet wood for the side arm and back of the day bed. The easiest way to do this is to is by cutting directly through the nails that hold the pallets together. We used a reciprocating saw with a Diablo metal cutting blade, which I highly recommend and made quick work this project. The other project we decided to tackle this week was to seal up the screen porch a little bit better, so no creepy crawlers get in.  I am sure many of you know, when a screen porch meet up to the siding on your house a little bitty gap is left which can allow bugs to get in. Now that we are making this a sleeping porch, I have no desire to deal with any kind of bugs getting inside. So we decide to add weather stripping, commonly used on doors and windows, to the seal the  gap. 
Once installed we caulked the remaining opening to insure that no bugs we be able to get through this gap. I don’t know about you, but I feel much better about sleeping in an area that is all sealed up. I know it will not keep all the bugs out, since it is an outdoor space… but it will keep most of the bugs out.

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Chandelier Shopping

Chandelier Shopping

As many of you have seen JENRON DESIGNS company tag line is ” Good Designs Never Goes Out Of Style, It’s a Way of Life.” Today I would like to share with you all why  I believe this statement to be true. 

Below is a picture of my favorite chandelier in the entire house. I just love the way the iron filigree casts a beautiful light design in my stairwell at night. We have added a dimmer, which I recommend doing to all your lighting if possible. A dimmer allows you to control the amount of light at all times, so I can create a relaxed ambient vibe or crank it up to full blown “mop the floors , better not miss a spot” functional.

So not only is this a stunning light fixture, it also has an amazing story to go with it. The story actually proves that my design mantra above is in fact a true statement. This gorgeous chandelier was purchased from Progressive Lighting, no surprise I am sure, but here is the kicker….. It was purchased almost 10 years ago. At a tent sale….. yes I said tent sale. I actually ran full speed across the Gwinnett County Fair Grounds, with 100’s of other crazy light fixture people. I latch myself on to this beauty in order to get it for the absolute steal of $75. I know it’s  unbelievable, but I promise it’s a totally true story. The next generation of this beautiful Maxim Southern Foyer Pendent is still available at Progressive Lightening today for an everyday price of $1,100. We totally got a deal!!!

So moral of this story:

1) Always go to the Progressive Lighting Tent Sale, and choose wisely.

2) If you miss the tent sale check out the Progressive Outlet located at the 400 Cumming location, it’s in the back warehouse behind the showroom.

3) Always get classic pieces that will hold the test of time. Feel free to embrace a current trend with changeable items such as paint, pillows & accessories.  

So people have asked, why did you buy a huge light fixture and store it in the attic of your previous home? Well why not, I knew I planned to build bigger home at some point it was inevitable. I also knew that I loved the style of  this lantern style chandelier, and it had a classic feel that I knew would never go out of style. As far as it’s grand scale, well I was hoping build my new home with ceilings high enough to accommodate such a large fixture.  I really loved the fixture so it really did not matter to me if it went into a foyer, master bathroom, or bedroom. When my husband and I saw this beautiful open stairwell in Sharp Residential Highcroft model home, we knew right away that our $75 tent sale find would be the crowning jewel this area needed desperately. Please keep in mind we did have to install this ourselves after we closed on our home and moved in. I am sure every home inspector that came by  wondered why we had such heavy bracing for a simple Jeremiah ceramic lamp holder …..lol.

 This is another one of my tent sale finds that we used in one of our guest rooms to glam it up and make it feel special. Be sure to sign up for our monthly email updates, to see this room along with our “Shop My Style Details” for  this room. 

 

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Converting a English Linen Closet into a DIY Pet Room

This is how I converted our English linen closet into, a DIY Pet Room, for my 5 cats. You can also do this DIY for smaller dogs or if you have a crate trained larger dog. 

I find living with animals and keeping a home clean can be challenging. They are messy, and  trash your house in seconds, but the unconditional love they give is truly incomparable. This is what prompted us to create a Pet Room for my 5 cats. This rooms many use, is to house their liter box, supplies, water and food station, which keeps my house cleaner.  

In our new home, we had the option to create a larger laundry room by closing in our foyer. Our prior laundry room was tiny, so we chose to implement this option. This change left us with a large “English Linen Closet”. Prior to moving in we predetermined that this area would make a great Pet Room for our cats. Above is a before picture of the room as a English linen closet. I know, not many shelves for a “linen closet”, I thought the same thing. 

The first thing was to add linoleum floors and an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan vents any smells from the liter box, directly out of my home. Good bye!!! This might be the single most important thing we did. As you know, if you have cats, the liter box smell can ruin your home. Next we painted the entire room with a scrubbable satin finish paint. This will help seal the dry wall and preventing even more odors from getting trapped in the walls. Finally we added a large utilitarian light fixture, nothing fancy it’s mainly for us to see to get the room clean.The next big thing we did was cut a cat door through our Master bedroom wall and hall door. Why did we cut a hole in our wall? Well we host a lot gatherings, parties and guests. This room set up will allow me to lock my fur babies in our bedroom during gatherings, which they actually prefer since the do no care for loud noises and large crowds of people. This also allows them access to their food, water and liter box, but with out the fear of a guest accidentally letting them out into the great beyond. The other pet door located on the hallway door gives us the  ability to shut our bedroom door when we have overnight guests. This grants the cats the ability to come and go as they please, which will save your doors and carpet, since they can be quite destructive when confined to an area against there will. So check this out, I came up with idea all on my own!!! JENRON DESIGNS developed this prototype Ventilated Shelf Cover (VSC). A DIY rig to make your room aesthetically pleasing, and on a shoestring budget. This process can be used on any wire shelving. We took teacup hooks to the back of some barn wood and used felt pads for spacers as you can see above. You literally hang the board right on the front of the wire rack. The finished product was this:

We created a facia board to cover the universal ugly wire rack. Then spray painted the support arms black to emulate iron. This process would be great for any wire rack that you would not use for hanging clothes. So try it in a linen closet, pantry, garage storage area or pet room. We also spray painted the wood letters of Meow, and popped them into the wall with a nail gun. 

Designer Tip: A wire rack allows light to pass through the to the floor, which keep the room brighter. Unlike with a solid wood shelving, that would block the light flow and make the room seem smaller and darker. 

We added a trackless liter mat, to cut down on liter leaving the room on their feet. I used pretty baskets to conceal small odd and ends like kitty treat bags, lysol wipe, and air freshener. Then decided to add in all my accumulated kitty art, hey, makes great decorations. We made a small wall hook from barnwood hold the liter scoop, bag holder and our scooper stool. I found these cute iron hooks at the straw market in Charleston, and added them to shiplap boards. You know how I love a theme!!

 

Share us with your cat loving friends, they will thank you for it 😀

 

Bathroom Makeover- DIY Barn Wood Mirror Frame

Bathroom Makeover- DIY Barn Wood Mirror Frame

The Sneak Peek is complete!!!!  Presenting our DIY barn wood mirror frame

This was quick DIY project from the past weekend. Yes, I know it is more shiplap…. I told you it was migrating all over my house. On this project we used the barn wood colored trim boards instead of the actual shiplap cut boards.  Honestly, the last two projects of the Fireplace (click to link) & Drop Zone (click to link) that we have done; this project is actually the perfect way to use up extra supplies you might have bought. For example too many trim boards during your fireplace project 🙂

So as you can see we have the standard install builder grade flat sheet  mirrors. They provide no character or interest to the space, but I do like the size. They reflect a lot of light which makes our bathroom seem much larger. I could easily rip them down and put fun individual framed ones; but because of the scale of the bathroom along with length of the vanities I felt incorporating smaller framed mirrors would not read as well as the larger mirrors do. So the decision was made to frame them out. We did this same technique in our previous home and loved the outcome. 

We measured the length and height of each mirror and decided in keeping with our rustic theme, we would blunt cut or square cut the boards instead of mitering the corners together. I personally felt like to miter cut the corners were a little to traditional and formal for my current home. Our previous home was a traditional style, brick home so it warrented miter cut corners, but we built our new home to the feel of a modern farmhouse. In the spirit of a farm house we opted for simpler cuts, which my husband was thrilled about, it made the project much easier for him. 

Once you have made your cuts all you have to do is glue the boards to the mirror. We used Liquid Nails Fuze It- multi surface, which will adhere wood to glass. It takes about 10 minutes to permanently set. We used 3M Scotch Blue Painters tape to hold the frames in place over night just to be safe.  As you can see the finished project gives a whole lot charter and interest for very little time, effort or energy. Designer Tip: If you are not very handy, you can purchase pre cut frames from Mirror Mate, keep in mind that your are paying for the measure and cut work to be done for you, but you still have to adhere it to the mirror yourself.

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The Shiplap “Drop Zone”

The Shiplap “Drop Zone”

As I mention several times in my previous posts, my shiplap addiction might be getting a little bit out of control. Honestly, I just love the stuff, and it is so easy to install.

After completing the ship lap fireplace (click to link to post). We decided that to add a small amount of the shiplap barn wood to an open area to create a drop zone. In most houses a drop zone is located near the garage in an alcove, hallway or the mudroom. Our floor plan did not meet this particular criteria at the time, but during construction we made a few framing decisions that would allow us to later add in a drop zone. We would need a place near the front door for guests, since our hall closet would be closer to the garage. Here is a before picture of the area where I decided to create a drop zone for our guests upon arrival to our home.   

Drop Zones have gotten so elaborate over the past few years, along with laundry rooms, and mudrooms. They are no longer just a messy corner piled up with dad’s muddy boots, the kiddos book bags and Spots leash. We are talking full on decorated spaces, just like the rest of the home. This is why I felt completely justified in putting such a functional space right in the middle of my open concept great room.

As you guys know I love my barn wood shiplap available from Home Depot, and we had some left over from our previous fireplace project. It just made sense from a design stand point that the drop zone should be the same type of boards as the fireplace, to carry the design theme through the house. 

I can still hear Mrs. Arnold, my interior finishes professor in college saying, ” You should never be able to stand in one place in a home and see more than 2 types of floor coverings.” No worries, as we have hardwoods through out our entire home for this very reason. I still feel like this same principal translates to wall finishes as well. See how this creates a uniform transition between spaces? Pulling the same finish from the fireplace to the drop zone makes the space seem very intentional, not piece mealed together as an after thought. 

Since this is a open concept space, which is mainly designed for guest to drop their coats and purses upon arrival. We opted to install this industrial style coat hook in lieu of baskets, cubes or cubbies. This will also allow this space to transition into something else if drop zones ever become passe’.  We purchased the Cast Iron Row of Hooks currently still available at Pottery Barn. I liked these strong durable iron hooks and how they mirrored our iron balustrades on the staircase. Plus you can also add to additional sections to create a larger size coat rack, which is very handy and adds a custom feel. We topped the drop zone off with our family name art, the pictures were from a local artist at the annual Yellow Daisy Festival, and we were able to find the perfect frame with 6 openings at Hobby Lobby.

Designer Tip: If you have trouble finding a frame with the correct name of openings or you have a longer name. You may want to purchase a long oblong frame and have a matte custom cut for the amount of letters your need. This will save you some bucks $$$. 

So the bench, was a suggestion from one of my dearest friends, Niki. She had mentioned to me that she loved having the ability to drag a bench over to the dinning room table, when you have extra guests. We currently have the Benchwright dinning table from Pottery Barn, which can be extended up to 108″ by adding both drop in table leaves. We decided it made perfect sense to invest in the matching Benchwright bench, for these occasions. So now when we have a large crowd, we can extend the table, and add the bench to one side, which is the equivalent of adding 3-4 chairs. However, in our day to day use the bench stores away perfectly as the seat for our drop zone. Just add a few fun seasonal pillows and now you have a functional yet cozy little drop zone. 

Designer Tip: Always look for items that can be used in multiple rooms, in different ways. I truly believe in a good multi-tasker, in fact prior to buying anything I need to have several uses for that item already in mind. This goes for tools, appliances, and furniture. 

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