Showing posts with label life on virginia street. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life on virginia street. Show all posts

Friday, June 12

Summer Home Tour - DOTS Style!!!

Helllloooo! Thanks for visiting Designing On The Side, better known as DOTS! If you are joining us after visiting designPost interiors, welcome! I was thrilled to be invited to participate in this Summer Home Tour, which was organized by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. Safe to say I am in some pretty sweet company this week. Read to the bottom of this post to see the list of all 29 other bloggers who are participating. After DOTS, the next stop on the tour is Peaceful Home Decor so be sure to check them out when you are done perusing. 


Two years ago we completely gutted our 1940s colonial and added on more than 1500 square feet. The kitchen is where we spent the most time, money and effort when we remodeled and there isn't anything I don't love about this space. It's bright and sunny and clean and white without being cold. The backsplash is a moroccan tile - in grey behind the range and in white everywhere else. After countless hours considering different countertop options, we went with a white granite that has some grey veining and redish flecks. It mimics marble but without all the hassle of having to worry about a wayward lemon leaving behind an etch-a-sketch on the island!







One day this winter, I got crafty and made this fun little herb garden out of an organizer set I found at Target. It is hanging on the wall in the kitchen and it's fun and easy to make. But it's a little harder to keep alive...especially when you install it over a heating/AC vent. If anyone has any ideas on how to keep them from dying (other than moving them) lemme know!!!


Looking out from the kitchen is our great room. This space is constantly evolving and is in it's summery stage right now. Bright colors, lots of different patterns and textures and my crazy ottoman which I made from an old coffee table (learn more about that here). After what seemed like 38 months of winter, I went through the space and  added some fun things like the coral on top of the books (one of which is a signed copy of Sarah Richardson's new book and I am completely and totally obsessed with her design).  I am convinced we would be best friends if we met. Just sayin...




In my earlier days of decor and designing rooms, I was obsessed with red and you can see that I still have pops of it throughout the house. But as I grow up and my tastes change, I have slowly been shifting away from it. I haven't gotten rid of my lovely little red chair from Crate and Barrel though. Here is a close up. 


On the other side of the house is our living room. This space presented some challenges as it is a bit of an odd shape and having my mothers GORGEOUS piano in there left not so much room for furniture. I shamelessly copied the board and batten wall idea (right down to the paint color)  from our friend Sarah at Life On Virginia Street).  The room right now is decked out in summery yellow colors and my awesome new Lilly Pulitzer for Target porcelain tray (and luckily no real bodily damage was done to me during that sale..phew!)






Next stop on the tour is our Master Bedroom which is 99% complete at this point - just one more major dresser purchase and we are there. I love how it's turned out so far and lucky you...I haven't shared these pictures yet on the blog. SNEEK PEAK Y'ALL!!! Check back soon for the final product. 







And last but not least for this tour is our master bathroom - which isn't particularly summery but is so great I feel like I have to post it anyway. And really, who cares which season it is when you can hide in your bathtub?





So that's it! Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of our home. Feel free to poke around the rest of the site to see more. And when you're done, head on over to Peaceful Home Decor and check out another great house. Or click on any of the links below to see tours from earlier in the week. Enjoy!










Friday, February 28

Living Room Reveal

I am excited to share the living room! As I said in a former post, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that I got my original inspiration for the board and batten wall (including the color) and the curtains….and, ok, I'll admit it, even the couch pillows from another blogger Life On Virginia Street. I don't normally copy things so closely but when we were in the middle of construction, I found a picture of her office and fell in love and then made it my own. 




First up is the dark grey wall which is painted in Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze in semi-gloss. The wall in our existing living room was plaster and when they started demo, it literally started falling apart. Replacing it with drywall meant adding insulation and losing precious space - which in this small room was important to us.  So I came up with the idea of adding wainscoting. I had always loved the board and batten look and we are so happy with how it turned out.  Here is the wall pre-paint during reno. 



Next up came the curtains.  Again - stolen directly from Sarah Stewart at Life on Virginia Street. The fabric is Kravet Riad in Clove.  More info here…Kravet It's pretty expensive normally but I found it on House of Fabric for less than $40 a yard. Pretty good deal.  I immediately sent the fabric to my mother - who is a master sewer and she went to work. The final product is gorgeous and about half the price if I had ordered them at retail price and had them made. Score!



The piano was a ridiculously generous gift from my parents. It is a stunning Kawai baby grand that my dad gave my mom for her 40th birthday. They loved hearing their grandkids plunk away on it over the holidays and shortly after had it shipped here. I was a music major in college so I couldn't be more excited. And the thought of the kids learning how to play makes us all really happy.


All of the pillows in the room he came from Etsy. The floral ones are a Schumacher fabric. The throw is from West Elm and is ridiculously soft. I also picked up the ceramic vases on the table there as well. The little topiaries are from Restoration Hardware. They are the only fake plants in our house. I have a strong dislike of fake plants otherwise. They always just seem dusty to me. 




The carpet is from Overstock and keeps the space from being too stuffy. The tables are from Lamps Plus which has some really great reasonably priced pieces. The couch is from Wayfair. I hated the pillows that came with it - so they went straight to the garbage and replaced with my much prettier ones. And the bench came from Homegoods


Take a look at this shot of the room after initial demo. 

The inspiration for the color scheme in this room came from a painting in inherited from my grandparents. I have no idea who it's by but I love it.  

I am so happy with the way it turned out. I think it's elegant without being stuffy. Bright without being too obnoxious. No doubt there are some really expensive pieces in here (piano!) but most of the other pieces I found on sale or found a less expensive version of something I saw at a higher end store. And it matches the powder room - which is visible from the living room. I'll post pictures of that later.

OH!  And of course…I can't forget about the gorgeous new stripes that I added on the stairway wall. I am not quite done with those yet - but I will post as soon as I do.

Just for fun…here are some pictures before.  And before before…..This is when we bought the house in 2005. My little one was LITTLE!! One to be exact.


And here is the living room last year. Pre-reno. 




What a difference a year makes!