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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Home Search Continues - How Would I Update?

I have discovered that finding a new home is much harder than you would think.  As I said before the area we want to move back to has homes that are 20 to 50 yrs. old and some have been updated and some not.  The ones that have been updated have sky high prices and not always my style.  Then the ones that need a ton of updating seem to have just as high a price.

I have found two that I like, but both have offers before I could get mine in.  I am on a waiting list in case they fall through.

#1 - This one is in the perfect area.  Love the style and the size.  As you will see from the pics, this one needs some cosmetic updates for sure.

Living and dining - I would want to add hardwood floors here, all new lighting and paint.  I think I would also paint those balusters and stain the railing really dark on the stairs.


I love this dramatic view looking at the living and dining from upstairs.  I would keep the plantation shutters but maybe still add side drapes.


Kitchen has oak cabinets that I would paint and the original Formica counters that would need to be changed. It does have updated appliances and a new gas range.  The tile floors are nice too.  I do think the fluorescent lights have to go though.  Maybe add recessed pot lights.  Not sure that an island would fit in here, but maybe a chop block.


I've been saving this image for a future makeover.  I think some of these ideas could be incorporated into the above kitchen.


I like the size of the adjoining familyroom, that would work for us.  In time I would change out the carpet for hardwoods.

The master bath needs some updating and the carpet in the bathroom would have to go for sure. I would paint the vanity, replace or frame the mirror and update the lights.  The ceiling fan would definitely go.


This is one of my favorite bathrooms, it would be fun to try and recreate.


 #2 - This one is in a great area and newer than the first.  It would definitely be my next choice.

This one is larger than the first and I really like  the floor plan.  Great tile and paint colors I could work with right away.  Here I would add drapes and a great area rug.


This house has drama and charm and I like how it has a flow to the kitchen and familyroom.  I think I would paint that stair railing black maybe.


The familyroom is a great size in this one too.  Drapes and replacing the carpet down the road for hardwoods would take care of this room.


Again we have oak cabinets, these with a white washed stain.  It also has the original Formica counters that need replacing.  (see the corner of the island)  It does have newer appliances which is a benefit.  I think painting the cabinets white, adding granite counters and a marble, subway tile or beadboard backsplash would totally change this kitchen.


This is a look that I thought would work in here perfectly.



The master bathroom has beautiful tile floors and would just need the cabinets and lighting updated to begin with.  I think I would add shutters to that window too.

So, do you have a favorite?  Which would you like #1 or #2

(After I wrote this, it appears that both houses will have final sales with their current offers, so I am really back to the hunt.  I am beginning to wonder if this is meant to be or not.  There isn't anything out there that really excites me so far.  I guess I just have to leave it to the Lord and see what he has in store.)



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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dress Up Black & White With Gold & Silver For Fall

I think we all love black and white and there are some stunning rooms out there to inspire us.  I love how my bedroom looks with black and white trimmed drapes and bedding.  It creates the perfect blank canvas to do just about anything.

  I like a little elegance in the bedroom sometimes, so I thought I would show you how to add a little gold and silver to the mix and create a cozy, snuggly fall bedroom.

 Adding these two silver pillows and one fabulous gold one was all I needed to make the bed special.  Simple and elegant.  (If you haven't discovered the fabulous pillow covers at Hobby Lobby, then you need to run.  These silver ones were only $8 each with coupon.)



Aren't the jewels on this pillow stunning.


           I love the detail and that gorgeous ombre velvet is amazing. This was a gift from my daughter, she always finds the most amazing pillows.


 Add in a fur throw for pure luxury.  This one is a faux mink, it is so gorgeous you would definitely think it was real.


  The sun shining in the window is so magical.   How can you not smile when you see all the sparkle and shine on the dresser.


                             You know I love me some gold, sparkle and shine.


Now with the nights getting a little cooler, this just looks like the perfect place to snuggle in for a good nights sleep.


                How do you dress up your black and white?

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

344th Inspire MeTuesday

Welcome to the 344th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Boy there was so much to see and so many fabulous tutorials in last weeks links.  I love it when you guys so generously share all the "how-to's" of your fabulous projects and makeovers.  Plenty of pretty fall design to see too.  Here is a small sample, check them all out.

Look at this fabulous place to sit and enjoy some gorgeous fall weather.  Rattlebridge Farm shared a spot that I could just enjoy all day.  I adore her pillows and throw and how wonderful is that scarecrow.


I love her pretty kitchen and the gorgeous counter tablescape that Everyday Living created.  What a fabulous way to start the day.




Here is a step by step tutorial on how to create an impressive floral arrangement.  Celebrate & Decorate does a beginners step by step with tons of pictures.  Free magnolia leaves and some feathers and this stunning arrangement is done.

If you've been coveting one of those Tobacco baskets but don't like the price, Twelve On Main teaches you how to make your own with this step by step tutorial.  I love this idea.


This is one of those times when you need two pictures.  Vintage Refined knocked it way out of the ballpark with this bathroom makeover.
BEFORE


AFTER - be sure to go see everything, so much inspiration to copy for your own bath.

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