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Thursday, August 25, 2016

How To Downsize & Create Your Dream Room With Thrift Store Finds

I am not sure why this post has been viewed so much lately, but thought maybe I should re-run it since people are finding it somewhere.  This is from a couple years ago, but so relevant still.  If you are trying to downsize or just lighten up, here are a few tips that might help you.



I am always asked a lot of questions about my living room.  I know I have shown it so many times that most of you feel like you live her, however there are some basic questions or comments that I hear over and over, so I thought I would answer them here. 

 How to downsize and create your dream with Thrift Store finds.

  
We sold the "big house" and downsized 8 10  years ago.  Our home sold in 1 hour with a bidding war and for $25,000 over the asking price.  The only condition was, could we move in 3 weeks.   Now I hadn't even looked for a home yet, so I was under a ton of pressure.  I needed something ready to move in.  This was a builder basic "Spec Home".  Not my true love, but the price was right.  I didn't do much when we moved in but place what furniture I could into each room and call it good.  I soon found out that downsizing was much harder than I had ever thought and I really missed the big house.   Finally I decided to love where I am and make it work for us, so there have been many transitions over the last 8 10 years.

Here are a couple of pictures of our living and dining area in the previous home.  Now don't laugh at the decor, this was the early 90's and I was heavy into my red and gold phase.


 The living/dining area measured 25 x 40 and had two story vaulted ceilings, so lots of room and space.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Home Search #2-How To Update This Kitchen-Input Please

The search for a new home continues.  I have found quite a few that would work, but some really need a ton of updating or they are in an area that is a little iffy.  I think location is everything, so that is my main focus.  I can't move a house but I can improve and update it.

When you're looking at 20+ year old homes paint and floors are a given.  Then you get to the heart of the home and kitchens usually need a lot of updates.  Some would be fairly easy fixes and others would almost be a gut job.  I have seen quite a few where they painted the oak cabinets and updated the appliances.  The problem with this one is it is really small, there are hardly any cabinets and then the granite is pink.



New counters, beadboard, farmhouse sink, hardware and light fixtures and this one could take on a farmhouse look like either of these two below.  You could even use black textured formica counters or butcher block and both are economical.





Then we have the so called "UPDATED KITCHEN".

One of the things I am finding very common in a lot of the homes I'm seeing is someone thought they were updating the kitchen and really went a little overboard.   I have seen this same thing in several kitchens that were updated around 2000 to 2005.  Seems like they all think the more granite the better, and the granite needs to have a ton of color and movement. (This one is subtle compared to some I've seen - one kitchen even had bright blue granite and I've seen quite a few in green too)





There are several problems with this that I see right off the bat.

#1 Appliances.  This kitchen needs a whole new appliance package.

#2 Cabinets.  These need to be either stained, painted or refaced.  Painting would be all the budget would allow in the beginning, but what color would you paint these with those yellow/beige/brown granite counters and back splash.

#3 Back splash.  I think the back splash needs to go and then what?

#4 Wall Color.  Obviously this room needs painting, but since the counters and the floor are on the beige tones, could you really get away with white?

The main problem with this kitchen is again money.  Appliances and some cosmetic changes would be all the budget would allow to begin with and I am TOTALLY CLUELESS on what to do with something like this.  I just look at it and go blank.

Give me your input.  I need to be able to see a vision so the next house I see with this same problem I can see past it.

HELP!!!!!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

340th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 340th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Man, there is so much talent out there, I need to get my act together and create something.  Tons of inspiration from last week.  Here are a few.

This fireplace transformation is totally beyond my ability to even imagine.  You have to go see how Gwen Moss made over her fireplace.
Reveal - --

 Before & During - ( I had to show two pictures since this is totally unreal. )



Now there is no way I would think this was a thrifted dresser and Habitat brass lamps.  You have to go see the how to on all of this at A Junkchick Life  Gorgeous.


Man I feel like such a slacker with no talent.  Look at this fabulous wall mural that California Coastal Home painted freehand.  She gives a step by step tutorial that is wonderful.  I love, love, love this.

What to do with an empty wall and needing more storage plus something chic and pretty.  Lolly Jane solved that problem beautifully with these DIY shelves and a pretty wall collage.  How perfect is this.

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