Tuesday, July 16, 2019

508th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 508th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Lots of inspiration last week. 

Wood signs are all the rage and here is one you can do for free if you have a piece of wood.  Love her easy step by step tutorial. 

7 DIY Wall Treatments that aren't shiplap.  You will want to make all of these.

These are some really great tips if you are about to move, or if you have just moved. 

Ok, let's see what you have for this week. 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

2 1/2 Year Timeline - Major & Minor Makeovers With Dramatic Results

Dramatic Results from Cost Conscious Makeovers 

We've lived here 2 1/2 years now and a lot has changed. (We moved in the week before Christmas Dec.,2016)  We shared a timeline update at 1 1/2 years.  Time for a timeline update on all the changes after 2 1/2 years.

 When we bought this house we knew there were a few things that would need immediate attention in order for the house to function well for us.  Others were put on the back burner for a later date. Some projects would be considered Major and some only Minor.  

The first Major Project was the Kitchen.  
 This kitchen was really not very functional - way short on cabinets plus the range and oven barely worked. (2 burners out and oven 50 degrees off) I also didn't like the track lighting or the really worn white linoleum floors and Formica counters. Really builder basic and poorly designed.

  This makeover started just a week after we moved in. By February we had a beautiful functional kitchen that I still love.  By rearranging some existing cabinets and adding some new ones we were able to add much needed storage space and function while keeping cost at a minimum.  Careful attention to the details - crown molding, counters, backsplash, lighting - created a custom, designer look for the entire kitchen on a very small budget. (Check out the reveal post to see all the details, picture timeline #1 and picture timeline #2)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Simple Tips For Pictures That Draw You In

I am by no means an expert or even have great photography skills.  I just got my first DSL Camera a couple of years ago and since then I have been studying what makes a good picture.  I have been fascinated with those fabulous glamour shots that just seem to draw you in.  You know the ones that just give you a hint of the room and yet seem to tell a story.

We have so may bloggers that are famous for their photography skills, so I have been stalking them.  I have also taken hundreds of shots trying to figure out what it is that makes these shots so interesting.

I think I have figured out a couple of things they all have in common.

Like this picture.  You have a hint of how the room is decorated and a glimpse at a really inviting chair.  This draws you in and you really want to see more of this room, however you have the feel and essence of this space with just this one simple picture.  It tells a story.

In all of the photos that grab me, that is exactly what they do.  They show you a tid-bit of a vignette or room and yet you get the sense and feel of the entire space.