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Fall Home Tour

October 10, 2016
2016 Fall Home Tour

Oh my heavens, what a crazy weekend. Did everyone come through Hurricane Matthew ok? We were very lucky, but many of our neighbors are still without power and dealing with closed roads. When Sunday dawned completely gorgeous, all crisp and clear, I knew it was time for fall decorating and that’s just what I did.

I’m not a huge Halloween person so I prefer to decorate for fall only, but that doesn’t mean pumpkins are absent. I’ve accumulated quite the collection (it doesn’t hurt that they’re usually orange) and love adding to it each year. This year, I added some clear glass and solid white ones as well as a few more rustic options.

Many of my decorations come from the highest class home decor stores: Target and HomeGoods. Seriously. You can’t go wrong with those places! There’s a big selection that’s constantly changing and the price can’t be beat (I’m sharing a mini Halloween project on Friday that came in at under $15!). If you haven’t checked out Target’s $1 Spot, you have to go soon because they have some fantastic seasonal stuff!

So without further ado, here we go!

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House Update: Vintage Details

September 27, 2016

One of the benefits of purchasing new construction is that everything is a blank slate; the sky is the limit in terms of putting your own touch on things. That being said, one of the downsides to purchasing new construction is that everything is a blank slate! It’s hard to know where to begin in making things feel like home.

The main focus was the guest room, but we’ve also accomplished a few smaller projects this month! We hung art throughout the house, mostly pieces we already owned and then a few of my photos.  We’re working on a sports gallery wall in the upstairs loft area which will look so cool when we’re finished!

We’ve gone with a rustic look for a lot of our pieces so far and I want to keep with that theme. I like adding vintage details to spaces that didn’t have them already. I found these beauties at an antique fair over the weekend and can’t wait to hang them in our entryway.

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They’re a seemingly small touch that I think will add a lot of character to a pretty blank slate.  I’ve also been collecting vintage door knobs for a few projects throughout the house and can’t wait to share them with you!

While new construction often gets dinged for lacking character, I think our plans will give the space a lot of character that is uniquely us.

How do you add character to your home?

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Living Room Windows (and our weekend)

September 12, 2016

Oh my word, y’all. I really need time to slow down. I swear I blinked and missed the entire weekend. While our days are full of fun and I wouldn’t trade them, I can’t shake that nagging pre-deployment feeling that each day of fun is one day closer to A leaving. And that makes everything a little bittersweet.

But this weekend, I tried really hard to focus and stay present because we had lots of fun in store! Saturday we hosted an end of summer BBQ for a bunch of folks from work and stayed up waaaay past our bedtime. A and I agreed we’re far too old to adult like that.  Then yesterday, we hit up the Raleigh Home Show and I mentally remodeled our (brand new) home roughly 532948 times.

I know it’s bad, but there were just so many good ideas that it was hard not to! Luckily A dragged me away from the custom flooring people to take a look at some possible window treatments.  We have been working to pick out window treatments for our living room windows since basically the day we moved in, but surprise, surprise, I’m having a hard time making up my mind.

For reference, here’s a photo of the windows during construction. They are gorgeous and let in an unbelievable amount of light which I love. And hate. We get full-day sun in the backyard and it can get really hot downstairs around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.  We very much need some light control in those windows.  Privacy is also on the wish list.

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And that’s about all I can settle on right now.  Yesterday, we looked at shutters and I really like the style of those, but they are so pricey! I especially like the ones in the below photo: the top and bottom pieces would offer even more light control. I also love the addition of soft, neutral curtains.

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A new option may be these natural Roman shades. They would blend in well with the look of the living room and based on initial research, they are cheaper. And I would still do white or off-white curtains with them.

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While I like the bamboo ones a lot, we do have plans to repaint the walls a light grey eventually and I’m not sure how I feel about that color combination. These soft gray ones may be better in the long term.

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While browsing Pinterest, I also found these DIY shutters and I really like them! They won’t work for the living room because of the size and number of windows, but maybe I could convince A to make them for some other rooms.

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So while I definitely haven’t made a decision, I’d like to think that I’ve picked out a few good options. Ideally, I would like to have this taken care of before A leaves for deployment.  Do you guys have any standout favorites?

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Guest Room Reveal

September 2, 2016

Happy Friday! I am so excited to share this post with you today because it means that a room in our house is finally finished! I’d like to think I would still be sharing it even if A’s parents weren’t coming this weekend, but odds are that isn’t true. Sometimes you just a need a little push to get started, right?

And boy am I glad we got that push! After a little blood, sweat, tears and one really iffy light installation, A and I finally put the finishing touches on our guest room and we love it!

I shared some inspiration last week, but as a recap: we really wanted to keep things light and neutral. The room isn’t huge and with the dark floors, I felt like adding too many rich colors would make it feel even smaller.  Plus, I wanted a contrast between the furnishings and the floors to make both stand out really well.

With that in mind, I chose a lighter bed frame and bedding. The metallic touches in the bed frame gave it just enough detail to keep it interesting without being over the top. I liked the distressed style as it kept with the feel of the rest of our first floor so far.  The duvet cover is a very soft linen material and I absolutely love the color. It will go with anything, giving me the flexibility to change my accent color whenever I want.

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I did add some pops of blue into the room to break up the neutrals and really like how the different shades all worked together.  My favorite may be the blue and white striped curtains which are almost identical to the ones in our dining room. I know, I know. But I love them!

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At the last minute, we chose to switch out our builder grade light fixture for something a little more stylish. The new light wasn’t necessarily the easiest to install while standing on a mattress, but the end result was totally worth it.

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The next pop of color comes on the wall opposite the bed in the form of the most amazing navy blue dresser. I found it in a local antique store and just had to have it. It was our splurge item in the room, but I adore it. Now that it’s in the room, I’m not 100% sure it will live there forever and I may already have an idea of where else it should go in the house. But it’s safe to say I won’t part with it.

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I added a few knick knacks to the top of the dresser, keeping our color scheme in mind.  The room desperately need a pop of green so an artificial plant in a white and burlap container was quickly purchased and added. I repurposed one of A’s favorite beer containers into a makeshift vase and absolutely love it. We finished out the wall with some of my travel photographs in distressed white frames.

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Even though the bed had a really gorgeous headboard, I felt like it was really important to add something interesting on the wall, but I knew I didn’t want it to be another picture frame. When I found this vintage frame at the same antique store as the dresser, I realized I had just the item. The detail on the frame echoes the detail in the dresser and carries the distressed look onto the wall. I added a twig wreath for now, but may mix this up with seasonal items throughout the year.

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Ideally, I would have matching bedside tables, but couldn’t find ones that I liked so I chose two that coordinated. I helped the process along by replacing the pulls with fun rope ones I found at HomeGoods.  I added a little personality to each table so guest really know they’re staying in our home.  I mean, it’s a wiener dog lamp for heaven’s sake.
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Finally, here are a few more of my favorite details in the room.  I think fresh flowers instantly make a room more inviting so I always like adding them to guest rooms. The curtain rod is a fun detail that matches the mix of rustic and industrial elements we have elsewhere in the house.
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Getting our first room checked off the list as a big step for us and I’m really excited to keep the momentum going with more (albeit smaller) projects throughout the rest of the house.  Stay tuned for more!

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Guest Room Inspiration

August 23, 2016

Full confession: progress on the house has all but stalled. I wouldn’t call it a lack of inspiration, but rather a lack of time and energy. Between work and dogs, we haven’t put decorating anywhere near the top of our priority list.

But that has to change because company is coming! A’s family will be coming to visit for his birthday and that means they need a place to sleep. So we have prioritized our downstairs guest room as the next (and really only) room to finish.  But that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

I’ve struggled to find pieces that fit the image I have in my head. It all looks so easy when you’re watching HGTV and they have an unlimited budget, but here in reality land, it’s a little tougher.

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I’ve always known I wanted a mix of neutrals and strong accent colors.  I love this image’s clean, neutral color palette. It’s the perfect backdrop for adding different pops of color throughout the year. Plus the shape of that dresser is gorgeous!

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One of the accent colors I’m most in love with is navy blue. You can add so many different secondary colors to it that it almost acts like a neutral, but still makes a statement.  I loved the stripes in this bedding, but of course it was custom designed.

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Our guest room isn’t huge and we knew we wanted to put a queen bed in there.  That’s why I thought it was important to make the bed frame itself as light as possible. I’ve searched high and low for a metal frame that came in white and was the right shape for the room.  I think I’ve finally found one so fingers crossed that it’s the right fit.

Other ideas as of now: using my travel photos as art, a unique piece above the bed and the addition of mercury glass and milk glass accessories.

Stay tuned for the reveal in a few weeks!