Showing posts with label before and after. Show all posts
Showing posts with label before and after. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Before & After // The Dining Room & Kitchen

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Happy Monday! I hope those of you who are in this Polar Vortex are staying warm and don't have cabin fever too badly (I do!) and if you're not in it, then I'm really jealous. Somehow today's high is 38 degrees but then we drop to 18 degrees tomorrow! Please, someone tell me how is that possible??

Anywho, I have been dying to show you the transformation that our dining/kitchen space underwent last week. I seriously cannot tell you how much I love that we painted the one giant wall in our dining area black (really midnight dream by Benjamin Moore). Every morning when I come into the kitchen to make coffee and breakfast, I am beyond happy to see that statement wall and I ask myself why we didn't do it sooner.

There are still a few more things we want to add to the space, such as a new chandelier (I'm still shopping around for one) and some wall decor (hubby's going to work on a painting for one of the walls). I wasn't sure how I felt about keeping our existing mirror since the frame is black, but after seeing it up on the walls, it's definitely staying. It's almost like the black frame blends right in and disappears so that the mirror truly becomes a 'window' on the wall to visually open up the space.

Even though the space isn't exactly 'done' in my mind, it's still far above what it was before and I am so excited to show you the before and after pics. Scroll down to see the Before pics. I couldn't help myself by starting out with the After pics since I am waaay over the former kitchen/dining space.

What do you guys think? Are statement walls, and ones in black, something you would do in your house?

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I love that any type of flower I place on the table will really pop against the black wall.

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The hubby is finally going to paint something big for that giant white wall. Cannot wait for him to get that started.

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We're switching out our current silver colored knobs with these brushed brass modern ones (the left one is the brushed brass, the right one is polished brass). It'll instantly modernize the kitchen side, but now we're starting to think if we want to paint the cabinets… Did I just freak you out with saying that?

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Testing out 3 paint colors, but the clear winner was Midnight Dream by Benjamin Moore. It's a black that has blue in it, which really gives some dimension instead of being a flat black.

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Excuse the mess in the kitchen. Can't believe I'm showing you the kitchen when it's this messy. I promise to show you the After of the kitchen once we outfit the cabinets with the new hardware.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Updates // Our Bedroom

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Here it is! Finally sharing some photos of our bedroom with you guys. In the years that I've had this blog, I've never shared photos of our bedroom (crazy!) and thought it was time I did just that. Our bedroom has hands-down become my sanctuary, my place of rest ever since Cora came into the world (obviously). Sleep has never been more important to me and having the bedroom be a stress-free space has become my number one priority. I've always wanted to look at our bedroom and say, "wow, what a chic space", and I've never ever said or thought that until now.

There are lots of items that I am still procuring for the room (a rug, a new nightstand for Steve's side, a chandelier, and of course a headboard), but so far I think the room is looking exactly like that chic space that I've always wanted it to look like. It's serene & clean, but with those pops of color that I just need to have. And it's tidy! Especially my vanity/desk area. I love seeing other people's desks with lots of fun trinkets and books and such, but I've tried having those types of things on there and it just creates visual clutter in my eyes. I just can't seem to work with it and honestly, Cora loves to make a mess of anything I have on there, so I'm keeping it as clean and clutter-free as possible.

The room was in serious need of some new bedding so what's a girl to do when that happens? Get help from Crane & Canopy for gorgeous, affordable bedding! I absolutely love their collections and they generously offered to gift a bedding set of my choosing. I picked the Linden Monaco Blue Border duvet and shams and I can honestly say that the bedding makes the room. No doubt about it. Without it, it just wouldn't have that crisp, clean feeling that I so love in a bedroom. They also offer three other gorgeous color-ways in the Linden Monaco Border duvets along with a huge array of other duvet styles & colors. So the lesson here is that if you need/want new bedding, Crane & Canopy is where it's at. If you don't believe me, check out these photos.

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As a labor of love, Steve's mom spent countless hours making this gorgeous star-patterned quilt for us a few years ago. It's composed of numerous blue and white fabrics and fits in perfectly with the room, whether it's providing us warmth at night or perched on the vintage brass bamboo quilt stand.

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There is a Bungalow 5 console/desk, the Jacqui, that I am in love with, but because of the price tag, it was never going to happen. So I did the next best thing. Find a comparable and just switch out the hardware to something similar to the Jacqui console/desk. Resource for the hardware below.

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Source List
Crane & Canopy Linden Monaco Blue Border Duvet & Shams gifted / Target Hamilton Office Desk / Reupholstered Vintage Barrel Back Chair from Craigslist / Jules Large Accent Table / Anthropologie lamps (few years ago) / Anthropologie Ikat bowl (few years ago) / Leopard Velvet Pillow Cover / Kelly Wearstler Trellis Pillow Covers / Solid Brass Ring Pulls / He and I print (similar to the one I have up) / Sophie & Lili print / Chanel Shoes print

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Home Updates // A Quick DIY Bookcase Update


The 'Before' shot of the bookcase. It's okay here, but nothing to write back home about.


The tools: Painter's Tape, Wooster Pro 1.5" Brush, and Behr Beluga Interior Paint in Eggshell.

Hi!!! It's been a while, sorry for the disappearing act! We had quite the weekend packed with fun events and activities and then yesterday we got our powder room wallpapered (woohoo!), so I've been a little bit tied up. BUT, I am happy to say that the newly wallpapered powder room looks fabulous and I can't wait to show you the Before and After of it. But in the meantime, let me share with you the little (and somewhat quick) DIY that I did on our bookcase. If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a tiny sneak peek of it. Another reason to follow me on Instagram, you get sneak peeks of projects before seeing them on the blog!

We have a lot of books in our house. We used to have A LOT more. Between all of Steve's wide range of books (art, religion, travel, economics, statistics, math) and mine (web design, crafts, interior design, art history, fiction) we cleaned house and donated a bunch of books that weren't seeing the light of day. As you can see in the first photo above, the bookcase looks okay. I was happy that it wasn't filled to the brim with books so that we could style it with some accessories. But it still wasn't enough to check it off my home decor list as a 'done' thing that I wouldn't have to worry about.

There was something I wanted that was missing or rather something that wasn't tying everything together in a cohesive way. And because all of the books we have are of varying color, I knew that this was the problem. It seemed too scattered and visually busy. So I decided that painting the inside back of the bookcase would help tie all of the books and accessories together so that it would look cohesive. Plus, it would help make all of the items on the shelves really pop, which I love. I've seen that on Pinterest a bunch and just love the way it looks so I figured let's give it a-go on this bookcase. And can I just say I am SO glad I did! It was a relatively easy DIY, the only hard part was putting the painters tape up. Kind of tricky when you have to tape the insides, but really not that difficult in the grand scheme of things.

I'd say total time for me to complete this DIY was about 2.5 hrs. I'm sure I could've gotten it done faster had I lightly sanded the inside of the bookcase (sorry, I was too lazy and honestly didn't think to do that - whoops!) but I didn't so it took 3 coats of paint to get good coverage. And waiting for paint to dry when it isn't being absorbed quickly takes a long time.


I was too eager and just started with one of the rows without emptying the whole bookcase out. Couldn't help myself. I had to see the paint on it ASAP. Because I didn't lightly sand the wood, the paint didn't stick as easily as I had hoped. So, it took about 3 coats to do the job. The moral of the story here is to sand and paint even before you put the bookcase together. It will be much easier.


Such a transformation just a little bit of paint does to a simple Ikea Hemnes white bookcase. I keep asking myself, why didn't I do this sooner?

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Sooo much better in my opinion. It finally looks closer to being done. I might want to get a few new accessories to switch out with some of the other ones, but I'd say I'm almost done with the bookcase for now.


Have to show you a side-by-side of the 'Before' and 'After' so you can see how much the books and accessories really pop with the darker background color.





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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cora's Nursery...All Done!

Well, almost. But if I wait any longer, I'm afraid I'll never post these photos up. You see, I really wanted to wait until I got the final piece for her room (a chandelier), and I found the perfect one, but I have been waiting for it to go on sale. You know me, I try not to pay full retail if I can help it. But seeing as how this chandelier just came out not too long ago, I don't think it'll go on sale any time soon. Which brings me to just saying heck with it and let's just post these photos up because I am too impatient and anxious not to share these with you.

I really shouldn't say that it's all because of my being impatient. Rather it's because I was so inspired by Jenny's post that I read a week ago. That post made me realize that I should just show the room as-is even if in my mind it's not 'done.' Jenny made a great point in her post that sometimes us bloggers get too caught up in the 'grand reveal' because we think that's what people want to see. And yes, it's true. People do want to see a 'grand reveal,' heck I know I do all the time. But people like seeing progress being made, no matter how big or small that progress is. And so, after reading her post, I decided enough is enough and that I would share with you photos of Cora's room. I love it and even though it's still missing that one piece that prevents me from saying, 'it's finally done!' I'd say it's pretty darn close. Without further ado...


You've probably seen this photo already from my previous post, but I wanted to mention that the mushroom pouf was custom made from a wonderful shop called OttoMOMS. I was so inspired by this mushroom pouf from Lulu DK that I knew it would be perfect in Cora's room. I found fabric that mimicked the Lulu DK Firecracker one from Etsy and had it sent to OttoMOMs to be used in creating the pouf.



Oh, just posing for the camera like the little ham that she is.


Remember the Ikea Greek Key Dresser that Steve and I hacked? Well, we repurposed it to be a dresser/changing table for Cora. The color was the right shade of coral, and the size was perfect for her room.


I knew that the angled wall needed some extra oomph and so I thought these whimsical 3D butterflies would be the perfect addition to the wall.


I thought that the Serena & Lily Punch Basics Crib Skirt was perfect for the crib because it is the exact same shade of coral as the dresser and mushroom pouf.


It's funny, I was scouring all over for a pillow to go on this glider and lo and behold this little gem, which I had no idea we had, was sitting in the coat closet waiting to be discovered. Sometimes, it's good to shop around your own house because you never know what you might find. And my search for the right curtains for this space almost made me go custom (not such a bad thing, but quite pricey), but then Land of Nod came to the rescue and so I picked up these lovely lattice ones.



Steve insisted that we have a Tivoli radio in the nursery, so we picked out a yellow one to add a pop of color in the room. And the alcove above her closet is perfect for storing bins filled with extra blankets, outgrown clothes, and other linens.


I love everything about her room, but her closet just might be my most favorite part about it all. You can see how I created the gold, stenciled wall here.


Two of my wonderful friends gifted me with that lovely Julia Denos print (along with a signed copy of the book!), Little Dresses, at my baby shower. Love! I knew I wanted it right above the crib but it needed another print along side it to balance out the width of the crib. I scoured all over and found this delightful Macaron Flavors Laduree print from Etsy. The colors and content were a perfect fit!


The heirloom teacup & saucer were given to me as a gift at my baby shower. Aren't they so lovely? And yes, I framed that Kate Spade card. It was too perfect not too! And it totally rings true of my daughter, she is all of those things describe on that card. The bust of a woman was a total eBay find.


Her gift from mommy & daddy to commemorate her first Christmas. Surprisingly, it was daddy's idea to get something from Tiffany's. Crazy, huh?


My thoughtful parent's picked up those adorable Korean shoes for Cora's first birthday. They're a part of her traditional Korean outfit to celebrate her 1st birthday. They were too pretty to sit in the closet, so I had to display them somehow. And I thought the colors of the shoes complemented the Jen Ramos painting I received for Christmas a year ago. Don't you think?


Just a sampling of the many wonderful books Cora has received since she was born. The giant, green apple is something I picked up a few years back at HomeGoods.

Of course I don't have a 'Before' shot of the room when Steve and his mom were repainting the room (it's on an external hard drive somewhere...), but the closest thing I could find to show you what a transformation this room went through is when it was my home office. Such a difference paint makes, right?
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