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What A Difference!….Paint & Accessories 2

My husband and I are in love with the curb appeal of our Georgian-style two-story home. However, the front entry was drab and needed a little TLC.

Before:

 

First, the color of the front door had to be changed. It needed a “wow” factor. We found the perfect color at Lowe’s (Hot Pepper) to match the red-orange in the brick. Then, the beautiful color made us realize the need for new door hardware; and brushed nickel was an excellent choice.

After the door was finished, there was no question, the entry lights needed to updated. Again, brushed nickel was the color choice; and this project was complete.

After:

 

*Total Cost: Under $250 at Lowe’s.

 

Gardening With Glamour

I am now a gardening goddess or hoping to be. Large clay pots with a variety of sun-loving flowers were greatly needed on my front porch. And then I saw the most perfect display on Pinterest. (Can’t function without this site.)

So while at Lowe’s, I searched gorgeous amounts of flowers and greenery; and found what I needed to create my interpretation of this floral masterpiece. The result is nice, but it needs lots of sun, water, Miracle Grow and love to flourish.

Anyone can learn to garden with glamour, but it takes time and patience. I am determined to learn this art and make my home colorful and fragrant.

This mixture includes purple fountaingrass, sweet potato vines, Pseuderanthemum, Orthosiphon stomineus and Summer Snapdragon.

Gardening Tip: After watering, sprinkle baby powder around your flowers. This will keep animals from eating them!

 

This Room Needs Some Sexy!

I believe the master bedroom describes the personality of any person or couple living in a home. Are you or you and your partner fun, serious, boring, sexy, outdoorsy, athletic, etc? It’s going to show in your decor!

Also, it’s important to love the look and feel of this room because you spend a very large percentage of your life living in the master bedroom. This room should make you want to wake up every day feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. It should also make you feel comfortable and relaxed as you prepare for a long and hopefully restful sleep!

When my husband and I toured our soon-to-be new home, this was the master bedroom. It screamed Pottery Barn! Lovely large bulky furniture with a fresh clean look and neutral walls. Nice room, but not us!


Very soon after we moved into our home, the master bedroom was remodeled. My husband and I prefer classic elegance with a modern twist. We also wanted our room to have some sexy….we are eighteen years into our relationship and almost eight years married. We never want the spark to die!

We chose large black furniture, however, we decide to stay with a queen size bed. Previously, the room was overtaken by a king size bed; and I don’t mind being close. Then came choosing the bed ensemble. We decided upon a comforter, pillows and window treatments that remained in the neutral family of taupes and blacks. (Macy’s has the best selection.)

Since the bedding was neutral, the bedroom walls needed to be rich in color. I didn’t want crazy…but I did not want blah. After hours of looking at the color wheel, purple was the perfect choice. And while we were at Lowe’s buying paint, why not investigate their lamp selection? The most wonderful lamps were two aisles away…crystal bases and shades that matched the bedding!

The look came together within 48 hours.


We are so happy with the update; and this bedroom fits us just perfectly as a couple!

Happy Decorating!


Let’s Gut It!

As I mentioned in past posts, my family and I moved into our new house last summer. We immediately fell in love with the neighborhood and floor plan of the house. However, we knew taking on this new home meant super renovations; and thank goodness I love remodeling and updating homes. It’s one of my favorite creative outlets (however my husband just thinks I am really good at spending money).

After replacing all the carpeting on the stairs and complete second floor, the next project was the guest bathroom. The fixtures and decor were outdated. There was water damage on the walls and flooring by the shower. Also, inside the shower, the tile walls were bending. Yikes! Plus, the red walls were too dark. We knew the only way to do this bathroom right was to gut it…head to toe!


Immediately, we were on the hunt for a contractor. We used one that was highly recommend by our realtor and several other sources. Also, the contractor was extremely reasonable and trustworthy (I felt comfortable leaving my home when work was being done).

Then last September the fun started. I wanted a neutral bath to make the room look bigger and brighter. My┬áhusband and I spent hours at Lowe’s deciding upon tile, granite, fixtures, cabinets, lighting, mirror, toilet, tub, paint, etc. Finally, all the materials arrived at our home and the work began. Per code, a vent had to be installed; and it was decided to cut a wall in half to open up the entrance of the bathroom.


 

Three weeks later….it was done! With the help of a wonderful contractor, Lowe’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond, we now have a gorgeous guest bath.


Now we can’t wait to do the Master Bathroom & Kitchen….coming soon!

Happy Remodeling!


Forget Closet Doors….Open It Up!

Decorating a child’s bedroom is like opening a book to their imagination. When I describe my daughter, the first word that comes to mind is “cheery”; and I wanted her room to resemble her personality. I went with a rainbow theme. My husband and father-in-law repainted the moulding and added brilliant shades of yellow to the walls. And, of course, added a pink chandelier to give this little girl room some glamour and sophistication.


However, children tend to be rough on closet doors, and my child is no exception. I have never walked into a child’s room where the doors where perfectly on the track. So to bypass this problem, we took the doors off the closet and created an open storage space. We added hanging and bottom storage from Lowe’s. Plus, added some nice moulding to the entry of the closet.


The room looks even bigger; and my child is quickly learning to keep everything neat. No hiding messes in the closet now!

Happy Decorating & Organizing!

 

What A Huge Difference! Paint & Accessories

My husband and I moved into our new home last summer; and slowly but surely (with the help of a very handy father-in-law) we are making this house our own.

Now it was time to update our first floor powder room. It’s a small but useful room, that needed a color boost and new accessories. The room was too small for dark paint; and the mirror was very overwhelming and ornate.


I decided that yellow for the walls was the perfect color to brighten up this blah room. Then, we were on the hunt for room accessories to coordinate with our yellow walls. At Lowe’s, I found a wonderful oval white trimmed mirror. In our upstairs master bathroom hung a little shelf above the toilet; and immediately we knew it should be in this bath and it was painted white.

However, I needed an accent color. After long hours on Pinterest, orange became the color of choice. I found orange ribbon at Joann’s Fabrics; and the orange towels plus the potted plant and picture frame/print came from Ikea.


The end result was magical. What a huge difference!! Plus, this powder room was extremely inexpensive to update.

For more room ideas, go to Pinterest and follow ModHousewife’s Home Remodeling & Decorating Board.

Happy Decorating!