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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

White Kitchen Love

With all of this house stuff somewhat slowing down - well, kind of - I'm hoping to find some more time to blog again.  I've missed my blogging friends so much!  Also, once I get everything unpacked, I hope to resume my Place Card of the Week posts. Perhaps, my sunroom will be part sitting room, part office for all of my crafty stuff.  We'll see!

I promise to reveal our final kitchen makeover once the last few details are in place (countertops, tile backsplash, etc.).  I absolutely love the way our new kitchen has come together.  It really is a fantastic combination of my more traditional style and my husband's contemporary style.  The rustic white cabinets with the espresso glaze are absolutely stunning, and the Asian Walnut hardwood floors are such a beautiful contrast against the cabinets.  We will put in a more contemporary glass tile backsplash, which I think will tie everything together really well.  I honestly couldn't have been more pleased with the design.

In the meantime, I came across this gorgeous kitchen that I just had to share. If I were to go all gung-ho girly in my kitchen (which my husband would never allow!), I might come up with something just like this...

We did actually incorporate a couple of similar elements into our kitchen as is in this kitchen but with a twist...we do have a wall of glass, windowpaned cabinets as well as a "valance" design over our stove top somewhat along the lines of what you see here.  We also staggered the heighth and depth of our cabinets to add extra character.  One other thing I may or may not have mentioned is that we wanted a little extra contrast, so our island is an espresso color to contrast the white cabinets on the walls, similar to this look:

Images 1 & 2 via Daisy Pink Cupcake

Oh-oh, and those lanterns in the first kitchen are just so cool!  They add such a rustic and unique detail to the room that draws me right me in.  I spent my lunch hour yesterday window shopping specifically for lanterns for my sunroom.  If I can get one room all to myself to design, lanterns are definitely going in! 

I will also share with you our master bedroom makeover.  I haven't really touched on it too much here, but we did make some significant changes.  First, we tore out a wall between two bedrooms to create one large master suite.  We also removed a patio door and replaced it with a nice window (my Valentine's Day gift!), and finally we added a new set of French doors, which I just adore.  It's an enormous room, but I hope to create a sitting area in the half of the room by the French doors. 

Anyhooooooo, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these lovely images and find some fun, new ideas for your own home makeover.  Have a wonderful day, gang!


Monday, March 7, 2011

A New Sunroom

Happy Monday, gang!  Yesterday was my 30th birthday, and, somehow, ushering myself into a new decade has got me buzzing with feelings along the lines of what we all feel every year when New Year's rolls around.  You know, where you feel like you're ready to take on the world and accomplish all of your goals in like 2 weeks.  Yeah, that feeling. Well, I have no point to making this statement, other than that's how I feel today.  Strangely, I feel excited about being 30 - about being in yet another new stage of life.

For some odd reason, I couldn't sleep last night, so I just laid in bed staring out our new French doors in our bedroom, which overlook our backyard.  We have no curtains up yet (shh...don't tell the creepers!), so I've had the opportunity to wake up to the sunrise each morning and start my day just talking to God.  I started even earlier this morning with the couple hours of no sleep and all.  I just laid there thinking about everything from the arrival of spring (which feels a million light years away on the horizon of our next major snow storm set to arrive tomorrow!), going for long runs outside in the warm weather, cooking in my new kitchen once the countertops finally arrive, and...sittting in my peaceful sunroom early in the morning, reading my Bible, praying and just taking in the beauty of the charming, little pond our house overlooks.  It gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies just thinking about it!

So far, my husband and I have designed every inch of our home renovation together, but my husband told me last week that I can have our sunroom all to myself to design.  What a treat!  No really, I'm pretty stoked about it. In all truthfulness, he thinks it's a waste of money to fix it up, but I'm hoping to show him what a cozy retreat this little room can be.

Here are just a couple of ideas that are swimming around in my head...

Image via House of Turquoise (yes, I'm addicted to her blog)

Okay, so here is what I've taken from the picture above: The white, wood planks on the wall - I just purchased them yesterday, and I will have our contractor (ehem, my dad) install them this week or next.  I also love the decorative crown molding on top and wide base trim by the floor.  While the wood planks on the wall add a rustic feel, the molding really dresses everthing up.  Next, that BLUE CEILING.  Need I say more?  I love it!  We've already had the ceiling drywalled with a smooth finish, so my next step is to paint it blue. I have already chosen the paint color. I can't wait!

Now, because this is only a three season porch, we eventually plan on putting an electric fireplace in there so we can use it in the winter as well.  This won't be a high traffic room, so we are trying to minimize the amount of money we spend on fixing it up.  My hubby threw out the idea of getting the fireplace for the sunroom for Christmas next year.  I'm thinking either this one or this one.   I'm leaning towards the first one.  What do you think?

Lastly, I really like some of the characteristics of this room...

I LOVE the shudders!  Budget restrictions will force me to hold off on this look for awhile, but a girl can always dream right? I think wicker furniture with cushions would be perfect, but I still need to put a little more thought into the layout.  The room is fairly small, but something along the lines of this furniture set up would work really well.

Now, I tried to save the "worst" for last...that would be the current state of the sunroom.  I have to show you what it looks like now, so we can all appreciate what it will look like when it's done.  Yes?

Okay, then.  Here we go...


Okay, not so much, but I do think it has some potential.

Can you see the sliver of ugly patio door to the left in the picture above? Well, the good news is that we replaced it with this door, which goes from the dining room into the sunroom.  This new door makes all the difference in the world, and I think it will look so lovely from the sunroom side as well once all is said and done.

We've got a lot of work to do, gang. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful week!


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