PREPPY ROOMS

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DOMAINE HOME- MUST SEE SITE BEAUTIFUL!

….here is my “PREPPY” PALATE:

preppy colors - any direction you go, these colors compliment each other - from top left all Benjamin Moore: Windmill wings, Caymen Blue, Downpour Blue, Poppy, Kelly Green, Yellow Lotus, Calypso orange, Coral Gables and Ribbon Pink

preppy colors – any direction you go, these colors compliment each other – from top left all Benjamin Moore: Windmill wings, Caymen Blue, Downpour Blue, Poppy, Kelly Green, Yellow Lotus, Calypso orange, Coral Gables and Ribbon Pink

check out this VINEYARD VINES ROOM in Nantucket!!!

PREPPY VINEYARD VINES ROOM

PREPPY VINEYARD VINES ROOM . I LOVE THIS! NOT TOO MUCH, JUST ENOUGH!

……I think too much of any ONE thing….whether it be a color or a style is not nearly as much fun as a more eclectic approach to life….and when I think of PREPPY in terms of interiors, what comes to mind are all of the same things I like about Preppy clothing –

….they are  “classic”, “Traditional”, “colorful” and most of all relaxed without being messy.

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I think  Preppy elements EXIST in many rooms which would not consider themselves Preppy….and thats okay…who wants to be labeled anyway!

BEING THE COLOR JUNKIE THAT I AM…I AM RATHER OBSESSED WITH NOT ONLY COLORS BUT COLORS IN PROXIMITY TO OTHER COLORS…HOW THOSE MARRIAGES OF COLOR MAKE US FEEL AND WHAT THEY COMMUNICATE..
HGTV - PREPPY KITCHEN

HGTV – PREPPY KITCHEN

.HERE ARE A FEW COLOR COMBOS THAT ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL PREPPY…NOTICE THAT NAVY PLAYS A BIG PART…
NAVY GREEN
DIMPLES AND TANGLES

DIMPLES AND TANGLES

CORALNAVY
CAITLIN WILSON KISMET

CAITLIN WILSON KISMET

PROJECT NURSERY

PROJECT NURSERY

CAITLIN WILSON

CAITLIN WILSON

PINK AND GREEN

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"APRIL" 36" X 36" AVAILABLE ON UGALLERY - lesli devito

“APRIL”
36″ X 36″ AVAILABLE ON UGALLERY – lesli devito

DOMINO

DOMINO

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

ORANGE NAVY
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

DIANE BERGERON

DIANE BERGERON

POTTERY BARN

POTTERY BARN

HOMESTORIES.COM

HOMESTORIES.COM

DECORPAD

DECORPAD

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE - AND MY PORTRAIT OF BURGER!

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE – AND MY PORTRAIT OF BURGER!

PINKNAVY

INDULGY.COM

INDULGY.COM

PHOEBE'S "OLD" ROOM - Photo taken by John Petersik of Young House Love for our HOUSE CRASH

PHOEBE’S “OLD” ROOM – Photo taken by John Petersik of Young House Love for our HOUSE CRASH

PINK AND NAVY

PINK AND NAVY

DESIGN SPONGE

DESIGN SPONGE

SOUTH SHORE DECORATING BLOG

SOUTH SHORE DECORATING BLOG

and of course because this is where it all started…. NAVYRED

THOMAS HAMEL

THOMAS HAMEL

AFTER ALL….WE ARE ALL INSPIRED BY SO MANY THINGS…HERE ARE SOME MORE

PREPPY INSPIRED ROOMS:

LIVING ROOMS –

ALANNA CAVANAGH BROOKS BROTHERS SUIT

ALANNA CAVANAGH
ART TITLED “BROOKS BROTHERS SUIT”

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

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DINING ROOMS –

HAUS AND HOME

HAUS AND HOME

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tria giovan COASTAL STYLE

inspired…

PINTEREST

PINTEREST

BEDROOMS –

CAITLIN WILSON VIA DESIGN SPONGE

CAITLIN WILSON VIA DESIGN SPONGE

…CAITLIN WILSONS TEXTILES LEND THEMSELVES TO THE PREPPY LIFESTYLE- THEY ARE CLASSIC, COLORFUL, EASY AND WORK WELL WITH OTHER PIECES…I AM IN LOVE WITH SO MANY OF HER FABRICS..AND RATHER COO COO FOR THE NEW ANCHOR LINE…

MORE CAITLIN WILSON

MORE CAITLIN WILSON

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SOUTHERN PI PHI

MY DESIGN CHIC

MY DESIGN CHIC

ASHLEY WHITAKER - HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

ASHLEY WHITAKER – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

COTTAGE FENCE

COTTAGE FENCE

THE HANDMADE HOME

THE HANDMADE HOME

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my design chic    anna-cordeira design

BHG

BHG

PB TEEN

PB TEEN

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PREPPY IS ALL ABOUT FUNCTION AND EASE…CLASSIC STYLES, IN CONTEMPORARY HUES…CLEAN LINES THAT FLATTER EVERY SILHOUETTE  AND COLORS THAT COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER…BRING OUT THE BEST…IN EACH OTHER…AND SHOW US SOMETHING THAT WE MIGHT HAVE MISSED…

PINK YUMMY - NYLON PINKSY

PINK YUMMY – NYLON PINKSY

DO YOU HAVE PREPPY ELEMENTS IN YOUR HOME?

Leslie

CATCHING UP

I HAVE FALLEN SO BEHIND WITH BLOGGING…that I have no idea where to begin …and it in some ways reminds me of when you forget to send a Thank-You note and the longer you wait the harder it gets to know what to say.

Since I live my life by lists these days I will use that format.

1. Our house is still on the Market. This process went from all-consuming and physically exhausting to baseline. The house is cleaner and more intact than it has ever been. I love living here…and after all the purging and de-cluttering – I love it even more. We get 24 hours notice for showings and when the call comes in…I become a whirling dervish of tidiness – I make all the beds, lay fresh towels (which I keep aside and put back after each showing , I Vacumn, dust if need be and the last thing I do is throw all laundry in the car followed by the dogs – Charlie and Bean! Muffin, our Wheaten Terrier just chills in her crate but Bean and Charlie bark too much for attention. I take those boys for a stroll or to the dog park and head back to a spotless house an hour later! The good news is that 90% of the showings take place while the kids are in school. But with summer coming that will change .

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2. Phoebe’s last day of High School is today and she graduates June 3rd!!! Sigh. BIG SIGH.

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Phoebe’s first day 2004 Phoebe’s last day – with little brother Cooper who is not so little anymore!

3. Tate finished his first year of college.I moved him out last Friday and in a blur…he was home for less than 24 hours and before he departed for his summer semester abroad in Costa Rica where he will be doing a Spanish Immersion class for 6 (now 5) weeks.

4. I have fallen in love – or at least “LIKE” with a house that I think would be perfect for the next 3 years and perhaps beyond. I am a tad superstitious, so I won’t go into too much detail, but I can tell you that there are MANY MAKEOVERS to do and it fills me with excitement thinking of making it our home. But first, we need to sell our home.

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET

5. I was in a local magazine! Pretty fun…and our home, my swan song – will be featured on a prominent website TBA.

I have missed blogging but sit down to write …and I feel overwhelmed with the BIG LIFE moments that have surpassed the HOME concerns and I hesitate boring you with the little and BIG details of my life. I promise that I have no plans to stop blogging…HECK NO…but right now things are just so RIGHT NOW. I do have a few projects underway…or recently completed that I hope to share next week.

In the meantime – Thank you for hanging in with me. Hanging OUT with me. And for sharing this passage with me. Your support means more than I could ever put into words.

XO

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – SHARED LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

I JUST FINISHED DECORATING A SHARED GIRLS ROOM

FOR TWO LITTLE MUNCHKINS – STELLA AND LIBBY.

SHARED GIRLS ROOM=A ROOM TO GROW UP IN

SHARED GIRLS ROOM = A ROOM TO GROW UP IN. The BEDS ARE ACTUALLY BUNK BEDS!

I LOVE DECORATING KIDS ROOMS . THE POSSIBILITIES ARE VAST AND ENDLESS AND I LOVE GIVING A CHILD A FUN ROOM TO GROW UP IN!!!!

Over the years, decorating kids rooms and especially my own children’s rooms…I have honed in on a FEW KEY FACTORS that I think make the difference between a good and a GREAT room. Obviously storage and safety are baseline…kids need a safe place to play and keep their things neat and tidy-ISH. But often -COLOR is where things can go all WONKY. I have learned that SIMPLE is best.

I DO believe that a child should have some input…but when your child comes to you with four fluorescent paint swatches – YOU, the GROWN UP need to guide them and assure them that you will make sure their room is great…and then tuck those super bright colors away for accessories and finishing touches.

A BIG MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WITH KIDS ROOMS IS TOO FILL THEM WITH TOO MUCH – TOO MUCH COLOR, TOO MUCH STUFF, TOO MUCH TO DO AND SEE AND TOUCH… JUST TOO MUCH. KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!

HERE ARE MY PERSONAL TOP 5 INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT KIDS ROOM

1.LIGHTING

SAFAVIEH "REGINA" LAMP - I LOVE THIS LAMP! IT COMES IN SOME GREAT COLORS . CHECK THEM OUT AT TARGET.COM

SAFAVIEH “REGINA” LAMP – I LOVE THIS LAMP! IT COMES IN SOME GREAT COLORS . CHECK THEM OUT AT TARGET.COM

1. GOOD LIGHTING CAN MAKE A ROOM!  LAMPS AND CHANDELIERS IN KIDS ROOMS THAT ARE NOT TOO “KIDDISH” WILL GROW WITH YOUR CHILD AND ADD STYLE AND LIGHT!!!…MY “MUST HAVES” ARE  A GOOD DESK LAMP AND BEDSIDE LAMP FOR BEDTIME – STORY TIME.

THE NEW TARGET PILLOWFORT LINE HAS DESK LAMPS IN A MULTITIDE

THE NEW TARGET PILLOWFORT LINE HAS DESK LAMPS with TOUCH ON OFF  AVAILABLE IN 9 DIFFERENT COLORS!

THE girls room had a great start with a sweet and feminine chandelier.

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM IS A MIX OF PINKS AND CORALS - A SURPISING GREAT COMBINATION!

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM IS A MIX OF light and bright PINKS AND CORALS –  GREAT COMBINATION!

ART

YOU KNOW I LOVE ART. Art is the thing that makes everything make sense.

THE GILRS ROOMS AND "MIA" BY LESLI DEVITO

“MIA” BY LESLI DEVITO

2. ART – I MAY BE PARTIAL BUT I THINK THAT NO CHILD IS TOO YOUNG TO HAVE ART IN THEIR ROOM. I like to choose special pieces that will surround them with color and design and not look too “childish” but still feel bright and happy in their rooms. Their art will greet them everyday and be a part of their childhood memories. ART is important.

THERE are so many affordable ways to find ART FOR YOUR CHILD’S BEDROOM. GOLDMINE Sites like ETSY,  MINTED  AND EVEN NOW PINTEREST offer thousands AND THOUSANDS of beautiful new and vintage prints which can be bought framed or unframed – and many can be personalized.

There are also dozens upon dozens of great ART sites, like UGALLERY , ARTFULLY WALLS, LOST ART SALON, ART.COM to name just a few which now which sell beautiful original art and prints, SO MUCH of which is great for kids rooms.

CHARLOTTE DESIGNER (AND A FRIEND OF MINE)   HOLLY HOLLINGER OF THE ENGLISH ROOM  BLOG first introduced me to ARTIST HAYLEY MITCHELL about a year ago. HAYLEY, also a Mom of 3 young ones brings her unique sense of style color and whimsy to her beautiful and  amazing PORTRAITS and in particular her special girl portraits .

SHE SELLS PRINTS OF THESE ON ETSY.

I chose “MADALYN” and “AGRAGENA” for over the girls bed and framed them in simple white frames with wide white beveled mats. The utilize plexiglass not glass which is a safer choice for kids room. With Plexiglass you just need to make sure you DO NOT use windex to clean them but just warm soapy water.

PILLOWFORT - "ITS A GIRLS WORLD" FROM TARGET

PILLOWFORT – “ITS A GIRLS WORLD” FROM TARGET

THE “ITS A GIRLS WORLD ” ART IS FROM PILLOWFORT FOR TARGET

LAYERS

I love layers in my clothing and layers in bedrooms.

I CANNOT GET ENOUGH LAYERS ON BEDS. QUILTS, BLANKETS , AND THROWS GIVE YOUR CHILD LOTS OF COZY LAYERS TO SNUGGLE IN.

I CANNOT GET ENOUGH LAYERS ON BEDS. PILLOWS, QUILTS, BLANKETS , AND THROWS GIVE YOUR CHILD LOTS OF COZY LAYERS TO SNUGGLE IN AND MAKE FOR GREAT PILLOW FIGHTS.

I LIKE MIXING IT UP. BRINGING IN COORDINATING PATTERNS AND COLORS. FLORALS AND SOLIDS AND DIFFERENT TEXTURES and weights .

LAYERS AND COLORS

LAYERS AND COLORS – the BEDDING IS ALL FROM THE TARGET PILLOWFORT LINE

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 RUGS

4. THE ROOM IS carpeted in a neutral, soft and durable, kid proof carpet by – SHAW FLOORS  BUT I always think that A GREAT RUG CAN ANCHOR A ROOM and be the perfect finishing touch.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO PUT PASTELS AND BRIGHTS TOGETHER. I OFTEN FIND THAT IN KIDS ROOMS, THE TENDENCY IS TOO PUT….

TOO MANY DIFFERENT COLORS.

The eye does not know where to look and the feel is over stimulating. Instead – try mixing different hues of the same color…for example the pale pinks wall and a deep pink patterned rug with a coral throw.

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM IS A MIX OF PINKS AND CORALS - A SURPISING GREAT COMBINATION!

SHARED GIRLS BEDROOM

5. FURNITURE THAT LASTS 

Kids grow up much too fast. And when decorating smart and on a budget – Furniture that they can grow into is a better investment.

The BEDS I chose are THE “BELLAMY” BUNK BEDS by SMARTSTUFF FURNITURE. Right now the girls are too small for bunk beds but this allows for options down the road. I am a HUGE FAN of twin beds kids for sleepovers and siblings. These beds are solid and durable and will not be outgrown.

the "BELLAMY" BUNK BEDS from SMART STUFF furniture

the “BELLAMY” BUNK BEDS from SMART STUFF furniture

For the side table I chose  – THE CORAL CAMPAIGN SIDE TABLE , FROM LAND OF NOD . Combined with the SAFAVIEH REGINA lamp…they give an extra dose of awesome and elevate the look to “WOW” status!!!!

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AND AS THEY SAY

“THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING!”

THE GIRLS LOVE WHEIR NEW SHARED ROOM!

THE GIRLS in THEIR NEW SHARED ROOM! They look so tiny!

SOURCE LIST:

JENNY LIND BUNK BEDS – SMARTSTUFF FURNITURE

CORAL CAMPAIGN TABLE – LAND OF NOD

PINK TRELLIS RUG – LAND OF NOD

WALL ART – HAYLEY MITCHELL PRINT,

PILOWFORT BY TARGET,

LESLI DEVITO PAINTINGS AND UGALLERY

TABLE LAMP – SAFAVIEH 

DESK LAMP – PILLOWFORT BY TARGET

WALL COLOR – BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD

CARPET – SHAW FLOORS

Leslie

APRIL IS ON UGALLERY

THANK YOU JULIA FROM
I AM TOUCHED! Honored. Blown away! GRATEFUL!!!!!
I have loved Hooked On Houses for YEARS!!! I HAVE GONE THERE FOR UNTOLD INSPIRATION…if you have never found your way there…GO GO GO!!! It is eye candy out the wazoo! My favorites are the houses in movies I have have loved, okay, and the celebrity houses…and the designer’s houses…and the living rooms…truly…I bet more PINTEREST -INSPIRATION comes from Hooked on Houses than anywhere!!!!!
…go check it out and once again Thank you Julia …there is no better publicity in my opinion than the be featured by you!!!!
and……VIRGINIA IS CALLING YOUR NAME!!!! XO

 

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS FOR SALE!

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS FOR SALE!

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“APRIL”
Much of my inspiration is just outside my door…

 

 I WILL NEVER TIRE OF SEEING THESE GUYS…AND IF AND WHEN WE MOVE….I WILL MISS THEM SO VERY MUCH…ON MY WALKS…pulling into the driveway…putting out the trash…they make me smile…and they have given me untold
INSPIRATION
THANKS GUYS!

APRIL IS AVAILABLE ON UGALLERY

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Leslie

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET!

I AM SITTING OUTSIDE A COFFEE SHOP

WITH CHARLIE AND BEAN…

The realtor OPEN HOUSE is taking place at my house.

IT IS HAPPENING!

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HERE is the LISTING!

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE IS ON THE MARKET

If I were to tell you where I have been, what I have been doing, how many trips to the hardware store I have made …IT would take too long and bore you to tears! I could tell you how I needed to buy Knee pads because I have been down on the floor scrubbing up all of my little tiny paint splatters…( I simply must learn to be neater!) It has been a whirlwind…I have touched every inch of this house with my hand and tried to make her look as pretty as possible. Busy times and then…

oh yeah…PROM!!!!…

and THE WILLIAM AND MARY ACCEPTED STUDENTS DAY, SOCCER GAMES and just plain old life.

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Here are my

FIVE PIECES OF ADVICE FOR STAYING SANE AND SURVIVING THIS PROCESS –

  1. TAKE OUT  FOOD.- AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE…MAKING FOOD JUST MAKES MESSES YOU WILL HAVE TO CLEAN AND THERE WILL BE TIME TO COOK LATER!
  2. SLEEP – GO TO BED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE EVEN IF YOU CANNOT FALL ASLEEP BECAUSE OF ALL THE LISTS YOU ARE GOING OVER IN YOUR MIND. GET OFF YOUR FEET AND REST YOUR BODY. THIS IS NOT A TIME TO GET RUN DOWN AND SICK!
  3. TAKE BREAKS – FOR REAL LIFE – HONESTLY THIS HAS BEEN WHAT HAS KEPT ME SANE, SPRING BREAK IN PUERTO PICO WAS PURE HEAVEN!,
    SNUBA - PUERTO RICO SPRING BREAK

    SNUBA – PUERTO RICO SPRING BREAK

    HAVING DINNERS WITH FRIENDS, GOING TO COOPERS SOCCER GAMES. THERE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMETHING TO DO AROUND THE HOUSE …BUT LIFE IS IMPORTANT TO DO TOO!!!!! KEEPS IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE.

  4. TRY TO BE NICE. I SAY “TRY” BECAUSE, TRUST ME THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. I TEND TO GET ON A ROLL AND THEN HAVE A HARD TIME DELEGATING BECAUSE I JUST WNAT TO GET IT DONE MYSELF!!!!! BUT HELP IS WHAT I/YOU NEED AND HELPERS NEED TO BE TALKED TO NICELY.
  5. KEEP THROWING AWAY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. I HAVE CROSSED OVER NOW INTO THINGS I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER GET RID OF AND I AM TELLING YOU – IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE FREE OF ALL THIS STUFF!!!! BETTER THAN I THOUGHT IT COULD EVER FEEL! DO IT!! CHUCK IT!

AH – MY HOUSE. Pretty soon will be someone else’s house. We have had an incredible run. Raised the kids, set all but one off to see the world and now the time has come to move on to the next step. I know I will cry buckets …  but it is all good. AND I have new adventures ahead of me!

VISIT MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LISTING HERE

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Leslie

NEW ART WORK ON UGALLERY

I have 6 New PAINTINGS ON UGALLERY!

GIGI - 16 x 20- by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

GIGI – 16 x 20-
by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

ZOEY - 24 x 30 - by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

ZOEY – 24 x 30 – By Lesli DeVito on UGallery

JEROME- 24 x 30 by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

JEROME- 24 x 30 By Lesli DeVito on UGallery

ADRIAN - 24 x 30 by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

ADRIAN – 24 x 30 By Lesli DeVito on UGallery

PEACHES 24 x 36 by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

PEACHES 24 x 36 By Lesli DeVito on UGallery

MARILYN - 20 x 24 by Lesli DeVito on UGallery

MARILYN – 20 x 24 By Lesli DeVito on UGallery

VISIT UGALLERY FOR MORE LESLI DEVITO PAINTINGS!!!

 

Leslie

Monday Makeover – Getting a House Ready To Sell

My Old Country House goes on the market April 19.

We are currently away on spring break. Thank goodness. I was exhausted.

I spent the better part of last week painting scrubbing, fixing paint chips, scraping, and readying our very lived in house to be put on the market. I do not need to tell you that this process is bittersweet. We are only the second family in this house since it was built in 1880.

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM -

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM –

I have loved and worked on every inch of this house and I say that without exaggeration. I have raised my family in this house and I’m sending children off to college from this house. It is the most wonderful house I have ever lived in. But I do believe that the time is right for us to move to a smaller home. Though knowing so does not make much of this process much easier.

The kids in the driveway 2004

The kids in the driveway 2004

We have a wonderful realtor who is working with us to ready our house to be put on the market. I moved every three years as a child, so the steps come second nature to me. But here is my list of things to do to get your house ready to put it on the market. livingroom10

I am going to skip all of the obvious things, for instance if you have visible signs of damage – broken staircase slats cracked ceilings all of those things we need to be repaired/replaced  first. You may remember that last year when we contemplated putting our house on the market, we had a lot of structural damage that need to be addressed…. livingroombefore Once those things were all fixed,

NEW WALL.....!!!!

NEW WALL…..!!!!

and the exterior of her house is painted, I fell back in love with my house and to be decided to postpone selling.

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE FRONT

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE FRONT

MY TOP TEN “TO DO”LIST

  1. Touch up all paint chips and refresh worn areas of paint – walls and trim
  2. give the kitchen cabinets a good cleaning and touch up paint where needed – inside and out
  3. freshen the paint on the kitchen floor.
  4. clean out all closets of extraneous things, and do the big purge. ( I filled my minivan TWICE. With items to donate )
  5. clean out kitchen drawers
  6. scrub floors, taking care to remove all paint drips
  7. . ( this took the better part of the week)
  8. Pack away to storage most of personal photos, big cluttered gallery walls etc, while leaving still some photos because after all a family does live in our house.
  9. Dust and Wash windows, baseboard and crown molding
  10. Pack up and take to storage extra pieces of furniture, and books, throw blankets and hanging coats which only serve to diminish the openness of the spaces
  11. Repaint paint on front and back porches, touch up doors, repaint shed doors.
Fresh and clean

Fresh and clean

Damon took charge of the outside cleaning up rubbish and old twigs, fixing up the landscaped areas and putting down bags and bags of mulch. We also have fresh gravel put on our driveway. And bought loads of fresh flowers to put wherever needed.

My cousin sent me a Facebook message showing me our pink bookcase in HGTV magazine!!! I haven't even seen it yet! Super exciting!

My cousin sent me a Facebook message showing me our pink bookcase in HGTV magazine!!! I haven’t even seen it yet! Super exciting! Benjamin Moore paradise pink. The exterior is BM Linen White. 

Spring is a great time to sell, all the dogwoods and tulips are in  bloom and the natural beauty is a bonus.

PHOEBE IS MY SPRING BABY!

PHOEBE IS MY SPRING BABY!

There is much to do upon our return from spring break. We will need to style each room, freshen up the spaces. But hopefully the hardest and most physical work is behind us. For now I am off to enjoy the beauty of Puerto Rico!!!!

I will be back next week with an update on

My Old Country House!

Leslie

LADY CAVE – INSPIRED BY CHAIRISH

WITH ALL THIS PACKING AND STAGING AND CLEANING HAPPENING….

I find myself wanting to retreat, go sit someplace quiet and escape the craziness that is ME right now. Daughter graduating, house selling, and subsequent house finding…yesterday I dragged (well ROLLED really)  my dining room table, covered with paint out into the yard and refinished it! YES in the middle of ALL OF THIS…I am stripping and refinishing furniture but I tend to be a “RAINS IT POURS” so I derive an incredible amount of energy from any “TO DO” list…which often includes things NOT on the list but which have needed DOING for years! ANYHOO…..

I PUT TOGETHER this  “STYLE BOARD” for CHAIRISH …featuring one of their many AWESOME….DYNOMITE BARSTOOLS!

Chairish logo (PRNewsFoto/Chairish)

Chairish logo (PRNewsFoto/Chairish)

CHAIRISH IS one of my all time favorite GO TO sites for decorating inspiration.

Anna Brockway – Co-founder and President

Anna Brockway - Co-founder and President of CHAIRISH

Anna Brockway – Co-founder and President of CHAIRISH

ANNA BROCKWAY, CO FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT  of CHAIRISH spoke at the DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE. She was SO inspirational. She literally started Chairish by listing furniture from her own house! I kid you not! How brilliant (and a bit crazy but GOOD CRAZY – is that!)

LADY CAVE - I STARTED WITH A BARSTOOL AND ENDED WITH A ROOM!!!!!

“LADY CAVE” – BY CHAIRISH (AND LESLI DEVITO ART!) I STARTED WITH A BARSTOOL AND ENDED WITH A ROOM!!!!!

 I LOVE CHAIRISH. Everything is unique and special and one of a kind.

I find that lately everything…every site I VISIT….ends up having  ALL THE  same stuff!!!!…

but NOT CHAIRISH – they are a consignment shop of sorts…A NEW FASHIONED – HIGH END yes, but also very very AFFORDABLE-END TOO ….just unique IDEA-CREATING home furnishings…sofas, rugs, lamps…even

BARSTOOLS AND A BAR!

MID CENTURY TWO PIECE BAR

YOU SUPPLY THE COCKTAILS!

I Highly urge you to check out CHAIRISH – TO BUY AND PERHAPS EVEN TO SELL!!!! I know I am going to have a MONSTER TRUCK LOAD of stuff to sell as we downsize. THEY HELP YOU HANDLE the shipping too!!!!!

Chairish logo (PRNewsFoto/Chairish)

Chairish logo (PRNewsFoto/Chairish)

I THINK A LADY CAVE WOULD BE A NICE ADDITION TO THE NEW HOUSE!

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – END OF AN ERA

I HAD THE FLU

It was nasty. As it took me longer than I anticipated to get a clear head back…and still, I am not quite back 100% but getting closer every day.

In the meantime…many changes are brewing. Phoebe is winding down her senior year. Each week seems to take on a theme, a life of its own…the “LAST” this and that...Phoebe is much more sentimental than Tate and more involved in school politics so her duties run far and wide. She was recently rewarded an EMILY COURIC MERIT scholarship and will be honored the day before her 18th birthday at a luncheon in honor of all the girls locally (8) who were nominated . I am so proud of my girl. But it is bittersweet….I am not quite sure I can picture my life without her nearby…it is going to be a rough one..letting go. But she is on to amazing things!

MY LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING UP TOO TOO FAST....

MY LITTLE GIRL IS GROWING UP TOO FAST….

Which brings me to the next big change…or impending change.

We are putting My Old Country House on the market.

I cannot even believe I am writing these words but I do believe that it is time to live a little smaller and a little simpler. We had a realtor here today, someone who is very familiar with old properties such as ours and hopefully his recommendations with be fair and we will get the ball rolling. Soon. Spring is the time to sell right? gulp.

The kids in the driveway 2004

The kids in the driveway 2004

It won’t happen overnight…and who knows, it may not even happen…but I am embracing the possibility and if it is meant to be , I am ready to let go of this amazing home which has served us so well all these years. We moved into this house with babys…Tate was just a first grader…the time goes so fast! So very much has changed.

Updates to come…Thank you for taking this journey with me. Truly – Thank you.

TATE on a Hay Bale!

TATE on a Hay Bale!

xo

Leslie

THE KITCHEN MAKEOVER AND FORMICA MARBLE REVISITED

OUR KITCHEN RENOVATION WAS COMPETED 3 YEARS AGO.

AND THE “REVEAL POST” IS TO DATE IS MY “MOST READ POST” .

I INSTALLED THE SUBWAY TILE MYSELF, BORROWING THE TILE CUTTER FROM A FRIEND.

The kitchen renovation is one of those endeavors…like having 3 children under the age of 4…that I am not so sure I could do again…or at least wonder. “How did I DO THAT!”  BUT SOMEHOW I DID…and it still works. I have thought about getting all new cabinets…but with a second DeVito heading to college…that is probably not going to happen. But I like to dream.

ANYWAY…I thought i would be fun to share it with you, many of who never saw it the first time around! Enjoy!

BEFORE

THIS IS WHAT WE STARTED WITH! In 1967, the kitchen was Built RIGHT in the space, meaning that no two cabinets measure exactly the same…the doors measure all ever so slightly different…BUT On the plus side, every single inch was used and there is little dead space…cause…you gotta find a “plus side”!!!

AFTER

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THE MAYTAG DISHWASHER LASTED A MEER 2 YEARS BEFORE IT BROKE AND THE REPLACEMENT PART WAS GOING TO BE MORE THAN BUYING A NEW FRIGIDARE….LIVE AND LEARN…SO WE HAVE A FRIDGIDARE NOW.

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Each NEW feature of this room; the countertops, the appliances, the hardware….  represented hours and hours of price matching and figuring out…weighing the cost benefit of this versus that….etc etc…and mostly SAVING money….

THE BIGGEST WAY I SAVED MONEY…. WAS ON THE COUNTERTOPS…

HOW? You ask? “How did you save with Marble?”

I saved because these countertops ARE ACTUALLY NOT MARBLE….

actually I have NICK-named it “FAURBLE”- FAUX MARBLE

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THEY ARE FORMICA! CALACATTA MARBLE IN THE ” AMORE” EDGE From the 180x line

….and instead of costing upwards of $5000 to do my 60 square feet of countertops

…it was $850!!!

That’s $14 a square foot for you MATH whizzes…you can also get them for $30/sq foot installed,

WHY FORMICA?

Here is how my thinking went…”this kitchen is 45 years old. In order to save money, we decided to MAINTAIN the original footprint. We kept the cabinet bodies and replaced the doors and drawer fronts with an updated look and color.We chose white to keep the 4 walled space…space more open. I also DID most of the work myself. My ULTIMATE dream was to EVENTUALLY TAKE DOWN the wall between the Kitchen and Dining room and GUT renovate the space one day….but for the time being, I  chose to spend my BIG dollars on items that could be moved to a new space: appliances, faucets…even hardware.”

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There is not a doubt in my mind that we could have saved an extra HUGE chunk of change had I gone with BUDGET hardware, LOW end inexpensive appliances, and an inexpensive knock off faucet. My goal was to GET THE BEST (within reason) FOR LESS!!! l challenge you to find any price LOWER than the ones I found for each of my purchases.

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PINK KITCHENAID MIXER

PINK KITCHENAID MIXER

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THE PENDANTS ARE FROM LOWES.

A FEW DAYS AFTER I ORIGINALLY POSTED OUR KITCHEN, I GOT AN EMAIL FROM FAMILY CIRCLE MAGAZINE. SEEMS THEY FEATURE A “BUDGET KITCHEN” MAKEOVER EACH YEAR AND WE HAD BEEN CHOSEN AS THAT YEARS “BUDGET KITCHEN OF THE YEAR!” .

FAMILY CIRCLE FALL 2013

FAMILY CIRCLE FALL 2013

FAMILY CIRCLE NOVEMBER OF 2012

FAMILY CIRCLE NOVEMBER OF 2013

IN PREPARATION FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT, I PAINTED THE VINYL FLOORING WITH BENJAMIN MOORE PORCH AND FLOOR PAINT.

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THE PAINTED KITCHEN FLOOR

KITCHEN ISLAND AND PAINTED VINYL FLOOR

KITCHEN ISLAND AND PAINTED VINYL FLOOR

IT HAS HELD UP BEAUTIFULLY. EVERY 18 MONTHS OR SO, I WILL ROLL ON A FRESH COAT…BUT IT BREATHED NEW LIFE INTO OUR DINGY FLOOR AND BOUGHT US TIME TO FIGURE OUT OUR NEXT MOVE. MY HOPE IS TO ONE DAY INSTALL SMALL HEXAGON TILE  – SIMILAR TO THE BATHROOMS.WE SHALL SEE

GOSSAMER BLUE ISLAND IN KITCHEN PAINTED MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

GOSSAMER BLUE ISLAND IN KITCHEN PAINTED MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE

YOU MAY NOTICE THAT THE COUNTERTOP EDGE PROFILE CHANGED . WE ORIGINALLY WANTED THE “AEGEAN EDGE” –

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AEGEAN EDGE – FORMICA COUNTER TOPS

‘AEGEAN”(ALSO CALLED “PENCIL”) IS A STRAIGHT EDGE THAT DOES NOT WRAP AROUND THE BOTTOM.  THIS EDGE RESEMBLED THE CUTS OF REAL MARBLE THAT I WAS MOST ATTRACTED TO.  TWO MONTHS INTO THE ORDER COMPLETION, WE WERE TOLD AEGEAN WAS UNAVAILABLE.  WE WERE BUMMED.

FORMICA AMORE EDGE

FORMICA AMORE EDGE

SO, WE GOT THE MORE CURVY “AMORE” EDGE NSTEAD. 6 MONTHS AFTER THE KITCHEN WAS COMPLETED, THE FORMICA COMPANY CONTACTED US, WANTING TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT…THEY GRACIOUSLY  REPLACED THE “AMORE EDGE” COUNTERTOPS WITH WHAT WE HAD ORIGINALLY WANTED. AEGEAN! TALK ABOUT GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!

FORMICA MAKES A GREAT PRODUCT, AND FOR MANY, THEY PROVIDE AN ATTRACTIVE AND AFFORDABLE OPTION.   I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT NEW TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN INSTITUTED IN LOWES AND HOME DEPOTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MAKING THESE COUNTER TOPS MORE ACCESSIBLE.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FORMICA 180X AND ENCOUNTER  ANY ROAD BLOCKS, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO CONNECT YOU WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE!!!!

CUTTING BOARD!

CUTTING BOARD! HARDWARE FROM RESTORATION.

KOHLER STAINLESS VAULT SINK

KOHLER STAINLESS VAULT SINK

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HAMPTON SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC HAMPTON PENDANT FIXTURE in polished nickel

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!

for more on my Budget Kitchen Makeover Visit the following Posts:

1. the-kitchen-makeover-saving-and-splurges-and-lessons-learned

2./yes-you-can-tile-over-tile-take-2/

3./budget-kitchen-deconstructed-part-2/

4.how-to-save-money-on-appliance/

5.painted-vinyl-kitchen-floor/

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