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” –

AEGEAN EDGE - FORMICA COUNTER TOPS

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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Leslie

Design Bloggers Conference 2016 – SOME HIGHLIGHTS!

Coming to you LIVE from the Design Bloggers Conference in ATLANTA !

I felt a tad guilty, leaving 2 kids with the flu  home with Dad for 4 days but, yesterday I kissed their hot foreheads and headed to Atlanta for the 6th and my 3rd Design Bloggers Conference!

BUNNY WILLIAMS AT THE 2015 Design Bloggers Conference

BUNNY WILLIAMS AT THE 2015 Design Bloggers Conference

..on the PLUS side I am happy to report that my eldest , Tate, home from UVA on his Spring break , has joined me! He slept in for the morning speakers but joined me at lunch and struck up  a great conversation with the Morning Keynote Speaker – Cynthia Rowley, YES , CYNTHIA ROWLEY...who among all the millions of things she does… Including being born exactly one day before me… Is now designing surf boards – Tate’s big love!!!

CYNTHIA ROWLEY IS A LEO!

CYNTHIA ROWLEY IS A LEO! SHE LOVES ART AND FASHION, DESIGN, CYCLING AND SURFING…AND SHE IS AMAZING! PHOTO – NIGEL BARKER

Tate and his new friend Cynthia  talked Project Runway and Surfing while I simply pinched myself ! Cynthia has a whole line of GORGEOUS women’s swimwear and wetsuits...you really need to check these out! I am absolutely in LOVE with her more than ever now and must find a way to collaborate of something! She started out as an ARTIST!

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SHORTLY BEFORE LUNCH –  WE MET Justina Blakeney !!1 JUSTINA spoke ABOUT  – Among other things, HER recently released NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER –

THE NEW  BOHEMIANS …

THE NEW BOHEMIANS

THE NEW BOHEMIANS

JUSTINA BLAKENEY GAVE A MASTER CLASS – SHARING HER  INTERNET WISDOM – SHE aspires to be the Bohemian chic design goddess (I kind of think she already is!) I love her Straightforward no-nonsense approach to the business of blogging and Branding! JUSTINA has such vision and clarity! I did NOT get a photo but instead did a little doodle of her…

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INDIA HICKS

A GODDESS…..just spoke and I can honestly say she might be one of the best… most engaging, FUNNY and entertaining speakers I have ever had the pleasure of seeing and hearing. Add the British accent and the “brilliant” family history… and she had me mesmerized the entire time.

INDI TOKEN - YES, SHE ALSO DOES JEWLERY AND I ADORE THESE TOKENS...YOU MUST CHECK THESE OUT!!!

INDI TOKEN – YES, SHE ALSO DESIGNS AND SELLS JEWLERY AND I ADORE THESE TOKENS…YOU MUST CHECK THESE OUT!!!

I always love it too when I meet someone with kids the same ages as mine! Somehow I feel a kinship. Her eldest is also 19!!!

INDIA HICKS - APPLES AND TREES KIND OF THING!

INDIA HICKS SON  – APPLES AND TREES KIND OF THING! BEAUTIFUL APPLES  FALL FROM BEAUTIFUL TREES!

DURING THE Q AND A part, someone  asked India about “the wedding”… it took a moment for me to register “what wedding????” …and then I remembered …DUH! You know, Charles and Diana!!!!!  Her Godfather is royalty! She told a sweet rid bit about Diana getting ready in her centuries old exquisite Royal tiara… And jeans …. Brilliant!

INIDA HICKS AND HER "MADDISON MAY" BAG, NAMED AFTER HER GOD DAUGHTER

INIDA HICKS AND HER “MADDISON MAY” BAG, NAMED AFTER HER GOD DAUGHTER

SHE  is so charming in her honest account of growing up with a Famous Father as a designer…in homes like Downton Abbey and I loved HER Truse love for her Father…which radiated as she spoke. She is quite down to earth…all things considered and I absolutely love that she had Dave Matthews to visit with his family and did not know..until her left…WHO he was!!! They shared Tequilla and a love for beetles! I love her. Check out India’s blog too!

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Leslie

BLANKIES, LOVIES and the LOVIE PORTRAITS

I am currently decorating a shared bedroom for two very young sisters. I LOVE decorating kids rooms!!!…It takes me back and makes me nostalgic for my babies….and their LOVIES.

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

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

“LOVIES” aka “transitional objects”  . My Mom said I had a yellow satin-edged blanket as a baby/toddler, it went everywhere I went.  There were many stories of trips made BACK from whence we came when my “blankie” was accidentally left behind.

NEW EVERY MORNING LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

NEW EVERY MORNING LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

great shared room!!! Southern living design Idea House!

great shared room!!! Southern living design Idea House! My boys would have a load of fun with these oars!!! Might skip those although – I do like the look of them!

You never know what your child will choose as their LOVIE. Tate had a room full of blankies and stuffed animals, tons of transitional objects to choose from…but instead chose to carry little things he could hold in his fist. He LOVED LOVED the Fisher Price  “little people” and went nuts over the little Lego guys. Once, on a Pre School tour, he got hold of a tiny cylindrical purple block. Held it tight in his hand and I did not have the heart to try to pry it loose. It remains in my jewelry box….a reminder of the little things..that meant so much…even if only until the next “little thing” came along.

TATE AND ONE OF HIS "GUYS" - THIS PARTICULAR ONE WAS THE LID TO A CERAMID "WINNIE THE POOH" TINY DISH. HE WOULD STAND AT THE FOOT OF MY DRESSER AND BEG ME TO TAKE IT DOWN SO HE COULD CARRY IT AROUND. IT WOULD KEEP HIM OCCUPIED FOR HOURS...THAT SILLY WINNIE THE POOH LID. I MISS THOSE DAYS...THEY FELT SO OVERWHELMING AT THE TIME...BUT WHEN I LOOK BACK...THEY WERE SO SWEET AND SIMPLE. I CHERISH THE MEMORIES OF THAT TIME.

TATE AND ONE OF HIS “GUYS” – THIS PARTICULAR ONE WAS THE LID TO A CERAMIC “WINNIE THE POOH” JEWELRY DISH. HE WOULD STAND AT THE FOOT OF MY DRESSER AND BEG ME TO TAKE IT DOWN SO HE COULD CARRY IT AROUND. IT WOULD KEEP HIM OCCUPIED FOR HOURS…THAT SILLY WINNIE THE POOH LID. I MISS THOSE DAYS…THEY FELT SO OVERWHELMING AT THE TIME…BUT WHEN I LOOK BACK…THEY WERE SO SWEET AND SIMPLE. I CHERISH THE MEMORIES OF THAT TIME.

Fast forward to Phoebe…and she had too many LOVIES to count. When she was three she carried her collected menagerie around the house , room to room, in a cardboard box….Barney, Pooh bear, Cow baby… Her toddler bed was a stuffed-animal zoo…barely room for her little body…there were beanie babies and stuffed puppies and her MOST FAVORITE LOVIE in the whole world (to this day!) was a PINK satin ribbon trimmed monogrammed blankie. Fancy girl. She got it she she was 5 months old as a gift. She still keeps it under her pillow,  a bit tattered, I have re-stitched the binding many times – it has been WELL LOVED…. She named it “Friend Blankie”(FB )-  to be differentiated from “NOT my Friend Blankie” (NMFB) which was the IDENTICAL copy we got in case FB – Blankie #1 went missing. She was on to us…though in truth..and could tell them apart…hence the “not my friend” ….that was until FB #1 was lost one day, after it had been left on the top of the car, and NMFB became FB and we had to get a NMFB #2…which is still packed away somewhere!!! The things we do for love! And sleep.

PHOEBE AND HER MONOGRAMMED BLANKIE - "FRIEND BLANKIE THE FIRST.

PHOEBE AND HER MONOGRAMMED BLANKET – “FRIEND BLANKIE” – THE FIRST.

PHOEBE - CHRISTMAS MORNING - OVERWHELMED WITH ALL THE HOOPLA, SHE CRAWELED INOT HER ROCKER WITH HER PACIE AND BLANKIE AND COMFORTED HERSELF.

PHOEBE – CHRISTMAS MORNING – AGE 18 MONTHS – OVERWHELMED WITH ALL THE HOOPLA, SHE CRAWLED INTO HER ROCKER WITH HER PACIfier AND BLANKIE AND COMFORTED HERSELF. THIS WAS A COMMON PHOEBE SIGHT.

These things, the blankies and the “Lovies” are so precious. When we are new parents…they are life savers…they can be the difference between a screaming child and a sleeping one. They comfort our babies when we are across the hall…at work, somewhere else. They make them feel safe. We cherish them and when they get lost…we travel far and wide to retrieve them. We buy back-ups and copies in fear of losing them. Then, one day…while we are busy doing the dishes or folding laundry…we find them in a corner…no longer the life-line-difference-maker they once were and we are simultaneously grateful and a bit melancholy at the swift passage of time and then…we move on to the next thing…the next phase and we pack the Lovies safely away, or tuck them under a pillow and they remind us of a time that was simple and pure and sweet. LOVIES.

THE LOVIE PORTRAITS – STAR BABY AND PATS BUNNY

I HAD THE HONOR LAST CHRISTMAS OF PAINTING DOZENS OF CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS. IN ADDITION,  I WAS COMMISSIONED TO PAINT THE “LOVIES” BELONGING TO THE CHILDREN OF A CLIENT. THIS WAS A FIRST…AND I HOPE I GET THE CHANCE AGAIN…I LOVED THIS PROJECT…

The little girl had a “Star Baby”…

STAR BABY

STAR BABY

…and her big brother The little boy had a Patriots Bunny…

PATS BUNNY

PATS BUNNY

This photo melts my heart!

These two yummy Christmas morning babes…make you want to freeze time. I am so happy to have been able to give them lasting memories of this precious time!
Did you have a LOVIE? Did your children? I love hearing about the LOVIES!!!

xo

Leslie

COLOR OF THE WEEK – CORAL – PEACH – APRICOT

BENJAMIN MOORE: CORAL GABLES, CORAL REEF, DAYTONA PEACH, FUNKY FRUIT, JEWELED PEACH, OLD WORLD, PEACH SORBET, PINK PEACH AND SUNSET BOULEVARD.

BENJAMIN MOORE: CORAL GABLES, CORAL REEF, DAYTONA PEACH, FUNKY FRUIT, JEWELED PEACH, OLD WORLD, PEACH SORBET, PINK PEACH AND SUNSET BOULEVARD.

WITHOUT CRACKING A PAGE…I PREDICT THAT CORAL…WILL BE RAISING IT’S PEACHY PINK  LITTLE HAND AND ASK POLITELY TO BE HEARD THIS SPRING AND SUMMER…WHY?

I DON’T KNOW, I JUST FEEL IT! I FEEL PEACHY!

I love CORAL / PEACH / APRICOT – as  accent colorS…in combination with Grays, GREENS and Navy.

CORAL GABLES

CORAL GABLES

The Inside of my Bathroom Vanity – painted Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is painted Coral Gables.

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TERRENCE PAYNE SEAHORSE CORAL HYGEE AND WEST

the kids bathroom - OCEAN AIR WITH ACCENTS OF CORAL GABLES

the kids bathroom – OCEAN AIR WITH ACCENTS OF CORAL GABLES

PEACH SORBET

PEACH SORBET

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the kitchen mccabe

PEACH PARFAIT

PEACH PARFAIT

BENJMAIN MOORE PEACH PARFAIT

BENJMAIN MOORE PEACH PARFAIT

PEACH PARFAIT - VERANDA

PEACH PARFAIT – VERANDA

SUNSET BOULEVARD

SUNSET BOULEVARD

LUC TIE NECK BLOUSE ANTHROPOLOGIE

LUC TIE NECK BLOUSE ANTHROPOLOGIE

BM SUNSET BOULEVARD - WHITE WILLOW

BM SUNSET BOULEVARD – WHITE WILLOW – I LIKE TI BALANCED WITH WHITE. IT WOULD OVERPOWER THE ROOM ALONE…A LITTLE GOES A LONNNNGGGGG WAY!

FUNKY FRUIT

FUNKY FRUIT

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HOUZZ – COLOR BM FUNKY FRUIT

SALMON PEACH

SALMON PEACH

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL SALMON PEACH

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL SALMON PEACH

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL SALMON PEACH

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL SALMON PEACH

PINK PEACH

PINK PEACH

THE DESIGN FILES.NET

THE DESIGN FILES.NET

LAND OF NOD- CORAL CAMPAIGN DRESSER

LAND OF NOD- CORAL CAMPAIGN DRESSER

land of nod coral side table and SAFAVIEH "REGINA" LAMP - I LOVE THIS LAMP! IT COMES IN SOME GREAT COLORS . CHECK THEM OUT AT TARGET.COM

land of nod CAMPAIGN coral side table

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LAND OF NOD

LAND OF NOD

JEWELED PEACH

JEWELED PEACH

DESIGN SPONGE

DESIGN SPONGE

DESIGN SPONGE

DESIGN SPONGE

RICH CORAL

RICH CORAL

RICH CORAL

RICH CORAL

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS EVER!

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS EVER!

CORAL REEF

CORAL REEF

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY

IT IS HARD NOT TO SMILE WHEN YOU LOOK AT CORAL…IT IS WARM AND CHEERFUL AND FLATTERING. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY…AND POPS OF CORAL CAN ADD JUST THE RGHT ZING TO A ROOM…OR COCKTAIL!!!

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    PEACHMOPOLITAN – MARTHA STEWART

HAVE YOU – WOULD YOU EVER USED PEACH – APRICOT – CORAL?

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES?

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – CLIENT STUDY/PLAYROOM

LAST WEEK I SHARED WITH YOU A RECENT PROJECT.

BEFORE

THE EXISTING LEATHER FURNITURE (above left) WAS TO BE MOVED TO A nearby ROOM WHICH WOULD SERVE AS A LITTLE KIDS TV ROOM NOW – TO BE LATER USED A STUDY FOR DAD. This meant that things would need to be durable and safe…

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THE STUDY/PLAYROOM IS EASILY VISIBLE FROM THE KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM...FOR SUPERVISION OF THE KIDS. THEY HAVE A GREAT PLAYROOM ON ANOTHER FLORR BUT THEY ARE STILL TOO YOUNG TO BE UNSUPERVISED.

THE STUDY/PLAYROOM IS EASILY VISIBLE FROM THE KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM…FOR SUPERVISION OF THE KIDS. THEY HAVE A GREAT PLAYROOM ON ANOTHER FLOOR BUT THEY ARE STILL TOO YOUNG TO BE UNSUPERVISED.

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Obviously people move and don’t always stay in THE SAME house from birth to college , but when I am decorating a home to transition from stage to stage, I try to keep things as classic and malleable as possible…so that the house can grow with the family.

STUDY/PLAYROOM

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OTTOMAN BY PRECENDENT DWELL STUDIO – UNFORTUNATELY NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN THIS FABRIC BUT CAN BE PURCHASED HERE. ART IS BY SUGAR BOO DESIGNS

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STUDY / PLAYROOM

STUDY / PLAYROOM OTTOMAN AVAIL HERE

BOOK SHELVES BEFORE –

BOOKSHELVES

BOOKSHELVES

AND AFTER….

CLIENT DEN

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TARGET CAMPAIGN DESK - SALSA

TARGET CAMPAIGN DESK – SALSA

TV AND CAMPAIGN DESK

TV AND CAMPAIGN DESK

STUDY / PLAYROOM

STUDY / PLAYROOM

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I LOVE HOW ALL OF THE PIECES CAME TOGETHER…EVERYTHING JUST FELL INTO PLACE AND THE FORMER LIVING ROOM FURNITURE IS PERFECT IN THE DEN!

NEXT MONDAY MAKEOVER – THE DINING ROOM!

Leslie

DECORATING THE STAIRCASE

EVER SINCE I HAD THE UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS HALLS PAINTED…

THE STAIRCASE REMAINS BARE...I AM NOT USUALLY THIS INDECISIVE?

THE STAIRCASE REMAINS BARE…I AM NOT USUALLY THIS INDECISIVE? MAYBE I JUST NEED THE QUIET FOR A MOMENT…..

I have not been able to bring myself to put anything BACK on the walls. They look fine bare..little minimalistic, and I have been actively keeping my eyes open for inspiration. I have been collection photos on Pinterest…but until recently NOTHING was really inspiring me enough to make a move…FINALLY I SAW THIS PHOTO..

CUP OF JO

CUP OF JO

and I got an idea…I knew I wanted photos…but I wanted NON – the TYPICAL posed photos…maybe even the “outtakes”! I had the posed portraits there before. I LOVED those, but was just ready for a change. I went back through my old Shutterfly account and found 6 great photos and I am having this enlarged to 11′ X 14″ . Here is more along the lines of what I was looking for!

2009 - MY THREE BABES

2009 – MY THREE BABES

I THEN FOUND THESE GREAT FRAMES AT TARGET.COM

PROFILE 1 GALLERY 16x20 M 11x14

PROFILE 1 GALLERY 16×20 M 11×14 $19.99 BEFORE the 25% off!!!!

 

 

SO I AM OFF TO CREATE MY NEW IMPROVED STAIRCASE!

In the meantime…enjoy some of my favorite Staircase photos…perhaps a little “PIN-spiration!”

BOLD BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

BRIGHT BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

CUP OF JO

CUP OF JO

MY DOMAINE - LOVE THESE SILHOUETTES!

MY DOMAINE – LOVE THESE SILHOUETTES!

 

HOUZZ

HOUZZ

BRIGHT BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

BRIGHT BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

aesthetic oiseau

aesthetic oiseau

DECORATING FILES

DECORATING FILES

INDEED DECOR

INDEED DECOR

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

LIZ MARIE -

LIZ MARIE –

LOTS OF IDEAS AND INSPIRATION…HERE IS WHAT IT THINK – THE STAIRCASE IS REALLY AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE YOUR HOME YOU. I tend to shy away from articles that try to show me “How to create the Perfect Gallery wall!” I mean, A Gallery wall…is a Gallery….it is your stuff. This is definitely an area where you could ask 10 people and get 10 opinions on what to do…so just do what YOU like…if you want a million photos up there…go for it…or nothing or just 3 ..or paintings…or dirty handprints…it is your HOME so do what makes you happy every night when you climb those stairs and all the millions of times between …My ONLY suggestion is that when you hand your photos, hang them secure so they don’t get bumped off!!!!

SO I SHALL FORGE AHEAD AND SHOW YOU WHEN I GET DONE!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 

Leslie

COLOR ON TREND – DEEP MOSSY OLIVE GREEN

Perhaps it is because I have lived long enough….

…..enough to get the sense of what colors have not been around for a while and are due for a reappearance…But even BEFORE I saw that DARK MOSS  was all over the runway at the FALL 2016 Fashion Week…I predicted it would be making a comeback…or should I say rather…be

“ON TREND” .

UK DESIGNER LUKE EDWARD HALL

UK DESIGNER LUKE EDWARD HALL

THESE DARK GREENS ARE WARMER THAN THE “PINES” AND THE “EVERGREENS” WHICH HAVE MORE BLUE UNDERTONES…

DARK MOSS )OLIVE, AVOCADO) GREEN - ALL BENJAMIN MOORE - AVOCADO, COLONIAL VERDIGRIS, DARK CELERY, WALLER GREEN, ALMER GREEN, TIMSON GREEN, HERB GREEN, WINDSOR GREEN AND TERRAPIN GREEN

DARK MOSS (OLIVE, AVOCADO) GREEN – ALL BENJAMIN MOORE – AVOCADO, COLONIAL VERDIGRIS, DARK CELERY, WALLER GREEN, ALMER GREEN, TIMSON GREEN, HERB GREEN, WINDSOR GREEN AND TERRAPIN GREEN

I LOVE THESE DEEP GREENS. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF IT’S POWER AND APPEAL – THE SWATCHES DO NOT NECESSARILY CORRESPOND WITH THE ROOMS…BUT I LOVE HOW THE GREEN FEELS SO ALIVE!

COLONIAL VERDIGRIS

COLONIAL VERDIGRIS

PINTEREST - SPAMMY LINK

PINTEREST – SPAMMY LINK

JALAPENO

JALAPENO

JALAPENO PEPPER

JALAPENO PEPPER

ANTHROPOLOGIE LINEN EDLYN SECTIONAL SOFA -LOVE LOVE LOVE...IMAGINE IS A BLUSH ROOM!!!!!

ANTHROPOLOGIE LINEN EDLYN SECTIONAL SOFA -LOVE LOVE LOVE…IMAGINE IS A BLUSH ROOM!!!!!

MACOWECZKI - ADORABLE

MACOWECZKI – ADORABLE

HUNTER GREEN - has a bit less yellow than the more mossy greens but this, looks amazing.

HUNTER GREEN – has a bit less yellow than the more mossy greens but this, looks amazing.

 

HUNTER GREEN - THE AESTATE

HUNTER GREEN – THE AESTATE

HUNTER GREEN

HUNTER GREEN

HERB GREEN

HERB GREEN

GREEN DINIGN ROOM - GUMDROP

GREEN DINING ROOM – GUMDROP

MOSS SOFA - SADLY WHEN I FOLLOWED THIS LINK, IT SAYS THAT SOFA.COM HAS CLOSED IT'S US SHOP...BUT THE SOFA IS STILL GORGEOUS!

MOSS SOFA – SADLY WHEN I FOLLOWED THIS LINK, IT SAYS THAT SOFA.COM HAS CLOSED IT’S US SHOP…BUT THE SOFA IS STILL GORGEOUS!

THIS OLD HOUSE - LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR FOR A FRONT DOOR AND MAY HAVE TO COPY IT!

THIS OLD HOUSE – LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR FOR A FRONT DOOR AND MAY HAVE TO COPY IT!

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LAYERS OF GREENS – LA DOLCE VITA BLOG

DARK CELERY

DARK CELERY

WASABI - APARTMENT THERAPY

WASABI – APARTMENT THERAPY

ELLE DECOR

ELLE DECOR

HEARTSWOON - BLUSH AND DEEP OLIVE

HEARTSWOON – BLUSH AND DEEP OLIVE

THESE GREENS PLAY VERY NICELY WITH MY FAVORITE COLOR THIS SEASON – BLUSH…MAKES ME ALMOST WANT TO PAINT A WALL DEEP GREEN! ADDA BUSH SOFA AND BAM!

GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN - THE SCOUT GUIDE

FARROW AND BALL CHALKE GREEN – THE SCOUT GUIDE

TIMSON GREEN

TIMSON GREEN

HARPERS BAZAAR TRIBECA HOUSE

HARPERS BAZAAR TRIBECA HOUSE

FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH LINK TO keltainentalorannalla

FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH LINK TO keltainentalorannalla

 

AVOCADO

AVOCADO

AVOCADO

AVOCADO

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY

APARTMENT THERAPY – DEEP MOSSY GREEN IS A SPECTACULAR COLOR CHOICE FOR BOYS (AND GIRLS) BEDROOMS!

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

TERRAPIN GREEN

WALLER GREEN

WALLER GREEN

PINTEREST

PINTEREST

WINDSOR GREEN

WINDSOR GREEN

DEEP GREEN KITCHEN - LOVE!

DEEP GREEN KITCHEN – LOVE!

INTERIOR VIA APARTMENT THERAPY - IF PAINTING THE WALLS FEELS LIKE TOO MUCH...DO DRAPES!

INTERIOR VIA APARTMENT THERAPY – IF PAINTING THE WALLS FEELS LIKE TOO MUCH…DO DRAPES!

THIS DEEP MOSSY GREEN IS A COLOR I THINK WE HAVE NOT EVEN BEGUN TO SEE ENOUGH OF…I THINK IT WILL BE AROUND FOR A WHILE…IT COMPLEMENTS SO MANY OTHER COLORS AND CAN SERVE AS AN ALMOST NEUTRAL BACKDROP WHICH PUT WITH THE RIGHT COMBINATIONS.IT IS A COLOR THAT I AM NOT SURE WOULD WORK IN MY HOME BUT I MIGHT HAVE TO GIVE IT A TRY ON AN ACCENT WALL…IT IS JUST PAINT RIGHT!

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – CLIENT LIVING ROOM

THE A / Z FAMILY of 4 MOVED INTO THEIR DREAM HOME A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO.

This wonderful young family of 4 has already grown to 5 and will soon be 6! My goal was to give them a living room that would BE SAFE, BEAUTIFUL AND DURABLE for  little ones, while still bringing comfort and functional beauty for the GrOWN-UPS.

I had a great head start…the walls in most of the fist floor rooms are painted one of my favorite , AND one of THE most versatile colors – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

REVERE PEWTER

REVERE PEWTER

THE DECORATING PROJECT INVOLVED THE LIVING ROOM, THE DINING ROOM AND THE STUDY. The current living room furniture  was less that a year old…was going to be relocated to the study. The rug and coffee table and rustic sofa table (all also almost new) would remain.

BEFORE - THE ROOM IS HUGE AND SPACIOUS. the existing furniture was to be relocated to the study.

BEFORE – THE ROOM IS HUGE AND SPACIOUS. The existing furniture was to be relocated to the study.

THE RUG AND COFFEE TABLE REMAINED…THE RUG MAKING A GREAT ANCHOR.

THE RUG WAS OUR POINT OF DEPARTURE

THE RUG WAS OUR POINT OF DEPARTURE. WITHOUT BEING TOO LOUD, IT CONTAINS SO MANY GREAT COLORS TO WORK WITH!

COFFEE TABLE AND RUG

COFFEE TABLE AND RUG

I wanted the furniture to be durable, and comfortable …as well as pretty. There is a HUGE kids playroom downstairs , so I wanted THIS to be the room where the adults could unwind…as well as the whole family. The sofa’s are by Four Seasons Furniture. They make the most beautiful,  practical , slipcovered furniture I have ever seen. The slip covers come off in sections – the arms, the skirt etc…so that cleaning is not a major issue. You can replace sections as need be…for example if the cat claws your sofa skirt but the rest is pristine, all you need to replace is the skirt!

I chose a Very classic and timeless flax colored Belgian linen in an ENGLISH ROLL ARM STYLE. .

FOUR SEASONS "ZOE" SOFA IN BELGIAN LINEN FLAX

FOUR SEASONS “ZOE” SOFA IN BELGIAN LINEN FLAX CUSTOM PILLOWS IN SARAH RICHARDSON BROOKHAVEN CORAL

four seasons zoe sofa

The CAMRYN chairs are upholstered in Sarah Richardson’s Denman Pool.The custom made accent pillows are in Sarah Richardson Brookhaven Meadow and Coral. I liked how all the colors coördinated in Sarah’s fabrics, leaving room to bring in more pops of color in the future.

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I swapped out the knobs on the above sofa table. 

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The first time I saw this wall I knew it needed something Tall...with space for toy storage. The kids are still very young but eventually all of their stuff will begin to need a home. guess I will need one more basket come summer!

The first time I saw this wall I knew it needed something Tall…with space for toy storage. The kids are still very young but eventually all of their stuff that wanders in will begin to need a home.  This home has incredible storage but with kids..I think there can never be too many places to stash things! I Guess I will need one more basket come summer!

THE HUTCH IS BRACKETED TO THE WALL TO INSURE IT DOES NOT TIP.

THE HUTCH IS BRACKETED TO THE WALL TO INSURE IT DOES NOT TIP.

FOUR SEASON'S CAMRYN CHAIR IN DENMAN POOL

FOUR SEASON’S CAMRYN CHAIR IN DENMAN POOL. CUSTOM PILLOWS – SARAH RICHARDSON COTTINGHAM MEADOW. My goal was to keep it VERY simple, and classic but not boring…knowing that this family is just getting started. I left room for collections to grow, kids art to be featured and new colors to be introduced.

I HAD SO MUCH FUN CHOOSING ALL OF MY FAVORITE DECORATING BOOKS! THE WOODEN TRAY IS SMITH AND HAWKEN FOR TARGET

I HAD SO MUCH FUN CHOOSING ALL OF MY FAVORITE DECORATING BOOKS! THE WOODEN TRAY IS SMITH AND HAWKEN FOR TARGET

I LOVE THE OPENNESS OF AND LIGHT INHERENT TO THIS HOME.

I LOVE THE OPENNESS OF AND LIGHT INHERENT TO THIS HOME.

I GOT THE HANDCRAFTED "EAT" SIGN AT THE GREENWOOD COUNTRY STORE. IT WAS THE VERY FIRST ITEM I FOUND FOR THE MAKEOVER!

I GOT THE HANDCRAFTED “EAT” SIGN AT THE GREENWOOD COUNTRY STORE. IT WAS THE VERY FIRST ITEM I FOUND FOR THE MAKEOVER! THE KITCHEN WALLS ARE BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY

GINGER AND GUS LOOK DOWN UPON THE FAMILY!

REMEMBER GINGER AND GUS? THIS IS WHERE THEY LIVE NOW...AND I CAN NOT THINK OF A BETTER HOME!

REMEMBER GINGER AND GUS? THIS IS WHERE THEY LIVE NOW…AND I CAN NOT THINK OF A BETTER HOME!

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YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BASKETS! I LOVE THE MIRROR ABOVE THE FIREPLACE. THE DAY I STUMBLED UPON THAT…WAS A GOOD DAY!

I LOVE BUILT INS - FILLING AND STYLING THESE WAS PURE JOY! I LEFT ROOM FOR THEIR COLLECTIONS TO GROW!

I LOVE BUILT INS – FILLING AND STYLING THESE WAS PURE JOY! I LEFT ROOM FOR THEIR COLLECTIONS TO GROW!

BUILT-INS

THE BUILT-INS WERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE DIMENSION AND CHARACTER…AND ALSO – STORE BOOKS! THE BOTTOM SHELVES ARE KIDS FRIENDLY…WITH LOTS OF GREAT READS FOR STORY TIME AT ARMS REACH.

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FOUR SEASON'S CAMRYN CHAIR IN DENMAN POOL

I LOVE THE COZY  LITTLE NOOKS!

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The client texted me the morning after the installation and told me she felt like she had woken up to a dream. I am so happy that her home now really feels comfy and relaxing as well as beautiful. I can’t wait to she you the STUDY and DINING ROOM NEXT WEEK!

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GET THE LOOK!

Sofas and Chairs – Four Seasons Furniture

Lamps, End Tables, Hutch  – One Kings Lane

EAT sign – Greenwood Country Store

PILLOWS – Pottery Barn and Custom with Sarah Richardson Fabric

Throws – Pine Cone Hill and Target

Leslie

ANTHROPOLOGIE DISPLAYS

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT ANTHROPOLOGIE…EVERYTHING…

AND THE STORE BLOWS MY MIND!

A FEW DAYS AGO, I stopped by just to take a peek and my local store had done massive rearranging…as I wandered around…I came upon this brilliant book shelf…made from an old folding painter’s ladder!

ANTHROPOLOGIE LADDER SHELF

ANTHROPOLOGIE LADDER SHELF

I would love to work for Anthropologie, fly around the world, scoping out treasures and then turning them into Magical works of ART…love it. Have a Great weekend friends! February is over half way over..can you believe it? But that means that Spring is right around the corner!

I will give you THREE GUESSES as to which tow of these towels I have????

I will give you THREE GUESSES as to which tow of these towels I have????

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