Monday, October 15, 2018

Some of the BIG projects I am working on!

Well fall weather has hit and I want to do all. the. things. in our house. ALL OF THEM. I've told you before that warm weather makes me lazy. I would hibernate in the summer if that was allowed. Or possible. And not slightly weird. 

The crisp weather we've had for the past week is a little crisper than I thought we'd have right now, but I'll take it. It invigorates me! I have four big projects in the works right now and I'm excited to share them with you. For now, can you see my vision? :) 

See this looong wall in our morning room/dining area
What to do with a long wall

It's always perplexed me. Eventually I plan to add a more modern take on a barn door to the left of the picture. It leads to a small hallway. 

But for now, I finally have my plan set for this wall. The long wall will be getting a dark accent color: 
Morning room/dining area

And then some trim on top of that (in the same color). My only decision now is if I should go with the more traditional board and batten look like I did in our old master:
Board and batten dark gray

Or the grid pattern like I did in the guest room: 
DIY grid pattern with trim on wall

I do know for sure that the walls will be trimmed out with thinner wood like in the guest room. That way I don't have to replace the baseboards. 👍 

I'm leaning toward the grid pattern, but that tall/short combo is a classic! We'll see what I decide!

I shared the built in window seat with you a few weeks back: 
Built in window seat

It is now done, other than cushions! Today I plan to tackle a little something on the sides of the windows. As soon as the seat was done I knew I wanted to add very simple "bookcases" on each side of them. It just needs something and I think it's going to be lovely! I'll share a post after they are done, but I'll probably share updates on my Instagram stories as well. 

Next up, a plan for the tray ceiling in our master. I've actually had this project in mind since before we moved in: 
Bedroom with tray ceiling

The tray ceiling is large -- it spans almost the whole room. I want to do something to accentuate it but don't want to do the traditional crown molding around the inside. 

So I came up with a plan to trim out the sides with wood and then the ceiling will be painted. The paint will be darker for sure, I'm just not sure what color yet:
Gold bamboo light fixture Ballard

I think it will look so lovely with the new chandelier in here! 

All of these projects are going to be very pocketbook friendly...until we come to the final one. ;) Remember our open shelves in the kitchen?:
Gray island white cabinets

Here's a more updated photo with the little detail I added to the side of the island
Adding detail to end of kitchen island

Our kitchen plans called for a large cabinet to be hung there, but I took that out when we were building. I knew I wanted some open shelving. 

Fast forward nearly a year and I have a new plan. :) I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of this during the build process -- but it's nearly impossible to think of everything. 

I plan to add two tall cabinets, with glass fronts. They will have floating shelves in between. A friend of mine is building a (gorgeous) house and found this inspiration photo for her kitchen :
tall skinny cabinets with shelves in between

Isn't that beautiful? If you know of an original source let me know (I can't find the designer when I search online.)

I will continue the tile up the wall in between the cabinets, just like in this photo. We plan to use the cabinets for our wine glasses -- it will be a really pretty spot! 

Of course that means adding the cabinets, having the glass installed on the doors, running electrical for the additional upper cabinet lighting...plus all the trim to match. It's not going to be cheap! I'd LOVE to have this one done before the holidays but I have a feeling it may have to wait. 

We pay for all of my projects with cash so it's all about the budget. And time! Even though we'll hire out some of that, I will still do a lot of the work. I just know it will look lovely (the sconce in between will stay) so I'm itching to get it done! 

That's my short list. 😂 And duh, I want to get ALL of this done before the first Christmas decoration comes out. We entertain a lot, but especially during the holidays. We'll see how much I can get done! 

Do you have any big projects you're working on this fall? I remember when I worked at a decorating firm years ago that this time of year was killer -- everyone wants their homes ready for the holidays! It's a fun, exciting and exhausting time and I love it! 






Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Magnolia Home paint by Kilz (and a cool fall event)

Hey hey! I am a little behind this week because I took the day off yesterday to celebrate my birthday. :) I have fun little trip and quick project to tell you about today! This past weekend my boy and I set off on a little adventure to a suburb near Chicago. 

Kilz paints and HGTV sponsored our trip to attend the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in Highwood, Il. I knew as soon as I saw the photos of past events that I wanted our son to come along with me. 

We had a fun weekend visiting the festival and even squeezed some time in Chicago. If you haven't heard of this event, it is so cool! They construct these massive shelves that line the streets of the festival. Then they fill them with thousands and thousands of carved pumpkins. We went to see it the first night so we could see them lit up:
Highwood Pumpkin Festival

You can imagine how many pumpkins there are -- these big shelves are everywhere! I guess at some point they turn off the lights so all the pumpkins can glow. We got caught in a downpour within 15 minutes of arriving the first night, so we didn't get to see that. I'm pretty sure they were trying to beat a world record this year but I don't know if they made it or not.

The next day we explored the event a little more, then hung out at the HGTV/Kilz booth. It was SO cute! Kilz carries the Magnolia Home paint line and wow, the colors are just beautiful! They had all kinds of fun events for the kids: 
DIY giant Jenga game


HGTV Highwood Pumpkin Festival