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We bought our home during the fall of 2008 thinking it would be our starter home (We might be here a liiittle longer than we thought).  While we don't have to completely renovate our home, there are a lot of cosmetic changes that we would like to make.  It's a blessing & a curse - we may not have to undertake any major demos (think- kitchen gut job or wall removal), but that also means we can't totally customize everything.

We are still only partially finished designing & furnishing our house.  It has been a slow process given the obvious cost & time factors involved.  Here's our progress so far...

DINING ROOM TURNED HOME OFFICE:

HOME OFFICE MAKEOVER:

FOYER | FRONT HALLWAY:




KITCHEN:



LIVING ROOM:



1ST FLOOR POWDER ROOM:

1ST FLOOR POWDER ROOM 1.0:

1ST FLOOR POWDER ROOM 2.0:

MASTER BEDROOM:


MASTER BATHROOM:









BEDROOM #2:



BEDROOM #3 | GUEST BEDROOM | STUDIO:


BEDROOM #4 | NURSERY:




GUEST BATHROOM:


LAUNDRY ROOM:


UPSTAIRS HALLWAY:


our color palette:

Woodlawn Sterling Blue: master bathroom
Wheat Bread: living room, kitchen, & upstairs hallway
Smooth Stone:  laundry room & 1/2 bathroom
Driftwood Gray:  guest bedroom
Creek Bend:  dining room & foyer
Eastern Lighthouse:  master bedroom

Mel & Nader
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20 comments:

  1. What paint/wall color did you use in your foyer, living-room and closet? In our new parsonage I will be doing some painting and love your colors.

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  2. Hey Joy!

    Foyer: Creek Bend - Behr {I don't think they make this color anymore-or maybe they just changed the name. The numbers on the can are: 790F-4 }
    Living Room: Wheat Bread - Behr
    Coat Closet: Glidden - Smooth Stone

    Hope that helps :)
    Are ya'll moving?

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  3. Where did you get the containers for the creativity room? I love your whole house! I finally got my Nate Berkus Herringbone curtains in the right color :)

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    1. Thank you! :)

      All the boxes are from Ikea (Kassett series) & all the glass jars are from Hobby Lobby.

      Did you end up ordering the curtains from their website? Which color did you go with?

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  4. Hi Mel, Your BLOG is AMAZING!! I LOVE what you've done with your home. I'm so excited that I have something to show Ross to motivate a few changes! Keep up the amazing work!

    -Samone

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    1. Thank you Samone! That is really sweet of you :)
      Hope you guys are doing well!
      Mel

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  5. Hi Mel & Nader!

    Your work is fantastic! And thank you so much for including all the paint colors. As a new blogger it is a great reminder for me to add them as it's so helpful readers.

    Keep up the killer work!

    Jana Bek

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    1. Hi Jana!

      Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you - I was checking out your portfolio on your website & I'm in love with all your spaces! Amazing work! Can't wait to see what you post on your new blog!

      :)

      Mel

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  6. Your house is beautiful. I Love every room, you guys are doing an amazing job!!

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    1. Thanks Kristina! We moved in almost 5 years ago & we have so much to do still - but your feedback gives us more motivation to keep going...It seems like by the time we get a room 80% done, our style has changed & we want something different - lol! Does that happen to you too? I love what you guys have done with your home too! HUGE transformations :)

      Mel

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  7. Hi! I love your blog:-) you inspire me so much! Where did you get your table set in your kitchen and mirrors thats in your living room??

    thanks!!!

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  8. Thank you so much! That means a lot to us! :)

    We got the table set from American Signature Furniture about 6 years ago. I checked their website to see if they still carry it, but I didn't see it listed.

    The mirrors are from Home Goods - I bought them around the same time as the table. About 99.9% of the things in our house are from Home Goods - lol! I. Am. Obsessed. Nader thinks I have a problem....

    Thanks again!
    Mel

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  9. can you please tell me how you framed you mirror in your bathroom please? I have one of these big mirrors in my bathrooms and have been looking on how to frame them and have not been able to find out how to do this. thank you so much

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    1. Sure! It was pretty easy - we bought some baseboard molding from Home Depot, cut the corners at a 45 degree angle, & then glued the molding right onto the mirror. We used a clear adhesive to attach the molding to the mirror & made sure it wasn't too close to the edge of the molding - because otherwise you can see the reflection of the adhesive in the mirror. Then we filled in the corner joints with wood putty because the fit was not quite perfect...and that was it!

      The House of Smiths have a good 'how to' tutorial on their blog:
      http://www.thehouseofsmiths.com/2010/04/framed-mirror.html

      We did ours a little bit different, but their way works great too! Hope this helps :)

      Mel

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  10. Im so glad I came across your blog today. I am a die hard DIYer whose been slacking last few months but after perusing your posts, Im happy to say the DIY bug has resurfaced lol. I'm a fashion blogger but have been toying around with adding a home decor aspect. Nonetheless, keep up the great work you two. Ive made sure to PIN your posts!

    Best,
    Sandee

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    1. Thanks Sandee! That's awesome to hear!

      You should most definitely add a home decor aspect to your blog! Since people love seeing how you create outfits, I'm sure they would also love to see how you put together your home (or approach home decor in general).

      Thanks again & best of luck! :)

      Mel

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  11. Hi! Doing my bathroom over and want to use the tile you used for your shower (floor and wall) as well as the floor outside the shower. Do you have this info of what it is/where you got the tile? Thank you! PS- love your blog!
    Dee, baltimore, md

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    1. Hi Dee! Thank you so much!

      We purchased the tile for the shower several years ago @ Floor & Decor. I believe they are 6" x 12" Riviera Light Beige Travertine tiles. Here's the link: https://www.flooranddecor.com/travertine-stone/riviera-light-beige-travertine-tile-922100871.html#prefn1=size&prefv1=6in.+x+12in.&start=1

      The shower floor tiles are also travertine that came in 12'x12' sheets. Here's the link:
      https://www.flooranddecor.com/travertine-stone/karina-wavy-travertine-mosaic-932100191.html#prefn1=productType&prefn2=shape&prefv1=Travertine&prefv2=Square&start=4

      Hope that helps & Good Luck! :)
      Mel

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  12. I absolutely love how you've turned pinterest inspiration and your own ideas into a reality. I wish I had the niche for it like you. As a new homeowner, tiny budget and awkward nuances that came along with it, your talent would help! I know it may be random to ask for your opinion, but I have a very random sliding glass door in my master bedroom that leads to the dining room, and I'm stuck on how to gain some privacy (and a place to escape to from the stressful life of raising two boys on my own ;)) Any tips would help!!! Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you Jessica! That's very sweet of you to say :) It sounds like your master bedroom was an addition? That is a tricky one with the sliding glass door! The simplest & cheapest route would obviously be some sort of curtains or panels. The IKEA KVARTAL track system gives you the option to do either:

      thttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/25262/

      Another option would be a sliding barn door - you've probably seen those all over the place since they're so popular nowadays. Depending on your home decor style, you could go with the typical rustic barn door look or do something more modern & simple. Depending on how handy you guys are, you could probably DIY one for under $100. I've seen several tutorials on Pinterest & they don't seem too difficult.

      I hope that helps & gives you some ideas! I can only imagine the stress of life with 2 boys, lol! I only have 1 & I keep telling myself that I have it easy now...it's only going to get more challenging once we have more kids! Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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