DIY Counter in Laundry

So Jay’s been busy building some tables that we’ve actually been selling on craigslist (woo hoo for handy husband’s with carpentry skills!) and while he was fiddling with those, I asked him, pretty please if he could create a counter top for the laundry room since we’ve had virtually no storage in here for the past 18-months. It was time, as Rafiki would say. He’s a wise baboon, no? (I blame my 2-year old for any Disney references on this blog)

Y’all saw our current laundry room (and upstairs hall) in last week’s post, but here is a quick snap shot in case you’re like me and forget anything that didn’t happen in the last 30 minutes.

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So while Jay was building away, he crafted this little counter, which has a few notches in the back to account for the electrical and plumbing behind the washer and the dryer.

These are just 10″x10′ pine boards y’all – to the tune of $9 each at Home Depot, so this entire project was under $30. Woot!

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So although we DID account for the notches we had to make in the back, apparently we did not account for the fact that there was a wall on either side of this sucker cause y’all – ummmmm – our walls be looking rough after we got this thing (finally) wedged into place. We probably should have just taken it downstairs and cut an 1/8th inch off the side but I (true to form) was rearing to go and wanted this in place without hauling out the saw (again).

Luckily it was mostly just scuffing (there was a staple on the end of one of the wood pieces, doy!) and with some paint touch up it looks fine, but I was a bit stressed out about it during install. Jay can attest to that 😉

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We used a vinegar and steel wool concoction that is a natural way to age wood quickly. We just used this tutorial and overall, we’re super happy with the way things turned out.

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This did require a lot of experimenting, and I’d highly recommend testing it on scrap wood before you go ahead and put it all over your entire finished piece. It’s a bit of a science experiment, and will come out different each time you do it (based on how much steel wool you use, and how long you let it sit, etc) so test it out before hand. You can always dilute it to get a slightly less dark look.

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And a wider angle view so you can see some of the color variation on the counter.

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Over time I’d love to add some shelves but it took us a year + to get around to the counter, so don’t hold your breath on an update any time *too* soon in that department 😉

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Super easy, darn cheap, and heyo – chic too! Pretty happy with this upgrade for a weekend, a saw, and thirty bucks!!

One last look at the improved space.

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And the before!

Renovating Small Laundry Room

Farmhouse Table + Flowers

Our house was pretty landscaped when we moved in a year ago, and with a 2-year old, and an interior I wanted to get cracking on, we’ve literally done nothing – like nothing – to the outside of the house. Well I guess Jay did trim the bushes once last year – ha! But that’s been it! Oh and he’s built this table, which I’m obsessed with. Plan from Ana White, here.

Farmhouse Style Table

So this planter and been growing away over time … by now, it’s a bit overgrown. We had some basil in there that we transplanted into a small planter we keep in the kitchen for cooking.

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I’ve always loved the look of houses with tons and tons of hydrangeas all over the place. That or peonies but now that I have a kiddo and ants like never leave my life (ummm food crumbs all the time), the thought of a plant that attracts ants is not something I’m mojoing for too much.

We have a tiny little courtyard around our house, so I’d really like to give it a bit more of “us” character over time, and get rid of some of these tall wacky trees we have planted all over the place.

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These are some of the images that I swoon over when thinking about designing our backyard space.

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Do you think I could get away with turning our house into a tree, a la the photo above? I think Jay might fa-reak out 😉

Or what about turning the house into a bush, like this photo? Maybe I should just paint it green with a faux finish 😉 Something about that ivy/plantings growing over the wall just makes a space look old and lived in, I think. I love it!

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Or this one (that table is a bit too weathered for my liking), but the droves of hydrangeas is definitely something I can get behind. And that charcoal shed tucked in the corner – mmm hmmm. Nice. Hydrangea_Backyard_Courtyard

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So one small step toward this oh so lovely vision was to turn our planter introduced at the beginning of this post, into a small spot for some hydrangeas to grow. We picked up two from Home Depot this weekend, and y’all I am so excited to watch these babies grow. Down here in NC things do grow pretty fast, so hopefully they take off quickly!

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I’m desperately hoping I don’t kill these beauties – I found this article helpful – and others attempting to grow hydrangeas may as well!

Next up, a porch swing (?) and some dark navy paint perhaps a la this photo. It hurts my heart I love this photo THAT much.

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Good Lookin Breakfast Nookin

Rounding out our downstairs updates after our first year, we’ve also got a breakfast nook with a few changes. Really the main changes to this part of our house was adding furniture, since it was empty for nearly half of the first year (if not more). I tried to stay true to buying everything for this house used, and waiting for it to come along on craigslist or thrifting – really, it’s never a rush to add a second table to your house – kinda embarrassing to me that we have a house that fits two tables. It’s a bit excessive IMO…

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We found the table for $40 on craigslist and I really love how much it matches the chairs! These 3 cross back chairs are probably the only piece of furniture (that I can think of) downstairs that were purchased new – turns out it’s really hard to find (3) matching chairs used. I’m obsessed with these beauties though. They’re extremely sturdy, good looking and not wobbly at all (does anyone else have a problem with chairs having a wobble?) Between buying used or cheapo furniture most of my life … I feel like our chairs are usually defective, lol.

The banquette was $100 on craigslist – Jay always grumbles that the people before us stripped the screws assembling it, haha, so he thinks it’s going to come crashing down on us sometime we’re sitting there eating our ice cream bars. I’ll keep you updated on that one 😉 I love that it sits a few people at once though and it’s been a perfect locale for sharing popsicles and ice cream when it’s time for a post dinner snack :)

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So, rookie parenting mistake, but when H started bringing his artwork home from school I didn’t really know what to DO with it. Our fridge doesn’t take magnets well (stainless) so I would just recycle them after they sat on the counter for a few days and I felt the need to declutter. You guys – this kid was literally dying when I first put up his art. He is so darn proud of it that it makes me feel pretty bad for recycling the rest of his artwork master pieces. He loves telling you all about his art when you point up at them and ask about it – he’ll tell you an entire story (more and more) about what he did that day, and who he made the artwork with. You guuysss – it’s so, so cute. So anyway – don’t scar your child like I did mine. Just hang up their artwork y’all, apparently they like it.

The table actually perfectly matches the chairs, which was a happy mistake, but they look really nice together. As you can see, the table has a few nicks and scratches, but it just gives it a little bit of a vintage touch. :)

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This room is right next to the kitchen, and you can see through into the Dining Room as well, so it feels nice to have the space a bit more finished.

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This light fixture was actually one of the very first things I bought for the house, before we had even closed on it I grabbed this on craigslist! I remember it sitting in our 1-bedroom apartment, waiting for moving day. 😉 I just couldn’t wait to get back to designing a space for us – after being out of a house for a year, you’re usually ready to go!

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Overall, I really like how this room (can you call it a room?) came together! I’d love to add some lumbar pillows (similar to the ones in our master) at some point, but there is no rush, and I should probably avoid spending the money anyway 😉

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Chairish is a Word I Use to Describe

Y’all know I’m obsessed with thrifted duds, and one of my favorite online stops for vintage chic furniture is Chairish (especially for non-local clients that are looking for quality pieces with much lower prices). If you’re not familiar with Chairish – be prepared for an addiction to set in, in three …. two …. one.

Here are some of my favorite vintage finds on the site right now.

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This trunk would be awesome extra storage in a nursery.

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Perfect for an office, or extra lamp in your living room.

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In love with the lines on this Mitchell Gold Claire chair.

Vintage Bamboo Rocking Chair

This rocking chair reminds me of the furniture my Aunt and Uncle have from the Philippines. It’s gorgeous!

One of my favorite things about designing spaces for clients is stepping outside my normal style zone to embrace something outside of my typical palette. I mean, as lovely as a linen skirted parsons chair is, it’s well, sorta quiet and understated. Here is one of my favorite modern chic office looks, which all centers around an incredibly rad emerald green high back chair from Chairish that I think would look pretty amazing as a place to park your booty. You can browse all the accent chair they have on their site, here.

Modern Chic Office

Gold Chandelier // Emerald Zebra Print // Libby Side Table // Emerald Chair // Juniper Rug // Mirror // Fiddle Leaf Fig // Lamp // Desk // Bicycle Print // Be Kind Print // Whitney English Day Planner

So what do y’all think? Green with envy over that chair or what! Emerald just might be my new color 😀

 

Lemon Grove Interiors | New Service!

One of my favorite things about blogging over the past year or so, has been all the unexpected connections I’ve made with people and ideas that have come up as a result. It’s so fun virtually get to know people, and to have y’all offer input and insights into the design process for our home. A metaphor for life, I guess, it’s better with friends along by your side :)

When I started offering boards a few months back, I literally had no idea how much interest there would be in affordable interior design services. I have had a blast working with each and every one of my clients, and I’m super excited to say that I’m starting to offer a few additional services, based on feedback from all of you!

First, inspired by our own kitchen renovation, I’ve decided to start offering kitchen design services.

Kitchen Design Services

I recently had a client approach me about helping her select some details for her kitchen renovation and for $25, I created the board above for her. Now she has finalized choices for her counter, flooring, cabinets, fixtures and back splash. Along with a paint recommendation and some art, too! :)

Since we’ve always purchased older homes, and have never built new, I also never thought to create builder packages for those looking to source all the little details that go into a finished home. So when Marie approached me about sourcing the lighting for her new home, I did a cartwheel, high fived my cat, and then said – OF COURSE! That sounds like so. much. fun!

So, working within her budget, I sourced all the lights she needed to give to her builder for her new construction home. Devil’s in the details, right?

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I told her that putting these boards together made me want to update all the lighting in our house, too!

Of course, in addition these fun, new services, I’m still offering my “normal” room design services. Here are a few rooms I’ve been working on in the past few weeks.

Like this entry way.

Entry Mood Board

 

And this cozy and eclectic TV room.

TV Room Mood Board

Or for clients that already have the furniture and are just looking to accessorize, I’ve put together a package for that too. This client just wanted artwork and other details sourced to compliment her existing furniture.

Living Room Mood Board

Here is a more traditional take on a Dining space – I love the way this formal Dining Room came out!

Dining Room Mood Board If you’re interested in getting design services for your home, I’d love to help you! Packages start as low as $25 per room, with multiple room discounts for 2 or more rooms :)

Get more information on design services here. Ready to order? You can do that here.

 

Exciting Changes!

Whew!! What a month April was. Jay and I moved down to NC, set up shop, bought a house, closed on our last one – and we haven’t killed each other in the process – it’s a miracle. In all honesty, Jay and I have been adjusting so well to our life down here. At least once a day I look at him and just kind of proclaim on the top of my lungs “Can you freaking believe it?!?!! We did it, man! We chased that dream and we made it happen! Can you believe we actually live here now?! He usually smiles back and just says – best. decision. ever.

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Now that we’re adjusting to our new routines I wanted to formally announce that I’ll have a new routine up here on the blog, as well. Now that I have so much extra time on my hands (since I’m working part-time) I’ll be posting to this sweet little blog o’ mine daily! Between all the design clients I’m assisting, adjusting to life in our new home and the hurricane of renovations that are about to hit this joint after we close on the house next week (eee!! get EXCITED!) – I know I’ll have more than enough to post about for all of y’all!

Another fun detail – I’m sure you regulars have noticed – but for the foreseeable future, every Tuesday there will be a giveaway up for all you lovely ladies and gents. SCORE! Who doesn’t like winning free stuff?!

It’s been a busy month over here – so how about a recap round-up?

Cross-Country Movin’

Moving From House to Apartment

We started out by, ya know, moving! 😀 This is life as we know it these days. Ugggg. I can’t wait until it’s not a battle to find my underwear for each day. Seriously.

Howdy Neighbor

Vintage Chesterfield Sofa

Let’s all swoon over Jessica’s house one more time. Le sigh. It’s a beauty!

Oops I Did It Again

Closing on House in North Carolina

Oh, yeah. There was that one time I almost bought a house and then lost $500. Oye – let’s officially archive that memory, shall we?

Number Cruncher

Where to Splurge and Where to Save

On a better note, we closed on our house in Michigan! Fixing up a house has lots of costs, but lucky for us, this round of home ownership also had a decent amount of rewards, too. Check out the post to see how we came out after all of our renovation costs.

Exploring Durham

Durham Real Estate

We’ve had tons of fun getting to know our new home! We explored lots of neighborhoods (Here, here and here!)

On the Hunt

White Kitchen Shaker Cabinets

Speaking of which, I also did a virtual house crash of one of my favorite renovated homes here in Durham!

Giveaways!

Antique Fern Print

We had a giveaway each Tuesday this month – which will continue into the foreseeable future. (so come back every Tuesday if you want to win some loot!) PSST!! The Gnosis Art Giveaway is up through this Tuesday!

Home Sweet Home

Brick Front Porch

And of course … we rounded out the month by introducing you to our new home! Can’t wait to get started on the renovations! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Fancyfing This Joint

Actually, there is very little fancyfing (fancy-fi-ing) 😀 going on in this specific joint, but by George, the rest of America is getting in on some of that action. I can’t even tell you how much my palms are twitching over here with all the design work I’ve been doing for the rest of y’all. Let’s just say my little brain is stirring with all sorts of ideas for our new space once we’ve well, got a new space to move in to. Oye. Patience Mary, patience… 😀

In the mean time, I thought it would be fun to swing in with my monthly round up of designs I’ve been busting out for clients. I can tell you one thing. Once I’ve got my own little home sweet home, you betta bet that I’m putting a mood board together to get my mojo going. In the past, I more or less had an idea of what I kinda sorta wanted to do in my head, but seeing everything down on paper and producing finished rooms for clients has me taking a whole new approach on how I plan to attack our new spaces once we get settled.

Probably my favorite room to design this month, was my very first mini human room. Not little tike room for the pre-schoolers getting their first big kid bed, nope, this was the fresh out of the womb, just pushed that wrinkly beast out, welcome to the world type of room. Yes siree, my very first nursery. SQUEEEE!!!

Nursery Mood Board

Have you guys seen the Sharon Montrose Animal Prints? I loved using these for this space and think all the art is adorbs. Like this little monkey print – so dang cute. I’m pretty smitten :)

Monkey Print Nursery

Another fun, and very different project for me for was designing a fancy little loo. Being the big picture lady that I am, I really take a darn long time to get around to nice little spaces like my b-room. I think I need to change that – look at all the fine details that got added in this room.

Bathroom Mood Board Not going to lie, this next client pretty much has the best set up EVER for her bedroom. It’s got a sunroom attached that was pretty much the size of my last bedroom. Oye. Jeal-ous. What I would DO with that much space, I can’t even begin to tell you.

Bedroom Layout

Crazy sauce amazingness, right?! This is what I came up with for her space.

Bedroom Mood Board

I rounded out the month with another living room design board. I’m a total sucker for the little details in a house and totally fell in love with the sweet bay window Kristen had in her living space – perfect for a quaint and peaceful sitting area. (She lives near the ocean (!) , swoon)

Living Room Layout

Although each design board comes out very different, and with it’s own unique twist, I think you can tell that I really like the white drapes with bamboo blinds look 😀 Especially on a beach house! 😉

Living Room Mood Board

As always, if you’re ever interested in designing a space you absolutely love – I offer 10% off to all my lovely readers! Just type in “THANKYOU” at checkout! 😀

Client Redesign

I’m seriously in love with helping all y’all design some new snazzy spaces. I had an absolute blast helping Kelly, who’s setting up a new place to call home with her fiance, figure out a few final details to make her space that much nicer to come home to. I loved some of the items I sourced so much that I decided to snag them for myself! :) (Ongoing theme, I know) 😉

Here is what I came up with for her living room.

Living Room Design Board

One of my favorite looks for a living room is something nice and cozy, with everything snuggled up together, ideally around a fireplace. Lucky for Kelly, she’s got a room perfect for that configuration!

Kelly Design Layout

She lives in a beautiful home that’s totally a blank slate pre-move. In addition to putting together a sourced list for her living room, I helped put together a board for her bedroom as well.

Bedroom Design

Kelly’s bedroom had a big blank wall where I thought some nicely arranged art would help to make a statement. Can you tell I’m loving those water color botanicals?

TV Art Layout

I loved finding all these sweet details for Kelly’s home so much, that I started to think about some of my all time favorite looks for furniture pieces. Kelly had some great staple furniture, which made putting a room together for her that much more enjoyable!

Here are a few of my favorite finds for couches:

Best Affordable Couches

1) Bryant Sofa, Ethan Allen, $1,599

2) Lounge 93″ slipcover sofa, Crate and Barrel, $1,700

3) Fulham Sofa, Home Decorators Collection, $999

4) Monterey Skirted Sofa, Ethan Allen, $1,889

5) Chesterfield sofa, Design Studios, $649

And here are my favorites for living room chairs!

Best Living Room Chairs

1) Charles Armchair, Home Decorators Collection, $499

2) Aiden Accent Chair, Home Decorators Collection, $389

3) Voltaire Lounge Chair, Home Decorators Collection, $459

4) Flanders Accent Chair, Home Decorators Collection, $429

5) Stella Armchair, Home Decorators Collection, $299

If you’d like help creating a space that you adore, I’d love to work with you too!

Packages start at just $25. PLUS, I’ve decided to extend 10% off to all you lovely readers! Just type in “THANKYOU” in the promo code box at check out!