I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read more
I love to decorate mantles for every season, but for Christmas you can really go all out with all the trimmings! From garlands and lights, to wreaths and stockings- the possibilities are endless! I especially love Christmas mantles that incorporate less-traditional holiday decor and super unique and eclectic arrangements. Here are my top 15 favorite swoon-worthy holiday mantles!
Last week's Fixer Upper was a first, a houseboat renovation! I loved the simple, clean, midcentury look of this design and especially all the exterior updates that they did to modernize this 70's houseboat. The mix of raw wood, unique black siding, and the modern windows on the outside of the houseboat completely transformed the entire look. If I ever have a houseboat, I would want it to look just like this! Check out the amazing before + after below:
My favorite area of this renovation was the simple, modern living space. It was the perfect mix of midcentury and rustic, while still feeling cozy and comfortable. This home was designed with a more masculine style in mind, but I think that the overall look would work for just about anyone! Not only are all the neutrals easy to work with but the simple, clean lines are timeless, making this space both functional and stylish for years to come.
The star of the space is this gorgeous gray midcentury couch- I've linked some similar options below ranging from Ikea to West Elm so there's something for every budget. The metal sconce adds a little industrial touch to the space and I love the little bit of brass on it too (I've linked a lot of options below under $100!). The wood circular shelf is the perfect minimal wall art that also serves as a little storage space too.
My favorite part of the space: that cute little row of midcentury planters by the window! Such a simple way to add a pop of brightness that still fits in with the overall style of the room. The midcentury coffee table is the perfect size for the space and I love the touch of dark wood against all the white. The printed shag rug adds a little texture, pattern, and pulls everything together.
This minimal style is so easy to work with because it doesn't take much as far as accessories to make a space feel complete. Some textured pillows and a throw with a little pattern make the couch feel cozier and less stark. The coffee table is decorated with a simple stack of books, a candle, and some ceramic vases keeping with the clean, mid-century vibe. A mid-century magazine rack provides storage without taking up as much space, or blocking as much window light, as a side table. I've linked many similar accessories below to help you achieve this look, whether you are starting from scratch, or just want to add a touch of mid-century style to a space.
I've been saving this kitchen post for a while for a couple of reasons: 1. I feel so overwhelmed to share this space because of how many details and elements there are to discuss 2. I feel like I still have a lot to do for it to look truly "finished" 3. And finally, it clearly is the biggest project (and best room) of the renovation so I wanted to save the best for last! I finally decided that I have waited long enough and I would go ahead and share some sneak peaks. I have been so busy trying to catch up from the move that I haven't posted any renovation progress in a couple of weeks. While all the big projects are behind us (check out the before pictures here), I still have a ton of decorating work to do in just about every space. The kitchen just keeps evolving as we get settled, find places for everything, and slowly add some decor. I don't feel quite ready to title this the official "before + after," so we will just call it a progress update for now!
If I'm being honest, this whole renovation adventure started with the fireplace. It is what we fell in love with before even seeing the house in person and the reason we even gave the house a chance. I love having a fireplace in the kitchen and if it was up to me, I'd have this beautiful exposed brick all over the house! We removed the outdated trim that was covering the edges and replaced it with reclaimed barnwood trim. I found our new dining table at our local Restore and it is the perfect style and size that I was looking for! It also has leaves on both sides that pull out to make it twice this size if we need it. New dining chairs are something that is still on my to-do list but I have a few options in mind.
Our kitchen island was one of the last items we finished and I love the way it turned out. The island was originally an old workbench that was rusty and covered in dirt when I first found it (also at the local Restore). We had the metal powder-coated to match the kitchen cabinets (thanks to Electrostatic Painting for working their magic!), and then my husband sanded down and resealed the butcher block top. The front side has tons of drawers on each side and is completely open in the middle. We are wanting to eventually create a big shelf or pot rack across the middle space inside the island. I love having all the extra counter space and it ended up being just the perfect size for the room.
One of my favorite focal points of the room is this subway tile/open shelving wall. This wall holds my beloved vintage refrigerator (a $25 garage sale find that now serves as our "drink fridge"), our microwave, toaster, dishes, and more! We also added some industrial-looking sconces at the top for extra lighting. I'm still playing with the shelf arrangements but I feel like I'm getting a little closer to my original vision every day.
My husband threw out the idea of doing the subway tile vertically on this wall and we just went with it. We both really like how it turned out especially with the industrial open shelving on top. Our contractors built the shelving using plumbing fixtures and more reclaimed barnwood.
Here you can see the basic layout of the kitchen: fridge, dishwasher, range, and sink are all on the back wall with cabinets below. The island is in the center with the table behind it. On the left side wall is the open shelving area shown in the previous pictures.
We are using this old baker's rack for more open shelving closer to the back wall. I keep all my drinking glasses, measuring cups, olive oil, vinegar, and anything else I need within reaching distance of the stove and sink. The industrial look of this rack fits perfectly and it has more than enough storage.
When we began this renovation, the kitchen had no floors! The entire kitchen now has new ceramic tile that looks like slate. So far I love this flooring- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt, dog hair, or paw prints (which is super important in our house)! I'm on the hunt for some rugs to add a little pop of color and pattern. I would like a bright oriental-type runner for in between the sink and island and a more neutral textured rug for under the dining table.
Another thing on my to-do list is window treatments. I'm thinking a little cafe curtain on the windows above the sink and long panels on the other two windows. I would like something simple and neutral- maybe a ticking stripe, burlap, or chambray.
We LOVE everything about our Thermador appliances. They have the refined industrial look we wanted but are also made specifically for chefs, so they have every innovation and feature we could ever want. They were definitely our biggest splurge but so worth it since we both love cooking and entertaining. You can tell just by the weight of the doors and handles that the quality of these is above and beyond anything else on the market.
We went with a stainless farmhouse sink and a super industrial faucet, which I love. I'm a little OCD about keeping my sink clean and the stainless is so much easier to clean than the cast iron sink I had at our old house. I also really like having the large open sink instead of a divided one- it's so much easier to wash larger dishes, pans, and water my plants!
TJ at Kitchen Concepts went above and beyond to make sure our cabinets and countertop were exactly what we wanted. I really love the brass hardware against all the gray and stainless and the quality of the cabinets is SO much better than anything I've had before. The countertop is flamed granite which has a subtle texture and definitely fits the industrial style of the kitchen.
My husband was adamant about his giant range and I was adamant about my tall fridge! Once I saw these fridges in the store, I fell in love and since we had limited space for the fridge, the tall, skinny design ended up working perfectly! I love the sleek simple look of the outside and Kitchen Concepts made sure that the cabinet fit perfectly around the fridge so it wasn't sticking out beyond it at all. My island pendants are from West Elm and I love how they are a mix of modern and industrial styles. The glass shades are milkglass and they have brass accents at the top which ties in with my brass cabinet hardware.
It's still hard to believe that this is REALLY our kitchen some days! It truly is a dream come true and we are having so much fun cooking and eating in here every day. I've added a list of all our sources to the end of the post in case you want to shop any of the items (if you have questions about anything not listed- just ask!). I can't wait to see how it evolves over the next couple of months as I continue to add more finishing touches to warm it up and pull everything together.
1. Dressing room chandelier: Target | 2. Living room ceiling light: Wayfair | 3. Guest bedroom ceiling light: Lowe's
My main focus this week has been finalizing and ordering all our new lighting for the house. It is kind of overwhelming to pick out SO many light fixtures all at once, but thankfully I have been able to shop online and slowly narrow down my favorites over the past few months. I tried to stay within a reasonable budget for all of our lighting. I really can't stand to pay much more than $100 for most lights although I did make an exception on a few statement pieces that I felt were important. I made up for it by finding a few super cheap thrifted vintage lights (one being for our guest bath for $1!) that I can spruce up with new bulbs and paint. Above are the lights I picked out for our living room, guest bedroom, and my dressing room. For the living room I needed a flush-mount ceiling light that didn't hang down super far. Flush mounts are definitely the hardest style to find fashionable light options in, so I was thrilled to find this one with the beaded chandelier look. This will definitely fit perfectly with the more rustic, eclectic style of our living room. For the guest bedroom upstairs, I also needed a flush mount because the ceilings are too low in there for a ceiling fan. I fell in love with these super minimal, industrial flush mount lights from Lowe's and am going to be using them in a couple of other rooms too. The light fixture I'm probably most excited about is this fun midcentury-inspired chandelier for my dressing room. This is really going to be the focal point of the room and I think the brass will look so gorgeous with the pale pink walls.
I also love all the kitchen lighting, especially my globe pendants! I wanted to continue the brass accents that are on our cabinet hardware into our lighting. I love the modern, simple look of globe pendants and fell in love with these milkglass ones from West Elm (one of my fixture splurges, but still pretty reasonable!). I am also doing three sconces above the large open shelving wall in the kitchen. This entire wall will have a gorgeous subway tile backsplash and these black and brass sconces (from Target!) at the top. We also have tons of can lights throughout the kitchen so I really didn't need to order any other lighting. In the mudroom off the kitchen I went with this same simple flush mount from Lowe's.
1. Entryway light: Lowe's | 2. Front entryway light (top of stairs): Lowe's | Top of back stairs light: Wayfair
I wanted to really modernize the entryway that looked super dated before with old wallpaper and 80's light fixtures. I think these open faceted light fixtures are a perfect blend of my favorite styles but also formal enough for an entryway. I chose a slightly larger one for the entry right in front of the front door and a smaller version for the top of the front stairs. I needed a super simple and small fixture for the top of the back staircase so I went with this schoolhouse inspired light (a steal at $35!).
Front Porch Lanterns: Lowe's | Side Porch Entry Ceiling Light: Lowe's | Back Deck Light: Lowe's | Side Porch Ceiling Fan: Lowe's
We don't have anything left in our budget to deal with the outside of the house at the moment, but we can add a tiny bit of curb appeal by switching out some of the outdoor lighting. The lanterns that were on the front porch (on each side of the front door) hung way too low and were super outdated. I am updating them with these larger, classic black lanterns from Lowe's. I kept it simple with the lights for our side entryway and back deck, but just having a new, clean light fixtures will make a huge difference. We also had a ceiling fan on our side porch (but it was barely hanging on and quite sad looking!) that we will be replacing with a newer, slightly larger fan that has a light on it too. This fan is a great outdoor, budget-friendly option that is classic but with modern finishes.
1. Master bedroom ceiling fan: Lowe's | 2. Master bathroom vanity sconces: Bulbs.com | 3. Master bathroom ceiling light: Lowe's
In the master bedroom I splurged a bit on a more expensive, larger fan (because my husband is serious about sleeping with all fans on high and the thermostat on 65, I know- freezing!). I liked the modern look of this fan and loved the finish on the blades. It also has an oil rubbed bronze finish on the metal which matches all our fixtures in the master bath. For the master bathroom we will have these industrial-look sconces (super affordable!) on each side of the mirror above the sink. I also went with my favorite Lowe's flush mount light for the ceiling in the center of the room.
Our electrician is coming this Thursday to begin hanging most of our new lights! Did I mention we are moving in THIS weekend?! We are trying to complete the bulk of the renovation this week (hopefully!). Stay tuned for lots of new updates to come this week!