Open Shelving Saves The Day!~

I thought it would be fun to share a project from several years ago.

"But this is an interior design blog,"  you're thinking.  "Shouldn't you be showing us more up-to-date ideas?"   Okay, that's true...to a degree.  The idea I want to share is perfect for anyone who moves into a house that needs a bit of updating.  (Please forgive the small photos....they are from my early blogging days, and I couldn't make them any larger without losing clarity.)

Awesome Open Shelving!

This is the kitchen from my first house back when I lived in Massachusetts.  And this is how it looked when we purchased the house - more or less. Boring oak cabinets. And no pizzazz.  In this photo we had already replaced the vinyl flooring with tile, and painted the walls Cathedral Gray by Ralph Lauren - they were dark red before. But we hadn't done much else. (except, apparently, leaving a mess on the counter...ahem.)  Please notice the ugly floating cabinet to the left of the window.  Why in the world do builders do this?  The cabinet looks sooo out of place all by its lonesome.

Here is the kitchen after (please remember this is circa 2008)! We painted out all of the cabinets in Ralph Lauren's Nantucket White. We replaced the outdated brass hardware with new black hardware (Of course if I were re-doing this kitchen today, I may have just kept that brass hardware - Lol!). We also replaced the range hood with a new black version. (We had purchased the oven and refrigerator for our previous rental home and brought them with us.)

Then we removed that ugly "floating" cabinet to the left of the window and replaced it with fabulous open shelves. So. much. better.

Read all about the open shelving after the break...


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up, I have a couple of great posts to share with you!

First up, you know I love me a good room makeover!  What?   You do too?  Of  course you do!  So make sure you check out this pretty living room redo shared by Provident Home.

Next, you'll want to check out this fun dresser makeover shared by Revolutionaries blog.  I  just love this fresh new look for a mid-century piece! 

Read more after the break...


One Room Challenge - Week 4 Progress~

Welcome to Week 4 of the teen girl bedroom makeover I'm attempting for my daughter as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home.

In last week's post I asked you, my dear readers, to chime in on whether you would paint the walls a saturated mint/aqua color, or a more muted mint/aqua color.

To be honest, I was leaning more toward the muted wall color, but after much debate, and many searches on Houzz for aqua and mint-colored walls, we decided to go with a more saturated tone.

I know, I surprised myself.  As a self-proclaimed neutral-palette lover, I tend to avoid overly saturated colors.  But in this case, it just seems perfect.

At my interior-design day job, I work primarily with Sherwin Williams paints, so I pulled out my paint deck, and my daughter and I sat down with  her bedding to find the perfect shade of mint/aqua.

The color we chose for the walls is Sherwin Williams Aqueduct.

Read more after the break...