Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring update to our bathroom {Penny Deal Challenge}

I've been having so much fun today switching things up in our home.  If you follow me on Instagram or Snap Chat then you have seen a bit of what I'm talking about.  I was recently asked to take part in the Penny Deal Challenge for JCPenney.  They are having a great sale that started yesterday and runs through the 17th of April where bath towels, bed pillows and protectors and ready-made curtains are buy one get the next one for a penny.  Sign me up, right?  I had been wanting to refresh our bathroom for a while to lighten it up and bring in some new accessories, so this couldn't have been more perfect of timing.

As most of you probably have noticed over the years I LOVE white.  I love how bright and fresh it is, I love that you can bleach it, I love everything that white provides to a space.  When my daughter and I headed into JCPenney today, I knew I wanted to purchase a new set of white towels.  I was so excited that with the sale going on I was able to purchase 4 new towels today for $25.94!  Pretty much a steal.  For this family of four I was so thrilled that everyone got a new towel today.  Time to dump our old ones, yay.

I think we can all agree that this space looks nice and refreshed!





Thank you JCPenney for including me in this fun challenge.  Although I chose to stick with white towels, your selection of various colors was great.

*I was provided with a gift card to go shopping for the items in this post, but my selection and my opinions are all mine.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

White kitchen, finally {part 1: counter tops/ back splash}

I am so excited to share my recent week worth of hard work.  We moved into our condo over three years ago with the statement of "oh, we can change the kitchen."  Welp, life changed for us and there has been no budget to redo the kitchen.  I've dreamed up my kitchen, I've pinned a million inspiration photos, but couldn't make it happen.  Finally I had to stop thinking like a designer and think like a broke homeowner, ha!  But seriously, I needed to design within my means to get me through the next few years or more while living with the kitchen we have.  So, what did I do?  I ventured onto Pinterest and read many, many tutorials that other ladies, like myself, have done to their kitchens.  My favorite one and the one I chose to follow was from Our Vintage Home Love. 
I gathered myself and wrote out a schedule that I knew I would stick to.  It so happened that my husband was leaving on an 8 day surf trip so I felt that would be the perfect time to paint the kitchen.  I knew that for the best results I needed to allow 24 hours for each coat to dry before I applied the next one.  With knowing this, if I started on Tuesday my last coat would be done Friday morning and then the kitchen could dry all weekend while the kids and I took a quick Easter trip to the desert.  While the kids were at school I got to work.

First step was to clean clean clean my counters and back splash really well with soap and water.  (Sad to admit this was probably the first time I had done a good scrubbin on these ugly tiles)
Feast your eyes on these horrible, brown and gold 80's tiles.  Can you believe I've lived with these for 3 years?!  Hence me never sharing my kitchen on my Instagram.  This little kitchen of mine felt like a cave!  It's at the back of our home so it doesn't have a window other than the cut out to the family room and then the window off the office nook.  It always just felt so dark and dreary...my excuse for not liking to cook.  

I had bought all my supplies and wanted to share them with you because I truly hope this inspires one of you to try this too.  Make yourself happy and get that white kitchen you've always wanted.  

Supply list:
6" foam roller for cabinets and doors for a smooth finish I ended up using 4 rollers total because I didn't want to clean them in between coats. 
3" tiny trim roller  this ended up being my magic tool!
paint trays (again a new one for each day)
plastic to protect floors and appliances when needed
paint brush cleaner for the oil-based paints
and I used an on hand small paint brush for around my sink
Painters mask (it is stinky)

After scrubbing my tiles clean I let them dry overnight, so I cleaned them Monday night.  Tuesday I did my primer coat.  I found that with my grout being so deep and large it was best if I used an 1" paint brush to paint the grout.  I did this in small 18" sq. sections starting with the back splash.  Once I painted that section of grout I'd then go over that section with the 6" roller covering the tiles and also smoothing out the paint that went onto the tiles from painting the grout.  I did the back splash first so that any paint I dripped onto the counters I could then go over and smooth out after the backs splash was done.  The primer coat took about 3 hours to complete because of my grout and the texture of my tiles.  I let this coat dry until the next morning.  The slow part was painting around my sink.  The edge of my below counter sink has the grout exposed so I had to use a small craft paint brush to paint the grout, as well as the small back splash that is between my counter tops and bar top.  I tried to be meticulous here so that everything was covered and I didn't paint my sink.  





Primer Coat
It looks pretty scary after the primer coat, don't worry about it.  Just keep painting with out trying to go over the primer again and again.  


Wednesday morning was the first coat of paint.  This coat also took about 3 hours because the paint is pretty thick and doesn't spread very easily.  I found doing smaller sections worked best, using the same method as above.  I had also discovered the day before that having a smaller roller would have helped for behind my sink, this is where the 3" roller comes into play.  
First coat of paint


Thursday was my second coat of paint and wow did this coat go on so much quicker...yes, there is a light at the end of this stinky paint tunnel.  I had this coat done in about 2 hours.  Again, I did grout first on the back splash, then painted and then moved to the counters.  This seems confusing, but I did back splash then counter below, back splash and then counter below...so I was moving counter clock-wise in my kitchen to where when I was at the last bit of tile I had done the back splash and counter in the rest of the kitchen.  I stuck to this direction so that the tiles had dried evenly through out all the days.  I also found myself using my 3" roller a lot more for the large surfaces.  I liked how quickly it rolled and how easily I could maneuver it.  This is why I referred to this roller above as magic.  I had to do this coat quickly because my son had his jog-a-thon on this day so I only had about 2 hours to get it all done, cleaned up and off to his school.  I pulled it off.


Friday....last coat!!!  Yippee.  I was so tired this day.  I ended up using my 3" magic roller for most of this day because I found that at this point I could use the tip of it to paint my grout so I didn't have to pick up my paint brush.  This to me was gold!  So, if you try this, see if you like just using the smaller roller for the grout.  This coat I got done in about an hour and a half.  It was my 10 year anniversary, yes my husband was still gone on a surf trip, so I had lunch plans with a girlfriend.    Bring on the drinks.  I was celebrating a pretty white kitchen and 10 years of marriage!  

Here is a sneak peak of how it looks.  I still need to paint the lower cabinets a pretty gray, change the hardware and have my husband install a new pendant light.  I'm already giddy over the change and I can't wait to share the rest of the transformation with you all. 






  

Monday, February 29, 2016

Kids' room {our home}

It's time to share our kids' room with you all.  Having a shared space for siblings is tough, especially when its a boy and a girl.  My kids have always shared a room so the challenge has diminished over the years.  I have fun trying to implement each of my kids personalities and interests.  My best advice is to keep a cohesive design when it comes to the bedding, but give them a bit of individuality.  I stuck to navy and white striped duvets and black and white sheets to form a good base.  I then purchased two very similar lumbar pillows, but allowed my sons pillow to be more masculine and my daughters to have a more feminine pattern.  From there I brought in their personalities with their gallery walls.








This room was done on a budget because, well, we don't have a large one.  Most items were purchased from Target, Ikea, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Etsy and Society 6.  I love showing clients how it is very possible to achieve a super cute space while not spending too much!  

Master Bedroom {our home}

I recently shared photos of my home on XO, Holly Lauren, but wanted to share them on my site too.  Today I'm going to be sharing our master bedroom with you all.  My husband and I recently gave the actual master bedroom in our home to our kids and moved our room to the extra bedroom.  We don't need nearly as much space as our kids do, so it's been the best decision for our family.  Although the square footage of our new room is much less than the original, I didn't want it to feel that way.  Here is our light and bright master bedroom.








Monday, February 8, 2016

Blossom {a completed girl nursery}





It's a great Monday when I have a completed nursery to share with you all.  I shared a few photos on Instagram already, but here is the room in its entirety.  This room was very special for me to be a part of because I got to design it for a mommy who is like a third sister to me.  It is my youngest sisters best friend since elementary school.  Not only did I get to come up with the design, but I also got to see the room in person, which I never get to do.  Since I do E-design I only ever get to see photos of the spaces I work so hard in creating.  This was such fun for me.  Now enough talking...enjoy the photos.  















Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Getting caught up {being mom and designer}

Pardon me as I hang my head for being so bad at keeping up with this blog.  Who knew it would be so hard to stay on top of saying hello and sharing all that I have been up to!  I've been busy busy helping lovely ladies pull together beautiful spaces in their homes.  Whether it be nurseries or their family rooms, I have truly enjoyed how 2015 ended for me business-wise.  Now that it is 2016 I can say I feel like I've just been juggling getting back into the swing of things and trying to keep my fam healthy.  Who else has been hit with this winter cold?!  As I type this I have both kids home from school and will be heading to a doctors apt soon for Emerson.  Fun, fun.  This is when I am so thankful that I work from home so that I can just take a time-out from designing to take care of my littles.  Unfortunately, this does sometimes mean sending a quick email to clients apologizing that I may need an extra day in finishing their design.  I have to say though, I'm one very lucky lady because I have the most understanding clients and I am so grateful for them.  With all that being said, I thought I'd share a design I recently finished up so that this post isn't just me talking about ME.



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Where, oh where, have I been? {e-design boards}

I'm still here.  I've been working away on client designs, being mom and trying to grasp how on earth today is December 1st!!  Can you believe it?  I know I can't.  Although I don't have much to say today, I always like to share some visuals with all of you on what I've been up to.


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