Domaine Home Feature

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of Domaine home. Every feature is beautiful and I often find myself going back to their images over and over again to really take it all in.  One evening (very, very late evening) I was perusing their site only to find that they featured my living room remodel! I’m so honored to be featured on their gorgeous site. 

Our Kitchen Before/After

I’m in the process of updating my website and while rummaging through old pictures, I realized that I never posted before and after pics! It was quite the process to prioritize our budget and fit all of my “wants” in there. Although the kitchen was a lot of of brown, I could see that it had a great layout and just needed cosmetic updates. Here is the before/after reveal!

Our family room before/after

I promised I would share the process of re-doing our home, and I never make a promise I can’t keep. As I have mentioned before, our home was a whole lotta brown and beige everywhere and I essentially started ripping things out the day after we moved in. Starting with the mantel. We demo-ed the facade and then I worked with my carpenter to turn my napkin sketch into the real thing. We got creative trying to salvage as much as possible, but still achieve the look I was going for.

A love-ly Valentine’s Mantel

February is here! Although I might not be big on teddy bears and the color red, I certainly like decorating for Valentine’s Day. This year, I wanted to shake things up a bit and put a big, hot pink heart over my fireplace. Armed with my weekly Michael’s 40% off coupon, I bought a canvas and some Martha Stewart “Pink Dahlia” acrylic craft paint. I was feeling particularly lazy at the time, so I just free-handed the heart. It’s a little imperfect, but so is love sometimes, right?! Really easy and really cute. My kind of DIY. I grabbed a few pink roses at Trader Joe’s and gathered items I had around the house. I found this free ampersandprintable and printed it at home. I love how it turned out.

Baby Wren's Nursery

Over the next week or so, I am going to be sharing bits and pieces of our home. We bought it 2 years ago and it was a typical brown/beige Orange County tract home. Not exactly what I had in mind for our “dream home”, but it had an awesome lot, great natural light and the perfect floor plan for our future family. We bought a short sale which gave me room in our budget to really transform things. Although the nursery isn’t where we started the renovation, it’s my favorite room in the house. I already had the wallpaper picked out long before I knew we were having a girl. After that ultrasound, I ordered the paper immediately! I wanted this room to feel clean, bright and pretty. When Wren was a newborn, I would just sit in that glider and take it all in. Sappy? Maybe. But this room is pretty special to me.

Powder Room Makeover

I sure wish I had a before picture of this little powder room. It wasn’t ugly, but it sure was boring. When we moved into our home, I knew immediately that I wanted to paint it a dark color. With a fresh coat of “Chelsea Gray” by Benjamin Moore and that fabulous venetian mirror I found on eBay, it had the perfect amount of drama for a powder room.  We also swapped out the sink for this one from Home Depot, faucet from Restoration Hardware, monogram towels from Pottery Barn, my favorite wild rose soap fromAnthropologie, and a brass wastebasket I found at a local consignment shop.