Kitchen inspiration – Phase 2

The other side of my kitchen needed some tender loving so onto the next side I went.

BEFORE

My kitchen looked a little dated especially in comparison with the rest of the house. Here are pictures of the opposite side of my kitchen.

IN PROGRESS

Time to degrease and gut it out!

I wanted to remove that old hood range that was attached to the useless cabinets so out that went!

Just like the other side we needed to heighten the cabinets to the ceiling.

FINISHING UP

I also wanted the plate rack so thanks to Pinterest I found a DIY project on how to make your own plate rack. It was very easy it only took me about 3 days to complete.

AFTER

The custom drawer inserts I made following this DIY article!

The pots and pan pull out drawers I bought from The Container Store.

the bamboo pull out drawer

the chrome pull out drawer

The entire kitchen project took about 3 months to complete. That is considering the fact that my husband and I work full time jobs. It was plenty of late nights and long weekends, but it was worth it! ☺️

Pantry Reno

I love sightseeing model homes and getting ideas. During last year’s AIA home tour I toured an absolutely stunning home that had nearly every thing I loved and wanted – from the layout and floor plan to the colors and decor.

One of my favorite areas was their wine cellar! Oh my! I Loved it. It had all glass walls with Mexican pebbles bordering the floors and the lighting was incredible. I wish I had a wine cellar!

When/if I build my next house it definitely will have to have a wine cellar. In the meantime, I came back to my little abode and I began to brainstorm on which area of my house that I can transform into a room that gives this type of appeal.

Hmmm., how about my pantry room?

My pantry was a narrow closet with cream walls and cream shelves. It was plain and bland. It had a solid door and the lighting inside the pantry was grim and dim. The pantry sits in between my dining room and kitchen so you have to pass the pantry before you get either area.

I decided to get creative. How can I upgrade this room and make a pantry room pop?! Here’s my work…

Before

I wanted to create a creative accent wall using wall trim. So I tore out those shelves! Thanks to Pinterest I came across this cool design that I replicated.

To utilize the space and make the room more of a walk in I installed new shelves.

Another element I switched up was the lighting. Lighting is everything! I brightened the area up with some shelf lighting.

I created a wine wall with these vintage wine racks and I installed a gold wine bottle holder to add a touch of decoration.

For this type of pantry room I felt it had to be seen; so I switched out the solid entry door and put a glass door instead.

Now that my pantry room is complete I’ve had so many of my house guests who are intrigued by what’s behind the glass door! I have honestly received lots of feedback that they thought this room was a wine cellar at first glance!

“Ha” I think, “Mission accomplished!”

Let’s talk wall decor

I love the look of plain neutral colored walls and wall decor (pictures, art, frame etc). Personally I am not a big fan of colorful walls (a colored accent wall yes!) but not wall to wall colorful.

You can always add color to your walls with decor pieces. In fact nearly all of my walls in my house is painted with the color Lacey Pearl by Benjamin Moore.

I had this blank wall in my living room that needed some accent pieces. I decided that a picture wall would be great! But then I came into this dilemma of how to place my pictures along this wall. I didn’t want an old fashioned appearance I wanted a gallery type appeal. To my Pinterest I went searching for ideas and came across this…

Oh did I like this creative idea of arranging my pictures in one of these arrangements. I wanted to keep it simple and not too crowded so I decided to do half of my blank wall with the pictures. In the end….I was pleased. I even added a gold picture frame light at the top. This section of my wall is definitely a focal area to my living room.

You should try it. Have a wall that need a little love? Try dressing it up with a picture gallery arrangement!

Me + Flowers

  • Gardenia
  • Roses
  • Lilly flowers
  • Hydrangeas
  • Peonies (gorgeous flower)
  • Tulips
  • Snapdragon (love these!!)

I l.o.v.e them all! My husband will surprise me every now and then with flowers because he knows I love them but sometimes I shower myself with fresh flowers.

I will admit that I have at times had floral arrangements all over my house in different areas with no special occasion planned. 😊

There is something about fresh flowers that makes me feel calm and fresh. The only drawback is that I want them to last a lifetime and they don’t! Lol. Fresh flowers can also be pretty expensive too. So I often opt for white Baby’s Breath. When they are full enough in a vase they add a very nice touch to any area.

Why wait for someone to buy you flowers? Treat yourself…you deserve it!

Let’s talk ZGallerie!

Let’s talk ZGallerie!

So my favorite shop for decor (and sometimes furniture) is ZGallerie!

I will say that your taste has to be of the glam nature to really have a liking for their items. Their prices are reasonable for what they sell although you can find some of the same items on Amazon or elsewhere for cheaper (which I have resorted to at times).

If you’ve never heard of them before they sell a wide range of glam pieces for the kitchen, living room, and bedroom. They sell the coolest lighting fixtures and area rugs and they are the best store to go for wall art. So if you are interested in creating a serious gallery wall in your home or shop please be sure to check them out!

Oh and I need to add that they are FORVER having sales!!

I’ll do laundry!

I’ll do laundry!

Another DIY Project

I’ll be posting a lot of pictures here so my post will be short.

Before I personally and physically demo’d our laundry room it was a pretty decent area. However, being the person that I am…I saw that there were areas that needed some TLC.

  • The entry door forever swung into the washer machine  (urgh!)
  • The storage closet sliding doors was in the way of fully accessing my cleaning supplies
  • The wall paint color made the room look smaller than it appeared
  • There was a big empty space in the corner of the room that looked odd
  • I wanted the laundry room to also be the mud room

And I think my original list went on. Well just like I demo’d and renovated our master closet this laundry room was next on my task! In about 2 months the laundry room was complete. I got the furniture, shelving, and decor from many different places so message me if you’re interested in knowing.

Now that our laundry room is up to part… I am honestly motivated to say “I’ll do Laundry!”

Enjoy the pictures! 🤗

Before:

After:

Organizing Nature

or·gan·ize

ˈôrɡəˌnīz/

verb

1 1.
arrange into a structured whole; order

Yup that’s me! I organize everything – my thoughts, my clothes, my cabinets, even batteries. I just can’t seem to help myself. I have to have order and straight lines. I see things in blocks and squares [if you dare to understand what that means]. Just know that it is my nature to place things in a very systematic type of way.

Enough said on that. Today’s post covers one of my entertainment cabinets. So the very thought of CDs just thrown about and games tossed around makes me cringe. I absolutely love this CD/DVD organizer from The Container Store . It was a bit pricey but worth every penny.

What I love most is that I can get rid of all the plastic casings. Some people prefer to keep the casings but I found the sleeves to be less space consuming.

I like to organize my DVDs according to genre.

Bookshelf styling

It was a decent looking shelf and then I thought with all the light colored decor I have in my house (the grays, whites and creams) I decided my bookshelf needed a little pop! A little bedazzle. If you ever need to give a blank space in your house a little pop just add a background color.

Because I did not want to be too drastic I went with a dark navy blue. I like to think of it more like a Royalty Blue (not a royal blue). It makes Metal pieces stand out (I love the gold and silver hues).

Here’s another tip:

“Just because it’s a bookshelf doesn’t mean you load it with a bunch of books.”

The exception to that is if your bookshelf is in an actual home library. If that is the case I’d say ok that’s understandable. But if your bookshelf is in a centralized area of your home like a living room, then loading it with books is not so appealing to the eyes. But hey, that’s just my opinion, I mean who am I? 😊

Don’t be afraid to jazz up your shelves but keep it simple.

Try laying your magazines or books face down instead of standing them up. Or you can combine both looks.

I buy the majority of my home decor pieces from ZGallerie and HomeGoods

Organizing an area

Organizing an area

Organizing is my thing. I organize everything: clothes, shoes, towels, kitchen drawers, pantry shelves, bathroom drawers you name it. Here are some of my organization tips.

Before I begin to organize an area I always start with removing items that are:

  1. Less frequently used/worn (if the item hasn’t been used/worn for at least six month to a year, or has dust on it, then it’s time to go
  2. I never trash items that someone else can use. I donate. My “trash” can be someone else’s treasure. (Besides it’s a nice tax write off)
  3. I organize items according to color, size, and sometimes alphabetically 😊

My advice is:

  1. Start with a smaller area first e.g. Under your bathroom sink
  2. Sort out the items you less frequently use.
  3. For the items you are keeping, group them together according to category e.g. Hair products, shaving products, lotions etc.
  4. Use containers, or lazy Susan’s, or Stackable drawers to hold your categorized items.
  5. Add Category labels to the front if you decided with drawers or containers.



He said there’s two of them

He said there’s two of them

Do you like fragrance? Candles?

There is nothing like a clean house that smells good!

A few years ago I took a family vacation and went on a Modern Home Tour as a thing to do (yes this was all apart of the itinerary). I’ve been on quite a few home tours and I’ve never experienced a setting where I can smell the aroma of the inside of the house 10 ft away from the front door. I know you are probably thinking “wow that must have been a strong smell!” Well I tell you that it wasn’t. It was the most romantic soft smell I have ever inhaled.

Every guest that entered complimented the homeowner on the scent. I was intrigued so I asked. The owner tells me that there were two candles burning. One of the candles that was nearest to the front door was called Rosemary Lavender. The other that was in the adjacent kitchen was called Gold.

Hmmm, I have to research this! I will be honest it was a bit pricey for candles. Which I should have known I mean we were touring custom designer homes so of course the owners could afford to spend more than $12 on a candle! It bothered me to spend so much money on candles to say the least. I’m your Bath and Body Works and TJ Maxx candle type of girl. These two candles weren’t even sold in any stores in my state! Well I waited for 3 years before purchasing these candles and aren’t I happy I did! You can smell these candles even when they aren’t burning and I’ve received many compliments on them.

Candles:

Soi Candles Rosemary Lavender

Niven Morgan Gold Candle

Ever been to a Modern Home Tour?

You are missing out if you’ve never done a Modern Home Tour. Just search Modern Home Tour on the web and you’ll see a load of architectural companies that hosts modern home tours all over and throughout the year. The tours are not model homes they are the actual residential homes. I think Home tours are a great way to get Home Decor ideas.