Kitchen Reno-Part 3 (The Transformation)

Our kitchen renovation is finally complete!  Remember where we started?

A small cramped kitchen,

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Becomes an open, airy space.0130151201a

We changed the layout,

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For better flow and more cabinets.0130151205

And a non-functional pantry,
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Becomes functional open concept storage.

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This is a quick overview of our new kitchen. My next and final post will include details about cabinetry, counter tops, lighting, storage and more.

Thanks and Happy Decorating.

Nicole

Kitchen Reno-Part 2 (The Wall Came Tumbling Down)

After months of planning, demo day finally arrived. Our kitchen contractor (Enrique Bonilla of Bonilla Home Service in Alexandria, VA) arrived bright and early to start renovations and after a few hours…..

kitbefore1 nowall1 Two rooms became one,

kitbefore2  nowall2 cabinets came out,

kitbefore3 nowall3  and walls were taken down to the studs.

0213141450 0213141450b And after a few weeks, new drywall went up,

floorbefore  0221140816a 0221140817  new flooring went down and a dark jacobean stain was applied.

My next post will feature the finished kitchen but here is a sneak peak…..

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Cabinets, lighting, back splash and storage, oh my!

Thanks and Happy Decorating!

Classic/Fresh Vintage Cane Barrel Chairs (SOLD)

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Some designs never go out of style.  These cane barrel chairs from the 60’s are just as fashionable today as they were over 50 years ago. Yes, these chairs are over 50 years old! The quality and craftsmanship of the chairs are undeniable. The caning is still intact and the velvet seat cushions are in decent condition.

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But, I believe they can look ever better.

So, here is one chair after a coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White paint and some distressing.  I love the paisley ikat fabric but not with this chair. Maybe I should try a different fabric?

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Maybe a jacobean pattern?

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But, in the end………

I repainted the chairs and and chose a completely different fabric for the cushions. Two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White for a fresh look and a classic blue/green toile pattern fabric.

0117150908a                    I am really happy with the final outcome. These chairs are ready for a new home!

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Thanks and Happy Decorating!

Love, Nicole

Kitchen Reno- (Pt. 1) A,B, C’s and D of Kitchen Renovations

In February of 2014 our kitchen renovation began.  After months of planning, the start day was finally here!  Our small galley kitchen of 15 year was about to get a make over.

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We are going to take down the wall on the left and in the process will lose a lot of cabinet/storage space.  Our contractor suggested we add cabinets on the back wall. Great idea!  But I still need to find other creative storage options. Behind the wall is a very small sitting room. See the next pic.

 

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This room was once the dining room. It was too small, so I converted it to a sitting room. The wall to the right adjoins the kitchen and is coming down and a banquette is going under the window. 

 

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The window is the only nice feature on this wall. As you can see, the cabinets are very short so we plan to remove the bulkhead and take the cabinets up to the ceiling. Our contractor suggested  we move the stove to the far right (near the back door) so we can maximize cabinets. Another great idea!

 

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The door allows light to come into the kitchen. The pantry cabinets (on the right) will be removed and I will bring in a furniture piece for open storage.

But before our renovation began, we did our A, B, C’s and D.

A is for Ask:  We asked our friends, family and neighbors about their kitchen reno experiences and we took notes.  We asked…how would you rate your contractor, would you use him/her again, what’s your favorite thing about your new kitchen, least favorite about your kitchen, one thing you wished you had done differently, what was your budget.

B is for Budget: Know your true budget and what that budget can buy.  For example:  Don’t design your kitchen around carrara marble counter tops when you can only afford laminate!

Your friends/family won’t mind you asking for a general price point for their project.  Once you determine your budget, you can begin researching your dream kitchen.

C is for Contractor: If you do A, you will have several great options for contractors.  We interviewed three contractors and visited kitchens they renovated to see their workmanship.

D is for Decisions: Now you can start making decisions based on sound advice, accurate budget, and professional expertise. We did our ABC’s & D–so now let the renovation begin!

Stay tuned for my next post… Kitchen Reno- (Pt. 2) The Wall Came Tumbling Down!

 

Modern/Glam Buffet & Mirror (Sold)

One of the many things I love about my job is the ability to create “one of a kind” pieces.

For this project, I decided to combine design styles from different decades. This process can be tricky because the styles may not “play well together”.  Example: imagine combining the skinny jean concept to a leisure suit. Scary, right! Lucky for me, my two styles play well together because they are united with a common thread……paint!

This buffet is a classic piece from the 60’s. It’s solid construction, in great condition with ample storage. The bowed front and curved details are beautiful but the dark stain makes it look old and worn.

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I chose a color from the Paint Couture line called “Calm”. The color is a white/gray/blue combination. I painted/distressed the bottom, then sanded and stained the top (jacobean).

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The Hollywood glam gold mirror is the perfect compliment to the buffet but the gold is too shiny. ( That’s my dog Gomer in the mirror….it’s he cute!)

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Two coats of “calm” tones down the gold and a light distressing allows hints of gold to shine through.

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And here is the buffet and mirror in the store.

2 design styles + 1 paint color = Modern Glam

Happy Decorating!  Love, Nicole

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Available at Maggie Jane’s Brownstone (913 King Street) in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

6 Trees and a Deer!

In keeping with my “vintage” Christmas decorations, I decided to find alternatives to the standard Christmas trees. The traditional green trees are fine, but I wanted to be creative.  So, here is what I created:

1) pineconetreeswmPine cones tucked in mercury glass containers create a pine cone forest.

2) branchtreeswmGreenery in vintage glass containers with vintage balls and a tree topper.

3) topiarytreewm A Topiary wrapped in a white shawl with a red  brooch.

4) treeinbasketwm White branches and nandina berries in a vintage metal bucket, with an apples and berries wreath.

5) railstreewm 3 Chippy white stair posts, a metal star and a burlap “tree” skirt.

6) clochetreewm A glass cloche filled with vintage holiday balls and a metal star.

deerbeforeAnd a deer.

I recently attended a holiday gift exchange and cute teenager got this deer as a gift.  It was obvious, she did not like it.  I loved it and was thrilled to “steal” it from her.  I could see the swan (I mean deer), it could become.

deerafter2 So, after a coat of paint and a new bow tie, here’s Dasher! He’s so cute……

I’d love to see your alternative Christmas trees and Deer.  Happy Decorating!

Love, Nicole

Vintage dictionary + wire = Wreaths & more

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I was contacted by Hometalk (an on-line site dedicated to everything home), about writing a how-to post about holiday decorating.

I decided to share how-to make paper wreaths and more. To see the complete post, copy and paste the following into your browser:  http://www.hometalk.com/6119762/vintage-dictionary-wire-holiday-wreaths-and-more

Thanks and Happy Decorating!

 

 

 

The Landing-A Decorating Opportunity

The stair “landing” is not a place most people think about decorating. It’s usually a small space that’s mostly used as a pass-thru.  But I decided to turn my boring landing into a stylish space!

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I did not want to spend any money on this project, so I “shopped” my house” and found the following:

0915141342 A bookcase with lots of cubbies! It’s really narrow-perfect for a tight space.

rooster lampA french style rooster lamp (made by my father in law)

old windowAn old window (from a neighbors trash)

old yellow chairA chippy yellow vintage chair (curbside find)

potteryglassetc pillows and fabricsAnd, an assortment of colorful books, pottery, pillows & a decorative throw.  I combined these items to create…..

My Stylish Landing…………..

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When decorating any space, I try to always include my “design trinity” for a well balance space. 1) lighting for ambiance; 2) textiles for softness and 3) artwork for sophistication!

Happy Decorating!

“Tiffany” Blue Dresser (SOLD)

I have had this dresser for many years.  I love the….

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dresserfeet    Beautiful Claw Feet

 

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So, what’s not to love? Well, maybe the color. Right.

I decided the dresser needed a color that would highlight the beautiful features and add a feminine vibe. So, I mixed various CeCe Caldwell’s paint colors and created a color I call “Tiffany Blue”.

I layered on the “Tiffany Blue”, added touches of Martha Stewart Metallic gold for highlights.  And, here she is….meet “Tiffany”.

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And since there is always a surprise inside a tiffany box……

insidetbdresser I lined the drawers with this gorgeous wrapping paper (from Innisbrook giftwrap). I love it!

 

Baby Blue Dresser/Changing Table (SOLD)

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I found this piece at a cute store called Haywoods Variety (https://www.facebook.com/HaywoodsVariety), in a small town on the Northern Neck called Urbanna, VA. I grew up in Urbanna so it fun finding this piece in my home town. To give you an idea how small this town is, there are no stop lights!

Anyhow, when I saw this dresser I immediately thought it would make a great dresser/changing table for a nursery.

0514141102aWith two small and two large drawers, I knew there was plenty of storage space for diapers, onsies, lotions, etc.

0514141102And, the top is large enough for a changing pad for the baby.

OK, I realize it’s hard to imagine a baby on this dresser, but trust me its going to look great!

0519141622So the first thing I did was get out the sander and sanded the top.  It’s looking better? Right?

0519141548I then painted the drawers a color I call “Baby Blue” It’s my custom mix of CeCe Caldwell’s Blue Montana Sky and Simply White. The trim and sides where painted in CeCe Caldwell’s Simply White.

bluewhitedresserwm2I stained the top “Jacobean”, waxed the entire piece with CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax and the transformation is complete!

This piece was available at maggie jane’s brownstone but a sweet couple expecting their first child purchased it for their nursery!  How cool is that?  SOLD