Monday, June 27, 2011

A Peak at an After

Remember this in progress project from a month or so ago?  Well, I got to see it finished on Friday and couldn't wait to share a little bit of it's fabulousness.  I just snapped a few picks (beware the rooms aren't styled).  Hopefully I will get to go back soon for better photos of the whole project.

Here's the Master Bath:



And here's a look at the A-MAZING kitchen.  I didn't show you any befores before but I thought it would be nice to drool on the afters.  




Here's a close up of the island marble and of the cooktop backsplash.  My client has a great eye and hand picked all the marble.  Isn't this gorgeous?!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Taking A Pause From Pinning

Okay, so I'm not what you would call an early adopter.  I am very slow to try something new (or not so new- Hello Twitter I see you over there but I'm not sure we are ready to be "friends".) Having said that, I feel like I might be the last lady blogger on earth to join Pinterest, but now that I'm here I'm OBSESSED!!!  Why did I wait so long to start pinning?  Here are just a few things that have caught my eye lately. 

Did I mention that I'm completely obsessed?  You can find me here

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nobody Likes a White Ring

We have this little drop leaf table that belonged to the Husband's grandparents.  The finish is a bit worn and the veneer is chipped in a few places but it still functions. We had been using it as a bedside table in our former guest room and are planning to use it as a temporary desk in the new office during the Big Move.  There was a little something extra about the table that I couldn't ignore any longer.

If you look past my super-bad photography, you can see the big water stain on one end.  I'm so embarrassed that I've had guests that have used the table in this shape (Sorry Mom and Dad!)  I don't even know how it got there or how long ago it happened.  Here's a closer view.

Definitely not pretty.  Then I remembered reading about a quick and easy solution to the problem involving an iron (as in, I hate to do laundry and I never iron).  After a little googling around for confirmation I decided to give it a try. 

Using a dry pillowcase and the iron set to a medium-low temp and no steam, I ironed over the affected area for 10 seconds or so at a time, lifting the pillowcase to check the spot until it completely disappeared.  It was pretty amazing.

The finish on the table is still worn but the spot is gone!!  I can't believe I waited this long to take care of it.  Now, does anyone have any tips for making the finish look better?  We are planning to use it as a defacto partners desk until we find a better/bigger solution.

I've already moved into my half the desk.  The work has only begun though.  Workbench has already been disassembled and painting will (hopefully) happen this weekend.  Progress is slow but steady.  It's going to be great when we get everything done.  Now I can check de-waterspotting the table off my to-do list. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A New Favorite

Over the weekend I had to run some errands.  While I was in Target I decided to treat myself to a little something and discovered my new favorite thing:  Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia.  I love this stuff!  It feels amazing and makes your lips feel so soft.  There's also just the right amount of color too.
I swear this isn't an advertisement I just wanted to share a little something that's making me happy.  Okay, now back to work and the chaos!   

Friday, June 3, 2011

In Progress: Another Kitchen

Thought I'd share another kitchen I've been working on.  It's not close to being finished but I thought you might enjoy a little peak at the work as it's being installed. I also think it's good to see the progress of something.  It takes time and effort.  It's more than just the pretty picture in the end.  I like to show the not always pretty work in-between too.

Here's the before.  The client wanted more light in her dark little kitchen.  She was looking for something clean and streamlined with a few industrial touches.

 Before:  sink wall

Before: ovens wall

Here's a little preview of what's to come in terms of materials and finishes.

And here's the progress that's been made so far. 

 in progress: sink wall

The layout didn't change a lot but we did open up the sink wall with more windows for a lot more light - so much better!

in progress: oven walls

We also relocated the Refrigerator to this wall to allow for more counter and window space.  This is a much more functional arrangement than she had before.

Now I saved the best for last.  My very talented client found this amazing piece that she's going to use as her island/worktable in the center of the room.

I LOVE this I can't wait to see it all come together.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We're Moving!

 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles via Blueprint Bliss

Well, sort of....Several weeks ago the Husband and I were talking about the house which led to a conversation about our dream house.   But talking about the future "perfect" house let us talk about ways we could achieve some of those goals with the home that we already have. Though it's not perfect, the house we have now is ours and I don't think we'll be going anywhere any time soon.  After a lot of thought I came up with a plan to rearrange half the rooms in the house (I even drew up plans because I'm that kind of dork!) and spent the next couple of weeks trying not to overwhelm my Sweet Husband with all the work that lay before us. 

Check out this graphic I made to help demonstrate the plan:

We are moving the music room downstairs so that the Husband doesn't have to lug his bass up and down the stairs on an almost daily basis when he has a gig.  The rarely used guest room is moving into our tiny shared office because something that is only used 2 or 3 times a year should not be taking up that much real estate.  And finally, the office is moving upstairs into the old music room spot for more space and happily more sunlight (yay!) 
The other brilliant part of this plan is that these rooms hadn't really ever been finished, meaning that we hadn't already spent a lot of time and money to make them functional as well as fashionable.  As I have mentioned on many occasions here on the blog, I wanted to install shelving in the office and have somehow managed to do that for more than a year now.  I had even taken the step of buying shelf brackets last month but I just couldn't seem to finish the job.  Now I know that I was just waiting for the perfect plan to come along! 
We'll be living in a bit of chaos for awhile but I'm really excited about how everything is working out. 
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