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Here in New Orleans Spring and Summer is hot in a major way, but we’re crazy people, so we still tend to spend the most time outdoors these times of the year. Now, is the time that we’re out eating our crawfish, having our BBQ’s, and planting our flowers, veggies, and fruits. Having stylish patios and backyards are a MUST this time of year, because we’re all about the “get-to-gether”.
Now, because we have only been in our new house for about 2.5 months now, we have to prioritize the projects we take on. The kitchen was the first room to be done and even though I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to fully tackle our back patio, a dog house was one of those things that I felt was a big priority and a treat to our dogs.
You should know Pocahontas already, but remember a few months ago on Instagram, I told you guys that I had a new dog? Well, he’s a Husky, named Rilo, and he is a handful!
They’re both inside dogs, but Rilo loves to go outside to hang out on the porch and play in the grass. He also really likes to eat all my veggies, bite on all my outdoor furniture, and poop everywhere he thinks my foot will land. He literally gets it right every time, so I’m starting to think he was a psychic in his past life. (more…)
Yo, I’m so excited to be sharing this pink and blue transitional bedroom reveal, because it’s the first one that I’m going to be also revealing on YouTube! So, make sure you’re subscribed to my channel. You don’t want to miss it!
Okay, I’m moving like a snail when it’s comes to making updates here in my kitchen, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace next week to get everything done by the end of these 6 weeks of the One Room Challenge. As I mentioned last week, I’ve tried to finish two separate projects in previous challenges (one didn’t get finished in time and the other was my bedroom in the apartment we recently moved from), so I’m really motivated this time.
Here’s a before photo of my kitchen when we first moved in:
Here’s the plan:
paint: Behr Marquee’s Dragonfly // flush mount light // Pergo Java Scraped Oak floors // fabric // faucet // backsplash // Caesarstone London Gray countertop
Entering the One Room Challenge
The One Room Challenge started yesterday and I’m super excited to join in. I’ve actually tried to join and finish two projects last year for both the Spring and Fall One Room Challenges. In the Spring, I tried to tackle a client’s dining room (which I’ve since completed – check it out here), but we had some delays that kept me from keeping up with the One Room Challenge. In the Fall, I entered the One Room Challenge to complete my bedroom in our last apartment, but we decided that we would be moving and I could no longer justify purchasing anything or making any other updates in my apartment.
So now that we’re in our new home (did you see the home tour?), I’m finally ready to start and FINISH a room for the One Room Challenge.
Don’t know what the One Room Challenge is? It’s a 6-week decorating bonanza where LOTS of designers and bloggers join in to complete a space from start to finish. You can join in, too! Want to know more? Click here!
This Spring, I’m joining with our kitchen mini-reno! Make sure you’re (1) signed up to my email list and (2) following me on Instagram to keep up with all the updates.
I’m also excited to share that I’ll have video updates for each of the next 5 weeks of the One Room Challenge, so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel.
The Kitchen Before
So, although our home is in excellent condition, it’s really dated. There’s brown trim and doors everywhere, dated carpet, and this epoxy-type floor all over the kitchen and hallways. The kitchen was the first room that I KNEW we were going to have to have redone, but right now we’re not prepared to do a full renovation.
Here’s what the kitchen looked like when we purchased our home a month ago.
Do you live in New Orleans?
Want to work with me, but have been saving up for my design fee? What if I told you that you can work with me for FREE???
I’m working on a web series and want to work with you!
I’m selecting a few projects to show from start to finish via still shots and video for a new web series.
Apply below to have me come over for FREE to transform your room into one of your dreams, through DIY projects, upholstery, paint, and accessorizing. You must have a budget for any new furnishings, fabrics, paint, and tradesmen that are needed to complete your space.
This offer applies to residents in or near the New Orleans area with a budget of at least $2000. Kitchens and bathrooms are excluded. I’ll select from applicants to choose the projects that best fit my new web series. I’m only selecting 5 rooms to transform.
For my web series, I’ll be sharing before, after, progress shots and video, along with my design plan. To transform your room, I’ll work with you extensively, sharing floor plans, elevations, 3D or hand-rendered drawings, fabrics, and design boards. We’ll have lots of fun and afterwards, you’ll get to be surprised with a beautiful room!
I worked on this black and white master bath project a LONG time ago, but I’ve been sharing it on Instagram and remembered that I never shared it here on the blog. Then, my client actually moved out of her home right after we had her first install, so I never got a chance to get professional photos taken OR finish up the last couple of details. It’s a good thing I took decent(ish) photos with my phone, so I can share them with you!
Let’s start with the before photos.