Kitchen Renovation ~ Final Reveal

Our kitchen is finally complete!

(A huge thank you to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the photos in this post!)

white kitchen

Here is a recap of the four phases of the project:

white kitchen 4 phases

part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4

For details and sources of our kitchen renovation project, please visit the posts above. Otherwise, simply enjoy the photos of our brighter, bigger, airier kitchen!  It was a long process, but we are so happy with the final results and have been enjoying the space with family and friends.

blue stenciled dining room
Charlie was a good helper during the photo shoot! :)

white kitchen and blue stenciled dining room

white kitchen from dining room

white kitchen peninsula with stools

A close-up of the cork board/chalk board/mail center that Andrew made.

diy mail center

white kitchen

Our backsplash and granite:

marble backsplash & luna pearl granite

We found the lantern over the sink at an antique store and spray painted it gray to match the rest of the kitchen.

kitchen sink

Even though it is skinny, the pantry next to the refrigerator gives us a lot of extra storage. I am so glad we were able to fit that into the design plan!

white kitchen refrigerator

I searched for a while for the perfect window treatment fabric.  Once I found this one, I knew it was the one!

door window valance

The view from the backdoor:

white kitchen into dining room

And one more time, just for fun...Before:

kitchen before

After!

white kitchen

º Have you ever completed a kitchen renovation?  How long did it take you?

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Boy Green's 1st Birthday Party

Now that he’s officially a year old, I guess I can’t refer to him as “Baby Boy Green” anymore. (All photos in this post by Beth Furgurson Photography)

boy green

While this is not my typical design post, throwing any party certainly has its own design elements involved, so I wanted to share a few pictures from Boy Green’s 1st birthday party.  Between Pinterest and Etsy, there are so many options for creating adorable children’s parties.  Since he is only 1, I tried to restrain myself and not go too over the top, but I found a few cute things that I couldn’t resist.  We chose to do a woodland theme for the party and it all started with this adorable invitation from Tiny Fox Print Shop on Etsy.

woodland invitation

I loved the hipster woodland animals!

I created this Welcome sign for our front door.  The cross-section of wood is from Michael’s, I painted the letters, and the adorable owls are from the same shop (The Happy Star on Etsy) where we purchased the animals for his mobile.  (Kristen was once again great to work with and was happy to accommodate my custom order!)

woodland welcome sign

The chest by our front door held a framed copy of the invitation, the picture below, an owl stuffed animal that was a baby shower gift, owl birthday glasses, and the goodie bags.

woodland welcome table

I wanted to recreate one of his newborn pictures that Beth did for us.  Our hydrangeas didn’t bloom nearly as beautifully as they did last year, but we were still able to get some fun pictures.

newborn to 1 year

The goodie bags were a last minute detail.  I used brown paper lunch bags, decorated them with woodland stickers and stamps, and closed them with fox and owl mini clothespins from Michael’s.  Inside the goodie bags was a laminated picture of Boy Green on the trunk along with two woodland magnets from Cherry Cute on Etsy.

woodland gift bags

woodland magnets

From the mantel, using the same fox and owl mini clothespins, I hung each of his month pictures.  Everyone enjoyed looking at those and seeing the progression from month to month.  I also included a few other pictures and his name sign that is on the door to his room.  Do you see the sign that my sister and brother-in-law’s little boy made for Boy Green?  He is 5, and is such a great big “cousin-brother,” as he calls them!

birthday mantel

month pictures

We had the party in the afternoon, so we didn’t need a big spread of food, but we did want to have a few snacks for our guests.  Not all of the food followed the theme, but I picked a few things I thought were cute.  We had two trail mix options (I loved those mini easels – from Michael’s!).

woodland birthday snacks

Chocolate peanut butter acorns…these were super easy to make and really yummy! (mini Nutter Butters, Hershey’s Kisses, mini chocolate chips, and melted chocolate chips to ‘glue’ each piece together)

chocolate peanut butter acorns

We also made these owl crackers (big round crackers, cream cheese, slivered almonds, Ritz Bits, and craisins).

owl crackers

And last but certainly not least…the cake, from Shyndigz!  The cake toppers are from Mia Sophias on Etsy, and the gnome and mushrooms are again from Kristen at The Happy Star.

woodland birthday cake

The big cake was for the guests, and we baked a small smash cake just for Boy Green.

1st birthday smash cake

I‘d say he loved it :)!

eating cake

We had a great day celebrating with friends and family.  It is hard to believe that he is 1 already!

Green family

(Boy Green’s adorable owl shirt is from Isaac Original Designs on Etsy.)

Why don’t we reveal Boy Green’s name?  I read many blogs where the bloggers use their children’s names on the blog.  While I personally know many of you who read my blog, the internet is vast and there are many new people who visit my site.  Most of my visitors are friendly and are truly interested in a design or project I have done; however, others are not.  For the sake of his privacy and protection, Andrew and I have decided to keep his name off of the blog for now.

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Downtown Condo Mood Board

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A client reached out to me wanting some help with her new downtown condo.  She is a busy professional, with little time to meet, so we decided to treat her project like an e-design project.  We did all of our communication through email and I provided her with a floor plan and furniture options that she could purchase on her own time. She wanted help with the main room of the condo.  It is a long, narrow space with windows along one wall and open to the kitchen on the other side.

downtown condo

The width of the carpeted area is 7’6” and we used a length of 14’6” to separate her living space from her entry space.  With such a narrow area to work with, we had to be creative with her options.  Here is the layout design I suggested to her:

living room floor plan

Placing the sofa against the windows will maximize the space.  It also allows for a nice open flow between the living area and the kitchen.  If she wants extra seating, I suggested a small chair in the foyer area that could be brought over when needed.

Here is the mood board with the specific pieces I suggested for her downtown condo:

downtown condo mood board

1.  The Davis Queen sleeper sofa from Crate & Barrel is a great piece to anchor the space.  I like this couch for its clean lines and nice shape.  (I like it so much that Andrew and I have this couch with a chaise in our living room!)  The arms are narrow, so it is a good fit for a smaller space.  It comes in a variety of colors, but I like the color here: Mink.  She does not have a guest room, so the sleeper sofa will allow her to hosts guests in her new home.

2.   This adorable tufted chair is an updated version to a traditional parlor style chair.  The tufted back and swooped arms give it a feminine touch without being overly girly.  The chair comes in a variety of colors, and picking something  fun, like Grape, gives the space personality.

3.  I suggested 2 ottomans instead of a coffee table for several reasons:

  • they are a good size for the space
  • they offer extra storage
  • they can serve as extra seating if needed
  • their tops can be flipped and used as trays
  • they come in a variety of colors (shown in: Smoke)

4.   A round side table helps to break up the shapes in the condo.  I loved the texture and size of this table.

5.   A media console with reclaimed wood and ebony stained surround is the perfect fit for a chic downtown condo.

Pops of color in pillows and accessories will give her condo personality and make it feel like home.  I love to mix and match patterns and textures in pillows, and these four will coordinate beautifully with the purple chair.

6.   The multicolor floral pillow is a great one to start with on the sofa.  Aside from the purple, it also brings in three other vibrant colors in the red, orange, and green.

7.   The chenille diamond pillow is perfect for adding texture to the room.  It also gives a nod to the pattern on the side table.

8.   Ikat is a classic Indian design, but the purple and red color scheme of this pillow give it an updated feel.

9.   Colorful medallions and playful fringe make this lumbar pillow the perfect finishing touch to the room.

I enjoyed putting together these ideas to help her create the perfect feel for her new home!

° Which piece is your favorite?

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Homearama Trends ~ Part 2

I back with part 2 of my recap of the trends from Homearama 2014.  (Did you see part 1?) One luxury space that was over the top in every home on the tour was the master bathroom.  I think this shower was bigger than our dining room!

master bathroom

And this was only the shower and tub.  On the opposite wall were the beautiful vanities; there was also a separate space for the toilet, and of course a spacious walk-in closet.

Do you like the open concept shower?

Something like this bathroom is more my style.  It still has a spa feel to the space, but the shower offers a little more privacy.  I also like the vertical strip of mosaic tiles that adds an interesting accent to the back wall.

master bathroom shower

Look closely at the two shower heads.  Do you prefer a rain shower, or a traditional showerhead?

Another trend I noticed while touring the homes was the use of various wall treatments throughout the rooms.  Many of the builders and designers featured wainscoting in various heights and patterns. The patterns in these two dining rooms caught my eye.  (Do you also see the paneling on the ceiling in the first room?)

dining room wainscoting

I thought this fully corkboarded wall was a cute idea for a teen/tween girl’s room.  I can just imagine the posters and pictures that would get pinned up there!

corkboard headboard

This room featured a stenciled ceiling.  I liked that the stencil was done in a random pattern with metallic paint.  It added a touch softness and hint of glamour to the room.

girls bedroom

One last photo I want to share is this one of these beautiful floors.

walnut floors

I fell in love with these naturally finished walnut floors.  I wouldn’t call these a trend that I noticed on the tour – in fact it was more popular to have a gray-washed or cooler color stain to the floors.  I know that gray is a popular color right now, but for flooring, it often feels too cold to me.  I also think that gray floors restrict your design choices for years to come.  When choosing hardwood floors, I always recommend a medium brown-toned option for clients – one that isn’t too red or too yellow.  Like blue jeans, medium toned brown hardwood flooring is the most neutral option you can give yourself when designing the ‘outfit’ that is your home!

Want to see more photos from Homearama 2014?  Richmond-based bloggers Young House Love did a full recap of each home. (They also were the team of designers for one of the houses!)

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Homearama Trends ~ Part 1

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope everyone has a chance to relax, spend time with family, and enjoy the lovely weather.  To all of the active military, retired military, and their families, we say “Thank you!” for all you have done. Last weekend, my mom, my sister, and I celebrated a belated Mother’s Day with a girls’ outing to Homearama.  The seven houses showcased were beautiful and all had a different style – one felt rustic and Tuscan, another had a French Country theme, and another gave off a laid-back and funky vibe.  We enjoyed seeing the different features each builder and designer presented in their homes.  There were a few trends that I noticed across several of the houses and wanted to share them with you.

The first trend I spied was the use of reclaimed wood.  It was used in each of the seven houses!  Whether it was featured as a wall treatment, on a ceiling, or in another creative way, the look of reclaimed wood was definitely a hit.

I loved this mudroom area - with reclaimed wood on the back of the ‘lockers’, and recycled coffee sacks on the seats of the benches.

reclaimed wood cubby

Look up, do you see the reclaimed wood on the coffered ceiling?

reclaimed wood ceiling

I thought this was a creative idea – to frame out the TV in the master bedroom with wood and interesting hardware.

wood framed TV

In this yellow and gray boy’s bedroom, the designer whitewashed the wood for a softer, but still rustic feel.  (And how cute is that airplane light fixture?!)

boys bedroom

A variation of the reclaimed wood was to use it as barn doors.  At least four of the seven houses used barn doors somewhere in the house.  Mixing the rustic feel of the barn doors with the elegance of a dining is a perfect combination!

barn doors in dining room

This photo showcases a beautiful barn door, and also features another trend I noticed – second floor playrooms/media rooms.  (This one was from the French Country house, but some of these rooms in the other houses were decorated a little more casually.)

barn doors

I will leave you with one last image for this recap. I thought this was a cute idea – they took an old door and used white mats to feature sepia toned photographs.

pictures in an old door

Stay tuned for more trends from Homearama 2014!

º Do you have any reclaimed wood in your house?

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CGI Updates

Hi friends and welcome back!  I know it has been quite a while since my last blog post, so I wanted to share a few updates of what I’ve been working on…besides spending time with this sweet boy!

baby boy green
(Beth Furgurson Photography)

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful clients on fun projects for their homes.  My hairdresser referred me to a young couple who lives only a few blocks from Andrew and me.  At the time, they had recently moved into their home and wanted make it more reflective of their personal style.  We have been working on the family room and dining room to bring in their personalities.  They are not afraid of color, and they love to search antique malls and thrift stores looking for fun and unique pieces.  We are working to find a few last things to finish up the dining room, but here is a sample of what they decided on for their two rooms.

dining room & family room

After the window treatments in their family room were installed (the off-white and navy geometric fabric on the right), the wife sent me one of the nicest emails with a sincere compliment: “My husband keeps saying "I love the curtains" every time he walks in the family room.  We REALLY appreciate your guidance.  We were just talking about how you weren't pushy at all - almost to the point where we feel like we picked this fabric ourselves - but we know you gently steered us in the right direction :)  Thanks!”  Wow!  I was so appreciative of her email and happy to hear that they are enjoying the window treatments!

Another project that is in the works is taking a little boy’s room from his nursery theme and colors to his ‘big boy’ room.  Here is a picture of the ‘before’:

boys bedroom before

His only request was for the room to have a sports theme.  They had already chosen a madras quilt for the bed, so we pulled two colors from that to use in the room: navy and red.  As a fun wall treatment, we added horizontal stripes that run around the top of the wall.  He also shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with his brother, so we’ve been working in there to do some updates as well.  A glow-in-the-dark constellation wallpaper on the ceiling was the inspiration for the bathroom!  Here are a few of the things we selected for the two rooms:

boys bedroom & bathroom

And a sneak peak of the bedroom:

horizontal stripes in a bedroom

We will be putting the finishing touches on these two rooms over the next few weeks – I cannot wait to see them come together!

Right before Christmas, I had the opportunity to work with a couple who had just purchased their first home.  The house was great, but the paint colors made the house feel like it belonged at the beach: turquoise, yellow, peach – in every room!  They called me for a whole house paint consultation.  We went room by room and chose the perfect paint colors for the space.  We were able to have fun with a few of the rooms, but we also wanted the main living areas to flow from one to the next.  Here is a look at what we chose:

whole house paint colors

I also have two other updates that I’d like to share.  First, I’ve teamed up with a local contractor, Doug Lewis Remodeling, to offer their clients design services.  For a limited time, when contracting a kitchen remodel with Doug Lewis Remodeling, a consultation with me and idea board for design selections is also included.  Have you been considering a kitchen remodel?  Read more details of our partnership here.

doug lewis remodeling

Lastly, I am excited to share an event that I have been helping to plan.  Did you ever watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?  If you did, then you will remember Thom Filicia – the interior designer on the show.  Thom has continued his design business and formed a successful firm and brand in New York City.  We are thrilled to be bringing him to Richmond!  For details and to purchase tickets, visit the Day of Design website.

Day of Design

º Did you watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?  Will I see you at Day of Design?

Kitchen Renovation ~ part 4

My last update on the kitchen featured this ‘progress’ picture… new cabinets

…and the post ended with this question: “Any bets on if we’ll get the kitchen complete before the baby arrives?”  That post was on June 14, and Baby Boy Green (a.k.a. BBG) was born (10 days early) on June 24; so, if you put your money on ‘no’ to the previous question, you guessed right!

We’ve slowly worked over the past few months make progress on the kitchen.  I still want to add a few accessories, and we also have a few touch-ups to finish, so we’re not calling it 100% complete yet, but I’d say we’re at about 95% done.

One more reminder of the ‘before’:

dining room wall to be removed

And now, when you walk in the front door, instead of a wall of stencil, you can see straight into the kitchen!

white kitchen

It has been so nice to have a more open space.  We were able to steal a few inches from the dining room and gain a little bit of extra cabinet storage as well.

white kitchen

One of my favorite things is the tall skinny pantry to the left of the refrigerator.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of space, but it’s given us a good place for food storage.

kitchen refrigerator

The floor tile is a 12” x 24” gray porcelain tile from Mosaic Tile, (Folio Artistica Meteor, color: Silver).  They gray does a much better job than our previous white linoleum of hiding all of the dirt that the dogs bring in through the back door!

kitchen sink wall

Here is a close-up of the countertop and backsplash.  We chose Luna Pearl granite countertops from Colonial Granite, and 3” x 6” Arabescato Marble also from Mosaic Tile.  The Luna Pearl granite has a white background with gray and black specks all over.  Whereas some granite selections have veining through the slab, this color has a more consistent look.  Andrew installed and grouted the backsplash himself (when BBG was about 2 weeks old).  Looks pretty good for his first time!

kitchen backsplash

And here is a detail shot of the cabinet hardware.  We purchased the handles from Pleasants Hardware, and we found the knobs online at PullsDirect.com.

kitchen hardware

There are a few finishing touches that we still want to add to the kitchen.

kitchen to do

  1. We bought the counter stools at Garden Ridge.  They originally had a wood tone seat, but we wanted to add color, so we tried painting them white and adding a blue border.  We decided half-way through the painting process that we didn’t like the way it was turning out. (If you look closely, you can see that the blue border on the stool on the right only has one coat of paint.)  So, we are going to change the seat color to something different – we’re thinking a green to tie into our family room.
  2. Before the ceiling was closed up and drywalled, they wired for a light fixture over the sink.  We have a pendant light that I’ve been waiting to use somewhere in the house and this is the perfect spot for it.  We actually made progress on this project this weekend by spray painting the light fixture gray.  Hopefully, we will install it soon!
  3. We had our cabinet guys add a piece of wood to the right side of the refrigerator to give it a built-in look.  We have found that mail is collecting on the peninsula, so in an effort to be more organized, we want to build a mail center & cork board to hang on that part of the cabinetry.  We have most of the pieces for this project, so now we just need to find the time to build it!

Although making progress on the kitchen has been a slow process over the past few months, we are truly enjoying our kitchen and are so happy that we decided to go through with the renovation!

Here is a glance at the four phases of the project:

kitchen phases

(part 1  /  part 2  / part 3)

Removing the wall and painting the cabinets white have completely transformed the space.  I can hardly remember what it looked like before!

º What projects did you work on over the summer?

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Baby Boy Green’s Nursery

For the past two months I have been spending time with this sweet boy!  (My sister is an amazing photographer and we have been spoiled with so many adorable photos of him :)!) baby green

Beth Furgurson Photography

I can hardly believe it’s been two months.  It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital.

Let’s take a tour of his room!

nursery entrance

 (That’s me, just two days before he was born!)

His nursery is at the end of a hallway.  I love the view into his room – the combination of the light fixture, window treatments, rug, and wall color makes me smile every time I look down the hall.

The room is small (about 7’ x 10’), so we had to fit a lot of function into a small space.  (Click here to see my first post on our nursery ideas.)

I knew I wanted to use navy blue as the main color in the space.  With that as the starting point, I searched for fabrics for inspiration.  Andrew and I both really liked this argyle fabric, and I fell in love with the modern blocks pattern.  I decided to use the argyle on the crib skirt and the blocks on the window treatments.

nursery fabrics

argyle fabric / modern blocks fabric

Once the fabrics were chosen, we were able to start pulling the room together.  For the walls, we chose Benjamin Moore Admiral Blue 2065-10 to use above the chair rail.  It’s a really rich navy blue color that is not too dark and not too purple.  Below the chair rail, we used the white out of the can.  Some people think that the white out of the can is too harsh, but I like the crispness of it.  We used an eggshell finish on the walls and a semi-gloss for the trim.

nursery crib

My sister and her husband had saved the crib they used for their little boy and they were nice enough to share it with us.  The crib sheet is from Land of Nod, and I used Young House Love’s tutorial to make a no-sew crib skirt.  The quilt was a special gift from my parents and my sister and brother-in-law.  A local quilt maker custom made it just for us! I love how she used modern fabrics in our color scheme to give a traditional quilt an updated look.

For the artwork above the crib, we framed three different fabrics that coordinate with the colors in the window treatments.

nursery art

animal fabric / stripes fabric / tree fabric

A very special thank you to my friend and super-talented seamstress, Christine of Iron Gate Interiors for making the Roman shades for us!

nursery window treatments

There is not a lot of space for storage in the room, so we hung 6 wall shelves to hold books, stuffed animals, and toys.

nursery shelves

wall shelves

I searched and searched for a mobile for the room, but I just couldn’t find one that I loved.  I found two shops on Etsy that had exactly want I wanted, so I ordered the pieces from them to make a custom mobile.  Andrew and I had fun putting it together – I think it was the last finishing touch we did for the room (4 days before he was born!).

nursery mobile

I used an embroidery hoop for the ring, and wrapped it in navy ribbon.  The crocheted animals are from The Happy Star on Esty.  The owner, Kristen, was as nice as she could be and made a few of the animals as special requests for us.  We used a whale, a penguin, a polar bear, a walrus, a seal, a turtle, and an octopus.  Not all arctic animals, we know, but they are just ones that we liked!  The felt balls are from FELTSUPPLIER, and the owner Michal, was equally as nice.  They are actually located in Poland, and I was a little nervous about the delivery time, but Michal assured me that they would arrive in about a week, and they did!  (What did we do before Etsy?!)

nursery mobile

I love how it turned out and know that we’ll enjoy making up names for and stories about these adorable animals!

nursery mobile

Another important piece to the room was the dresser and changing table.  Andrew and I love to browse antique stores, so we really wanted to find a piece that we could repurpose and paint.  We found this dresser at The MarQet Place and knew that it was the one – it was in good shape and made of solid wood, we liked the lines and the hardware, and it had a good price tag ($189).

dresser before

With the navy and white walls, I wanted to choose a color that would stand out, so we decided on green.  I looked for the perfect green that wasn’t too bright and wasn’t too muddy.  We chose Olympic’s Asparagus B68-5, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

nursery dresser

To create the changing pad top, Andrew used 1”x3” pieces of wood, screwed them together, and painted it the same Asparagus green.

The four animal prints above the dresser are also from Etsy – NikoAndLily.  They’re pretty cute - a whale, a polar bear, a penguin, and a narwhal!

nursery & baby

The light fixture we chose is from Land of Nod.  It is fun and playful, and taking the advice of the reviewers online, we put it on a dimmer switch.  (This is a tip I would recommend to anyone for their nursery!)

nursery light fixture

Because of the position of our stairs, the closet in this room is cut in half.  We decided to take the door off of the closet and use it for storage, instead of for hanging clothes.  We didn’t think this little boy would have too many hanging clothes right now ;)!

nursery closet

The closet already had two shelves and we added one more to increase the storage.  I found the gray baskets at Garden Ridge.  They are the perfect size for the shelves and are great for holding toys, books, extra sheets, and bath supplies.

nursery closet

We are so happy with how the room turned out!  I’ve been spending a lot of time in there lately, and I just love looking at all of the pieces.  I think we picked a color palate and patterns that will grow with him, and I hope he loves it as much as we do!

nursery crib

Thanks so much to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the wonderful pictures!  I know we'll cherish having these special nursery pictures.

º What is your favorite color combination for a nursery?

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Baby Boy Green

I am excited to share that Andrew and I welcomed Baby Boy Green into the world on Monday, June 24.  He was 7 pounds 15 ounces, and 20.5 inches long.  We are all doing well and adjusting to life at home! Here is a picture of me in his nursery- taken just two days before he was born!

me sitting in the nurseryAnd here is a picture of Baby Boy Green!

baby & nurseryOne more I just had to share :)

smiling babyI will follow up soon with more photos and details of the nursery.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

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