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sources for hall, living, kitchen + extras

Did you enjoy the week of fantastic home tours? Thoroughly inspired to bring a little fall into your home? We had dinner with my sister this weekend and she said she was inspired to finally take down her 4th of july stuff and replace it with leaves, pumpkins and cozy textures. Her house always looks great and I’m excited to see what she has done with it now.

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So let’s talk about some of the items seen in the second half of our house tour (first half, click here. And for sources, here.) Most of the furniture and accessories are not new which means they are not always still available for purchase, but I’ll share links where applicable.

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wall // I double-stick taped pages from a french book to the wall about 7 years ago. They’re getting a little tattered, but I still love the texture it brings.

seats // we found these old theater seats at our favorite local salvage shop called Second Use in Seattle. They came from a high school and I think we paid about $15 for the group.

banner // this was a diy done a few years ago. I’ll post a tutorial shortly with templates.

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stag // he’s heavy and modern, but still quirky and a little traditional. I love the simplicity of having nothing on the mantle and the stag as the focal point.

bow pillow // a pillow I made last fall that I’ll post a tutorial for. It’s made of a subtle plaid menswear-like fabric.

sofa // I’m still loving our linen couch. It has held up well (we don’t let the kids eat on it and I’m slightly protective) and is super comfy.

buck pillow // you can’t see it in the above photo, but it’s a pretty watercolor deer printed on canvas. All of the artwork that lucy does is beautiful.

tray // not finding this one online, and maybe it’s no longer available because I’ve had it for several months. Trays are great for corralling items on a coffee table.

coffee table // no longer available from wisteria (which is a bummer, because it’s heavy and really well-made) but here is a similar look from World Market.

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shelves + brackets // We still love the look of the open shelves and industrial brackets. Here’s a more detailed post about why we love them and how to keep them clean.

rug // another discontinued item (why would you discontinue a striped rug? I do not know). You can get almost the same thing from here.

silver // pretty much all of the silver pieces in our home came from my mother-in-law who finds them at the thrift store. And then she passes them on to me (lucky girl). I shine it maybe once every two years? Maybe? I actually prefer the tarnished look.

stools // we replaced our bar stools last christmas when these were on a really good sale and it makes a big difference visually to not have backs. (you can see our old stools here).

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pom throw // inspired by this beauty, I decided to try a diy version. It turned out really well and a tutorial is upcoming.

candle // I’ll be honest – scented candles give me a headache. Most of them, at least. But I love the cozy lighting and the gentle smell when it’s gentle and not overpowering. I found this one at target and mostly like it for it’s packaging, but the smell is good too. I’m not finding it online, but it’s the Shades of Glass wild mint + verbena.

dishes // perhaps my most beloved christmas gifts ever – these dishes are stored away until the fall and they are for sure a seasonal favorite.

chalkboard // such an easy diy project! And I especially like it with the Seahawks schedule #gohawks

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Did I miss anything? Please let me know if you have any other source questions … I’m always happy to share!

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fall house tour: living, hall & kitchen

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Welcome to the second half of our fall house tour. We started last week with the front of the house: the entry, small bath, office, dining room and piano nook and today we’ll keep making our way through the main living areas.

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If you’re coming from DesignPostInteriors, welcome! A little about me: I love neutrals. Get ready for a house tour void of color, but full of texture. Also, you might not be able to tell from the photos, but we have four kids and a dog and things don’t always look so fluffed and tidy. I try, but in real life you’ll probably see remote control helicopters and lego ships on the coffee table and art supplies covering the kitchen table, random shoes littering the floor and dog toys everywhere you look. I like things picked up, but we also do life here and sometimes that looks a little messy. I’m guessing you can relate.  I love how our house looks in the photos and I do my best to keep things nice around here, but really what we’re going for is a home that is welcoming and grace-filled and warm.

Okay, so let’s start the tour!

// H A L L W A Y //

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We have this little hallway on the side of the stairs. I papered the walls with french book pages eight years ago (it’s looking a little worse for wear!) and a set salvaged school theater seats have a nice place against the wall.

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Looking to the side is my beloved wall of L’s (for our last name – Jones is my maiden name). It does a nice job of hiding the light switches and thermostat, and I also love the look. Even when the frames are crooked.

// L I V I N G   R O O M //

This is the room we spend the most time in (well, maybe tied with the kitchen). We entertain in here, watch tv, fly helicopters and snuggle on that comfy couch.

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A little over a year ago, we updated the fireplace – adding shingles to the top portion, stone to the bottom and a chunky mantle tied in to the built-ins on either side. The faux stag makes a handsome focal point.

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// K I T C H E N //

Right off the living room is the open kitchen.

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After about a year of living here, we decided the builder-basic kitchen was just not our style. So we tore down the upper cabinets, painted the lowers, reconfigured the island, updated the countertops, added beadboard for the backsplash and installed open shelves. It was a fairly inexpensive kitchen remodel and made the biggest difference.

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(those donuts didn’t last long. The kids came home from school and devoured the plate. I might have helped.)

Thanks for coming by for a quick visit. Next up on the house tour is Jen Rizzo, who has a beautiful, eclectic design aesthetic. You’ll love her home all decorated for fall.

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Before you go, grab this print to add some fall to your home.

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how to paint a piano

Furniture purists … avert your eyes. This is a post about how I changed our perfectly fine piano from glossy mahogany to white. Did I ruin it? Maybe. But do I love it 1000 times more? Yes. Yes I do.

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I posted a mid-progress photo on instagram and was surprised by how many shared the desire to paint their piano and also questions about how to do it. So here it is – all my steps, tips and encouragement for painting your piano.

First, a little back story. We inherited our piano from my grandparents but it is not a piece that holds any particular sentimental meaning. From the day we brought it into our house six years ago, I’ve wanted to paint it. There was a trend a few years ago when everyone was painting their pianos mustard or aqua and I was so tempted (especially by this photo), but just never felt committed to any one color. Years passed and the piano always felt dark and not right for our style until a few weeks ago when I came across this photo and it was jut the push I needed.

Paint it white. That was the answer.

So Ryan and our friend dragged the piano outside to our front walkway (a crazy place to paint, but it was the spot that made the most sense) and away I went. It was a pain, I’ll be honest. But totally doable. And I’m so happy with the results.

Here’s how the process went:

STEP ONE // take apart the pieces and tape it off.

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Be very detailed to make sure you keep the paint off the keys, the inside components and the metal foot pedals.

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STEP TWO // sand each piece

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I used a fairly fine grit sand paper (100) just to rough up the finish.

STEP THREE // wipe clean

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Make sure you get all the dust off. I wet my cloth a tiny bit to grab the sanding dust which worked well.

STEP FOUR // prime

Once the piece is sanded and wiped clean, apply a light coat of primer. For the piano bench, I brushed on the primer, but I did not like the brush strokes so for the piano, I switched to spray primer. It was much easier.

STEP FIVE // spray paint

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I bought 8 cans of glossy white spray paint and it was just enough. I also picked up this spray adapter which made things much easier. Then I just sprayed away.

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Some things I learned when spray painting a piano (these might help you avoid my mistakes):

1. use thin coats and quick sweeps across the furniture

2. let it dry for a few minutes between coats

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This made me so frustrated and I think the wrinkles came when the overcoats went on too heavy.

3. lightly sand in between coats. I didn’t fully sand – just the places that were a bit rough.

4. shake the can often to keep the paint mixed up. I used gloss paint that did not totally go on glossy. It’s a little blotchy. I think if I had consistently mixed up the paint, it would have gone on smoother.

5. be so careful about over-spray.

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I had a blanket and paper and cardboard down, but the spray still made it onto the walkway and over to my car parked in the driveway (big oops!). Just make sure you cover anything and everything that might come in contact with flying specks of paint.

6. maybe don’t paint it in your front yard.

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My poor neighbors had to see it wrapped up like this each night for a few days while I was in between coats. I did about 4 or 5 light coats of paint (plus the first coat of primer). I let each coat dry fully so I could sand if needed. It took me 4 days to complete the project.

7. If I were to do it again, I would have opted for a can of paint in a softer white and a sprayer. The basic glossy white spray paint is white-white without any warmth and can look a little stark. Once the piano was back in the house and accessorized, it does not look quite as bright, but could still be a a bit warmer.

8. It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. I should have done it years ago.

Before and afters are always fun, so here it is:

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It feels so much more modern and fresh. Someday when we replace our carpet with hardwood, you’ll be able to notice the pretty brass pedals and casters on the front legs (my favorite part). But even still, I love how much lighter this nook feels with the piano now white.

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So tell me, are you wanting to paint your piano? What’s stopping you?!

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