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Coffee Chat Episode 15 | in the new kitchen

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

Today we’re in our newly made-over kitchen.

I posted the full reveal with lots of before and after photos (read that here) and your comments were so fun to read through! Many questions were asked on repeat, so in today’s video, I thought it would be fun to answer them on video and talk through our answers.

Welcome to our kitchen! Let’s chat …

MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO

The most asked question by far was “Where is the microwave?“.

Answer: we moved it into the pantry.

Isn’t that a lovely photo?! It’s just a tiny pantry tucked under the stairs and we sacrificed some shelf space for the microwave. Ryan is on a mission to make this space more efficient, so I’ll keep you posted if/when he adds more storage.


Next question: “Do the open shelves really function as well as they look?” and sister-question: “Do they offer enough storage?

Answer: I love them, they function well and storage is not a problem for us.

I snapped a few photos to show you inside the cupboards. I am a big fan of editing and giving away anything that either I don’t use, like or need on a fairly regular basis. This reduces what we have and allows us to keep the less-lovely kitchen essentials in the lower cabinets.

If you love the look of open shelves but can’t give up all of your upper cabinet storage space, you could also try removing just one cabinet (in a spot that makes sense) to give you a space for display while still keeping some of the uppers for storage.

Or, just take them all down and whittle down your dish collection to only the ones you use and love and display them proudly :)


Many questions came in asking “How did you paint the cabinets?“.

Like I mention in the video, you will want to take your particular cabinets into account before following my instructions. Our cabinets are solid wood with a slight sheen and were very easy to paint. Other cabinets will need more of a sanding job or different paint formula in order for them to be durable. Just remove a door and take it into your local paint store to get an expert’s opinion.

Here are my steps: lightly sand with 120 grit sand paper. Wipe down to remove sanding dust. Paint two coats of latex semi-gloss paint (with a good quality brush). Let dry a few days to fully cure.

I took all of the drawers out and doors off to paint the cabinet bases and drawer fronts, then put the doors back on to paint the front and sides of those. We chose not to paint inside the cabinets, but if I were planning on keeping the cabinets for a longer time than we are, I would have at least done the inside of the doors.

If you are painting dark cabinets a lighter color, you may want to prime first, then do two or three coats of paint for a nice finish. Our dark paint color covered really well and made the job quite easy.


The shirt I’m wearing in the video is THIS COZY ONE. It’s on sale for $29.99 and if you use code WINTER you get 40% off.

Thanks for watching!

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Kitchen Mini Makeover REVEAL

Our original plan for our kitchen was to live with it the way it was for a year or two before we did a full remodel.

But on our first night in the new house, we just couldn’t help ourselves and a mini kitchen remodel began.

We decided that since we spend so much time in the kitchen and it is at the center of the floor plan, it made sense to make a few big-impact, small-cost projects that would totally transform the space and make it more enjoyable for us to work and gather in.

Before I show you the updated kitchen, let’s remember what it looked like when we moved in.

The kitchen is a great size and the layout works well. The floors and countertops were updated and while not necessarily what I would choose now, they are in good shape. The cabinets are solid wood and appliances work great.

We were not crazy about the orange tone of the cabinets and how it contrasted so much with the cool grays of the floors and counters. The bulkiness and detailing of the upper cabinets, the shallow double basin sink and oddly placed faucet, and lack of lighting were also issues to tackle. These things didn’t seem too difficult to change. We knew if we DIYed it all, we could turn this kitchen into a really attractive and functional space.

We are finally finished with the makeover and so happy with how it turned out!

Ready to see the new kitchen?

When you walk from the entry into the main living area, this is now what you see:

We love the way the dark cabinets tie in with the existing gray floors and granite countertops. Someday we will have wood floors in here and simple white countertops, but this was a great lesson in working with what we have.

Bringing in the wood shelves and brass hardware brought in much-needed warmth and really finished out the space.

The previous white double basin sink was replaced with a single basin stainless steel sink that I adore. Just for fun, we mixed up the metals and used a brass-toned faucet. Updating the sink and faucet instantly elevated the style and function of the kitchen. The sink/disposal/faucet combo was second to the shelves in cost and worth every penny.

The wood shelves are absolutely everything I was hoping they would be. They add warmth, an organic and modern feel and allow me to style with everyday kitchen things. We had open shelves in our last kitchen and not only love how they look, but also how well they function for us.


The shelves are reclaimed cedar planks from our favorite local salvage store. We loved their natural color, so only gave them a few coats of clear polyurethane to seal them.

Figuring out how to securely hang the shelves was the trickiest part of the whole makeover. I was set on floating shelves for their modern simplicity, but the wood we bought was just not going to work with the necessary floating shelf brackets. We ran through just about every shelf bracket option and landed on these stainless steel angle brackets.

As it turns out, I don’t mind the brackets showing at all. We are fans of mixing metals and it is nice to repeat the silver tone of the sink, chairs and pendant light up on the brackets as well.

Let’s look one more time at the before and after photos side by side:

I just love a good before and after and this kitchen was the perfect candidate.

By adding lighting, paint, updating the sink and faucet, switching out hardware and putting up open shelves, this kitchen looks like a brand new room.

We finished the makeover on Christmas Eve just a few hours before our family arrived (nothing like pushing it right to the deadline!) and it was the best feeling to have a pretty kitchen to work and entertain in.

The kitchen is truly where we spend most of our family time and while it would have been fine to wait until we tear out the whole thing, doing this mini makeover reminded us that making small improvements right now always feels worth it. And now we’re tempted to nix the big remodel and just enjoy the kitchen as it is!

SOURCES

sink | faucet | shelf brackets | cabinet knobs | cabinet pulls | bar stools | brass towel bar | chairs | pendant light | black + white striped towel | brass frames | sisal rug | tassel throw

wall + trim color: Sherwin Williams Shoji White
cabinet color: Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

I’ve linked to most of the currently available items that are seen in the kitchen. If you have any other source questions that I missed, feel free to ask in the comments.

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The finished studio!

One of the things that made us fall in love with this house (beside the property, the location, the front porch, our instant vision for updates), was the unfinished space above the garage.

Since both Ryan and I work from home, having a dedicated office space that is larger than our previous one (see it here) and slightly separate from the house was high on our house search wish list.

When we saw the 600 square feet of unfinished space with good light, plenty of head room, storage along one wall and an entrance off the garage, it was love at first sight (at least for me).

Over the past month – among the making-over of the kitchen and changing of light fixtures and unpacking of boxes – we set to work on finishing out the studio.

While we are happy DIYers, there are some jobs that are just better to hire out to the professionals. This was one of them. Maybe if we didn’t have 12 million other projects in the house going on at the same time (and if there was not massive drywall fixing to do) we could have tackled this, but our goal was to have the studio finished as soon as possible and we knew our limitations. We hired out the framing, drywall, painting, floor install and trim and could not be happier with how it turned out.

Last night I was up there doing the final cleaning before I can start moving in all of my stuff and I can’t wait!

Before it is filled with office-y things, I snapped a handful of photos to show how the space looks all finished out.

Ready to see our new studio?!

You get to the studio from the garage up a set of rough stairs. We will paint the treads and finish the walls at some point.

While we kept the doorway as it was, we reframed around it to enclose the window into the stairwell. It was a little bit of a weird space before with the window half covered by a wall and we wanted to open that up to allow for as much light as possible.

Framing out that wall also gave us a flat wall for hanging Ryan’s giant white board with storage under.

Framing in the stairs differently also gave us a space for storage to the right of the door. We’re on the hunt for a salvaged door for the storage room and will finish up the trim once the door is in.

The big dormers are such a great feature of the space.

When you come up the stairs and walk through the door, you see to the end wall with the window.

There is another dormer on this side that lets in great light (well, except for when I took photos this morning – it’s pretty dark and dreary out today).

On the far wall is another storage area that runs the whole length of the room behind that short wall.

We’ll find a little door for that space as well.

Isn’t it a great space?! We are really happy with how it turned out.

There were only a few design decisions to be made in here.

The first was the wall color. We went with Shoji White by Sherwin Williams in eggshell finish which is the same white we are using in the house. It keeps things consistent, makes touchups easy (only one can of paint!) and the warmth of the white works well for this house and property that tends to be pretty dark.

The next decision was the trim. We went with 5″ baseboard flat mdf. Easy, inexpensive, clean looking.

Our trim guy started the windows with the top and bottom pieces cut longer to frame out the vertical pieces. It was fine and a very typical way to frame windows, but it wasn’t what I had in mind. I felt terrible telling him to take it all down and start over, but what I wanted was minimal, simple, modern and the overhanging trim felt more craftsman. He thought I was crazy for just wanting straight trim but I’m so happy with it.

We opted to paint the trim the same white as the walls (Shoji White) but in semi-gloss.

Our original plan for the floors was to do DIY plywood planks and paint them glossy white. I still love that idea. When it really came down to it, what we needed were quick floors instead of ones that were time intensive and would take weeks for the paint to fully cure. We ended up going with laminate flooring in a very nice neutral color called Lakeshore Pecan. Our friends have it in their garage apartment (where we lived for six weeks before moving in here) and it looks great, doesn’t sound clicky when you walk on it and the color is really good. It also happens to be just about the cheapest laminate floor available at Home Depot, so that’s a win.

Ryan installed six can lights in the ceiling for additional lighting and the two fixtures above the dormers will be replaced with these new lights that I ordered last night.

I don’t have a solid plan for furniture yet and the garage is full of all the boxes of office stuff that needs to make its way up there, so I have some work to do this week!

Just for fun, here are the before and after shots side by side.

Ooooh, I can’t wait to start working in here!

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A little peek at our house this Christmas

I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

We have spent the past two days doing absolutely nothing and it feels amazing. Especially after the weeks of non-stop work on the house to get it ready for hosting.

bradyfire Whew! It was a marathon that turned into a sprint on those final few days.

Thankfully, my mom and dad stopped by the day before Christmas Eve and we put them straight to work. We unpacked boxes, moved things to the new studio (I can not wait to show you how it is shaping up!), hung pictures and coat hooks, made beds, put up garland, vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed and – my favorite part of all – installed the open shelves in the kitchen.

We are so excited about how the house is coming together. We are slowing making progress putting our touch in each room and it is truly transforming it.

I’ve shared a few photos on instagram and wanted to share more with you here on the blog.

I know it’s after Christmas and we’re all ready to take down the tree, clear out the garland and freshen up for the New Year, but the house looked so pretty and the sun was shining in and I just couldn’t resist snapping a few photos before our family came over on Christmas day. Enjoy the little peek into our house!

livingroom The living room went through phase one of it’s makeover with new paint on the walls, trim and ceiling. Just the paint changed this room completely (see the house when we bought it here).

I’ll talk more about this room, our vision for it and what we’ve done so far more in detail in the new year so stay tuned for more details. I will say, though, that the deep green/blue/gray on the walls (Ancestral by Behr paired with the same charcoal trim color that we used in the kitchen (Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams) is doing just what we hoped it would for the room: it’s feeling so cozy and moody in there.

fireplace sofapillows2 We put our beloved linen chesterfield sofa in the living room and layered it with favorite textiles.

*the sofa came from a shop that is no longer in business, but I’ve done a little bit of research and found that it is this one. The sofa is only available to the trade, so click around and you should be able to find a retailer near you.*

furpillow The stripe blanket was a recent purchase – it is lightweight and those corner tassels are so good. The green velvet pillow is from Crate and Barrel and comes in an assortment of pretty colors. The white goat hide pillow is available in our House + Home Shop and is even better in person.

pillows I love how the green and white on the left mixes with the blue ikat pillow (made by my mom with this fabric) and gorgeous modern leather pillow on the right. The leather pillow makes us want to add much more of that rich camel color in this room. I popped in an old Noel pillow for Christmas and will have to find a good replacement for it soon.

trayontable livingroomfire I have fireplace makeover DIY idea that I’m hoping to get to soon. But seriously, it is pretty amazing how different and updated it looks with just a new coat of paint.

cornerchair livingcorner diningtable Other than pulling off the wallpaper border, the dining room hasn’t been touched. It actually looked quite nice simply dressed with cedar garland, felt pom pom garland (no longer available from West Elm) and a runner made with wrapping paper, more greens from the backyard, white bottlebrush trees and candles in old silver cups.

diningtablecenterpiece diningroomtoliving The metal dining chairs from Restoration Hardware, doxology canvas is by Lindsay Letters, library shelf is from World Market.

The kitchen is my favorite transformation so far. Kinda crazy since we were not even planning on doing anything to the room until the big rip-it-all-out remodel we have in mind (read more about that here).

christmaskitchen I will do the official kitchen reveal with before and afters and the budget breakdown soon. I can’t wait to show you the whole thing!

Ryan and I love entertaining and we’re so thankful for this place to welcome our family and friends in to. It was a mad dash to get things put together before our family came to celebrate and now that it’s over, it was worth every ounce of energy.

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Painting over orangy-wood trim + doors

bathroomdoortrim Our home, like most that were built in the early 1990’s, has oak doors and trim throughout the house. The kind of doors and trim that are very orangy in real life. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

The doors are great quality, so those will all stay. The baseboard and door trim, however, is a bit more skimpy and ornate than we would prefer, so those will eventually be replaced.

Our long term plan is to update all of the floors – upstairs will be carpet, downstairs will be wood – at at that point, we’ll pull off all of the trim and replace it with thick, flat white baseboards and trim (like in our old house).

But in the meantime …

I’ll be honest, we never talked about painting all of the trim. But then we started our mini kitchen makeover (read about it here), and the window trim just wanted to be painted charcoal.

kitchenfaucet That led to painting the french doors and down to the base boards.

dogbowls and over to the bathroom door.

bathroomdoorsm And, actually, we kind of love it.

bathroomdoor We will still pull off the base and replace it when we do the floors, but for now having it painted this beautiful, rich Iron Ore instead of the orangy tone is making a huge impact in the space.
door So how exactly do you paint doors and trim?

If you’re me, you just do it :) Slowly, in the evenings, while watching Holiday baking shows. It’s so monotonous and mindless and delightful. But I’m a bit crazy, so whatever.

There are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to paint cabinets, doors and woodwork and I’m pretty sure I do it all ‘wrong’.

But here’s the thing: it works.

We painted the cabinets in our old house and they have held up really well for 8 years and counting.

So while you should consider all of the options for painting – like which paint type, whether to spray, roll or brush or if it is best to hire a professional, I will also say that if you hate the orangy trim in your house and you plan on taking it all out in a few years anyway (or even if you don’t!), go ahead and paint it. You will be amazed at what a difference a can of paint can make.

Here are the supplies needed:

supplies

Paint | Brush | Sandpaper | Sanding Block

The first step is gently sanding the surface of the trim and doors. This is just to take the top sheen off slightly and give the paint a bit of texture to adhere to. Just a quick hand sanding with 120 grit paper does the trick. I like to cut a sheet in half and wrap it around a foam sanding block to give me something to grip.

Next, wipe off sanding dust and tape edges. I hate this part, but it makes it easier in the longrun.

For our trim and doors, I’m using Behr Marquee Semi Gloss Enamel paint in Iron Ore (a Sherwin Williams color). If you are planning on keeping your trim longterm, you might want to upgrade the paint. Or don’t. Your choice. We went with the top quality at Home Depot on our kitchen cabinets and the trim and doors and have been very happy with the results.

I just brush it on going with the grain of the wood using a 1 1/2″ angled brush. The one I use was about $10, so definitely nothing fancy, but also not the cheapest brush you can buy.

brush I did two coats of paint (no primer) and it covered perfectly. As you can see below, the brush marks are slightly visible, but as long as you brush with the grain of the wood and use smooth strokes, it blends in well.

doorwreath It has been fun to start transforming our house to look a bit more modern and updated, while sticking to the classic, slightly cottagy feel. My goal is to keep the trim and door painting going into the entry and living room and maybe (maybe?!) I’ll have it done before our family arrives on Christmas day.

So, my friends, that is how I am painting the trim and doors in our house.

I will reiterate, if you have the same orangy wood trim and it drives you crazy, go ahead, choose a paint color and paint it. Seriously. It will give your home an instant update. Will you look back in 20 years and wonder why you painted over perfectly good wood trim? Maybe. But I don’t know. There is just something compelling about enjoying your home today and transforming it into your style. I’m all for it.

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Remodeling the third floor

One of the things that made us fall in love with our new house was the third floor.

From the listing photos, we just figured the third floor was a tiny, sloped room that was more attic than usable space. We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked through the house for the first time and realized that it was much, much bigger than we expected.

Let me remind you what the space looked like when we bought the house:

thirdfloorstairs With the stairwell in the center, the room stretched out identically on either side with two big windows on the outside walls.  thirdfloor Our thought right away was to turn one side into a bedroom for our oldest son and use the other side as a playroom/hangout room. The space is bright and open with plenty of headroom even with the sloped ceiling and of course our almost-teenager was excited to have his own retreat.

First up was framing in the walls. The entrance to the room is on the right side of the stairwell and we framed in a closet on the other side of the stairs.

framing-walls Once the sheetrock was up things started taking shape.

wallstextured intoroom doors The funny thing about adding walls is that it actually feels like the third floor is more usable. All that open space made it hard to figure out how to maximize the area. Now, with a bedroom, closet and the hangout area walled off, the rooms feel more finished and we’re excited to make them functional.

Here is the space before and after side-by-side:

beforeafterthirdfloor beforeafterethansroom With the walls now up, it was time to make some design decisions. Our oldest son is the cutest and was very in to creating a design board.

His wishes for his room: snowy, cozy, woodsy, mountains, peaceful, calm colors, red, hammock swing and lots of books.

He spent some time on pinterest, found a few items he liked and we put those ideas (with a few of my picks!) into a design board.

ethansroom I love creating these boards to help us pull together the vision for a room, see how things work together and get a general idea for items that might work in the room. Once it comes down to buying items and putting the room all together, I might stray from the board a little bit, but it is always helpful to get the overall feel before making purchases.

With a design pinned down, our first step was painting the walls.

The walls are currently an off-white and while it makes the space feel bright, when you look up close, the walls are super dingy. That’s what happens with white walls in kid spaces.

We did all of our walls in our old house white and while I loved it, the upstairs hallways where the kids walked through/played in were not looking so fresh only a few months after the paint was done.

In this space, even though I would prefer white walls, I knew it was not the right practical choice for this kid space.

Instead of white, we chose to paint the walls Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

Revere Pewter is the most perfect light warm gray. I’ve used in in a handful of rooms and loved it every time.

I had the paint color matched at Home Depot (because it is convenient, less expensive and quite honestly, I don’t notice a drastic difference between BM and Behr top quality) on Friday and opened up a can to get started on Saturday morning.

paintsamples The first strokes went on and it didn’t feel like the right color. It was so dark, very much gray and not warm at all.

Ryan and I went round and round until we finally just decided that it was fine. So my girlfriend stopped by, I put her to work and we made quick progress in the room.

wallpaint And then this happened:

mixeduppaint The can of paint was about halfway gone when I poured more into the tray. Erica loaded up her roller, rolled it on the wall and gasped. Suddenly the color was completely different.

Instead of being cold, dark gray, it was dirty beige.

UGH!

I didn’t stir the paint.

In my defense, I figured the mechanical shaking when the paint was mixed less than 24 hours earlier would have been enough. I never expected that it would have completely separated so quickly.

But, it did.

And it totally explained why those first brush strokes just didn’t look like the same Revere Pewter I was used to. All of the gray was at the top while all of the warm beige had fallen to the bottom. Boo.

We closed up the messed up paint, opened up a fresh can and finished the first coat. I went up yesterday afternoon and the walls are looking very splotchy :) Hopefully a second coat of FULLY MIXED paint will cover right over it and we’ll be good to go.

So lesson of the day … don’t forget to stir your paint.

We are hoping to get the paint finished, closet built out, trim up and light fixture switch out this week. I’ll keep you posted!

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Kitchen Mini Makeover | Design Direction + Progress

We didn’t mean to do a kitchen makeover. Really, we didn’t.

kitchendesign But on the first night, while I was in another room, I heard Ryan’s drill and I knew: those cabinets were coming down.

Let me back up for a minute and remind you of what the kitchen looked like on the day we closed:

kitchen kitchenisland kitchentowindows From the moment we first saw the house, we knew the kitchen/eating space wouldn’t stay this way. It took a bit of creativity and lots of sketching before we had a pretty good plan in place.

What is that plan, you might ask? I’ll spare you exact details but will say it involves tearing everything out, removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, taking out the french doors, aligning the whole kitchen along the back wall, creating a giant island, replacing all the floors and adding in as much natural light as possible.

Needless to say, this project is not on the immediate horizon. We both decided we would live with the perfectly fine (if slightly dated and very orange) kitchen until we begin the big remodel.

And then the drill came out (on the first night! We are crazy like that!) and Kitchen Makeover Phase One began.

kitchenmakeoverphaseone

CABINETS

The first problem in the kitchen were those bulky upper cabinets. This house is pretty dark and the cabinets were not helping, so down those came.

I painted the cabinets in our old house and was very happy with how they turned out so we decided to do the same in this kitchen for the lower cabinets. My default for cabinets is always white, but in this house, white didn’t feel right.

Because we have to work with the dark tile floor and the speckled black and white granite tile, we felt like dark cabinets would be best to connect the floor and counters and minimize the contrast. If we went white, I could imagine it would feel pretty disjointed between the white walls, dark counters, white cabinets, dark floors. Grounding the bottom portion of the kitchen seemed like the way to go. Plus, the direction we’re trying to take this house is more handsome (to balance all the sweetness of the dormers and cottage-y features) and a rich charcoal was a great way to accomplish this.

I tried three sample colors for the cabinets and decided on Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams.

SIDE NOTE: I had the paint color matched at Home Depot in their highest quality in semi-gloss. Keep in mind that all of this will be replaced when we do the big kitchen remodel and so we’re doing our best to keep costs at a minimum. Honestly, I’ve been quite happy with the quality of paint.

With the gray floor, cold granite and charcoal cabinets, we’re adding a bit of warmth with brass hardware. I found brass cup pulls and knobs on sale from the Martha Stewart line and they will work perfectly in the kitchen.

LIGHTING

There was also an issue with lighting.

A massive, old fluorescent light hung over the island that was cased in more wood and felt very heavy. The can lights were scattered randomly and had black inner rings and off-white plates that read dirty and dark. The double pendants over the eating area were off-center and for some reason having two felt off.

Ryan and a friend decided on a whim one night to add a few more recessed lights and to fix the placement of others so that they all lined up on a grid. The pendants came down, one hole will be patched up and the other was replaced with a leftover pendant light from our old house. It is amazing how much brighter it feels in the kitchen now with the extra cans and the clean white of the metal, rather than the off-white/black combo that was previously used.

lightsreplaced Once the upper cabinets came down we realized how dark the walls were painted and those got a coat of white paint to freshen up the space. You can see the contrast of the previous gray wall color on the left side of the beam. We will paint out that terrible beam and the ceiling in white once the holes are patched.

TRIM

All of the window, baseboard, doors and trim in the house is the orangy-wood that was popular in 1992. Many of you have asked if we’re leaving it (no), painting it (possibly) or replacing it (most likely).

Again, since everything will eventually be torn out of the kitchen we are using what we already have and decided to paint the trim and doors. My default for trim is white and so I grabbed a can of trim paint from our old house and figured it would work perfectly for the kitchen.

It looked terrible.

Perhaps it was the wrong white? Perhaps it just needed another coat? Perhaps. But both Ryan and I agreed that white was not the look we were going for.

One day, while I was out and about, Ryan texted me with a “don’t hate me, but …” message and sent a photo of the window trim half painted in the dark cabinet color. I loved it! So did he. So dark trim and doors it is in the kitchen. At least for now. Or maybe for always and throughout the house because we really do like how it looks.

SINK + FAUCET

I didn’t realize the sink was a problem until we moved in and starting using the kitchen. While it is large (33″ x 22″), the split basin and off centered faucet made it difficult to wash dishes. We had a single-basin sink in our old house and I am forever and always a fan. I love being able to fit a cookie sheet or my gigantic cutting board into the sink to wash it and that wasn’t possible with this sink and faucet combination.

oldsink Since we’re trying to keep this makeover low-cost, we opted for a stainless steel sink which are typically less expensive than porcelain or enamel/cast iron versions. The one we chose is huge, square, so minimal and gorgeous.

Fun story about the faucet: I was on my computer searching on one website, Ryan was on his computer searching on another site. I said, “ooh, I like this one“, turned to him and he had just clicked on the same one. It was faucet-destiny.

Okay, ready for some progress shots?!

Here’s how the kitchen looks today:

eating kitchenback kitchenfaucet kitchenisland kitchensink Hopefully this week I’ll get going on painting cabinets and finishing up the rest of the trim. We’re still on the hunt for the perfect wood to use for open shelves and thinking through a few different art options to bring in some warmth.

So far, this little makeover is making me so happy and feels absolutely worth the time, money and effort.

Now that I really think through it, it makes total sense for us to make a few changes to this most-used space in our home. Sure, we could just wait until we do the big remodel but I don’t always believe in that. We live in our homes and sometimes making incremental changes to make a space into something you can use and enjoy now is just as valuable as saving and planning and doing it all at once later. I want this home to feel like us and mini-makeovers might be just the way to get there.

SOURCES

pendant light | single basin sink | faucet | brass knobs | brass cup pulls | dish towel (coming to my new shop next week!) | rug | chairs | barstools

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Our house on the market (and off!)

Our old house, which we’ve lived in and loved for 10 years went on the market.

And then last week, we got an offer, accepted it and now it’s off the market. Hooray!

We are beyond thankful that the right family found it, fell in love with it and made an offer. The deal isn’t done, done until the closing date, but we’re feeling good about it.

I thought it would be fun to share the listing photos – the last official photos taken in this very regularly photographed home :)

You’ll notice a few differences between the photos you usually see of our house and what follows.

  1. When listing a house, it’s all about staging, not decorating. Believe me, it was hard for me to take everything that has our personality out of the house and go so minimal. But it looks clean and like a blank slate ready for a new family and that is the point when trying to sell a house.
  2. The photographer turned on all the lights and processed differently than is typical on the blog or in a magazine. It isn’t necessarily my style and yet I absolutely recommend hiring a real estate photographer to take photos of your house if you are selling. People shop online and photos are everything.

Okay! Here is our beloved ‘old’ house:

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eating dining littlebath office mud master bathroom boysroom ethansroom audreys-room kidsbath laundry bonus backyard

Ah, sweet house. It has been so good to us. A place where we raised our babies, made such good friends, hosted countless parties, invited friends to live with us and was the perfect builder-grade canvas for us to add our style.

RELATED POSTS

For more on all of the house projects and before + afters seen in our home, try these posts:

Our House: Then + Now

Kitchen Remodel

Fireplace Makeover

Wood Floors + White Paint

Audrey’s Classically Cute Bedroom

Laundry Room Makeover

The Boys’ Room

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover

The Hanging Window in the entry

Painted Wallpaper in the office

Removable Wallpaper in the Hallway

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A Design Plan for The Master Bedroom

Master Bedrooms always seem to be the last to get attention. Mismatched furniture (or lack thereof!), artless walls, and lack of lighting seem to be more the norm than not. At least that has always been the case in our home.

For this new house, one of my goals is to get the master bedroom put together first.

Well, maybe not first since there are a million and a half other things to do, but putting it together is right up there at the top.

Our old bedroom was on the main floor with all of the kids upstairs. We loved having our room downstairs, especially because it meant I didn’t have to see the kids’ messy rooms all the time!

This new master bedroom is at the top of the stairs on the second floor and runs along the back of the house. But we’re actually really loving the idea of being up high and Audrey, especially, is happy to have our room so close to hers.

The bedroom has great windows that look over the backyard and has the prettiest view of all of the changing leaves.  It feels a bit like being up in a treehouse and thankfully, the room gets good natural light. I was worried that everything would feel so dark since the property is surrounded by tall evergreens, but so far, that hasn’t seemed to be the case.

masterwindow It is a good-sized room, but not so big that it feels cavernous.  That is one of my favorite things about our new house; while the square footage is great for our big family, it still has the cozy feel of a smaller home.

master mastertobath There are a few changes we’ll make to the bones of the room – new carpet, paint, remove the phone jacks and a cable outlet from the wall (there are so many!) and we’ll replace the ceiling fan with a light fixture. The ceilings are not super tall, which means ceiling mount lighting is a must. I’m still in the very early stages of figuring out what to do with all of the lighting in the house. I love a good feature light – I wish I could use this chandelier! – but the ceiling height just won’t allow for it.

Our vision for this house is slightly different than how we decorated our previous one. While I will always gravitate toward white and neutrals, this home just feels like it needs to be cozy. Less fancy, less shiny metal, more warm textures and deep, muted color.

You may remember the bed from our old master bedroom, which we have loved for a long time.

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We still do, actually. But it doesn’t feel like the right piece for this room.

That’s one of the weird things we’re finding about moving; sometimes the furniture, colors and accessories from one home don’t quite fit in another. Most of our stuff will make its way into the new house, but some things (like our bed) will not.

Here is what we’re thinking for our new room:

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Cozy. Slightly masculine. Lots of texture. Mixed metals. Warm neutrals with blues.

And I definitely want to incorporate as many of our travel photos as possible. The one above is from our time at the Grand Tetons and has a moodiness quality that I hope to achieve in our home.

I’m on the hunt for an upholstered bed, those wall sconces feel like an obvious choice and I love the idea of a patterned rug (although the one shown is now out of stock. boo).

When I showed it all to Ryan the only thing he wasn’t crazy about was the scribble art (which I happen to think is fun and modern, but if that’s the only change then I feel like it is a win!).

So that is the tentative plan. There is much to be done before the actual decorating stage and still many decisions to be made (carpet, paint color, lighting), but it is so helpful to have a clear design plan with colors, mood and furniture options right from the start.

Now off to create design boards for every other room in the house …

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We Have A New House!!

It took every thing in me to hold back on sharing but we finally have the keys and now I can officially share our exciting news: we’ve moved!

lexfamily frontofhouse Here’s the story on how this house came to be ours:

While on our road trip this spring/summer, we were actively looking for listings in a couple of different cities in the Seattle area. We knew we wanted a little bit of property. We hoped for a home that had good bones, but needed some cosmetic updating. We dreamed of a place with a big studio for us to work from home in.

Our hope was to buy something toward the end of our trip so that we could get the kids into their new schools at the beginning of the school year. By mid-August, we had pretty much given up hope of finding anything that fit our criteria (in our price range!). While driving to our last overnight stop, a new listing popped up.

Property? Check. Lots of grass and trees for climbing, fort-building, outdoor adventuring for the kids and dog.

Home in good shape but in need of a little updating? Yep. Totally livable as is, but with so much potential.

Extra Studio space? Surprise! 900 sq feet of unfinished space above the garage.

It was located in one of our favorite Pacific Northwest towns, Gig Harbor, where the schools are great, community is established and thriving, there are restaurants and shopping and it is surrounded by the gorgeous waters of the Puget Sound.

The only problem was that we were miles and miles away in eastern Oregon with 10 days left on our road trip and no option of cutting things early to visit the home. So we kept on with our plans, finishing off our trip with a week-long extended family vacation, secretly praying that no one would purchase the house before us.

On a Sunday, we arrived home after 4 months on the road. On Monday we looked at the house. On Tuesday we bought it. Wednesday was spent enrolling the kids in a new school district, Thursday they met their teachers and they started school the following week. It was a whirlwind!

This new home is 45 minutes from our old house and for about a week we commuted the kids to their new schools before we decided we needed to stay closer. Our long-time friends graciously offered their apartment over their garage to us, and so for the past six weeks, we’ve been living in Gig Harbor, getting acquainted with the area, settling into new schools and working from coffee shops. It’s actually been a really nice way to transition.

We were supposed to close on the house at the end of September, but the closing kept getting pushed out and out until finally we got the keys on Friday!

I can’t wait to show you around …

Here’s the photo from the listing. The one above was taken this weekend during a break in our stormy weather. The one below was from this summer.

houselisting It’s a darling, slightly confused mix of traditional/cottage/craftsman home built in 1992. The previous owners built the home and raised their family here and we can’t wait to enjoy what they’ve created.

walkwayside A view from the walkway to the front door. I like this side of the house.

walkwaysidehouse The garage is large enough for us to park our cars in (we couldn’t fit our big cars in our previous garage!) and has a huge unfinished space above.

garage The back of the house is cute, too. The fence was used to keep the previous owners’ small dogs contained, but our dog would knock that thing right over, so it will come down soon to let the lawn be one expansive space.

backofhouse backyardtrees The yard and trees are so pretty. We love that even though there are homes nearby, you can’t see any of them from the house. It feels private and green and perfect for the kids.

kidsswing Okay, let me show you inside …

The house has a very typical builder-grade layout. To the right of the entry is an office; to the left is a living room. Straight ahead are stairs going up.

livingtoentry The living room looks out onto the front porch, has a wood-burning fireplace and connects to the dining room.

living livingtodining At the back of the house is the kitchen and eating space (you can see how the rooms connect – the oval window is the front door).

kitchentoentry It was probably remodeled within the last five-ish years with new tile floors, granite tile countertops and nice appliances. The windows and french doors look out over the back yard and lead to a patio.

kitchen kitchentowindows kitchenisland Off the kitchen is a family room with vaulted ceilings.

family familywindows Here’s a good shot of how the rooms connect. Through the door on the right is the mudroom and laundry room which leads to the garage.

familytokitchen mudroom Upstairs are three bedrooms and a third floor bonus space that we’ll be walling off to create a fourth bedroom for our oldest.

The Master bedroom looks out over the back yard and has such pretty windows.

masterwindow master The bathroom has been updated (probably when the kitchen was redone) and has fancy things like radiant floors and four shower heads. It leads to a good-sized walk-in closet with a window. Weirdly, I really wanted a window in our closet that could let in fresh air.

masterbath The two bedrooms on the second floor are nearly identical and have a dormer window flanked by two large closets.

audreyroom Audrey’s room is above and the two middle boys will share the one below. They are especially excited about turning one of the closets into a lego room.

boysroom Between the two rooms is a bathroom.

kidsbath Stairs lead to the third floor …

thirdstair … which boasts this large bonus space. We’ll use half of this room as a bedroom and the other half as a play room. The kids are nearly done with toys, so it will probably be more of a ‘hang out’ space, possibly with a pull-out couch for guests.

thirdfloorstairs As I mentioned, there is a big room above the garage that is unfinished with two dormers and lots of natural light. It is going to make the perfect studio space for us to work from.

studiodoor studio I truly can’t wait for this room to come together. Ryan and I work from home and our small office was feeling cramped. This space will allow us to spread out, have a dedicated place for recording coffee chats, meeting with clients, leaving out projects and then closing the door and walking inside to leave work behind. Our little design business is growing and it feels like such a treat to have this space to be inspired and creative in.

walkwaytrees So that’s our new house!

It is everything we were hoping for and has our creative wheels spinning hard. We can’t wait to add our style to every part of it.

Most of all, we are so excited to make memories, invite friends in, host parties, use the yard, swing on the front porch, climb the trees and allow this new home to be the backdrop to this new season of life.

Get ready for lots of inspiration posts, design boards, big and little projects. It will be fun!

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Easing into Fall

easingintofall Last week, when September 1st hit the calendar, my instagram feed blew up with cozy images of Fall.

Pumpkins, plaid, wool blankets, crackling fires, chunky knit sweaters, golden leaves.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a Fall girl through and through. It always has and always will be my favorite of all seasons. I remember not too long ago when I had to restrain myself from pulling out all my favorite Fall stuff to pepper around the house before September 1st.

Now, however, I’m not quite there. Not quite in pumpkin and plaid mode.

This year I’m feeling the need to ease a bit more slowly into the new season. 

Over the weekend, I did make a few simple changes to our home to gently reflect the upcoming season.  Easy things that help it feel a little cozier without going all the way.

If you need a little inspiration for ways to bring your home into the new season, try out these three steps:

STEP ONE:

Add freshly clipped greens.

kitchenclippings When we returned from our extended road trip, the back yard was basically a jungle. I spent hours pulling waist-high weeds, trimming overgrown shrubs and spreading a new layer of black mulch. While I was out there, I clipped a few branches off the maple tree to pop into a vase inside. The leaves will be changing color soon (it’s still fun to clip when they are turning!) and I love the organic and slightly unruly look of them up there on the kitchen shelves.

kitchenearlyfall Our home is very neutral and the green just seems to make it all come alive.

While fresh flowers and bright greens are perfect for the spring, deeper green branches feel decidedly fall. Plus, they are free! Head outside, take along a pair of clippers (I like these) and clip off a big, funky branch to bring indoors.

STEP TWO:

Throw in some cozy texture.

sofatexture There is something about chunky knits that feel absolutely fall-like. This oldie-but-goodie knit throw works in any season because of its creamy white color, but I especially love having it out as Fall approaches.

fallsofa This is our main hang-out area in the house and why I insist on having the couch filled with pillows is beyond everyone in my family. They inevitably end up on the ground and I inevitably put them all back up three hundred times per day. But the combination of texture we have going on right now makes me very happy. It feels fall-ish without being overly obvious and that’s just what I’m looking for as I ease our home into the season.

I’ve heard it said that texture acts like pattern and am always a fan of mixing as many textures as I can get away with.

Mixing a chunky knit throw (like this one) with a graphic woven pillow (from here), soft leather pillow (from here), funky faux fur (found here) makes for an especially cozy feel.

STEP THREE:

Change out the scent.

lit-candle I was just talking with a friend about how I don’t like smelly candles. And then midway through the statement I had this moment of clarity: I used to not like the smell of candles.

This all started back in high school when all my friends burned sickeningly sweet vanilla ones and I got an instant headache. Since then I’ve told myself I don’t like smelly candles but actually, I do! It just depends on what it is. Candle scents (and packaging) have come a long way since the late 90’s and there are far more options than vanilla.

If you are a candle person and have been burning a summery scent, switch it up! Maybe don’t go quite to the deep fall scents of balsam and cranberry, but try something woodsy and fresh.

One of my favorite candles is this Izola Green Moss candle – half because of the gorgeous green of the glass and graphic label, half because of the rich, pleasant smell. Another good option is this Driftwood + Indigo (I have it in the cute cement container on my desk right now, but I really like the wood version too).

fallcandle The candle shown is a few years old from Anthropologie, which is always an excellent source for new scents and pretty packaging.

candleontable As the month progresses, I’m sure I’ll be switching up more around the house, but for now these three simple changes feel just right.

I’d love to know … are you ready for fall? Are you a fall decorator? If so, have you jumped fully in or are you a little slower like me? Do tell …

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A pair of matching floor lamps – do or don’t?

We don’t argue all that often. But on this particular day, I was feeling feisty and he was being stubborn and so we fought.

Want to know what we were so passionately arguing about?

LAMPS.

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I know. Ridiculous.

Ryan thought a pair of floor lamps would look great flanking the couch in the living room.

I thought it would be too matchy-matchy and preferred a floor lamp on one side and a table lamp on a table on the other.

We certainly needed more light in our living room and there is already plenty of furniture, so Ryan’s main concern was that adding a side table would clutter things up visually. My main concern was that matching floor lamps just isn’t done.

When he left the room, I immediately opened my computer and pinterest-searched ‘matching floor lamps‘ to see if it was a decorating do or don’t.

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I didn’t find a lot (the table/floor lamp combo seems to be most common), but I did come across a few rooms that looked great with a pair of floor lamps on either side of the couch.

So I humbled myself, apologized for my stubbornness (and possible brattiness) and the next day we bought a pair of floor lamps.

And you know what? I actually really like them. They keep things modern, clean and less visually cluttered. The lamps we bought are sturdy, shiny, classic and add a touch of fancy to our casual living room.

Ryan was right. Matching floor lamps can be a great choice.

Here are a few rooms with matching floor lamps that helped me change my mind:

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Gorgeous brass lamps in a very traditional room. (Source unknown)

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Lots of symmetry happening in this room, but the colors keep your eye moving around. And I am in love all that natural light. (Potterbarn)

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While not exactly flanking the sofa, I do like how these lamps fill in the space. (HouseBeautiful)

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A more modern/Scandinavian approach to the matching lamps. (Source unknown)

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As with our room, because of the placement of the furniture, there isn’t a lot of space for an end table. The two lamps keep things clean and streamlined. (Potterybarn)

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Keeping things elegantly simple in this rustic meets traditional room. (Source unknown)

Moral of the story:

My husband has good taste. Rejuvenation is my new favorite store. Big windows are a must for our next house. A pair of matching lamps look great flanking a sofa.

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A Classically Cute Little Girl’s Bedroom Makeover (it’s Audrey’s and it’s finally done)

Classically Cute Little Girl's Room Makeover / jones design company

You may remember that I’ve been working on a bedroom makeover for our little girl, Audrey. I just looked back at the initial design board post and it is dated two years to the day that I decided to just be done with it. Two years!  

I was having such a hard time finishing her room. Do you have any spaces in your house like that? You have ideas, but not all are practical or in the budget and so you just wait, feeling this nagging sense of incompleteness every time you walk by.

Well, this weekend I just made the decision that it is done. Not because all of the ideas I have for her room are finished, but rather because it is good enough. It’s darling, actually. And even though the curtains are tacked up and we never got to the builtins, sometimes you just have to leave it alone. Check it off the list. Snap some photos and close this two year makeover chapter.

So here it is, Audrey’s classically cute little girl bedroom makeover. Enjoy a little peek …

(Sources and details after the photos)

Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Buffalo check duvet, striped rug. / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Dresser with lamp, art and framed ballet tickets / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Striped rug, gallery wall with favorite art / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Gallery wall with favorite art / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Close-up of the gallery wall / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company

Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. DIY pinboard, paper flower garland, doll bed / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Handmade doll / jones design company

Isn’t it sweet? The sun popped out earlier this week and so I hurriedly tidied up her room (let’s not even talk about all the little trinkets a nearly six year old girl loves to collect and scatter about her room) and took these pictures.

When Audrey came home from school that day she was delighted to see her room looking so pretty. It was really sweet. And you know what? She has no idea that I stopped short of all my ideas. She loves her room just the way it is. I suppose I do, too.

SOURCES

bed, dresser, doll crib + high chair: craig’s list finds by my mom

striped rug: Olin rug from Crate & Barrel

buffalo check duvet: Emmie Ruta duvet from IKEA

polka dot sheets: no longer available from Target, similar from Land of Nod

yellow flower pillow: no longer available from Target, but they really should bring this one back

hanging pleated medallions: get the diy tutorial here

wooden sign: Between You And Me Signs – read the post about the meaning here

lamp on dresser: no longer available from target

flower art: The Runner Up by Janet Hill Studio

sequin star pillow: Emily + Merritt for PBTeen, no longer available, similar in dots

gallery wall art: see post with sources and how-to here

valance fabric: Diamonds In the Rough from Minted

bulletin board: read tutorial post here

paper flower garland: no longer available, Target

handmade Audrey doll: see post with details here

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Any thoughts or questions about sources? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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If you were to just drop by (a video house tour)

I was thinking the other day … sometimes it’s tricky to understand how rooms flow together when just looking at pictures.  You’ve seen our house from every perspective I can think to show, but still it’s probably different in real life than it appears in images.

Video House Tour / jones design company

So today, I’m giving you a quick tour of our house in video form. Think of it as if you were to just pop by during the middle of the day for coffee and I was showing you around.

 

 
I hope you enjoyed your (virtual) visit!

Some things to note:

– Our house is very quiet and mostly clean during the day when the kids are at school. I function better when my space is picked up so I do lots of clearing off counters, picking pillows up off the floor and putting them back onto the couch, throwing random stuff in that basket on the stairs each morning after they leave for school. I do the same neurotic routine after they go to bed. And actually, pretty much the whole time we are home in the afternoon and evening.

– The kids keep most of their stuff upstairs and while I hound them plenty about keeping it picked up up there, I can’t promise that is what actually happens.  When they were babies we had more toys and books downstairs; now it’s pretty much all upstairs.

– I picked up a little before the video (as I would if I knew a friend was dropping by), but not like I normally would when taking photos of the house. Garbage bags of randomness to donate, storage bins waiting to be expertly organized, our bed unmade – these are daily realities and so I left them.

– What do you put in the middle of a dining room table when it’s not in use? This has been perplexing me for all of my home-making days.

– Our bathroom. Gah. I guess it just serves to remind us how far we’ve come on the rest of the house.

– The battery died on the camera at the end, hence the very abrupt ending. What I was trying to say through my rambling is that we are grateful for our house, thankful for the opportunities it has given us to host parties and small groups and have families live with us, and also the many ways it has opened doors creatively for both me and Ryan. This house is far from our perfect dream home and I could share a list of all the things we would like to be different, but 2016 is the year of renewing my mind and I’m choosing to see the positives :)

Let me know if you have any questions about anything!

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A Simple Christmas House Tour 2015

Simple Christmas Decorations for this house tour / jones design company

Confession: as much as I adore the Christmas season, I have been dragging my feet to put up decorations this year.

For a while now, I have been craving less, simple, clean, bright (hence the all-white walls). Putting out more stuff just felt crazy.  Plus, last year we went all out preparing for the Better Homes + Gardens magazine shoot and I feel like I used up all my good decorating ideas!

We finally added ornaments to the tree this past weekend and put out just a few of our favorite christmas things for a very simply decorated house. It still feels light and clean (at least while the kids are at school!) with a touch of cozy and sparkle. Enjoy a small peek!

ENTRY

Christmas Home Tour / holiday cards taped to the wall in entry / jones design company

We’re taping holiday cards to the wall for all to enjoy. Felt ball garland is from West Elm (which they don’t sell anymore, but this wreath is pretty darling), the mirror is from IKEA for just $49.

DINING ROOM

Christmas Home Tour / nutcrackers / jones design company

As a girl, I danced in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. My parents gave me a special Nutcracker each year and so I have a small collection. The kids love them and since we don’t have a ton of decorations out, I figured grouping them all in a tray was a fun way to display them. (Tray is from Target).

LIVING ROOM

Christmas Home Tour / fireplace with garland and stockings / jones design company

The stag always looks so handsome with a wreath around his neck (this pom pom one I made. Here is the tutorial). The garland is fresh and nearly dried out, but it still looks pretty. We get cedar garland at Costco each year and you can’t beat the price. This one is actually doubled up because it is so long and it fills in a bit more.

Christmas Home Tour / stockings with glitter numbers / jones design company

The stockings are from West Elm (on sale for $9 each right now!) and I like to embellish them with tags or numbers or ribbon. The snowflakes are also from West Elm as is our tree skirt – which you can’t really see in photos, but it is the same white felt with pom pom balls all the way around.

Christmas Home Tour / chesterfield sofa with pillows / jones design company

The couch is always piled with favorite pillows. The fuzzy pillow is a steal at $21, Noel pillow is a few years old from Target, graphic pillow is from Target and the ticking pillows I made. That buffalo check wool throw just makes me happy (you can find them all over or try school house electric). Lamp is IKEA.

Christmas Home Tour / pillows / jones design company

We live near a tree farm and cut ours down on Thanksgiving weekend. This one is so pretty!

Christmas Home Tour / christmas tree in living room / jones design company

You may remember my rug debate in the living room. The first light one just wasn’t right for the room, so we bought this linen sisal rug from Crate and Barrel and it’s just what we were hoping for.

Grocery store flowers in modern arrangement / jones design company

Grocery store flowers made to look fancy by cutting them way down (here’s more on that).

Christmas Home Tour / vintage brass deer / jones design company

I found these brass deer at a vintage sale last christmas. I’m very in to mixing metals.

Christmas Home Tour / christmas tree / jones design company

KITCHEN

Christmas Home Tour / kitchen open shelves / jones design company

One of the best things about open shelves is the ability to style them differently each season. My basic dishes stay in the same spot, but I like to add in a few items that speak to the time of year. A few things to note: the lampshade is old from Target (it could be a super easy DIY with a plain lampshade, painters tape and black paint), the ipad mounted to the wall was Ryan’s genius idea (more details here), the striped bowls are from IKEA.

Christmas Home Tour / kitchen open shelves / jones design company

Christmas Home Tour / kitchen table and chalkboard / jones design company

The chalkboard (a great diy) reminds us of what this season is all about.

Christmas Home Tour / bottle brush trees on cake plate / jones design company

Bottle brush trees are from West Elm, cake plate is available on Amazon.

BEDROOM

Christmas Home Tour / bedroom in gray and white / jones design company

Just this past weekend I finished painting our room. It previously had a pretty deep teal/blue wall and gray elsewhere (see it here). But like I said, we are craving light! bright! white! so I painted the walls and ceiling the same white as the rest of the house (White Heron by Sherwin Williams).

And look! We put the white rug in here. It’s maybe not quite in the same style as the bed (no longer available from Restoration Hardware), but we’ll live.

Christmas Home Tour / bedroom in gray and white / jones design company

The lamps are nearly 10 years old from Restoration Hardware, duvet is Crane & Canopy, coverlet is Target, gray sweater pillow was made by my mom out of my dad’s old sweater (I love it) and the baby it’s cold outside pillow is from Northernly. We’re working on our nightstand situation.

Thanks for visiting today! As always, if you have any questions on sources I missed, I’m happy to share. Just leave a comment and I’ll comment back.

xoxo.

PS. Here are my House Tours from season’s past:

Christmas 2010 (so long ago! So much red and green! But a sweet message)

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2013

Decorated Play Room 2013

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