Saturday Spotlight #22

July 30, 2011

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Welcome to the 22nd edition of Saturday Spotlight! This linky party hosted by Jenna of SAS Interiors and Jenn of Green Door Designs is fun and unique! Link up your project ONCE and it's showcased on TWO blogs = More exposure...More FUN?! Our combined FEATURE pick from week #21Beautiful headboard design and creative way of displaying pins and broaches; Made by Mike of Blue Velvet Chair Jenna's Pick from week #21Patricia Ann made these awesome chair covers using burlap sacks ~ love this idea! Jenn's Pick from week #21 Awesome coral collection by Miss Kitty of Miss Kopy Kat If you were … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Phase Three: Tiling Over Laminate & Adding Cabinet Brackets

July 28, 2011

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Countertops done - check! Cabinets complete - check! Now I'm on to the details... I'm always attracted to a custom tiled backsplash versus the typical plain 4" high backsplash that matches the countertop surface.  Before embarking on the countertop transformation, my husband and I tried to remove the existing solid backsplash, but were unsuccessful.  We moved forward with our makeover, but I still had it in my head to do something. hmmm... Once the countertop was complete, I thought, 'how about tiling right over the laminate to create a custom look on the backsplash?'...why … [Read more...]

Totally Loving Turquoise

July 27, 2011

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I have a bit of an obsession with turquoise.  It doesn't really mesh well with the colors of my interior (boo), yet I was able to sneak a bit of it in my home during the reno to the kids bath (yay)!  It's such a fresh, bold, and engaging color that can be striking or subtle depending on it's use and collaboration with other hues. Yes, it was last year's Pantone Color of the Year, but I think it's still a HOT - HOT - HOT color, especially for summer!   Turquoise:  a slightly greenish tone of light blue based on the gem turquoise. The term comes from the French for Turkish. Pops … [Read more...]

Make a Statement with your Front Door

July 25, 2011

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Summer is the best time of year to spruce up your front door with new color and visual appeal. The front door of your home sets the stage for your interior decor and style.  Have your front entry tell the story of what's to come.  Create an inviting and interesting entry that will surely make an impression before a guest enters (and you too!). Color Since the front door of the home is (usually) the focal point of the main facade, painting it a bright and/or vibrant color, emphasizes it's importance.  Have fun with it and add a splash of color! Details Unique details, such as an … [Read more...]

Saturday Spotlight #21

July 23, 2011

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Welcome to the 21st edition of Saturday Spotlight! We hope you are having a fabulous summer....it's been quite HOT in many parts of the US this week ~ we hope you're all safe an staying cool!  What have you been up to?  What projects have you been working on?  Let's see it.... This linky party hosted by Jenna of SAS Interiors and Jenn of Green Door Designs is fun and unique! Link up your project ONCE and it's showcased on TWO blogs = More exposure...More FUN?! Our combined FEATURE pick from week #20We both thought this bedroom paneling was so unique and beautifully created by This Home of … [Read more...]

Equestrian Design Elements

July 22, 2011

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I feel so lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country that is surrounded by horses.  From the well-known natural mineral spring baths to the history of the Battle of Saratoga to the picturesque Victorian architecture, Saratoga Springs, New York is filled with health and history.  But what Saratoga Springs is most known for in the modern day, is it's summer horse racing season. I have been excited to research and write a post on equestrian design elements for quite awhile.  Of all days, today seemed most appropos because it is the Opening Day of the 2011 summer horse racing … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Phase Two: Painting the Cabinets

July 20, 2011

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The Kitchen Makeover is moving along.... It's been quite the undertaking, especially since the space has had to remain in working order throughout the entire process.  To be honest though, it really hasn't been too bad, but I am very thankful that it's almost done.  After the completion of the countertops last week, this week's task was to paint the cabinets. What do you think?? After much thought (and a few sleepless nights), I decided on a color that is primarily taupe, but has undertones of blue, green, and gray.  The actual color is Benjamin Moore - Berkshire Beige.  I have used … [Read more...]

Enter America’s Next Top Kitchen to WIN $5,000

July 19, 2011

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As you may know (I'm assuming you do since it's all I've been writing about lately), I am in the midst of a kitchen reno.  It's not a big overhaul, but some minor touches that have completely revamped the look of the space ~ and I am LOVING the direction it's taking! Have you recently transformed your kitchen using the Rust-Oleum products? If so, you have a chance to WIN $5000. Who wouldn't love an extra $5k in their wallet?  I'm thinking an overdue vacation may be nice.  What about you? Rust-Oleum, a worldwide leader in protective paints, is giving one savvy DIYer a chance to win … [Read more...]

Design Star Episode 2 Airs Tonight!

July 18, 2011

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The 6th season of HGTV's Design Star premiered last Monday. Did you watch?  What did you think?  The 2nd episode of the season will be airing tonight at 9pm/8c. It was great meeting the new contestants for the return of another inspiration season.  Each designer has quite the resume, but personally I'm not so sure they all delivered on their first task.  Their opening challenge for the season was to transform the space where they'll be living in New York City.  If you missed it, here's a recap:  Designers were paired with each other and each group of two had a space to transform their … [Read more...]

Saturday Spotlight #20

July 16, 2011

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Welcome to the 20th edition of Saturday Spotlight! 20 weeks...can you believe it?!  There have been so many great projects linked up lately.  What have you been up to this week? This linky party hosted by Jenna of SAS Interiors and Jenn of Green Door Designs is fun and unique! Link up your project ONCE and it's showcased on TWO blogs = More exposure...More FUN?! Our combined FEATURE pick from week #19We loved these beautiful pillows and the center one is a coral design handpainted - just beautiful! Created by Annabellea Jenna's Pick from week #19 Since I'm in the midst of a kitchen … [Read more...]