Construction Chaos is Back {Exterior Renovation}

Well hello there!  Is this thing still on?!  Hard to believe it's been months since I last blogged.

I'm back today to share an update on our home renovation.  After a much-needed mental and financial break from doing major projects on our fixer upper, we are back to the construction chaos - noise and dust aplenty!

Sporadically over the past year, we interviewed a few reputable local builders in hopes of hiring a "one stop" (architectural) design-build company.  However, the one that we selected eventually proved precarious on the communication front.  So we moved on...

Let me back up for a sec... the main reason we considered working with a design-build company was because we wanted to finish all the larger renovations and be done with it.  However, because of structural issues which affected the budget, we will have to phase out some projects - which includes the master suite and shed conversion.

Anyway, if you caught my Instastories (@cadinteriors), then you saw that we just kicked off another phase of our home renovation.  This time around, the focus of the improvements is on the exterior - something that has been on our priority list for years!  We got as far as replacing the crumbling brick with new pavers back in 2014...

With the exception of changing the front elevation (holding off for now), we are moving forward with our exterior wishlist.  One of the most significant exterior/interior improvements will be the replacement of all the sliding doors!

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We have five sets of single-paned aluminum sliders that will be replaced with energy-efficient "French style" (actually Belgian style) doors with a dark bronze trim.

Another big change to the exterior will be at the front entry.  We are installing a new Craftsman-style front door package that suits our home's architecture. The front entrance will be demo'd and re-framed to accommodate a wider doorway (I shared it on my Instastories).  Not only will it enhance our home's exterior appeal, but it will provide better insulation.  The original 60+ year old wood door is in horrible condition, both cosmetically and practically.  Air seeps in, so it is very drafty.

The rest of the exterior facade is getting spruced up.  Stone will be installed in a certain area, and the existing board and batten will remain (wood-rot boards are being replaced).

The ugly before the pretty...

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The windows and garage door will be cased, new gutters will be installed, and any cracks around the house (where stucco exists) will be repaired.  Once everything is ready and prepped, the entire house will be painted.

I will document more of the exterior renovation in the weeks to come.  Congratulations and thank you if you made it to the end of this lengthy post!  If you want to stay current on all the behind the scenes around here, follow me on Instagram!

Benefits of a Dining Room Area Rug

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When we worked on our dining room, one of the less straightforward decisions that I ultimately made was to add an area rug under the table.  Although rugs and eating spaces aren't typically a practical union in my mind, I do think rugs help "anchor" a space.

Here's a look at our dining room without an area rug (PRE-makeover):

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CAD Interiors mid-century farmhouse transitional dining room makeover before photo

Here's the dining room POST-makeover:

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CAD Interiors mid-century farmhouse transitional dining room makeover one room challenge interior design decorating modern floral wallpaper black white blue green

Here's the PRESENT state of the room:

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The rug that was debuted in the initial room makeover reveal was a last-minute replacement (due to a snafu with the original rug order).  I had used two 5' x 8' rugs to "create" one larger 8' x 10' area rug.  While the color and material (jute) was great, I thought the pattern competed too much with the bold wallpaper.  So, I sourced a simpler natural fiber (sisal) rug, and upsized to a 9' x 12'.  The larger size better accommodates the dining chairs when pulled out.

So why did I ultimately decide to add an area rug under the dining room table?
  • It protects the hardwood floors from sunlight/fading.  The area gets a lot of afternoon sun.
  • It protects the hardwood floors from daily wear or scratches.
  • It defines the area within our open-concept great room, and helps "ground" the space.
  • It provides a welcomed layer of dimension and texture.

CAD Design Tip:  If you are considering placing a rug in a dining area or high-traffic space, I would recommend durable material rugs such as jute, sisal, or seagrass, a rug with a busy pattern, or indoor/outdoor rugs.

While the benefits I listed for having an area rug are specific to our home, they can also be commonly applied across households.  What do you think?  Are you on "team rug" or do you prefer going rug-less in the dining room?!

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Home Renovation & Design Service Updates

Summer is in full swing around here!  My boys are out of school, hence the recent blog silence in case you haven't noticed. 😆  By the way, thank you so much for the kind feedback on my last post, where I shared our "earthy eclectic" summer home style!

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If you'd like to stay updated on life around here, feel free to follow me on Instagram @cadinteriors.  I post more regularly there. 😉 I also recently learned how to use the IG stories feature, so you can catch me previewing behind-the-scene projects and personal happenings over there.

HOME RENOVATION

The focus of our upcoming home renovations will be on the exterior of the house.  The old sliding doors will be replaced, the exterior board and batten will be redone, the courtyard patio will be re-surfaced, the front exterior (elevation, door/entry, window trim, etc.) will be changed, etc.  I will be documenting the progress on the blog once there is something visually interesting enough to share. 😊

On a less interesting note, we are also addressing and investing $$$ in some structural improvements (boo-hoo).  This put a big dent in our shed conversion plans, but it's something that has to be done.  We still plan to convert the shed, but the scope and timing has been affected by the structural requirements.

DESIGN SERVICES

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I recently wrapped up multiple e-design projects (including the one above), and am now accepting new e-design and local interior decorating requests.  Personalized customer service and attention is my priority, so I don't overbook projects and will accommodate clients on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you have a room that you are interested in having designed, please feel free to contact me (see Services page).  I am happy to help!  I also offer design consultations if you just need conceptual ideas or design direction.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

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Summer Home Tour

Today is the last day of school for my kiddos, which means summer has officially arrived in our household!  Before my boys and their friends completely take over the house, I thought I'd show you around.  (If you caught my Instagram story, then you know the kids got a head start... 😜)

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I'm joining a group of interior stylists and bloggers this week on a Summer Eclectic Home Tour hosted by Jess of Domicile 37!  Warmest welcome if you are stopping by from This Is Our Bliss!  If this is your first visit here, welcome to our home, a 60+ year old fixer upper that we have been renovating for the past four years and counting.

I don't really do any seasonal decorating per se aside from the holidaysbut I do make minor decor tweaks between the cooler fall/winter and warmer spring/summer months.  Right now, the house has an "earthy eclectic" summer vibe, with lots of natural textures and fresh greenery.


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I pulled together on-hand decor that fell within a white/cream, blue, and black color pallet to style the family room. Our summer home refresh was all about using what we already have, especially since we just spruced up this bedroom.

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Since the color scheme is relatively neutral (except for the wall tapestry), I mixed various patterns - stripes, ikats, abstracts, and geometrics - to keep things eclectically interesting!

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Plants are a favorite year-round accessory despite having a black thumb so you'll find them scattered throughout our home.  I love the organic living element they add in a space, plus the splash of "green" is always welcome!  The fern is still going strong under my watch, although it's only been a couple months since I bought it. 😉  I also clipped several branches from the yard to "assemble" the plant in the vignette above.


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In the kitchen, I hung a vintage painting with a pretty landscape subject.  The blues, greens, and browns feel so serene.  It was a recent thrift store find for $10.00!  I have been drawn towards vintage seascapes and landscapes lately.

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I usually jot down our weekly dinner menu on the chalkboard, which helps me plan the grocery shopping for the week.  It also helps alleviate the inevitable "what's for dinner" question.

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One day, I'll get around to installing a window treatment above the sink.  Right now, our neighbor's tree is providing a decent visual privacy barrier between us. 😄

Yesterday, I finally revealed the before and after transformation of this wall area in the kitchen.  We finished the project last November! 😜

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The shelves were styled with some treasures from our travels, as well as a vintage painting that was especially meaningful to my husband.  The woven and wood accents also add an organic and textural element to the kitchen.


Our dining area, which is located between the family room and kitchen, is small but packs the biggest punch within the entire great room!


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The wallpapered focal wall makes an eye-catching graphic statement, so I let it shine by keeping the rest of the dining room decor rather simple.

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I placed tall branches in a glass vase to freshen up the bar cart, and put fresh fruit in candle holders to dress the table.  The lemons and tree branches were picked from our yard. 😊

View of the dining room looking towards the kitchen...


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View of the dining room looking towards the family room...

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Thank you so much for stopping by our "earthy eclectic" great room!  Next up on the summer tour blog hop is French & French Interiors.

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You can find the entire list of eclectic summer home tours below.  There is SO much unique inspiration in this talented group, so please pay each one a visit!

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Kitchen "Wall" Reveal

Hello, hello!  It's been awfully quiet on the blog lately - due to life and behind-the-scene happenings - but I'm back today to do a little reveal.  I am FINALLY sharing the before and after transformation of the kitchen wall project we finished last year!  Better late than never... 😆

BEFORE

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We have a wall behind the kitchen island that we left alone when we renovated the kitchen.  I preferred to keep the area "open" since we incorporated more than enough functional built-in cabinetry in the kitchen.

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You can see the full kitchen reveal, including before and after photos, here.

AFTER

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We added our own form and function to the wall by adding this double-duty "household workspace" and serving area for when we entertain.  This set-up addresses aesthetics and function while maintaining the "openness" I wanted.  My younger son does his homework here!

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The wall space between the lower shelf and table also acts as our "family command center" (we also have a wall calendar nearby that isn't shown).  We post notes, reminders, school memos, etc. on the trio of upcycled cork boards that line the wall.  I simply wrapped three bulletin boards that we already had in a Nate Berkus patterned fabric to marry them together!  The fabric-covered bulletin boards look more visually appealing too.

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Right now, the space is styled for our summer home tour, which I'll be sharing on the blog TOMORROW!  But when we entertain, we do use the table as a serving area for drinks or desserts.  It also comes in handy when we need extra seating space.

SHELVING DETAILS

Rather than buying reclaimed wood shelves (we have bigger priorities on the renovation front), we DIY'd the look instead.  We stained and sealed two six-foot long wood lumbar pieces (dimensions 1 1/2 in. H x 7 1/2 in. D x 72 in. W), then mounted them to the wall using heavy-duty brass brackets.  It was such a quick, easy, and inexpensive project.  The most difficult part was finding the studs.

Here's another look at the before and after transformation of this part of the kitchen!

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Come back tomorrow for our summer home tour! 😄


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Score a Deal

The Memorial Day weekend not only means beach time and barbecues, but it also means shopping sales!  There is definitely no shortage of deals happening this weekend.  I quickly wanted to pass along some decor-related specials that are being offered by two of my favorite online retailers.  These companies are ones that I frequently source from or recommend to clients.

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FRAMEBRIDGE

Just $39 + Free Shipping

Framebridge is a great online resource for getting photos or artwork framed.  Right now, you can get $10 off any order containing white frames using the code WHITEHOT.  Hurry to take advantage of this limited time promotion, which runs from 5/25/2017 - 5/29/2017.

ONE KINGS LANE


Save an extra 20% off sitewide on your purchase at One King Lane.  This online retailer offers a great selection of high-quality furnishings, accent pieces, lighting, and decorative accessories!  Here are just a few items that caught my eye: