Design Trend: Pink Sofas?!

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I have noticed a rather feminine trend in interior design that I believe takes some real design confidence to incorporate into a sofas!  Yes, pink.  While I have seen more saturated pink tones on sofas, it is the blush hue that has been more dominant as of late.  Either way, pink sofas seem to be trending in interior spaces.  Who would have thought?!

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Even country stars have pink sofas...

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While blush sofas may look "good" in certain settings, my preference would be to incorporate the color in the accessories.  I don't see a pink (blush or otherwise) sofa in my future.  What about you?  Is a pink sofa calling your name?!  If so, here are some pretty options... 😉

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Entryway Essentials

Have you ever driven by a house and based your overall impression of the home by how it appears on the exterior? Me too.  It's a known real estate fact that a home's first impression is decidedly based on its curb appeal.

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However, once a person steps foot inside a house, you have the chance to immediately set the tone for what your home is truly about.  And it all begins in the entryway!

No matter how large or small your entryway, it should make a positive and welcoming impression.  Aside from looking nice, there are a few "practical essentials" that should be incorporated into any entryway (space permitting):

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1 - CHEST or any hard surface, like a console table or wall-mounted shelf, provides a "drop zone" for mail, keys, etc.
2 - LIGHTING  A combination of overhead lighting and table lamps (or a floor lamp) will help illuminate the designated entry area.
3 - MIRROR Mirrors bounce light and can help open up a space.  It is also a convenient way to do an "appearance check" for people coming or going.
4 - HOOKS or a standing coat rack can come in handy to hang coats, bags, etc., especially if there is no coat closet nearby.
5 - RUG will help trap as much dirt as possible while adding texture and dimension to the area.  Natural fiber rugs or indoor/outdoor rugs are a great option for entry rugs.
6 - STOOL or something to sit on, like a bench or chair, is helpful when putting on or removing shoes.
7 - ACCESSORIES  A decorative bowl is great for storing keys or loose change; a real or faux plant or floral arrangement is a welcoming decorative touch that adds a "green" element.
8 - STORAGE BASKET is a great way to store shoes.  It could also be used to hide toys or any random items when you need to do a quick "pick-up" before guests arrive.

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Container gardening ideas to bookmark now.  Spring will be here before you know it.

Glad that HGTV host, Scott McGillivray, agrees about the upside.  My tip before you buy a fixer upper would be to enlist the help of your realtor to do a comparable post-valuation on the property based on the renovations you intend to do.

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LOVE this kitchen, as well as the rest of their new-old home.

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Our previous home had a Spanish-Mediterranean style, complete with so many inherent architectural details.  One of the main things that I loved about that home was the coffered ceiling.  I hope to add similar architectural dimension in our current living room.

In non-design news, my hubby and I are hooked on this show.  We were curious what the hype was all about, so we Netflix'd the premiere and found ourselves binge-watching the first season.  We are now caught up to the latest episode.  Are you a fan?! 😆

Design Trend: Green Kitchen Cabinetry

Living through a full-blown kitchen renovation is not exactly something I'd want to go through again, but the end result was worth it.

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Before and after photos of our kitchen can be found here.  Follow me on Instagram for evolving photos of our home.

Although I was tempted to incorporate "trendier" components into our kitchen design, I am glad I went with my gut to stick to a more classic scheme - especially when it came to the cabinetry color.  Did I play it safe?  Probably.  But will our kitchen stand the test of time?  Definitely.  A classic kitchen that suits our design sensibilities and home's style, PLUS one that transcends time and various design tastes (good for resale value!), were major goals for our new kitchen.

However, while white kitchens (or white/espresso-black in our case) are seemingly timeless, colored kitchen cabinets don't seem to be going away either.  Gray or navy kitchens anyone?  While gray and blue kitchens are still trending, another color is also making its way to the forefront of kitchen design:  GREEN.

Did you know that green is one of my favorite colors?!  Frankly, I love kitchens with green-toned cabinets that have a gray undertone...

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Kitchens are quite the investment.  So, if you are one that does NOT intend to update your home often, or is more traditional at heart, a completely "green" kitchen may not be for you.  However, if you are drawn to the green kitchen trend, I'd suggest incorporating the color in smaller doses - like on the island or lower cabinets - AND using greens with a neutral undertone like gray.

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What do you think of this design trend?  Are you a fan of green-colored kitchen cabinets?

What's In Store for 2017 {Part Four: Conversion/Reconfiguration}

Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing home improvement projects that we have planned for the year.  The following links will enable you to catch up on them in case you missed any!

The "main" project we have on our plate this year is one that will be quite an undertaking...

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We are planning to convert a 400 square foot unfinished structure into usable space, PLUS reconfigure the adjacent existing master bedroom/bathroom area!  The ultimate goal is to re-work the combined areas to create a master ensuite AND two separate bedrooms for each of our children.

The following MLS photo shows part of our home's exterior elevation from the backyard.  It will give you an idea of the location of the unfinished structure relative to the rest of the house.

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The window/door that you see on the far left is part of the unfinished "shed".  The higher window to the right of the door is part of the existing master bedroom.  While the two spaces are structurally adjoining, they are not currently accessible to each other from the inside of the house.  The structure to the right of the patio courtyard leads to the family room (and rest of the great room).  The living room/front entry is located in between the two structures.

This renovation project will ultimately take our home from a three to four bedroom house (there is another bedroom by the guest bathroom).  I am really excited yet nervous to knock out this project because it will hopefully complete the main construction portion of our home renovation!

Feel free to follow along as I gather bedroom and bathroom inspiration.

Around the Web: Room Makeover Edition

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This year kicked off with several room makeovers happening around the web.  Here are just a few of the newly refreshed spaces...

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New paint and textiles gave this bedroom makeover the "boho chic" vibe that reflects Erica's design style better.  Love the soothing colors and various textures in the room!

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Stephanie gave her living room a makeover that satisfies both her "colorful global eclectic" design sensibilities AND her husband's contemporary, modern style.  The result is so fresh!

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Black is the signature color in most spaces that Jess designs, so it is no surprise that she gave her foyer and sitting room a grand dose of black!  The wallpaper she used in her foyer is quite eye-catching too.  It's been a joy to see Jess personalize and transform every space in her new home thus far.


1. A glimpse at the transformed kitchen wall.  I have yet to style the shelves since taking down the holiday decor, so bear with me a little longer for the full reveal.

2. The power of paint gave this bathroom vanity a new lease on life.

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3. Free salvaged barn wood turned personalized art was one of my favorite parts in this less than $100 room makeover!

4. Last but never least, one of my favorite DIY home improvement couples did it again with their recently refreshed studio makeover.

Don't these makeovers inspire you to freshen up a space in your home?!