Life Lately {Home Renovation & Design Projects}

Well, hello there!  It's been a long while since I've popped in, so I thought I'd say hello and give you a glimpse of life lately on the home renovation and design front.


Until I get around to "officially" documenting all the details and photos from the latest round of improvements we recently completed 😖, here are some random snaps:

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Love our new french sliders!  The view outside this door will soon evolve since the backyard/courtyard patio makeover is what we're tackling next.  That's the wish anyway...💰😉

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The new front door and stone work really made a difference to our home's curb appeal.  Painting the entire house and repairing all the board and batten also went a long way towards freshening up the exterior.  Landscaping will bring it all together!


I am in different stages on a couple local residential projects.  Here are some in-progress cell phone shots of what's been happening at one of the projects...

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The space above is actually almost complete.  I snapped this photo right after the accent wall was installed, but haven't taken another photo. :)

These rooms are currently in progress too, and wallpaper is in the spotlight!

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Another residential project (a remodel) is in between construction completion/early interior design phase.  I'm excited to see it come together!

At this time, I am also currently accepting E-DESIGN (only) clients if you are looking for assistance with your interior projects.  Please e-mail for information.

What's On Tap for 2018 {CAD Interiors Home Renovation}

Wow, 2018 is off to a speedy start...  Hello February!  The last few months were especially hectic around here, having gone through another round of home renovations.  In recent weeks, I was able to regroup and start prioritizing the home improvements for the year ahead.

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Today, I am sharing home renovation projects we have in mind for 2018.  We are hiring out the work to the professionals, so we need to get creative on how to stretch our modest budget dollars! 😅


For those who have followed this blog, you're probably tired of seeing this on my annual home renovation goals list. 😉 It makes a yearly repeat appearance because we decided we like the dirt (currently mossy) patch that is our front yard!  Umm, no...

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A peek at the front exterior in progress... with the non-existent landscaping!

We had been putting off the front landscaping until we addressed the exterior facade of the house.  We didn't want to risk having plants get destroyed by construction.  Let me tell you - that was a wise decision.  The contractors took full advantage of our "un-landscaped" front yard and dumped all sorts of construction debris out there...

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With the exterior facade work "done", the yard is now ready for planting.  We're looking to have a more drought-tolerant landscape put in place, which is quite necessary since we live in Southern California.


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Several rooms in our house - great room (kitchen/dining/family rooms), living room, master bedroom - wrap around a central courtyard patio that opens up to the backyard.  It's a quaint space that has not been touched since other projects have taken precedence.  However, now that the new french sliders are in, we'd like to spruce up the courtyard and start using it.  We are fortunate to have great year-round weather in Southern California, so we definitely want to extend our living/entertaining space to the exterior.


Our property backs up to a horse and walking trail.  It's private in the sense that there are no homes behind us, but it does lack privacy to the occasional hiker or horseback rider.  If I catch someone looking towards the house, I wave! 😜  That being said, we'd like to plant some tall tree hedges along the wooden fence that sits at our property border.  It should provide a natural privacy barrier between the trail and our property.


Along with planting some hedges, the entire backyard needs an overhaul.  It is essentially a blank slate just waiting to be transformed.  We're hoping to break it up into zones - dining, lounging, games/sports, etc.  I don't know the difference between a landscape designer and landscape architect, but I'm looking to hire someone to help design our backyard (and front yard).  If you're in Southern California (LA/OC) and interested in working together, feel free to send me a private message. 😊


This room is the one I am most anxious to start working on.  A fireplace redo and some millwork should take the room's "bones" to the finish line.  The interior decor and furnishings will come together over time, but it's the "bones" of the room that I want to see come together asap!

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2017 Home Improvements

Hello and happy 2018!  I hope you all enjoyed some meaningful time with your loved ones during the holiday season.  We hosted our annual family Christmas celebration (an overnight affair!), which was joyously filled with eating, singing, laughter, and games.  My kids especially loved waking up on Christmas morning to a home filled with cousins/family. 😍  Lots of special memories made for sure!

With 2018 in full swing, I'm anxious to buckle down on the next phase of home improvement projects.  We still have a few major renovation projects to tackle at our beloved fixer upper.  But before I share what we'd like to do in 2018, I thought I'd recap what we accomplished last year relative to our home improvement goals (here, here, here, here).

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DONE! 😄 We replaced all five sets of sliding doors that surround our courtyard patio.  I have yet to officially "reveal" them on the blog #badblogger, but here's a peek:

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Sidenote: The great room part of our home (to the left) is painted white, while the walls in the rest of the house, including the living room (to the right), is painted a gray-ish color.

I also shared a mini tour of our new french sliders on Instagram (See my "French doors" story under my profile @cadinteriors}


The main goals in this room are to replace the sliding door ✅, redo the fireplace facade 😣, and add some architectural character (via millwork) 😣.  With the exception of the new french sliding doors that were installed in the room, the space remains unfinished.  To avoid contractors being on top of each other (timing issue), I decided to delay the carpentry work and fireplace redo to 2018 since we prioritized some other overlapping renovations (see below).  I'm hoping to get the "bones" of the living room done soon.


In a nutshell, we need to come up with a "Plan B" on how to execute this in a way that best maximizes our budget.  The original conceptual plan included adding direct access into the house from the garage by converting the boys' existing shared bedroom into a mudroom (the spaces adjoin).  The boys' bedroom would have been relocated/built as part of our plan to convert and incorporate the shed to the main house.  However, doing this would require major structural work that would pretty much wipe out a significant part of the renovation budget.  Hence, we are re-considering our approach.  Spoiler:  We will likely just convert the shed into a guest house/home office/extra entertaining space.  It will maintain its own separate entrance from the main house.


Although not an official goal for 2017, we spent the last few months of the year getting some much-needed improvements done to the exterior of the house.  For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you've seen snippets of the work that we did!  Stay tuned for future posts where I'll detail the exterior improvements.  In the meantime, here's one of the main changes to the front exterior...

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I'll be back soon to share about our renovations and what we have planned for this year.  Thanks for following our renovation journey!