One Room Challenge: Week 4~

Welcome to week 4 of my kitchen transformation for the One Room Challenge.

Not much in the way of progress photos to show today.  But the big news is ...painting of the cabinets starts today!  And I couldn't be more excited! 
Rather than using Sherwin Williams Alabaster as I mentioned previously, I'm actually going to use a white paint color-matched to the existing white paint on the island.  I'm thinking this is going to be the best bet so that the white paint color is a true match.

Here's one more reminder of the before...

Next week I'll share a few sneak peeks...I can't wait for the big reveal...just 2 weeks away now!




One Room Challenge - Week 3~

This week has been an exciting one for my One Room Challenge kitchen transformation....

The tile is going in this week, and it's looking amazing.  I shared a photo on Instagram of the progress...but I'm saving any more photos for the big reveal because the tile is AMAZING and I want to wait so it will make a bigger impact for the reveal.  (insert evil laugh here)

I also ordered a rug for the kitchen this week from Joss and Main...

I'm really excited to add a rug to the space for a pop of color (and because I don't really love the flooring in my kitchen and replacing it is way outside of my budget.)

I'm getting so excited to see my new light and bright kitchen!  I hope you are too.  

Only 3 weeks to go!!




One Room Challenge: Week 2~

Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge.

This week I wanted to share a couple of the details of the plan for my kitchen.  In the before picture, you can see that my island is already painted white.

I found a good paint match to the white of the island in Sherwin Williams Alabaster (which just so happens to be one of Sherwin Williams colors of the year.)  The cabinets in the photo from Houzz below are painted Alabaster.

New Haven Model - 2015 Spring Parade of Homes

I would have really loved to switch out my granite counter tops for something lighter, but that is not in my budget.  So I decided to bring in the lighter tone by adding a back splash.  I fell in love with some Calacutta Marble 2x4 subway tiles....and got them for an amazing deal.

photo via google shopping - builder depot

I am so excited to get going on this update.  I can't wait to share more as things start to take shape.




One Room Challenge: My Kitchen~

I am excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge link-up.

Over the next six weeks, I'm going to tackle a room which I have wanted to work on since I bought Hydeaway Cottage almost 2 years ago...My Kitchen!

Here's the way my kitchen looks right now.  I added the pendant lighting right after I moved in, but that's as far as the transformation went.

I tossed around the idea of painting the cabinets gray.  I even talked about it in this post.

But after much debate, I decided that gray cabinets wouldn't lighten up the kitchen the way I need them to.  My kitchen only has one small window, and the dark wood cabinets suck the light right out of the space.  I was afraid that gray cabinetry would do the same thing.  So I have decided to paint the perimeter cabinets to match the island.  Good old white!  I love a white kitchen!

My other plans for the space involve adding a back splash (just wait until you see it - I'm sooo excited!).  My budget for this makeover is very tight, so it remains to be seen whether or not I'll be able to change out the hardware and add the rug I'd like to add.

I'm really excited to see the difference this transformation will make in the feeling of my main floor - the entire space is one big open room - and I hope you'll join me for the next six weeks as I bring my plans to life.

Have a great day~




Making Our Homes Our Sanctuaries: Kids' Art~

As I have been sharing ways to make our homes our sanctuaries, I have talked numerous times about my belief that our homes should be meaningful.  One of the most personal and meaningful additions to any home is the art that is chosen to adorn its walls.

Fostering creativity in my children is incredibly important to me.  
And honoring their creativity is just as important.   So when I am choosing art for my home, I always make it a point to find a way to display my children's artwork.

In my previous home, I made a formal gallery wall featuring a few of my favorite pieces.

Currently, I'm displaying some of the kids' favorite pieces of their work on the bulletin board in the kitchen.

Making a place to display your family's artistic endeavors within the walls of your home is a wonderful way to cultivate creativity, to show your family you are proud of them, and to help in the creation of your home-sanctuary.

I'd love to know how you incorporate your family's art into your decor.  Feel free to share in the comments.




Making Our Homes Our Sanctuaries: De-cluttering~

Hello Lovelies!

During my last post on making our homes our sanctuaries, I promised that I would be back with practical ideas for creating the feeling of relaxation and sanctuary within our homes.  So today I'm going to talk about one of the best ways to accomplish this...de-cluttering.

Take a moment and think about places you have been that have given you feelings of serenity and peace.  I bet the places that come to mind are all places that are clean and organized.  Clutter free spaces help to keep anxiety at bay.

A place for everything and everything in its place. 

I find it difficult to relax if there are messes or clutter around me.  I admit that this is not the case for everybody, but the majority of people feel calmer in clean, organized spaces.

So let's talk about de-cluttering.  

There are endless articles and posts on organizing and de-cluttering.  So rather than give step by step plans for "how" to do it.  I want to share two quotes that I personally use as guiding principles for what to keep and what to get rid of.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
- William Morris

Be a ruthless editor of what you allow into your home.  Ask  yourselves, " What does this object mean to me?"
-Nate Berkus

Using the criteria that things should be useful, beautiful or meaningful as reasons to keep them allows for memorabilia, collections, and other possessions (that might otherwise be considered clutter) to remain.

For example, my youngest son loves rocks.  LOVES them!  He has a very large collection of  rocks that he thinks are amazing.  If I were just getting rid of clutter, I'd likely throw them out.  But since he thinks they are beautiful and since they are important to him, they stay.  And the fact that his beloved rock collection is housed in his bedroom, helps to make his bedroom a place that he loves to be - a sanctuary.
A few of my son's favorite rocks

See how that works?

We rid our homes of clutter by getting rid of things that aren't important, aren't attractive, or have no meaning.  In exchange, we hold on to things that have meaning to us, that we think are beautiful, or that we use.  Our homes become places where all of the things we love and find important are kept...which makes our homes even more special to us.

Interesting how that works.  Am I right?

I LOVE books...most of these are decorating books...they make me happy!

So my challenge to you this week is to start de-cluttering using your own personal criteria...feel free to use my criteria if you want!  I bet you'll love the results!