Saturday, February 22, 2014

Grateful!

Hello there! It's been quite awhile since I've posted last. Let's just say I've been extremely busy loving my babies...



It's amazing how much work two babies under two can be. We welcomed our little girl in October and she's just wonderful. 

We are still living in a one bedroom condo with our large brood and waiting on our addition to be complete. Can't wait to move back home! Here's a snapshot...


More on that later, but for now I just wanted to say thank you to my parents for all of their hard work and dedication in helping us out during this time. They have made countless dinners, taken our very active toddler out almost daily and on top of it all they have been doing our laundry for over 6 months (we don't have a washer or dryer in our condo). I feel so blessed and grateful to have such wonderful and giving parents. 

THANK YOU MOM AND DAD! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Bedroom Makeover

A few weeks ago a good friend of mine showed me her and her husband's bedroom and the space was AMAZING. She had indicated that she was interested in redesigning it a bit, so instantly my mind was swirling with ideas. It has high sloped ceiling with many windows and fabulous built in closets and dressers. Not only that. it leads into a gorgeous, spacious and dramatic bathroom with a claw foot tub, window surround and charming Greco inspired mosaic tiling throughout.

Long story short I'm helping them redesign their space. Sadly I don't have high tech software to recreate the images I have in my head, but I do have pic collage and I created a few designs for them to work with. Yes I'm aware scale isn't perfect, but you get the general idea.

Here's the first design I created, it was in my head even before she asked me to help...


Contestant number 2 would you please step down...


I love the idea of a colorful mirror on a window as seen in the image above...something fresh and unexpected. I also adore the affordable bedding designed by my good friend, Jill Sorensen of LiveLikeYou.

The last design is a little brighter and lighter...


The end result will probably be a mixture of these along with a few items/elements they've chosen already. So, which one would you all choose? 

~Danielle

Saturday, September 7, 2013

WWYC?

What would you choose?

I plan on painting my old mirror a bold color to match the bathroom in the condo better. Only issue is I can't seem to decide what color. Here's the space with the colorful shower curtain included...

 
Here's another close up via instagram...


The mirror is just too shabby chic for the space, so I'm thinking one of these colors...

Ruby 
Sapphire (I'm leaning toward this)
Emerald 
Amethyst 

So, which would you all choose? I know, I know...there are many more important things in life, but hey a little painting distraction for me at 35 weeks pregnant is welcome. 

~Danielle 



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sneak Peek: Condo Kitchen

We are finally in our old one bedroom condo, while our addition is being built. (Yes, we are packed like sardines in here with a toddler, preteen, 2 sort of grownups, a cat and baby on the way...CRAZY!) We had to renovate before moving back in, so I have a few before and afters to share soon. The kitchen isn't quite complete, but I wanted to post a midway snapshot before it's finished...


I had simple inexpensive cabinets put in and then painted hi gloss black, Carrera marble counters, and currently working on wallpaper throughout. I've wanted to try black cabinets forever. One thing I learned is that it's hard to find a true black cabinet, most come in a dark grey or very dark brown.  I had to have mine painted, so the black appliances would match. I also just like the look of painted cabinets over foil wrapped. 

The wallpaper is from Spoonflower in Tropicali Afternoon by Domesticate. I love bringing the outdoors in, especially in a petite kitchen with no windows. And this wallpaper is just beautiful! 

Also, if you live in the DC metro area Legacy Home Improvement Consultants are amazing. They did a fabulous job on my bathroom and kitchen renovation and were/are a delight to work with. Here's a contact number if you're interested:
703-835-0027. I'll share more when complete.

~Danielle 





Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Graffiti Bomb

                  
A few weeks prior to moving out of our home, I was feeling rather crazy and a little overwhelmed. So I decided to write positive affirmations all over my bedroom walls to keep my spirits high. I mean why not...the walls were about to get demolished anyway!?!  I really liked the happy vibe those words created the last few weeks and smirked when my builder called me to say he enjoyed them as well. He felt it was a nice way to start a project and I agreed.

It was something fun to do, but I did make the mistake in letting my little toddler watch me graffiti bomb the space. How can I get upset when he takes a crayon to our walls now? Lets hope he forgets.

Anyway, although fun I'm not sure I like the look. So I thought I'd find a few images that might change my mind...




I have a feeling my 12 year old will want to write this on his walls soon...

Sweet..



So true...

Although the images above weren't exactly graffiti, they still were words of encouragement or happiness on walls. Words do have power, so use them kindly. Thanks again Pinterest for your never ending source of easy to find and perfect images.

~Danielle 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Big Changes in Little Home

After 6 years of living in our petite cape cod, we are finally doing an addition on it. I'm usually not a big fan of large homes. I prefer a smaller footprint, but our home is awkward and I've tried everything to make it work. Our addition will not be huge, but it will add much needed bedrooms to the top floor and a useable kitchen.

Because of the addition, I plan to sell a few pieces of my furniture that won't fit into my new design. We will see when I get a chance to do that...it might be awhile.

And last, but definitely not least (for those that don't know)...I'm pregnant again! It's why we are trying to move swiftly on the addition/renovation. It's a massive surprise for us. After trying almost 11 years to have my second, I was sure that was all I was having. Needless to say we are thrilled!!

I will try my best to share as much as possible about the addition. This is new territory for me, so it will be a learning process and I plan to make it as eco-friendly a possible.

Here are just a handful of inspirational images I've been pinning on Pinterest for my addition...

This is an all time favorite kitchen of mine...
Photo credit...Michael Graydon

Love the staircase...

Clean, simple and open, but I may need more storage...

Breakfast nooks are always great...

I'll be on a super tight budget to create my dream home, but I'm up for the challenge. I hope you all join me for the ride as I have a few eco tricks up my sleeve that I can't wait to try out and share.

~Danielle 

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Girls Kitchen

Remember my condo with the hideous bathroom? Well the kitchen was just as horrid and in need of a serious makeover too. We are currently in the process of redoing it...can't wait to share the before and after. It wasn't at all workable with bisque appliance, same dirty bisque Formica counters and cabinets that were falling apart. 

For now I just have been dreaming, I mean thinking ;), if I were young and single again, I'd go super funky on the renovation. Below are a few images I'd use as my starting point...

A bold full on blue floor to ceiling would definitely be unexpected and super fun...

Yes wallpaper again to save the day and why not a navy and white zebra print...

Maybe just a wild floor would suffice...

A cutesy and bold fabric wall covered in glass behind open shelving would be sweet...

Or maybe go all out rainbow bright...

A hot pink counter sans the Campbell's soup can light fixtures would be hot...

Would have to find some kickass vintage chandy to throw in the mix...

This would be so simple and darling to replicate...

But the winner is...

I adore the above kitchen. Bright red lacquered cabinets, a bold pink floral wallpaper, sleek white recycled counters, and no upper cabinets...PERFECTION! The only things I would do differently are surround the kitchen in the floral wallpaper, add a unique chandelier, switch out hardware to brass and do bright white appliances. 

Truthfully I have no desire to be young and single again, it never suited me well and besides that I love my husband and kids so incredibly much, but I'd love to design for a woman with no fear. Why not do something different and design on the edge!?! 

~Danielle 
*all images above were sourced from Pinterest