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Dining Room Design Board

ONE  |  Utica Sputnik Chandelier TWO  |  Flambe Blue Darkening Curtain THREE  |  Palmer Dining Table (HomeZone Furniture) FOUR  |  Palmer Dining Bench (HomeZone Furniture) FIVE  |  Costway Blue Fabric Chairs (Set of 2) SIX  |  Brass Gold Vase SEVEN  |  Navy + White Stripe Vase EIGHT  |  Stoneware Salt + Pepper Shaker NINE  |  Decorative Metal Tray Today I wanted to share with you the design board I created for my dining room. I pretty much knew the vision for the space almost immediately. I knew I wanted the shape of the table to be super simple, yet have a contrasting rustic finish to it. My vision was to pair a rustic table with an incredibly modern light fixture. Thats why I was so excited when I found this dining table (found here) from HomeZone Furniture. I was shocked at how affordable it was. A dining table for UNDER $500? Ok…

Getting All Settled Into The New House

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the ole’ blog here, but after months of craziness, I’m finally back and ready to share all my adventures as of late. We recently moved into our new house and have been working hard to get all settled in. Although we built our house from the ground up, we still had a TON of work to do after we moved in. Since builders have their own markup, we wanted to do a lot of upgrades and additions after we moved in. After talking with a number of different contractors, we settled on a few that we were really happy with, and completed most of the work within the first month of moving in. We added things like floating shelves, a wall of custom-built bunk beds, a media screen wall, a shiplap surround for our living room fireplace wall, an extended back patio, and…

Family Style: Holiday Pictures

Is it just me, or is anyone else hesitant to do holiday-themed family photos? It’s like, I want to do them SO BAD, but the practical side of me is like… 2 kids… 1 husband… matching(ish) outfits for 4 people… preferably non-screaming children, which means coming up with a good bribe to keep them pleasant… good weather… carving out a time of day where all 4 members of the family are happy and available, PLUS making sure the photographer is available too… Ok. I already need a glass of wine just THINKING about those logistics! I had a holiday backdrop all planned out, but I ultimately decided that practicality was going to win. I don’t know the next time we’ll get a family photo scheduled, so I wanted a setting that wasn’t too holiday(esque) so we could hang these photos in the new house and not have to worry about…

7 Things I Learned When Building a Home

These past few months have been a blast for Chad and I. We’re building a beautiful home with a builder we couldn’t be happier with in a neighborhood that we LOVE. But, although I’m a designer and have experience in the world of remodeling, I’ve never built a home from the ground up. So – for all of you that might be new to this like me, here are 6 things I’ve learned about the home building process thus far. 1. Nearly all of the design decisions are made in the beginning. Chad and I aren’t building a custom home. We’re building in a master-planned community, so we had a number of different builders and floor plans we were able to choose from. If you didn’t already know, when you go with a builder with a pre-designed floor plan, you are able to add “structural options” as well as design…

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