Our coastal home >> progress part 1

We moved into our new home about 2 weekS ago! Some days I feel like we have accomplished so much, & others I feel like I'm sitting in the same chaos I was 14 days ago. (haha) 

To be honest, we have tackled lots of projects all around the house and I think because they're so spread out and somewhat random (that's my ADD kicking in), it can feel like a mess. But I wanted to take y'all along the first 'almost' completed project! (that was accomplished this past weekend). If you guys follow along with us on Instagram you may have seen our exterior plans for the #pipermovedtothecoast project >> aka our house. hehe 

Here's a little preview of the design plans that I originally dreamed up for our front porch and exterior:

Okay, so these plans altered a little.. but we got started on the vision! 

Here is the before pics of the front porch; 

Although the red was unique and fun - we wanted to give the exterior and entrance a more classic and traditional look. 

So, we picked a classic black paint for the front door! We decided to do black shutters as well, but we wait for those to arrive! (patience y'all! That's what I'm learning with a lot of spaces in our home.. it takes patience to get everything in and installed :))

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VALSPAR 

EXTERIOR PAINT FOR DOOR/TRIM - CLASSIC BLACK

My dad so graciously opted into painting for us! My parents came down for the weekend for my mom's birthday & for helping around the house with unpacking and boy was it a HUGE help! dad finished up the door and the exterior accents, as Kevin worked in the yard and I tackled boxes inside! I went with him to pick out a few of the details for the porch and exterior and he brought the plans to life! I chose traditional numbers for the front door (FINALLY TOOK OFF THE AWFUL ONES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY THERE - IN CURLZ FONT AND COMPLETELY RUSTED OVER FROM THE SALT AIR!). WE WENT WITH BRASS NUMBERS AND A BIGGER SIZE TO REALLY STAND OUT AGAINST THE BLACK! 

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NEXT, CAME THE SELECTION OF THE greenery FOR THE FRONT PORCH! I originally THOUGHT I WANTED TO HANG FERNS (4 OR SO) OVER THE RAILING.. BUT THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THE MORE I shIED AWAY FROM THE IDEA BECAUSE I FELT IT MAY BECOME TOO BUSY.. TOO QUICK. I WANTED TO KEEP IT SIMPLE OUT THERE & REFRESHING! SO, AGAIN, DAD AND I WENT TO lowe'S AND PLAYED AROUND WITH A FEW IDEAS (PLANTERS AND PLANTS).

THE pink hydrangea! IT WAS PERFECT! AGAIN THE BLACK DOOR AND IN THE PERFECT PLANTER! I WAS SO HAPPY WITH HOW THESE TURNED OUT! NOW, PROJECT KEEP THEM ALIVE IS IN FULL FORCE! THEY ALWAYS LOOK HOT NOW AND THIRSTY! SO, I'VE BEEN DRENCHING THEM IN WATER THE PAST WEEK OR SO IN HOPES THEY KEEP SOME COLOR :(

NOW, FOR THE FRONT DOOR MAT - AGAIN, I ORIGINALLY THINK I WANTED TO GO MORE BUSY AND FUN, BUT DECIDED AGAINST THAT WHEN WE WANTED TO MAKE IT fEEL MORE TRADITIONAL WITH POPS OF COASTAL! I FOUND THE PERFECT ONE! I searcHED high AND LOW AND EVERYTHING FELT TOO SMALL OR TOO COLORFUL! I wanted SOMETHING THAT FELT WARM, INVITING, GROWN-UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME, FRESH AND 'us'.

Found this one at lowe's..

(I loved mixing the finishes on the porch! The brass, the black, the bronzed hardware and pots for the plants) it makes everything feel more layered and 'at home'.. the same finishes everywhere is b o r i n g :) 

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now, we wait on the shutters to arrive! I will also be including our rockers, lighting & pillows in PART 2 OF OUR EXTERIOR PROJECT! I'M SO GLAD YOU CHOSE TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH US ON THIS journey OF SETTLING IN! 

XO-

Part II of the kitchen transformation >>

Sorry for the delay in this Part II edition of the kitchen transformation we recently completed! Do you ever think you're going to knock something out for the week, and then all of sudden the weekend is here and a million other things took its place?! Ahhh.

So, here ya go! 

Here's the other side of the kitchen that wasn't revealed in Part I.

Eeeeeek!

BEFORE:

So, we did a little 'paint' magic, new lighting, new accent chairs and ART! 

We even changed out the hardware on the cabinet piece to tie in the new cooler tones of this kitchen! 

We brought in new barstools for the island that made a huge difference! Before these upholstered stools were used, there were black wood barstools that made the room feel dark and outdated.

I know this is an awful shot of the island before, but it's all I could find on my trusty iPhone :( (you can semi-see the previous island lighting in this pic & the traditional, intricate style of it. We had to spruce it up a little!)

AFTER:

The island pendants, barstools, new rug and wall color helped bring this space to life! 

What's your favorite part that we changed? Leave in the comments below! 

& happy designing :) 

 

Before & After of a fresh breakfast room // Part I

Before and afters are always my favorite to look back on. Transformations are so fun. I think it's seeing that much progress in a room that amazes me. It's crazy to think what a difference a paint color, lighting and window treatments can do [okay, okay, we changed quite a few other things] but y'all, transformations can be made with minimal changes. It's all about knowing which changes to make and what pieces to work with but rework them. 

So, without further ado, check out this sweet little breakfast nook we got the privilege to work on! 

BEFORE:

Okay, are you ready for it? 

Are you sure? ... you're ready?

A F T ER  we got a hold of it.. 

What a calming color; I was so happy with how Sea Salt turned out for this room. With all of the natural light, it was able to truly be put on display! The walls feel new and improved and inviting! 

This is by far one of our favorite pendants for lots of different rooms in the home! But for this project in particular, it was the perfect selection over the breakfast table! It's chic, yet not up tight. It pairs great with our custom window treatments and the style of our skirted dining chairs! [and yes, we got those monogrammed :) Had to add a little more personalization and character to the already adorable space]

 

I think we often skip over the small details in a space. For example, the place settings, the greenery, the accents, .... all the little things. But y'all, they matter! They're so important in bringing the overall design together and making the room feel .. well... complete.

I'm a sucker for Homegoods and World Market when it comes to those small details! For me, it's fun to be able to find unique goodies at Homegoods in the final stage of an install. I completely agree with investing in the nice pieces for the room and making sure you get the best of the best for most of the bigger items, but when it comes to napkin rings and faux plants, do not discount the thrill of Homegoods! This is a fine example of how custom work and fabric selections can sit nicely with not so expensive details in the end.

Coming up..PART II of this amazing transformation 

-xo