Monday, June 23, 2014

Kitchen Reno

Good mroning readers....  Just wanted to share with you a couple of things going on in our house today.  We decided at the beginning of the year we were going to actually redo the kitchen.  It has been a long process of decisions (mainly for me) but after extreme thought, I have finally finalized the plans.   And, I think finally finalized all the selections (fingers crossed no last minute changes.) 

We started this weekend with the actual demolition of the kitchen.  I have included some before and mid-progress pictures.  I know I have a long road ahead with no sink / stove, but in the end, the result will be worth the wait. 

Flooring and cabinets are up & out....

 The cabinets are finished and are sitting in my first living room.  I hope they all fit!!!

 Wall down.

And lastly,  my inspiration board.  Not all items on here are correct, as I have made changes, but it is pretty close.  More photos soon!!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Old Portrait Continued.....

You know in the last post how I said old portraits were in recent interior publications?  Well, I found a few for you to look at today.  Please excuse the photo as it was taken by my iphone and is the Elle Decor page - hey, whatever works, right?  Look at that foyer below - what a great way to be greeted.  Not to mention, I love the used candles on the entry table.  It sort of takes you back to that period.  And, how unexpected to sit in the middle of the room, such a great play with space. 

Art is becoming very popular in kitchen these days.  With the absence of upper cabinets, its a great way to warm up a kitchen.  However, that is a whole other post.  Below, a collage of many old portraits probably with new ones mixed in as well, if I had to guess.  You get the idea (small, large, oil, charcoal) any work for me.

Also, I promised some quick snap shots of my old portraits I have found and where they are hung in my home.  I have an added bonus, too!  My good friend Veronica is definitely on trend with hers.  Again, please excuse my iPhone photos and lighting.

Ok... so this guy came from a house down the street.  I was out walking my dogs and noticed a house under renovation.  I knew the house had been empty for a while so was excited to see some movement around it.  As I rounded the corner to pass the garage, I spotted it!  It took me that walk and a couple drive bys later with my husband, to actually stop and ask for the contractor on the job.  SOLD = $50.00.  I probably could have gotten it for 25$, as the contractor didn't see the same value as I did.  ;)  I mean the frame alone I think is worth more than 50$.  It's old guys and I am pretty obsessed with it. 

Ok... so then I have this guy, too.  He was my first old portrait.  I found him at a flea market in Dothan, AL for $80.00.  He is kind of pouty and looks like a butler, but I love him.  I had to paint the frame to spruce it up a bit.  I used a gold leaf paint from Hobby Lobby and am pleased with the final result. 

Here is Veronica's portrait.  After my post last week, she texted me a picture of hers.  How awesome!  I just love him.  She actually found him 4 years ago in her husband's dad's storage unit.  And, that frame is a gem too. Great find!

Random add on - but look at these glass tumblers from Ikea. I am in need of some casual glasses and want white ones.  In my Google search, I  stumbled upon these.  $1.99 each.  I want!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Old Portraits = Trending

Currently on trend in homes, modern or traditional, are old portraits.  Have you seen the look in your current interior publications?  I personally love the look.  Their faces just hold such a story, I think.  I have always been one to prefer old rather than new, and love the mix of an aged, broken frame against a stark white wall in a space.  A couple of photos for inspiration below.  And, tomorrow a couple of old portraits I have recently found, purchased & hung in my home.

images via pinterest