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Well here we are in the middle of July. How did that happen??? One good thing about summerbreak is that we’re finally starting to tackle more of the home projects on our seemingly ever-growing list.

One project that’s been a long time coming is re-painting our multi-level hallway. The previous owners were big fans of yellow while I am not. Over a year ago, we settled on Violet Pearl from Benjamin Moore as the new color. But then life happened and oh, I had a baby! And painting was put on the back burner. 

Violet Pearl

  

Inspiration from a hallway done in the hue


 

But now we’re in the midst of getting it done and it’s looking great so far! I can’t wait to do a bit of decor updates and really make the space feel cohesive and complete. For now, here’s a sneak-peek of the color plus some inspiration.
 

Mid-project, you can still glimpse the old yellow

  

New lighting, bench and art

  

A calm and relaxing vignette

  

Loving the vertical display of photos


 What’s your next big home project?

From Yellow to Violet

Well here we are in the middle of July. How did that happen??? One good thing about summer break is that we’re finally starting to tackle more of the home projects on our seemingly ever-growing list.

One project that’s been a long time coming is re-painting our multi-level hallway. The previous owners were big fans of yellow while I am not. Over a year ago, we settled on Violet Pearl from Benjamin Moore as the new color. But then life happened and oh, I had a baby! And painting was put on the back burner. 

Violet Pearl

  

Inspiration from a hallway done in the hue


 

But now we’re in the midst of getting it done and it’s looking great so far! I can’t wait to do a bit of decor updates and really make the space feel cohesive and complete. For now, here’s a sneak-peek of the color plus some inspiration.
 

Mid-project, you can still glimpse the old yellow

  

New lighting, bench and art

  

A calm and relaxing vignette

  

Loving the vertical display of photos


 What’s your next big home project?

From Eyesore to Knockout

When we first looked at our house as a potential candidate, I noticed it had a cute archway set over the stairs in the stone wall. I thought it was really charming but in major need of some TLC. The whole thing was rusted and looked like it had been there since the house was built in 1957. But I knew I wanted to keep it nonetheless. 

 

Charming but in need of some love

  

The rusting was pretty bad

 
We moved in late summer so I didn’t have a chance to work on it. Then I was pregnant last summer and not feeling well, so it was neglected for yet another season. I finally decided to tackle it this year.

Armed with two cans of flat white spray paint, I set to work on re-beautifying this lovely arch. Little did I know, I’d need two more cans to finish the job. So off to the store I went to complete my project.
 

Also happy to see the herb and vegetable garden thriving in the background

  

It’s all in the details

 
I added some solar-operated twinkle lights to up the charm factor – great for those nights spent roasting marshmallows in the fire pit. 

 

It’s not perfect but I’m happy with the outcome. I’d like to think I’ve given it a new life.

What recent home project makes you feel proud?

A Nook of My Own

Do you ever feel like there’s a space in your house you just don’t know what to do with? That’s how I’m feeling right now about one corner of our master bedroom. It’s a big room but I find there’s this one area of wasted space that’s too small to do much with since it sits right in between two closets.

My idea is to create a small (read: cozy) reading nook where I can go to sit and relax. It’s only large enough to fit a chair and side table but really, what more do you need? Add in a comfy throw, pretty table lamp and some candles and you’re all set! Here are some of the spaces that I’m finding inspiring. You’ll have to check back in a bit to see the final reveal!

nook

 

Images via Pinterest

 

DIY Art Display

I’m not much of a DIY-er but I’d really like to be. So when I saw the blank wall in my kitchen screaming for something, I decided to give an incredibly easy project a whirl.

  
Now, this wall will one day (soon) be knocked down, so I didn’t mind experimenting with a small, fun project on it. I was flipping through a magazine this weekend as I waited for my massage (ahhhh) when I stumbled upon a cute display for kids crafts and other small paper items.

  
I thought, I can do that. So it was off to Michael’s to get some supplies. All I needed was some twine, push pins, decorative ribbon and colorful clothespins.

  
I just cut the twine and hung it on the wall and attached the two strands with gold ribbon. 

   
 Then I gathered up some pretty cards and Lady M’s latest masterpieces and voila! Instant art wall. And it’s so easy to change up whenever you want! 

  
What has inspired you lately?

I’m Dreaming of a White Kitchen

Our house was built in 1957 yet it has surprisingly spacious rooms throughout – except for the kitchen. The kitchen is the bane of my existence. It’s sorely lacking in counter space and features one, ONE lonely drawer. 

I have grand plans for this kitchen which include knocking down a wall, creating more counter and cabinet space, a marble-topped island and French doors leading out to the patio. Ideally, I’d like to start work next summer after coming up with a scheme (and final budget!) But for now, I’ll daydream like Bing Crosby and take some inspiration from these lovely photos. 

   
    
   

Images via Pinterest