Monday, September 29, 2014

Scenes from the house!

I can't believe we are into fall and quickly approaching October and the seasons (well as much of a season as possible in Southern California). My east coast self really misses those seasons!! Such an exciting time of the year!!  Things are quieting down around the home front (in terms of house projects anyways) and we are trying to button some things up around here and get this place done!!  This is where we stand.

The kitchen. I'd say our kitchen is complete.  A month or so ago, I found this adorable vintage foxhunting canvas.  The kitchen feels like a modern horse club lounge. And the blues and greens in this painting really fit in to our vibe.

The office. I think I am about to bite the bullet and order drapes for the office.  It really needs something.  Some black linen drapes will give this room exactly what it needs.

The dining room.  We took down one of the sconces that you can see in this photo. (that was installed off-centered..yes I said off-centered!!)  And, it looked kind of like a phallic symbol anyways.

I am framing these amazing prints which will go on that wall...prints are by Monica Hoover.  A little modern fine art will be amazing. Also, I am in the process of ordering woven blinds for this room. And, then I can check this room off my list!

  Hayden's room. My daughter's room is pretty complete too except for some serious organizing.  Too many toys. How did we accumulate so many things? Does she really need 3 baby strollers and a grocery cart.  Of course not...but some were gifts and others were passed down, blah, blah, blah.

And, our house is turning into this.

 Yep, dart boards are now taking the place of art work.  Help!!  I know this phase will not last long and it is just hanging on a nail that was already there but still..agh!!  I want my kids to have fun and enjoy being kids. I do not want our house to be perfect all the time. But, goodness, I sure love it when it looks "perfect" from time to "time".

Above is our typical Saturday morning.  Cat and dog playing.  Pillows all over the place. Football and skateboards strewn around the room. Blankets covering the sofas because are animals think they are people and we let them think that.  Leftover balloons from last weeks birthday party. Messy but this is life.  And, we are enjoying it.  And, I know at any time it can be tidied up but we have to live.  I know my husband talks about his childhood and his  mother was always cleaning and they could not just be boys (and there were 4 of them!!).  I think there needs to be boundaries, for sure, but I want my kids to be kids and enjoy themselves.  As long as they understand, when it is time to clean is time to clean up.  As much as a messy house drives me crazy...I do it for them and is just too difficult to be "perfect".

And, here it is a little tidier.  It feels so good.

But, then again, this is what I am dealing with and I would not change it for anything:)

How do you feel about messes? How do you deal with all the "stuff"?

xo, Paige

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Beauty of Barn Wood

I grew up riding horses and have probably always felt most at home at a barn. I love everything about it...the smell ( yes even the manure)...the is something indescribable...just incredible. I took a pretty long hiatus from riding but it has and will always be in my heart. I started riding again several months ago...yay...I feel at home again. But, even when I was not riding, I still wanted that barn feel in our home...meets modern day, of course.

So,  after researching barn wood in California, I came across Vintage Timberworks in Temecula, CA.

And, so I drove there and I was in love. The most rustic barn wood you can imagine and it was perfect. Barn wood flooring, mantles, shelving. corbels, etc.

The first time I went there is pretty straight forward as I knew I needed a certain amount of barn wood flooring. I ordered it but then I got a little nervous. It is so authentic...meaning it comes from any random barn in Middle America. I wanted more brown and gray woods but they could not guarantee it. I was so scared of the reds. If I looked at reddish flooring every day...I would not have been very happy. Then , I started second guessing myself. After all, this was a huge investment. And this is the one that I was adamant about. It was all or nothing. And I could not be happier. I am in love. The best decision ever.

This is right after the install...

And one of the best things...nothing shows up... Dirt...Animal hair...nothing except a few scratches because the kiddos are crazy on their scooters. It almost always looks clean. The only negative is the kiddos have gotten a few splinters.  Our flooring guy came back, though, and sanded down some of the rough areas and we have been splinter free for quite some time.  Also, one of our subs said that his kiddos did get some splinters from brand new wood flooring.  I had not heard that before but it kind of made me feel better. I thought I was subjecting my kiddos to pain because I wanted a certain look!!

 I highly recommend barn wood flooring and also the best flooring installer in San Diego, Matt Farner or Farner Hardwood Flooring.  He did an incredible job!!


And pretty durable except for when your cute puppy decides to eat it...agh!! If you look can see a big chunk missing.

But, how can I be mad at this face!! And, the beauty of this wood, is that it does not stand out all that much:)

And, I kept going back to Vintage Timberworks...for mantles and shelving and wall coverings.

 A couple other ways we utilized the barn wood. We ( let me rephrase I) am pretty obsessed with it.

For the fireplace in the office (gray wood)

The powder room sink shelf

 Shelving in the family room

 Mantle in the family room

The door that serves as access to the AC was not I thought it would be better to make it stand out...there was no way to hide it and it would have been too costly to move all of the equipment.

Backsplash in the kitchen

 I am a farm girl at heart so I guess it is only natural...I feel right at home:)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guest Room Progress

Our Guest Room...
This is probably my favorite room in our house.  It has a high beamed ceiling.  And the lighting and the views are pretty amazing!! We would have loved to have made this our master bedroom but it was just not possible.  First of all, it is not connected to the house.  This could be a problem having a 3 and 6 year old.  Additionally, the closet and bathroom are not quite large enough.  But, on the bright side, hopefully, we will have some happy guests:)
It was not always so appealing though.  When we looked at the house (see pic below) there were clothes strewn everywhere (underwear included), the carpet was badly stained, the curtains were pretty bad (along with the ornate furniture), etc..., hopefully you get my drift.., this house needed some lovin.
Here it is cleaned you can at least see the potential...view...ceiling...nice features. everything was out of was time to get to work.

We (well not us but the painters) painted the room creamy by Sherwin Williams. I was looking at inexpensive choices for wood because anything would have been better than what was in there.  But then my flooring guy (the best flooring guy ever!!) showed me a sample of some wider plank floors he could replicate at $11/psf installed and I am in love with them. They are gorgeous!!
So, that is pretty much it...white walls and pretty wood floors.  A game changer, for sure!!  And, then most of the furniture we already had so I am just trying to make it work and be cohesive.  The only thing I ordered was the headboard from Ballard Designs.  While I have been happy with their products in the past, this time the linen seems a little cheap.  So, I draped this black throw on it and down the road am thinking about upholstering it in a black linen.

Also, this lantern.  While I love is just too big for this space and it is off centered so it looks weird.  And, there is really not a way to improve this scenario because of the window layout and beamed ceiling. So, I am going to save it for another project and simply install a simple and modern fan like the one 2 pictures down.
Not like this one. This is a before of the little pool house/exercise room.

This is the fan I am talking about and this will hopefully be our exercise room soon.
And, one more angle. I still need to accessorize these book shelves.  I am thinking a lot of books and magazines.  I need to hide the holes.  This was used as a TV console in our last house and though it would always be a tv console therefore we did not  save the wood cut outs:(

We still need a rug, bed skirt, maybe some different linens, and woven shades. But, at least we are making baby steps.  After all life is not a race, right? And, somebody could technically stay here right now, yes?
And, a shot of the guest bath room that is coming along, too.




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This bar is open for business (well kind of)!

I wanted to show you some before and after photos of our bonus room adult "play" area.

The before...There was a bar here previously but it had the same orangey cabinets (like the kitchen), granite countertops, stained glass, etc. The countertop also did not have a hangover so it was not a true bar.  And, there was this random door right next to the bar. So, even if you had people sitting at the bar (which would be hard), you would have to be constantly moving the chairs to let people go outside (hmm...not sure about that planning??).

So, what did we do?  We painted the cabinets white (duh!-SW Creamy) and took off the cabinet doors. We painted the room a dark slate gray. We removed that small door and added a slider where a window had previously been.

We added barn wood flooring
And soapstone countertops with a Native Trails Copper sink

Something happened to the little fridge during construction so it will probably be replaced.  And we still need blinds and to finish decorating this room but at least the bar is open for business and we can hang out and watch movies!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Window Coverings and Drapes

I do admire photos of rooms that do not have window coverings.  I think they can look cool, clean and simple. I also think that window coverings are a lot like jewelry...they complete a look.  With that being said, not every outfit needs jewelry but a heck of a lot of them do. Most of the rooms in our house do need window coverings and, I believe, will take the design to the next level (and are also needed for obvious reasons such as privacy and sun protection). We are also moving slowly because that was a little something I did not budget enough for.  And, whoa, you can pretty much buy a new car by the time you put blinds and draperies throughout an entire house!!

I have been waiting (and waiting) for our dining room drapes for months.  The fabric was on back order, the rod was custom, blah, blah but they were so worth the wait!!  I think this room need a little jewelry.  Like a big ole beautiful necklace to complete the look. Here is our dining room now.

I have to show you a way in before we got our hands on it for kicks.  Yes, this had drapes but not the kind I was thinking of!!

This is what it looked like until yesterday with no drapes

Another room in our house that needed a little something on the windows was the kitchen. Now, this room did not technically need window coverings.  It does get some sun so they are useful for that.  Here is a progress photo...

And, here is a now.  With woven shades from Home Depot.  I think this is like a cool brown bracelet with an all black outfit.

One room in our house that we will not do window coverings in is in the family room.  It has a pocket door and a sliding door.  I think the doors and the wood give it enough substance and the overhang prevents this room from getting too hot or bright.

I would love to hear your thoughts on window treatments...yay or nay??

xo, Paige