Category: Current Projects

Mud-way: Its a Thing

Although we have completed several large renovations over the years, the one that I am really excited about is by far the smallest!  Measuring in at a mere 56 square feet will be our new mudroom!  Or I should say mud-way.  

Originally, when we bought the house, we decided to remove the extra door (pictured)2 and funnel guests through the front door.  We replaced the exterior wall with a large double window, but were left with the overhang and an ugly, crumbling porch under it.

 

We discussed making the patio nicer and jazzing it up, but that would have cost a few thousand dollars and it’s not a space that we would use at ALL.  A waste of money in our opinions!

What WOULD be useful to us would be a place where we can enter our home, but keep the rain, mud, snow out of the main living space.  This porch turned out to be the best solution.  Extremely tiny but extremely useful!

I became inspired by this project from Studio McGee, who’s style I just adore.

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The shiplap walls are still up for debate as the only affordable option is to use pine tongue and groove planks since we want to avoid dry-walling.  This will require lots of oil based primer on the knots and hope that they don’t bleed through the final paint.

I purchased this slateIMG_6106 tile from Home Depot that was extremely affordable and our contractor/awesome friend will cut them down to 12″ X 6″ tiles.  I also asked for a herringbone pattern like the one pictured above.  The color is amazing:  a blue with some slight green undertones.  I know I’m going to love it.

Lastly, I needed to design the cubby configuration!  What’s a mud hallway without some cubbies for all of our gear?  I only have 4 feet to work with due to the configuration and flow of this room.  The dimensions are 14 feet X 4 feet and unfortunately, because it’s so narrow, it only makes sense to designate the far wall as the cubby wall.

I found this photo from Van Wicklen Design on Pinterest.  It’s exactly what we need in this space except on a much smaller scale!

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Wish me luck on this design adventure!  Here is a photo of our current state of affairs.  I cannot wait to post the final product in a few weeks!

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Kid’s Bathroom Reveal

Almost 4 years ago, we moved into our 1965 Colonial.  It was well- maintained BUT was in desperate need of a design overhaul.  We have been slowly renovating room by room and we finally tackled the kid’s bathroom.  This room was screaming: make me pretty!  The tile on the floor was deteriorating and the grout was extremely stained.  The layout was completely dysfunctional since opening the door had you walking smack dab into a plumbing wall.  We also had a window to contend with.

I designed several different layouts before settling on our final plan.  But before we get to that, see the BEFORE photos:

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You have to LOVE the teal and orange combo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the crowbar in this photo?  Took these photos right before demo day!

Here is the gorgeous AFTER:

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 We flipped the tub/shower to the back wall to open up the space and changed out the window to a frosted glass for privacy.  We were even lucky enough to have a small amount of space left for a small linen closet.  With a new toilet, vanity, tub and lighting, this space is so light and bright.  I chose white subway tile for the shower with a cobalt penny tile accent stripe.  And the floor OH the floor!  You can’t stare at it fore very long or your eyes go crazy, but I love it so freaking much!

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Kids Bathroom

 

 

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Kids Bathroom

This bathroom is such a breath of fresh air after using the old 1960’s bath for so long.  It’s clean, crisp and reminds us of the Cape (one of our favorite places!)

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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If you have a tired bathroom that needs a sprucing don’t hesitate to reach out!  Bathrooms are SO fun to design!

 

Sources:

Cobalt Penny Tile, White Penny TileWhite Subway TileVanityMirror, Sconces, Stool, Artwork, Faucet

 

Repeat After Me: Never Ever Paint Wallpaper!

One of my hefty goals in the next 6 months is to redesign my daughter, Addison’s bedroom.  When we moved into this house, everything happened so fast, I was unable to really think about the design I wanted for her room (and pretty much the whole house!)  And sidenote:  Hubs LOVES that I am redoing everything (enter sarcasm).  In my defense, it’s been 4 years and that is a record for me to not take a paint brush to some walls.

Our first step was to get off the ugly wallpaper that had been painted yellow/gold (sweet baby Jesus – do not EVER paint wallpaper!  EVER!  Promise me you will never do this!).  This led to several crying tantrums “why oh why would someone do this?” and ultimately I gave up on the room.  My sweet husband kept at it.  Scraping and washing walls for days.  To this day the smell of fabric softener makes me sick to my stomach as you will read on many websites this is supposed to help make the work easier.  I honestly think he gave up as well and simply started slapping up the paint in the hopes it would dry.  The point of the story is, that due to all of this frustration, I chose a color purple that we had used years before on Addison’s nursery.   I had no energy left to come up with any sort of design plan at the time.  Fast forward 4 years and I am nauseous over the purple.  It’s pretty, don’t get me wrong, but I tire of bright colors quickly.  See the 2 before photos below.

When we bought our current house:

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This is my old house but with the same purple color:

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One beauty of a day, I decided I had enough.  Luckily, we have a paint store 1/2 mile from the house so it is way too convenient to fulfill any paint changes I want to make on a whim!  Hubs also LOVES this as well!  This time, I felt it was important to do a neutral color on the walls since I find, personally, any saturated color over time begins to make me physically ill just due to getting sick of looking at it.  For me, I’m a neutral wall girl.  I’ve accepted that.  I prefer to spruce and change color with accessories, fun furniture, rugs, curtains etc.  These items can be changed easily and moved around the house, whereas paint is much more labor intensive and I’m feeling old and tired lately.

I created a design plan for Addison’s room to help keep me on track and give the room a cohesive look.  She is also going to be 7 in a few months, and my hope is that this new design will grow with her for a long time.  My biggest advice to parents is to try to create a timeless room instead of getting pulled into the “baby trap” decor.  They grow so fast and you will find yourself redecorating before you know it.  I also advise against cartoon/animated themes as I now learned the hard way, every year presents a new theme.  My son went from loving Thomas the Train to Angry Birds to Star Wars to Legos to now the Red Sox!

This execution will most likely take a few months but I will definitely share the after photos once it’s complete!  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to know the sources of the products.  Stay tuned….

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