Freshening Up for Spring + Design Promo!

 

I love redecoring my home in the Spring...even if it just means new sofa pillows or accessories around the living areas. It just feels like the right time to freshen things up a bit.

This Spring I have decided to add a fresh pop of color to the inside of our home (which is still a work in progress, so no pictures just yet!). I am, and probably always will be, a neutral, monochromatic kind of girl, but lately I can't keep from coveting anything and everything cobalt blue! I just love the fresh feel of it especially layered over crisp white walls (which I have plenty of in my house)!

cobalt and white
cobalt and white

Rather than bring in the color with fabrics, I've decided to bring it in with ceramics, glass and china. I love the idea of piling blue and white dishes on the white open shelving in our kitchen. I think it will look great with the white subway tile backdrop. And I can't wait to get my hands on some antique ginger jars such as these:

ginger jars
ginger jars

I mean, seriously, this photo is everything to me. The champagne frames, ivory walls, distressed console table, weathered lamp bases and mounted horns....along with these gorgeous Chinese ginger jars...Love. It. And I also love the fact that it feels collected, which leads you to believe that each one of those jars was purchased on some exotic travel adventure.

ginger jars on table
ginger jars on table

And speaking of fresheing up my home for Spring, we are offering another Online Design Board Promo to help YOU freshen up your home as well! $50 off when you book 1 Online Design Board by April 30th and $125 off when you book 2!

Here is one of our latest designs which we completed for a little girl's room last week. I love a sophisticated little girl's room!

Brooklyn Big Girl Room
Brooklyn Big Girl Room
Brooklyn FP
Brooklyn FP

Our Online Design Boards come complete with:

1. a scaled furniture floor plan

2. a mood board

3. a detailed specifications / shopping list

For more questions or to get started, email us at design@awelldressedhome.com. To see more, visit our Online Design Board Portfolio!

 

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

 

I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete! As I mentioned in "Making His House Our Home," I originally assisted in designing this home 6 years ago when my husband, who was single at the time, elected to build a rustic style home where him and a couple of his roommates would live in "bachelorhood" for the next several years. Little did either one of us know, we would eventually end up getting married and living in the home together!

Soon after we got married we discussed possibly selling the home and building in a neighborhood with a better school district...but because we love the area and do not yet have kids, we decided to stay in the house for the next 3-4 years....I agreed, under one condition of course...that we do a total home make over!

For the last year or so I have been hard at work converting my husband's bachelor pad into a stylish, more sophisticated home for the two of us. Our latest and most substantial project was our kitchen remodel. In my recent post, "A Little Design Inspiration for Your Wednesday," I introduced a few of my ideas and inspiration photos. I have been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets, Absolute Black honed granite counter tops and a backsplash filled with White Carrara marble, similar to this kitchen....

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Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

I am happy to finally have my dream kitchen become a reality! So with no further ado, here are the photos of our kitchen before....

Kitchen Before 5
Kitchen Before 5

Our Kitchen Before

Kitchen 3
Kitchen 3

Our Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before 7
Kitchen Before 7

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

Not only did we paint our cabinets off white, we also added glass uppers to extend the cabinets to the ceiling (of course one of the upper lights went out right before I took the pictures...go figure). I am now on a mission to find the perfect decor for these fun little cabinets. I would love to incorporate the blue-ish turquoise color that used I in the adjacent living room...

We replaced the tiled counter tops with honed Absolute Black granite. I am pleased that I selected honed rather than polished as it gives it a more casual feel...

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Our Kitchen Remodel

The tile backsplash has been replaced with a 1/2" x 1/2" White Carrara marble which is polished, so when the under cabinet lighting hits it just right, it's as if it sparkles!

We removed the stained shutter over the kitchen window and replaced it with a fabric shade which was my Friday night D.I.Y project......I'll tell you more about it later this week!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

As you can see from the before pictures, this bar was about 12" taller before the remodel. We had it dropped to a more comfortable level and added a trash drawer (which I love!), 2 pot and pan drawers and wine storage...which in return added more counter top space. We also added 2 clear glass lantern pendant lights over the serving bar

Kitchen After PS3
Kitchen After PS3

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers...

Kitchen After PS5
Kitchen After PS5

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors...

Kitchen After PS10
Kitchen After PS10

Cabinet Hardware

Thanks for visiting today...I will keep you updated on what I find for the glass uppers...I have a feeling that might turn into a huge project of it's own...!