Happy Friday sweet friends! Did you get a chance to see my kitchen makeover? So many of you left the absolute loveliest comments and I just want to thank you for all of your encouraging and positive feedback. One thing that came out of that blog post was that most of you thought the counters and backsplash look just fine (some of you even thought they were new!) and it was just the reassurance I needed to feel confident in our decision to wait a bit longer before we update them.
*I’m so excited to be sharing our kitchen makeover with you today!*
We had our kitchen cabinets painted in June. In JUNE!! And here we are in February and I’m just now sharing them with you.
I had every intention of doing a full reveal, honestly I did. But, then we had the opportunity to have new flooring installed and we decided to wait until that was done and then there was so much craziness with the release of our book and then the floors were put in and then it was Thanksgiving and then it was Christmas and then it was January and I was just too tired to take photos plus it was super gloomy and dark which makes it really hard to get good shots and all I wanted to do was curl up and take a nap.
How’s that for honesty?
But then, last Friday, I woke up to birds chirping and the sun shining and decided, “This is the day!” So off to Trader Joe’s I went for some flowers and then home to click, click, click my camera and today I’m so thrilled to finally be showing you our kitchen makeover!
You guys…if you aren’t apart of a local home furnishings/decor Facebook group you NEED to find one like yesterday! Seriously, I don’t know what I did before I was invited to be in one. Why am I telling you this? Well, that group was what made it possible for me to get my new kitchen table and chairs.
You see, we had a perfectly acceptable dining set in here already. We’d had it for a number of years and there was nothing really wrong with it except that once we had the kitchen cabinets painted and the new flooring put in, suddenly the wood tone of the table went way more orange-y than it had ever looked before. But I didn’t feel like I could really justify buying a new set. And honestly, I had no desire to try and strip it down and refinish it. I was tired. My husband was tired. And we just weren’t up for one.more.project.
So, I decided that I would try and sell our old set in the awesome FB group and only spend that amount plus a little bit more that I had squirreled away.
Does anyone else feel like Valentine’s Day was created just to help break up the dreary winter? I always think of it as a mile marker along the way to Spring and today I have some fantastic Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day ideas to help make the holiday extra special for the ones you love.
If you are planning on staying in, why not make something sweet for your sweetheart. These recipes are so easy!
Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com and I’m stuck indoors these days due to the frigid temps, how about you? I thought it would be a perfect time to show you some of my “Window Treatment Ideas”. I warn you though, some of my window treatments are a little outside of the box, or should I say “off the window”?
First, let me explain that I am actually not a big fan of window treatments for a couple reasons. As we all know window treatments are extremely expensive, difficult to install, and attract dust. In addition, if you have a beautiful view, they block it and the sunlight that comes with it. Let’s face it though, we need privacy, and we need to be able to block the light if we don’t get up at the crack of dawn, or if we enjoy taking naps-like me.
I am lucky enough to not have to worry too much about privacy because of the distance between our homes and the privacy the trees give. However, I am not a morning person, so I need to block the light. Let’s get started and I’ll show you what I’ve done to solve these issues…
*I’m so excited to be revealing my new door from Window World today!*
Well my friends, never did I think that the thing which would delay my revealing our new back door to you would be the seemingly endless snow and ice that hit us here in the Pacific Northwest all throughout this past month. I mean, we enjoyed it…mostly. But after the umpteenth snow day and a general sense of never actually getting back into our routine after Christmas I am more than ready to have my kiddos finally back in school every day of the week and life returning to normal…even though things never are too normal around here.
Before I reveal my new door, let’s take a look back at the old one.
*I have some very simple winter decorating ideas for you today*
Well, the gift I gave to myself when I decorated the house for Christmas is really paying off! This was by far the easiest tear-down I’ve ever had as basically I only had to remove the big trees and the garland on the staircase. I seriously feel like I’m winning at this post-Christmas getting the house back to normal stuff!
The best part is that I didn’t have to do a bunch of redecorating. My brain feels so fried lately as we make the adjustment back to our regularly scheduled programming that having to try to decorate a mantel for winter would have most likely meant that said mantel would have been bare until spring.
BUT, since I went into December intentionally decorating with less of a ‘Christmas’ mindset and more of a ‘winter’ mindset, I didn’t have to even give it a second thought!
I’ve been using touches of green in my home for three years now. It started with this vintage writing desk I stumbled upon at one of my favorite second hand stores….
*I’m so thrilled to be sharing my family room Shaw Floors makeover with you today*
Can we just all agree that home renovation and decorating TV shows have given us such a false sense of reality? These so-called reality shows are anything but.
They’ve created this illusion that we can all just wipe the slate clean in our homes and start from scratch. And it will all be done in 2 1/2 days right down to adding the last accessory. But, the real reality is that when most of us are making improvements to our homes, we have so many different factors to consider, not the least of which are budget and time constraints. And what seems to really be lacking in these shows is anyone who has to think about how the new will match up with the old. Because, let’s face it, the majority of the time we don’t have the luxury of simply starting over. Most of us have to take into consideration how a newly renovated space will blend into our other spaces.
This is exactly what I encountered when it came to making flooring decisions recently. You see, I’ve partnered with the amazing folks at Shaw Floors to try out one of their incredible new flooring lines (jackpot right?!) and as I was going through the selection process I was even more aware of the fact that I couldn’t simply choose what I loved or what was trendy. I had to take into consideration my entire home; it’s style and it’s existing flooring.