Monday, March 21, 2011

My distraction

I've had a stomach bug for the past couple of days. So while in bed sipping gatorade, I've been trying to distract myself from body aches when I couldn't get any sleep. My sweet husband has been taking such great care of me. After spending all day on blogs, facebook, and online stores (not buying a thing), I was running out of things to do for distraction and so Patrick rented me Life As We Know It. The movie itself was okay, but I found myself being way more distracted by this...

Beautiful colonial in Atlanta, GA used in the film
and while I'm showing you the exterior, let me show you the back of the house as well.

Who else is ready to move in?
Here is what I have learned about this house. It actually exists in Atlanta, GA (my home state) and was on the market back in October for around 1.7 million. The house was built in 1945 and renovated in 1995. I'm not sure if it has sold or not. Also, while the exterior shots were used in the movie, the interior shots for the movie were all man-made movie sets. However, they did use some of the architecture from the interior of the real home to inspire the shots for the movie. For example, the ceiling you see in the living room of the movie set is the ceiling you will find in this 5 bedroom home.

While I have obviously mentioned that the exterior of the house is gorgeous, I also found the interior (from the movie, of course) to be equally jaw dropping. I have hunted down a few pictures for you so you can be impressed as well.

The kitchen
The heart of every home... the kitchen... was beautiful and white (it made me smile). I was definitely distracted when this room was on the screen. I couldn't tell you what was going on with the characters. I was seeing black counters, white cabinetry with glass, extended storage above the upper cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a gas range, an island with bar style seating, dark wood floors, and pendant lights. Am I going overboard again? Sorry...

More of those dark wood floors.
Every room looked like it could be in pottery barn magazine. It had a very rustic traditional vibe that I love. I wanted to jump into the set and live there.

More of that stone fireplace. I loved the mantle.
Oh, the baby was cute and distracting as well. I mean, just look at the face she is making in the picture above. Too cute.

Well, I am sorry that I don't have more of my own material to share with you. I was hoping that the project for March would be finished by now, but it will have to wait. This bug has sucked the energy right out of me. Stay healthy out there!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bathroom inspiration

I am loving what Chris at Just a Girl has done to her bathroom for her two kids. I am truly inspired. There is hope for little bathrooms with no windows after all! Go take a look here.

Our little hall bath...
Just realized I don't have very many pictures of this bathroom. I took this one because of my current project. That is why there is a random chair in the photo. I was using it as a ladder. Well, hope you enjoyed looking at Chris's work because I don't have anything to show you.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dining room dreaming

I've been thinking a lot lately about our dining room. A little internet searching has brought some inspiration. You may remember this table I posted about a while back here. I've been looking for rooms with similar tables. This way I can see what I would do if I actually had a table that looked like the one I found but couldn't purchase. This is what I have so far.

A table from Pottery Barn
Another farmhouse table.
More modern with these chairs.
Yet another with modern chairs.
Simple
I like the mismatched white chairs with this one.
I also like this one with all white.
This is another dark table with white chars.
I also haven't ruled out working with what I currently have. Of course it is the most economical option. It would most likely involve lots of sanding, painting/staining, chair hunting, and more sanding/painting. Here is a reminder of our current table.


Of course this picture was taken before I refinished our chandelier. The table isn't bad. I would just need to work on it. The pictures have helped me get an idea of what I'd do though. We'll see how it pans out.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Sneak Peek

I haven't been parking in the garage for the past week. This is why.


Oh, people haven't been using our hall bathroom either. Finishing the trim upstairs is the focus at the moment. I know you are sick of hearing about it. I am too. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cabinet Hardware

I bought new hardware for the kitchen cabinets a few days ago and some of it arrived yesterday while I was at work. So there I was sipping my coffee this morning when I thought... "why not?"  I abandoned my coffee on the kitchen table and got to work.

This is what I was staring at while I drank my coffee.
The result.
After I finished this small transformation I got to thinking about the current hardware on our cabinets. It's a little strange and very tarnished. Here is a close up of one.

yuck
I'm not really sure what the extra base piece is for. I wondered if it was even necessary. So I re-heated my coffee, the sipping continued, I looked at what I'd done and pondered a little bit more. A few seconds later I was at it again.

The object of my pondering.
The result.
Do you see the difference? I should have taken those things off months ago. I'll show you a close up.

Before
After.
So then I thought a little about spray paint. I've done some fun stuff with that before. Maybe the current hardware isn't so bad after all. Don't worry, I didn't jump into that project right away. I'm now trying to decide if I like what I have or if I like this better.

Keep in mind, the cabinets will be painted eventually.
More pictures of the new stuff.
I think that the new hardware is pretty and I got a good deal on it. I'm just trying to keep this kitchen transformation budget to a minimum. I would also be very worried that spray painted hardware would not hold up and if I stick with my new hardware then I don't have to worry about it. I will say this though... Those little base pieces to the current hardware are going bye bye. I wasn't planning to use the new hardware until the cabinets are painted. I just couldn't resist playing with it.

Okay... time to re-heat the coffee again.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Paint Samples

I had Patrick go with me to Lowes last night so that we could buy three samples of paint to try out on the walls. Sometimes those little color swatches aren't good enough. We purchased samples sold by Olympic. They are approximately 8oz each which is plenty to put up test squares.

About $2.50 each
So here are the paint colors up on the walls. I painted the test squares in 5 different places throughout the main living areas of the house. I want to be able to look at the paint in different lighting. It is interesting how paint colors will look in natural versus artificial light. Oh, just so you know, I feathered out the edges of each square so that they will cover up nicely when the right color is picked.

next to the door leading into the kitchen

They are in the following order from top to bottom, swoosh by Valspar (color matched to Olympic), ashen, and stonington (both Olympic).

The end of the upstairs hallway.
When the lady at Lowes placed the cans in front of us with the little dots on top, Patrick looked at me and said, "They're all the same." Now I find that funny because these colors are so different from each other. However, they can look the same when all you have is a little dot of it to look at and compare. I am thinking that swoosh is in fact too green. Ashen and Stonington are just different. They're both pretty, but they're not in the same color family. For now, we are just going to live with these colors and see which one comes out as the winner. I have my favorite though. Do you?