Thursday, January 21, 2016

Value in Cohesion

You know by now that I am not afraid to paint anything in my house. 

Some people shy away from painting wood trim and cabinets in their home because of perceived value.   
  • Oak does not have more value in my opinion.  It's kind of old hat and tired.  Now if you still LOVE oak, then by all means keep it unpainted.  But if you don't LOVE it, don't surround yourself with it just because someone who *might* buy your house in the future *might* like it. 
  • As a former kitchen designer, I helped many clients remove their worn out oak and replace it with a variety of wood species in a variety of finishes. 
  • If you are going to paint, DO A GOOD JOB! Prep properly, use good products, and paint neatly.

To me it is NOT valuable to have white baseboards, white case moldings around most doors, white doors, and a few random natural wood casings and sills.  

I would rather all the woodwork be more consistent. The wood sills and door casings in my living room were standing out..and not in a good way. 

Take a look for yourself…

White baseboards, wood sills, wood outlet plates
White baseboards, wood sills, wood casing, white outlet plates

There it is. White baseboards and oak sills and oak door casing in all it's un-cohesive glory. One of the first projects to tackle at our new home was to paint the oak trim white. 

Keep in mind, my vision for the space is to have a neutral black/white/gray background and let my furniture and accessories have pops of color. That means the gray walls, white curtains, and black curtain rods I have in mind will look MUCH better with the trim painted white. :)   

Here's a sneak peek at what the oak wood trim looks like in white with gray walls. 
Ahh…much, much better! 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Picking Paint Colors

I tried to reinvent the wheel.

We recently moved in to our new home and we are excited to paint to add our personal preference and design style. 


So I perused the internet and design blogs making notes of popular gray colors.

I purchased and sampled SIX designer grays.

BUT I compared everything to my beloved mountain home color choice - Behr Classic Silver.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Before Pictures

Here's a look at a few of the rooms the day we got our keys!

The floor plan is amazing. Here are a few of our favorite things about this house: 
  • breathtaking views
  • tall walls
  • vaulted ceilings
  • brick fireplace
  • granite countertops
  • dark wood floors
  • tons of storage

I've added before pictures and the "to do lists" associated with each room to the tab at the top called "Home Tour". 

Basically I can sum up my to do list with one word…PAINT! I have a lot of painting in my future. We plan on painting all of the walls, trim, doors, and kitchen cabinets.  We will also change out the brass door hardware and most of the light fixtures. We are thoroughly enjoying living in this house just the way it is and will slowly start tackling that list. One room at a time… 


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mountains and Valleys

A year ago, our life looked very different than it does today.  We were living in a home we loved in a mountain community we loved, but my husband's commute of just over an hour each way to the valley was taking a toll on not just him - but on myself and the boys.  We needed more time with daddy home…time that he wasn't exhausted and trying to catch up on sleep. After a weekend away together, we decided it was time to make some changes.  Up went the for sale sign and the beginning of our new journey.

our home in the mountains

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