Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mary's Main Floor Makeover

Not a lot of time for words tonight Chumps (phew, right?)...big week of appointments with lots of you and painting, painting, painting but I wanted you to see this main floor makeover that I have been working on with my wonderful neighbor and friend, Mary. 

 She lives right around the corner from me in a beautiful historic home that once belonged to her husband's parents.  She and Bill had done extensive remodeling of the home years ago and a complete kitchen remodel (and addition) 14 years ago. She was feeling like she wanted to update the spaces on the main level once again but wanted to work with the beautiful elements that were already in place, like the kitchen cabinetry. She called Room for Change and and we made room for some change. :)
Here's the before picture of the east side of the kitchen.
Here's the pic. AFTER we replaced the wall color, backsplash,countertops and hardware.
We chose a porous, tumbled stone in a subway pattern for the perimeter backsplash and accentuated it with a mosaic look above the range.
Below is another angle of the kitchen before:
The walls went from a light taupe grey to a warm tan-buff color that complimented the warmth of the cabinetry.

Sorry that I didn't capture the exact same angle of the room but notice the new perma-stone flooring, granite countertops, sink, faucet and hardware.
Fortunately, they had already switched out their appliances to stainless steel which made the finished look even more sleek and updated.
Here's another peek BEFORE:
Notice how the white knobs really stand out on the cherry cabinet. We made the transition a little more subtle by replacing them with oil rubbed bronze cup pulls.

Love this style faucet. So functional and pretty.

Here's the slab of granite we hand-picked.
We hung neutral, but warm looking grommet style drapes to define the eating nook.

Here's the BEFORE of the nook before the project started:
Sorry about the lighting, but here's the AFTER:  (Mary, why didn't you take these pics)? :)

New brown seat pads for chairs and barstools. New chenille rug with border, new flooring and area rugs. This area used to be carpeted.

Below is the  BEFORE pic. of the formal dining area in the front of the house:
Again..my lighting stinks...grrrrr!!  But here's the AFTER:
New paint color, carpet, new dining table, (which btw, Mary painted all by herself)...new curtains, (which Mary sewed all by herself) and new accessories (which Mary picked out all by herself...with some bossy direction from me). :)
We picked out some fabric to compliment the patterned chair that we selected for the adjacent living room, covering the side dining chairs in houndstooth and the parson's chairs in a cream linen with nailhead trim.

This was an antique sideboard that Mary has had and loves. She did a fabulous job staging it to coordinate with the rest of the dining area.
Here's another BEFORE pic. taken from the dining area into the living room:
Here's the AFTER:

Charcoal walls to match the Ikat patterned chair that we both fell in love with...new furnishings and a more comfortable and functional arrangement for their family and entertaining. AGAIN...BEFORE:


We HAD to have this dark grey sofa with nailhead trim.
And couldn't walk away from ordering this Ikat patterned chair!!
I found this pair of lovelies online.  Great storage pieces and additonal seating for the room.
Personalized wall art of pictures of her family and new matchstick roman shades/blinds for the windows.
There was room for change in her master bedroom as well so we tweaked here and there and came up with this:

New carpet, wall color, lamps, bedding and pillows. We reused the furniture and some wall art.
We concentrated most of our efforts on the main floor but her daughter Simone got to make some changes to her bedroom too. I'll save that post for next time. Till then, Chumps...
Have a great week!
Mary and Billy Boy...I loved working on this with all of you!  Team Centrennial is THE place to be because of people like YOU! Thank you for allowing me to be part of this amazing project. Your beautiful home is truly a reflection of your beautiful hearts!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

"The Changing Room"

"All you need is love...love is all you need"....
'Cause right now I really need a massage. And some dark chocolate. :)

Chumps, how are you??
I am all moved into my new space at Not So Shabby and this post is a shameless plug for you to get your Chump Rumps over there and check it out!
Here's the info:
Not So Shabby
2975 Westshore Drive
Holland, MI
Phone: 616.741.9525
"Like" their page on FB for updates, hours and photos.

Here's some pics of my booth. Some of you already saw some posted to Facebook but humor me, kay?

Ken and I had fun hanging 4x8 faux cedarboard overtop the peg board walls.  I wanted it trimmed out to look like a living room to better stage my items.  The space looks a little bigger but it's actually the same size as my previous booth.
I am having fun being a little more selective about layering texture in the space rather than color. 

This dates me for sure but I remember strapping these babies on and grinding down the driveway clacking and clanging all the way! I've got four pairs in my booth right now. Would be so presh propped on a shelf with greens for Christmas!

Love this antique fan. Almost couldn't part with it but I know one of you Chumps has a perfect spot for it.

Going for more of an organic feel. Rustic moss filled pots would look great on a slender mantle or shelf.

Ohhh, I know I shouldn't even show you this barn door. I've already had people ask for it but I discovered it in my garage and we mounted hooks on it and I think I'll keep it in there for now as a display/staging piece.

I just love these old schoolhouse clocks. Not even sure if this one works but I love the idea of having a wall display of vintage clocks. Any of you chumps that have been in my garage, know what I'm talking about.

This antique drawer with the glass front I bought at Allegan last month.  It looked great filled with fall ghords and small pumpkins.

This white dresser was just brought it and shouldn't last long. A steal for $145!

Black buffet? Wish I had room in my own house to keep it. Bye bye black buffet. Won't last long.

Stack the crates to make a rustic looking bookshelf. Cheap, easy and unique!

Grab my business card when you walk by. It's the card on the paintbrush that looks like a paint swatch.
Are you a Chump in need of some change?
Accepting new clients for home consultations as well.

Still feelin' the love?

Chumps...this storage cabinet is for sale. Am I gonna regret it? Time will tell. If it goes, Ken will have to build me another.

"I'd Still Choose You". That's what that sign says, in case you were wondering. :)

Stop by sometime soon Chumps and let me know what you're looking for. I brought in two more growth chart rulers yesterday and some burlap pillows. I will be movin', shakin' and mixin' things up weekly.
Thanks for your continued support and for feelin' the Zeel with us for these past couple of years. More LOVE to be had on the northside of town now.
Have a good weekend Chumps.