A Peek Into My Closet

Ever since I laid eyes Carrie Bradshaw's blue walk-in closet, lined with gorgeous gowns and rows of Manolos, I have dreamt of having an organizational clothing oasis of my own. When James Lynn Builders sat down with me to design the layout of our new addition, I asked them to keep stretching the square footage of what would be the closet area. Sure it made for a smaller bathroom, but it is so nice to have space for all of my shoes, clothes, and accessories. 

After checking out different closet units, we decided to do it ourselves. Nate checked out online plans and Youtube videos and figured out how to build all of the shelves by hand. Handy husband? Check.

We decided to keep the shelving a bright white to let the clothing and accessories stand out. To give the closet some contrast we used Target's Devine Color peel and stick wallpaper on the back wall.

Have a Happy Monday!

Cheers!

Painting It New

We have lived in our house for a year this week!  It's crazy how fast time goes.  Our previous house was a 100 year old Dutch Colonial that was a complete gut job.  We spent several years making it a beautiful home and when we finished, we left it to a new family.  So when we were looking for a new home, we knew we didn't want to have any major renovations, but something that we could make our own and put some personality into.

It took us a few months, but we found a lovely home in an awful shade of turquoise.  A year later, we have finally picked paint colors and it is being painted as we speak!  I can't tell you how excited I am to be rid of, what my daughter calls, "Elsa Blue".  And we aren't just having the outside painted, they are doing the majority of the interior as well.

As rooms become finished, I will share pictures, but I thought I would share the paint colors we've chosen first.  If I could paint the whole house Bright White I would, but SOMEBODY (whose name I won't use, but you know who it is because it's my husband) won't let me, so I picked colors as close to white as I could get away with.

Dover White (Sherwin Williams SW 6385) is what we have chosen for the exterior.  Quill (Duron color DCR102) is the color of the foundation, front and back porches. Our shutters and exterior doors will be painted a custom color called Sullivan's Island (part of Sherwin Williams's Carolina Lowcountry collection), but Neibla Azul (SW 9137) is pretty close to Sullivan's Island.  I can't wait for you to see it!

These are our Interior Color choices.  They are all similar, light, and neutral.  I love these colors because they go with any style, any type of furniture, and they are easily adaptable.  If I decide I no longer like the pillows on my sofa or the art on the walls, I can transform the room to look different without the hassle of repainting.  Parts of our house don't get a lot of light, so these colors really make it brighter and more inviting.  We did choose a darker color for the powder room because it's small, has a window and can support a darker color.  I think it will make it feel more cozy instead of the soft lime green it is currently.  These are all Benjamin Moore colors.

Next week, I'll be back with some pictures!

xoxo, Alicia

Our Remodel, Phase 1

Happy Monday! I have been wanting to walk you through our house, but I figure that in order to give you a full understanding of what we have done, you must go through it in phases. You see, The Mr. and I live in his great grandmothers house, and the day I was told that this was happening, I cried. Like, the terror was real. I couldn't see past the 7 foot ceilings, painted paneling, and green linoleum floors. Home keeping is kind of my thing, and finding out that this was what I had to work with, was my Nam. Thankfully, Nate informed me that he wanted to remodel the house before moving in. Whew!

We decided to start from the inside and do a full gut and remodel. It was important for use to open up the space, and we worked with our contractors to figure out how to raise the ceilings and open up all the separated rooms. 

Here are the before pictures:

 This was a sunroom and the screen door leads to the garage. It turned into a bedroom.

This was a sunroom and the screen door leads to the garage. It turned into a bedroom.

 Another view of the sunroom

Another view of the sunroom

 Going from the sunroom into the kitchen.

Going from the sunroom into the kitchen.

 A view into the kitchen.

A view into the kitchen.

 Looking from the kitchen into the dining room

Looking from the kitchen into the dining room

 The very tiny master bedroom. The window by the bed goes into the sunroom.

The very tiny master bedroom. The window by the bed goes into the sunroom.

Okay, so here is the fist phase of remodel we did in 2012. Mind you, we have made quite a few changes since then. I will also include a picture of the outside, even though we did this later.

 The Living Room

The Living Room

 A newer view of the living room with the new window.

A newer view of the living room with the new window.

 The kitchen looking into the living room.

The kitchen looking into the living room.

 The dining room.

The dining room.

 Looking from the den into the kitchen.

Looking from the den into the kitchen.

 A newer picture of the bar with the new limestone counter, paint color, and  Restoration Hardware  barstools.

A newer picture of the bar with the new limestone counter, paint color, and Restoration Hardware barstools.

 Looking from the couch into the office.

Looking from the couch into the office.

 The guest bathroom

The guest bathroom

 This was the original master bedroom remodel. We combined the existing small master bedroom with the sunroom to make a bigger room. With our newest addition finished, this is now a guest room.

This was the original master bedroom remodel. We combined the existing small master bedroom with the sunroom to make a bigger room. With our newest addition finished, this is now a guest room.

XOXO,

Abigail