Month: November 2014

Front Door Mini-Makeover {Plans & a Mockup}

I love decorating with a touch of drama.  That doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be bold, just something that catches your eye and makes a statement.  I try to add something interesting to every room in my home, which I think is why my front door has always bothered me.  It’s rather….well…plain!  Years ago when the house was painted, the door was painted to match the trim.  Simple?  Yes.  But interesting? No.  See what I mean?!

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So, it’s time for the front door to get a mini-makeover.  To start, it needs a fresh coat of paint.  I’ve thought about using a beautiful color but truthfully, I want something that is a bit more timeless and classic in keeping with the rest of my home’s exterior and so I’ve decided to go with classic black.  I love how a black door makes a statement without overpowering the space.

Black Front Door with Lanterns

 

I think black doors are particularly stunning when they tie in with the trim or other accents on the house.

{via For the Love of a House}
{via For the Love of a House}

 

My home, however, doesn’t have shutters and I can’t afford to paint any other part of the house at this time, so the black door will be standalone, much like these:

{via Blink of My Eye}
{via Blink of My Eye}
{via Pinterest}
{via Pinterest}

 

While oil rubbed bronze hardware doesn’t really show up on a black door {and truthfully, brass on a black door is my favorite}, I’m not currently in a position where I want to change it or paint it, so I’m going to leave it as-is and live with the look for a while.  I do think that our plain paneled door needs a bit more detail, though, and so plan to add a door knocker and some house numbers.

 

One of my favorite door knockers is actually on Etsy, but I’m not sure about the color and I don’t know that I want to spray it to match my existing door hardware.  What I love about this brass beauty, though, is that it features a classic lion head design but is framed in a beautifully detailed oval shape.

{via JoeBlake on Etsy}
{via JoeBlake on Etsy}

 

Instead, I might just go with a simple design like this one from Lowes.

{via Lowes}
{via Lowes}

 

 

Given that I live in a tract home and all of the houses on my street look the same, people sometimes get confused and show up at the wrong house {even though there are house numbers on the mailbox}.  So, I thought adding the house number to the front door might clear things up a bit!  I don’t really want to add anything three dimensional and so am looking instead at some vinyl decals like this one from Etsy.

{via Welcoming Walls on Etsy}
{via Welcoming Walls on Etsy}

 

 

Just to make sure I’d like the look before I start painting, I did a little mockup in Photoshop.  {Please forgive the appearance – I really only know the basics in Photoshop and so did my best!}  As you can see, I changed the door to black, added a knocker, and added some vinyl house numbers.  I might also paint my existing planter and move it from the far side of the porch to be near the door and help tie the look together.  It looks better already!

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Provided that the weather holds and that the kids are occupied, this is what I’ll be doing this weekend!  Somehow, I think Photoshopping it will be easier than actually painting it, but I’m going to give it my best.  :)

 

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Crushing On: Gold Desk Accessories

For me, creating a space that is functional AND beautiful helps to keep me inspired and feeling creative.  My “desk” area where I blog isn’t currently either of those things, but this space will soon be changing and over the weekend, I took the first step toward creating a more beautiful work environment.  It’s all about gold and it’s all about glamor!

The other night, Hubby and I went on a date, which sadly, is a rare thing for us!  We started off with a trip to Lowes to pick out the last of our bathroom fixtures for our remodel.  I know…it’s not a romantic destination, but browsing the bath aisle and talking to the sales people without kids whining and fighting was truly a joy.  We also went to dinner and a movie and then had a late-night run to Target to get holiday shopping ideas.  While there, I bought a little something for myself.  Something I’ve wanted for a long time and since it’s practical and necessary, I decided it was finally time.  Yes, I finally bought the Nate Berkus gold scissors that I’ve been crushing on.  Somehow, I feel just a bit more glamorous when I’m using gold scissors.

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A new pair of scissors is a really big deal to me.  Sadly, all of our pairs of scissors just seem to wander off and never return.  And the ones that do make it back to the drawer are always covered in Gogurt and Otterpop goo from the kids showing me their independence and getting their own snacks.  I once tried to hide a pair of scissors so that they would stay nice and just be mine for crafting, but Hubby found those and they turned sticky, too!  But the gold pair – those are mine…all mine.  So what did I do with my new pair of scissors?  Took glamor shots, of course!  Isn’t that what everyone does with scissors?!

I used them to trim some stock for my ironstone sugar pot…

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…and I love they way my new scissors look with my other desk accessories!

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I’ve had my eye on a couple of other cute, chic, and stylish accessories and pulled together a few of my favorites to share with you.

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{Gold ShearsTape DispenserDouble TrayPaper ClipsPencil CupChevron TraySeahorse Magnifying Glass}

 

 

Do you find that you work better when your work space is pretty?

 

 

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6 Ways to Give New Life to Old Ceilings

Have you ever stumbled upon one of those home pictures that has amazing ceilings and you literally have to pause to take it all in?  We would probably all love to have an architecturally interesting home, but for many of us, our homes come equipped with builder grade square walls and 8ft tall ceilings.  And that’s fine!  The building itself isn’t what makes a house a home, nonetheless, it sure is fun when you can dress it up a bit.

Ceilings are often overlooked in a room because they aren’t usually in our direct line of sight.  After all, most people don’t walk around looking straight up!  But we give so much thought and attention to the floor materials that we choose, the wall color, the furnishings, window coverings, etc., isn’t it odd then that we don’t often give any thought to the ceiling?  If you’re building your home from the ground up or doing a complete remodel, then you have the ability to incorporate ceiling design into your plans.  But even those of us that aren’t can still update our ceilings to give them a custom look.

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1. Paint

Paint is an easy and inexpensive way to instantly update the look of a ceiling.  In general, if you want your ceilings to feel taller, choose a lighter color.  If you want them to feel lower {ideal for vaulted spaces that need a more intimate feel}, choose a darker color. When using color on your ceiling, try using a paint color that is a few shades lighter {or darker, depending on your desired look} than what is on your walls to create a cohesive feel.  Even if you prefer plain white ceilings, there are so many shades of white available and sometimes, just changing the shade can give the room an entirely new look!

{Here the ceiling has been painted a few shades darker than the walls to create a cozy feeling.  Image via Interior Homescapes}
{Here the ceiling has been painted a few shades darker than the walls to create a cozy feeling. Image via Interior Homescapes}

 

2. Wallpaper

You can bring pattern, color, and texture to the ceiling with the addition of wallpaper.  As a general rule, larger-scaled patterns work better in large spaces and smaller patterns in small spaces.  Also, if you want to draw attention to a particular feature on the ceiling {such as a skylight or beam}, consider a bold pattern.  If you want the ceiling to feel brighter, airier, and higher, look for a lighter pattern {both color and print}.  If your ceiling is at all sagging or irregular, though, avoid geometrics like stripes that will accentuate irregularities and instead, look for solid colors or organic patterns.

{The pattern used on the ceiliing adds visual interest while maintining the room's open and airy feel. Source}
{The pattern used on the ceiling adds visual interest while maintaining the room’s open and airy feel. Source}
{The ceiling takes center stage in this room with a bold color and pattern!  Image via Bravo Interior Design}
{The ceiling takes center stage in this room with a bold color and pattern! Image via Bravo Interior Design}

 

3. Tin Tiles

Older homes or homes with an old world feel can benefit greatly from the look of tin tiles.  Actually, they are not tiles at all, but rather metal panels that are about 2ftx4ft and can be left natural or painted.  If you opt for a tin ceiling, though, be sure that your space has lots of sound absorbent materials like carpet, window treatments, and upholstered furniture, so as to avoid creating a hollow sounding space that echoes.

{Brooke Giannetti's kitchen ceiling has so much character with its tin tiles.}
{Brooke Giannetti’s kitchen ceiling has so much character with its tin tiles.}

 

 

4. Beadboard

While beadboard might seem like a choice for a cottage style home, it is actually quite versatile and fits well in many different styles of homes.  It has has a very clean and timeless look so it can transition with your home as your style and/or color palette changes.  Beadboard is also a great option if you have popcorn ceilings as it will instantly update the look without hours and hours of painful scrapping required!  Typically, beadboard on the ceiling is run in the same direction as the flooring so as to create continuity.  The exception is if your ceiling as a beam, in which case try running the beadboard perpendicular to the beam.

{Traci's mudroom from Beneath My Heart has such a charming and cozy feel to it!}
{Traci’s mudroom from Beneath My Heart has such a charming and cozy feel to it!}

 

 

5. Coffered Ceiling {sometimes called Box Beam Ceiling}

Coffered ceilings are a great way to add dimension to a room.  If you have ceilings taller than 8ft., you can use more architecturally detailed grids that create deeper boxes.  For standard 8ft. ceilings, consider using 2×4’s so that you capture the desired look without sacrificing head room.  Color options are limitless, but traditionally, the entire ceiling is either painted white or stained a wood tone, or the rececessed boxes are painted in a color while the beams remain white.

{A tall ceiling allows for extra architectural detail and dimension.  Source}
{A tall ceiling allows for extra architectural detail and dimension. Source}
{via Veranda}
{via Veranda}

 

6. Wood Beams

Just because your house wasn’t built with exposed beams doesn’t mean that you can’t have them.   Many homes with a vaulted ceiling have one central beam running down the center, but adding a few additional beams to the ceiling can make a dramatic difference.  You can also add beams to a flat ceiling for a cozy look.  You can install read wood beams, but that can be pricey.  You can also DIY beams or you can purchase faux wood beams.  Faux  “beams” are made from polyurethane, making them lightweight and easy to work with.  They can be painted or stained and come in a variety of wood grains and styles.

Wood Beams in Bedroom

{via Cape Cod Designs}
{via Cape Cod Designs}

 

 

Even though the ceiling is rarely a room’s focal point, it is still am important feature of the home and can benefit from a bit of detail and/or color.  A few updates can easily breath new life into your old ceilings and give them a custom look!

 
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