Floral skirt! I think I need one… and we all can use a 10th chambray shirt in our closets. : )
Are you ready to see the worst/best before pics ever? This place… was not so cute in its starting state. BUT, the price was right for the property alone, so if we could use any of the house it would be a bonus! My Dad really likes renovation projects, he feels like they require more creativity and innovation which is deeeefinitely the case with this project. So here’s what we started with… first up the floor plan.
As you can see, this is an old ranch style house… at around 2400 sq. feet this was a really nice and big house when it was built. The owners were a doctor and a nurse, I even found some old glass medicine bottles in the back garage. And now to the glorious photos.
The lovely front door entry. This tiny foyer is just so constricting.
Ah, the sunken living room… why did these exist other than to break ankles? Amelia pretty much loved the swinging barn door into the kitchen shown below.
I feel like this ice blue cabinet color could actually be relevant today, but the old, ugly cabinets and layout have to go.
I’m definitely a fan of the fireplace and plan on keeping it in some capacity… painted brick? Wood planking surround? We shall see!
Probably the ugliest bathroom you’ve ever seen, right? Brown tile?! Please don’t tell me grey tile will look this dated in 40 years. Below are the bedrooms and master bath, all lovely spaces.
Sorry Amelia, Pooh is going buh bye.
I hate that the master bathroom has NO natural light, that has to change.
The laundry room in the garage is a deal breaker. A new design will definitely need to happen to incorporate a laundry room into an air conditioned room.
So there you have it, a brief before summary of the Roseland Project! It’s definitely a lot to think about and a huge design challenge working around an existing structure, old plumbing, block work, etc. Next week I’ll share the updated floor plan design so check back!
There aren’t many newsletter emails I take the time to read, but the ones from Houzz almost always have something interesting that takes me to their site. A few weeks ago I was enticed to browse through the images of this Lake Wisconsin house designed by de[luxe] design studio. Love the woods, planking, white and neutrals, as always. : )
Well… I’ve been MIA lately due to several factors.
My parents live in a small section of our town, I guess technically it is its own town, but it’s part of Sebastian? Anyway, it’s called Roseland and it’s just outside the city limits. I lived in the house my parents’ still live in since I was 4 years old until I went to college. I loved living on almost 1.5 acres in a unique spot. I love our house in Sebastian that my Dad built but have always wanted to find a place in Roseland.
I had been noticing a house around the corner from my parents’ for awhile and asked my Dad about it since it looked vacant. He did some investigating and tracked down the owner whose aunt previously owned it and willed it to him. He was in the middle of some health issues so he said to get back with him in a few months. Fast forward and after talking with my Dad, he decided to sell the 2.6 acres and very run down home to my Dad for a great deal. My Dad is a general contract so he knew it would take quite a bit to fix it up to our liking but the deal of the land was too good to pass up. My parents purchased the property with the intent of co-designing and fixing it up and subsequently selling it to us once it’s complete.
Sooooo, there you go! The house is currently down to the studs and my Dad’s crew works on it between the other busy jobs he has going. There isn’t a huge rush or timeline, but we hope to move into it this fall/winter. As for our current house, we have it For Sale by Owner on Zillow just to see what happens. We’ve had some interest and have showed it a few times but no formal offers yet (although they have all requested to hire me as their designer, should I take that as a sign to start up a full service design business?)
I’m going to document the renovation process on here in between regular posts, so if you’re interested check back often! : )
I saw this cutie heart dress and knew it’d be the perfect piece for a What to Wear Wednesday post. I love wearing blazers over a dress with a narrow cute belt. You could even add tights to this ensemble. Sure it’s a little cliche with a love purse and heart ring, but that goes right along with the Valentine’s Day theme, right? : )
While my faaavorite thing ever is being a mama to my sweet little girls, every once in awhile I jones for an uninterrupted dinner with people who don’t ask for chocolate milk refills in the middle of the meal. I saw these photos (by Lauren Rae Photography) on The Perfect Palette and thought what a fab Valentine’s Day themed dinner party this little set up would make. Make sure to check out the original blog post for the credits and way more photos. Cue the champagne!
If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I did a little too much shopping this week. I found some cute stuff at Homegoods, Target, TJ Maxx and Bealls Outlet. I tell myself that it’s ok to buy things from these stores since everything is such a bargain. Nothing in the first pic was more than $7.99!
The Pantone color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid… at first I wasn’t as crazy about it as I was for last year’s color, emerald green. I’ve seen lots of purple weddings as a photographer and it is usually one of my least favorite detail colors. However, I started thinking how it could be incorporated in a classic way and the solution was to mix in lots of white, green and a wine/burgundy color. Use it for a garden wedding and this could be the result!
New Years Eve is always such a sparkly holiday… in my mind I will be attending a glitzy cocktail party in a gold glitter dress never without a glass of champagne in my hand. In reality, I will most likely be cuddling my sweet babies and hubby at home… perhaps with champagne still in hand. : ) I love all of these New Years Eve party ideas and inspiration photos. Maybe next year we’ll get glammed up and hit the town… maybe.
Image by Vitalic Photo