Building, Design, Shopping

Make the best of what you have! Key tips to getting your house furnished.

If you are moving into a new space (whether it be a house or apartment) it can be overwhelming to think about furnishing the new space. I have learned a few key things in getting ready to decorate our new house and wanted to share them with you.

Key tips to getting your house furnished

1) Salvage something old and make it new with a little work and paint. Look at what you own now (or perhaps something stored in your parents attic!) and think about what you would want it to be. Whether you want to take on a project yourself or find someone local to refurbish a piece of furniture it could change the look and feel of something you already own. If you end up finding someone to do it shop around and get a few bids- its important to find someone who gets your style/ taste and you have confidence in the finished product. If you take it on yourself, do your research before diving in. Between Pinterest, Houzz and Design Magazines there are plenty of guides out there to get you started.

2) Sell what you don’t need! Whether it be on eBay, Craigslist or posting around your neighborhood selling furniture is a great way to create more cash for purchasing the pieces you really want. Make sure your price it well- higher than the lowest price you are willing to go but low enough to make it move. I recommend Craigslist as it helps to find buyers near you and allows for an easier process of pick up for your larger furniture items.

Both of these tips are one’s that we are using for our own house. Yesterday we dropped off two dressers to be refurbished that Jarret’s parents have had in their basement for a few years. They are both well made and with a little paint and some new hardware they will be the perfect pieces for one of our Guest Rooms. Instead of spending close to $1,000 for two dressers we will probably come out of this paying around $400 for two refurbished dressers that are painted in our ideal color and have the hardware we selected. For these dressers, we are going bold and selected a deep blue/ navy to go with the quilt and shams I bought this summer. We are working with Neatly Nested Decor in South Boston– Danielle (the owner) is amazing to work with (and her store is a must visit). These dressers will be the first of a few pieces I have her work on for the house.
Here is a little peak below…finished product to come in a few weeks! In the meantime, check out the inspiration for these dressers on my pinterest page and below

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Building, Design

House Update 2/23/2014- Walls are up!

I know I keep saying this every week, but it is really starting to feel like a house. This week they got all of the blue board up. Now they can start the plastering, trim and paint and right behind that is the cabinet installation. Jarret and I won’t be down till a week from Tuesday to check out the progress but that additional wait time will give us a lot more to see.
In heading to the house this weekend we prepared ourselves for the rooms to feel smaller than expected. Our contractor warned us that during the point of the blue board the rooms can feel smaller. Good news is, it didn’t feel small at all! Maybe it was just that we were so excited to see something other than the framing but we felt really good about the space in each room. Looking forward to seeing our paint selections come to life in the next week!

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Great Room
Great Room

Kitchen & Eating Area
Kitchen & Eating Area
Dining room
Dining room
Guest Bath
Guest Bath
Office
Office
Guest Bedroom
Guest Bedroom
Upstairs Hallway
Upstairs Hallway
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Master Shower
Master Shower
Master bathroom
Master bathroom
Building, Design

Final paint selection and My Tips for selecting paint colors

Selecting your paint colors for an entire house can be overwhelming! We took it one room/ one paint at a time and narrowed down to our final choices this weekend. It was important to keep consistency of the color palette throughout the house. While we wanted variation in color you want all of the colors to work back to each other. After working through this process I have put together some key tips on how to work through selecting Paint Colors.

Tips for Selecting Paint Colors
1) Buy the test paint and try it out. Looking at swatches online and in person helps but until you actually see it on a board to test it you don’t really see the full color (use 2 coats when testing).
2) Look at your test boards in the daylight in the rooms you are going to paint. Lighting is key, if you look at it in a different room or with different lighting it can change the look and feel of the color.
3) Use different design elements and swatches to help you narrow down your choices. Grey is so popular but there are so many different shades of grey to choose from. It helped us by having our cabinet samples, countertop, trim color and sectional fabric to narrow down on the right shade of grey for our interior.
4) Use the paint brand website. Fortunately our builders only use Benjamin Moore– their site is so helpful in providing recommendations and narrowing down the options (there are 1,000’s!)

These tips helped us narrow down the color wheel and land on what we think is a strong selection of colors that will help our house become a home!

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Master Bedroom Decorating- Duvet Cover

You may remember I was debating over a few different options for our duvet cover in the Master Bedroom. I ended up finding one of our top choices on Rue La La the other week and made the purchase. This Mataveri Collection duvet cover from Bliss Living will work perfectly for the overall design in the master bedroom. I love the different shades of blue and the grey color, it will work back well to our paint selection in the bedroom and bath. I am going to have fun adding decorative pillows and a quilt to this bed. I should get it in the mail in the next few days- at which point I will be on the hunt for the different pieces to pull this bed together. More to come this week on ideas for our bedroom design!

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Building, Design

House Update 2/17/2014

Countdown is on- we are at about 8-weeks till move in. Things continue to move fast. Right now the insulation is complete, inspection is complete and they started putting up the Blue Board today. We are on track to plaster this week- after plaster comes the garage doors, painting and then before you know it cabinet insulation!

Here are a few quick images from the house this weekend…with the 8-weeks out time to get shopping and start ordering our furniture!

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Building, Design, Shopping

Kitchen Table Lighting Fixture

In having a lot of time to shop around for different items in the house it allows you to find pieces that will have a certain memory each time you look at them. The lighting fixture we selected for our Kitchen Table does just that. Prior to the Christmas Holiday we went away to Nantucket a weekend with some of our best friends. On that trip we visited Freedman’s of Nantucket– a store that we love and often have success in finding something to buy (it is not hard as there are great clocks, candle holders and other unique pieces). We found this nickel pendant that has a nautical inspiration. I think this will go well with the other pendant lamps over the island and certainly help set the tone for the table, chairs and rug we select for the kitchen area.

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Building, Design

House Update – 2/10/2014

Progress happens very quickly once the inside of the house starts getting the needed focus (and is ready for it). In less than 3-days most of the insulation is up and we should be ready for the 2nd to last inspection this week. After the insulation comes the blue board, plaster, walls and paint! Couldn’t be MORE excited to see the walls up as it will really start feeling like a home (and be a little warmer to walk thru). Here are some updates from this weekend- siding is nearly complete and now that it is almost done we couldn’t be happier with the color.

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