Building, Design

Plaster complete- trim in progress!

Sometimes waiting an extra few days to check out the house is worth it. We went by today and the progress was huge- plaster complete, interior doors are in, trim in progress and wainscoting almost complete! Here is a quick look – more to come later this week.

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Sunday project

Our weekends are pretty much filled with house stuff these days. It’s exciting as it means the countdown is on and hopefully our prep will make our move(s) that much easier.
For this weekend we picked up a few paint samples to get a better idea of colors. While we couldn’t get our top choices (they were sold out) seeing colors close to what we are looking for really help you understand how light/ dark you want to go.
Here was my project for tonight- a little arts and crafts! Now that we have a few paint options on the board we can look at these against our color wheel to narrow in and make decisions. More details to come this week….

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Building, Design

And it begins…picking out paint colors

We have a few weeks before we have to submit our final paint colors. Benjamin Moore’s website has been my best friend this weekend. Working
to narrow this color wheel done and add in a few other options…while trying to keep the general color palette of the house cohesive. More work to be done- but getting there.

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Building, Design, Shopping

Shopping trip to IKEA

Over the weekend we did some shopping and browsing.  As I mentioned last week one of the places we wanted to go was IKEA to check out their cabinet hardware.  I think this may have been my first time in an IKEA…we went to the store in Avon, MA- it is huge!  I was most impressed with their lower level that had smaller items to purchase.  We had a lot of success with cabinet hardware and bathroom fixtures and plan on making a big trip later this spring to pick up lots of odds and ends.  We also now have our final count for all of our cabinet hardware (50+ pieces needed in total!) and based on what we saw and purchased as some options at IKEA we will be heading back there to make the remaining purchases (and the prices is perfect considering we have to buy so many).  Here are some of our finds and purchases:

Perfect storage solution for the Office
Perfect storage solution for the Office
Love this color option for the Nursery- yes the Nursery, more to come on that update!
Love this color option for the Nursery- yes the Nursery, more to come on that update!
Storage solution for the basement
Storage solution for the basement
Knob option for the Master Bath
Knob option for the Master Bath
Handle option for the master bath
Handle option for the master bath
Handle for our Kitchen Cabinets- cabinet color similiar to our island
Handle for our Kitchen Cabinets- cabinet color similiar to our island
Handle for our Kitchen Cabinets- cabinet color similiar to our perimeter cabinets
Handle for our Kitchen Cabinets- cabinet color similiar to our perimeter cabinets
Close-up kitchen hardware top choice!
Close-up kitchen hardware top choice!
Chrome Handle (far top left) option for our guest bath
Chrome Handle (far top left) option for our guest bath
Purchased this tilt mirror for our Guest Bath- a steal at $49!
Purchased this tilt mirror for our Guest Bath- a steal at $49!
Building, Design, Shopping

Havenly Special Price!

Thanks to our friends at Havenly!  All of our readers have a great opportunity to use a special promotion price and start decorating with the talented team at Havenly.

All you have to do is- go to their site and enter the code CHANCE when checking out- you will then received the promotion price of $69 (versus the standard price of $89).

Great reason to get that room redecorated before the Holidays, if you haven’t started yet- start today!  Thanks again to Havenly!

xo Kris

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Have you heard of Havenly?

I love how Social Media can quickly spread the word about something new and great.  A good friend of mine shared the link for a new website and design service called Havenly.  I spent some time on their site last night.  Essentially Havenly offers remote/ online design services for any sized design project at a flat rate.  I am a big fan of supporting smart startups that have a great new idea and I think Havenly does exactly that for the design world.  Their blog also has some great design inspiration – and I will be adding it to my weekly blog reading!

If you are stuck on a design project and need some help, looks like Havenly can offer great advice in an easy way.  Looking forward to seeing how this brand develops!

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Top 14 places to shop for your home (and counting…)

Have I mentioned that I love shopping?  But as much as I love it, we are on a major break from shopping in order to save and get ready to furnish our house.  In less than 4-months I will be ready to purchase and fill our house with old and new pieces that will make it feel like home.  While I love our current apartment space is limited and I haven’t really put a lot of effort recently into decorating it.  Now, every time we walk through the house my mind is spinning with ideas for color, patterns, and key pieces that will help create our home.

One of my favorite ways to track places to shop has been maintaining the Shopping page on the blog.  I update this frequently with staples and new discoveries of where to shop.  The list has gotten longer but I edit it to make sure it gives you a quick view of where to shop.   I am a big fan of investing in big purchases and mixing in the “low” pieces to finish out any room.  Of course I shop elsewhere (local design stores and antique stores) but this is what I see as the “bread and butter” to decorating any house.

If you have a favorite place to shop and don’t see it on the list please share it with me- I love finding a new shopping adventure.

Top 14 places to shop for your home (and counting…)

  1. Serena & Lilly: Definitely worth the splurge for that key item you have been looking for.  I am eyeing their duvet covers, headboard and decorative accessories for our home.  Their catalog has great inspiration, but their e-comm site is also easy to use and navigate.
  2. Ethan Allen: After seeing their line in a few of the HGTV Dream Houses this brand has really stepped up in being more modern but keeping their traditional look and feel.  They have great investments pieces that you know you will have forever (my mom will be passing down some of their pieces to Jarret and I for our house!).
  3. Ballard Designs:  A long time favorite of mine- whether it is big or small this catalog has something for everyone.  Great finds at pretty good prices.  Their pieces can be additions that “pop” or that are the anchor to building out your room
  4. Rue La La: New boutiques every day, offering everything you could want for your home- need I say more?  My favorite destination for Living online shopping- if you aren’t a member you must sign up now!
  5. Roberta Freymann: My fashion taste often blends into my design taste for home.  That is why I love everything at Roberta Freymann.  Their great prints inspire fashion that I can wear all summer long plus great quilts and pillow that I will be layering in for our Guest Bedrooms.
  6. One Kings Lane: Great destination for impulse purchases.  Once you start shopping their site daily and getting to know their brands and merchandise you can use this to make some bigger purchases that you have to plan and think about.  Part of the private sale world but focused solely on the Home world.
  7. Shades of Light:  This will be one of my go to sites for lighting ideas and purchases…so many options to select from, which is perfect as we have a lot of lighting fixtures to buy!
  8. Pottery Barn:  I am already a big fan (and customer) of Pottery Barn’s towels, bedding, sheets and home accents.  But I am really looking forward to investing in their lighting fixtures, and furniture for our home.  Pottery Barn is such a strong brand and has amazing product – can’t wait to spend some time shopping at their stores!
  9. Room&Board: So excited for this store to open in Boston in early 2014!  I have heard amazing things from my good friends Alexis & Dave about this store.  This might just be the place to find the perfect couch/ sectional for our great room.  Their website has a ton of product to start creating the perfect couch!
  10. Anthropologie: a long-time favorite, Anthro offers not only amazing fashion items but great pieces for your home.  Whether it be the perfect shower gift or just something special for yourself you can always find plenty to buy.  I am hoping to find some unique furniture pieces and tableware items for our home next time I visit their store on Newbury Street.
  11. Wayfair: This site has it all- I am a big fan of their online shopping experience, they allow you to “clip” your favorite items, compare them and save them for later.  I will shopping this site for lighting, furniture and key items.
  12. Horchow: Definitely a site for when you are ready for a splurge but their product is awesome.  I think their sectional, chair and couch selection is amazing- modern yet inviting.
  13. West Elm: They offer great furniture pieces- my favorite areas include kitchen tables, couches, bedroom dressers/ nightstand.  Their look is more contemporary than a Pottery Barn but their pieces can mix in well in any home and give you that update that you were looking for.
  14. World Market: I feel like this is one of those sites that has been fully discovered yet…I have been seeing more of their pieces featured on blogs and magazines.  This isn’t a site you will go to shop for your whole house, but you will find key pieces and decor at amazing prices to tie your whole design story together.