I’ve Named Our House

Hey there,  it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to post on my website and I’m happy to be back and really writing again!  First, we made the long trip from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Tyler Texas.  Second, it took awhile as always with a move, to get internet hooked up.  Third, we’ve been extremely busy remodeling our new house.  We wasted no time to just dive right in.  It was in much worse shape than what we first thought.  We are having to touch every square inch of this almost 3000 sq. ft. house.  Yikes!  I’m excited about all the changes being made and I’m anxious to share each space with you.  Originally we planned to live here for a couple of years while we set up shop here in Tyler.  However, this is WAY more square footage then what we want to take care of.  So, we’ve decided to flip this house and either build or find a much smaller home that we don’t have to spend so much time on and just enjoy more free time doing things we like to do.

I love naming each house we live in and this one is no different.  I landed on “The Brick House On Pecan Drive”.  It’s a little long, but every time I thought about it I just kept coming back to this stately title.  Most houses in Texas are built with brick so the only thing that makes ours different is adding that it’s on Pecan Drive and it’s OURS!

Since we’ve been in Tyler, my hubs passed his tests for his Texas Real Estate License.  This is his third state he’s been licensed in and he’s really tired of taking the same classes over and over again.  We’ve never moved to state yet where they will honor the previous state’s licensing.  Once again, he took one for the team and got it done!  I’m so proud of him!!!  We’ve begun our search for other flippers and SO anxious to build our business up together here.  In fact, we have gone under contract to purchase a small horse property.  We are actually going to keep this one as a rental income property. (More on that later.)

OK, on to the good stuff.  Let’s show you a glimpse of what’s been happening here.

Guest Bath Original PicHere is an original photo of the guest bath as seen on the MLS.  This home was built by the Murphy family of Murphy Jewelers.  This photo was taken during the estate sale prior to us purchasing the home.  Blue carpet had been added over the white tile flooring.

Guest Bath DemoAnd here we are on demo day!!!  Do you see the hole in the floor on the right?  The vanity had been built onsite and for some reason they didn’t fill in the concrete flooring.  We found this later in other rooms as well. Ugh!!!  So…we had to pour new concrete before we could do anything else.Choosing Floor TileI was super excited to find this affordable tile at The Tile Shop in Tyler.  Mary has been such a dream to work with.  Ask for her if you are ever in need of some pretty tile!

Subway Tile Guest BathThe only thing we saved in this bathroom was the tub.  It’s a beast and still in great shape!  My hubs taught himself how to cut tile while I did the tiling.  This is a shot prior to grouting.

Canton FindWe only live about 45 minutes from Canton where they hold a vintage market the first weekend of every month.  We haven’t missed one since we moved here.  So fun!  We found this dresser for our guest bath vanity.  We made a better deal with the vendor since we didn’t want the rest of the bedroom set or the mirror.  They were very nice and accommodating.Vainty Sink CutSo thankful to have such a handy husband.  Here he is cutting out the hole for the sink.  He also had to modify the center top drawer and re-do the plumbing.

Flooring and vanityIt took a lot of shiplap from Home Depot to cover up all that busy wallpaper but it was a great solution and design wise, it didn’t hurt my feelings.  It’s exactly the look I was going for and wanted for this space!
Vanity PaintedI repainted the vanity white so it didn’t look quite so rustic and painted the top black with several layers of poly.  I don’t think I had the poly on for this photo.

almost finishedAlmost finished!

Guest Bath Is FinishedAnd it’s done!!!  More finished photos to come soon!  We are currently working on the master bath but for the time being, we have moved into the guest room and using this bathroom.

It’s been crazy living through such a huge remodel.  We were just saying today how grateful we are that we managed to do it all and still at the end of the day…we love each other!  We have always worked better together than apart, but we’ve never tackled such a big job while living in it.  We hope to never do it again.  We’re tired.  Haha!



Staging To Sell Your Home

As a former Real Estate Agent & Home Builder, I know how important it is to stage a home for buyers to get a good feel of how their future home can feel once they move in. So many times, the staging is what sells the home.  People want to see how furniture will fit into a space and with decorations throughout, it makes the home feel inviting and warm verses empty and cold.  If it’s an existing home, the first thing you want to do is declutter and depersonalize each room.  You want the new buyer to feel like they could move right in and call it their home.Staging To Sell (3)This is the home of a very special couple who hired me to stage their home to get it ready to sell.  It’s a beautiful home but very large for just the two of them and they’d like to downsize.   We met them through the sell of our last home at our Open House.  I always feel honored when someone likes my style and invites me into their home to style it.  It’s a BIG deal to hand over the reins to someone else and trust them with your home.  Not to mention the expense.  I try to incorporate as much of client’s belongings that I can to help keep the costs down.  This was a challenge for this one (a lot of square footage).  But they rolled with the punches and we went full speed ahead.Staging To Sell (5)My goal for their house was to lighten it up with furnishings and accessories.

Lets start with the entryway.  They already owned some pieces I could work with.  I brought my hubs along on this job for the heavy lifting and picture hanging.  The entry table was centered under the picture they already had hung and I just decorated the top of the table for enhancement.Staging To Sell (57)A clean simple look to keep things light and bright.Staging To Sell (56)

Staging To Sell (7)Lets move on into the living room.  Two weeks ago, they only had three chairs in this space.  Bless their hearts…they were willing to make a leap of faith and purchase a beautiful cream colored sofa from Pier 1 to add style and function.Staging To Sell (28)Isn’t it gorgeous?Staging To Sell (32)Here’s what the space looks like now!Staging To Sell (37)By simple additions like decorative pillow, throw and a fluffy area rug, it completely transformed this room.Staging To Sell (40)

Staging To Sell (33)I also styled their built-in bookshelves.  This was my most difficult task of the day due to their size.  I brought 32 old books with me and almost didn’t have enough to complete the task.  Thank goodness for pretty baskets which hold their own on the top shelves!  I continued to stick with a neutral color scheme adding just bits of greenery for color.Staging To Sell (8)Here’s the kitchen.Staging To Sell (46)I just added a few light vignettes on the counters with flowers, white vases and butchers block cutting boards.  New tea towels are always a win!!!Staging To Sell (51)

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Staging To Sell (55)The candle sconces  add dimension and character on either side of the sink.Staging To Sell (52)

Staging To Sell (49)On their dining table, a gorgeous embroidered table runner on top of the black finish looks stunning!  Now the rooms all tie together and compliment each other.Staging To Sell (16)Down the hall is the master bedroom.  Can you guess what I did here?Staging To Sell (65)Look what just a white elegant throw can do to an otherwise very dark room.  I also brought in a lamp from their living room for the side table and some simple picutre frame artwork I had created at home.Staging To Sell (62)

Staging To Sell (63)When I first purchased this wreath, I had intended on pulling off the white flowers.  But once I brought it into the room, I knew they needed to stay to brighten up the dark brown wall.  The variations of the green in this wreath match perfectly with the bedding.  YAY!!!Staging To Sell (66)I made the “oh happy day” painted sign as a gift for them!Staging To Sell (67)The master bath really didn’t need much.  A large white rug was purchased to lay in front of the dual sinks and I brought in the clear vase with flowers for a bold statement.Staging To Sell (13)Powder Room BeforeStaging To Sell (61)Powder Room After!  Staying neutral is key when staging to sell but that doesn’t mean “boring”.  These dust pans are going to be a sure hit and a conversation piece.  Staging To Sell (60)No buyer will forget this powder room!Staging To Sell (58)Hallway outside the laundry/mudroom.  LOVE this thing!!!Staging To Sell (24)Bonus Room BeforeStaging To Sell (83)Bonus Room Now

(The tags are still on all the items because I always bring more than what I think I’ll need and may return some items)  I left the tag removal job as homework for my clients!  This is the not so glamorous part of decorating!Staging To Sell (84)So this is cool.  They owned an old TV console that is now going to be used as a wine bar in their bonus room.  They have a friend who made them the tray using corks as the base.  I just brought the chalkboard and wine holders.
Staging To Sell (88) Voila…a wine bar!!!Staging To Sell (20)Guest Room BeforeStaging To Sell (70)And now!  We found the wreath above the bed in their basement!  Great score!!!Staging To Sell (73)I spruced up their office space a bit!  Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can see how I made these pictures here.Staging To Sell (79)And we call this Jerry’s Dressing Room!  We couldn’t get rid of all his stuff!  He was such a good sport and went along with all the changes!!!  Bright white curtains were added to the two bedrooms and office upstairs for a cohesive look.Staging To Sell (29)I’m with this sweet couple the best of luck through the selling process and in finding their future “forever” home!  I know all that they invested to stage this home can move right along with them into the next!


Ross Dress For Less – throw, large basket next to sofa, greenery

TJ Maxx – Basket on top shelves of bookcase, bowl filler, cream pillows, table runner, white picture frames, wood frames, white bird, mercury metal candle holder, chenille fringed throw, chevron print throw, greenery, decorative pillow, bike, white pillow on chair in bonus room.

Michaels – large clear vase in master bath, wood box on dining table

Pier 1 – sofa, winter bird s&p shakers, script tea towel on wine bar

Target – white throw in master bedroom, set of pillows

Joanns – moss wreath

Bed Bath & Beyond – candles

Home Goods – pillows, table clock, candle holders, cutting boards, wreath above bed in master

Hobby Lobby – greenery, wall candle sconces in kitchen, lg. wall wire basket holder in hallway, 1/2 windmill, chalk board in bonus room

Books – Goodwill

Vintage Street Designs – Round French Postage Candle, Wall Wine Holders, Med. Shallow Wire Basket in entryway, “Today is a good day” sign, Wood Candle Holders in entry, galvanized serving tray in master, glass jar flower holder in kitchen, “Daily Dinner Specials” sign, barn wood clock, wooden shoe molds, black metal candle holder in master, dust pans, lg. oval tin tray on coffee table.Staging To Sell Before & After

Diy Picture Frame Art

When staging to sell a home a key ingredient is to depersonalize.  This means all those family photos need to be packed away.  I’m staging a home for a client tomorrow and needed some quick accessories so I did a little DIY picture frame art yesterday.  You can do the same by just placing homemade art in front of photos you already have in picture frames when selling your home.  Once your home is sold, just remove the art to expose your treasured photos once again. DIY Picture Frame Art (11)I purchased these frames at TJ Maxx for just $7.99 ea.DIY Picture Frame Art (2)I used black and white card stock to create a generic picture that could fit with any decor.DIY Picture Frame Art (12)First I cut out the feathers on black paper with my silhouette (could be done by hand) and placed the white paper behind it.  Then did the same thing with the saying “hello adventure”.  These will be hung on the wall for as inexpensive but classy art.

DIY Picture Frame Art (16)I also know I’ll be wanting some additional picture frames on side tables or placed on the built-in bookshelves so I made a couple more.DIY Picture Frame Art (18)

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DIY Picture Frame Art (19)I also picked up these beauties at TJ Maxx for $7.99 and $4.99.  I like the natural rustic wood tones in these.

Well that’s it!  Pretty simple huh?  I can’t wait to start decorating tomorrow and show my client all the goodies I picked out just for her house!Stage To SellI’m going to be a busy girl.  So glad my muscle will be coming with me!!!  He’s such a trooper and actually, truth be known, he really gets into it too!!!

More photos to come so keep watch!

Mentioned in Country Living Magazine

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Whowza!!!  I had NO IDEA Country Living Magazine was going to mention me in their first issue of 2016.  How cool is this?  I found out by Readers contacting me asking to purchase the Reproduction French Inspired Bottle Drying Rack.  Guess what?  I was completely SOLD OUT!  Eeks.  Luckily I was able to order more in this morning!  Whew!  I truly enjoy mine so much, I’m glad others will get to have one in their homes too.Mentioned in Country Living Magazine - Whoohoo!!! (11)Here’s the front cover of the new Jan/Feb 2016 issue.Mentioned in Country Living Magazine - Whoohoo!!! (10)

Mentioned in Country Living Magazine - Whoohoo!!! (2)My hubs had to take a quick photo of me with the mag.  I hope to someday have one of our reno projects featured here.  Wouldn’t that just be the cat’s meow???Decorating-Our-Renovated-Farmhouse-Kitchen-Vintage-Street-Designs-17You can order your own Bottle Drying Rack here.  Or, click on the “Shop” button at the top of the page.DSC_7165This wall rack is great for mugs, mason jars, bottles or use it to hang purses, jewelry, coats, hats, etc…

Mentioned in Country Living Magazine - Whoohoo!!! (5)Just had to share the news with you!  My little tiny claim to fame.  Haha!

Hope you are having a GREAT Monday!!!

Rustic Fall Tablescapes

Now that our living room is well on it’s way, I need to address our dining room.  I have my “go to” barn wood tote filled with flowers as a centerpiece at the moment and as much as I love it, it’s time to do something more “Fallish”.  Since we are living back in Idaho now, I thought a more woodsy feel would be fun.  I’m heading over to my brother’s property tomorrow where I can pick up branches, pine cones, etc…, so I thought I’d check out Pinterest for some ideas.  I thought I would share with you a few beautiful Rustic Fall Tablescapes I found.thanksgiving-tablescape-ideas-2


I have a rustic harvest table similar to this one shown.  I love the mix of metallics and whites together against the dark backdrop.  Just a touch of sparkle!



Oh yeah…the tree branches are a lovely way to bring height to the center of the table.  Since my chandelier is STILL on back order, I need something that gives a big statement!


This setting is just so sweet and simple.  I can imagine finding clear vases at the Dollar Store for this tablescape!


OK, who doesn’t love antlers and white pumpkins?  I know I’m in short supply of these items, but I’m hoping I can come up with something equally as gorgeous as this.  A fabulous display created by Tidbits & Twine.


There’s those sweet pumpkins and antlers again!!!  But what really caught my eye, was the use of a plaid blanket as a tablecloth.  This just screams a “Cozy Fall Dinner Party”.


Last but not least,  just a big chunk of wood down the center of the table filled with fruit and mini pumpkins.  Light it up with a mix of candles.  Again, simple and elegant at the same time.

By the end of the week, I am hopeful our table will be a welcoming site for the season.  I have such a grateful heart for the blessings we have, living close to family again and for the plans that have been set to visit all our children and grand-children and spend an early Christmas together.  It’s hard to gather everyone in one spot as they grow and spread to other parts of the country (us included).  But, we make it work.  Dave and I couldn’t be happier!!!

New Sofa and Source List

Can you even believe it?  After moving into our new home in July, we sat in lawn chairs for several weeks until our upholstered chairs got moved over from my brother’s barn.  We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new sofa.  It took us awhile to find what we wanted, but it was worth the wait!  I’m in love with it!!!  After the delivery men left (who were very nice by the way), I was thinking how thankful I was to have a husband who know what I like and is OK with it!  He’s the one that actually spotted this sofa in the store first and said “this is the one”.  He was absolutely right!


New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (22)I picked out the fabric for the sofa and the accent pillows.  Since the pillow are basically thrown in for free (at-least that’s how I choose to look at it), I thought it would be fun to pick a bold print with some color.  I can always rotate pillows with the seasons.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (10)

New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (25)We purchased the sofa from Runge Furniture in Coeur d’Alene, ID.  It’s a family owned business and extremely pleasant to work with.  A quick plug for our salesman and neighbor, Richard…he’s AWESOME!!!  This is not a sponsored ad, this is based off my experience.  The sofa was manufactured in Oregon by Stanton.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (26)I feel like we’ve truly moved in now and the place is starting to feel more like OUR home.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (65)I placed the rug and moved around the furniture to see how things fit.  By leaving the sofa table, it makes a smaller footprint but it also gives me a place to decorate and add more interest to the space.  With downsizing into this home, I’ve had to leave a few items in storage and there isn’t much wall space.  So, I’m going to leave it as-is for awhile and see if we feel to cramped or if it’s OK.  If you have an opinion, I love to hear it!New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (68)The color I choose for the sofa is “oatmeal”.  I’m so happy with how it blends with all our other pieces.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (61)We’ve purchased casters for our trunk.  I’m hoping to get those attached this weekend.  It looks really short now.  This will lift it up off the ground and hopefully bring to scale with the new sofa.  The hubs really likes it as a coffee table, so fingers crossed this will do the trick!  We picked up this trunk for $10.00 at an auction in Arizona.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (55)Our sofa table was made out of old barn wood from my brother’s property.  It is super rustic and totally amazing.  We’ve used up every bit of extra barn wood we could find.  It’s so sad we’ve ran out.  We always keep an eye out for more as we drive along the country roads.

New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (57)I went back to the store and picked up another sack of tiny white pumpkins to add the finishing touch.  These Natural Wood Candle Holders can be found here.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (40)I moved over the Market Cart from the dining room ’cause I felt like I need some height.  Not only that, but it is more visible now and it’s such a fun piece and can be used for so many things.

New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (38)The sun was really shining bright today as I was taking photos.  I loved it.  After having a couple of gloomy, rainy days, it’s been nice to have sunshine again.New Sofa Has Arrived ~ Vintage Street Designs (1)I took SO many photos today but I don’t want to overwhelm you so I think I’ll stop with this one.  I hope you enjoyed our living room tour and seeing our new comfy couch.  We got to sit together on it last night for the first time and watch a TV show.  Aww…it was so nice!  Of-course two of the pillows got tossed to the chairs, works for me!

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Scrap Wood Picture Frames

I wish I could take the credit for these fun DIY Wood Picture Frames but  I must give credit where credit is due.  I was so inspired when I first saw these beautiful frames made by Shanty2Chic.  I  quickly penciled out the plans for my hubs and asked him to cut up some wood scraps we had in the barn.  He actually used the rest of a vintage door we had removed the panels from earlier for most of this project.  He does not believe in wasting any wood if it’s at all possible.   House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (50)I love how rustic they are.  Each frame is the same size but not all pieces of wood are the same width.10408037_10153150922405902_8829597179897658675_nHere is my inspiration.  Aren’t they beautiful?  I would like to eventually place photos of our grandchildren on ours, but since our house is up for sale I needed to keep things neutral.  You can find a full tutorial on how to create these frames here.Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (27)Here’s what our wall looked like before.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (48)I just printed out black and white photos I found online.e31fe2c1-bde8-473e-99dc-bdbb583fa29e_400I ordered these decorative hooks from Home Depot to hang each frame from with ribbon, but the hubs didn’t want to make extra holes in our freshly painted walls so I’m saving them for our next house!  You can find them here.1530bc03-c76b-4d97-b90c-77ae9ffc5eb0_400I also ordered these vintage inspired labels but they were too big for our cross boards.  I had to return them and I’m just keeping my eye open for smaller ones.  You can find these here.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (47)I measured and centered each one with our wainscoting.  It was a little tricky and took me awhile but I got it done!!!

House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (40)I think it fills out the space nicely, and the best part is….they were practically free!  The little clips to hold the pictures were found at Joann Fabrics.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (49)Let me know if you make these frames for yourself.  I told Dave he’ll have to make one more now that a new grand-baby just arrived.

 Hope you are having a loving week!

New Kitchen Lamp

Do you remember when I returned home from meeting our newest grand-daughter and I mentioned a store named “Gordmans”?  Well here’s what I treated myself with while I was suppose to be shopping for my grand-kids!  This sweet little lamp has a weathered wood base and a uniquely shaped burlap shade.  Even my daughter said “Mom…you need this for your kitchen!”  With a 20% off online coupon, it was less than $17.00.DSC_6298I was so busy when I got home that I didn’t even have time to take it out of the bag.  It was about a week later when my husband reached in a pulled it out.  He even thinks it’s cute and that I got a good buy!

DSC_6299I placed it on top of our antique cabinet “pantry at the moment” in the kitchen.  The size is perfect!DSC_6302It adds an gentle glow in the kitchen at night.  I wish we had a Gordmans in our town but…we are getting a HOME GOODS store in August!!!  I can’t wait for its grand opening!!!House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (5)

So what do you think of my little lamp?  It would also be cute sitting on the counter, in the corner next to our sink.DSC_6303

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Final Reveal

I plan to give a full tour of our home on Friday but I wanted to start off with the final reveal of our kitchen remodel.  If you’ve ever lived through a kitchen renovation, you will understand what we had to endure.  Weeks on end without a kitchen sink, stove, microwave or dishwasher.  Thank goodness we had a refrigerator and a BBQ on our back patio.  So, I’m extremely happy to share the final results of this endeavor!Kitchen Reveal ~ Vintage Street DesignsI just have to remind you of what our kitchen looked like when we purchased our home.kitchen beforeThe previous owner painted the cabinets orange and brown.  The counter tops were original, no dishwasher or microwave.  The only thing we liked about this kitchen was the retro flooring that hides everything and is so easy to take care of.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (28)We really wanted to brighten up the kitchen, add storage and more counter top prep space.  I knew whatever we did would be a vast improvement and I didn’t want it to just be generic.  I wanted to create a “modern farmhouse” feel so I drew up some plans and we got right to work.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (13)The back wall was completely open and was wasted space.  The obvious thing to do was to make this an L – shaped design.  I REALLY wanted an island but there wasn’t quite enough clearance to do so.  There still could be a mobile island in place of the antique storage cabinet we have now, if we or future owner ever decides to add oneHouse Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (5)Let me just take you around the room.  Just past the cabinet, you can see the back door that leads to our little patio and detached garage.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (8)I wanted to leave space for a drink station or kitchen stool in front of the window.  I could draw up plans all day long.  It’s so much fun for me.  I can figure out everything to the exact measurement to ensure each piece of the puzzle is going to fit.  The “Cups for Days” metal rack was a splurge from Magnolia Market.  It just what this special space needed and I have no regrets.  Thankfully, Joanna was having a 25% off sale the day I placed the order.  Even better!!!  The layered stand came from Ikea.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (11)We choose to go with GE Pro Series Stainless Steel Appliances including the induction cooktop (my hubby’s pick).  This also meant I had to buy new pots and pans which I purchased from Costco.  Our white shaker style soft close cabinets came from Huntwood Custom Cabinets right here in the Spokane Valley.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (10)We ordered the stainless steel hood from Lowes.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (27)The light fixture above the window was found at Lowes.  I spray painted it in Stainless Steel and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (14)There used to be a soffit above along the left side which my husband tore out.  Well this left an unsightly area both on the wall and ceiling.  We came up with the idea of placing the corrugated tin on the ceiling and cladding the walls with 1 x 4″ pine boards, giving them the look of “shiplap”.  We whitewashed the boards first to make the touch up easier once they were up on the walls.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (17)I went with a commercial grade single sink from Lowes and a Moen faucet from Home Depot.  Our Quartz counter top also came from Home Depot.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (24)

House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (18)The hubs did a great job designing and building our open shelving.  I would do this again in a heartbeat.  I love it so, so much!!!House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (22)

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House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (31)We don’t have a coat closet so wanted to create a place to hang our coats, umbrellas, etc…  The metal wall hooks came from a really cool store in Florida we found while visiting friends.  The hanging basket came from World Market.  The sign can be found in The Sign Factory on Etsy.

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House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (34)Open way leads to our dining room.  The door leads to our basement aka my workshop.House Tour ~ Vintage Street Designs (89)Opening leading to the hallway, main bath and two bedrooms.  If you make an immediate left, you’ll be in the living room.

So the truth is, we went over budget on this kitchen remodel.  After an overwhelming response from people to keep the flooring, we decided to do so.  This did help to save on costs and it truly is a unique look and adds such personality.  I could go on and on about this space.  We are thoroughly enjoying it.  Please, if you have any questions just ask.  I’m always happy to share information.

Hope you have enjoyed the tour.

Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier

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When we purchased our home, the previous owners had updated most of the lighting but with a “builder grade” package.  There was no chandelier in the dining room and it just felt so plain.  I was on the hunt for an inexpensive chandy when I came across a pretty fixture from Pottery Barn.  It was WAY more than what I had in my budget to spend on lighting so I quickly showed it to my husband.  “Do you think you could make something similar to this?” I asked.  And he was off on another mission.  YAY!!!Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier ~ Vintage Street Designs (27)

We found another great piece of barn wood from my brother’s property for the base and the light cages were a fabulous find at the Antique Market in Round Top TX last Fall.Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier ~ Vintage Street Designs (11)The wire we used is really stiff.  I’m still working on getting it to lay nicely so it’s not so visible.  Dave said he could undo a link or two and twist it in a little tighter.

Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier ~ Vintage Street Designs (1)It was a little tricky getting it centered but we both felt relief and a bit (OK, a lot) lucky when it was finished being installed and we got it right the first time!  It’s not only straight down the middle of the room, it is also centered with the window.  Whew!Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier ~ Vintage Street Designs (20) These photos were taken before I touched up the ceiling but it’s all done now.  Today is a rainy day so pictures would be too dark to update.  I may add a few more on our next sunshiny day!  I’ve also ordered the hardware for our DIY picture frames you can see against the back wall sitting on the floor.  Once they’re up, this room will be completely and officially finished!sampleThe cages can be turned upside down as well and have the opening at the top.  I’m trying to decide which way I like it best.  The patina on the light cages are natural.  The color is kind of a blue grey so I’m leaving them this just as they are for now.  I didn’t want to loose the natural beauty of them by spray painting them a different color.l32afd144-m5oJust a reminder of what our dining room looked like when we purchased our home last year.DSC_3376You can see the light fixture in this photo taken during the holidays.Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier ~ Vintage Street Designs (46)

Chandeliers add so much character to a dining room, there was just no way I could live with the $12 light fixture that once occupied this space.Pottery BarnSource 

This was my inspiration from Potter Barn for $395.00.  Our DIY Hack cost $65.00.  All our electrical components and other hardware came from Lowes.

Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier ~ Vintage Street Designs (33)We didn’t make a tutorial for this project because this was truly an experiment.  We were not sure it was going to turn out, but I’m SO excited that it did.  I couldn’t be happier with the results!  We learned a few new tricks and we’ll be sure to write them all down for you if or when we build the next one.

Living Room Gallery Wall

Creating a Gallery Wall ~ Vintage Street DesignsHave you ever designed a gallery wall of your own or for someone else?  I’ve done several, so why is it always harder to create something for yourself verses someone else?  I began with a sketch on a piece of scrap paper using only items I already owned.  This meant that there would be blank spots in other parts of our home but I would fill those in later with something else.  DSC_5354Once I had that all figured out, I measured each item and placed blue tape on the wall where each item would be hung.  I had to move it around a few times to get exactly right.  Gallery Wall - Vintage Street DesignsNext, I started with the large items first.  So far so good.  When I was done I was left with one small bare area that needed a little something.  I didn’t want a sign since there was already one hanging right next to this spot.  I thought about it for a couple of days and looked at other gallery walls online that had been created.  I decided a rustic  barn wood arrow was just what was needed.  It would also bring in another barn wood element into our space to match our new (very old) sofa table.Rustic Barn Wood Sofa Table ~ Vintage Street Designs (37)My husband is so awesome!!!  He doesn’t question (too often) me, he just makes what I ask even if he thinks I’m a little crazy.  Haha.Rustic Barn Wood Sofa Table ~ Vintage Street Designs (16)See what I mean? It really needed to have something special placed right there!  I couldn’t be happier with the results!Rustic Barn Wood Sofa Table ~ Vintage Street Designs (25)

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Rustic Barn Wood Sofa Table ~ Vintage Street Designs (33)So here’s the only blank wall left in this room.  Hmmm…I haven’t decided what to do with it yet.  I sold the beautiful mirror that was once hanging over the bench.  I have lots of artwork but I’m not sure I want to hang anymore “Gold Framed” art in this space.  I’m sure I’ll come up with something but for now, I’m enjoying what I have done.Rustic Barn Wood Sofa Table ~ Vintage Street Designs (1)Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Blessings ~ Judy

Spring Mantel

Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (9)As my husband and I have been moving all over the country the past few years, we have continually been trying to downsize. I have given up several of my decor items as well as sets of pretty dishes, etc…  So as I’ve been decorating this home, I’m finding that I may have gotten rid of a few too many things.  Haha.  I thought I kept enough wreaths and large vases but I coming up a bit short.  I just keep shuffling things around to make it all work.  I’m spending as little money as possible to decorate since our budget was blown on the remodel (and we still have a bathroom to contend with).  Anyway, it’s been quite the challenge!  I guess that’s what keeps the creative juices flowing right?Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (13)I brought out the “RISEN” bunting I made last year for our home in Arizona.  It adds a pop of color to our very neutral pallet.  Not on purpose…but I kind of have a “bunny theme” going on.Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (6)Buntings are so fun to make. I made a lot of them when I first got my Silhousette Cameo.  Such a great addition when decorating for birthdays, wedding or any special event.Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (5)You can view my transfer technique I used to create this sign here.  Or for those of you who don’t have the time or desire to make your own, it can be purchased here.Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (12)The hubby had to work today so tomorrow will be his only day off.  We’ll go to church, have a bite to eat and then he’s going to get as many projects done for me that time will permit.  I feel bad that he has to spend his days off working for me but he says he enjoys it.  I hang out and watch as he cuts wood and makes tables, frames, etc… and help out when I can.  The barn wood is already cut for a sofa table.  I’m super excited to introduce that piece into this space.  I hope we can get that done tomorrow.  I also have wood for new signs to be cut and picture frames to be made.  Eeks!  I think it’s going to be one of those marathon days!!!

Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (14)What do you think of our new wall color?  We’re calling it “Vintage Street Grey”.  I mixed a couple colors together to come up with it and we LOVE it!  I’m happy to share the color code if you’d like it.  Do you need a little reminder of what it used to look like?Fall Living Room ~ Vintage Street Designs (3)This photo was taken shortly after we moved in just about 6 months ago.  Crazy huh?

Spring Mantel ~ Vintage Street Designs (9)Hope ya’ll have a lovey weekend!!!

Happy Spring ~ Judy

Sweet Treat Server In Our Dining Room

Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (42)Oh yeah…we really did this!  My husband thought of the idea to move our little server into the corner of our freshly painted dining room and I filled it up.  Spring tulips, candy, cupcakes and lots of pretty napkins are just what this cute storage cabinet was asking for.Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (22)The top drawers are loaded with beautiful napkins for all seasons and colorful paper straws.  I still have space in the center but have filled the shelves with decorative dishes.  This has freed up pantry space in our kitchen.Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (23)I’ll be revealing more of our dining room soon.  I absolutely LOVE the new color pallet and can’t wait to show you.  We’re in the middle of making our own chandelier and I have a few more pictures to hang so it won’t be long now.Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (43)Aren’t these napkins just so sweet???  Of-coarse my eye was drawn to them because of the letter “A” but also the grey stripes are PERFECT for our new space!Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (40)Mr. A was looking through the kitchen a couple of nights ago for something to sweet so last night I surprised him with cupcakes.  He was so happy, he ate two!!!Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (8)

Dining Room Spring Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (10)Today my brother and I drove my dad to Coeur d’alene Idaho to get his picture taken for his Veteran’s ID Card.  He’s so excited to get it.  We’re not sure why he hasn’t had one before but that’s OK, he’ll have one now!  He treated us to lunch and then mom bought us all a Dutch Bros Iced Coffee for the ride home.  The four of us had a great time with lots of laughs.  Moments like these remind me of why we moved to back to Spokane!

 More to come soon with our dining room transformation.  Hope you are having a wonderful week!!!

Home Office Reveal

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Well, this has been quite the little journey.  As we thought about what we wanted for our home office, we decided to switch things up and move it to another room in our house.  And so we began, clearing out everything in the space and making a To-Do List.  The very first thing on the list was to repair and re-texture the ceiling.  (Our 100 year old craftsman shows it’s age in a few areas.)  Not to worry though, that’s what we’re here for!!!  Update and face lift, that’s what it’s all about… and it’s what we LOVE to do!Office Makeover Day 1 (2)Here’s a photo of what this room looked like before.  This dark brown painted trim is throughout the house and I’m slowing changing it to white.  I’m not going to lie, it’s a really BIG chore!  The carpeting was installed by the previous owner right before we purchased the home so we’re leaving it as-is.Office Makeover Day 1 (4)After the repairs were made on the ceiling, it was time for paint.  I love how this light grey color brightens the space.  It’s a custom color I created and then I had Home Depot color match it with Behr paint.  If you’d like the code, I’d be happy to share it with you.  Just let me know.Office Makeover Day 1 (5)The room started to take on it’s new look.Home Office Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (3)Painted inside the adorable little closet.  Love the light the streams in from the 2×2 window.Home Office Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (15)Next, I asked my hubby to build us a set of desks we could place in the corner of the room.Home Office Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (17)Then came the staining.  I could smell and taste the stain for days!  Haha.  Glad that’s over!!!Home Office Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (18)Total EXCITEMENT!  Found these set of chairs at Fred Meyer on sale.  One for $69.99 and the second for at half price, just $35.00.  YAY!!!Home Office Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (23)Perfect fit!Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (24)So lets work our way around the room.  Computers and printers have been moved and we are loving our new work stations.Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (18)We hid the cords as much as possible but obviously there’s only so much you can do, right?  I brought the little table lamp down from upstairs and printed out the Walt Disney quote with my Cameo. Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (22)

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Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (19)This print is from our Salvador Dali “Destino” collection.  A collaboration with Walt Disney.Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (16)

Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (25)You can find these sweet crystal knobs all throughout our home.Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (29)The curtains came from Ikea. Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (5)We moved this very special cabinet my dad made from the dining room to help balance the space and for additional storage.  I’m trying to utilize what we already own and spend as little money as possible.  We have decided to sell this house as soon as the remodel is done, so I don’t want to purchase to much and not be able to use it in our next house.  I will be sad to leave this house, it’s just so darn cute and we love the neighborhood!  But that’s how we roll, on to the next fixer upper.Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (9)

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My little mouse door stopper.  He’s been with me for years!Home Office Reveal ~ Vintage Street Designs (1)And this concludes our tour for the day.  How did we do?  I love coming into this room now.  It’s bright, organized and one of the only rooms that is completely 100% done!  Plus, this the room where I get to talk to all of you!

Blessings ~ Judy

Office Makeover Day 1

What a busy day we’ve had.  My husband had the day off so we decided to make the most of it.  Just a reminder…our home is 100 years old and has a few unwanted character blemishes.  So when planning to tackle the renovation of what will soon be our new office, we decided to try our hand at re-texturing the ceiling to cover up a few of those blemishes.  We purchased a small sprayer and a box of “sandy stuff” to mix with water for the texture substance.  I think more dripped on the hubs than on the ceiling.  (He wouldn’t allow me to take photos.)  Haha!  Needless to say, the sprayer was returned.  With the combination between the prep work (spackling) and spraying, he managed to cover up about three quarters of the cracks and crevices.  A HUGE improvement!  We’ll try a different technique when we move onto the next room.  We have been building and flipping homes for years as builders and real estate agents, but it’s a whole other ballgame when you’re doing all the DIY projects yourself.  We’re continually learning new things and that’s what keeps this journey interesting and fun!

Office Makeover Day 1 (1)Here’s what the room looked like before we got started.  Tan walls and painted brown trim with new carpet put in by the previous owner.Office Makeover Day 1 (2)I know this picture looks the same but this was actually taken after the texture was sprayed on the ceiling and we cleaned up all the plastic from the walls and floor, wiped down all the over-spray on the doors, baseboard and window.  It’s now ready for paint!  YAY!!!Office Makeover Day 1 (3)A glimpse of the first little patch of the custom grey paint color I mixed up and then had Home Depot color match using Behr paint.  It was so hard to choose the perfect grey color so I thought the best thing to do was to take a grey I use all the time on signs and furniture and just lighten it to a brighter shade.  So far so good!Office Makeover Day 1 (4)While Dave continued rolling the walls, I started painting over the trim with Kilz.  This step is a MUST to cover up this dark brown.Office Makeover Day 1 (5)And day 1 has come to an end.   So what do you think so far?   We painted the first coat on and then my sweet husband took me out for lunch.  When we returned home, the paint clothes went back on and we painted a second coat.  The ceiling will be on the agenda for tomorrow, along with painting Colonial White on all the doors and trim.  Once we wrap up this room, we’ll remove the items from the walk-in closet and paint it quick.  I’m excited to set up our office in this room.  We are going to leave our TV in the other room and make it our media/guest room.  We’re tired of watching movies or our favorite HGTV shows while sitting at our desks in front of our computers.  We are ready to be comfy and relax after a hard days work!