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I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating.  I share our home improvement projects on my blog Love Of Homes.  I'd love you to stop by and see how we are making our house a "home"...one project at a time!
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I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Parade Of Homes: Home Tour #1

 The Salt Lake Parade Of Homes  just ended on Saturday.
  It's something I look forward to every year!   
It's so fun going on home tours to see how they are styled and decorated!
There were so many amazing homes this year, I will be breaking this into a few posts.
I noticed a few trends this year: Bright colors, beautiful bedrooms with upholstered beds, sliding barn doors, fun family rooms & cute play areas for the kids.
Let's get to the home tour!

Home #1: CD Construction Inc.
This home was AMAZING!

It was originally constructed in the 1920's and they completely renovated the existing home and added a 2,400 square foot addition.
 This is the original staircase when you walk in the door.
 This is the living room...I love the arched doors!
 On the other side of the living room is this original woodwork and doorway that shows the upstairs hallway.
 Then you go up a few steps to the dining area.

Here is the view from the other side...it was so charming!
 The kitchen area is so bright!  I loved the pendant lights and the hood above the stove.
 From the kitchen was this gorgeous hallway.
It led to a bathroom...
A laundry room...
 A little mudroom...
This is the view from the doors in the hallway...

A beautiful pool!
 With a beautiful patio area...
 This home is full of character and charm!
  It is also in such a beautiful neighborhood...
 All of the streets are lined with big, old, beautiful trees!
I hope you enjoyed the first home tour!
This was definitely one of my favorites!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Decorating Ideas...

It's always a sad time when summer is coming to an end, unfortunately my kids go back to school in a few days! 
There is one positive thing about the end of summer...Fall!
It is one of my favorite seasons.

Here are a few things I like to incorporate into decorating for Fall:

1-Use Pumpkins





2- Use Fall Foliage





3- Use Different Containers To Display Fall 


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4-Put Them All Together



All of that inspiration helps my depression about school starting & summer coming to an end!
When do you start decorating for Fall?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Painted Pianos

 I've been playing with the idea of painting my old piano.
It is SO tempting when I see bright & fresh pianos like these...




This is my piano now... 
I do love how it's old and full of character.
 I'm getting ready to paint my living room the same color as my GREAT ROOM in the picture below...
I'm thinking a painted piano would really brighten up the space.  
When I asked my family their opinion they all screamed, "NO! You'll ruin it!"
What do you think?  
Would I ruin it? 
 OR 
Would it look beautiful?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Kitchen Remodel {REVEAL}

I'm sure by now you are tired of reading about our kitchen remodel...I know I am!
It only took about 7 months to finish, but we are finally DONE!
Back in November, our neighbor who does kitchens helped us order cabinets from Ikea and he was going to put them together for us.
Then my husband decided to get a bid to see how much it would cost to extend our wall out six feet.  This is when the project got a whole lot bigger, longer and more expensive!
Here is what we started with....
BEFORE
AFTER
 BEFORE

AFTER

This was the plan...

DURING...
My husband tore out the decorative drop down ceiling.
 I wish we had done that years ago, it really opened up the space.
Then we started with the total tear out of our old kitchen.
They started the extension of our kitchen/Dining room six feet...
We lived with plastic walls for a few weeks...
 It was so shocking how much the the six foot addition opened up the whole kitchen...
 We put the kids to work adding to our existing wood floors...
 We lived in chaos for MONTHS, but it was worth it in the end.
I still can't believe this is even the same house!
Here is another BEFORE...
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
 You can read more about our fireplace makeover HERE.
It was also quite an amazing transformation!
Our contractor Jesse completed the addition, the woodwork on our fireplace, windows, baseboards,  pillars and ceiling.
I don't think you can ever go wrong adding woodwork!  
It totally changes the whole look and feel of a room.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the kitchen:

The ceiling...
We did a planked ceiling with beams.  
It added so much character and made the whole room feel bigger. 
 It did add to the cost, but I'm so glad we did it!

The Island...
It turned out huge!
This side is totally functioning and even has a garbage can drawer...
This was another great decision!
Jeff, our cabinet guy, made our corbels and oven hood and they turned out AMAZING!!!
I can't believe how much character they add...
I had add to add one more picture...
I was shocked at how gorgeous the hood turned out!
It's even more beautiful in person...
I love the shelf and corbels!  
The corbels on the bottom match the corbels on the island.

The farmhouse sink...
It's a single bowl and I love how much room there is!

All of our cabinets and hardware are from Ikea.  
They are the Adel cabinets in white.
Our cabinet guy added the crown molding to the top, which made them look more custom.
I love the cabinets and drawers! 
They are easy to wipe clean & the cupboards and drawers are all soft close, which is surprisingly nice!
We also ordered our countertops from Ikea.
 They are quartz and the color was nougat.

I love that with the added space, our table isn't right up by the window anymore.
It was also a fun area to decorate...
This is where I added a pop of color to our all white kitchen!

 Sorry this was such a LONG post, but this was a LONG project!
In the end, it was worth the time and stress.
 I am thrilled with how it turned out!
It's always nice when you go through a remodel and it turns out better than you imagined.
 Here is one more before & after because I LOVE a good before and after!
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