Client Projects,

A Navy Nursery Surprise!

Wow.  I feel like I just got off a roller coaster.   This client was presented to me with a VERY short timeline (like two weeks!) and a strict deadline.  I felt up for the challenge and knew how badly this client needed this job done so I immediately jumped into action and came up with a vision.

Did I mention this was a DIY job?  The budget wasn’t big enough to hire out the work, and since I was doing this job pro bono it meant that most of the sweat labor was all on me.  I sweet-talked my husband into helping me one night with all of the table saw cuts and we got up the board and batten wall.

I took a few iPhone pictures of the room the night we got started.  This was an empty room with old curtains thrown up and the crib and dresser the client already had was assembled and ready to go thanks to my client’s husband.

Let me pause for a moment.  I need to take a little time out.

I was at Northside Forsyth Hospital at 7:30pm last night visiting Belynn, my dear friend who has been stuck on bedrest there for nearly a month.

Belynn has been a total champ, but has been missing her 2 year old Avalynn who she only sees once a day for a short amount of time, and has been stressed about not having a nursery ready for baby boy.  What else are you supposed to think about when you’re stuck in a hospital room and only allowed out of bed for a 20 minute wheel chair ride once a day?!

I visited her one night a couple of weeks ago and she mentioned being sad that she didn’t get to do a nursery, since with her first baby they weren’t living in a home of their own yet and there wasn’t an official nursery room.  This time around she was really looking forward to completing a room before bring home baby.

I was sitting in her hospital room freezing as she was talking (you know pregnant women are ALWAYS hot) so I grabbed a small cup of coffee.  That small cup of coffee woke me up in a big way at 4am later that night.  I sat in my bed staring at the ceiling and it hit me — Emily, you need to get that nursery done for her!  I’m not drowning in cash so I knew I’d need some help to get everything she needed.  I set up a Go Fund Me account at 4:30am and by 8:30 am friends and family had already given $350!  Belynn, if nothing, can make friends wherever she goes, and the amount of people who gave to her nursery fund was so touching!  Thank you to each and every one of you for giving so that I could assemble this room for her!!!

Before I get to the after pictures, I need to preface them by saying I snapped these all in like TEN MINUTES.  I have been running around like crazy trying to get this room finished, all the while knowing that with each day that passed Belynn was getting more and more anxious about not having a nursery.  I needed to let Belynn in on the surprise ASAP, so even though these photos are kind of AWFUL, they’re what I’ve got and I think Belynn would agree that she just wants to see her nursery!!!  Am I right, Belynn??

Okay, friend — here you go.  Your navy nursery all ready to go for when you get to bring your precious baby boy home!

I’m hoping to be able to take some better photos and fix the things that are messed up (there are several, but I’m not writing them out with hopes that you didn’t notice-haha).   Thank you to everyone who helped with their time and/or money!  I’d love to ask you, if you’re reading this before tomorrow, February 22, 2017, to say a prayer for Belynn and her baby boy for a healthy c-section delivery and as healthy of a premie baby you could ask for.


Client Projects,

Client Black and White Kitchen Reveal

I am so excited to finally get to share this kitchen!  My client is slowly renovating their entire house, and if you missed the living room fireplace and built-ins makeover on Monday you can check it out here.  Hopefully I will be let back in to photograph their entry and master bathroom remodels once it’s all finished and I can share that with you as well.

Ok, now to the KITCHEN!  I love kitchens.  Hands down my favorite space to renovate.

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Client Built-ins Makeover

I have known this client for about 6 years.  We go way back to the pre-kid life! When she called me and told me she was under contract on a house and wanted to hire me to design and help plan her renovations I was all in.  This client and friend has a great design eye so I was very flattered that she even considered me to lend her a helping hand!

Their new home is beautiful, but it was also decorated extensively in what looked to be the early 1990’s and was in need of a little love to bring it up to date and in line with their own style.

Their two story living room already had some built-in cabinets, which is a huge bonus, but the top half of them wasn’t working, nor was the faux finish paint.

We went with a very neutral palate, and the crisp white walls with her newly re-finished dark hardwoods are just perfect.

Aren’t you glad you’re not this guy?! I’m not afraid of heights, but even just looking at these photos make me uneasy.

The old mantle was a hodge-podge of painted wallpaper border and layers of wood that were poorly constructed.  The ornateness of what was there had to go.  I rough sketched out a couple of options to see which we liked best. 

The grandiosity of the two story bookshelves was awesome and I envisioned them with a beautiful library ladder, but 1. kids and 2. dollar bills y’all.  Sticking with the existing frame of the bookshelves and switching out the glass for wood shelves was a big cost saver.

One last reminder of the before:

Today her built-ins are 2017 worthy and she’s ready to furnish this room with a chaise sectional and some beautiful chairs.

If you come back on Thursday I will have a reveal of her stunning new kitchen.  If you follow me on Instagram you saw a little sneak peek of her open shelving on my InstaStory Saturday.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll love what this dated kitchen turned into!

Inspiration Boards,

Chandelier Round Up: High vs Low

It’s no secret that picking out new lighting is one of my favorite things during a remodel.  It’s also no secret TO ME that I have very expensive taste.  If I look at something and think “Oh, I love that!!!”, I can guarantee you that 9 times out of 10 it will be significantly out of my price range.

Since I’d consider my family very middle-class America, I thought finding some higher end lighting options at lower end prices would make for a good round up!

Here are some of the good finds I found online earlier today. 

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Kitchen Reveal of Client No More White

If you missed the first post about Client No More White you can catch up here.

What a luxury to do a “before” post and a reveal in one week!  (I actually have another one coming in a few weeks!) This renovation took place last fall and life got really busy so I didn’t get a chance to take the after photos until last week.  Walking into her house was like walking into a completely different house than before!  Not only was the kitchen new, but the whole house felt loved in a way that it didn’t before.  My heart was warmed hearing how much she loves her new kitchen.  It’s why I love to do what I’m doing!

If you recall, this is what we started with: