Home Wasn’t Built in a Day

This week has been extremely full of hard work! 😀 If you’ve ever moved – you know what I mean. But I’m delighted to say we are actually all moved in now to the little house on London Lane and we absolutely adore it. There are many things we want to change and upgrade – as the budget allows – but the layout and location couldn’t be better!!

Thumbs up!
Thumbs up! We made it!

Monday afternoon, my dad drove a moving truck home from work and we all started loading stuff onto it. Thankfully a friend of ours, Mr. Tim, showed up for an hour and assisted us with getting my mom’s piano on the truck! The whole rest of the move (all two days of it) we did with just the five of us… and only four were able to haul things, as my mom has severe rheumatoid arthritis. I didn’t get to sleep until 1:30 AM for two nights in a row – which definitely messed with my body-clock! I have yet to get up at a normal hour, ever since then!

The nights we moved our stuff to the new house were stormy and blustery (thanks to hurricane Patricia’s remnants. Oddly enough, our last moving day was the day hurricane Katrina – think the whole of New Orleans, flooded – almost hit Florida on its way to Louisiana!) … but THANKFULLY, the rain was light enough so that we could still move things through it. We just got sprinkled on a little.

We were determined to leave our log home nice and clean for our sweet buyers, so as we packed up and loaded the truck the last day, we swept and mopped and vacuumed and scrubbed behind ourselves. I even deep-cleaned the freezer and fridge! Can’t remember EVER having a day where I worked so hard… on a normal day, just getting ONE thing like that done would be a huge accomplishment, not to mention all. day. long. 😉

We also left a pair of rocking chairs on the porch, since we didn’t need them in the new house… and they SO belonged on the porch overlooking the wooded ravine… and we got a text later that night from our buyers thanking us for leaving the chairs and saying they were already enjoying them. That warmed our hearts! ❤

As to what we’ve gotten done so far – we’re just glad to have landed here intact! There are still piles of boxes and bags in every room! But we’ve already begun doing some things… like lining the kitchen cabinets with pretty contact paper (nearly drove me to tears, more on that later)… installing new showerheads, and today we went shopping to scope out paint colors (GORGEOUS) and price-shop carpet (EXPENSIVE. BOO.) 😦 We’re probably not going to go the carpet route, just be patient until we can put in hardwood-lookalike tile throughout the house.

I’ll have at least one post up every week with updates, but I’m looking forward to sharing more pictures of our completed projects as we finish them! 😀 For now, it just feels so good to be here at last in our new city. And we’re even attending a neighborhood-wide party on Saturday so we’ll get to meet all our new neighbors! Can’t wait for that!

Life on London Lane has officially begun, and I couldn’t be happier about it. 🙂

Classy Farmhouse Kitchen | Design Inspiration

So, Moving Day is next week and it’s a crazy whirlwind of packing over here! After many delays, we got word that everything is a go for our closing date. *happy dance* Rejoicing over here! God is good! 😀

One thing that’s been on my mind lately (perhaps due to consuming large amounts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines – I LOVE their home makeovers) is our new Classy Farmhouse kitchen.

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I’ve been dreaming of painted creamy white cabinets, white beadboard backsplash, new lighting and new countertops for weeks now. Because the current state of our new kitchen is… anything but dreamy!

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… I rest my case. (this is only one side of it, but you get the idea) The wood cabinets are in great shape and I believe they’re custom because they go all the way to the ceiling, but the wood is very dark! The flickering fluorescent lighting doesn’t help either. No backsplash, just painted wall.

But I’ve got some grand ideas for this space! 🙂 Keep scrolling! 😉

Style Ideas
So, I’ve explained the paint and beadboard – that will really freshen the space! One empty wall will get either 2 IKEA rolling carts with butcher block tops or 1 large one with some barstools for sitting and chopping. New hardware will instantly update the cabinets – some slick silvery bars! And fun printables framed on the wall will add loads of charm.

That image above ^ bottom center is one of the bigger ideas we have. IKEA has these fabulous steel bars (shiny silver, not like these darker ones) that you can hang underneath kitchen cabinets (or anywhere, really, for a variety of purposes) and they’re an amazing way to maximize storage space and hang utensils, canisters, spice jars, fresh herb pots, or whatever strikes your fancy. Stuff you need close at hand!

Utilizing the space we have to its best advantage is crucial, because we are downsizing to a smaller kitchen than our last one.

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ORGANIZATION IS KEY. We’ll be adding a whole wall of “pantry” shelves on one end of the kitchen where a breakfast nook currently is, and by using the rule of UNIFORMITY, (all the containers will match) it will look awesome even if we decide to hang a curtain in front of it for a less cluttered look. Under-cabinet drawers will give us extra storage, as will very clever organization of the cabinet interiors (the two images on the left) … and lastly, (bottom right) if we do need to keep some things on the countertop, confining them to a tray or shallow box will keep the look clean and simple.

Anyway, this will almost certainly be the last blog post before our big move into the new house in less than a week, but I’ll be around to answer comments and questions from all my readers (all 8 of you precious dears!) 😀

All the pictures are sourced from my Pinterest board here: London Lane DIY

Design Inspiration: Soft Chic Luxe Bedroom

Inspiration

I’m 24 years old and single, so I don’t have to worry about making my bedroom mesh with a man’s tastes just yet – and I plan to take full advantage of that when our family moves into our new house. Want to hear about some of my ideas? Okay then. 🙂

Firstly, the theme… when I was brainstorming about my next room, I KNEW I wanted to make it feel glamorous and expensive (even if the actual budget for the decor is next to nothing) so I quickly decided on golds and metallic accents. Keeping the colors all light and soft will make the space feel larger, airy, and feminine. More on the colors I selected later.

Firstly I give you exhibit A, in which it is painfully obvious that I cannot draw. At all. But these doodle-sketches serves as a bare-bones view of what I am envisioning.

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The room has two nice blank walls for placing furniture. One wall has a window on the right side, and the fourth wall has a long closet and then an alcove with the doorway.

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Um yes, my crooked furniture drawings have achieved funhouse status…

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The great thing is I already have many elements for this room. Namely:

  • Queen-size bed with a padded creamy leather headboard studded with rhinestones
  • Large white dresser with glass diamond knobs
  • White Billy bookcases from IKEA
  • Two silver lamps with crystal-trimmed linen shades
  • A pretty nightstand, 2 drawers – but it needs repainting

I also have a pink lamp that I plan to repaint, a too-large desk with not-enough storage that I think I need to replace (I need to see how it fits in the room first) and several mirrors and frames – plus a large piece of bound carpet I’m wondering if I can dye or paint a greek key design into.

Now for the inspiration!

Room Inspy
So – BLUSH, SOFT PEACH, GLIMMER-GOLD and CREAM are the main players in this color scheme. Honestly, doesn’t this look like heaven?

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I plan to incorporate these colors in some new pillows on my bed – I already have a cream-colored quilted bedspread as a perfect ‘blank canvas’.

DESIGN ELEMENTS:

Room Inspy 2
A sparkly chandelier is a must!!! I’m determined to find one for a steal and either paint it white or update it in some fashion. Look past those busy shelves to that wall pattern – I want to do the wall behind the bed like that, with the other shelves just the warm latte color. Ruffled curtains at the window, and then I’m GOING to find an old student desk on craigslist or at a yard sale and refresh it with new paint and hardware… I’m just not sure what color yet, white or a blush or peach color.

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LOVE it? Or does all the sweetness make you gag? I can’t wait to create this dreamy bedroom. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to moving day!

Blessings,

Julia