Home Inspiration

I don’t know what it is about the spring, but the inspiration bug has definitely bitten me. I don’t know if it’s warm weather or the fact that I have multiple friends buying homes this year (which means I’ve been looking through other beautiful homes online), but I am dying for the weather to be nice enough to be working outside and starting some new projects around the house. Last year, we made simple updates to the paint, outlets/switches, and decor so I think we’re ready to keep the momentum rolling. As usual, I’ve been keeping track of inspiration via Pinterest, but I thought I would share some of my favorites.

The Kitchen: Kevin and I have been thinking about a kitchen refresh but wanted to wait until we’d been in our house for a while before making any changes. After about a year (!!!), we have found that we like the organization of the kitchen, all of the cabinet space, and the cut out wall, but the cabinets could use a fresh coat of paint and it would be fun to add a back splash as well. I really like subway tile, so I’m considering that for the kitchen. Our baseboards, doors and windowsills throughout the upstairs are a warm white, so, unless I paint all of those I probably won’t go with a bright white option. I like the look of the glass tiles in the photo above. As far as paint goes, we’re leaning towards dark lower cabinets and warm white uppers. Kevin wanted to go dark and I wanted stark white so this seemed like a perfect compromise. I think that will be a happy medium because while I love the blue/grey color, it has the potential to make the room feel smaller and the more I think of it, white on the lower cabinets just seem like they could get dirty quick.

The Entryway: By the front door, we have a small entryway and coat closet. These adjacent areas have two different patterns of linoleum joined by a metal transition strip, so I wanted to tile the whole area to make it seamless. We found the one pictured at Lowes and both Kevin and I LOVED it. It is warm enough that it looks great with our tan walls and the grey that’s already in the room. It also looks perfect next to the color of the hardwood. Each tile piece is about 12″ by 24″ so we wouldn’t need much to cover our 18 square foot space. I originally thought I wanted to do a hexagon tile at the front door, but I’m starting to think it would just be way too dark and overpowering for this area.

The Garden: I’ve been planting veggies for years – both at my parents house and at apartments during college – so I am thrilled to have my own yard to grow all of the things. We have a large backyard but a lot of it is in the shade during the summer when the trees have leaves, so I’m not going to start any garden plots this year. I’d like to start with some kind of raised flower bed. There are lots of options on Pinterest that I could move around the backyard to find sun or there are the little flower boxes like the ones in the picture above that I could set on the front porch. Additionally, I’m also looking forward to planting some flowers and having terracotta pots full of beautiful plants. I’ve heard the rule that each big pot needs a spiller (hanging outside the pot), filler (filling the pot) and thriller (something tall) to really make the pots pop. Here’s to lots of flower and veggie seeds in my (near) future.

So there you have it!

What projects are you planning this year?

Upstairs Living Room Vision Board

Upstairs Living Room
Ever since we went under contract on our house, I’ve been day dreaming about what I want the living area on the main floor to look like. It’s probably a little backwards, but since we weren’t moving in for a few weeks, I wanted to get the paint picked out first and then go back and choose the furniture. We decided when we moved into our apartment that we weren’t going to go crazy with decor since it was fairly small and we planned on moving to a house relatively quickly. It goes without saying that after more than four years of “renter’s white” walls and thrown together decor, I was pretty excited to get to put together a home where we love every element and where we feel comfortable. Hosting is a HUGE thing for me that I really feel like I missed out on when we lived in our apartment, so I’m excited to make this a welcoming space where people want to hang out!

 

Since I’ve never really had a home to decorate, I’ve never really developed my design style. So that’s kind of where I started. First, I looked at the pieces of furniture that I already owned. I then popped over to pinterest’s “home decor” section and made a board for anything that I thought had a similar style or included any photos that I found not only aesthetically pleasing, but photos of rooms that I’d like to live in or get inspiration from. Many of those had descriptions at the bottom which gave me an idea of what my style was – I found that “transitional” came up most often. I also completed a few quizzes to see how they lined up. Here are the ones I tried and the result I got:

 

HomeGoods Stylescope – Farmhouse Glam | Stylish Home – Bespoke Classic | Lonny Style Finder – Rustic Romantic | My Domaine – Vibrant Traditionalist | Houzz – Traditional | She Knows – Rustic | Apartment Therapy – Classic Glam |  Z Gallerie – Calmly Collected

 

I  would also say that typing some of these words into pinterest helped as well. The main takeaways were colors, patterns, textures and shapes. I think it’s important to know how you want the room to feel. For me, relaxation and comfort are top priorities. I could walk into the biggest most beautifully designed homes, but if I can’t comfortably sit on the floor to pet the dog, it’s a no go for me. For example, I was originally hoping I could duplicate some of Joanna Gains’ style in our house, but the more that I looked at stalk her blog, the more I just don’t know if that’s me. Don’t get me wrong, the style is gorgeous and living there would be magazine worthy but it’s almost so perfect that it isn’t live-in-able (where is the TV, dog hair and iPhone charger?). I mean, Chloe would have to stay outside because there’s no way we could getting hair on everything. But in the midst of all my Joanna blog searching, I found this little nugget she wrote:

 

The one thing I say over and over is your home is a reflection of your heart, not someone else’s. I believe home should be a place where you are inspired, a place where you come alive, and a place you enjoy with your significant other and loved ones. Finding your design style starts with you; Not your neighbor, your best friend, or the beautiful magazine on your coffee table. It starts with what’s inside you.

 

I love that. So I made a collage.

 

It was the first one I’ve ever put together, with the help of Polyvore. If you’re not familiar, it’s a clothing and home decor website that lets you make collages based on items from all over the internet! I started with pieces similar to ones that I knew I was getting or already had – like the couch and wall color for example. Then I was able to branch off from there. Creating this really gave me a good idea of the room without buying each item. I’m not a huge fan of purchasing more items than I need and returning the rest, because I’m lazy, so this was so helpful and allowed me to pull the trigger on many of the items that we now own.

 

  1. Technically, this is wallpaper, but I had found some wall art that brought in pops of the blue/green color while also bringing in a wood element.
  2. Nomadic Desert Paint Color, which is already on the walls!
  3. I was obsessed with these curtains, only to find out that they were clearanced out and are no longer sold in this color in the length that we would need.
  4. I had actually purchased a different couch prior to making this board, but I was unable to find that couch on polyvore, so I used this one.
  5. Another out of stock item, but I’m totally digging the trellis rug look and the pile on these makes the room look cozy.
  6. I’d probably never spend $180 on a throw pillow, but if I did, it’d be this one.
  7. I love the idea of the gold in this side table, but height wise, I think it might end up being a bit short.
  8. These plants, only real.
  9. Gray script chairs would help tie some of the wood and gray elements together.

Since I originally created this collage, we have made a few purchases, which I plan on sharing in a “progress” type post sometime soon. We definitely have enough in the room for it to be used as a living room, but I want to wait until the right pieces come along to finish it up!

Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.

I’ll keep ya updated.

House Tour | Before

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

Thanks, everyone, for all of the love on facebook! We cannot be more excited about our new home. We are not quite moved into the house yet, since we wanted to do a few things before we moved in and certainly had time to do so with our current renting situation. I know that a couple friends and relatives had asked to see some of the pictures of the house after the listing was taken down, so I thought that I’d share them. We don’t have a ton we want to change upfront since the previous owners made quite a few updates, but here’s an idea of what we’re working with!

My absolutely favorite thing about this house are those beautiful windows on the front! I love natural light, so I can’t wait to see how gorgeous this place is in the morning. I also love how it has both a front and back patio and can totally picture us drinking coffee (ok…and maybe our Break Time sodas) here.

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

When you first walk into the front door, you walk into a little entry way and then directly into the living room with the dining room at the back of that space. There are stairs on the right which take you downstairs to the basement.

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

Past the stairs on the right hand side is the kitchen. We will basically be tripling our the counter space and doubling our cabinet storage, so now we will have plenty of room for our wedding gifts that are currently being stored in our cabinets, laundry room, and coat closet.

On the opposite side of the house from the kitchen, there are two bedrooms and a full bathroom. The larger room of the two will be our Master bedroom and then the smaller one will be my craft room (heart eye emojis).

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

One of the things that I find the most interesting about this house, that we didn’t know about until the inspection, is that we have a laundry chute in our closet! It pops right downstairs into our laundry room. Best believe we will be taking advantage of that!

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

Here is the soon-to-be craft room! Ideally, it will be set up in a similar way with the twin bed and then the desk under the window on the right-hand side of this photo.

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

When you walk down the stairs, there is a bedroom directly to the right, and that is going to be the guest bedroom! We love the recessed lighting in this room and the windows (which are right behind the photographer) are really neat and completely make the room.

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

Across the hall, past these cute built ins, is the other full bath.

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

This room is down the hall a little more and will be Kevin’s office – I’m excited for him to have a space!

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

Finally, this is the family room where the TV will be! We can’t wait to watch MU games down here!

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

Last is Chloe’s favorite part of the house – our backyard. We’ve been hanging out and painting and Chloe has been thoroughly enjoying chasing squirrels up the trees and rolling in the grass!

IMG by Jacqueline and Kevin Reape on 500px.com

So there you have it, our cute little 1958 #HighridgeRanch! We are so excited to move in and decorate to our hearts content! I’ll be posting more as we go, and I’m taking you along for the ride! So stay tuned!

We Bought a House!

Meet our #HighridgeRanch! This cutie was built in 1958 and is the perfect combination of exactly what we were looking for in a home – great location, in our budget, and just the amount of space we were hoping for!

We’ve been praying over this house for almost three months now! It all started when our friends let us know that it was going to be on the market. It felt like we waited and waited but when we finally we saw it pop up online, we made sure to be the first ones to walk through! (Luckily that also made us the first to make an offer!) This was only the second home that we saw, so we decided to see another, newer home that same day. When we got to that house though, all we could do was talk about the other one. It was the longest 24 hours of our life, but thankfully the sellers accepted! After a looong 30 days, the house is finally officially ours!

Thankfully, we have a little time to freshen up the paint and do a couple of small projects before we move in! We cannot be more excited and are looking forward to filling it with all of the people we love and all of the memories we could possibly fit inside! I’ll be posting more pictures soon, so stayed tuned!

 

 

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Hi, I'm Jacqueline - believer, learner, and all around hobby enthusiast. I'm married to my highschool sweetheart, Kevin, and we live in the midwest with our sweet pup.

On this blog I share all kinds of things about my life - from my faith journey to the garden in my neighbors backyard. I've been blogging for almost eight years and use this space as a way to document my daily life.

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