Defining a Style for your HOME

There are a lot of definitions for home decor styles now a days: modern, traditional, french country, contemporary, shabby chic, eclectic …

But when defining a style for my home, it was hard for me to try and assimilate to just one of these styles, so I didn’t!

If you asked me for a definition of my style, I would say my home is Pottery Barn meets beach cottage with a vintage flair! I know its a lot, but it is who I am.

I love the clean lines and style of pottery barn, the soft tones and nautical touches of beach side cottages, and the character and individual-ness of vintage items or antiques (yes there is a difference), so i decided to meld them all together.

Am I a professional decorator…No! Does my home look like a magazine…No! Is my decorating journey complete…Barely started with the move! But my goal when decorating my home is to create a beautiful, cozy space that feels warm and inviting. I don’t want my home to feel like a museum, but I also don’t want it to feel messy and over-lived in. Instead I want to find that happy medium where my family and friends and gather and feel comfortable, but I can show off my home-making prowess (still to be determined if I actually have any. 🙂 ).

I certainly want the items in my home to coordinate, but matching is not a necessity. I prefer the items in my home to have sentimentality and meaning (I love a good story!), and the room colors to flow throughout the house with a sense of continuity.

Maybe this all seems a bit lofty, after all I don’t have kids yet (which I know is a whole different ball game when planning home decor), but for now it suits me and my family.

Here is a “mood board” of how I define my style (and a sneak peek at some of the Pinterest projects I want to complete):Style

How do you define your style?

Photo Cred: All photos were sourced from Pinterest and can be found on my For the Home Pinterest board for original sources. 

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Vintage Window Up-Cycle

I teased on my Instagram a while back that I was working on an up-cycle project.  Well its finally complete!

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Story behind the window:
Being from South Louisiana I have a natural love for vintage things, but this one holds a particular place in my heart.  It is an old window from my Grandfather’s childhood home on the river.  The house was built in the very early 1900s and was recently sold (to another family member), but before they tore the old house down (it was falling apart) we were able to take some pieces.  I was fortunate to grab this old window, a pair of vintage french doors (more to come on those) and some antique christmas ornaments (stay tuned to see how I use these).

The Project:
Being that this window is a “member of my family” I wanted to find a way to give it new life.  Here is what I did:IMG_3387

1. I sanded down the window and clean her up using some Windex (always wear a mask when working with painted antiques).  I also had to scarp away several layers of old paint around the window panes.  Don’t sand it to perfection in order to keep some of the antique qualities coming through with the new coat of paint.

2. Then I applied several layers of white paint.  I was going for a clean look, but feel free to wipe away or sand away some of your paint to  get a more aged, weather worn affect.

3. I then printed off an “M” from google imaged and cut it out.  I then taped around the letter with painters tape and removed the stencil.

4. I painted the letter in with a taping motion to avoid paint seeping under the tape.

5. LET THE PAINT DRY! (I made this mistake and had to scrap it off and start over). If you don’t let it dry the paint won’t stick to the glass.

6. Use a razor blade and carefully trace the letter where the paint meets the tape.  Gently peel away the tape.

7. Use a small flat head screwdriver to scrape away any small mistake or bleeding.

This was a fun project, but it takes a good deal of patience, especially if you aren’t overly talented with paint (like me).

Vintage windows are pretty easy to come across at salvage yards and antique stores, so you can certainly do this project at your home.  Look for windows with a story, if you can’t find one, look for a window with unique architectural details to spice up your project.

Next Steps:
I am thinking of adding a photo behind it before I hang it on the wall in my hallway.

What do you think?  Yes or No?

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Photo C/O Pinterest

Have you ever up-cycled something vintage?  If so, what did you do?  Share your pictures below or using #vintageupcycle I would love to see your finished projects. 

Stone Aged Kitchen

My husband and I were looking for a way to bring a wow factor to our kitchen, really making this track home feel custom.  In order to do that we had to throw it back to the “stone age” with two stone kitchen projects:

1. The BackSplash
I have been struggling for a while trying to decide what backsplash to put in our kitchen.  Our granite is quite busy, so colorful glass tile seemed to not be an option.  I liked the look of subway tile, but the popular glossy tile didn’t match the style of my kitchen.  So in the end I went with an off white travertine subway tile, and I think it looks great!

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Hint: We had to pop-off the granite lip on the wall (which was only glued to the wall, so it was pretty easy) to achieve the clean look we wanted.

2. The Stone Peninsula
I am really in love with how the stone on the kitchen peninsula came out!  The colors we chose really play off the wall color in the great room and the colors in the granite.  My husband and his cousin really took great care in creating the 45 degree angles on all the corners using a wet saw, but the install went fairly smoothly as the stone came in sheets from LOWEs.  We also removed the baseboard and added larger wooden bracket detailing to enhance the built in feel.

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Hint: We had to replace the drywall with concrete board on the peninsula in order to hold the weight of the stone.

Have you used stone in any projects at your house?