A Kitchen Goes Light, Bright, & Airy

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If you’ll remember a while back I shared with you my Mom and Dad’s kitchen.  The home they had purchased fit their needs, minus the teeny tiny kitchen and it’s lack of storage.  It was way too dark for my Mom’s taste.  She wanted to be able to incorporate some of her favorite pieces and increase storage as much as possible.

To refresh your memory here’s what the original kitchen looked like.

BEFORE

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And now, here’s the after.

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We added the bank of drawers with butcher block countertop in the breakfast room so there was a place to house all the kitchen necessities…bowls, glass pans, and more.  Deep drawers are a great addition to any kitchen because they maximize the space that’s available.  We wanted something a little different over the cabinets to keep it fun and visually light.  We added the antique mirror, that we picked up at an estate sale, and some old door moldings from old Oklahoma farmhouses.  To keep it from feeling to old and drab we added the pottery pieces and the artificial agave leaves that we picked up at Muse.  We chose to use an island from IKEA to give seating for a quick breakfast or a spot for the grandkids to eat or color.

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If you remember, the original cabinets over the cooktop were short and awkward.  We wanted to mimic the curve of the brick, so we had the carpenter make cabinet doors to match the curve.  We chose to eliminate the cabinet above the fridge because it was pretty much useless at its original size, and it helped to make it feel more airy.  The backsplash was a ‘made to look like’ natural stone.  We replaced the square fake tiles with a herringbone marble backsplash.

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The cabinets that were on this wall were short and squatty and lacked any appeal.  We chose to open up the space and display some pretty pieces with open shelving and beadboard, and to bring in some color!

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In need of some design help before the holidays roll around?  Contact me at havenbyhayden@hotmail.com or visit my website at www.havenbyhayden.com

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Light and Bright Dining Room Makeover with Pretty Distressed

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Hi, I am Christina, and I blog over at Pretty Distressed. Allison offered me an opportunity to guest post today, and I am excited to share my dining room makeover with you!

It is still a work in progress in my eyes. I need some window treatments, wall hangings, a rug perhaps, but it has come such a long way. I wanted to share it with you because it is my happy place. Seriously, I sometimes just sit in my front room and stare at the dining room because it is so serene and peaceful.

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The before pic is actually from our house’s listing before we bought it almost a year ago, and the furniture you see belonged to the former owner. We put down the hardwood floors before we moved in along with some taller baseboards, and I also seized the opportunity to paint under the chair rail while we were stripped down to subfloors. There is nothing that is less me than a warm toned red, and I knew it had to go even before I had any kind of vision for this room.

The walls were painted with Sherwin-Williams Hazel last winter, and we installed the light from Menards shortly after. I love the touch of elegance the chandelier adds and the way it contrasts the rest of the causal, country pieces that makeup the room.

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I inherited the main pieces of furniture early this year from a family member and eventually painted and distressed the table and hutch with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, to soften and brighten the room. Most of the decor along with the two wicker end chairs are from HomeGoods, another happy place of mine. I didn’t have the time or cash to hunt down antique ironstone pieces, so I did my best to pick out china that would give that same feel.

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While I love HGTV, there is no instant gratification in a real life makeover. I work on things as time and budget allows. I hope you, too, can take the time to enjoy your space where it is and not get hung up on where you want it to be some day. My dining room journey is not over, but I am still getting a lot of joy out of how far it has come.

 

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If you want to see more of my home and work, come check me out at Pretty Distressed. Thank you so much to Allison for this opportunity to guest post. I have been following her for a while now, and it is an honor to share here today!

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Chewbeads Giveaway!

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Happy Monday!  I have a super fun giveaway for you today!  Last week Patty Rankin gave us some advice on how to get our sexy back with a post maternity or post weight loss body styling sesh.  And she raved about Chewbeads – a 100% silicone necklace safe for teething babies to chew on!  I know my little guy would chew on my necklaces and then the anxiety of hoping my necklaces wouldn’t break or what chemicals were in the necklace would set in.  This necklace solves all of those problems – plus they look super chic.

Who wants to win one of these adorable and functional necklaces? (Uh – I do!)  The winner will win any Chewbeads necklace of their choice – go visit their website and peruse around.

Register for the giveaway in the widget below (it takes a second to load so please be patient!).  The giveaway will run until Monday Oct. 27th.

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Breakfast Room Makeover

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Hello everyone!  It’s Hayden, and boy have I missed sharing with you!!!  Today is all about my Breakfast Room makeover.  A while back I shared with you that my breakfast room {and entire house} were in need of a makeover.  Well, the Breakfast Room is finally done!  Last time you saw it, it looked like this….

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Sad, I know!  But, with a little paint, some fabric, and a friend that sews we transformed the room!

And here it is….

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I wanted to get rid of the chair rail molding and make it disappear, so I painted it the same color as the walls.  I debated on painting out the crown molding and baseboards, but was lazy and decided to wait and see how the finished product looked.  And guess what….I actually didn’t mind the dark molding when I got rid of the stark white walls.  Amazing!

The centerpiece is a little sad and small {that’s still in the works},  but I love the walls and the curtains!  It’s amazing what color and adding curtains can do for a space!  I actually feel like I live in a real home now; and I definitely screamed and jumped up and down when I stepped back to see the hung curtains!

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Wall Color:  Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies

Fabric Selection:  Henna Summerland from Online Fabric Store

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