Rooms that Inspire

What is this Room?

Is it a bedroom? Is it a Dining Room?  Is it an Office? Well it’s all three of course!

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That’s what happens when you live in 700 sq ft of space!

This is how it started out and  yes that door does lead to the garage.  This room does it all!

IMG_3608What it doesn’t do well, is fit a queen size bed and still leave room for anything else.  Sadly it was the first thing to go.  Sorry guests.  Now on to more important things like paint colors.  Did I mention there were a lot of disappointing paint colors?

IMG_4234Current color?  No.  Yellow? No.

IMG_4233How about a Carribean turquise?  Or “Backstroke” to be exact?  Stealing from the living room tv stand and tying the rooms together.  Yes!

I’m just not sure where that name came from.

IMG_4239The entire room though? NO!

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IMG_5185No worries, Ikea has a fix for that. How about a Breakfast Nook, by day.  I’m still working a new table that won’t break the bank, but for now I like how this one works.

IMG_5178Then I’ll turn it into a full Size bed, by night.  Sure it’s not a queen, but it’s not like my guests are moving in. Plus the room is only 9′ x 11′.  That leaves just enough room left for my desk.

IMG_6104I’m working on another space for my office, but for now I love the light in this room.

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What do you think?  Sure it would be nice to have three diffrent rooms, but where is the imagination in that?

Past Projects

Sleeping with the fishes

The results are in and everyone guessed wrong.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.  On the one hand, I love my new bed, but on the other I’m second guessing my choice seeing how everyone would have chosen every bed except mine.  So here’s how I broke it down.

My favorite bed is #1 Captiva from Joss & Main, but it’s such a specific style. What if I want to buy a new duvet or paint the walls in the future?  I would have to make sure it doesn’t clash with my bed.

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#2 Mid-Century from West Elm, seemed too simple and looked very similar to the bed I had for the past 12yrs.

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As much as I loved #3 Morocco from West Elm, and thought it would allow extra light to shine through since the bed is in front of the window, someone reminded me how annoying it is to dust dark furniture.  With Down pillows and comforter, I already feel like I’m dusting all the time.

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And while #5 Wilmington from Joss & Main, looked fun and beachy, reclaimed would doesn’t seem like the smoothest surface to park my pillow at night.  I kept imagining snags in my blankets or sheets.

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Final answer….#4 Stria from West Elm

(I waited until all of their beds were 20% off)

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and here it is

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(Please disregard my poor photography.  Two cameras and these are still the best pictures I could get.)

So I still have more curtains and pictures to hang, but I’m happy to finally have the pink sand walls painted over.  They only look tan in pictures. Here’s a preview of where the room started.

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So what do you think?

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Sweet Dreams

  So it’s kind of pathetic, but I bought a new King size mattress over a year ago and it has taken me this long to finally decide on the bed frame I want.  For the past year the mattress has been on a metal rail pushed up against the wall.

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I’m so excited to say, I finally bought a bed and it showed up last weekend!!  For those that know me, I have been going back and forth over a few beds for a while now and I’ve asked, just about anyone who will give me their opinion, which one I should buy.  Well, I finally bought one and I thought I would give you guys a chance to guess on which one I went with.  So what do you think?  Which one is it?

#1 Captiva

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#2 Mid-Century

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#3 Morocco

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#4 Stria

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#5 Wilmington

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Past Projects, Rooms that Inspire

Bathroom Facelift

The first room I had to tackle before I even moved in, was this bathroom.

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I didn’t like the blue paint and the fixtures were not very appealing either.  The mirror/medicine cabinet was chipping and too small for the space and they painted the light fixture blue along with the walls.

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My first idea was to just re-paint the light fixture black, so I went to Home Depot and found a little container of Martha Stewart black paint.  It had a little shimmer to it, but I thought it would work anyway.

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IMG_3460I was wrong!  It was like Jem And The Holograms sparkly nail polish with the consistency of sand paper.  It had to go just like the mirror and the paint color.

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So I took another trip back to Home Depot for a new light fixture and used a mirror I already had.

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While it looked ten times better, it wasn’t the look I really wanted.  Neither was the storage shelf I was using.

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So I went back to the internet and started looking up every bathroom storage cabinet I could find and mirrors.  While the mirror I really wanted was a capiz mirror, they all started at $199 and went up from there, so I was happy to compromise for this one for $40 from Home Goods.

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I loved the new mirror, but now the light fixture didn’t match.  After uninstalling another fixture, I went back to the store and found this.

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I think it gives a hint of the coastal look I’m going for, but also a touch of sparkle with the prismatic style glass.  Then I was lucky enough to find this shelving unit at Ikea for only $35.  All of the others I had found were $100 and up.  Even the one at Home Goods was $150 and wasn’t as tall as this one.  I will trade the hour it took me to put this thing together due to their non-descriptive directions any day over spending extra money.

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Just a few more added details…

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and I’m almost done.  I just need to find a set of roman shades for the window. In the end this bathroom ended up getting new paint, a new mirror, new light fixture, new shower head, new curtain rod, and a new toilet because the other one was like a micro toilet. Now if I could only make up my mind the first time around, I may not have to keep redoing things.

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Front Yard Makeover

This weekend my mom took the 3 hour drive over to help me get this yard back in shape.

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4 hours into pulling weeds and raking, I started to think I was tricked into doing yard work that weekend.  My mom still wasn’t there and she just kept sending me pictures of different plants at the store.  I had to question whether she was really coming at all.

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She did finally show up, but the truth is neither one of us could figure out what direction to take the front of the house.  It’s adorable like a little cottage, but at the same time it’s in Florida and could use a tropical punch.  So I took a trip over to Kathy’s Korner Nursery to get some ideas and that’s it, I was sold.  Look at this tropical paradise.  I would buy them all if I could.

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So with the magic of the internet, sweat, dirt, sweat, bugs, sweat, shovel, sweat, mulch, and more sweat here we are all done.  Did I mention it was really hot this weekend? You can also see my first house warming present in this picture, my palm tree door knocker.

IMG_3742We went with the pygmy date palm, heliconia, and crotons. We also used a mix of black mulch and rubber mulch to give it a bit of a different look and switched out the broken concrete for pavers. The grass still needs some love, so we also spread some seed and watered.

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I love how it looks and I can’t wait for them to grow a little taller.  The best part though, was when I woke up the next morning, this little guy was at my front door with a note.

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He has since found a home near my side door, which also got a bit of a makeover.

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to this

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What do you think?  Have you updated your landscape lately?

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New Love

Everyone has been asking, so I figure it’s finally time for an update. I have a new love in my life. My house….

Capture22 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car Garage, 750 Sq Ft

What my home lacks in size, it makes up for in character, use of space, and location.

As Zac Brown Band puts it…

“And my house its not much to talk about
But its filled with love
Thats grown in southern ground

And a little bit of chicken fried
Cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up”
Read more: Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried Lyrics | MetroLyrics

IMG_3322Looking for a house in St. Petersburg/Clearwater area turned into a more difficult adventure then I bargained for.  After previously looking at houses in Orlando, I had to wipe my head clear of any idea of what I can get in terms of size, updates or even a second bathroom for the money.  It’s hard to believe that most of the houses on this coast are still working with original bathrooms and kitchens.  I’ve never seen more yellow, purple, pink, and turquoise bathrooms in my life as I have these past few months.  I wish I had pictures for you because they were pretty interesting.  That and apparently the idea of having a second bathroom is a new concept over here.  That is unless you want to put it in the garage or laundry room.

3147 61st Ln N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33710

The first house I put an offer on had a toilet and sink in the laundry room and I thought I hit the big one.  That is until I found out that the whole house needed to be rewired for electric  just to get insurance AND it was in a food zone.  For those of you unfamiliar with flood zones in Florida, take your home owners insurance and double it and that’s what it would have been for me to insure this house with flood insurance.

After that I…

-Had a minor break down, since my lease on the apartment was up in two months and it took 6 months to find that house.

-Had a fight with the Realtor to get my deposit back, because no one told me the house was in a flood zone and I had to find out on my own.

-Had to find a new mortgage banker because my current banker couldn’t provide me the appropriate paperwork to get out of the contract on the house even through I no longer qualified for the house with the flood insurance.  He could only provide paperwork qualifying me for the house but no paperwork saying I no longer qualified.

– Had to make many phone calls to get a new realtor.

– Last, I had to eliminate all negative people in my life that were adding more stress to my situation.

Then I was ready to look for a new house again.  I found my current home two weeks after that.  It turns out I just needed a cleanse to find the house I really wanted.  Of course it did need a new roof and I still had to muddle through those negotiation and wait for the installation and re-inspection, but in the end I’m so happy with my choice.

So if you were wondering, buying a home was one of the most stressful things I’ve ever had to do.  If it wasn’t for daily phone calls to my mom and my best friend walking me through every step of the way, I may have given up on the whole thing.  The reward though…It’s MINE.  After moving 23 times in 32 yrs, I finally have a place to call HOME.  So come on in…

Living Room: Don’t mind my realtor adjusting the fan

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Kitchen

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2nd Bedroom

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A hallway off the livingroom holds the Master Bedroom

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Walk In Closet

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And Bathroom

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More updates to come.  What do you think?