Kitchen renovation

My in-laws house was flooded during Harvey. It was a tough experience for them but out of something negative came something positive. It is now fully renovated and I can't tell you the joy it brings me when we go visit. 

Their home was built in the 1960's, the kitchen and the restroom were pretty dated. We used this opportunity to create a new kitchen and restroom from square one. 

Below is a list of project must haves:

  • Brightness - we accomplished this by using a neutral color palette which brought in light. 
  • Better lighting - we removed a few extra fans they had in the kitchen and the breakfast area and replaced them with good quality light fixtures that give off more light. This also helped the space appear brighter. 
  • Storage - we re-designed her kitchen to include a small island with storage as well as a pantry. This helps keep the countertop clean. 
  • Updated countertop - she selected a neutral granite countertop that stands out against the bone colored cabinets. 

Here are a few quick pictures I took right before the kitchen demo work started. Please excuse the mess. 

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Here is our blank canvas. 

 

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This is the finished result! Can you believe it!? Since I took this picture we have installed roman shades over the windows. I love how airy it all feels. 

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Project Ashcroft - color story

The huz has been really busy working on our current project. I feel like he does all the hard work of scheduling and organizing. I get to come in and do the fun stuff - pick paint, backsplash, counter tops, etc. The project we are currently working on is a ranch style 1960's home. 

 I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone by working with gray. Gray is a good neutral. It is not a shade I naturally gravitate towards. I also knew I wanted to keep the kitchen white. Overall, the feel we are going for is fresh and modern with a hint of traditional.

 Below is a little glimpse of how the Ashcroft color story developed. I can't wait to share the final project!

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Furniture Restyle

I came across a pair of antique furniture pieces that I thought would look cool if they were restyled. I really enjoy adding pieces to our home that have character.  

For this project I used spray paint, acrylic paint, and fabric. All of which I picked up at Hobby Lobby. When making an antique selection, I usually take in to consideration the shape and potential. Most of the time the beauty is already there. I just help bring it out. Shout out to papi who helped me with the reupholster part of the project!

I was inspired to get a leopard print piece for our home when I saw this piece on the One Kings Lane website which retails for $795.00. 😳It looks nice but it is totally out of my price range. 

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I am really happy with the way the project turned out! Check out before and after pictures down below.

Side note: I am excited to see Justin Timberlake perform at the Super Bowl! Seems like just yesterday Houston was hosting the game. I am going for the Patriots!

Before

 This was before I spray painted the cherry wood dark walnut. 

This was before I spray painted the cherry wood dark walnut. 

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  I knew I wanted to play with leopard print while still keeping an antique vibe so I mixed silver and gold acrylic paint to get a muted gold tone. 

 I knew I wanted to play with leopard print while still keeping an antique vibe so I mixed silver and gold acrylic paint to get a muted gold tone. 

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After

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 As I was painting I wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. 

As I was painting I wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. 

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New year

Happy New Year! Am I the only one that has been hibernating?!?! If you live in Houston, you know it has been bitterly cold!! I have been spending my time relaxing and taking the new year in. I literally just went back to yoga last week, which for me says a lot. 

As you know, I am not about setting new year resolutions. It just is not my thing. I do like to reflect on the prior year and think about the new year and what I'd like to accomplish. We have a few projects and trips planned that I am really excited about. This year I just want to breathe. I want to take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

I have resolved to use the makeup I have before buying new products😳. I have been using the first few weeks of the year to organize and declutter. I want to focus on good stuff that I use on the regular. Everything else has been thrown away or donated.

My sister challenged me to not buy any lip products this year and I have accepted her challenge. There are a few lip products that I purchased leading up to the holidays that I have been living in this winter. They have really helped keep my lips hydrated during this crazy winter season.

I can't live without a good lip scrub. Mary Kay Satin Lips is an oldie but a goodie for me. I used to have this years ago and forgot about it. I use the shea sugar scrub once or twice a week and I follow that with the shea butter balm. I really like using the balm at night before going to bed. It smells amazing. I also like to use the EOS lip balm to protect against chapped lips. 

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Burt's Bees expanded their makeup line last year. I actually have not tried any of their new products but I did pick up some of their lip shimmers for Christmas gifts. I am all about natural beauty products that actually work. What I like about the lip shimmers is they hydrate while having a tint of color. They are perfect for days you might not want to wear a lipstick or a liquid lip but you want a little something more than just lip balm. This lip product could also be a good option for those of y'all that don't love lipsticks. They have great ingredients such as shea butter and fruit oils. They also glide on your lips very easily. I've included a few swatches and lip looks below.

Hope y'all are staying warm!

 All three shades have a little shimmer in them...hence the name. 

All three shades have a little shimmer in them...hence the name. 

 Rhubarb - nice berry shade   

Rhubarb - nice berry shade

 

 Fig - very similar to my natural lip color. This shade is my favorite.  P.S. I figured out I get alot of light in my office....maybe a little too much?

Fig - very similar to my natural lip color. This shade is my favorite.

P.S. I figured out I get alot of light in my office....maybe a little too much?

 Peony - I like to dab my finger over this shade so that it smooths out better over my lips

Peony - I like to dab my finger over this shade so that it smooths out better over my lips

Our Christmas Style

Hey y'all! I can't believe we are less than a week away from Christmas and I have yet to show you our Christmas decor! This was the first year I offered Christmas decorating services and it was well received! We decorated several homes for the holidays which was amazing! I will be sharing my favorite looks on Instagram. 

For our Christmas look this year I wanted to keep things simple. I opted for no ribbon weaved throughout the tree, a few ornaments keeping the focus on the tree itself, and classic neutrals.  I even thought about not doing a tree topper but I started building the look and by the time I knew it....I had a huge bow! I hope y'all are having a great holiday season. 

Here are a few shots of our decor this year. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

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Restroom renovations

As we were working on these restroom renovations my main goal was to bring in light and make things look more up to date. I must warn you...the before pictures for this are pretty yucky. This was NOT our house. 😳

Below are the main things we did to update the restrooms.

  • Removed all the tile and replaced it with new neutral flooring that set the stage for everything else.
  • Removed the existing cabinets, countertop, and sink. Replaced it with a small two door cabinet stained in a rich ebony color. Added granite with a square sink which added a nice touch. 
  • Added a new framed mirror in a pewter tone that reflects the light well. In my opinion, framed mirrors make the restroom feel a bit more lux.
  • Added a new light fixture which ensured the space had adequate light. This is so important especially in a restroom. 
  • Painted the walls a gray neutral shade. We used Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

Check out the before and after shots. If you are thinking about conquering a home interior project...do it already!

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 After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

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 After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

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 After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

Restroom #2

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 After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

 After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

 After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

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 After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

Summer Beauty

Over the past few months I have been keeping my beauty routine simple. I think this has stemmed from my love for Nudestix. Also, if you are from Houston or you have been to Houston you know it is HOT. The last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time on my makeup. 

This summer, I have been gravitating towards very simple lids, dewy skin and either a bold lip  or a peachy glossy nude. I think I was late to the peach party but I made it and I am loving it. 

Current favs:

  1. Hydration -  I always make sure to stick with my moisturizer and a face spray which is my new love (honestly, how did I ever live without a face spray!?) If you haven't tried one, you totally should. This summer I have been using the Vitamin Wakeup Mist by Pixi Beauty. You can find this brand at Target. It claims to refresh and awake the skin which I believe to be true. No matter the season, I focus on having plenty of water which also helps hydrate my skin. For me, good skin is everything. It is what helps you look alive, healthy and fresh. 
  2. Concealer - A few months ago I decide to give a drugstore concealer a try. I picked up Maybelline's Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer. I am in the shade light. I am kind of surprised that I like it. It doesn't crease or settle in  fine lines. It looks natural and it lasts all day. Using a concealer is my secret to making me look more awake and fresh - that coupled with my eye cream of course 🤗. 
  3. Brows - Gone are the days that I go thread my eyebrows every two weeks because I am worried they look bushy. I embrace bushy brows!! I can go months without doing my brows which I think helps give me a natural look. There is just something about thick tamed/untamed brows. Does that make sense? Untamed because it's not like you are keeping up with them but tamed because you are still using a brow product to make them look their best. I have been using ColourPop's Black N' Brown Brow Pencil for the past few months.  It is very easy to use and I literally do my brows in the morning in a matter of seconds. I focus on filling in a few gaps to make it look like my brows are thicker than they really are. 
  4. Lips -  This summer I have been loving the Nyx Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Daydream it is a beautiful peachy shade. I pair the Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss (which looks beat up in the picture above because it rolls around in my purse) in Pretty in Hibiscus  over it so that it isn't so matte. This helps keep my look fresh. I also have been loving Mary Kay's At Play liquid lipstick in Neon Nectarine. There is just something about a hot tamale red shade for summer that I love! Sometimes I like to go with a fun bold lip when I am keeping the rest of my look simple. I got this shade as a gift from one of my relatives in Mexico. It might be a Mexico only product because I couldn't find a link to it. If you can get your hands on it you should! It is an awesome lip product. I am very impressed with the formula. It is comfortable and long lasting. 

Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!

xoxo

Kitchen Renovation

I've dreamed about creating a space from start to finish. It's one thing to style a space and it's an entirely different thing to choose the materials that will go in to creating a room. I had the opportunity to put my skills to the test by doing a full kitchen remodel on a budget. It is crazy how much a space can transform with hard work and a vision. 

I knew right away that I wanted to open things up, bring in light and some warmth. 

Below are a few before and after pictures of our project. You should know the before pictures are gross! The pictures don't really do it justice. It really was nastier than it looks. Trust me!!

Here is what we did:

  • Created space by knocking out the upper cabinets on the right side. I then expanded the counter top so that it could become a place where you could add some bar stools, eat, and hang out.  
  • Kept the original 1960's cabinets, sanded them down to bare wood and stained them a rich dark color (Ebony) which created warmth. 
  • Kept the original hardware which I deep cleaned and spray painted a dark chocolate brown. 
  • Removed the mini-blinds and gave the window a good clean both inside and out. 
  • New granite counter tops gave the space an instant upgrade. 
  • New travertine back splash really took everything to the next level. It brought in some sophistication and made things look clean and crisp. 
  • Removed the wall paper and painted Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. This shade is a good neutral that looks beige/grey. It also helped open up the space. I feel like it tied the kitchen together. 
  • Added new appliances - patched the hole you see on the far left wall which was where the microwave was (weird), removed the dishwasher to create space for a trash can or a wine fridge, purchased a range with an oven, and put in a new deep sink with a new faucet. 
  • Lastly, we added a new light fixture which gives off much more light.

Anyone working on cool projects this summer? Tell me about them!

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For the moms

We celebrated Mexican mother's day yesterday with my mother in-law who is going out of town this weekend. I love giving floral arrangements for any occasion, but since I knew she wouldn't be home to enjoy it, I decided to do something a little different. 

I made mini bouquets for her and her mom which were super simple to make and super cute. Check out my step by step tutorial down below from left to right. 

For this project you will need:

  • Flowers - any kind will do. I like using mini carnations or mini roses. I just used what I had on hand. 
  • Floral wire - the thinest size you can find at your nearest craft store
  • Scissors 
  • Ribbon - I used some left over ribbon I had from another project. Anything that will hide the floral wire would work
  • Butterflies - I got these at my local craft store

Happy crafting!