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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Mixing Metals

What I love so much about creating a space is being the designer. Each piece I incorporate is an extension of me in some way.  There are no rules to follow. Gold and silver can be friends. 

While we were in the process of updating our guest restroom I knew that I wanted to mix metals. Interweaving the colors throughout the space helps make it a cohesive look. The restroom is a good place to start experimenting with mixing things up. 

We removed the basic builders grade light fixture that comes with every house. I was so tired of looking at it. You know which one I am talking about. It's straight and has about ten lightbulbs (I believe it is called the Hollywood strip)...not something I consider beautiful. 

Below is a before and after:

One of my favorite stores to shop at is Pottery Barn. I found this light fixture that I loved and purchased but I ended up returning it.  I found something very similar to it on Craigslist for a fraction of the price and it is also a Pottery Barn piece. Nothing wrong with recycling something that someone else is getting rid of, especially when it is new! Can you guess which one is "used" and which one is new?

If you guessed the one on the left is new, you are correct! I saved about $130 by returning the new light fixture  and going with the "slightly used". Honestly, you can't tell the difference. 

Around the time I was working on the restroom I read about Remington Avenue's One Room Challenge. She spray painted her faucets instead of buying new ones. She posted a step by step tutorial that inspired me to do the same. If you haven't seen her work you should check her out. She has some awesome interior decorating ideas. Painting the faucet was pretty easy and it gave me the look I wanted.The light fixture is a antique bronze finish. I really wanted to try adding touches of brass that would pop against the black and look chic. I liked the way it turned out. I will say, the brass color looked better outside when I was spray painting under the sun. The natural light really makes it sparkle. There is not much natural light in our restroom so the color doesn't look the same. Overall, I am happy with the look...for now 😊. 

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Below are some great examples of restrooms with mixed metals. Aren't they adorable?

 

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Our Holiday Decor

I have always been a HUGE Christmas person. It has always been such a big deal in our family. Naturally, now that I am married, I get so excited about transforming our home for Christmas. This  year's theme has been one that I have been wanting to do for a few years. When I think of woodsy it makes me think of my dad who is the ultimate hunter/outdoors man. I love how cozy a woodsy theme is but it wouldn't be me if I didn't add a touch of sparkle so I went with a woodsy sparkle theme this year. Pretty sure I made that category up so don't go looking for that online anywhere :). You might have seen some magnolia leaves on my Instagram for Thanksgiving which I just love!! I love them so much I didn't want to get rid of them so I decided to incorporate it in to my theme because it goes perfectly. I love the look and the fact that it cost me nothing to go over to my neighbors tree and get a few clippings (make it a ton...I just can't seem to get enough...don't tell my neighbor). Honestly, if I could be a professional tree decorator I would be in heaven. It is something that just excites me!! Here are a few pictures of what our living room looks like. I hope you guys are having fun this month creating  beautiful memories. 

Cheers!