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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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!

Restroom #1

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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.

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!

Guest Restroom Update

I finally convinced the huz that it was time to update our guest restroom. We live in a relatively new home so there is no reason to be ripping out and putting in new countertops, painting the cabinets, etc., I just can't justify it, so for now I am focusing on updates. When Miguel moved in our house a few years ago the first thing we did was paint some of the rooms that we just could not live with. The guest restroom was one of them. It was this horrible avocado green and at the time I wanted drama so we went with a deep plum purple. I liked it for awhile and then I decided I was tired of the darkness.

I knew I wanted something spa like. Since I have been on a white kick I knew that I wanted to go that route. I happened to read an article on Veranda.com that talked about rethinking white for those that just don't love the idea of going with a white shade. It can be really difficult to get the right white shade that doesn't look too grey, too yellow, too pink, etc. If you are interested in reading the article you can find it here. We actually painted our guest bedroom Greek Villa first. Since I knew that I loved it, I decided to use it again for our guest restroom. Can we just stop to reflect on the name of this paint? Don't you think of this when you hear greek villa...yaaaass!!! 

How can you not draw inspiration from this!?

How can you not draw inspiration from this!?

We went with Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint which has the paint and primer all in one. It also is easy to clean.  

My top two places when it comes to purchasing paint are Sherwin Williams and Home Depot. You can usually get a good sale at Sherwin Williams (there is one actually happening now through Feb. 4th). We have one near our home so it is easy to drop in and get what I need quickly.

Below is an outline of the changes I made:

  • Paint - This gives any room an instant pick me up. It really is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to change a space. I usually like my walls to be matte. 
  • Floating shelves - We purchased a old barn beam and cut it in half to create two shelves. I think it adds character to the space. The floating aspect gives a very clean look and it allows for your decor pieces to be the center of attention. 
  • Mirrors - When we painted our restroom originally we cut the builders grade mirror we had smaller. My dad created a custom frame made of wood to go around it. I highly recommend doing this. It gives your mirror and your space a more lux look. There really is no reason to go out and purchase a new mirror if you have one that you can reinvent. I am in love with gilded sunburst mirrors.The gilded aspect reminds me a lot of the decor you might find in any european cathedral. This design actually dates back to King Louis XIV. I love the drama it adds. 
  • Fixtures - We finally got rid of our builders grade Hollywood strip light and replaced it with a antique bronze finish fixture from Pottery Barn. I also added a towel hook for guests to use. I have found some good Pottery Barn dupes at Hobby Lobby. I love them in a rustic antique bronze finish. I am all about mixing and matching while still keeping a cohesive look so I wanted to give mixing metals a shot. I was tired of looking at our polished nickel fixture so I decided to spray paint it and our toilet paper holder antique brass. I love the pop it gives when compared to the black granite. 
  • Decor - I don't like my spaces to feel cluttered. I stuck with the usual items: soap dispenser, hand towels, an oyster shell from one of our past father's day brunches (it doubles as decor and a unique jewelry dish) all neatly placed on a large tray. In order to keep with the spa feel, I rolled up towels and displayed them, I have soaps in the container on the floating shelf, I added a mini candle and pops of greenery. 

Below are some before and after shots. Keep in mind, Miguel and I are newlyweds so we are taking our time making our house a home. My main focus has been the rooms that everyone can see - such as the living room, kitchen, and dining room. We are slowly making our way to the other rooms, so many projects so little time! 

Collaboration

As the idea for Collection of Beauty ("CoB") came together in my mind, I shared a few thoughts with a few friends, one of which is Seleni Hernandez. Seleni is a photographer and after weeks of swapping photography stories and decor stories, we thought, why aren't we working together? I had this idea of her coming to our home and photographing me for the blog. She graciously agreed and the outcome was beautiful! If you are in the Houston area and you are looking for a good photographer to capture your special moments you should check her out at selenihernandezphotography.com. Below is a short film of what a Collection of Beauty means to me as well as a few of my favorite shots from our photoshoot. Some of her work is sprinkled throughout this blog. 

I've had the pleasure of working along side Seleni for awhile now. I can't tell you what a difference it makes when you know you are working with someone that is professional, dependable and a all around good person. In addition to checking out her website you should follow her on Instagram - @selenihernandez. 

What I loved the most about this shoot was that it took place in our home. We have worked so hard to create a space that we love (it is still a work in progress) but to see it on camera as if we rented out the space just for the shoot is awesome. 

Never underestimate the power of beauty, whether it be a beautiful friendship or a beautiful ambiance. 

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Photo credit: Seleni Hernandez Photography

Photo credit: Seleni Hernandez Photography

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!