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Lindsay emailed me a few months ago asking me to help her with some kitchen ideas.  Here was what she emailed me:

“Wondering if you would be willing to help me decide on ideas for my kitchen. I just got black appliances (rid the white) and now feel like back splash and a floor change would make the world of difference. Maybe new hardware for the cupboards too. The hood range is also coming in black soon I hope. So: if you have time and any thoughts could you tell me what you think would look nice in the way of backsplash/flooring and hardware? Thanks a million.”

After asking her tons of questions about her style, colors that she likes, and any thoughts that they had they emailed me and told me that they had just bought black appliances and that they had one idea for the backsplash:

“Also, we have thoughts about the backsplash. My husband works in he glass industry and installed this kitchen a few years ago that he really wants to replicate. It is one solid piece of glass used for backsplash which is painted on the backside (any colour).  So the glass is transparent but coloured from the painted side. Not sure if you can imagine that or if you have seen anything like it?”

I was pumped!  I love it when a reader gives me something that they have in mind.  The glass backsplash was genius and it would brighten that entire place up and make it so fresh.  I am so glad they thought of it and it was the inspiration for the entire mood board.  Here is her kitchen.


What Lindsay wanted:

  • Find a place for the microwave
  • Add a dishwasher either on the wall the microwave is currently on or add an apartment sized DW by the sink.
  • Wanted fun color.

My Strategy:


I wanted the floors to compliment the black appliances, but still look good if they sold the house and someone bought another style.  I love the classic look of black and white floors.  Here is an example.  I thought, what if you tiled in a stripe pattern.  It would make the room look bigger and make the roo stand out.  I googled it and found this and this.  I was sold.  If they wanted to do it on the cheap, they could do the peel and stick linoleum tiles.  If they wanted to spend a little more they could do the ceramic tiles.


The glass of course and I am counting on Lindsay and her husband to teach me how to do it!  You won”t see the backsplash in the mood board, but imagine the wall color behind it!


Keep the dark wood. I love dark wood.

The Mood Board:

Source List with Links:

Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy (For the window shade); Pendant:  (For over the sink); Flooring: Home Depot  (these are vinyl tiles which would cost them about $50, you could do ceramic tiles);  Cabinets: Ebay (these are just for show, this is a color similar to hers);  Hardware Pulls:  Lowes   (for the doors)   Hardware pulls: Amazon (For drawers); Countertop: Lowes (This is a laminate countertop)  Door: Pinterest   (this is a screen door from a blog that was not linked in Pinterest…boo, You could replace the screen with wood and put a chalkboard or add more of the fun fabric to the back of the screen); Light: Shades of Light; Cart: Ikea  (for the microwave wall…see the sketches below); Wall Shelves: Ikea (for the microwave wall);  Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Waterscape

Here were my ideas in amateur sketches for the microwave wall.  My first thought was a pantry but her pantry is in her laundry room, which is the doorway you see in the picture

Option #1

This would be how they can use the space if they removed the drawers by the sink and added a apartment sized dishwasher.

Option #2

This option is if they decide to move the dishwasher over to the wall where the microwave is currently.   Its the most costly option because you have to move plumbing but not that bad because the washer is on the other side of the wall.


Here are all my ideas I gave her on how to DIY or other options.  Its kind of long, but if you want to read them here they are.

Thank you Lindsay for thinking of me to help you.  I hope this inspired your own ideas and I can”t wait to see what you do!


My good friend Mary is a Photographer.  She does wedding, portraits, family portraits and all sort of good stuff.  If you remember, In December, she gave me a free printable for you to download.   Mary is busy expanding her business and she decided to do a stylized shoot.  A stylized shoot is where a photographer sets up parts of a wedding reception and ceremony and stages in order to photograph elements of a wedding.  It allows customers to see what she can do as she showcases a wedding.

 Many of the photographs you see in a wedding magazines are staged weddings. There are some that are actual weddings, but advertisements and some features are staged wedding with models.  What does all this have to do with me?  Well, part of setting up a stylized shoot is you recruit vendor’s to help you.  It is an opportunity for a vendor to get to showcase their talents and gain more customers.  I am not a vendor, but I have decorated a few weddings so Mary asked me to do the staging.  Mary knew what theme she wanted and she is relying on me to create that vision for her.  For about a month I started putting together mood boards and pinning things to a private mood board.  I gave Mary a few options and once she decided on one it was “Ready, Set, Go” to find all of things that we needed to make it happen.  Once the style board was in place we were able to go to the vendors to present the theme.  The fun thing, is they get to use their creativity to fit our plan!

The Theme:  1920′s Great Gatsby-Esque Wedding

I am not going to tell you which one we are doing, but here are the three options I send to Mary:, great gatsby 1920's wedding Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background) (background); Dinner Plates:; Camera’s: Lack Luster; Gold Votive’s: Candle Select; Crystal votive:; Trumpet Vase:; Feathers:; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy  Napkin:; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design Etsy  (recolored by me); Flowers:  Ruffled Blog  Chair: Pinterest, great gatsby 1920's wedding Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background); Dinner Plates:; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Koyal Wholesale Crystal votive:; Trumpet Vase:; Feathers:; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy  Napkin:; Menu:  Purple Sapphire Design Etsy (recolored by me)  Flower:  Ruffled Blog  Chair:  Pinterest, great gatsby 1920's wedding

Source:  Fabric for tablecloth (background) (background); Dinner; Camera’s: Lack Luster   Gold Votive’s: Candle Select  Crystal votive:; Trumpet;; Vintage Glasses:  Machomachisimovintagephotostream  Napkin:; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design, Etsy (recolored by me); Flower: Red Dahlia; Chair: Pinterest (re-colored by me)

She was really excited about one of them so I am running with it.  Here is a hint:

Stylized Shoot

You probably think you know which one we picked, but I may be having these re-upholstered or painting the upholstery them to fit the grey option.  I still can’t believe I found these 1920′s appropriate fan chairs.

Here is what I am in charge of getting ready:

  • Reception Table – I will do everything but the flowers.  We shared with them what we wanted and there is a vendor providing those.
  • Entry Table
  • Dessert Table – I do everything but the food.  We have a vendor providing a cake and other goodies
  • Odds and ends for props of certain shots

I don’t want to share too much but here are a few things to look for:

  • We are shooting at a train station
  • We are shooting at a massive lakeside estate
  • We are shooting during the day
  • We are shooting at night
  • A bridal shop is allowing us to borrow a vintage wedding dress
  • We have models
  • We are looking for a hair dresser.  (If you are in the Branson Area and you want to show off your talent…hopefully to be published in Wedding Online and Print Publications…email me)

What does this mean for you?

I have learned stylized shoots you go all out to create a theme.  I shows what you can do, elements of and it inspires elements for readers.  Of course, I am the DIY queen so I will have some DIY tutorials for all of you who are looking for wedding centerpieces.  These could be used for weddings, showers, or even fun party events. Soon after the reveal post, I will share how you can create the look we have on a budget.  Are you excited?  Okay, you don’t have to be, but I am.

The 1920s…they are coming back in style almost 100 years later.  Isn’t that crazy?  Thinking of how everything comes back around, I feel the need to get on my knees and pray. Soon the 1980′s wedding with tinsel backdrops and poofy wedding dress sleeves will return.  Hopefully, we will all have the creativity to rehab it.

Have a Great Monday,



Hillbilly Kitchen

Jennifer —  March 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

On Wednesday I explained what was coming up for the house that we are renovating.  I also explained that the not so fun stuff was happening such as electricity and drywall.  The great thing about electricity in a complete renovation you get to make the home more lighting friendly.  You also get to remove weirdly place lights and put them in a place where they make more sense.  Yesterday we had to tell the electrician where to place the electricity.  Just for fun, here is the kitchen before we started renovating:

Caudill House,

We are keeping the existing cabinets, adding more, and replacing the doors

Caudill House,


Of course you know that we had to gut the entire living room and take down the huge wall separating the kitchen from the living room.

Here is the lighting I know that I wanted:

  • Pendant over the sink

  • Two pendants over the island

  • Pendent over the table

  • Can lights along the “L” of the kitchen.  (Between the island and cabinets)

Yesterday we had to decide, with confidence, where the light boxes for the pendants.  I had to move the cabinets back into the kitchen to be sure.  This is the floor we had to carefully walk them over to get them into the kitchen.  #Treacherous!  We are leveling out the joists in the laundry room. level subfloor

After we moved and nudged and inched and pretended we were cooking, opening drawers and doors to see if we had room…we came up with this plan. I laughed because it looked like a hillbilly kitchen.  We have electricity, we have storage, and I found a countertop in the garage.  Whats even funnier is that we don’t have water but we bought gallons of water to put in the sprayer to remove the popcorn ceiling.  So, our Hillbilly kitchen is complete.  Its been cold out at night so we could just put the food on the back deck.  Ha!  I don’t think the house will sell this way.  Note:  That end cabinet on the island is not a part of the plan.  I think that will be a shelf, but I just had to spatially place something there so I could see the end product.  The fact that there are 2 X 4s holding it up adds to the hillbilly effect., kitchen renovation

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Here is a better understanding via floorplanner., kitchen floor plan


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We marked the pendants on the ceiling and called it a day.  Well, kind of.  I did my least favorite thing yesterday and will continue to do it this weekend….stay tuned.

Happy Easter!


Today we are skipping back to my guest bathroom progress.  I shared with you here that one of the main problems with the bathroom was the light fixture hung too low for a mirror to be hung high enough for someone to see their head.

I wanted to face the mirror lengthwise and yet I didn’t want an electrician to have to come to move the wiring so my goal was to find something that did either of the following:

  1. Was short enough to allow a mirror to hang lengthwise
  2. Or the light hung out far enough that the framed mirror could go behind the mirror.

The second option was harder to find than I expected.  If you see here in this post I had a plan for this bathroom.  It included stripes that I found in a This Old House Magazine.  I loved how the white and light tan stripes looked with the brown which totally matched my existing cabinet.

via this old house

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Today I wanted to share with you another moodboard that I did for a reader.  Sarah emailed me about a month ago and wanted some ideas for decorating her house. Sarah has a beautiful house.  I love the layout (from what I can see in the pictures) and I love the floors.  She just wanted help making her existing furniture cohesive.  She has really nice furniture, just needed some fresh ideas how to use it.  She was also considering moving a sectional she has upstairs into the living room so I played with that on floorplanner so she wouldn’t have to take the time to move it up.

Here is the pictures of her living room:

Here is the floor plan that I made for her using her couches, entertainment center, and an existing dresser she wanted to rehab.

Here is the a 3D View of the floor plan.


Here are a few of my suggestions:

  1. Paint the dark wall the same color as the rest of the room. This could  help make the entertainment center stand out.
  2. Remove the back of the entertainment center if its removable, and let the wall show through.  You could even back it with fabric or paint the wall that shows through a fun color
  3. Decorate with entertainment center with books and fun pops of color
  4. Add something simple above the television to fill the blank space.  (See moodboard for suggestion)
  5. Add more seating by adding two chairs and a sitting bench on the right side of the entertainment center
  6. Sarah had two pieces of art in her living room that are statement pieces.  Both pieces of art have two totally different color palates .  My suggestion  was to pick one and use it as her color palette inspiration.  Make the other one a statement piece in another room.

I loved both pieces of art, but since I was doing a moodboard I picked this piece of art as my color inspiration for her room.  It would be centered on the large wall of console table.

Here is the moodboard:

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If you would like sources for these items please click here.  If you want to read through my extensive list of ideas for Sarah click here.  You should also check out Sarah’s blog.  She seems really fun and really great at balancing being a mom yet still being fit and trendy.  I had never heard of Lulu Lemon athletic clothing until I read her blog, but she loves it.  One of my friends that was here this weekend had a Lulu Lemon running shirt on and I was sold!  They are awesome!

If you are wanting some fresh ideas for your space I would love to help out.   Shoot me an email with pictures.   I am not an expert, but instead think of me a friend that can help spur on YOUR ideas.

Thanks for reading,


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Small Kitchen Moodboard

Sarah’s Townhouse

Sarah’s Townhouse Living Space

Jennifer —  February 22, 2012 — 2 Comments

I was way humbled and really excited when I opened up my email and saw another reader ask for my help. I am not a professional but I like to problem solve so I love getting these projects. Sarah sent me pictures of her townhouse and asked for my thoughts. She and her family needed a lot of this space and wanted some advice on how to do it. She lives in a similar area to me where the only thing you have accessible is the big box store like Target. Here are the pictures that she sent me of her townhouse.



Here are the needs she wanted in her space:

  • Storage – They don’t have kids yet but they want to so they want to not only have storage for their stuff but also potential toy storage
  • People Friendly – They like to entertain so making a place where more than five people can sit and have fun.
  • Dog Friendly – Did you see that cute pup that showed up in a few of the pictures?  They wanted their space to be dog friendly and maybe even have a little space for the dog.
  • Functional – Sarah’s townhouse is a great space with a big area and a little nook.   She wanted to maximize the funtion of the room to the fullest potential.

Her Dream:  A built-in bookcase wall.  When she emailed me she had about given up on that dream.  I place that burden on my shoulders on how to figure out how to make it happen.  I like a good challenge!

Their style:  I will let you read what she emailed me:

My husband and I recently purchased or first town home. While I love the newness it lacks style being builder grade EVERYTHING! We have a hodge-podge of furniture from hand me downs and thrift stores. I would like to start to create a more cohesive look and define our style. Which I feel like is modern eclectic…… We def need some color in our life….  As far as colors I am really pretty open. I tend to like more base tones with punches of color through accent pillows and decor. Not a fan of yellow or green. I think that is due to our hunter green leather couch that has been haunting us for yeeeeeaaaars. I like the mixture of patterns you use. Just like you did in Kristin’s. Bird/ floral with modern patterns really strike me….  I really would like the place to be great for entertaining and have a cozy vibe. This year we have hosted quite a few family events but don’t really have proper seating or set up for it.  It has to be kid/pet friendly easy to wipe down or vac up the pet hair. Storage would be crucial. My husband has books, books, and more books still in boxes. We are also hoping for a baby in the near future. So I would like to be able to have some sort of storage to have toys and essential down stairs, but also be able to put them out of sight when wanted. I dream of floor to ceiling built in bookshelves….

Sarah told me that they had already painted the walls Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. (which I included in the background of the moodboard below) It is a great neutral color with some gray tones.  I knew she wanted color so I had to add lots of color in the items I suggested for the room.  She is also a DIYer which means I could get creative and give her some ideas to make some of the things happen in the moodboard from thrift stores.  She revamped an old mirror to a chalkboard and recovered a chair.  Check out this rocking chair she rehabbed.

I spent some time mapping out a floor plan on    Floorplanner is great because I got to move furniture around while sitting on my couch.  No sweat off my back!  I will be honest, I moved five different couch options around 4-5 times before I came to my favorite option.  Here is a picture of Sarah’s living room one more time:

Here is the layout I came up with based on Sarah’s actual room dimensions:

Here are the reasons I settled on this plan:

  • I liked this plan because you could seat 16 people.  Here is how:
    • 6 (or more) on the sectional
    • 4 on the stools
    • 4 at the table
    • 2 in the nook area (rocking chair and desk chair)
  • I also liked this plan because it included a desk area and reading nook surrounded by Sarah’s dream…built-ins.  I think she and I have similiar husbands…men with a love for reading who came into marriage with boxes of books.  I found a place for the Hubs “ours” here.
  •  I liked this layout because you could see the t.v. from all areas of the living room, dining room, built-in nook, and kitchen.  The maker of the snacks shouldn’t miss the Superbowl at a Superbowl party right?  Or the popcorn popper on movie night can now pop some corn without having to hit pause.
  • Finally, I liked this layout because it gave this multi-purpose room an open feeling yet still defined 3 distinct spaces.

On floorplanner you can look at your space in 3D.  I use the free version of floorplanner so there is a wide variety of options but sometimes not the specific options for furniture/things I want to place in the room.   I have to use a similiar object as a “fill-in”.  (Hence the ottoman next to the desk the same size as a storage basket found online.)  Here are the 3D views of the room:




Now it was time to come up with stuff to make that floor plan happen.  When I did Kristin’s moodboard I had a palette of colors based on some fabric she had picked.  With Sarah, my only direction was no greens or yellows.  My inspiration became her rocking chair.  It was wood with white and grey.  This would be reflected in the furniture.   I figured a mix of wood and white would give an eclectic, “collected” feel.   The modern element would be mixed in with color, pattern, and furniture lines.   I decided to go with different shades of blue, and a pop of color in red.   Here is the moodboard for the living space:

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Here is the moodboard for the dining space:

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Here is the moodboard for the built-In nook:

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For all the sources of the products, DIY options, and resources to DIY some built-ins I came up with, check out this explanation I sent to Sarah.

This was really fun for me so if any of you readers out there need some space ideas, I am willing to help you the best that I can.  Sarah is a DIYer so her space might take a few years.  She promised to show me her progress so you might get some updates here and there.  It will be fun to see how she puts her own spin on it.  My motto is that if my ideas can spur on yours, or if I can give you one little solution to help boost your ideas…then its worth it!   I can try my best to capture her style but no one will finish it to be exactly her style like her!


Thanks for reading,


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