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Progress home Tour

I’ve been putting of sharing a home tour because I wanted it to be complete but soon realized if I waited for that it may never happen. So, instead you are getting a look of how far we’ve come since moving in at the end of May.

My favorite room so far has been the kitchen because it has gone through the greatest transformation. It started out all cold and white which is not my style. Tim refused to let me paint the cabinets because they were brand new which would have been my first move. Since that wasn’t an option I found other ways to warm up the space and add personality. My go to for quick and easy impact? Paint. The main walls are painted Behr: Moss Stone and the accent wall is PPG: Deep Forest Pine. Both in a flat finish which is all I’ve been using in this house. Another game changer was switching out the cabinet pulls. My dad made these long simple wooden pulls that add so much visual interest and lead your eyes throughout the space. The last thing we did which was so easy and changed the whole look of the space was remove the molding on the top of the cabinets. It immediately made the room clean and modern. The cactus were the final touch, I love the different shades of green that play with the walls and how the pink and terra-cotta pots really pop.

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Tim hand painted and gold leafed the numbers on our house in the Pelican basketball jersey number style. I’ll share more details about this when we complete the exterior this fall.

Tim hand painted and gold leafed the numbers on our house in the Pelican basketball jersey number style. I’ll share more details about this when we complete the exterior this fall.

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The dining room clearly is still a work in progress. We had a dining table but it ended up not being quite right for the space so the hunt continues for just the right piece which means I search craigslist and facebook marketplace every day until my eyes bleed. I’m practicing patience in a very impatient way ;) One of my favorite details in this space is the painted door that stretches up and across the ceiling accentuating the 12’ walls. The color is Farrow&Ball: Setting Plaster. Then there are the dramatic yellow velvet floor to ceiling curtains! They were custom made by Tonic Living. The fabric is Mason Velvet, Yellow Sunshine which is incredibly fitting for this room that is flooded by sunlight in the morning. If you’re looking for pillows this is my go-to source as well. The dining chairs were an amazing facebook marketplace score as well as the mirror next to the door. The crazy tooth-looking console which is my prized possession was found at Nadeau. The shelves and brackets are from Rejuvenation.

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Through the dining room and into the living room. Still looking for just the right something above the couch and some large statement lighting. Paint color is PPG: True Peach. The couch was free, the coffee tables were thrifted as well as the leather chairs, tulip lamp and the curved coffee table being used as an end table. We (mostly Tim) built the floating shelves out of stud and plywood for $100 dollars which I’ve covered in a previous post : Floating shelves. I’m taking my time collecting pieces that mean something for the shelves. A good collection doesn’t happen over night.

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One of my favorite details in here is the orange accent in the door frame.

One of my favorite details in here is the orange accent in the door frame.

Tim’s office will have a gallery wall of his collected art and we have these great benches which I explained how to make in an older post. The walls are painted Farrow&Ball: Pigeon.

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The laundry room finally has amazing storage thanks to Tim and I plan to wallpaper this WHOLE ROOM. Here’s a few progress shots of the cupboards being built.

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Of course the guest bathroom of my dreams and the one I actually use every day. We warmed this space up with the same green paint in the kitchen (moss stone) a wooden mirror from Nadeau, gorgeous vintage rug from Swoon Rugs and frond wallpaper from Anthropologie which, yes, we hung up by ourselves. No budget to hire people to do the work in this house so we figure it out ourselves! We used extra glue to secure it to the ceiling and I plan on using an additional clear coat for the top to protect against mold. I’ll be doing this in our master bathroom as well with a different paper and will share the step by step in a new post so keep an eye out.

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The master bedroom has a ways to go still but so far we’ve got this great brownish orange-ish paint which I love! Behr: Toasted Bagel. Sconces from Schoolhouse and end tables from Nadeau. The white lamp on the dresser came all the way from Australia in my carry on luggage. A $20 thrift score! The wire cactus was handmade by a women in Portland Oregon, she sold it to me before she moved. The bedding is from The White Room Interiors and the cute little pillows custom made with our dogs faces on them from Indie Bungalow.

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I have no updates for the master bath but that is our next project! Stay tuned.

Rachel & John Home tour

While we’re busy working on our home I thought it would be fun to share the house of fellow New Orleans residents and friends Rachel and John. It’s a comfortable, beautifully curated space of collected treasures found over time.

Rachel is originally from NYC and moved to NOLA in 1998 to go to college. She moved back to NYC right before Katrina to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology for accessory design but returned shortly after because she couldn’t stand being away from New Orleans. She is now a psychotherapist. John is from Buras LA but has lived in NOLA since he was 18. He is a para legal/court runner.

Aside from their jobs, spending time with John’s daughter and working on the home they love music and are in a synth pop band called Baby Bats!

They spent 7 months renovating their home built in 1899! It reminds me so much of Portland Oregon for some reason which may be why I feel such a connection to it (before New Orleans we lived in Portland) When I was feeling at a loss and like I was hitting a wall in our house all it took was a tour through their space to feel invigorated and inspired again. I hope you feel the same way.

First impression to the home. Original chandelier and a collection of vintage thrifted items.

First impression to the home. Original chandelier and a collection of vintage thrifted items.

Into the living room. Rachel combined two different lights to create these unique hanging pendents.

Into the living room. Rachel combined two different lights to create these unique hanging pendents.

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A dining room made of online thrift scores.

A dining room made of online thrift scores.

A small nook in the dining room, no space wasted in this home.

A small nook in the dining room, no space wasted in this home.

The dining room is open to the kitchen which is my favorite space in their home.

The dining room is open to the kitchen which is my favorite space in their home.

They exposed these beautiful beams in the ceiling!

They exposed these beautiful beams in the ceiling!

What the kitchen used to look like….

What the kitchen used to look like….

First bedroom upstairs.

First bedroom upstairs.

Bold black accent wall to add drama in the space.

Bold black accent wall to add drama in the space.

Collected art and treasures.

Collected art and treasures.

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This bathroom, like most of the house, was completely gutted. I love how they chose a furniture item for the vanity and unexpected mirrors.

This bathroom, like most of the house, was completely gutted. I love how they chose a furniture item for the vanity and unexpected mirrors.

A progress shot in the bathroom.

A progress shot in the bathroom.

Brilliant use of a sconce candle holder with a small ring attached used to hang the towel.

Brilliant use of a sconce candle holder with a small ring attached used to hang the towel.

Second upstairs bedroom.

Second upstairs bedroom.

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The dreamiest closet full of all the fun New Orleans gear you need on a daily basis.

The dreamiest closet full of all the fun New Orleans gear you need on a daily basis.

A small bathroom that makes such a big impact by having the tub situated at an angle. Totally unexpected and totally works.

A small bathroom that makes such a big impact by having the tub situated at an angle. Totally unexpected and totally works.

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Now go create some magic in your home.