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Family Room Light

While back I told you I was looking for a overhead light for our family room. Sometimes I remember to share new things on Instagram but then I forget to put it on the blog.

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After some deliberation on styles of lights we ended up with this one from West Elm (not sure they still sell this light…had a hard time finding it.) The price point was exactly what we wanted to spend and the size was perfect fit for this room. I had a licensed electrician hang it up because it was a little bit out of my comfort zone. West Elm carried this in 2 finishes and this amber bubbled glass was perfect for us.

 

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I love that it has a bit of a modern touch to it but at the same time can look a bit vintage because of the bubble glass. It is like a piece of art….

 

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The family room is coming along nicely. I’m still not real set on the furniture placement. This room has definitely thrown me for a loop.

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I’m just not sure if I need another full size couch. So it would basically be two couches that are the same…facing each other. Or if I need a small sectional…maybe another leather recliner??? I like that the space is all open but at the same time when there are lots of windows….anchoring furniture it gets a bit tricky. I do love our barn door coffee table but I know that this room probably would work better with a large circle coffee table. I think that would fit better because it would be centered on the fireplace/room. All these things I’m tossing around in my head and I really haven’t landed on one so we are sticking with the furniture that we currently have. unique lighting @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

I do like the grey fabric from these Macy’s couches that we purchased a few years ago. I wanted this room to be very comfortable but also updated. The light and the geometric on the drapery I think are my favorite parts of this room. We did put a dimmer on the light so it has this nice soft glow at night time.

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There are a few other things I want to do in here…. next I’m going to recover some pillows. I have been searching for Kelly green and navy pattern that will complement the drapes and just be a nice punch of color. Have you found any cool lights lately? Do tell.

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

“Shiplap” in the Powder Room

It seems that the hit show fixer-upper on HGTV is all the rage. I absolutely love Joanna Gaines’s style. It’s casual and comfortable but also very put together. I love how she repurposes things and breathes life into spaces with use of old funky things. When we built our house last summer I really wanted to do something kind of funky and interesting in this small powder room that runs off of the back hallway. The flooring is the same throughout which is the wide random plank Hickory floor that is stained the Jacobean color.  My thought was that even though this is a very small space it could pack a big design punch.

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I went searching for table to place a pedestal sink. The sink in this room basically dictated exactly what I ended up doing. I found this beautiful pottery vessel on eBay.

 

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It was made in Mexico and it was a steal at nearly $100. It was the exact blue and white color scheme that I wanted.

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The plumber loved me when I told him that I also found a table at home goods that I needed him to mount the sink on:)DIY shiplap @cleverlyinspired (4)

I found the faucet for the vessel sink on build.com…When I saw the sink in person it really made me think of Mexico and I wanted this space to really highlight the beauty of the sink. To do that I thought I could do white pine boards (shiplap;) behind the sink to give another texture. We ended up using 6 inch pine just nailed to the drywall and painted white. The gaps give it a rustic feel….no need to be perfect. The boards look great vertical or horizontal…and they are cheap! Just cut it to size…trim out on the floor with 1/4 round.

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The boards were capped off at the top with a wide molding…perfect for a few picture frames.

 

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The color on the walls is navel by Sherman Williams. It is a true Navy and goes beautifully with the color of the sink. The mirror also lends itself to kind of a Mexican vibe…. I found it at home goods and scooped it up and have not seen another one since. I still need to do a few other things on the walls but this room with the pine walls has so much character already. And I love now that I can call it shiplap and pretend that I am Joanna gains in some form or another.

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Have you thought of using pine boards in your home at all? We used them in a few other spaces…I will show you soon:)

 

Here are a few other post about this space…

Also….some fun news!! I will be co-hosting the Handmade Hangout each and every Thursday with these lovely ladies….Every week bloggers can link up their most amazing current projects…and every week I will be picking a few to feature. It is a great way to find new inspiration…and if you a new blogger it is a great way to get yourself out there and be seen!! Link up every Thursday evening at 6:00pm EST. Check out my fellow co-host below….they are all seasoned bloggers who share awesomeness daily:)

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Using giftwrap to dress open shelves

We have lived in our new home for about 6 months now. I would say that 90 percent of our decisions with the design of this house have worked out perfectly for our family. As always, there are few things that you might like to change and if I had to do over again I probably would tweak a few things. I’m going to be sharing with you a few of those things in the next couple of weeks….

 

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The kitchen is rather large and a great space to cook…it is our dream kitchen.  One awkward area was the microwave. On paper, we never realized how much it would protrude past the other wall cabinets. It got to be fairly annoying and the countertop was almost not usable underneath.  20141220_115855

 

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I really wasn’t thinking when the design was on paper how much the microwave cabinet itself would stick out past the other cabinets. It is literally right in your face. This happens to be the area where we make a cocktail at night since it is right next to the refrigerator. So we decided to remove this microwave wall cabinet, place the microwave in the pantry and replace the wall cabinet with open shelving. The open shelf wall cabinet was made by the cabinet company. Open shelves that are the same depth as the other cabinetry is a nice break to having just wall cabinets.

 

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Obviously since the shelves are open….it is a great spot to display some pretties:) I decided to line the back of the cabinet with this fabulous gift wrap that I found on spoonflower. What I love about using giftwrap is I can swap it in and out as my mood/season changes…for not much cost. If you aren’t familiar with spoonflower…it is an online shop that allows anyone to create fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap…etc…and then others can purchase it too. I bought 2 rolls of this golden anchor wrap at just $15 a pop! I used double sided tape to secure it to the back of the shelves. A ruler and a razor blade make straight cuts. Easy!!

 

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It makes my Louisville Stoneware collection pop! I am not the first person to use giftwrap on open shelves….I am sure of that…but I do love it….

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Maybe you have some shelves in your home that could use a little rework…and a little splash of something. I can promise you that you will find something that will work on spoonflower….that site is a time sucker for sure!

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Christmas in the Kitchen

I have never given a tour of our new kitchen on the blog. When we moved in this past summer…I just sort of dumped things wherever they landed. It still needs a good organizing…but I have all winter for that right? :) It is the heart of this home. We spend 75% of our time just hanging out in here. We love that it is connected closely with the family room and screened in porch. The kitchen was designed perfectly for us. I snapped a few pictures to share….I didn’t go crazy with Christmas décor in here…because I am still figuring out where I want things. This winter I plan on doing something on the windows…tackle the pantry organization and a few other touches to finish the space a bit. It functions beautifully and everyday I cook in here I love it more…I’m going to stop chit chatting and let you look around… (look….it’s snowing in my kitchen!! #thankspicmonkey:)…

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First let’s start in the foyer….if you park out front….this is what you would see first:) Come on in….christmas in the kitchen @cleverlyinspired (12)

 

My dad refinished this vintage dry sink for me…I adore it in this space. The lantern is from overstock and has just the perfect touch of copper:) I talked about our outdoor décor a few weeks back….

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Kept things simple and just used what I had….a tinsel wreath and some berries…a few shiny ornaments in a bowl:)

 

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After you walk through the family room….

 

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…you come upon the dining/kitchen space….

 

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I showed you this space briefly when I made these platter shelves…. I love to start and end my day here…

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…so does Stella…. (can you say SPOILED?)…

 

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On the other side of the room is the kitchen….

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Just put up a bit of garland over the sink….and a few Christmas boughs on the windows with red ribbon…

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Another tinsel wreath on the pantry door….

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I talked a little bit about this space (here…and I will be sharing more projects for this space in the new year. We love how this house feels….very comfortable and very useable. All the  spaces are family friendly and that fits how we live.

I am going to be taking some time off from the blog. I will be back in the new year…or maybe before:)I do have some yummy New Year’s appetizers to share…:)

I wish you a wonderful Christmas and if you are new here welcome! Please feel free to poke around a bit:) And I know I don’t say it nearly enough…..but thank you.

Thank you for your loyalty, for your kind words about Cleverlyinspired. It has been an amazing 4 years…and much more to come. xoxo

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(stools from World Market, paint on walls is Constellation (ben moore), Granite is Bianco Antico, cabinets are Wellborn glacier, Island is Willow, backsplash is 4×15 white subway with gray grout, handles are oil rubbed bronze, floors are random plank rustic grade hickory stained on site with Jacobean stain by Minwax, pendant lighting is from Shades of Light, dining fixture is from World Market,)

Let me know if you have any other questions:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Mini Tour of Outdoor Spaces

I have been sharing a bunch on social media showing some of our outdoor spaces. It is slowly but surely coming together. We are really enjoying our new neighborhood… walking for coffee or to grab a beer at night. Both Bill and I never realized how much we would enjoy just being outside and walking the neighborhood. Norton Commons is so pedestrian friendly and it has been fun to go explore.

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We recently had our shutters installed on the front of the house and they look amazing! We chose a shutter that was complimentary of the Federal style of our house. Our neighborhood rules dictate that they must be actual working shutters… so I guess if a hurricane comes along we will close them up hahaha:) The color we chose was the same color of the powder room inside. It is called Naval by Sherman Williams paint. It really is the perfect blue. We wanted something that would complement the stain door and ceilings of the porches along with the cream colored trim. The front porch just needed a sofa to land on and a couple of Adirondack chairs. The chairs came from overstock.com and they were already painted this blue color. outdoor living spaces @cleverlyinspired (4)

 

The sofa came from a local store called summer classics. It is so comfy and definitely an investment piece that we will have for a very long time. It fits the porch perfectly. The front porch is definitely one of our favorite spots. We probably sit out there 4 nights out of seven.

 

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(more on this fall porch on Friday:)

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On the side of the house we have a screened in porch that is directly off of the dining area. These huge glass doors open all the way so you can enjoy the outdoor space on the whole first floor. With the start of these cooler temperatures we have been really enjoying having the doors all the way open and sitting out there before dinner time. The furniture in the screened in porch came from a few places.

 

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They were sort of mismatched pieces that all seem to work together. The sectional sofa was a housewarming gift from my sweet mother in law. We found it at a local store called Watsons. End of the season score for this baby! It came with the table. The large 8 by 10 outdoor rug kind of grounds the whole space.

 

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I found that on rugs USA.com . The rocker and the other chair with ottoman were my Grammie’s. We had the white wicker pieces on the porch at the lake house. It just needed to have a good cleaning. I found these cushions on eBay last year. All the room needed was a couple of throw pillows from home goods to tie all of the colors together. A favorite piece is this mini porch heater I found on Amazon….perfect even ambience; )

 

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The last outdoor area came together a few weekends ago….our original thought was to have a brick fireplace built…which will still may do eventually. …but this one we found a Lowe’s fits so perfect…and very budget friendly too:) While Bill put that together. ..I ran into a favorite local shop called Charlotte’s Web. outdoor living spaces @cleverlyinspired (12)

 

Another end of season score on this brand new Lazy Boy set:) Whoot!!

Oh my goodness…burning wood is such fun:) Going to be sharing a few tips to decorating your front porch for fall…on a dime…on Friday! See you then!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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