Saturday, January 21, 2017

Farmhouse Fireplace Remodel

When we moved into our house, we were so happy to have our first fireplace and a real wood burning one at that! However, we knew that the design of the mantle and surround would need updating at some point and since we figured we'll be at home a little more in the coming months with Baby Rapp, now was a good time to get one last project in before he arrives!

Here is what we started with.. extra wide wood mantle & black marble surround which had some cracks in it and wasn't fitting in with our style.

We starting by removing all of the wood surround and I was planning on painting the brass frame & doors but after the insert was off, we just couldn't bring ourselves to put it back on! Looks so much better without it

The black stone was attached very strongly to the walls and was solid enough that we decided to keep it to use as the base and build from there. Once I saw this fireplace I knew it was exactly what I wanted and David did a great job using it as a starting point for our version aka copying exactly ;-)

You can see the new width is smaller than the original but we added height for the TV to be mounted so it's a lot more proportional to the room.

After the woodwork and shiplap was installed and painted, still bricking left to do:

And the completed AFTER shot- we couldn't be happier with it! So thankful for my handy hubby, really I just showed him an image and he made it come to life perfectly! The brick is the same that we used in our laundry room update which I will be sharing soon. Love that it adds some warmth to the space.

Here's a Before & After side by side which are really the most satisfying thing ever :-)

Not many sources to share but we are in love with these brick tiles from Menard's. Fireplace paint color is Benjamin Moore Ben Flat paint in White. Wall color is Benjamin Moore Sheep's Wool. 


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Outdoorsy Rustic Nursery

Hi friends! Well, we are about 5 weeks out from meeting our little guy so I thought it was time to finally snap some shots of his nursery. This is probably the most decorated room in our house and I'm glad the hubby wanted to give so much input! It was a fun collaboration (unlike me making all of the design decisions :-) I know Baby Rapp won't care about the paint color (yet) but we will sure enjoy spending time together in this space!  I shared the design board here and we pretty much stuck to it! I'll share the sources and some additional ones at the bottom of this post as well. 

This is a panoramic view of the room so you can see the layout:

Benjamin Moore Sioux Falls wall color
Wild + Free  DIY art, Similar on Etsy
Lattice Rug
Mr. Fox Art Print
Wood Mountain Wall Shelf
Saddle Brown Leather Ottoman
Birch Wood Deer Trophy
Blue and White Woven Basket
Glider in Sand
Navy Buffalo Check Quilt (Homemade by my MIL :) 
Chesapeake Classic Crib
Hemnes Dresser (Discontinued color)
Keekaroo Peanut Changing Pad
Hanging Cage Light, you'll need This, This and This
Metal Accordion Side Table
Navy Black Out Curtains
Fjallraven Backpack/ Diaper Bag in Fog
Essential Oil Diffuser


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nursery Design

Well I haven't really announced it here but we are expecting our first child! Baby Boy Rapp will be here in February and we can't wait! Time to start on the nursery design :-)

We've painted so far, added board & batten to the lower half of the walls and are now starting to assemble everything else. Here's what we have in mind:

Benjamin Moore Sioux Falls wall color
Wild + Free DIY art, Similar on Etsy
Moroccan Rug
Mr. Fox Art Print
Wood Mountain Wall Shelf
Leather Pouf
Birch Wood Deer Trophy
Storage Bench
Glider in Sand
Navy Buffalo Check Quilt (Homemade by MIL) Image from here
Chesapeake Classic Crib
Hemnes Dresser (Discontinued color)


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Updated Powder Room

We're lucky to have this half bath right on the main floor but knew it needed some updating once we saw it. Thankfully there was no wallpaper to remove in this bathroom (YES!) but we wanted to add some character and freshen it up a bit. When we purchased the marble slab for the kitchen, I worked with the fabricator to ensure we used up every last bit and had enough to replace the top in here. Of course the new counter started the trickle effect of a new sink, faucet, toilet, mirror, and light. The vanity was in great shape so I was able to update it with a fresh coat of paint, it's Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Ok, that's enough chatter, let's get to the before and after pictures! :-)

Here is the before, this is from the listing photo:

And the afters!

We added the same shiplap look boards as the eat in kitchen but only put them halfway up the wall. Then I used a stencil for the top half. It was my first time using a stencil and it was easier/ turned out better than I expected- I actually love the result! It looks like it could be wallpaper but with much less investment and commitment. This is the stencil that I used: Cutting Edge Kerala.


Rectangle Sink
Vanity Hardware
Stencil accent color: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fresh Classic Kitchen Reveal

We are finally ready to call this kitchen renovation complete and couldn't be happier with the results! I've been able to cook a few meals, have some friends over and host one big party all with ease thanks to this space. A lot of the sources are linked in this design board post and I'll include the rest at the bottom of this post. 

Here's a reminder of the before:

We added shiplap to the eat in kitchen area and love the subtle character it brings to the walls!

Some additional sources, let me know if you have questions!
Sink: Blanco Cerana Farmhouse Sink
Shelves: Custom Floating Walnut Shelves
Lantern over table: Sea Gull Perryton

We've also completed the main floor half bath update and will share that soon!


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kitchen Design Board

Hi, Friends! It's been a while since I've posted here and thought I should bring y'all up to speed since we have been working a lot behind the scenes on our new house. Before we moved in, we installed hardwood in the great room so the first floor would be all wood and then had everything refinished to a nice medium walnut tone. We also had the carpet replaced in the bedrooms and all of the 2nd floor so we would have a nice fresh start. Although expensive, these aren't exactly exciting renovations.. so no fancy before and afters of those but it gave us a great base to get started on the fun improvements! 

We wanted to start with the kitchen because we knew it was going to be the most amount of money spent but also the space which is used the most, not just by us but also for entertaining. 

Here's the before picture of our kitchen when we did the final walk through. It's a nice large size but we knew we wanted a completely different feel and this was our chance to build the kitchen as close to our 'dreams' as possible so all of it had to go!

We ended up taking out everything in this space.. down to the studs, and spent the last 4 months putting it back together. 

I wanted the kitchen to feel classic but fresh and also warm. I've done white kitchens before and while I love them, I knew I'd go with a darker cabinet color this time around. Here's the design board to give you an idea of the space and also the sources we've used. 

We started with Ikea base cabinets and then ordered unfinished shaker style drawers and doors from Semihandmade Doors, which were painted a gray-green color, Benjamin Moore Arctic Shadows. The cabinet hardware is in all different sizes depending on the size of the door and I found them from Both the Library Arm Sconce and the island Pendants are from Joss & Main. We chose Carrara Marble (local source) for the perimeter cabinets and a walnut butcher block top for the island. This one from Ikea happened to be exact size we needed. The backsplash are 4x8 white tiles laid in a classic 1/2 offset subway pattern, from Lowe's.

I will have some pictures of our progress to share next!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Festive Dinner Party

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 30th birthday with some of my closest friends and it was one of my favorite nights of all time. I felt so loved and the entire evening was filled with happiness. We rented out a loft in Detroit, hired a local chef to make us a 5 course dinner, and my best friend and I did all of the flowers, decorations, everything.. it turned out better than I could have imagined!  

When I started planning the decor and feel of the night, this was my inspiration tablescape that I kept coming back to, I just loved the feeling of it and knew I wanted to recreate it all. I'll let the pictures do the talking for now but check out the sources I used at the bottom of the post.


Location: The Claddagh Loft  Corktown, Detroit
Private Chef: Golden State Chef Co.
'Naked' Cake: Love & Buttercream

We brought in everything to create the evening and couldn't have done it without the help of our friends Katie and Phillip-thanks again, xoxo!

Linen Napkins: Both Etsy - Striped and Solid 
Napking Rings: Sur La Table in Copper
Zinc Metal Centerpiece Vases: Etsy
Raw Wood Candlestick holders:Woodworks LTD
Silverware: IKEA Ostron
Chargers: Hobby Lobby then spray painted matte black
Tall candles, wine glasses: IKEA
Silver rimmed white plates: Bed, Bath & Beyond (found in store as a set, can't find online)
String lights: Target
Wood Tables: Handmade by my grandfather many years ago
Chairs are mostly Craigslist find and the white ones are IKEA
Watercolor Floral Invitations: Minted 
Garland & Flowers sourced from Trader Joe's and local supermarkets
Kraft Paper Menu was hand drawn by my bestie, Katie