New Paint Color

Today I will be sharing with you a recent update we did with the downstairs portion of our home. When we moved in the paint color in the foyer, office, dining room, kitchen, living room, laundry room and stairway (basically everything except the bedrooms) were this khaki color. The color wasn’t horrible and for most people they would have been happy and left it. However I had a vision of transforming it to be a pale gray. After doing lots and lots of research I opted for Sherwin Williams Alpaca.

What I specifically didn’t like about this color was the yellow undertones which I knew wouldn’t mix well with my cool grey couch. I knew that eventually the couch would be replaced though so I decided to make my final decision based on my kitchen granite.

As you can imagine it look a lot of paint and time to cover all of the spaces but my contractor was able to get it done in 2 days.

Note: All of these photos are not edited or color adjusted as I wanted to show the true color. In addition both the before and after were taken in the morning so the light shown is a natural light.
Before-Collage

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My First Fairy Garden

This past weekend I decided to make my first fairy garden. These little dollhouse structures and scenery are so adorable it is hard not fall in love with them. Of course I scoured Pinterest for ideas and boy there are plenty of them!

So what is a fairy garden? According to Fairy Gardening.com:

A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and actual living plants. It is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round and to lure fairies and with them, good luck, to your home. It’s a tiny space created and tended with love.

Basically there is no wrong or right way to build a fairy garden so it is completely left up to your own individual style and creativity. This is what makes them so fun!

For my fairy garden I purchased the large glass container from my local thrift store at a steal of $8. Some of the houseplants I already had on hand but I purchased the fern because I wanted to create a canopy look for my garden. I layered the container with rocks, mix of charcoal & mulch designed for orchids and finally top soil from my local Lowes. The charcoal mix is intended to filter the water. This layering is used in any terrarium which is ideal for indoor fairy gardens. Finally I purchased the house, deer and gnome from Joann’s. I was lucky that the fairy garden products were 40% off when I went in otherwise it would have been quite expensive. Aside from collecting the materials for this project it took me about 30 minutes to assemble my fairy garden. I still have plenty of supplies left over to build another one. Here is the final product!

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Make sure to check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Fairy Gardens that is filled with ideas for building your own garden.

Laundry Room Update

If you are like me, you probably spend a lot of time eyeing lots of beautiful home decor and room makeovers wishing you could get that look in your own home. One project I have been eyeing since we moved into our new home was to put a countertop on our washer and dryer. When you walk into the house you have to walk through the laundry room so that space inevitably ends up being a dumping ground when you walk in. In addition we are always folding laundry at our couch which can sometimes be awkward if you have unexpected guests arrive. (Quick hide the undies!)

After lots of dreaming from afar I decided to go for it! Here is what our laundry room looked like before the project:

Before - Laundry Room

I decided to purchase the Karlby Butcher block countertop from IKEA. This is the countertop that best fit my dimensions though I knew it would need to be trimmed down. My handyman actually used pieces of the wood that was trimmed off as the base. (Yay for recycling!) To securely mount the frame he used 3 inch screws. I have checked it and that baby is secure.
In Progress - Laundry RoomOnce the frame was complete, the butcher block slid in and the project was well.. complete! The whole thing took him about an 1 hour from start to finish. Completed - Laundry RoomI added some cute baskets and plants to finish it off and we were done. This was such a simple project that proved to be not very expensive and instantly changed the look of my laundry room. Not to mention it creating a functional space for laundry to be done as well.After - Laundry RoomStyled - Laundry Room
Styled - Laundry Room

David - May 7, 2017 - 10:02 pm

Hi,
Thanks for the post, this project looks great! I was thinking of doing something very similar with the Kalrby countertop. I was wondering how well the counter has kept its original look? Any warping issues du to the heat of the dryer? Do you have a support installed the washer and dryer or only around the edges? Thanks for any tips you may have!
Dave

Jennifer Chase - May 8, 2017 - 8:16 am

Hi there! Thanks for asking. Yes the countertop has held up and going strong. I haven’t had any issues with it warping. Regarding the support of the countertop, my contractor took some of the excess from when he trimmed it down and repurposed it to be the support for it around the perimeter. It is very sturdy and has even held up to the occasional instance when my son climbs on top (he weighs 70 lb). Good luck!

Healthy & Kid Friendly Muffins

Today I thought I would share with you one of the recent recipes I have tried – the author calls them “The BEST Toddler Muffins”. However not only does my toddler enjoy them but so does my 8 year old too 😉

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Recipe from Real Life Dinner
Serves: 12-24
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of plain or vanilla yogurt (heaping)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas, smashed (the riper the better)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream together: sugar, yogurt, applesauce and butter
  3. Add eggs, pumpkin, carrots, and bananas
  4. Mix well add all dry ingredients: oats, wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Mix until combined
  6. Scoop batter into greased mini or regular muffin tins. Can use cupcake liners if you prefer. Recipe can make 48 mini muffins or 20-24 regular size muffins.
  7. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes for mini-muffins or 15-18 or until toothpick comes out clean for regular size muffins.
  8. Remove from pans and cool on cooling rack

Buh bye fluorescent tube lighting!

Today I am very excited to share with you a transformation I recently did in my kitchen. Since I moved into my home last year, I have been wanting to get rid of the original lighting in the kitchen. The large spaceship structure that was hovering with fluorescent tubes was not only an eye sore but was not providing ample lighting.

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I noticed immediately when the lighting fixture/structure was taken down how it appeared that the ceiling was higher. It felt so much more airy and flowed better with the space.

Kitchen-Lighting2-After

I decided to add a total of 7 recessed lights that are symmetrically lined up throughout the kitchen. When deciding on the bulb to choose, I read online various concerns from other owners about having to frequently replace light bulbs and the bulbs making the area around it hot. To avoid both of these concerns, I opted to choose the LED light bulbs. Though they are a bit pricier they use less energy and last significantly longer (based on usage of course). Once the drywall was fixed and the ceiling painted, everything all fell into place.

Now the kitchen is not only free of spaceships but there is ample lighting in all areas of the kitchen. I enjoyed this project so much I am planning on updating more of the lighting in my home with recessed lights!