our [last] home

Welcome to our “new home” in Alabama. Early this summer we moved here after living in Missouri for 6 years. We are so happy to be in the south again! This time around, with more DIY know how under our belts, we purchased a 14 year old house with great bones.

It needed a bit of love and attention, but for the most part paint was the big game changer.

The Foyer: Before





You can read more about how we repainted every room in the house before we moved in. This is the Soft and Subtle color palette I used for our home.


I know most designers suggest selecting paint colors after large design decisions have been made, but given our unique opportunity to get the house painted before we moved in, I picked paint colors first. I felt comfortable doing so because many of the furniture pieces and a few of the fabrics were staying the same. In the rooms where a color shift was taking place, I had a fairly clear vision for where the rooms were going.

Many rooms are still a work in progress. I promise to add more before and after’s as they come along.

Master Bathroom Phase 1


After just phase one of the makeover, the room feels brighter and has definitely become a room worth waking up to every morning.


I have shared the full details on the Master Bathroom makeover which included painting the cabinets, replacing the counters with honed granite and new faucets. A pretty decent makeover for a small budget!


The Guest Bathroom

This basement bathroom is where I let my love for color shine. A bit of a detour from the soft and subtle color palette, but a guest bathroom is a great place to do so, don’t you think? For this room in particular, I did do some research into articles such as The 10 Best Macerating Toilets of 2019, as we were recommended to look into getting a macerating toilet, rather than a regular one. This rule generally applies to basement bathrooms, as many basements are below the sewer line of the house, so this works out better. I would never have known otherwise.


You can read more how I transformed this bathroom with only one roll of wallpaper and some paint!


Definitely a big departure from the boring beige that was there before.



Until recently, you only got a sneak peek at what it looks like in the post where I shared the plans and details of our DIY Kitchen Island Cart.

I finally posted a full reveal of the kitchen this summer. To make it interesting, I decided to style the kitchen in three different ways so that you could see the versatilely of an all white kitchen. First up was the white on white. You can see more of that kitchen here.
Then there was the blue and white. Oh, how I loved this version. Click here to see the full details of the Timeless Blue and White kitchen and links to the colorful kitchen as well.
But in reality our kitchen is styled most like this. A blend of the colorful kitchen style and the way we live everyday . I may be all about the pretty, but a room, especially a kitchen needs to function efficiently.
You can read more how we function day to day in our kitchen here.

For now, this is what our Living Room looks like. As my style has evolved, I’m looking to create more of a transitional style. Mixing traditional pieces I already have with modern punches to enliven the space. Most of the changes to be made in here are with the textiles, recovering chairs, slipcovering the sofa and a few accessories. I am a strong believer in working with what you’ve got! Subtle shifts in spaces can make them feel fresh without having to invest in a total overhaul.


You can see more of the living room as it looks now, here.

Get that carefree, casual summer style.
Modern Mix Teen Room
Our daughter’s room was completed this summer too. She had a clear vision for the design of her space. We collaborated on a few decisions, but mostly I was happy to just be the facilitator.
Laundry Room
And finally, we finished the budget friendly makeover of the laundry room. Lots of good little storage solutions here. Be sure to check out the full details.

As you might of noticed I haven’t shared every room yet. And that’s not because I feel a room has to be perfect to be enjoyed. But showing a room full of disclosures is not what this blog is about.

My hope is you’ll be inspired to create a room you love without spending a fortune. Finding creative ways to decorate on a budget brings me great joy and I hope it does to you too!

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