Old Churches & Old Windows--OH MY! (Before & After)

Last week was SO much fun--just about as much fun as a House Whisperer can have. :)

I was on the road again to the Church House--my clients' new home which used to be a house of worship.

With the "bones" in place from my last visit where we put furnishings in place to create rooms within the large sanctuary space (you can see that video here), we were now able to focus on what I call the "top layer"--decorative accessories--the things that really make a room feel like home. 

Here is a quick video tour of all that we accomplished...

And here are a couple of still photos of the space both BEFORE and AFTER: 

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The Top Layer is a thing that is often overlooked, ignored or avoided all together because life is busy, a room can function pretty well without it, and a lot of times we just aren't sure what to do to make a space really come together...so we don't even try. 

But, as you can see, taking the time to put these finishing touches on a space makes a world of difference to how the space feels--and living in a place that FEELS like home is what we all long for. 

If you aren't sure what steps to take to add the top layer to spaces in your home, did you hear that I am hosting a FREE CLASS next Tuesday?? Check out all of the details here, and make sure to click "GOING" to register yourself and save your seat. Hope to see you there!!

5 Signs You Are Ready To Run Away From Home...(COULD THIS BE YOU??... :)

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Do you remember when you were a kid, and you were so mad at your brother or fed up with your parents that you would dream of just packing your bags and running away?

 "After I'm gone awhile, they'll miss me & see that they were WRONG, and I was RIGHT...and they will be SORRY!"

In my line of work, I often have to help people see that they may be running away from home right now, as adults --and they may not even know it.

They haven't packed a suitcase or left a tear-stained note on the fridge--

but they aren't really LIVING at home either.  

Do you know what I mean? Maybe some of the characteristics of a runaway who never actually runs away sound familiar to you? Let's talk about some of the earmarks of such a person...

  1. That Sinking Feeling- It starts when the key goes in the lock upon returning home, or maybe even when she first pulls in the driveway--"ugh, this house...."
  2. General Discomfort--A real dis-ease when at home, because, after all, home doesn't feel "homey," but rather just disappointing and overwhelming--not enough space to store things, stuff not having a place where it belongs, rooms feeling stuck in time filled with things she isn't sure she really likes--but what else would she put in its place?? It is better just to....
  3. Avoid--For the runaway, most of the house becomes a glorified hallway --room after drab room that she has never really liked, and doesn't want to spend time in. She walks past these spaces and spends most of her time at home in rooms where she can...
  4. Distract--The only rooms that have time spent in them are the ones where she can focus on something else other than being overwhelmed or uncomfortable with her surroundings--sitting in front of a screen to work or veg, or escape by diving into a book. And the last tell-tale sign is....
  5. Perhaps choosing NOT to be at home much at all-- Meals out, activities that take her elsewhere--anywhere, really--are all preferable to spending time at home. The runaway rarely offers to host friends for get-togethers, since she isn't happy with or proud of the house she lives in, so sharing it with others is just not in the cards. 

Do you see any of the qualities of the runaway in yourself?

If so, ask yourself these questions:

  • What would it feel like to turn any corner in your house and feel your heart swell with pride?
  • What would it be like to love being at home because it feels so welcoming??
  • What would it be worth to you if your home added something amazing to the quality of your life, rather than feeling it was only a disappointing drain?
  • How will you feel one year from today if you have spent another year faithfully paying your mortgage month in and month out, only to have your heart continue to sink when you pull in the driveway? 

If you have spent years as a runaway, it is time to come back home! Your house is too big of an investment to waste any more time, money or energy not loving and living in every inch of it--and this is a great place to start. 

A Simply Gorgeous Kitchen--A Quick BEFORE & AFTER

I have always said that there is nothing like the feeling you get when you HAVE NO COUNTER SPACE next to the stove.... :)

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It just makes you want to cook! 

(okay, maybe not...)

My client had been bumping elbows with her fridge for a while, and was ready for things in her 1980's kitchen to change in a big way!

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It was exciting to talk about the things that she and her husband wanted in the space--things that would make it function better, look beautiful, and just update it overall--all without changing the footprint of the original kitchen. 

I think that the room as it is now shows that a kitchen renovation does not have to include ripping out walls or reorienting everything to get a fabulous result. Nor does a kitchen have to be HUGE to be gorgeous...

Incorporating a few very simple changes to the layout, the range now stands alone as the focal point of the kitchen, showing off my client's favorite pieces of Portuguese pottery and an abundance of elbow room.

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The eating area gained a new lease on life with new lighting, paint, and a mirror to compliment the existing corner cabinets. Not much has changed here, but I think you'll agree that everything has changed in a way...

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The bright & crisp space just sings with some of my client's favorite heirlooms (like the Majolica candlesticks above) paired with new accessories that make everything feel fresh. 

There really is nothing like the feeling of making old and new work so well together! Here's to wanting to cook again! :)

A video from my house....

So, my husband and I noticed recently that a certain room in our house was TIRED, and needing some attention...

That room is our master bedroom--a room that is often overlooked and not given the love and care it needs because we are the only ones who see it. 

We have been spending the past few weeks freshening things up and making our room the cozy, restful retreat we need for our busy, hectic lives-- and it is wonderful to see it coming together. 

SO, is your master bedroom a peaceful retreat, or a place you'd rather not spend time in other than when you are asleep?

I totally get it. I filmed this week's video from my master bedroom to go over a few important things to remember--easy steps you can take that can help YOUR room to add more peace and nurturing to your everyday life...