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This is my favorite time of the year over all other seasons. Perhaps it is because of the weather or that I really love how it appeals to the senses (especially the smell of Fall, the changing colors of leaves, the warmth of the indoors, etc.) Now that we are finally home, I’m embracing the chance to make our home hug us with “Fall” when we walk in.

I’ve made a few subtle changes from our last kitchen but it is otherwise very much the same. Besides the change in island color, we did a few other minor things. The one thing we did add are some cool cabinet features that I found on Pinterest like the cutting board that drops straight to the trash can and built-in utensil/drawer organizers.

Love fall!


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It’s been an exhausting past two to three months but we have made it!  It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get here (literally).   Keeping it real…    Dreams don’t always come easy but it is so worth the sacrifices and hard work in the end.   Our journey has been filled with chaos and adventures these last few months and the girls have just rolled with all of it as if the chaos never even existed.  We moved in to a temporary “vacation” home for three weeks from our other temporary home while our permanent home was being finished and last Monday we finally got to move to our FOREVER home.  It’s similar to our last home in a lot of ways though I did make lots of tweaks.   We are really loving being here!  There is nothing like being home with your family.   As for layout and decor, some rooms are 100% different and some are 100% the same and some are just a little different.

Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll share more pictures as the rooms start to come together.  I have unpacked the entire house with the exception of all the wall and shelf decor.   My creative mind doesn’t work until things are organized.   So basically, unpack, organize, and then decorate.   I have the first two done but decorating is in progress.  Also,  painters are still here working on making everything perfect.   I’m looking forward to having the home to ourselves hopefully by this weekend.   We also finally got our stair treads finished on Monday because we did a special tread to match our reclaimed floors.  That was a mess.  Thank goodness it’s done.

On another note, this past Monday was my Dad’s birthday, two weeks ago was Matt’s birthday, Dawn and Matt have anniversary this weekend, and Scott has birthday this Saturday.

Our formal living and dining areas (not decorated obviously as you can see all the boxes of decor over in the back corner):
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I chose a different floor this time. I loved our walnut but it was just too soft so we decided to go with a reclaimed, distressed floor. The floor has lots of texture and an oil, matte finish that is supposed to be much better than stain and poly for long-term wear:
Wanted to show my pumkins I picked up yesterday at Whole Foods. I will show a better view of the house when we get our awnings installed and our large globe boxwoods that will hopefully come in soon that we had to special order:
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The design process for me this time around is so much more fun since most of the details are already thought out. I do have a dilemma though right now. I’ve been looking at different ranges because DCS changed the look on me from our last style. The last range we had was the DCS 48″ Gas Range by Fisher Paykel and I absolutely loved it. We had a Viking before that and I didn’t like how hard it was to clean under the burners and how it leaked gas when baking (our whole home smelled like gas) but the DCS was an A+ on both of these and performed perfectly while looking pretty. The new design that DCS has come out with isn’t my taste so I’m looking for either an old model or alternatives.

I love this La Cornue Stainless Cornufe:

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The LaCanche:


My Old Standby (the old DCS Range that I had and loved but has to be found from a dealer who has the old design).  Though it isn’t quite as fancy as the two ranges above, it’s spot on in cooking/function and I like the clean design so it’s a safe option:

DCS Ranges 48-Inch Propane Gas Range With Griddle

What to do?   I’m stuck!

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A very sweet reader (whose blog I was already stalking before she ever found mine) asked if she could do a feature of my home on her blog. I was extremely flattered! My home is still very much a work in progress though. If you are interested, she’ll be posting pictures of my home (including ones that I have not shown on this blog such as Avery’s room, entrance, etc.) throughout the week at A’ La Mode Maven. There are several posts that she did throughout the week. Also, her home is So gorgeous! Make sure to check out what she did with her home. I’m absolutely in love with her office and her little girl’s nursery is perfection. She has great taste!

Visit her blog by clicking here:

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You asked so here goes….

Our bedroom is very much a reflection of everything I love: lots of natural light, light gray walls, crisp white bedding, and subtle details with an overall calm and clean look. I had help with the furnishings and fabric for the pillows from Urban Grace. I love working with them!

The only things not finished include my intaglio grouping (almost finished with this project) which will be hung over a pretty table on the side of the room I didn’t photograph and accessories for end tables which I like to collect over time. I may or may not add a bench to the end of the bed. I like the idea of finding a unique antique bench and adding a custom fabric to complete the room….one day.

The Master Bathroom:
Our bathroom space was designed so that we each have our own personal space. We each have our own vanity, built-in armoire for all of our things, and closets.
My Side:
His Side:

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I’m almost finished with Olivia’s nursery. My designer distraction disorder creates a challenge for me because I keep moving from room to room without completely finishing the task at hand :)!

The inspiration for this room started before Olivia was conceived. I knew when we decided that we would have another baby that I wanted a room that wasn’t pink or blue but rather neutral and while perusing on Etsy (yes, I’m addicted), I found this great photograph. I had the photographer shoot a few more coordinating photos of the carousel so I could frame the set. I based everything in the room off these photos.

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This little Angel sleeps here in her crib during the day and in our room at night. She is just the sweetest girl! She loves, loves, loves to be talked to and will reward you with huge smiles and laughs.

Her nursery turned out just as I had hoped as it is a very calming space:

The view from her room is one of my favorites from our entire home:

Wall Color: SW Sea Salt (in the pictures above it looks light blue but is a really pretty light blue/green color)
Crib and Side Tables: Stanley Young America – Passed down from Avery
Armoire: Was stained Dark Brown and from an old bedroom suit so I repainted Sherwin Williams “Westhighland White” and added knobs from Anthropologie
Knobs: http://www.anthropologie.com
Lamb: a gift
Woven Baskets: http://www.potterybarnkids.com
Peter Rabbit Prints: Ebay
Frames: http://www.potterybarnkids.com
Carousel Photographs: Etsy
Custom Frames: americanframes.com
ABC Print: Etsy
Crib Bedding: Customized at http://www.carouseldesigns.com
Moroccan pouf: Ebay (much cheaper than serenaandlily.com)
Birdie Mirror: Laurie’s Home Furnishings
Chaise: From our last home
Carpet: Godfrey Hirst

Avery and Olivia’s Bathroom (Jack and Jill):
Olivia’s side:
I’m going to have to get a custom made shower curtain because the length is too tall. I have yet to find the perfect fabric:
Avery’s side:

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Now that I have some energy again, I’ve been thinking about how to decorate the house.   I’m back into nesting mode!  Isn’t it funny how having a baby does that to you.  My problem is I am having a hard time focusing on one room and keep getting distracted by others. I’ve decided the best way to handle this is for me to focus on Olivia’s and Avery’s room to get those done and to have one of the talented designers I love to focus on our family and breakfast rooms and then I’ll move on from there.  Being in the house now for a month has given me a better idea of what I want to do.   I think having a plan of action will help me stay on track.

The Master was designed in collaboration with Erika and her team at Urban Grace Interiors – www.urbangraceinteriors.com.   It is a work in progress as things are on backorder.    She’s very talented!  I’m anxiously awaiting a few final pieces and hopefully everything will be complete by May.   I love the way it is turning out and look forward to seeing it all pulled together.   On that note, I love blogging about design but do struggle with what to share or if I should share more.   I love  pouring through blogs and reading about others and how they decorate their homes and the progress pictures.   There are so, so many talented people out there and I love finding inspiration from them.  It’s so fun seeing how a room can be transformed and it is something I thoroughly enjoy.  I think it is awesome that others open up and share their spaces but it is their personal space  and taste and I know how vulnerable they are to being hurt by commenters.      

For the Master, I pulled different ideas from different inspiration pictures I had in my file. 

I love this bedroom and its neutral tones.   The play on tone on tone and texture is beautiful and I like that the pillows can be changed out to create a different look depending on your mood. 

I am in love with everything about this room except I’m not a huge fan of that particular color. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Kasler’s work and my files are filled with images of her work. I have several things from her different lines like my lanterns in the kitchen.

Intaglios……LOVE them! I will have framed intaglios in our bedroom.

This bedroom is one of my all time favorite bedrooms. Incidentally, this home was two blocks from the house we just moved from and I love her entire home. I’m all about white!   This room speaks to me 🙂 The drapery is gorgeous and the seagrass adds warmth.

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