Design Away: Start with a Mood Board

Hey Guys!

The kitchen is almost complete! I still have to tackle my built-in oven/micro issue, but we are sorting that out soon, and I have a few areas that need work (changing out plugs, adding pencil tile trim, and trimming out the vent hood). I want to hug my kitchen every time I see it, and I have been waiting for that moment since I moved in!

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As I wrap that up, I have the: living room,entryway, laundry/mud room, and guest/Wyatt’s bath to plan out, ALONG with my parents master bath design! So today I wanted to share with you my fireplace mood board as I start the design process for these spaces. Mood boards really help put everything you are envisioning together so you can get an idea of what it will look like. I am looking into the proper software to really detail my designs, but until then, I am using powerpoint. Have a space you really want to tackle? Start with a mood board. Save images you like and put it together in a presentation. Find the coffee table you have been eyeing and pair it with a rug you saw when shopping to see if it works. Plan out every detail of the room you want to make over before you make any purchases, and I promise, you will be happy in the end. This will help you think of the small details that are easily overlooked, too!

Fireplace mood board design 1 and 2:

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As you can see, it’s not perfect, but helps me visualize and map everything out. Design 1 includes cement tiles, a white chunky mantel, and shiplap (it will be white shiplap, the picture makes it look beige). I am definitely mounting my TV on the fireplace because it works for my furniture layout, so I made sure to add it into the design. I have an open concept kitchen/living, so the blue tiles tie in with my vent hood and island.

Design 2 is shiplapping the entire fireplace, with the white floating mantel, and two sconces. Simple, but perfect!

Once I play around with my design a little more and get everything finalized, I will create a mood board for the entire living room to make sure it all comes together the way I want.

Do you plan on sprucing up your space? I would love to see your designs!

Happy Mood Boarding,

Jennie Leigh

 

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Worlds Ugliest Cabinets Turned Contemporary!

When I walked through my house for the first time when it was on the market, I was hesitant to buy it because of the cabinets. I knew I was going to remodel whatever kitchen I bought, but I also knew I didn’t have money to install brand new cabinets. Check out those original 60s cabinets!

I realized quickly that they were in such great shape and decided that I could give them a make over of their dreams!

First I popped off the ugggllllly trim in the center.

This took some time, but it was worth it. We went over the fronts with a quick sand to make sure it was smooth.

Then it was time for primer and paint!

And here they are! Fresh, clean, and updated. We decided to paint the hinges to try and hide them the best we could. My modern knobs help dress them up a bit, too!

Look how cute they are!! Even the UGLIEST, OLDEST, cabinets can be redone!

Always see the potential in your home even if you have the worlds ugliest cabinets!

On to the next one,

Jennie Leigh

Simple Styling Tips: Round End Tables

I am getting ready to hunt down furniture for my living room, but thought I should try and make things feel cozy while I plan and shop! I just styled my end table and thought it would be a perfect, fun and easy post on how to style a round table. Sometimes round end tables can be challenging to style – they can look cluttered and unconnected. Follow these SIMPLE tips for a stylish, cohesive look.

Decor Options:

When styling anything I always try to incorporate: a live plant/flower of some sort, decorative objects in varying heights, and something personal. People tend to get overwhelmed by the millions of different decor options out there and don’t know how to put them together, so think of what the table’s function is too, and that can help narrow down your choices. My table is placed between my sofa and love seat, it will be used to set drinks, phones, and tv remotes etc., so I don’t want to over crowd the space with a million decor pieces, sometimes less is more.  Still need some help? Check out the links at the bottom of the post for some no fail options – I GOT YO BACK!

Styling:

Round tables look best when placing objects in a triangular shape.

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I like to start on the outside, but you can definitely play around to see what works! Here is my “something personal.” I like to use photos so my home doesn’t feel like a staged model home.

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Find a plant/flower and vase you love, and throw it in the mix. I love the way the vines pour over the side of the pot! This little ceramic pot was left behind in the front yard when we moved in, and for some reason I didn’t want to throw it away, and now i finally found something to do with it. It was the perfect size to pair with the large frame, too!

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I needed something to taller to tie all the pieces together, so I chose a magnifying glass object. I bought this right after Christmas because it was a little different and I just liked it. It was the perfect piece to bring it all together. Remember, grouping objects in odd numbers always looks good!

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I layered in my floor lamp because lets face it, this table is too small for the space between the couches – an indoor tree would like great too!

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Lovin’ this little space! Now it’s starting to feel like home 🙂

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As promised, here are some pieces that would like great in any space!

Happy Easter!

Jennie Leigh

 

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West Elm Grapewood Branch

 

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Birch Lane Agate Decor

 

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Target’s Marble Coasters

 

Don’t Be Afraid

You know, I was so excited to start my remodel and envisioned so much for my old but wonderful home, but this last week I felt sad and distraught. I was obsessing over the vent hood wall, there was something throwing me off, and then I realized I needed to calm down. I had a vision of this raw, natural, vent hood and shelves, and well, it didn’t turn out like I wanted it too. I said to myself, well, you’ll have to live with it, and it depressed me. You see, the reason I love designing sooo much is because of the feeling I get when I create a space- it’s something I can’t really explain, but it’s special to me because I feel like I’m leaving a bit of my personality in each design. It’s like saying “JENNIE WAS HERE” in the form of the perfect whimsical decor piece and a bold statement, so you can see why I felt so sad about something I wanted to be utterly perfect. Then I slapped myself (not really, but mentally) and said: you’re not perfect, and decided to go with my gut and try to achieve a look I could be “utterly” happy with. So folks, todays message from my journey is short and sweet: Don’t Be Afraid. Paint the tile (yes the tile), pick the weird painting you think is cool, use that odd object in a new way, and just go for it. I don’t know how my vent hood wall will turn out, but I’m not stopping until I’m happy or my husband kills me. The mistakes I’ve made have taught me to brainstorm and problem solve, they have challenged me to become better. Next up: staining the vent hood, AGAIN.

Happy risk taking,

Jennie Leigh

Along Came A Kitchen

Ahhhhh to blog again! The kitchen is coming along nicely, and I wanted to share with you the progress. We are about 3/4 of the way done, and I couldn’t be happier. Yes, there were some challenges, but I have learned a lot from them. This remodel was practice for me, and although there are some things that I would change (don’t worry, I will eventually haha), I am SO happy with how things are turning out.

It’s amazing what some West Elm pendants can do for a space! After installing the pendants, I realized that I couldn’t live any longer with them being the only light source in the kitchen!!

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I added two recessed can lights and 2 swing arm sconces, it made a world of difference! Don’t worry, I am going to change the plugs in the island out soon!

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The vent hood was hard, and I won’t lie, I don’t think I am done with it. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I think it needs something. We will just have to wait and see what my little mind conjures up – I am thinking trim work and paint.

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Annnndddd, here we are today:

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As you can see, we still haven’t fully figured out what we are going to do with the space where the old 60’s stove was. We will for sure install the microwave, but I don’t think the space is big enough for that AND a oven. All you designaholics out there, give me some advice!

I still need shelf decor (I can’t wait to shop!!!), hardware, and the built-in’s, but we are almost there! I still might change the color of the shelves and vent hood, but for right now, I like to just sit and admire the work. Sometimes I still can’t believe we figured out how to salvage the cabinets!

Everyone loves a before and after 🙂

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Be Adventurous,

Jennie Leigh

 

Just Livin’ the Dream

You guys, you have no idea how EXCITED and tired I am! There are so many things going on in my world and I have started off the new year full speed. The kitchen renovation is underway! Soon my visions will come to life, and, I am finally able to design something! This is my first project and the start of my portfolio.

Not only am I renovating my own home, I am helping my wonderful brother fix up a flip house. Every second of spare time is spent on my projects. See why I am tired BUT excited?

It is hard work, y’all. There are so many small details that need to be worked out, trades that need to be scheduled, material estimates, and best of all, selections to be finalized. So, I bring to you today, the start. The start of my first kitchen renovation, the start of my portfolio, and another huge step on my journey to becoming a self-taught Interior Designer. I am so thankful for my amazing husband who always supports me, somehow figures out a way to make things work to carry out my vision, and for not killing me when I make him move things after he thinks he’s done!

My Kitchen:

 

FUR DOWN, COMING DOWN! This is the most exciting part of the entire reno for me!

It doesn’t seem like a lot, but wow, my poor hubby is exhausted. Cutting the island down meant re-routing electrical- the switch for the disposal, pendants, and all outlets. The fur down required so much more than just demoing, and I am so happy that step is done! Check out that original 60’s wallpaper!

Up next: countertops, range hood, shelves, sconces, and pendants. Stay tuned for DIY posts because I have already experienced some unforeseen problems that I will have to work around; those always make for the best DIY’s. 🙂

 

Wyatt and I are off to make our selections; he totally feels my excitement!

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You guys, this is what dreams are made of. I am literally doing what I have dreamed about for years. Yeah, it might not be the biggest and most beautiful design ever, but it’s my first, and allllll from this crazy little brain of mine.

All my renovating love,

Jennie Leigh.

Life and Back to Bloggin’!

Hi.

I feel out of touch! How are you? Are you still following along on this journey of mine? I promise, I will update you every week, hang in there. I wanted to give you all (whoever is still following) a little update on life and my journey. I remember the first time I posted on this blog I thought to myself “well, no theres no turning back now,” and then I quickly fell in love with sharing my life goals and ambitions. I find myself now feeling like I did when I hit “publish” on that post, and it’s probably because I haven’t put myself out there like I used to, but, I am back!

The New Job:

The reason for my lack of posts: my new job. I was laid off from my previous job and I was on the hunt for an Interior Design position. I called every Design company in town and I was turned down. I just don’t have the experience, and after landing the Project Coordinator position for the BEST COMPANY EVER, I realize NO WONDER DESIGNERS DIDN’T HIRE ME. Why am I yelling so much? There is a ton much work that goes into even a small rehab, but it seems like soooooo much fun.

I am learning SO much, y’all. I am working for a contractor and all the projects we are hired to do involve Interior Designers and the most beautiful homes. I am reading plans, learning about construction, and seeing inside the minds of Designers and Architects. I love to see the original plan and compare it to the newly designed master piece. I am constantly saying: “mannnn, that was a great idea” or “WOW, I wouldn’t have thought of that.” There are so many small details that go into a remodel and I just really love learning about all of them. My brain hurts after work everyday because there is so much to learn, but I like the challenge. BRING IT ON.

 

The Journey:

It sucks knowing that this month would be the end of the first semester of my CAD course. It’s ok, I am signed up and ready for next semester, and if they drop the night class again you will see a full blog post of this: jfksjfslkaf dskalfj (@*#($)*@#$_@()#N HFOIFSDHJ SON OF A!!!!! Not really, I will just have to deal with learning online. I really don’t want to learn design software that way (I don’t want to teach myself the wrong way), but I will if I have to. I am also looking into color theory courses and, recently found out today, that there a free online design courses (hopefully it isn’t too good to be true). I have decided to take online space planning and fundamentals of design courses if they are reasonably priced. Goal for the end of December: find the courses I want and sign up for them. Oh look, now you all have to hold me accountable.

When my husband asked me what I want for Christmas I responded with “a digital tape measure.” While I am waiting for my course to start, I thought I could measure my Master Bath and draw a new plan to scale; claw foot tubs are all the rage these days. Annnnnnd, that is my journey update.

If you are still here with me, leave me a comment. Share with me your design dilemmas, if you need ideas, want me to write on something specifically, or if you just want to say “HAAAYYYY GURRRLLL.”

Until next week!

Jennie Leigh