The Starting Line

Well guys, I have reached the starting line! I moved into my little 60’s house 2 weeks ago and it’s been CRAZY. I am so glad to be blogging! I miss it. Unpacking with a 2 year old is not fun, but we are making progress.

I have had some good luck with this home so far and I am hoping it just keeps coming! The fire place had this HIDEOUS black, metal covering, and after begging my husband to  take a couple of screws out to see what was behind it, we struck gold! Let there be brick! I do not have a before picture (Idiot! I know), but it matched my range hood below. Why did EVERYTHING have to be so dark??

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After:

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As you can see, we still have to paint the ceiling, but the difference is amazing!

We painted immediately. I was unpacking and my husband was filling his lungs with oil based paint, poor guy! The fumes were terrible! Wyatt and I had to leave the house.

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After:

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I would love to have ripped out the wood paneling and install new sheet rock, but for now, it’ll do! The beams pop now and I am in love. I will reveal the kitchen in the next post, because we are planning on painting the cabinets this weekend! **Insert happy dance here!!** The yellow floors are KILLING me, but I am trying my hardest to be patient.

I hope this gives you a little glimpse of the tiny but impactful changes we have made. I probably should have waited until I had everything set up to take an awesome picture, but I just had to post. I am so excited to show my style and to really see what I can do. I hope my husband survives! Pray for him, y’all.

Spreading the happy to all your homes,

Jennie Leigh

 

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Meet your match, Subway Tile!

I don’t know about you, but, I have seen an awful lot of  white subway tile. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it, but at the same time I don’t like the idea of having the same kitchen backsplash that 82934238093 other people have. So, if you are looking for some stylish alternatives, look no further!

Carrara Marble Tiles:

I love marble tile backsplash because it gives a clean but elegant look. If you want to take your kitchen style up 10 notches, try the marble tile.

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Arabesque Tiles:

Arabesque tiles work well in transitional design. They are classic but blend well with contemporary elements, and give your space the perfect touch of texture. You can get these guys in different colors, too!

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Hexagon Tiles: Ummm, love! What I love? Well, they make a statement without being too dramatic. Vintage home remodelers love using hexagon tile for an updated, classic look.

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3×12 Subway: Ok, I know this is a post is about subway tile alternatives, but this is still an alternative. Instead of the traditional 3×6 size white subway, try the 3×12. You can get glass or porcelain, and you can purchase a variety of colors. I love this alternative because of the different textures they offer.

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The simple white 3×12 tile below adds depth to wall with it’s textured edging. That little detail makes a big difference.

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Still wanting something more? Try the herringbone pattern with the 3×12 tile. I like the way it looks using the bigger tiles instead of the normal 3×6; it’s not as “busy.”

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Last but not least, we have Moroccan Tiles. They have so many different names, but if I believe that overall they are categorized as “Moroccan” tiles. With so many different patterns and colors, you can really show your personal style.

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What style speaks to you? I am going to have a hard time picking something for my little fixer upper. 1 more week until move-in! WOO-HOO!

Happy backsplash hunting,

Jennie Leigh

Journey Update – A Darn Good One!

Today was a really good day, and after all the things that have been happening lately, I needed it! Last week the seller of my little fixer upper and I couldn’t come to an agreement on the roof repairs. The contract was cancelled and I was incredibly sad. Then, I had my first interview (at a design center) after my lay off and it was a TOTAL disaster. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to run and hide. HAHA I can’t help but laugh at myself. I was put on the spot and failed miserably. I felt like my little world was crumbling around me when I received an email that said “due to budget cuts” my AutoCAD course was cancelled. I had everything figured out and ready to go and then all of a sudden, I was somehow back to square 1. This week is MUCH better. I landed an interview at a remodeling company and was called back today for a second interview. You are now looking at, well reading about, the new Assistant Project Coordinator. I am SO excited. It is my first job that is sorta related to Interior Design and I couldn’t be happier. I was so nervous after my last interview but now I see how God is working. I knew that after praying my little heart out that God had something better for me, and he sure did. Everyone I met today was so nice AND funny. They are definitely my kind of people. I am going to learn sooooooooooo much. It is going to be hard work and might take me a little bit to really get it down but I am ready. I am determined, and I am capable. You know what the best part is (besides learning all about remodeling and construction)? I get to work with Designers. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!

After all that excitement, I came home to my wonderful husband telling me that the seller realized how bad the roof was and is repairing it. We submitted another offer and she accepted! RELIEF CITY! So yeah, it’s a pretty darn good day. The only thing I haven’t figured out yet is AutoCAD. I will have to research online courses and come up with a plan.  This is a major goal of mine and I can’t give up. As Dory would say ” there’s always another way.” What is with me quoting kid movies all the time?!

A friend once told me that her lay off was a blessing in disguise and I can honestly say that I feel the exact same way. Everything is coming together, and you know what? If it “falls apart” again, I will re-group and try again.

Anyways, I hope this wasn’t too boring for you. For all of you that have been following my journey, thank you! I will soon be able to remodel your kitchen for you HAHA. But seriously…

I wonder if back to school jitter tips will work for back to work jitters?

Cheers to new beginnings,

Jennie Leigh.

 

 

Fun Update: Black Window Frames

Black paint? Old Windows? You have a recipe for awesomeness! Ok, my son and I watch Kung Fu Panda 20384903 times a day and we like to use the word “awesomeness”. I decided to gear my blog towards affordable design trends that people without pools of money can do AND still get the look! There is no charge for awesomeness or attractiveness: Kung Fu Panda. Ok, I am done.

Black Window frames are something that I want to try in my next home. They are dramatic without drowning your space in darkness.

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In the picture above, the painted black window frame adds the perfect touch of black to break up the white from the countertop, backsplash, and cabinets.

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The black trimmed curtains, lamp shade, and dark flooring add a dramatic touch to this living space. To me, it’s a sophisticated look!

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Not feeling the crisp white walls? Black windows go well with grays and beige walls, too!

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This kitchen shows how well black goes with different wood tones and all colors.Who needs backsplash when your windows can do it all!

 

So, bottom line, black paint doesn’t have to be scary. I will be sharing my DIY black window frames when I get a house lol, but if you’re ready now, Pinterest has a million tutorials.

Skadoosh!

Jennie Leigh.

 

 

*Photos taken from Indulgy.com, southshoredecoratingblog.com, bhg.com, thelillypadcottage.com, designindulgence.blogspot.com**

My Little Fixer Upper

Good Thursday Morning!

I probably shouldn’t be posting this because this isn’t a for SURE thing until we actually close BUTTTT….our offer was accepted on the cutest but scariest house ever! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! My soon to be (pray it all works out and closes! I feel weird talking about it before we know it is set in stone…) fixer upper has so much potential but there is 1 draw back: it was priced at the VERY top of our budget(because it’s located in an awesome area!), so that means we will have to wait to do repairs and save first. Am I worried? UM NO, I have time and SO. MANY. IDEAS. I thought I would share you some of the pictures of the house. It is a time capsule from the 60’s and I see so much potential in it! My hopes and dreams lie in this home. I imagine my son growing up there and riding his bike down the street. I imagine re-designing it piece by piece to my exact personal style. I imagine taking pictures of everything I’ve done and creating my first portfolio. AND, looking back on this blog and seeing my progress and growth. Ok, a little too intense, but you get the picture.

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I know! Isn’t it so scary and dark? Check out those yellow floors!

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Yup, green carpets.

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His and Hers sinks separated by the shower/bath! This is probably my favorite part of the home. I’m seeing West Elm wallpaper!

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So, there she is! Just waiting for a family to give her a face lift! Pray it works out for me! I am taking this journey a day at a time, and step by step.

Do you see the potential? Have any of you done a major remodel? Let’s see it!

Have a great rest of the week!

A very excited,

Jennie Leigh

 

 

**All pictures taken from San Antonio Board of Realtors**

New Adventures/Journey Update

Hi Friends!

SO much going on in my world. This journey update is full of changes but I like to call them blessings in disguise. My house sold and closed! I am now renting while house hunting and its been really crazy, but I just know my little fixer upper is going to be everything I have always wanted. The housing market has changed so much and it’s been a challenge to find a home in a nice area that is in my price range. I will not settle this time and I can’t wait to start designing! I am SO ready to show the world what I can do!

I was laid off my job 2 weeks ago. I won’t lie, that really sucked. The company wasn’t doing as well as they wanted and had to let the marketing department go. I was offered a Sales position but I couldn’t accept it because of the schedule. I was really bummed at first but then I realized that this is truly a blessing. Financially, we are fine, and that means more time with my crazy 2 year old. I am potty training him and soaking up this time that will in a blink, be gone. This is my chance to go out and get the job I have always wanted. In a couple of weeks I start my AutoCAD course and in December, when I finish, I am going to knock on every Interior Design company’s door in San Antonio. God has something big planned for me, and I need to be patient, steady, and ever lasting.  I am still on the hunt for jobs that will be useful in the design field and who knows, maybe they will want an obsessed design freak!

Be on the look out for my fixer upper posts! I hope you are all doing well!

 

Many Blessings,

Jennie Leigh

 

 

Becki Owens: Fireplace Design

Howdy, Y’all!

Fireplaces in south Texas really aren’t needed, but can be a great way to add style and character to your space. Becki Owens, one of my favorite designers, is all about clean and simple designs. If you have a fireplace and aren’t sure where to start decor wise, she is here to help!

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Simple can make a statement. Find a piece of art that speaks to you and anchor it on the fireplace or the wall above.  This is always your starting point! Add a second, smaller piece on the mantel and lean it against the anchored art, throw a small vase or decorative object on the other side for balance and you’re done! Easy, simple, and stylish.

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Here she plays with raw wood tones and layers framed art in groupings. I love how she filled the fireplace with logs and tied in the wood tone with the frames; organic vibes. She adds a little more to this mantle with groupings of 3. On the right, she layers 2 pieces of framed art with a tall vase. Notice the vase is the same height as the medium sized frame; it’s all about the balance, y’all. On the left, a white frame with 2 candle sticks completes the look. The metallic mirror is a nice contrast against the wood too! SWOON.

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Pendant lights aren’t just for the kitchen! Here the brassy finishes of the lights and mirror make a statement. She plays with height for the mantle decor by adding a stack of books under the lantern and a full vase of fresh flowers that fills in the other side. This is my favorite look because she really thought outside the box using the pendant lights.

 

What does your fireplace look like? Do you like clean and simple? What would you use for your anchor piece?

Happy Sunday!

Jennie Leigh