Thursday, May 29, 2014

Elle Decor April Issue....

Elle Decor's April issue is their International issue! Have you seen it yet? In it they feature decorator Lorenzo Castillo's home in Madrid, Spain. It's a HUGE 17th century home that used to be a former convent, can you believe that?!? 

Check out all the cool mixture of prints and patterns in his home...and that checkered floor?!? Love it. You can see more of his home here.








-images courtesy of Elle Decor
-photography by Kate Martin

Before & After Kitchen Renovation

Welcome back! It's Monday & it's back to work! Today.....one of my readers, Meaghan Taylor sent over her amazing Kitchen renovation. 

She described the before pictures by saying, "it looked like a crack den." Ha! Well, I'm not going to disagree with her on that but let's just say the after pics are amazing! 

As many of you know I L-O-V-E a white kitchen & this one was done so nicely...... from the white subway tiles to the black counter tops! I can hardly believe it's the same place....can you?? Let Meaghan know what you think of her reno!!




BEFORE

 AFTER
 




BEFORE


Here's what Meaghan had to say about the renovation project:

We purchased this home in September of 2009 and planned to first concentrate on:
 
- Removing all the 1970s wallpaper (on unprimed walls!) and painting
- Removing the popcorn ceilings and re-plastering
- Removing the carpet and replacing with hardwood
 
We also planned to paint the kitchen walls and cabinets to spruce things up a bit while we saved up for a new kitchen (WITHOUT carpet!)  Unfortunately, we were so tired after 10+ rooms that by the time we got to the kitchen (we were planning a wedding at the same time!), that never happened.  
 
FINALLY (2 years later), we can say that we are DONE!  Let's decorate (ideas welcome!)
 
 

-images by Meaghan Taylor