Tuesday, January 20, 2015

UNFINISHED PROJECTS

Our house has come VERY far from where we started and I have been extremely thankful that most of our huge projects are over and done with. BUT, there are still a ton of little finishing touches that our rooms are missing and I thought I would document them to help get some steam under my butt. :)

Swap current rug with this one.

First up is our living room: This room has pretty much been done for awhile now. I want to swap the current rug with the rug in our office since it won't shed as much and we have to repaint an area of one wall. I'd also like to get one more piece of art for the wall between the two windows.

New rug

 New loveseat
 
Next is our family room: We just purchased a new love seat for this room so we can sit and watch TV next to the fireplace during the colder months. I also just purchased a rug. This room needs to be rearranged and eventually we will purchase two chairs, but I want to feel out the room for a couple months before that happens. I'd love to paint it a lighter color and I need to patch some paint on the fireplace. I need to look at how the frames are situated once the loveseat comes in to see if they will stay.

 Three counter height stools in a patterned fabric

White IKEA island with butcher block countertop.

Kitchen: I would love to replace the fan and update the light over the sink, but to be honest those are so far down on my list of things to do. The only thing I really want in here is to add an IKEA peninsula/island which we have already sourced and priced out.


Basement: The basement has been finished for a little over a year now and I am so happy we finished this space. We use the area all the time for movie watching and it's been great re-locating our sectional to the basement. I bought two stair runners for the stairs so they aren't as slippery that I need to install. I'm not as thrilled with the color, but I am going to live with it. We also really need to install a railing eventually when we have kids. I want to paint our existing coffee table and purchase two matching side tables. The stairwell also needs to be painted since we couldn't reach it when we were painting.

Office: The office french doors have been primed for months now. I need to finish painting them white and add hardware. I also need to touch up some paint where we had a few frames fall. The room layout is still being figured out. Our existing living room rug is going to be relocated into this room since it will stay cleaner and shed less in there. 

 Example of trim for the curtains.

Our new floor length mirror.

Master Bedroom: Our master bedroom needs some work. We got new bedding not too long ago and I bought a floor length mirror I love. I want to switch out the curtain rod for a thicker one, hang art over the bed and dresser, eventually sell and replace the dressers and the trim needs to be painted bright white. I would also like to add trim to the white curtain panels. Our closet will eventually turn into a bathroom so I won't be painting in there and the wall on Chris' side will eventually have a wall closet system.


Spare Bedroom: I'd like to buy an inexpensive upholstered headboard for the bed and maybe move the tall dresser into the closet. I'd love to repaint the dresser, but I have no motivation for that. We also need to install a ceiling light. 

Upstairs Bathroom: The vanity will be repainted, new lighting and mirror need to be purchased and installed and I want to replace the floor and toilet. Add a coat of fresh paint and I think we can update the bathroom for not a ton of money.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

THE FREDERICK FAMILY | CHRISTMAS MINI SESSION

Christmas mini sessions are in full swing! For the entire month of December I am offering mini sessions for only $75! This include 30-45 minutes of shooting time at a tree farm in Sykesville, MD and a minimum of 15 edited photos for you to keep. 

It's baby Frederick's first Christmas and he couldn't be cuter!




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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NIKKI + JR | PINE VALLEY TREE FARM MATERNITY SESSION

This past weekend I spent the afternoon with Nikki and JR at Pine Valley Tree Farm in Sykesville, Maryland taking their maternity photos. The leftover snow of the ground and the love these two share made some swoon-worthy images. Baby Geld will be making  her appearance next month! I can't wait to meet her. 












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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OUR FALL 2014 DINING ROOM

I've really been slacking this year on holiday decorations. Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house. The color of the walls is so calming and gorgeous when the sun (which this room gets a lot of) comes shining through and I have a collection of orchids on the window sills. The orchid on the table is a rebloom of the first one I bought for this house. They are my all time fav and I am so thankful I haven't been killing them!

I've been taking my time collecting pieces for this room - the buffet and wine rack styling still needs some work, but the table never disappoints.


On each place setting I cut a eucalyptus stem and placed a simple miniature white pumpkin.


I saw online the idea of using a cake stand to add height to your table and I rarely don't have one on this table. It really makes a statement and I love setting our salt and pepper shakers on top.


The birch wood pieces are waiting to be made into tea light holders. We cut some birch wood from Chris' grandmother's home in Maine. I love that it reminds us of all the memories we have had there.


I love the colors of the plates and napkins. It really ties in all of the creamy white, greys and blues I have in the room and conjoining rooms.


This table was a hand-me-down from my sister and the first project I completed for this house. My mom and I sanded it down and stained the top and repainted the bottom a creamy white. I used a satin poly on top which gives it an extra pretty sheen.


Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

REFINISHING BASEMENT STAIRS - PART 1

This past weekend was a busy weekend for us with wrapping up a few projects and it feels good to have things nearing the finish line!

Chris installed all of our quarter round on the first floor and I taped the baseboards and caulked to prep for painting them with a fresh coat of bright white paint. Bright white trim can make a house feel brand new!

Luckily, the only items left for the basement include paint - painting our office french doors white and painting the closet doors a bright white/installing the door knobs. The stairs were begging to be finished - they are the original builder grade stairs that led to our basement.


The above image was my inspiration photo for the project. 



The first thing we had to do was remove the top bull-nose from the stairs that was installed with the upstairs carpet. We had to add an extra piece of wood when installing our upstairs flooring and a new bull-nose transition that matches the new floor.


The next step was priming the risers and trim. I started this project backwards - all of the tutorials I have read say stain, then paint. So trust them! I didn't find a lot of trouble doing it backwards since I was super careful when staining, but I do have a few spots to touch up because of it!


You can see our new top transition in this photo. 


After priming, I sanded and taped off each of the steps so when painting I would get nice lines. Trust me, sanding paint on the edges of your steps is a pain!



After painting the risers and trim with two coats I was ready to call it a night!


The next day I removed the painters tape and started preconditioning the risers. I would condition every other step so I could easily work my way back down.


I did the same method when staining the stairs. I carefully stained the steps- trying not to get any on the risers or trim. After 15 minutes, I wiped the remaining stain off.


You can see after one coat the stairs match pretty perfectly with the new floors! I'll share the finished results later this week.

Friday, February 28, 2014

FIRST FLOOR BATHROOM PLANS

Things are going great with the floors and fireplace! All of the first floor flooring has been installed, we just have to add the quarter round and paint all of the trim a bright white to finish it off! I started caulking the fireplace yesterday and still need do some patch painting and finishing touches before sharing.

Hoping to get that done this weekend!

Onto other news... I have finalized all of the plans for our downstairs half bath and we will be grabbing those materials within the next week. Currently the bathroom door is detached and the floor is halfway ripped. So you can imagine our excitement to get this puppy started!

Chris and I enjoy having no major improvement plans in the summer and fall so we can enjoy vacations, being outdoors and hanging with friends and family.


Originally I really wanted a pedestal sink. I think they are classic and great in small bathrooms. However, after doing all of the research on how to install one it involved cutting holes into our walls or hiring a plumber and that's not something we were willing to do just for a vanity. Plus we would lose the storage aspect.

Beadboard and chair rail painted in a bright white, marble hex floors, chrome finishes, sage walls and oil rubbed bronze door handles/hinges... oh my! 

I think this is a great representation of our style and will last through the years. I love how the marble hex will tie in the marble herringbone hearth in the room down the hall. Shiny chrome finishes and shelving over the toilet will add classic details. 

I love it all!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LIVING SOCIAL COOKING CLASS - 918F STREET

This past Christmas I bought a Living Social deal for one of their cooking classes. I thought it would be something new and fun my Dad and I could do together. With Valentine's Day coming up, this would be an AWESOME thing to do with your lover and I highly suggest it!


The great thing about living in Maryland is DC and Baltimore are both easily accessible. The Living Social DC headquarters is located right near the Verizon Center and driving to it and finding parking was actually easy!


We loved that you could buy beer or half bottles of cava/wine. The prices were decent and drinking while cooking makes everything better!


We started with a shrimp appetizer - easily my favorite meal we made.


The Living Social helpers bring you each round's (meal) ingredients pre-measured for you, which makes things really easy.



Our second course was mussels in a tomato based broth. Both my Dad and I usually don't touch these things, but we both ate the entire dish. It was really light and we held off on some of the spice - which was a good decision!


Our third course meal was our least favorite. I am usually a lover of calamari, but there wasn't enough breading and I definitely cooked these for too long :-(


Our fourth dish (and final course) was oven baked Moroccan white fish. It was delicious and even though the Living Social helpers placed it in the oven for the group, it came out awesome.

My Dad and I had such a great time, I definitely recommend these classes for anyone that wants to try something new, fun with friends/family/lovers!