Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ryder's Room

Why hello there! Just dropping in on the ol' blog to show you a project we worked on about a month or so ago: Ryder's room. This was a project that was hanging over our heads for a while. I want(ed) to update the boys' rooms so they reflect each of their personalities better. This was a good start. We have two more rooms to go, but for now Ryder (and the rest of us!) are enjoying this new look in his room. 

Ryder is 12 years old and loves sports. I think that's quite evident in his room. Designing a kid's room can be a challenge for a design-loving momma. Typically kids' decor is so kiddy. I think we struck the right balance here in Ry's room--it really showcases his love of sports, but it's done tastefully. So, go ahead and check out Ryder's room!

For good times' sake, here's what Ryder's room looked like at our old house. Man...I sure do miss that room!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sunroom Redesign

I recently completed a redesign of a sunroom for friends of mine and thought you guys would like to see some before and afters. I know it's been forever and a day since I've posted on my blog, but I'm hoping to get back to it as projects arise. So here we go--let's dive into this! 

My friends John and Christine recently moved into a larger home and had this sunroom off the back of it that they really didn't know what to do with. John thought it was a waste of space and told Christine that "they should just tear it down!" I'm so glad they didn't! They talked to me about helping redesign it and make it into a space they'd want to hang out in. These are some "befores" of what it looked like in there: plain white walls, and hardly any furniture.

I was excited! Where they saw blah and boring, I saw potential. I immediately thought a rich, saturated color would look great in here. They painted the walls this lovely color--Underwater by Behr. I also pushed them to paint everything the same color--walls as well as trim. And we all love how it turned out. Tedious? Yes, but worth it? TOTALLY.

I went shopping for them--looking at my favorite thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, online sources, as well as other local shops. I picked up plants, art, lighting, furniture...pretty much everything you see here for a collected look that suits this family well. 

When planning the design, I suggested they have a round table and chairs for eating as well as playing games with family and friends. I found this one on Marketplace. It's a great size and you can easily move around it due to it being round. 

This one wall was the only place to hang art. When I saw this modern piece, I knew it would look perfect in here. 

John is a big time griller and he loves to smoke meats. The grill is just outside this sunroom, so it was important that there was a place to set food down on when entertaining. This small table was a perfect fit. And in the mean time, it's able to hold lots of plants, which was also big on John and Christine's list.


My favorite piece in the whole room is this antique pine sideboard. When I spotted it at a thrift store, it was a no-brainer. I knew it was just what this room needed--a showstopper of a piece. I love the raw wood color against the darker walls. And look at those arches in the doors! Seriously so happy I found this for them.


This rug adds a fun burst of color to the floor.

If you need help with a space in your home, I'm here for a consult or complete redesign--whatever you need. Thanks for reading this post! I hope to pop on here more frequently but in the mean time, follow MLST over on Instagram to see what I'm up to! 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our New Kitchen

This post has been a loooong time coming. If you follow me over on Instagram, you know I've been saying for weeks now that I'd take some pics of our new kitchen. Well here they are finally.

We moved into our new house on December 27, 2016 and knew right away (actually before we even moved in) that we'd be replacing the kitchen and lots of other cosmetic things. We actually started saving right away for this kitchen so we wouldn't go into debt on it at all. I'll include some real estate pictures of our house when we looked at it back last year and you can see the changes that we've made so far. So without further ado, here's some before and afters for ya. 


I wanted to improve the layout and make the best use of space possible. So we swapped placement of the fridge to allow for larger counter space to the left of the sink area. By moving the oven down just a bit, we were able to place the fridge near it and more in the "triangle work area."


I ended up finding a slide-in range on Craigslist that I really like, thus eliminating the overhead microwave action that was going on before. Our new kitchen actually doesn't have a microwave in it. We really don't use microwaves all that much, honestly. I would typically soften my butter in there and that's about it. Plus I reeeeaaaalllly wanted a custom hood with a vent. Our old kitchen didn't have a vent so that was a pretty big deal for me. I want to cook without setting the smoke detectors off, dang it! The exposed barnwood is just the right touch of rustic in here...I love it.

Another way to add more storage in our new kitchen is simply by taking the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. It maximizes all that space plus I think it just looks a whole lot better. It's a custom look for sure.

Cabinet colors are Benjamin Moore Fieldstone and Dark Olive.

A simple planked backsplash ties everything together. 

We hired the same cabinetmaker we had in our old house. We love Adin and Adin! (Father/son team)

Now I have this butter crock so no more softening the butter in the mic for me! ;)

I did the same design as our old kitchen--shaker style doors and the two that flank the window, with glass panes. It helps break up the cabinetry a bit. 

We chose a leather finish on the perimeter granite and a white quartzite island top. I wanted contrasting colors and textures and I think it worked out well.

One of the biggest changes is here in our pantry area. Sorry I have no befores here but there were bifold doors on the pantry with wire shelving. Not the easiest thing to get into and store things properly. One thing that really gets under my skin is an area that isn't well thought out (like closets and pantries). Give me a well organized space and I'm a happy camper.

Now everything has a place and I now love opening my pantry doors!

We added a little drop-zone to the left of the pantry. This was just empty space before. Our dog's dishes are on the floor under that "desk area" so that works out well--it's out of the way.

One more before/after...

So there ya have it--finally! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Hope you enjoyed the little tour of our kitchen. Please follow along on Instagram to stay up-to-date on our fixings-up!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Boys' Bathroom (FINALLY!)

Well hello there! How you guys been?? Long time no see!! I have some news.

Once upon a time, approximately four years ago, Bryce flushed a Thomas train down our (then) one and only toilet. Instead of replacing said toilet, I said to Mitch that we should just redo the entire bathroom. How hard could it be, right? Well...four years later...

...and the boys' bathroom is finally done. Woo hoo! This is what DIY looks like these days--as you can see, the projects have been fewer and further between. And believe it or not, this particular project is complete just in time for us to move. Those who follow MLST on Facebook or Instagram have gotten the news. For the rest of you, yes, it's true. We're moving! (enter shocked face emoji) We're still trying to wrap our brains around that one, but let's just focus on this completed bathroom right now or else there may be some tears. So, behold: the boys' bathroom! Gah...I love it.

Here's my original mood board for this room (from this post):

Some things have changed, but you can see that overall, it remained kinda-sorta the same(ish). Seriously, my mind is allowed to change over the period of four years, okay?! If we were staying here, we would have added a barn style door as the main door, but since we're leaving, I'm saving my door for the next house! I ended up painting the door my go-to color: Benjamin Moore Dragon's Breath. Seriously can't get enough of this dark gray color. It makes any door look awesome, even a cheap hollow-core one.

I love how this bathroom goes with the rest of the house. We incorporated many of the same details in here (like the subway tile) and kept the walls fresh and clean with white paint. But I wanted to mix it up a little bit, so we went with board and batten walls. It brings enough interest to the bathroom walls without being too "different" if you know what I mean. Everything just flows in our house now. 

Mitch, my tiling ninja, made my shower dreams come true. I seriously LOVE this shower. Since he's finished (over 2 weeks ago), I haven't taken a shower in our bathroom. This bathroom is so bright and cheery...definitely gonna miss this puppy when we move.

Here's the IKEA vanity base that we scored on Craigslist for $30. Mitch had to drive to Maryland to pick it up, but it was worth it, dang it. It's the old style base (the new ones have 4 drawers) but the current vanity top which we got at IKEA fits on it perfectly. I thought I wanted different faucets, but when we saw these at IKEA, we snagged them. The one handle is perfect for the boys.

The sconces are also from IKEA, as are the mirrors. I was afraid that this bathroom would scream IKEA, but in the end, I think there are enough of other features that balance out the big-box store feel.

And one of those big features is the ceiling. Pine boards. You know we have a thing for ceilings. So it was a no-brainer that we'd do something unique in here. We decided to keep it natural, and are going to protect the wood with my DIY board butter.

We were able to make a tiny linen closet in here. Mitch took the leftover cedar wood from Finn's closet and lined this closet with it.

So, that's what we've been up to the past four years...ha! But now it's on to new adventures in a new house.

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