Season 2 Episode 12: Story Book No More

project
OVERVIEW

the
INSPIRATION

the
EXTERIOR

the
KITCHEN

living +
DINING

shop
THE LOOK

Project Overview

The Home Owners 

Helen, Her 2 Daughters, and Grandma

The Budget

$85,000

The DL

Helen is raising her two daughters in this house and following a recent divorce, she is ready to open a new chapter in this family home. She no longer feels that the home represents her life or her family, with its overgrown, storybook exterior, and dark, low-ceilinged rooms. 

The Plan

I wanted to help Helen and her girls turn a new page in their lives by brightening up the exterior of the home and updating the heavy, dark  finishes. Inside, I want to update the floor plan by removing an excess of pony walls, posts, and soffits, and update the decor to represent Helen’s fun, stylish, eclectic cottage style.

The Inspiration

S2 EP12 Inspiration

S2 EP12 Inspiration
S2 E12 - Color Story
S2 EP12 Inspiration S2 E12 - Color Story

The Exterior

S2E12 Exterior

S2E12 Exterior
S2E12 Exterior
S2E12 Exterior
S2E12 Exterior S2E12 Exterior S2E12 Exterior

Before this exterior felt heavy and dated, with its overbearing roofline, overgrown landscaping, and gingerbread style. In order to have the outside of this house match the humans who lived within, I wanted to update and feature the front door, streamline the roofline, and create a front patio gathering spot. In the end, a light purple dutch door is the icing on the cake of this sweet little eclectic cottage. 

S2EP12 Exterior Gallery

S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery
S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery S2EP12 Exterior Gallery

Special Project | DIY Porch Swing

This was such a fun, easy project that adds so much personality to the front entry. I particularly love the texture and visual interest the rope sides add to the vignette. The following is a DIY Tutorial of how Zach (Well Done Building & Design) and I made my notebook sketch come to life.

E12 DIY Porch Swing

11.) REALLY test the swing!
12.) ENJOY!
11.) REALLY test the swing! 12.) ENJOY!

Shop Front Entry and Patio Accessories and Decor

The Kitchen

S2EP12 BA Kitchen

S2EP12 BA Kitchen
S2EP12 BA Kitchen
S2EP12 BA Kitchen
S2EP12 BA Kitchen S2EP12 BA Kitchen S2EP12 BA Kitchen

Before, this kitchen felt small for the home. In order to expand its footprint, we reclaimed the space dedicated to the dining room and turned it all into one big, bright, updated, cottage kitchen! We called upon our best hardwood floor installer to match the original floors from the living room, and having this material continued across the entire first floor landscape worked wonders. Handcrafted tile backsplash, custom shaker cabinets, chrome and acrylic hardware, and brushed nickel faucet fixtures all contribute to the carefully mixed decor, with a custom reclaimed wood range hood as the centerpiece to the room.

Kitchen Specs

E12 Kitchen Specs

Glass Front Wine Refrigerator
Kitchen Sink
Pendant Lighting
Island Cabinet Color
Backsplash
Quartz Countertops
Appliances
Original Wood Flooring
Custom Reclaimed Wood Range Hood
Lucite and Polished Chrome Cabinet Pulls
Glass Front Wine Refrigerator Kitchen Sink Pendant Lighting Island Cabinet Color Backsplash Quartz Countertops Appliances Original Wood Flooring Custom Reclaimed Wood Range Hood Lucite and Polished Chrome Cabinet Pulls

S2EP12 Kitchen

S2EP12 Kitchen
S2EP12 Kitchen
S2EP12 Kitchen
S2EP12 Kitchen
S2EP12 Kitchen
S2EP12 Kitchen S2EP12 Kitchen S2EP12 Kitchen S2EP12 Kitchen S2EP12 Kitchen

Shop Kitchen Accessories and Decor

The Living Room

S2EP12 BA Living Room

S2EP12 BA Living Room
S2EP12 BA Living Room
S2EP12 BA Living Room S2EP12 BA Living Room

Removing all the little pony walls, soffits, and posts made all the difference in creating a bright, open floor plan. A fireplace refresh instantly updated the space and created an attractive focal point that actually…wait for it…works! Because every cozy cottage absolutely needs a functioning fireplace! (Remote Control Log System for Fireplace: Backyard Expressions | Fireplace System: Real Fyre)

S2EP12 Living Room Gallery

S2EP12 Living Room Gallery
S2EP12 Living Room Gallery
S2EP12 Living Room Gallery
S2EP12 Living Room Gallery S2EP12 Living Room Gallery S2EP12 Living Room Gallery

Shop Living Room Accessories and Decor

The Dining Room

Special Project | Hand Blown Chandelier

I visited local glass blower, Siemon & Salazar,  to help create a truly custom lighting fixture for the dining room. Helen’s taste is eclectic, and the bespoke art of glass blowing embodies that aesthetic perfectly. Each individually blown glass pendant is a unique piece of art in and of itself; hung together in a cluster, the impact is simple, yet breathtaking. A true piece of functional art. 

E12 Glass Pendants

E12 Glass Pendants
E12 Glass Pendants

Shop Dining Room Accessories and Decor

Shop the Look

Check out all the items featured in this design on our Pinterest board below!

This project could not have been made possible without our amazing vendors as well:

Contractor Services: Well Done Building & Design | Custom Address/Planter: Brass Junkie Inc. | Custom Glass Pendant Fixtures: Siemon & Salazar | Remote Control Log System for Fireplace: Backyard Expressions | Porch Swing : Old Tech. Design | Fireplace System: Real Fyre | Garage Door: All County Garage Doors