Designer Tobi Fairley has performed a minor miracle in her makeover of this kitchen for a busy Little Rock family. We’ve put together a video how-to showing the incredible before and after transformation of this kitchen and the homeowners’ master bath. Click here to see the video, or here to read the story. Enjoy the makeover magic!
When we featured her blog, My Sweet Savannah, in our April Cottage issue, Melaine Thompson was as thrilled as can be. And as we’ve gotten to know her a little bit more, we’ve decided that she might be one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic bloggers out there! As a wife and mom, Melaine also manages to maintain a thriving blog that’s as lighthearted as she is. Hop on over to My Sweet Savannah and you’ll see right away why Miss Melaine has thousands of online followers.
I love to mix vintage and new in my home, which you can see in just about every room! Here are some of my favorites, along with images and tips to help At Home’s readers freshen up your homes this spring.
In my kitchen I used old wood numbers I found at a flea market to add a little whimsy above my kitchen window. These numbers are our address, but you could do a anniversary date, birth date, or any other memorable date for you!
In the guest bath I have hung fluffy white towels from a piece of vintage molding and wood turned into a coat rack.
Garage sale chairs get a coat of clean white paint. I made a simple slip for the seats out of old cotton feed and grain sacks acquired over time at garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores.
Again, repurposing feed sacks into pillows.
I made these chunky wood frames out of vintage wood. The bottom 2 frames here I made out of new wood, painted and distressed to look old.
I love to decorate shelves with old books. Look for interesting colors with a great patina in a color that will go with the scheme in your home.
Craigslist is a great place to find vintage items for not much money. I picked up this hutch recently and it has the most perfectly imperfect chippy paint. I used old glass bottles to hold blooms out of our garden, and topped it off with another frame made out of vintage wood. Mix old and new dishes for an eclectic farmhouse look!
(All the photos were taken by me with the exception of the first 2. Those are by Kimberly Taylor of Mimi Charmante.)
Ah, the bath. One of my favorite parts of working on our annual Kitchen & Bath issue is discovering all the great new products released that year, like this Parisian tub from MTI Whirlpool (I’ll take the room to go with it too, please).
The new MicroSilk system from Jason (available here) offers an oxygen rich bath with microbubbles, designed to energize cells, stimulate the immune system, promote healing–AND moisturize and plump your skin to look younger. I’ll take this room and a big dose of microbubbles too, please.
And another new favorite idea, for those of us who can’t afford the full spa bath we have in mind but would like to update our current one–Pulse Showerspa offers a system that can be plumbed in place of your fixtures (and you can find it here).
I’m feeling more relaxed just thinking of these new finds…what’s on your bath wish list?
From editor Diane Carroll: “Ten great ideas, with lots of instructions and templates (easy and quick isÂ my favorite kind of project). That #5 is catching my eye for this holiday.” (“Let’s be creative for the 4th” from Signed Sealed Delivered)
“Precious baby shoes!” says account executive Katie Rawlings. “The red booties would complete a 4th of July outfit! Too sweet. Do they came in adult sizes?” (“If we were having a girl…” from Ruby Press)
Happy 4th of July from advertising coordinator Laura LaRue. “I might just be making that cute little cake this weekend!” she says. (“Sweet Tooth…” from A Life’s Design)
“Another great-looking project from D & D Interior Design,” says account executive Kathy Condrey. (“Vanilla Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream” from D & D Interior Design)
“Love, love, love a good renovation,” says marketing coordinator/account executive Lauren Strother. “This is fabulous!” (“Bathroom Redesign: The Reveal” from My Best Friend Craig)
“The only things missing in this scene,” says associate editor Paulette Pearson, “are my friends and family.” (“Happy Canada Day and 4th of July” from Pink Lemonade)
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A big thank you to all the blog readers who commented on the post about Candice Olson’s new book. We have two book winners!
For a copy of the book, the winner is comment #46, Randye Dill. Congrats Randye!
And for the SIGNED and PERSONALIZED by Candice copy, the winner is comment #33, Tammy Mores. Congrats Tammy!
“Absolutely love this beautiful showhouse!” says editor Diane Carroll. “While there was room for personal style, thereâs still a cohesive look. Makes the entire house flow, which can be hard to do in a showhouse. And I especially love that shower with the two styles of tileâclever idea.” (“25 Interior Designers Show Their Style” from Bear Hill Interiors)
“Itâs like living in their music,” says art director Mandy Keener, of this home owned by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. “I can see Wayne in his big bubble just hanging out at home!” (“Whoranges Monthly Pad: The Flaming Lips House” from Whorange)
Ad coordinator Laura LaRue frequents many weddings. “Love this!’ she says. “All I need is that fabulous pair of earrings to stand out in the crowd during wedding season.” (“Proper Wedding Attire for Guests” from Romance Diamond)
“The Cherry Blossom Girl is famous around the world for her images and styling,” says associate editor Paulette Pearson. “This photo really struck me–the simplicity and contrast of those deep purple florals mixed with the white background.” (“MLH” from The Cherry Blossom Girl)
Cara Wilkerson of Live the Home Life gives her pink bathroom a mini-makeover! Some sanding, a coat of paint, and a few cute accessories transformed her 1960s bathroom into a girly respite. Check out Cara’s blog for more before images, and read on for the big reveal!
When I moved into my house, I was excited to get to work updating my new place. Like many homeowners of 1960s ranch style houses, I had a pink bathroom to deal with. Since the bathroom was 100% functional, there was no need to completely demo the entire space, but there was definite room for improvement. With just a little paint and polish, I just knew this dated bathroom could be transformed into a pink palace.
Letâ€™s kick off this mini-revamp with a couple shots of my pink bathroom in its before stateâ€¦
Once the wallpaper was removed, it was clear who the next victim would be. The giant fluorescent eye sore had to go, along with the ancient light switches.
Then came the task of patching and sanding screw holesâ€¦
â€¦and finishing with a fresh coat of paint.
Next up, framing the mirror over the vanity. A simple and inexpensive fix that made a world of difference.
Topped off with a few accessories, this pink bathroom mini-revamp was a wrap!
For today’s pick: a beautiful bath, introduced at KBIS 2010 (the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show), which was held in Chicago.
This was my favorite room from the hundreds of media images I reviewed in putting together our new product picks for our September Kitchen and Bath issue. When I saw this Kohler tub, which has a BubbleMassage feature (you have to read about it to appreciate it, but it sounds heavenly…), I was ready for a soothing soak.
Seeing the new products introduced each year is always a treat, a preview to what we might see in showrooms and homes in the future. And the shots that show the products in room settings are especially inspiring, a different look than we might find locally. Like this MTI Whirlpool Lydia bath–I loved the look of the tile run on the vertical instead of the usual horizontal.
Or this striking black and white bath, with a geometric Petra tub from MTI Whirlpool. The way the black and white tile was inset in the shower–and how it complements the floor–caught my eye.
Check out more of our favorites, from Traditional:
(photos courtesy of Kohler, MTI Whirlpool and Robern)
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More favorites, with our weekly Friday Favorites
Two kitchen transformations with Before/After photos
Let’s hit the spa for today’s Room of the Week…and even better, it’s one at home.
this serene retreat, where the emphasis is on views…
and natural light fills the space.
You can read the full story behind this beautiful bath, designed by Susan Latta, here. And let the calm begin!
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “This is a beautiful home! I love the shell vanity.” (“Southampton Home Tour” from Parkinson Building Group)
From art director Mandy Keener: “Very cool. Great to see that we have some of the same tastes in fonts. I chose a few of these for our redesign for At Home in Arkansas.” (“Lonny gets a fresh coat of paint” from Lonny Magazine Blog)
From marketing coordinator/account executive Lauren Strother: “Love bringing the outdoors in with these repurposed doors. They are so rustic but chic at the same time.” (“Interior barn doors are my fave” from You Are My Fave)
From editor Diane Carroll: “Mrs. Lilien’s post always perk up my day. Colorful, fun, full of personality, just like this round of pillows.” (“Pillow Talk” from Mrs. Lilien Styling House)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “For anyone trying to make the most of a smaller space, these are some great tips. Plus, I like the juxtaposition of feminine (pink pillows) with rustic (bare wood).” (“In a nut shell!” from Shelter via Country Living)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “Love the pink room and that great accent over the bed. What a great way for us all to be reminded of what we can do to help prevent breast cancer.” (“Pink Projects” from Katie Did)
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