Pretty Plantation Shutters + Giveaway

November 11th, 2014

*This post is a partnership with Smith & Noble window treatments.

I’m headed home to California today after a long work weekend, whew! We had the kitchen floor tile patched in preparation for kitchen cabinets and I’m almost finished with the master bedroom. I’ll share more about those in progress spaces in a few weeks.

One of the most exciting upgrades that happened over the weekend was the installation of the plantation shutters in two rooms. I’d planned on using them in the home but was putting it off until next year but then Smith and Noble contacted me with an offer I couldn’t refuse… the opportunity to work with their Holiday Guarantee window treatment campaign. I ordered custom sheer roman shades for our entry many years ago from Smith and Noble so I was excited to work with their products again. “Let’s do this!” I replied and some shutter samples arrived in the mail a few days later.


There were size, color, and material options, my final choice was the 2 ½” Durawood in White so I measured my windows and sent along this image of the space from last month to their Inside Design Consultant. No window is ever straight (of course) but to solve that problem Smith and Noble uses a trim kit with shims so the shutters will fit precisely.

 window measurements for shutters

This is the first room you see when you walk in the front door, but one thing we hated about it was the “view” from the front door of the pool equipment and air conditioner from the window. Really?  Don’t get me started on whoever decided to put it there blocking the view of the pool in the backyard instead of placing the equipment on the side of the house. We debated moving it all and got a quote from a few specialists but ugh it was so expensive so it had to stay put.

palm tree pool equipment.

Plantation shutters were the perfect solution for this living room because they block that unsightly pool equipment and A/C unit, plus the filtered natural light is sooooo nice in this space.

smith and noble plantation shutters

Simple and elegant, they make such a great first impression. I LOVE the simplicity of the clean lines and classic style of white shutters. (Find the details on the furnishings from yesterday’s post).

navy gray white living room front door view

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Online Shopping: Misfortune & Luck

November 10th, 2014

We went back and forth on whether we’d furnish this living room space in the house in Las Vegas. For months I hesitated but then decided that since I had scored two awesome blue velvet chairs for cheap from a thrift store many moons ago to go ahead and purchase an affordable rug and sofa to create a sitting room. We’re celebrating Christmas and entertaining guests here for the holidays and I can use the pieces for styling other flips so it made sense.

I do so much shopping online these days, and there are discounts to be scored when you do, but there is always a risk when you can’t inspect the piece in person so I rely on online reviews for other people’s opinions. I’m sure you do the same! In this room, I had some misfortune with online purchases but some good luck too, here’s the story of how the space came together.

living room gray and navy


gray sofa navy chairs


I ordered a basic coffee table from Joss & Main with saved up credit several months ago, at first for the family room but then when it arrived I didn’t like it at all so I ended up substituting something else in there.

This table sat in the garage for months and I debated returning it because it was not what was pictured, specifically the wood stain and finish. I saw a walnutish color stained top in the picture so I envisioned a walnut top, but I should have ignored the picture and read the small print where it described the top color as "distressed maroon." I usually pay more attention. I didn’t, ugh!! Why Kate whyyyy?

joss main coffee table

So when it arrived it looked like this which is not really maroon more weird red but whatever. Not what I wanted. AT ALL.   

weird red table


I decided I could still use it if I could only get red of the weird red coating. Over the weekend I gave it go, I sanded it off, stained it and waxed it and I’m happy to say I rescued it from its strange reddish top so it would fit the space. Not walnut, much paler since I sanded it to its raw state, but I do love how it turned out. 

refinished coffee table

Excuse the bad in process pics because mine is an older iPhone 4 but here’s how Operation Red Removal went down.        

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