House Hunting + Virtual Room Makeovers

June 5th, 2013

My sister and I are looking for a home for her to buy in the Salt Lake City area. She and her husband moved from California, have lived in Utah for a year, and did a smart thing. They’ve rented a condo while looking around for where they want to live, and have finally settled on a few neighborhoods they like.

So now we’re looking for a fixer for her and I to renovate together, and every few days we’ll go online together and start looking around. After an hour they all start to look the same, our eyes glaze over, our brains start to hurt! It’s been tough to find exactly what we’re looking and in our budget but in our search, I can’t resist doing a virtual makeover in my head whenever I spy a space in need of some upgrades. For example:

The addition of a window seat with a cushion, trim around the windows, and some pretty color on the walls could make this breakfast nook really spectacular. Maybe a bright color on the door for fun?

breakfast nook before

breakfast nook womans day

source: Sarah Alba for Woman’s Day


I spy built-ins next to a fireplace in a home for sale and think, how nice they’d look with glass doors filled with accessories and surrounded by modern furnishings.

styled built in cabinets

styled built ins

image source: Better Homes & Gardens


Kitchen potential! If you paint the walls, remove the smaller upper cabinets and replace with open shelves, remove the cabinet doors, replace the countertops with wood, add some accessories then boom chicka boom – what a dramatic difference could occur in this cobalt kitchen.

blue kitchen before and after

white kitchen with open shelving bhg

image source: Better Homes & Gardens


Great room, bad carpet. Replace with hardwood floors, add patterned window panels, a sofa against the wall and chairs in front of the window, a modern rug. Replace the fan with a statement chandelier, accessorize a bit more, and hello you’d have one gorgeous space.

living room virtual makeover

navy and coral merideth heron

image source: Style at Home

Virtual room makeovers are my new fixation, I love a room with great potential!

We haven’t found the right home yet, this could take weeks or months, we don’t know.  We’re looking for an older home with character and a fixer that requires some cosmetic work so we can get our hands on some real before and afters. I’ll let you know when we find the one !  .



Best of May

June 4th, 2013

Hello friends, how’s your summer shaping up? I spent the morning going through my linen closet clearing out everything I don’t use anymore. One closet down, plenty more to go in anticipation of a yard sale later this month.

I’m taking a break this week from the takeaway series but I’ll bring it back soon – meanwhile, here are the top ten not-to-miss posts from May!

best of may 1

I spent a day sprucing up my friend’s outdoor room; our home was featured in Refresh magazine (plus a peek behind the scenes). Here’s the how-to on the DIY mosaic tile outdoor table and a creative spin on Hawaiian quilting with this aloha inspired pillow.

best of may 2

I kicked off a summer campaign for Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape and Home Depot with this textured panel dresser makeover, made some fabric covered storage boxes, and shared a full home tour.  Three fun decorating topics appeared on the blog in May, including decorating around a leather sofa, the power of pink, and keeping your sanity during a home renovation.

Enjoy your day,

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