We made some pretty awesome progress on the deck this weekend – even with a big water main break right in front of our house, which resulted in gallons of water rushing down the road until we discovered it and phoned it in. The result? Five men working for around seven hours (with our street’s water turned off) to fix it via a giant hole that they dug in the corner of our yard/the road. Yikes!
But they got ‘er done, and the neighborhood rejoiced (running water is totally one of those things you take for granted until it’s gone - like electricity and Oreos). So all is right with the world again (the water’s back on!) and we’ll be back with a full deck update tomorrow!
In the meantime, we’re pretty much in love with this house. Which is why it’s especially heartbreaking to me that I didn’t get to snoop around in the flesh. We tried to arrange a house crash with Meghan back when we were in Atlanta for Haven, but with our crazy schedule (and her crazy schedule) we just couldn’t make it work. But since Meghan takes some pretty great photos herself – and because I was so in love with her space – I had to share the eye candy with you guys – busy schedules be darned. So let’s go for a virtual house crashing, shall we? Here’s Meghan now, at the front door to greet us:
Meghan actually used to do hotel design in Atlanta (fun, right?) but now does residential interior stuff. So although she’s a bonafide expert, we loved how affordable and inspiring her house was, so anyone could steal a tip or two. Let’s start with her gorgeous living room/dining room. I really like how there’s lots of texture and neutral tones, accented with a few pops of color, like that charming orange accent table (a cheap find from HomeGoods) and the yellow tray on the coffee table. And see that Buddha head next to the lamp? It’s bronze and Meghan carried it back by hand from her honeymoon in Bali. Her husband was not pleased at the time, but thanks her now.
Here’s the other side of the living room, complete with a gleaming grid of mirrors on the wall to toss around even more light. I especially love how there are sleek items (like the acrylic coffee table, which is from CB2 by the way) happily hanging out with more textured and nubby things (like the jute rug and those linen-ish chairs).
Speaking of texture, here’s the dining chandelier. Hubba hubba, right? It’s from West Elm.
Once again Meghan mixed a few sleek items (like those sculptural white chairs) with more rough and textured pieces (like the pendant light and another natural fiber rug) for a balanced and collected-over-time effect.
Now let’s check out the den. Isn’t the grasscloth wallpaper (from a company called Innovations) so gorgeous? Especially paired with the dark sofa, iron coffee table, and the dark frame of the art. I love how this room feels so moody and inviting with warm pops of spicy orange and red to keep things interesting.
Here’s a detail shot of a pretty little collection of vases that Meghan has on display. Once again there’s some awesome texture going on (in the wallpaper, those sea fans from Etsy, and even the vases themselves, which are from Williams Sonoma).
Here’s Meghan’s kitchen, complete with sleek stainless cabinet pulls and appliances. But once again there’s a great dose of rustic texture thrown in there for balance (in the shade over the sink, the tone on tone backsplash tile, and the rug). Speaking of the rug, it’s actually a hand-me-down from Meghan’s husband’s family.
Here’s the bedroom, with dark moody gray walls (you know we love gray walls in the bedroom…) and a gorgeous upholstered headboard that looks pretty darn inviting. Once again (just like the den) there are a few hits of warm reddish orange, and a few sophisticated patterns – like the striped pillows and the graphic rug from Crate & Barrel, which seem to add even more depth and interest to the space.
And if this outdoor space isn’t the bees knees, I don’t know what is. In love. With everything. From the giant sectional to those charming little white lace-like lanterns. Wish I could have soaked up this space in person… I bet it would have been even more amazing. Those blue pillows are from Target and the white lanterns are from HomeGoods by the way.
So that’s Meghan’s beautiful house in Atlanta. We’re so thankful to her for inviting us inside to take a peek, and even though we couldn’t make it work in person, we’re extra thankful that she was able to take so many photos for us and describe each room in detail so I could share the goods! Oh and you can give Meghan a holler if you’re in ATL and want her help with your house (her email is firstname.lastname@example.org), but first let’s play the favorite part game. Mine is definitely that cozy den and the inviting outdoor area while John’s is the dining room – specifically that awesome textured pendant light. What’s yours?
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Who’s ready for another house crashing adventure? This is a house in Roswell, Georgia that we dropped in on – and it’s a beaut. Julie, the owner, is also one of the ladies behind Milk & Honey Home, and it’s so inspiring to see how she pairs colors and patterns in her own home (while squeezing in some great budget-friendly ideas). We’re so thankful that she let us snoop around and share the pics! So without further ado… let’s barge in and make ourselves at home.
The foyer just beyond the front door was spectacular. I mean, isn’t this like living in a magical jewelry box or something? I was immediately smitten. She got the scalloped mirror on sale from Ballard Designs (I’ve been obsessed with it for ages) and the wallpaper is actually from Home Depot! The ceiling light is from Pottery Barn and the lamps on the table are from HomeGoods. Oh and the table itself is a secondhand find.
I’m telling you. I could have stood in the foyer all day.
But wait, I forgot to introduce you to Julie. She was so friendly and easy to talk to that Clara and Burger and I found ourselves sitting on the floor of her son’s room chatting for most of the crash (while John ran around like a madman taking photos).
To the left of the foyer was a dramatic sitting room with black walls and tons of pretty layered texture. The slipper chairs are from Pottery Barn Outlet and the chandelier is from West Elm.
This driftwood mirror was actually a HomeGoods find!
The lofted living room was a project that Julie and her husband took on after moving in. The beams were already there, but they added tongue & groove to the ceiling and used 1 x 2″s on the walls to add a “faux board and batten look” on a budget. As for that giant pendant in the middle of the room, Julie can order it for you though Milk & Honey Home. The sofa is just an old one that Julie had slipcovered since it was completely functional but didn’t match the look she was going for.
Once again there was that awesome mix of modern and rustic and blingy and neutral in here. Such a pretty layered look.
The pass-through to the kitchen was so much fun. Those frames with portraits of her kiddos are from Ikea and the stools are from Crate & Barrel.
Here’s another shot of that awesome pass-through. I love how casually draped paper garlands and a silver deer head dress up the opening and draw your eye in towards the floating shelves beyond.
More kitchen loveliness. The large glass ceiling fixture is from Pottery Barn and the backsplash tile is by Walker Zanger. Julie has loved it forever and saved her pennies to make it hers (she was thankful it was a small area to tile, so it wasn’t as expensive). As for the counters, they’re actually limestone. They were amazing in person. So natural and textured.
Aren’t those antique shelf brackets a nice mix with the clean and modern shaker-style cabinets and shelves?
This table, bench, and chairs were from Crate & Barrel, and the chandelier over the table is from a secondhand store.
Can you tell we were in love with the kitchen? Seriously, we could have put ten more photos of that room in here.
This is the guest room, which all began with a red rug that Julie already owned. She wanted the room to feel fresh and modern while incorporating that rug, so once she saw the teal and red vase on the desk (from Anthropologie) she knew that painting the walls a soft teal color (Pratt & Lambert Pacific) would work the rug into the room in a modern and fresh way. I loved the mix!
Julie’s two boys actually share a room (they love it!) so Julie brought in two twin sized beds and hung some awesome oversized initials from Ballard Design (on clearance) over their beds. This is the room that Clara and I hung out in most – the wall opposite the bed had a cabinet full of toys- and Clara totally made herself at home.
Here’s the hall bathroom, complete with basic white subway tile (from Lowe’s) and gray grout because “boys use this room!” – haha. Julie says it has held up really well to her two little men. I also loved that although this room looks totally redone, the vanity came with the house- she just painted it a soft knaki-gray-green color for a completely fresh look.
Some of the little details of the house totally won my heart- like all the old door knobs that Julie has collected over time. Here’s her bedroom beyond these pretty glass french doors that lead to her master bathroom.
And here’s a shot looking back at those french doors to the master bath from the bedroom. I love that pop of blue on the dresser to the right of the door. The bedroom was a really soft white-on-white space, so that hit of color was awesome.
Here’s the master bathroom. Isn’t that tub awesome? I totally wanted to crawl in with my clothes on and just bask in the glory of a gorgeous bathroom. Oh and the floor was white penny tile, so of course John and I oohed and aaahed. It was gorgeous. The subway tile is once again from Lowe’s and those ruffled shower curtains are actually from Target (sold as window curtains, not shower curtains, but Julie just added a shower curtain liner behind them). And that chandelier? Julie scored it for just $29 at a secondhand store called Queen Of Hearts Antiques.
I really love how she mixes things, like this wood stool that she dropped into a white-on-white space for some awesome texture and a nice natural element to compliment all the bright and shiny stuff. Speaking of that wood stool, it was actually something that her friend’s dad made. I love that she has some handmade stuff along with some budget friendly stuff (like the subway tile from Lowe’s and those ruffled curtains from Target).
So that’s the tour of Julie’s amazing house. We’re so thankful that she let us drop by and shoot away! And you can read more about her and her beautiful home on her own little slice of the interweb. Now let’s play the what’s-your-favorite-part game. Anyone else gonna call that tub that I’m obsessed with? I also loved the giant rectangular capiz chandelier in the room with the black walls. And John’s calling the pass-through to the kitchen and the open shelves in there.
Yay! We finally went through over 1,000 photos that we snapped during our ATL adventure and we cobbled together the first of a few House Crashing posts for ya. This one is all thanks to Jae, who lives in the Atlanta area, and invited us over to snoop around and take some pics. Her house is an awesome example of embracing color and boldness in some spaces, while balancing it with light and airy rooms. Such a fun mix. So without further ado, let’s get crashing…
Look, here’s Jae to welcome us in. She could not have been sweeter in person. We were laughing the whole time we were there (Katie B came too and we all chatted like old friends). And you know we loved her yellow door!
When you step into the foyer, there’s a boldly painted dining room on the left, with bright patterned curtains and lots of cheerful art. This house totally “happies you up” the second you step inside. And the black and white striped rug mixed with those black frames was such a fun play with all of the white trim and beadboard going on as well. See, Jae is all about the mix.
Here’s another shot of her gorgeous dining room, complete with a dining set that she found on craigslist (she painted and upholstered the chairs herself)!
I told you this girl has a great sense of humor. We laughed so hard when we saw “House Crashed!” written on her chalkboard in honor of our arrival.
I was in love with all of the over-sized glass vases that Jae had collected over time and sprinkled throughout her house (some with fresh and free branches from outside). Now we’re in the eating nook of her soothing and serene kitchen. I could totally have sat down and helped myself to some tea and biscoti. But I resisted in the name of chatting up Jae to learn more about her house while John snapped away in the background.
Here’s the other side of the kitchen, complete with glass fronted cabinets, pretty flecked granite counters…
… and the most gorgeous mosaic marble tile for the backsplash. Seriously I petted it. Couldn’t. Help. Myself. And perhaps my favorite decision in the entire space was the black window sash. It was STUNNING in person. This awesome shot of drama in a serene and airy space. In other words: momma likey.
Here’s a shot of the peninsula area with industrial stools, a stainless range hood, and pretty corner shelves for all of Jae’s pretty things.
Off of the kitchen was this laundry room/pantry (the left wall had floating shelves that were so handy for kitchen leftovers like dishes and bottled drinks and stuff). And check out that clothespin chandelier inspired by ours. We totally blushed. It was an awesome little room. And for those with wood trim, we were happy to see it here- so you can see how wood trim looks nice with other wood-colors accents (like the wooden clothespins that make up the light and the wood-toned woven basket on that shelf on the left).
Speaking of dark trim, Jae’s living room actually had dark brick, and original wood trim along with a wood fireplace surround! Again we were happy to see it since so many homes we crash seem to have white trim going on. This space definitely still felt crisp and welcoming while also being cozy and warm. And Jae talked to me and Katie about poly-staining the wood (so it’s all a richer tone, like dark walnut) since her husband doesn’t want to paint it. Sounds awesome, right? Here’s hoping she keeps us posted! Oh and that pretty mirror above the fireplace is from Ross and the next item on Jae’s to-do list is to replace that fan.
This is my favorite detail of the living room, since everything from the cork-filled glass lamp to the pop of blue in the purse and pouf (from Joss and Main) made me smile. Oh and the console/desk is from Target.
Now let’s make our way upstairs to the serene and completely welcoming bedroom. Isn’t it like a breath of fresh air? Jae and her husband added the wainscoting to the back wall to ground the bed, which was actually free! Yup, she traded her old bed with a friend who liked hers better since she preferred this sleigh bed that her friend owned. Talk about a smart trade. I loved that. And see that skirted table next to the bed? Totally a cheap-o thrift store table that she and her mom slipcovered for a nice elegant look. You’d never guess a tired old table is hiding under there.
And once again, being true to her playful side, I loved that Jae used ornaments as monograms to mark her side of the bed and her husband’s.
Oh and this is a sneak peek into the master bathroom that they’re still in the middle of renovating (here’s hoping she sends pics when they’re all done). We couldn’t take a panned out shot of the room since it was half-done, but we convinced Jae to let us share this detail since that double sink is actually a dresser that her hubby converted into a vanity by adding two sinks and faucets along with a slab of granite to the top. Can’t wait to see how the whole room turns out!
So a huge thanks goes out to Jae, for so graciously letting us snoop around and snap pictures to share with you guys! You can see more of Jae’s awesome house on her blog. But first let’s play the what’s-your-favorite-part-game. Mine is totally that black window sash in the kitchen and the charming come-hither laundry room (yes, in person it basically seduced me). And John can’t get over their amazing kitchen and that awesome double sink that they DIYed.
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