Monday, May 21, 2018

Making a New House Our Own

I wanted to share a change we've made to our new home.  I know you're thinking, why are you changing a brand new home?  Let me explain.  We found our home right at the very end of construction.  The location of the house, size floorpan, and colors were perfect.  Plus, our house had sold that we were leaving, and I didn't want to move into an apartment.  We moved forward and bought the house.  We've lived here over a year now, and we love it! There was just just one thing that I wanted to change.  I needed more light in the dining room and wanted to be able to see out to the front of the house.  So, I started thinking, looking at ideas online, did lots of Face Timing with my Sister, and got a lot of wonderful ideas from friends on Instagram.

I called a contractor to see if my ideas were even possible.  Good News!! I was going to be able to open up that wall! We emptied the dining room of everything, and they got to work.

         Here is the dining room empty                                               All of our furniture stacked up

My idea was about to happen! The only thing I was disappointed with was that I was going to lose my shiplap wallpaper.  I'm currently brainstorming on where else I can use that wallpaper.  I loved it!

Our guest bedroom before.  This is all we could fit in this room.

The front bedroom we had was really very small and we weren't using the closet.  The closet is what backed up to the dining room wall.  So, I decided once the wall was open, to utilize the closet area as a butlers pantry/coffee bar.  I had a wonderful contractor who was open to my ideas, and rolled with my crazy changes as we went along.

This is what it looked like when we opened the wall up.

Here is where we had the only problem during the process.  I imagined the closet opening would be centered with the new dining room opening.  Thank goodness I had a patient contractor.  We decided to move the opening.  So much better with it centered with the new opening and the window.


We repurposed the original closet doors and we are now using them on a barn door slider to maximize space.  So happy with that decision, because I really wanted barn doors somewhere in the house.  Having the barn doors also allows us to continue to use the space as a guest room.

Here's the link to the hardware I purchased.

We repurposed the original shelving from the closet and added shelves on either side of the butler's pantry.  I also had them add a quartz counter top on the side with the coffee bar.  I ordered a small white fridge and put it under the coffee bar.  This is so convenient when we are entertaining.  There are coffee and other drinks right there beside our dining room for our guests.

We still use what was the guest room as a guest room.  I purchased a small sofa sleeper for us to use when we have guests.  I also have room for an office on the other side of the room.

The other wonderful part of the transformation, is the amount of light we have in our dining room, all the way back to our living area.  It was so worth doing this, and has made the house just right for us, and our needs.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about how this change has made our home more functional for us.  I hope Ive inspired you to make a change you've been wanting to make to your home.

Also, don't forget to join myself, Haley at Statelyhomelane and Desiree at Camelotartcreations for our new Link Up, Our Inspired Collection, tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Our Inspired Collection Link Up #1

Our Inspired Collection Link Up! #1

Hi friends! I am beyond excited to be hosting my very first Link Party here on the blog! I have joined so many link parties as a participant and couldn’t be happier to host my very own! For bloggers link parties are a great way to connect with other bloggers, drive traffic to your site and get your work seen! For readers this is an awesome way to see some amazing home decor and DIY inspiration and find new bloggers to follow along with!
I hope you love what you see!

Your Hosts

I’m a Wife and Homeschooling Mom to my 3 sweet boys! Creating functional, comfortable and beautiful spaces for my family is my passion. Blogging has become an amazing outlet for me to fuel my creativity and inspire others! Sarcasm is my love language and carbs are my BFF!

“I’m a Wife and Mom to 3 grown men. I started my blog to share my decorating adventures and my hobby as a DIYer. I named my blog Ever Evolving Home because I’m always changing things up!”

“I live in Central Florida with my husband of 11 years & 4 children that I live for and can’t imagine all grown up! I have a passion for decorating on a budget, DIY’s, antique furniture, and inspiring others! Coffee and sweets are the way to my heart.”


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DIY Home Decor Change on a Budget

I had a sweet Instagram subscriber send me the nicest private message I have ever received.  I'll keep what she said private, but it got me to thinking about how my home style has evolved over the course of about a year.

My heart has always been drawn to shabby chic, french country, cozy cottage, antiques, and all things vintage.  When we purchased our new home a little over a year ago, the colors that came with the new build were grays, whites, and a little bit of black.  Our last home was more traditional with rustic touches.  I knew I wanted to change my decor in the new home, but the task was pretty big.  I had several pieces of furniture that were old, and several pieces I loved and knew I wanted to keep.  I was so intimidated for some reason at the thought of changing so much over to light, white and bright.

I began my search online, trying to find something that someone wrote about how they took that plunge, where did they start, how did they get the nerve up to make such a big change.  I'm not sure what I was searching for, maybe some courage to just do it?  I know, it's just home decor and it's silly right?  While I found several beautiful accounts, and so many things about painting furniture, because lets face it, this isn't a new trend, I couldn't find anything on where they started, or how it was done.

So, here I am, a year later, and wow, did I ever take that plunge.  Some people don't get the white decor.  So, let me explain what I love about it.  First and foremost for me, it's a blank canvas.  I can add any color for any season or holiday.  It's also created a very calming environment in my home.  It feels clean, bright and cheery to me.  Last, and most important, a can of white paint is cheap.

So, here's how I made the change.  I started painting, yes, it's that simple.  I picked one piece and just did it.  Painting that one piece gave me the courage to keep going.  Not only did I paint furniture, I painted frames, accent pieces, and decor items.  I have used all kinds of paint; however, my favorite is chalk paint.  Keep in mind, to achieve this look, you can simply add white and you don't have to paint everything (unless you like that look).  I chose not to paint our bedroom furniture.  I liked the contrast the wood tone added to the room  I also went well with the wood tones coming through the chippy shutters behind the nightstand.

I added slipcovers to pieces of furniture I already owned, new pillow covers to old pillows and I added some white throws.  I even added white shiplap wallpaper to brighten up a room.

I made lists of things I knew I wanted to continue with my change and went to thrift stores and antique stores over the course of a year and bought some new pieces.  So, make a list in your phone of pieces you want because you never know when you are going to find the right piece from your list.  It also helps with doing this on a budget.  As your budget allows, you can buy items from your list.
I found this adorable table below at a local thrift store.  I paid $25.00 for it.  I gave it a coat of paint and distressed it and it made the most adorable side table.

Little by little, over the course of a year, I have taken my list down to a few items and my home feels somewhat complete.  I love home decor, so my home is always changing and rearranging, but I have achieved the look I was dreaming about.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, or leave me a comment below.  You can also just send me an email.  You can find my email in the Contact Me section of my blog.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring Into an Easter Table Blog Hop

I've joined several talented bloggers to inspire you with some beautiful Easter Tablescapes.  

Each blogger will link you to the next blog so it's simple and easy to follow along.  Just in case you get lost, you can always come back here, and click the links below.  These are all of talented the bloggers joining me in the hop.  You are going to love what they've created! Be sure to follow their blogs while you are there.  They all have amazing blogs!

I hope you enjoy our blog hop and find some wonderful Easter and Spring Tablescape inspiration to hop you right into the Easter holiday!

Let's get started with what I've done this year.  Our dining room has recently gone through some fun changes.  I will share more on that later.  The changes made me really excited to decorate for Easter.  This room needs to be festive, because it will be full of family celebrating the Easter holiday. Ive added a pink throw, and some cozy pillows to the bench seat.  I love having the bench seat at the dining table because it's comfy and cozy.   I've added lots of pretty Spring flowers and pastel colors to my tablescape for Easter and Spring.

For the centerpiece, I mixed vintage with new.  I added my vintage silver tray, white pitcher and bowl, Pottery Barn rabbits, some pretty Spring florals and of course, some Easter eggs.  My table runner is a simple white ruffled runner, that actually was a curtain panel I repurposed by gathering and draping across the table.

Each place has white Pioneer Woman dishes, a pink salad plate, a vintage napkin, tied with a grapevine napkin ring, and a cute bird nest.  I also used my Pioneer Woman goblets, and pink tumblers that I found at our grocery store.  You never know where you can find cute dishes and Easter decor.  Keep your eyes open! 

Keeping with the vintage theme, I added a couple of ironstone pieces, some vintage books and some vintage pink glass salt and pepper shakers to my tablescape.  I love adding vintage pieces to the table, because they're always conversation pieces.  Where did I find them, what's the history behind them, how old are they?  I love pieces with a story and a history.

The birdcage bookshelf is perfect for Spring decor.  I simply added some of my white dishes and pink tulips layered casually on one of the shelves to tie things in with the table.  

The evenings are still cold here, so we still use the fireplace during dinner. The fireplace also got a little bit of Easter decor.  I like to tie everything together and add a little decor all around the room. I hope I've inspired you to create a festive and fun Easter tablescape for your Easter celebration.  

To continue with the Blog Hop, be sure to hop on over to Cat's beautiful blog and see her fabulous tablescape for inspiration.  Just click the link below to head to her blog.

If you get lost during the hop, remember to come back and click any of the blogger links above to get back on track.

Thanks so much for stopping by!