My Favorite Stud Wall

Me: “Well we want to build a stud wall.”

Contractor: “A what?”

Me: “A stud wall.  You know… A wall that looks like it has exposed studs but they’re really not.”

Contractor: {Blank stare}

Me: “It has shiplap behind with 2×4’s in varying withs and heights in front of it and all painted white.”

Contractor: {Blank stare AND awkward pause}

Me: “Here… I’ll show you an inspiration picture.”

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Contractor: {Skeptical look}

Me: {Awkward silence}

 

 

So yeah…  That’s pretty much how it went with the construction guy that helped us with the beam.  And the electrical guy.  And the plumber.  Even funnier was when Handsome Man tried to explain it.  Haha!!!!

 

But as I start blogging again I’m going to take you through the things in my kitchen/dining room/ living room area that make me happy and are just plain life giving throughout my day.  The things that every time I see or use, give me just a wee bit of extra happy.

 

First thing being my stud wall.

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There’s actually a 4X12 beam in the upper part of the wall which is holding up one side of the 8X12 beam that replaced the wall we removed.  That’s why it doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling.

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So because of the beam above, we needed to build the wall out anyway.  So the choice was build it out and drywall over it like a regular wall, or……   🙂

So yeah!  Hello stud wall!  One of the first things I see every day when I go out to the kitchen on one of the things I totally love!!

(Complete with sewing machine still out.  Finally hemming some curtains!  Yay!)

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Love these happy red poppies! Such a fun splash of color on my simple white wall! Also it makes me happy that I got a very similar metal “basket” that you can also get at Magnolia Market. (My total current crush.)  Both the poppies and the basket came from my mom’s shop – Master’s Hand in Tekamah NE

 

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Love this housewarming gift from “my favorite Emily.”

So good. Love the message.

She pretty much rocks at chalkboard art.  Seriously.

 

 

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I tried to think of different ways to hang stuff without just nailing it to the wall.  And I wanted to secure everything as opposed to just leaning things up on the studs. Since we would be around it I didn’t want to worry about things falling.  I’m very much into worry-free surroundings!  (Hence my love for wood floors.)

I kinda love hanging them from hooks like this.  It also gives some dimension to it since it’s hung away from the back of the wall.

 

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I also love the antiqued mirror look on this window.

It’s nice that it’s a slightly reflective surface without being a super clear mirror.  I think a mirror would be weird here.  But this is perfect!

On a sidenote, this window was from the house on Randolph and the sentimental side of me is super happy about that! 🙂

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This is the tutorial I used for the window mirror.

Super easy!!!

So that’s the first thing in my kitchen that I love love love!

More to follow!

The inspiration…

What inspired us in the office overhaul?

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The basis of our inspiration was something along the lines of this awesome built-in by Thrifty Decor Chick.

Since we were giving 5 rooms an overhaul in 5 days, we knew we needed to find ways to speed things up.  Using stock cabinets and building from there seemed like a great way to achieve that!  I also love how all the rooms are different but they tie in together so well.

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We loved this T desk but also loved the idea of a bar height desk for the front reception room.

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We also used this inspiration for the group office.  Thankfully before we started on our 5 day blitz, Adam (one of the awesome guys in Manhattan) built in the desk similar to this one.  It has 3 workspaces and looks like it will be super efficient.

Anyway… This is kind of the direction we wanted to go… More details will follow room-by-room! 🙂

Sources:

Cupboards – Home Depot and Menards

Butcher Block Countertops – Menards

Cupboard Hardware – D. Lawless 

Decor – Marshall’s, Target and Master’s Hand

Retail Ideas:

So Handsome Man and I went on a spontaneous baby-less date a few weeks ago… (thanks to a mom-in-law and dad-in-law in town who are down with babysitting on a whim!)

 

 

As we were walking downtown, I noticed this display in one of the closed shops along the way.  (Excuse the cel-phone-picture-taken-in-the-dark! 😉 )

 

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Loved how inexpensive and “wow-ee” this display is!

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Fun, right?

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Saw these reclaimed barn-wood boxes at Sears too at another unrelated shopping trip…

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So versatile and usable for retail!

Thinking I might make some for the Shop.

(Master’s Hand Candle Co & Gift Shop)

…Or even here at home!

Pins of the Week…

Is it just me or have allllllllllllll the fitness regimens taken over Pinterest???  January is so very predictable!

 

Anyway… I did manage to get oodles of good finds this week despite the fact that I didn’t pin any workout moves! 😉

 

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Saw this. Love this.  Want to do this when I have an actual workshop!

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Like this!!  Create a long corner sofa table to go behind a sectional…

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Love this simple, cozy, idea for winter decorating.  Finger knitting garland by Just a Girl!

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Speaking of finger knitting…  “LOVE” this pillow by Flax and Twine!  Seriously! Something to do with the odds and ends of finger knitted garlands I have up in the closet! 🙂

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Adore this table by Domestic Perfection.  If only I could have more than one dining room table!  Ha!

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I’m currently smitten with bright happy light kitchens.  Also subway tile is lovely!

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Love this tutorial by Pretty Handy Girl for this Chippy Painting Technique!

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Love the wooden stove hood showcased on Remodelista!  Also, the mixed stools are fun!

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I’m always down with a ‘lil bit of Young House Love… But I adore this room (post grout overhaul).  So light and happy!

And finally… In honor of all the workout stuff that has completely taken over Pinterest after all of Christmas’ overeating…

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Amen sista!

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Top 10 Posts during 2013 here at DIYinRealLife.com

Yeah.  Everyone’s doing it.

 

So I will too.  Peer pressure.  Sheesh!

 

 

Besides!  It’s so very interesting to me! 🙂

 

 

Here’s a list of the most viewed posts in 2013 here at www.DIYinRealLife.com:

 

 

#10: Tutorial of Curtain Rods Made From Plumbing and Electrical Supplies…

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This post was actually posted on my birthday in 2012…

Obviously still popular, it ranks at #10.

 

 

#9: Of Chinese Lanterns… and pom poms… and pennants, oh MY!

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Totally one of my faves… this picture is adorbs!  One of the posts concerning our little munchkin’s nursery.

 

#8: Before/After Coffee Bar… My Favorite EmilyDIY in Real Life.com: Coffee Bar Before/After

Dude, I love this project.  Apparently you guys did too, because it rated #8!

 

#7: Dining Room Table and Mismatched Chairs

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Still love my chairs and table…  Let me tell you though, the sucker is so heavy that when we sell the house, we’ll probably sell it too!  Haha!

#6: Cheap 80’s Light Fixture to Restoration Hardware Knock-Off

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This is still one of my favorite projects here… I love the two lights we did.

 

#5: A Round Up of 30+ Great Shelving Ideas

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Round-up posts are always a guaranteed win…  This one being no exception! 🙂

 

#4: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

 

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I was actually surprised at this one…

Posted only this month, it managed to garner  place #4! Hmmm!

 

 

#3 – A DIY Tutorial on How to Paint Clouds for Non-Artists

A DIY Tutorial on How to Paint Clouds for Non-Artists

Apparently clouds are where it’s at?  Cause little Levi’s airplane room came in with the bronze!

 

 

#2: A DIY Numbered Pallet Bench

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I pretty much adore this bench…  Soooo functional and cute! No surprise at #2.

 

#1 – A Round-Up of 36 things to do with bottles, mason jars and other glassware36 Things to do with Bottles, Mason Jars, and other Glassware!

And like I said…. Round ups are always a hit…  This post was featured so I got a ton of traffic!

THANKS for a great year my lovelies!  Looking forward to another with y’all!!

Roundup of Christmas Ideas

So I was looking through my Christmas Pinterest Board before decorating… And I forgot how much awesome Christmas ideas I’ve pinned!  It’s awesome!

 

So I thought I’d put together a round up of my 20+ favorite Christmas ideas!  Enjoy!!!

 

 

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I love the concept of wrapping and stacking faux gifts, candles and hanging garland.  Lovely!

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Love this cutesy idea from Handcrafted Parties!

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CUTE idea by Inspired By Charm!  I kinda LOVE this!  It’s definitely on my next year’s to-do list!

Making some bigger ones would be awesome too!!

Outdoors perhaps?  Drill holes and stick lights through them?  Could be adorable!

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Cool idea by May This Journey!!  Cut a small “x” into the Ping pong balls, and pop them over the bulbs.

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DIY Sea Glass Ornaments by Sand & Sisal.  Super pretty!

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This is kinda awesome too for a beach-y tree by Sand & Sisal!

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Awesome glittered skates tutorial by The Magic Brush!  Jennifer is pretty awesome!

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Ha! Adorable idea by Serendipity Patchwork!

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So pretty!  Use a simple string of beads to hang ornaments!

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I like this simple inexpensive idea!

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Isn’t this some kinda awesome?  Place cards would be fantastic!

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Cute door decoration idea by SAS interiors.

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Good ‘ol epsom salts, Modge Podge and Dollar Store candleholders!

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Simple garland idea by Not So Random Stuff.  

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Love this idea by Tutto Bella.  Turn mints into a serving tray! After your party, break and keep in a candy jar! Great idea for a plate of cookies you don’t have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies.

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Robin @ Heart of Wisdom had a great idea!  Using a coffee filter to make a snowflake… Already in a circle, gives the 3D effect when open.

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Love this idea from Organize and Decorate Everything.  Glittered bottles – tape off where you want glitter, add mod podge, peel off tape and let dry = beautiful!

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My Home My Style showed off this cute idea… Wrap wire around foam cone to make trees!

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Ha!  This makes me laugh!

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Dandelions and Dust Bunnies used this brilliant idea to fill vases with ornaments!

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And to top it all off…. A little redneck Christmas cheer for you! 😉

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Omaha Street of Dreams 2013 Tour – House #7

Finally!

 

House #7!

 

 

While not as impressive as the other homes, it was still pretty fantastic!

 

 

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 Although it was still too dark to take a picture, the fountain in the entryway was very impressive…

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The kitchen/dining area had a definite tuscan flair to it.

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The warm orange walls…

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 The fantastically worn looking beams…

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Not a big fan of the mural in the middle, but the glass tile was fantastic.

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Lovely cream-colored cabinets!

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Enormous bathroom!

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 Can’t even get the whole thing in a shot of the mirror…

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Master Suite…

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My favorite line from Handsome Man came when he saw the missing door.

“I’m really not sure this bathroom delivers the sort of privacy I’d want.”

😉

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I’d heard “prep kitchens” were all the rage now.  Basically a prep kitchen is another kitchen off the kitchen where you can leave your toaster/coffee maker/etc… out and everyone thinks you’re amazing because your real kitchen looks so clean!  Ha!

All the other houses had enormous pantries, but this was the only house that actually had a prep kitchen.

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Awesome “drop zone”…

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Omaha Street of Dreams 2013 Tour – House #7

Basement entertaining area…

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Gorgeous stone fireplace…

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Beautiful bar area…

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The walls had this intriguing metallic fleck stuff…  Kinda subtly cool!

Anyhoo… That’s all the houses we looked at!  Hope you enjoyed it despite the bad cell phone pictures and iffy lighting!  🙂

Excited to share all the projects we’ve been working on here!! Whoop whoop!!!

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On to House # 6!

 

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 Apparently this is the “rich neighborhood” version of SPEED BUMP.  lol!

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 Horrid cel phone pic!  Sorry!

Unfortunately the only one I got of the exterior.  Which is sad, because it was really very cool!

 It reminded me of a tuscan-type home.

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The crystal chandeliers were ah-mazing!!

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 Beautiful!

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Loved this little touch in the doorway!

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Again with the chandeliers!

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The countertop was a little busy for me but it was a stunning kitchen!

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Check out that stove hood!

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The tile work was very pretty!

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 Ooh la la!

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The dining area ceiling was very dramatic!

Like the copper color!

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The table was fantastic!

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Again. Beautiful!

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 Master suite

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All the showers on the tours were fantastic!  My favorite quote from Grace came after she tiptoed into one of the first showers and said in the most matter-of-fact voice, “Someone just recently showered.”

It was just such an odd thing to say.  😉

But that’s Grace.  And that’s why we love her!

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There were one of these sinks on each side of the shower.

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I know. Totally acknowledging I have a lighting addiction.

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 The closet even showed off these sexy red boots! lol!

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Yummy couches and accesories!

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The bar was lovely.

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 Digging the tile!

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 Fantastic ceiling beams, no??

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Are you curious about those windows?  Doesn’t it almost look like this house has a GYM?!?!?

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 That’s because it does!!!!

Go Anna!!!

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They even had a secret room!  Ooooooh!  I couldn’t get a pic of it with the bookshelf/door open though.  People were FASCINATED with it…  It was crowded inside and they kept opening and shutting it, ooohing and ahhhhing.  Funny!

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Interesting ceiling in the girls room… Hadn’t seen one like that before!

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Don’t know that I would have picked lavender walls with the rest of the color scheme, but….

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Pretty tile!

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 The boy’s super hero room was pretty sweet!

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 Comic pages wall…

Very cool house overall! 🙂

Omaha Street of Dreams 2013 Tour – House #5

Excuse my absence the last few days…  Had a hard time keeping up with my usual every other day posting goal! Eep!

 

I’ll be posting later on as to why I’ve missed the last couple days…  Commented guesses are welcomed! 😉  Ha!

 

 

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The exterior of House #5 was totally my favorite!!

It almost looked like a house that belonged at the beach!

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And while I would never want to live anywhere but Nebraska, the beach is my favorite place to visit!

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And for some reason “give me two pina coladas” is totally playing in my head right now.  It’s all the beach talk.

Street of Dreams Tour - House #5They had an impressive home office right by the entryway.  I think if I had a home office in a house like this, right out front is where I’d want it.  🙂

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I loooooved this piece of furniture!  Distressed to perfection!

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Me with the light fixture obsession, I know! 😉

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Again.  Unique light fixture caught my eye!

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All these mudrooms in the back entryways from the garage are fantastic!  Love this cream one.

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The stone fireplace was stunning.

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This little girls room was adorable!  The light pink walls were so pretty and delicate. (And I’m not even that big of fan of pink!)  The ceiling had the softest looking clouds.  And the light fixture was so unique and whimsy.

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Adorableness!

Street of Dreams Tour - House #5This bedroom was happy.  I love me some turquoise.

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It was an interesting twist to a typical canopy bed.

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We all immediately laughed when we went downstairs.

Because everyone needs 3 tv’s to catch all the games! 😉

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I had never seen a paint job like this before!  Observe the painted stripes on the wall…

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Do you see the curtains?

Yes… The stripes align with the wall/curtain!  Ha!

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Lovely bar area!

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Fantastic for entertaining!

Overall….  LOVED the exterior in this house…

Not a big fan of a lot of the style inside as a whole, but it was a beautiful house!

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This house’s layout was interesting… Gotta admit they TOTALLY had me fall in love with a few elements.

 

 

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You had me at hello?

More like, you had me at giant oversized sliding barn door for the home office door right at the entrance.  <3

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Not to mention the Restoration Hardware-esque chandelier!  Mwah!!!!!

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The kitchen was magnificent!

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I mean check out the ceiling, the awesome chandeliers, the countertops, stone backsplash, and the stove hood.  Wow.

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Beautiful!

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The dining area.

Love that farmhouse table so much!

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They were killing me with all the light fixtures!  You know how I feel about light fixtures.

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Stunning fireplace….

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Loved this sofa table…

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Not sure about the bow on the toilet?

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The walk in closet was basically a whole another room…

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Wow.

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Kinda loved the tile in here…  It was very different!

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Super intrigued with this upstairs “living room” type area…

Street of Dreams Tour - House #4 It was 3 steps higher than the rest of the upstairs area.   (This is looking down from the living area)

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Verrrrry colorful up there!

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Bedroom

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Loved the lamps!

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Love the subway tile and those lights!

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Another bedroom

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Loved the black/white and turquoise in this bedroom

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Again with the bows and toilets.

Street of Dreams Tour - House #4Killing me with all the fantastic light fixtures!

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