Kitchen Remodel Update: The Trim Piece Saga

Hi friends. I was out of town the past few days with my girls working on a project that I’m excited to update you on soon. But because we all seem to have the kitchen remodel on our minds (judging by how many messages I’ve received this week, hahah!), let’s talk about the kitchen! I truly hoped to return from my trip last night to find it finally completed. I even planned to be taking our reveal photos TODAY. But, alas.

There has been yet another mishap while I was gone that caused ANOTHER delay. Those of you who have experienced a delay in a remodel project especially due to someone else’s mistake will relate. It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. For the rest of you who might wonder what in the world could go wrong, let me give a little behind-the-scenes look into what it really looks like to remodel a house. It’s not always like a TV show, let’s just put it that way.

Let me try to explain the latest fiasco. Right now, our drama centers around the final important piece in the project: the round window above our sink. It’s supposed to be one of the focal points of our kitchen, so we’ve waited quite some time to see it completed!

The couple photos you see in this post were taken throughout the last couple weeks. Hopefully this will give you a little preview of where we’re at and give us all hope that the end is near. I can’t wait to show you the entire kitchen once this one piece is complete.

One of the things that is difficult as a blogger is trying to juggle the real life timelines and to graciously relay mishaps that happen in a project due to someone else’s negligence. I do try my very best to keep you all up to date with the progress and to stay on track with a reveal, but that is easier said than done. In real life some projects and mistakes just aren’t able to be corrected, completed or explained away as fast as celebrities can in a 60 minute TV segment.

Potential delays are something to keep in mind and even plan for if you are embarking on a remodel. If you’re lucky, your project might stay on schedule or even get ahead of schedule, but IF something, anything, goes amiss at any point (i.e. a schedule gets delayed, something is broken, someone gets sick, has a stroke, or breaks an arm, a piece doesn’t fit, something unexpected happens or was incorrectly ordered, etc), the whole project can get WAY off schedule (and budget) quickly. In case you are wondering, every single one of those things I listed and more has happened throughout my kitchen remodel. :) And thank goodness, the contractors are FINE now! Projects are never as important as people.

In our last project, it turns out that creating and installing round trim work is not the norm for the subcontractor who was hired for this project and it required a bit more skill to execute that he had. Round shapes have to be, well, perfectly round. The difficulty began to be apparent as failed attempts delayed our project week after week until we are now at least a month behind schedule. Finally, we are going to another contractor to complete the work.

Since the top progress shot was taken several weeks ago, they’ve completed more caulking, installed outlet covers, and finished trim work and paint touch ups around the kitchen so we are actually even better shape than the photo shows. Those final details are so important!

The good news (?) is that missing round trim piece is the last element we needed to install so it didn’t delay other projects as can happen in some cases. But still. It is frustrating. That one round piece of trim is the reason why I can’t do the reveal quite yet! I really cannot wait to answer all of your questions and show you every single detail in the room.

So just know that I’m not holding out on you and we aren’t up to something sneaky here. It’s just reality. Not reality TV even, it’s just the real life drama of a project.

Thanks again for hanging in there with your excitement to see the finished project. I guess we’ll just have an even bigger celebration when we can finally call it done!

See our design board post here for a list of some of the sources you see in these photos (or scroll through above to shop!). We will have a comprehensive list of sources ASAP :)

A Home that Makes You Happy Long Beyond The Trends

Atlanta Homes

Hello, friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA! I had a couple of projects I was trying to focus on and time got away from me the past couple of days.

This is the time of the year when you’ll likely run across a lot of design articles about what’s in for the new year and what’s out. They are always fun to read and I admit I do enjoy being somewhat in the know about design trends.

But I like to be in the know not because I necessarily want to follow the trends, it is just interesting to me to think about which trends might matter and which trends don’t matter at all. Mostly I think it’s fun to learn how to confidently create a home you love, despite what anyone else thinks.

The inspiration photos in this post are all from the 2016 Home for the Holidays Showhouse in Atlanta. Each room is by a different designer (and you can find these images and more at Atlanta Homes magazine). The reason I added them to this post for inspiration is simply because they are described as an inventive take on classic style. Even if all of the rooms aren’t your cup of tea, I feel the concept of an inventive take on classic style is the way to go if you want a house you’ll love for a long time (whatever “inventive” means to you).

I think the concern many people have when they are decorating or remodeling a home is how they can avoid decisions that will quickly be dated, while still wanting to make a house feel fresh and personal.

There are always lists of colors, patterns and materials that make the “out” list every year. And sometimes just to really confuse the issue you’ll even find many of same items on both the “out” and “in” lists. Ha! I love that.

I’ve even seen the same colors or material appear on the “heading out” list for years (so they never actually go out!). Clearly some of it is just a matter of personal opinion (or a sales trick!).

You know when you hear that a trend or look is “so overdone” or you read that someone is so tired of that look? Does that mean you shouldn’t use it either?

No one lives in your house but you and your family, so….a statement like that isn’t something I would worry about too much. If you are about to spend a fortune or you’ll be totally stressed out about it if you start to hate it next year, too, then you might want to reconsider. Don’t live with stress like that.

But if you are confident you will like it as long as you personally have to keep it, and your house really likes it, and how you are using it makes sense for your home, go ahead and mix that supposedly oh-so-tired and overdone trend with your own style and it’s going to be FINE! As long as you don’t invite the person who is so “over it” to your house everything will be OK. Ha.

Here’s the thing. Every home is different, so there really isn’t one right way to decorate. There are classics you can be inspired by and trends you can add in to make a home feel fresh. It’s all about the mix and how you use each element in your space that will make it feel appropriate or dated.

If everything in your home is “trendy” but none of it suits your house style, it’s going to all feel dated in a year or two.

If much of your style is generally classic but you add a few “trendy” elements in a classy way, your house is still likely going to feel fresh in a few years.

Something can look amazing in one home for years and years while look dated in another home next year.

What might seem very trendy in one style of house might just feel like a fresh take on classic in another.

Traditional materials, patterns, colors and looks cycle in and out of favor, but can still remain classic and lovely in the right home after the “trend setters” move on to highlight the next trend.

So if you happen to love a look that you are told might be trendy right now, but it also suits your budget, style, home and vibe, go for it! You’ll love it and that’s what counts.

Try to design a home you’ll love for years to come. If you are wanting to be safer with your choices, just mix things up a little so a space doesn’t feel like a time capsule or end up dated all at the same time. Invest in quality pieces that are timeless and have fun with the trends in a way that doesn’t cause you to lose sleep at night.

For that reason or budget reasons you might decide to skip an expensive trend or two you actually like. But don’t stay away from all the trends you happen love in order to play it safe. Put your personality into a space. It’s your home, after all.

Colors might feel on trend or off trend on any given year, but it’s usually more about how you use them that makes a home feel fresh or dated. And really, color is personal so you should use colors that inspire you and feel in harmony with your environment.

In small doses, nothing is a major style crisis or worth losing sleep over. 

Choose what YOU love and make your home feel like YOUR dream house, no matter what the 2017 trends may be.

Let’s chat in the comments! Tell me how you envision your own dream house!

PS. Thank you SO much for your kind responses to my health story. I’ve read every one (I still have some emails to get to!) and I so appreciate everyone who has shared their own stories with me.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C. S. Lewis

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