Archives for October 2012

New Seasonal & Holiday Gallery on The Inspired Room!

New Seasonal & Holiday Gallery on The Inspired Room!

Seasonal Holiday Ideas

Having a blog is kind of like having a house. It periodically needs housekeeping, organization and you have to clean out the closets. After over five years of blogging several times a week, I am realizing there is a lot of content in this blog that is challenging to find, even for me! So to start making things easier on all of us, my lovely daughter and assistant Kylee is putting together something new! We now have project galleries that will make searching for topics and and ideas much much easier.

YAY! They look mighty spiffy!

What is a project gallery? Well, I’m glad you asked! Basically a gallery is a page with thumbnail images featuring content that is related or grouped together. It looks almost like a linky party. You can see what it looks like in the photo above. If you hover over the thumbnail on the real project gallery (the one above is just a screen shot so it won’t work the same!), it will pop up a description of what the image links to. Then if that is what you are looking for or you want to see that post, you can click it and the post will open. And if that isn’t what you wanted, you can look for something else in the related gallery.

New Seasonal & Holiday Gallery on The Inspired Room!

To start out, we put together a Seasonal & Holiday Gallery page with several galleries lined up on the page, including galleries for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter related content. We’ll add posts and galleries over time. Soon we will also have other kinds of galleries as well! We are very excited about that!

For now you can find our first edition Seasonal & Holiday Gallery right here, or you can find it via a link in my sidebar. Once we get even more organized, I’ll fill you in on even more ways you can find content. Have fun checking out the new galleries!

And if you are on the East Coast, I’m sending lots of prayers your way and thinking of you all in these scary storms. Be safe and snug, my friends.

{Also, don’t forget in just a couple of hours we have our Best of Fall Projects Linky where you can find the Fall project awesomeness of our fellow blogging neighbors!}.


The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

This post is sponsored by Mohawk Flooring.

If you are new around here, last June we started a kitchen remodel. We aren’t done yet, but we’ve made some good progress. While the project started on kind of a whim, a lot of thought actually went into this project before the whim struck and we knocked down our cabinets. Ha! We’ve lived in our house close to four years now, so we’ve had plenty of time to think about what we would like, what we needed and wanted to do with the space we have. We had to be patient to get to this point, but now we are super excited to be rounding the corner to the homestretch.

The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

Each and every thing we are updating right now is part of a bigger plan to live very purposefully in our home. We have specific goals for what is important to us in this season of life as a family and ideas for how our home can contribute to the way we want to live. From decluttering, to rearranging our rooms, to updating what we can within our budget, we’ve been on a mission!

This is extra exciting because I’ve always wanted to know what it would feel like to stay in one house for many years, fixing it up top to bottom just the way we wanted it. That really is my dream, since we’ve had to move around so much over the years! It is exciting that we are able to make some of the changes that we only dreamed about until this year. And we have no immediate plans to move, so these projects are things we are doing for ourselves, not for the next owners!

I feel like pinching myself to make sure this is even real right now, but I am really excited!

The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

So, back to our project. Our kitchen and family room is all one connected space, but the way the kitchen cabinetry jutted out into the room and the way the flooring broke up the space, the room felt choppy and more cramped than was necessary. The layout of the kitchen made it awkward for all of us girls (my two daughters and myself) to all be working the kitchen at once. It was also a challenge when we had larger groups of people over as there was a bottleneck in the traffic flow.

In a nutshell, here’s a few posts detailing how far we’ve come on this project:

So far we removed the breakfast bar and cabinetry that jutted out and divided the room.

We made a little adjustment to the area above our cabinetry that used to just collect dust.

We put in new subway tile, sink and white quartz counters. 

We installed a new range hood and faucet and had the tile grouted.

We decided on a two tone cabinet color scheme, but we are still waiting on our painter to actually make that happen!

We have an unfinished island that is ready to be painted and fixed up a bit.

We painted the walls and have a plan for finishing trim work as well as a fireplace makeover.

There have been a few more details finished in this space since I last wrote about it, including new lights and a pantry makeover in progress (will update you on how that is coming along soon!). In addition to the rest of our plans for the family kitchen area, we’ve been working our way around other rooms such as our master bedroom as well in our all out effort to get our house in all around better shape for us.

The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

Now we are at the point where in order to really complete our series of projects this year (which is also one of our goals — to finish what we start as much as possible!) it is time to address the flooring in the remaining areas we are working on. We did get beautiful new hardwoods in other rooms last spring, and they have really transformed our home! It is really exciting to get new floors, they really do change almost everything about how a room feels.

The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

But as you you can see we have a few issues with our remaining flooring. It looks like we destroy everything in our path. Between dogs and living life and remodeling, the floors have taken a beating.

Our preference from the beginning was to have consistent and easy to care for flooring throughout the main rooms of our house. Our main floor is not very large at all and is divided among a living and dining space, family and kitchen space, a connecting entry hall, my office and a powder room. Rather than chop things up further with different flooring in every space, we’ve decided our preference was to create more of a visual flow from room to room from the front door right on through to the back of the house.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Mohawk about the possibility of partnering on a flooring project. They wondered if I might have any upcoming projects in my home. “Well, ah, YES?”  {drops the phone}. “Um, yes, are you still there? Yes I do.”  The timing couldn’t have been more PERFECT for us. This was a great opportunity for me to be able to finish our series of home makeover projects and take care of some of those lingering problem areas with our floors.

The Family Kitchen Makeover Continues {Hardwood Flooring Kitchen}

So, the partnership with Mohawk is on! I’m really excited to be able to actually complete projects (high fives for completion!!) and I’m seriously going to feel like I got a brand new house this year and I didn’t even have to move. YAY! Let the nesting continue! I’ll share more details about my new floors,  and answer some of your questions about them in upcoming posts!

Have you replaced flooring in your home?

I’m partnering with the “Mohawk Floors Me, as Told by Bloggers” program, but as always, all opinions, experiences and home projects are my own.