Brittany from @ourblessedlittlenest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So excited to share Brittany’s IG story from @ourblessedlittlenest. I love sharing background stories on my IG friends and she was one of the first people to purchase a sign off me on Instagram and she is just a doll!  Continue reading

Build You Dream Home Wherever You Are

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We all have some sort of vision of what we would love to incorporate into our “Dream Homes”. I have boards and boards on Pinterest of all the rooms and designs I would love in my imaginary “someday” home. So I started thinking “How can I make some of these a reality?” and that’s what I am doing one day at a time. So I thought I would share my mindset and help other people  shape their visions into reality.

 

 

I find so much importance of adding my own style, vision, and sign into each and every space of my home. Sometimes I may need a little help to reach each vision…White walls and Instagram help with that more often than not.

 

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Your Home Your Space

No one knows what you envision you have for your space. We each have our own personal style and look we want to achieve. For some people decorating comes easily for others it can be a struggle. So here are a few ideas to help guide you in the right direction in terms of how to make your dream home a reality.

Gather Your Ideas for Vision

My best outlet for looking for ideas is Pinterest and Instagram as I mentioned above. Sometimes I will even sketch out an idea, create floor plans, and pin, pin, pin away. What kind of finishes, fixtures, and color schemes are you drawn to? Once you start answering those questions you will have a little more direction in terms of designs.

 

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It’s in the Details

Once you figure out the big stuff you can move on the fun part. Furniture, paint, and home decor. I love decorating to my core all the choices of rugs, lamps, curtains, art, everything that you need to make your house a home. I always say go shopping even if it is “window shopping”. Look for accessories and make goals for different spaces in your home. You want your home to reflect your personal style and to be something you love and feel comfortable in.

 

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Your Living Space

I consider this area where you spend most of your time (besides the kitchen). For most this is your living room. One secret is to find the focal point for that room. What do people see when they walk in that room? What are there eyes drawn to? For us that would be our fireplace. So you want to emphasize this area and compliment it. This for you may be a large window or wall and

A room’s focal point is its most emphasized feature. It’s the thing your eyes are naturally drawn to when you walk into the room. And everything around the focal point compliments it. If your focal point is a large wall then paint it, add a bigger piece of art , a mirror, or a shelving unit. Just avoid clutter your guests eyes are already drawn to that area try not to make it “too busy”.

 

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Your Bedroom

You spend about a third of your day in your bedroom so make it count! Spring for nice bedding not only that looks good but is comfortable (it will make the world of difference). You can also paint the room to change the look of the space. If you can’t paint all of it, go for an accent wall. Next add curtains and accent pillows to give a little design to the room. I love getting creative when it comes to building new beds, using old doors, pallet wood beds, or making a fabric headboard all while staying within a budget.

 

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Be Brave

You don’t have to make sure everything matches avoid buying things in sets. You don’t want lifeless and generic decor. Your style needs to shine through which may mean picking items up along the way and not in a one stop shopping trip. Balance your accents with your furniture and space. Try to avoid over decorating and placing too much in a little space.

 

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Be Practical

Little and big projects are in your near future if you are working toward a dream space. Sometimes a little paint is all you need to freshen your kitchen cabinets. Update hardware on your furniture and fixtures to bring them back to life. Replace lighting fixtures with some new update ones (loving these ones from Lowe’s). I could do an entire post on lighting so I will just say shop around there are so many options.

 

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You don’t have to buy everything at once. Keep your eye out for local furniture deals at thrift stores. If you are eyeing a particular piece of furniture then watch for sales. You will know that perfect piece when you see it so maximize savings when you can. If you see something that draws at your heart-strings and it is a one of a kind piece buy it (or you will kick yourself later).

 

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Just remember wherever you are is home so do your best to make it a place you feel comfortable. You can do this on a budget you just have to hunt for those one of a kind items when and where you can. Also get creative up-cycle free furniture and give it life. Be creative by making pallet furniture pieces. The possibilities are endless just do a little research online and you will be on your way to your dream home.

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All About Your Kitchen

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If your anything like me and on the move every few years, its sometimes necessary to get creative in terms of decorating your kitchen. As military families we are often limited to the changes we are allowed to make while renting (so I have learned how to be creative). You can transform a rancher style house into a cape cod theme if you make the right decisions in terms of decorating. (Photo from Pinterest)

 

 

 

 

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We all have our wish lists for our “forever” homes when our hubby’s retire and we settle down in once place (for more than 2 seconds lol). Our butcher block countertops, shiplap walls, farmhouse sink, and the list goes on for me anyways. I even have a “Forever Home” board on my Pinterest lol!! Someday (a girl can wish can’t she?). So until then for those of you in the same boat as me here are some tips to brighten and lighten up your kitchen space.

 

It’s funny how making a few key changes can completely revamp your kitchen space. For our family hr kitchen is the “heart” of our home. It is where we share stories about our days, and we come together (if for only those few minutes) each night. For me a kitchen should be a happy and comfortable place, but also somewhere that you can have fun making a mess in. (Photo from http://blog.coldwellbanker.com)

 

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The first thing I do when we move in each new home is to put up some kind of window decor. Whether that be a window shade, curtains, or a valance. I love pops of color and this is a perfect place to express your style. The patterns and fabric choices are endless just make sure you are allowing for all that natural light to come in. You want to maximize your light in your kitchen it can open up your whole room. (Photo from BHG.com)

 

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Paint you cabinets (if you are allowed)

Most places  you rent the landlords are all about improvement (sorry for those of you in base housing this probably isn’t an option). I love white cabinets but that is not for everyone so be creative and switch things up. You can always paint your upper cabinets a different color then your bottom cabinets. This gives the whole kitchen character and you will love the end result for sure.

 

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Lighting can make or break your kitchen. I say the bigger the better in terms of light fixtures you want something that will brighten up the entire room. Update outdated light fixtures and you will be amazed with how much it can change your view on the space.

 

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I am all for tile or back splash when revamping a kitchen. It is decorative and well plain and simply gorgeous. You have so many choices in this area as well. You can go with something simple with a farmhouse feel, or be super creative and throw in some color. Subway tiles are one of my favorite choices and offer a different look then a more traditional back splash.

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You may or may not have a kitchen island. If you don’t have one but have the space to add one this is where it gets fun. You can make or have a custom island made (to match your lower cabinets) which will may everything look cohesive. If you don’t have the space for a huge island there are tons of options like a rolling cart or and old antique piece you can up-cycle into an island.

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Seating is key to adding character. You can have fun and add in different chairs mix and match for your dining table or your bar stool area for your island. You want cute but don’t forget comfort as well. I love adding vintage chairs (you can paint any color to fit your decorating theme). You can also recover any fabric that may need a new look. (Photo Pinterest)

 

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What would a kitchen be without a little shiplap. Now you may not be able to go all out and do the entire room, but maybe you can swing an accent wall? Even having just a little will help you scream farmhouse.

 

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Last but not least one of my favorite changes that can be made is changing out a typical pantry door with an old antique door or even a glass door. This helps you add charm and stay organized (you don’t want a messy pantry for your guest to see win-win).

Long story short is just be creative…think outside the box make the changes you can make even if they are temporary changes). Even the simplest of changes can transform and entire room for the better. Happy hunting for those perfect accents and most of all have fun decorating.