I am so excited to be back with you after a longer than anticipated absence!
I took a lot of time off, but I am back, and ready to share the BIG changes that have been happening in our home in the last 12 months.
Some of you may have noticed that I've decided to change the name of the blog from Budget Design Girl, to the new name, Nothing But Blue Skies...
I was never fully satisfied with the original name, and though I am a thrifty girl, I just wanted something that made me SMILE, and didn't pigeon hole me quite as much.
One day, not too long ago, it just hit me that my new blog name should be Nothing But Blue Skies, so here we go...new name, new inspiration, and a whole lotta new things to show you in our home!
As you may recall, we had a little leak in our kitchen wall that turned out to be a bigger deal than we originally thought. As a result, we wound up replacing our flooring throughout the entire first floor. We also put in new appliances, new kitchen sink and faucet, and repainted the cabinets. This led to the need to repaint the walls and ceiling in the better part of the first floor as well.
I am so happy with the results! There are just some tiny things that need to be tweaked, but it really is 99% finished.
Enough yammering on, lets take a look...
Our Living Room, and Dining Room.
We decided on engineered hard wood throughout the entire first floor, and honestly, I really love how it warmed everything up. Prior to this, we had a combination of very large (I think it was 24") travertine tile, in the entry, kitchen, family room, bath, laundry and hall. The living room and dining room were carpeted. I always knew I wanted to ditch the carpet and have continuous flow through the whole first floor. I think it's such a nice improvement!
This is standing in the dining room, facing the living room and entry.
This is the view of our staircase looking up to the second floor. I recently got a wild hair, and decided to paint the banister and newel posts the same grey brown as the kitchen island. (Um...this still needs to be completed, but it's hopefully not showing too much in the pics!) ;-) Shhh... don't tell anyone.
This is looking back toward the entry, and into the living room. (Ahem... I still need to get the sofa and ottoman re upholstered. The sofa was stripped of it's slip cover quite some time ago, and I intend to use a very neutral creamy fabric, much like the current muslin underpinning she is currently sporting. The poor ottoman has just been covered with an unused faux fur throw. I do think I like the color, but I will not be choosing faux fur for it's final upholstery.)
In the dining room I used a sisal rug under the table, and I am loving it!
The family room and kitchen are where we spend most of our time, and I am thrilled with how this area came out.
(P.S. I am standing right beside/in front of my son's train table-turned Lego table. Please don't get the idea that this room doesn't get messy! I'm just not showing you!)
I also bought a new kitchen table at a local antique store, that a friend of mine owns. I still need to get new chairs. (-So much harder than I thought to find exactly what I want. The hunt continues!)
The walls actually look lighter, and more taupe/greige in person. I am happy to be rid of our former carmel-y tan.
It reminded me of the sides of a chicken truck! (You know those aluminum clad, slatted semi truck- trailers that haul chickens?! Um, yeah,...farm to table never held less appeal! All I saw when I looked at my shiny new microwave with it's icky trim kit, was a CHICKEN TRUCK!) So, we will finish it off with a little idea I had.
I am working on an idea for the wall behind the bed...and I would love a button tufted headboard in here someday soon.
Looking back towards the bedroom and bath to the left.
This is the little guy's room, and I think we are getting ready to change it slightly.
Well, I can't seem to find the photos of the upstairs hall bathroom, and I need to also share photos of the hubby's man cave. I am going to save that for another day. I am pooped from all the work!
...And so is the dog! This is our one year old German Shepard/Yellow Lab rescue, Romeo. He's a great addition to the family, and a total love!
That's it for now! Stay tuned, things are always changing around here!
So glad to have you back, and plan on seeing me blogging regularly now!
I hope you like the new name, and my new look!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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