Tuesday, April 27, 2010

At Home with White, oh and a Hint of Blue

As I mentioned last week, I have a lot of things to share with you this week. I thought I would start out with what I've been doing since last year. I've been "nesting" so to speak. No...don't get all crazy, I'm not pregnant. I've just been doing a lot of soul searching, thinking and preparing.

Over the years I have had the pleasure of decorating many homes and enjoying many different styles. It's easy to get caught up in things and to think you like something when really it's not who you truly are. After all, if your home doesn't reflect you, then why are you paying the bills there?

I built my home almost 9 years ago and boy oh boy has it gone through some design changes. This past year I have slowly found myself again and brought my home back to what David and I like best. White.

Here are some before and after pictures.
This was our living room last April. Yellow, fake plants (I can't grow stuff), carpet.
Here it is now. White, sand colored walls, no fake dusty stuff and new hardwood floors.
 Oh..and a hint of blue.
Before the view into the kitchen. Again, yellow flowers, etc.
The same view now. Have I told you how much I love hardwood! So Clean!

The dining room before. A whole lot of flowers, yellow and foo foo.
Our dining room now. Calm, Comfy and Sophisticated.
Oh... and a hint of blue.
The dining room table came from Ballard Designs and the shelving piece in the corner is from Target's Shabby Chic pieces. The artwork on the wall was black iron that got the spray paint treatment.
The foyer before. Again...lots of flowers and foo foo.
The foyer now. White and sophisticated. Even the bunny is sophisticated! The foyer table came from Ballard Designs and the mirror I found in a junk shop and David painted it for me. The two vases were a hideous gold color, so they got some paint too!
This is the view from the kitchen to the front door. Everything is very open.
The walls look a little yellow in theses photos, but they are really a sand color. In fact, the color is China Moon from Valspars Seaside Retreat Collection at Lowes. The trim color is Sailcloth. David painted the whole house.
I had to laugh when I thought about the fact that David and I both love blue jeans and white shirts and we pretty much wear the same style all the time. I've always been a tomboy at heart (love cowgirl boots) and I really don't like a bunch of foo foo that get's dusty. I love calm, clean and serene. White with a hint of blue.
It sure does feel good to be home.


House and land said...

It's quite a transformation! Congratulations. Your house is lovely.

Karen M said...

It's really just stunning, shell. Just looking at the pictures is calming. What corner do the bunnies like best?

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your home is beautiful Shell! We should always be true to ourselves and not go with trends, that is what I say! You are so darn CUTE!!

Hef's Mom said...

Lovely, as always.

Hazel said...

Just beautiful but i need to ask the million dollar question ,how on earth do you keep it clean .

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Shell:
Thanks so much for sharing your home and your new look. It's really beautiful, and inspiring. You really achieved your goal!
Well done, my friend. Well done!

The French Bear said...

Shell, it looks so beautiful, what a gorgeous home. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!!! I love the one of you the best!
Margaret B

Lisa said...

Nothing in my house stays white and pristine for very long...

So you like hardwood floors, eh? How do Razzy and Sugie feel about this?

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Michelle - I love it! I need serene in my home too. Do you have a Trader Joe's market in your area? If so, they carry Macarons in the frozen section. Not as good as the real thing, but not bad!

Barb said...

What a lovely home, just love the hardwood.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

LOL, white? serene? again this white thing, gorgeous, yes, and yet I feel so challenged by it. Color, god I love it so much, though I wear mostly black or something mismatched. I have little bathroom that needs painting, it's white and a door that's begging for help, it's white too. You'd better be sitting down with your second glass of wine when you see what I do.......hugs to U and nose bumps to to those bunnies.

Julie said...

Your home is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Annette F Tait said...

Just delightful Shell! however I'm a cream wool berber carpet girl! and it;s good for the rabbits too - lots of friction for those runs and jumps!
I love your style, clean, with beautiful details in all the right places but you would fall over if you saw my collection of dust collectors! I couldn't be without them and dust will come and go :)

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Shell your house looks so inviting and beautiful, wow...thanks for the peek into your home:D and you look fabulous in white as well...still love your new hairdo:D XO M.

Fleurette said...

Thanks for showing us your beautiful home, I love all the white.

Shell said...

Your home is truly beautiful, Shell. I also adore the picture of you as well. You look pretty and so comfortable in your skin.

Cozy Little House said...

And a most beautiful home it is! Honey, how on earth do you stay so skinny???

Rebecca said...

Hi Shell
It all looks so beautiful, very comforting.
I live in jeans, love the white tops too and the boots...
Have a wonderful week

FrecklesandDeb said...

Your house certainly reflects a comfortable, yet sophisticated style. Just beautiful!

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Michelle, Your home is just so beautiful. I like all the rooms both ways! You have such lovely taste! ;) Paulette

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

bee-You-Tee-Full! full of charm! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

Shirley said...

Oh Shell your home is absolutely beautiful. I love the hardwood floors. I have them in my home. I had them do hardwood floors when our house was built over 40 years ago. They wanted to put carpet and I said no. I like the elegant look of the hardwood. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

Roxie said...

It's all just so....so....dreamy. Ahhhhhhhhhh. I feel like crawling up with a good book and falling asleep.
LOVE your home!! Love YOU!!

LisasCraftiqueBoutique said...

Hi Michelle,
I dream of having such a pretty home. Everything looks so calm and relaxing. Those light colors would never survive in my home. My kids, dogs and husband would have it a mess in no time!


Rebecka said...

Your home is beautiful. I like the clean look!! Thanks for sharing the photos!!