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Our Farmhouse Floor Plan

Our Farmhouse Floor Plan

I have had a lot of requests to see the layout of our home so I’m finally sharing our farmhouse floor plan. I don’t know why it took me so long, but here is everything you want to know about how our home is situated.

Our farmhouse sits on nearly 4 acres just outside of Tampa. It is 3700 square feet and has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The home was bank-owned prior to our purchase. It had been vacant for a couple of years and was very sad and run-down. For more on the exterior evolution of the home including what it looked like when we first saw it, check out these posts:

The house is a 1.5 level home. There is a second story but only a partial second story. The great room opens to the second level and you can see the downstairs from the upstairs. The master is downstairs and we have two additional bedrooms, each with their own bath, upstairs. In addition to the extra two bedrooms, we also have a bonus/flex room upstairs.… Read more

Dining Room Rug Tips

Dining Room Rug Tips

A few weeks ago the master bedroom stole the dining room rug, a move that vastly improved my satisfaction with the master bedroom but left the dining room naked and vulnerable. 😉 After a period of indecisiveness, I finally settled on a new rug for the dining room and it is SO. GOOD! I’m sharing all about our new rug and dining room rug tips for you to keep in mind when shopping for a new rug.

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Dining Room Rug Tips

Since there were a few factors that I considered when making this choice, I thought it may be helpful to share my dining room rug tips with you.

Our new dining room rug is from Loloi’s Layla collection in the rust/ocean colorway. We have the 9×12 size. It is a gorgeous rug! It has saturated hues and an Old World, worn look that makes it appear vintage.… Read more

Master Bedroom Update with Magic Linen

Master Bedroom Update with Magic Linen

Spring is in the air and one of my favorite things to update seasonally in our home is bedding. When it comes to bedding, I’m a big fan of linen bedding due to its lived-in, casual look.

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It’s been a while since my last bedroom update and therefore, time to make some changes! The change of season and a new baby on the way has me making little updates all over the digs! We moved the dining room rug to the master, replaced the nightstands, lamps and added this natural striped linen sheet set and beige waffle blanket to our bed, courtesy of Magic Linen.

Magic Linen is a small family-owned business based in Lithuania. They produce handmade linen bedding, home textiles and clothing from high-quality OEKO-Tex certified linen, meaning it is completely free from harmful chemicals. Everything from the dye, sewing threads and linings is chemical-free. Magic Linen bedding is stonewashed, meaning its washed with stones to wear down the fabric and produce a worn feeling.

Why I Love Linen Bedding

Linen sheets are not for everyone, but here’s why I love it.… Read more

Updating our Wet Bar Update with the Power of Paint

Updating our Wet Bar Update with the Power of Paint

When we did our huge kitchen renovation we carved out a nook for a wet bar/coffee bar and I’m so glad we did. The wet bar has proved to be a super functional space to house all the bar and coffee accessories and cut down on foot traffic in the kitchen when we’re entertaining. However, I knew I wanted to eventually do something with the backsplash. I considered and mocked up several tile, wallpaper and paneling options but never pulled the trigger. Over a year later and still craving an update to the nook, I decided to take a paintbrush to it. Paint is the easiest and most affordable option to start with and easy to revert back if we didn’t love it.

Before we get into that, check out how the wet bar has evolved over time.

This is how it looked when we shared the wet bar reveal last year. We were still missing a handle for the mini-fridge but that has since been resolved. 😉

Updating Our Wet Bar with Black Paint

I painted the backsplash black (we used Sherwin Williams Tricorn), added some new vintage accessories, re-arranged the glassware and re-styled everything and man, it felt good.… Read more

Dining Room Refresh Coming Soon!

Dining Room Refresh Coming Soon!

Last year, I mentioned plans to give our dining room a refresh. We’ve made a couple of changes since then including new floors as part of our kitchen reno and a show-stopper brass dome light fixture but then the dining room refresh stalled. Sometimes design takes time and it’s usually better in the end because of it.

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Dining Room Refresh

A while back, I purchased this rug for the room but sent it back with intentions of going up a size. Then I hesitated because I started to see the rug in other designs and I even used it in my clients living room. Here is a little glimpse of it in my space.

I love it, but I decided to hold out for something different that made my heart sing. And then, my favorite rug company Loloi announced a collaboration with Joanna Gaines and I fell head over heels for this rug from the collection.… Read more

Aga Elise Range Review

Aga Elise Range Review

It’s been about 6 months since we had our range hooked up as part of the big kitchen reno. I’ve had a lot of questions and comments about our show-stopper range so I wanted to do a review. So here you go, an in-depth Aga Elise range review from my perspective. I’m addressing some of the questions I’ve recieved and added some of my own.

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Aga Elise Range Review

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What range is that?

We have an Aga Elise 5-element, dual-fuel range in matte black. It features a true convection oven, a 7-mode multi-function oven and a pull-out broiler. Aga’s have been around since the 1920s. The first models were cast iron and were the worlds first ever heat-storage cookers. They were invented in Sweden but manufacturing moved to England in the 1930s where they gained popularity. The original cast-iron versions of the Aga (like the one below) are still made today and come in a variety of color options.… Read more

What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

I have been meaning to share what our kitchen renovation cost since we finished a few months ago. Although the post is titled “kitchen renovation cost” it includes the kitchen as well as the areas adjacent to the kitchen that we renovated simultaneously (the powder room, mudroom, and wet bar we added). Some of the renovation expenses were not limited to just the kitchen (drywall and flooring for example). I separate expenses by room where possible, but keep in mind we were renovating several “rooms” with many expenses spanning across more than one.

farmhouse kitchen with black range and shaker cabinets

What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

Construction Costs:

  • Equipment Rentals (dumpsters, scissor lift) $1700
  • Floor Removal $2400
  • AC Ductwork Modifications $2400
  • Engineer $400
  • Plumbing $3500
  • Propane Tank Install & Fill $3600
  • Drywall $6200
  • Msc Building Supplies & Materials  $5000

Total = $25,200

The construction phase of our project was long and very involved, hence higher costs in this area. Remember, we re-routed plumbing in our foundation, removed old flooringmoved walls, re-ran a significant amount of electrical, etc. We did a ton of labor ourselves saving us thousands.… Read more

A Look Inside our IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

A Look Inside our IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

We finished our kitchen remodel a few months ago and one of the questions I was asked was how we organized our kitchen cabinets. So today I’m sharing a look inside our IKEA kitchen cabinets!

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We used IKEA’s SEKTION line with Semihandmade doors. I opted for mostly drawer storage with very few traditional cabinets with shelves. We have no upper cabinets in our main galley kitchen area and opted instead for two open shelves on either side of the range. I did add two upper cabinets in the wet bar for stemware storage. The IKEA cabinets have proven to be great! For anyone that is skeptical, I highly recommend them. My favorite feature of the IKEA cabinets is the drawer within the top drawer. You’ll see what I mean. Another great feature is the soft close, which is pretty standard now but after living in our outdated kitchen for two years it was a noticeable and welcome improvement.… Read more

How to Install Kitchen Floating Shelves

How to Install Kitchen Floating Shelves

I knew pretty early in designing our kitchen that I didn’t want to do any upper cabinets, with the exception of the wet bar. Instead, I opted for floating shelves on either side of the range. Today I’m sharing how to install kitchen floating shelves.

Our shelves were installed over the backsplash tile using these floating shelf brackets (affiliate link). They have two sizes depending on the depth of your shelves. Our shelves are 11″ deep – I wanted to be able to store dishes on them – so we used the large floating shelf brackets.

How to Install Kitchen Floating Shelves

First, I used painters tape to mark out where I wanted the shelves to be. I adjusting the tape a couple of times over a few days until I was happy with the placement. Originally, I planned on 2 sets of shelves on either side of the range hood but after installing one we decided to stop there fearing two on each side would look too busy. Hubby was relieved since installation proved to be challenging.

Using a laser level, mark pilot holes for the brackets.… Read more

The Reveal: Our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

The Reveal: Our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Hi friends! It’s finally here, the unveiling of our finished farmhouse kitchen remodel! I introduced the project to you back in July, which is when we kicked off demo. We finished the kitchen in December so in total, it took us 5 months. Words can’t express how happy I am to have a new kitchen and how excited I am to finally share it!!

Before we jump in, here’s a look back at all of the kitchen-related blog posts along the way that document the design and construction process:

Let’s start with a before image, shall we? The transformation of this space is insane and I must remind you what it looked like when we started: tile countertops, dropped ceilings, a weird build-out, all that orange-y wood and funky angles.

Here’s what it looks like now!

We’ve come a long way, huh?!?! The kitchen is a lot more open, brighter and way more functional. It is overall a happier space to be in and is perfect for entertaining.… Read more