Home Resolutions for 2017

Happy New Year!  I cannot believe it's already 2017.  December seemed to fly by and here we are, in a new year just like that.  I like to make resolutions each year when it comes to eating, exercising, hobbies, my family, and myself.  This year I want to read one book per month, volunteer at least twice this year, eat more vegetarian meals, be more present with my kids, and have a standing date night with my husband.  I've also decided to make some resolutions for our home - simple things that will be attainable but that will make our environment better for the family. Here they are.

1. Small updates. Big impact.  

There are some larger projects we'd like to take on to improve our home and make it more functional for our family of four, including gutting our upstairs bathroom and giving our kitchen a face lift.  However, we need to save for those projects and they likely won't take place for another few years. In the meantime, I hope to make some small changes around the home to make it feel fresh.  This past month, I decided to ditch our boring and gross sisal rug in our dining room for this bold, plaid Flor rug - it's not for everyone, but i personally love it.  I also swapped out the upholstered dining chairs that came with our vintage dining table with some plastic Poly & Bark Eames knock-offs.  With little kids, these will be much more easy to clean, and I'm saving to reupholster the old chairs once they know not to wipe their hands on them ;)  Don't mind the terrible iPhone photo!

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2. Purge! Purge! Purge!  

One book on my reading list is Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  While I'm a pretty neat person in general, the house can quickly become overwhelmed with stuff, whether it be mail piling up and of course, TOYS.  I love a good purge and would like to simplify things a bit more in order to make our house feel larger and more tidy.  I've already started by donating books from both the adult and kids shelves to local charities.

3. Go green.  

A family goal this year is to use less water, grow more veggies, and start composting.  I may even reach out to our town to see if there is interest in a town-wide curbside compositing program.  I'd also like to investigate getting some solar panels for our roof.

4. Up the artwork ante.  

We have a lot of great art in our house, but we still have bare walls in our master bedroom which drives me nuts.  My husband and I have been saying we'd buy some art for our anniversary for two years now but have yet to pull the trigger - this is the year!  I also plan on moving some pieces around - sometimes moving a print to a new room gives it (and the room) a whole new life.

Happy New Year!

 

Updating a Rental Apartment

I wanted to share a recent project I worked on involving a rental property.  My clients approached me about updating their rental unit in the South End of Boston.  Their existing long time tenants had broken their lease, so they felt it was the right time to give it a makeover to appeal to new tenants and update it for 2016.  It's a beautiful one-bedroom apartment with some lovely original details including a ceiling medallion and large bay windows.  I worked with them to select new paint colors, update light fixtures, replace the outdated hardware, add new window treatments, and purchase a new refrigerator for the kitchen.  My clients are so happy with the results - it feels fresh and contemporary.  Below are a few before and afters to showcase what a difference a few updates can make.  These were taken on my iPhone so no judgement!  

In the living room, we painted the existing yellow walls  Coventry Gray  and the wainscot  Simply White , both by Benjamin Moore. The new light fixture from  Rejuvenation  can work with both modern and traditional styles of decor.

In the living room, we painted the existing yellow walls Coventry Gray and the wainscot Simply White, both by Benjamin Moore. The new light fixture from Rejuvenation can work with both modern and traditional styles of decor.

The kitchen is open to the living room so we painted the walls Benjamin Moore  Dior Gray  which provides a nice accent to the adjacent Coventry Gray walls.  We also updated the hardware on the cabinets and replaced the old refrigerator with a new Whirlpool. 

The kitchen is open to the living room so we painted the walls Benjamin Moore Dior Gray which provides a nice accent to the adjacent Coventry Gray walls.  We also updated the hardware on the cabinets and replaced the old refrigerator with a new Whirlpool. 

In the bathroom, we swapped out all the dated brass hardware with chrome fixtures from  Moen . We replaced the awkward single sconce above the sink with a triple sconce and the clunky medicine cabinet with a streamlined, simple mirrored one.  We also painted the walls  Cosmopolitan  by Benjamin Moore and added new shelving above the toilet from  The Container Store . This room really needed some love and the updates made it feel so much cleaner and modern!

In the bathroom, we swapped out all the dated brass hardware with chrome fixtures from Moen. We replaced the awkward single sconce above the sink with a triple sconce and the clunky medicine cabinet with a streamlined, simple mirrored one.  We also painted the walls Cosmopolitan by Benjamin Moore and added new shelving above the toilet from The Container Store. This room really needed some love and the updates made it feel so much cleaner and modern!