East Falls Home

The home that I decorated in East Falls is finally complete! This space is the home of my friends Holly, Dan, and their daughter Piper.  We started with a blank slate by using white paint throughout the first floor and up the stairs. Everything was painted the same shade, Snowbound by Sherwin Williams, even the trim. The house was previously painted yellow, and the white really brightened up the rooms.

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The asian flower art above I picked up at an estate sale. The green shadow box was from Joann fabric.

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The light fixture was originally black with chandelier bulbs. We spray painted it red and added new modern round bulbs, which completely transformed this light fixture. The total cost to update the light was about $30. That is a huge savings compared to buying a new light, which would have been at least $100.

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The shelving unit above is from IKEA. This shelving unit is very versatile and affordable. It comes in many different sizes and also in the more basic black or white. We wanted to inject some color into the space, so we went with red. The light above was spray painted to match.

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The view above is what you see when you walk in the front door. Dan had the great idea to use the Velvet Underground Andy Warhol poster. It matches perfectly with the smaller Andy Warhol prints. Do you remember them? They are from a DIY that I shared with you before. Most of them ended up in this space, along with some art that Dan and Holly already owned. The lamps are from Target, the side table is from Joann fabric, the coffee table is from IKEA, and the chair on the left is from Homegoods.  The cactus and succulents are from a wonderful new shop in East Falls, which you need to check out. It’s called Vault + Vine and they have a great selection of plants, gifts, and coffee. It’s a win, win.

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Dan also found the pillows below. How could I say no to Big Lebowski pillows? I couldn’t, and they’re awesome. The sofa is the Monroe from West Elm in celestial blue velvet.

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The entryway I have blogged about before, but here are a couple new shots.

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The amazing mirror and rug are from an estate sale. The secretary desk is from Craigslist, and the light and ceramic dogs are (mostly) from homegoods. Using a secretary as an entryway table is a great way to hide all the clutter that collects by the front door.

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You won’t believe the transformation. Here are the photos from before:

 

What do you think? I think it looks incredible! And all of this was done on a budget of 3k. That was the initial budget, but it actually came in closer to 2k. We found a lot of great deals and we DIYed where we could.

Let me know if you need help decorating your space, and we can work on a plan to tackle it!

East Falls Entry

I have been helping my friends update their East Falls Philadelphia home over the past few months. We still have to find artwork to finish up the living room and dining room, but this weekend we hung the DIY artwork that we made for the entry and stairwell.

We used their collection of black and white photo strips to create a gallery wall for the stairwell. It’s their tradition to go to the photobooth at an arcade in Ocean City, NJ each summer. We just had to buy frames, photo corners, and card stock in colors that coordinate with the rug. Don’t you just LOVE these genuine black and white photos? Now that everything is digital it’s hard to find an actual photo anywhere.

The rug and mirror I scored at an estate sale in Ambler. The secretary desk I picked up from craigslist for $40. The light bulb lamp and dog figurines are all from Homegoods and the frames are Ikea.

This area cost a total of approximately $160! I definitely know how to stretch a budget. There will be more photos to come once we finish the living room and dining room.

Give me a shout if you are looking for any decorating help.

Bathroom Remodel Complete

Our bathroom remodel is complete! We are so happy with how it turned out and had a great experience with the remodeling company that we used, d remodeling. They turned this bathroom around in less than two weeks and it looks spectacular.


I am planning to hang plants above the shower area, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. The ceiling is higher in that area and there is a window above, so it will be a perfect spot to hang plants. The tile is from The Tile Shop and the details are as follows:

  • Marble tile on the main wall is Venatura Nero Polished
  • Floor tile is Charcoal Blend Gatsby
  • Side wall tile is Leyre Gris

You can see the before here.

Bathroom Update

Here is a sneak peak of the progress in the bathroom. The tile has been installed and the grouting has begun.

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This is where the tub will go. It’s a white freestanding tub and will also function as a shower. dsc07382

I am absolutely in love with this marble tile, and the mosaic tile on the floor. dsc07380

We are using d remodeling for the work and they have been absolutely fantastic to work with. I highly recommend them for anyone in the Philadelphia area looking for a remodeling firm.

Happy New Year!

Bathroom Remodel

I have some exciting news to share with you. We are remodeling our bathrooms! Maybe it’s just me, but I could spend every day’s lunch  break walking through tile shops, designing the perfect bathroom in my head. I finally made some decisions on tile and they are laying the new tile as I type!

Here are some before photos. The wall to the right is actually staying in all it’s 80s trim glory. We are trying to keep the cost down and the tile is nice and neutral, so it will stay on this wall.

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The area around the tub is leaking and so we decided to gut it. It’s going to be a glorious standing tub, with the back wall covered in large marble tiles, and the sides in a large format grey subway shape tile.

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Here is a sneak peak of the tiles. The bottom mosaic tile will be on the floor.

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The remodel also inspired us to move our master bedroom to the back of the house so we can enjoy this new bathroom. The back of the house has two rooms, which share a Jack and Jill bathroom. We will be taking over this area and our current  bedroom will become my sewing room and guest bedroom. I never even got a chance to show you what we did to my craft room over the summer. We (Dave) ripped up the carpet and painted the floors this amazing shade of blue, which looks terrible in this photo.

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This room will become our dressing room, and the other side will have our bed. The one downside to all of this is that we have to sell our Crate and Barrel Tate Bed. It just won’t fit in the new space. It’s currently on craigslist, so if you’re interested, hit me up!

Stay tuned for more updates on the remodel!