Bedroom Bliss


Soft sheets, full wall headboard, large-scale artwork and an ethanol fireplace –– the perfect recipe for our very own warm retreat at the end of the day.  I don't know about you but our bedroom is the one spot in the house I like to keep a no-work zone. I mean it does sound like a good idea, am I right?

      If I  am being honest, I am writing this post in bed though. How can I resist this tranquility... simple, I can't!  When I am relaxed and comfortable I am the most creative and this Modern Blaze ethanol fireplace sets that tone for sure.  Along with a monochromatic color palette and minimal decor this is what dreams are made of , for me at least...









               No chimney, clean-burning and a real flame? Sign me up. I can't begin to express how much we are enjoying our Modern Blaze Ethanol fireplace. Never heard of Bio Fireplaces? You check out more about them here!







    Want to know how I created this custom wall- to-wall headboard ? Check out my video here 






What do you think about my new super cozy sleeping quarters? 

Organize My Drawer | Custom Organizers


When function meets style meets affordability meets custom; my closet drawers. Ikea is shamed by some but loved by me. Ikea is a, in my opinion,  designers canvas. They have so many great pieces that can be tailored to a specific taste at an affordable price point. I used the PAX system in my closet reno because of that exact reason. The PAX unit is completely customizable to your needs, whether in a closet or craft room, and the price-tag allows for a little more room left in the wallet a.k.a more clothes in the closet.   
I found an online company, Organize my Drawer, that specializes in custom acrylic drawer inserts. The best part about the ordering process is that I literally did it from home on their website. I have video on my channel where I should the entire process from measuring , to ordering , to selecting inserts and then styling the drawers. 





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Kitchen Sink with ELKAY

THANK YOU TO  ELKAY
FOR PROVIDING THE SINK IN THIS POST
 all opinions are my own
Hi, ya'll !
   Today I'm sharing one major necessity of any kitchen, the sink, with Elkay. If you're new to the brand, Elkay is the #1 selling sink company in America! With their headquarters here in the heart of the midwest , manufacturing facilities throughout the US and international operations in China and Mexico they are able to serve globally. As many of you know , if you've been following along with the renovation reveals, this is our second kitchen renovation in less than a year. Yes, you read that right, unfortunately! This time around we wanted to make sure that we went with top-notch products that didn't sacrifice quality for aesthetic and that is why we chose Elkay. I was first introduced to the brand by a friend and fell in love with the crisp, solid designs and knew I wanted to go with a Elkay sink in my new kitchen. Now let's talk about why I chose a single bowl.

KEEP  LIVING THE DOUBLE LIFE OR IS IT TIME TO GO SINGLE                

I've debated in the past whether or not a single bowl was as functional as it was aesthetically pleasing to the eye. What I've come to realize is that I am not a traditional "dish-washer". With just T & I occupying the "P" residence right now ,  I'm over filling up the entire sink and washing the dishes , I much prefer the "wash as you go" method! Not to mention, having two bowls doesn't allow me to fit my skillets and baking sheets into the sink without some strategic configuration, ha!
  The verdict? The practicality of a single just makes sense for us and we couldn't be happier with our decision to go for it, it has been an effortless transition and can't imagine that we managed with a two bowl for so long!


   We went with the Elkay Crosstown 16 Gauge Stainless Steel Undermount Sink Kit. I love that the corners on this model were sharp and structured to give that modern feel we were going for. I also love that they had the sink available in a kit. The kit includes the sink (of course) , a custom fit bottom grid, a deep stainer drain, a microfiber towel and a trial sized Bar Keeper's Friend Cleanser.

If you're in the market for a new kitchen sink I'd definitely recommend checking out Elkay , I can vouch for the quality and couldn't be more impressed with the way our sink looks , cleans and functions overall!

IT EVEN FITS MY LARGEST SKILLET –– with room to spare ! 
I am so grateful that we finally have a finished kitchen! Lots of good food and memories to be made!




THANK YOU 
FOR PROVIDING THE SINK IN THIS POST




Slippin' into style with Slipcovershop.com




Two years ago I went on, what felt like, a wild goose chase looking for sofas that fit this vision I had for my living room. I wanted a contemporary sofa that can fit in a traditional layout of the room.
  After months of scouring the internet , I came across the two sofas that I now have; the Float Sofas from Article. The style , size and overall feel of the sofas were perfect , the only thing I wasn't in love with was the color. They are gorgeous , don't get me wrong, but a tad too warm in comparison to my cool-toned... well everything else. I've managed to do my best to make it work but then I came across slipcovershop.com .
  I've always thought of slipcovers as sloppy looking  or "old lady", lol. I think I've always just seen slipcovers on oversized sofas or chairs that weren't structured and they have since just rubbed me the wrong way.

 ––– I decided to take a poll on Instagram to see what ya'll thought about slipcovers and 94% of you felt the same way that I had (previously) felt or looked at slipcovers #OLDLADY . That is when I knew I had to show how slipcovers could be modernized and thats what I did with the help of slipcovershop.com






but then I thought; what if I could get a slipcover made for  a mid-century modern sofa with a snug fit ? I mean.. is that not a game changing thought to those of us who prefer a more finished or crisp aesthetic ?

Imagine the possibilities of taking a structured sofa , chair , you name it and with the slip of a fabric you have a completely different look for a fracture of the cost of purchasing a new furniture piece. Even purchasing a more affordable piece , say something from IKEA, and purchasing a slipcover in your choice of fabric and color...options = endless.

slipcover color | WHITE CANVAS 472

Needless to say , it didn't take me long to start measuring.

Note: Measuring with a straight-edge vs a measuring tape allows for an even more accurate measurement 

Calculating the measurements for the covers were surprisingly easy. Slipcovershop.com has a step-by-step diagram tutorial on how to measure for the measurement worksheet, see my worksheet below.
Once I was done measuring, entering them on the website was a breeze. At the end of the worksheet there is image dropbox to add photos of your sofa for the production team to reference when creating your slipcovers. I sent in several photos detailed and and landscape since I wouldn't consider my sofas a "common" slipcover style.


The slip covers are snug in all the right places , the arms and the back. The base , under the cushions,  is a little loose which is good for give while you're sitting on the cushions. The tuck nicely under the cushions so you're able to get that crisp look without sacrificing the functionality. 



––– The bottom of the covers were 2 inches longer the bottom of the sofa which allowed me to pin the cover under the sofa for that snug fit and modern aesthetic. ** Note: this isn't the "traditional" slipcover fabrication , I used the pins voluntarily to achieve a more tailored "upholstered" look.  Slipcovershop.com is a slipcover manufacturing company NOT re-upholstering 


The slipcover fitting took less than 15 minutes , you can view the simple fitting instructions HERE
These are the Sew-Ology tidy pins I used to pin the bottom of the slipcovers under the sofas for that "re-upholstered" snug appearance.



  

I used a steamer ,once I had the slipcovers in place, to smooth out any wrinkles from delivery. This steamer that I picked up at target is honestly beyond expectation. It only takes 40 seconds to heat up and instantly took out the wrinkles in the first pass!

Reinventing a furniture piece whether it be seasonal, rehab or just style is not only just cost effective but also allows you to create a custom piece that is practical for everyday! If you're in the market to slip into style, pun intended, I definitely recommend Slipcovershop.com. Not to mention production is super quick , within a week kind of quick + proudly made is the USA!

Front View 

Back View
Side View


You can check out more BEFORE + AFTERS  HERE 

You can see other slipcover styles and fits HERE
(traditional, shabby-chic, ottoman, chairs etc..) 







Did I change your mind about slipcovers? I'd love to know what you think about this slipcover transformation in comments below! 

Thank you to 
for providing the slipcovers for this post







Project : Kitchen



                                                Project Kitchen : Complete
This has been THE longest reno. Not weeks, not months but years! We started renovation about 3 years ago and it has been a slow process for obvious reasons : TIME & MONEY. Kitchen renovations are not cheap but we need manage to save a lot by doing 90% of the work ourselves , it just took a little longer. The only that in the kitchen that stayed was the kitchen boxes , everything else got updated.

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Wall Color ––– Nothing that I love more than a bright and airy kitchen so we lightened up with room with a coat of White Metal by Behr.

Cabinets ––– The cabinet boxes were solid and in great shape so we kept them , painted them and added new shaker doors from Cabinet Door World and had a local painter spray them. SHOP AFFORABLE CUSTOM CABINETS HERE

Backsplash ––– Originally we didn't have any sort of backsplash besides paint . This was one of the very first improvements we made. The marble subway tile was super affordable from Lowe's but makes perfect background for the kitchen.SHOP TILE HERE

Moulding ––– Just Mould It. My life motto. We added moulding from the top of the cabinets to about an 1 inch from the ceiling, all around the base of the cabinets and also on the island. Moulding adds that custom look that we were lacking.

Hardware ––– When we moved in there wasn't any hardware the cabinets. I feel like hardware is like jewelry for cabinets so of course we had to add some.  We went with sleek pulls from Hickory Hardware –– various sizes from the Skylight collection. SHOP SKYLIGHT COLLECTION HERE


Lighting –––We had to get the kitchen LIT! I found this company on Instagram , LighingDirectNJ. They are a privately sourced lighting company which means they are able to find you exactly what you're looking for , for a fraction of the big box store price! You can contact them on IG , E-mail or by phone.  @lightingdirectnj ––– 732-552-7518 ––– lightingdirectnj2@gmail.com


For the island lighting , we wanted something timeless but unique - love the traditional vibe these lanterns give off but the cubed crystals add the touch of glam and interest.








The Dining room fixture is what I like to call understated glam... for this room at least! The dining room has a very modern , minimal feel but we also added traditional picture frame moulding to the walls so I feel like this fixture helps marry two together! Although it looks super luxe it was SO affordable , like sooooo affordable! You guys have to check out LightingDirectNJ!



*The "mood" lighting in the cabinets and above are from amazon! The are battery operated and  come with a remote which is super cool and are under $30 for a six pack!SHOP "MOOD" LIGHTS HERE


Appliances ––– All of our appliances were mixed matched  which isn't always a bad thing but it pulled your eye in different directions and made the kitchen feel busy. All of the new appliances are by Whirlpool and we are loving them!


Sinks ––– We had our solid surface sink replaced by Surface Savers LLC. We went with Stainless ( Emoderndecor.com) for prep sink and Fireclay (QualityBath.com) for the main sink .


Facets ––– Sleek and simple was the theme. The main facet is a touch-facet which is super helpful when you're cooking and don't want to fuss with food all over your handles. I honestly wasn't sure how i was going to end up liking it but it's just tap and rinse now and I've grown to love it! SHOP FAUCET HERE


Flooring ––– Since the flooring continues into the dining room , I though I'd show you a sneak peek of what we have so far . Were  almost done and barely done at the same time . Basically what I'm trying to say is that we've done a lot already but we still need to furnish the room and decor a bit more but were loving the direction that things are going.
  We went with Luxury Vinyl Plank for 3 reasons; the price point is on-point , wide-plank wood look, extremely easy to clean ( water-resistant) AKA : kitchen friendly! I wanted a grey hue in the flooring but not solid grey , I love the classic-ness of the lighting beige wood and this one had it all.

Countertops––– Marble! J/K! Could have fooled you though, right?? They are actually... Epoxy! It was a DIY project we did about a month ago.
                         
                           If you haven't seen the video on how we did it ,watch it here : 





If you have any questions about anything feel free to drop them in the comment section,
  I hope you guys love what we've done as much as we do!




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