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FALL FASHION FUN!!

Happy Monday PARISH friends! :)

The week is finally here for Welle Studio’s Fall Fashion Show, known as Festi-Welle!! The event is this Thursday and we are getting so excited!!  We, along with numerous local vendors are going to have booths set up while Born and Welle Studio have their fashion shows! There will also be a VIP Party at True followed by some music from local band, Benny and The Jets!! Make sure you come out and see us and join in all the fun!!

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We are also super excited to say that we are going to be having a trunk show with Hyla Dewitt’s jewelry beginning at the Fashion Show on Thursday through Saturday! Her jewelry is absolutely to die for and she is so talented!! Take a little sneak peek below of her fabulous pieces!! And come see us through the weekend to claim a piece for yourself!! :)

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Can’t wait to see everyone on Thursday!!!

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RENOVATING: TOP DO’S AND DONT’S

Happy Wednesday!!

I hope everyone enjoyed our first post in our new renovation series.  Here comes round two!

Some people call the renovation process “flipping houses”… I LOATHE the term.   To me, that label implies two things. First, it suggests that a quick return on your investment is the goal. Second, it insinuates a  “quick” process, which it is not.

The process of renovating a home has to make sense financially and emotionally for me… Notice I called it a HOME. We go into every project planning to live there, or at least believing we could if necessary…my heart is completely in it.

A lot of good thing comes from these renovations. Almost every home has been vacant and some even condemned. There is a sense of fulfillment in providing life to a structure that hasn’t seen it in ages. Uncovering history and trying to restore it while improving the neighborhood are some of the major positives in this process.

So, if you think you’re up for the challenge of renovating a house, here are a few quick do’s and don’ts I try to keep in mind.

 

DO’S:

**Restore those old windows, don’t replace them.

** Keep the old school built-in china cabinets, closets, and medicine cabinets (relocate them if necessary).
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At 1215 Felder, Rett’s nursery has the original built in’s and they work perfectly for his closet!!

**Reuse the original doors and hardware where possible.

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Our door to our bar in 1215 Felder and it’s pair is the door to the pantry.  These are old doors we found.

**Keep the old bath tubs and sinks…just get them restored. Locally, I adore Bath Innovations for restoring these old beauties.

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       This old bathtub was salvaged and placed into our master bathroom in 797 Felder..

I love the look of an old claw foot tub!!

**Keep finishes historic…(next post has some great examples of our favorites).

**Never ever enclose porches just to make more heated and cooled square footage, enjoy the porch for what it really is!!

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Our fourth house, 754 Thorn Place, had the most amazing porch where we spent countless nights enjoying!

Who doesn’t love a good porch?!

**Be creative with closet space. Old homes don’t have much to offer here so use a wonderful armoire for additional storage. Plus you get to take it with you to the next house!! :)

**Replace broken glass in old windows with the old school wavy glass. Your local glass company can provide it…you just have to ask.

**Research historic paint colors before you get color happy. (again suggestions to come!!)

 

Don’ts:

**Don’t use a lot of color in hard finishes.

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In 704 Felder, we used white marble and refinished the hardwoods to keep a timeless look with minimal color in this kitchen!

**Steer clear of very trendy finishes…think timeless and historic

**No vinyl siding or hardy board. Sorry. They just weren’t used 100 years ago…

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This is the finished product of 1935 Graham Street!

Once we started renovation, we uncovered the original wood and look how beautiful is!! It just needed a few coats of paint!

**One of my biggest peeves… Do not cut a decrepit chimney off at the roof. Get a mason and fix it. It isn’t that expensive.

**Don’t put tile down over original hard wood. Wood is totally fine in a bathroom, kitchen or even a laundry room. It’s original for goodness sake.

**Don’t replace old cast iron tubs with fiberglass tub/shower units. Signature Hardware  makes wonderful curved shower rods to help these old school tubs adapt as showers.

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**Block glass is just wrong…in any instance

**Don’t use carpet to cover damaged original hardwoods, repair them! You can patch and refinish to match the originals!

IMG_1425The hardwoods in our kitchen on 797 Felder.

I hope you enjoyed my top “do’s and dont’s” for the nitty gritty renovation process!!

Up next are finish selections, so stay tuned…Also, feel free to send any questions our way.
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Summer lovin… (A work in progress!)

Hi PARISH friends!

Happy Friday! To celebrate, we’re having a giveaway! Checkout our instagram @parishshoppe for the details! :)

As we bid farewell to the summer, and welcome football season… oops- the fall season, we thought we would share a fun job we are working on in Alys beach! Remember this stunning house? Well, we’re back and are adding a fab seating area and playroom… and we are having lots of fun with it! Don’t you just love when a job doesn’t feel like work? :) We sure do!

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This makes me want to grab my beach bag and head for the coast!

We have added a fun seating area behind this living room for a sweet spot to relax and gaze at the sandy Florida shore! This is what we’re going for- stay tuned for some “after shots!”

Living Room Inspiration BoardWe are also working on a sweet playroom with a cute, coastal vibe! I can only imagine all of the fun memories that will be made in this space!

Playroom Inspiration BoardFun, right? I’m practically swooning over this lantern… and nightstand… and teepee!! Oh my, I love it all! This space will have a beachy futon and a pair of cable knit poufs so that it will double as a lounging area and a playroom! Plus… forget about scary toy bins- how lovely is this bookcase? Barbie- meet your new home! :)

We are so excited to see these spaces come together for our precious clients! Have a great weekend everyone- and don’t forget to checkout our instagram for a fun giveaway today! XOXO

Until next time,

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