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Renovation Blog: Finish Selections and What I have learned

Happy Thursday Sweet Friends!

I hope you all have enjoyed the Renovation series thus far. Today we are going to discuss an important aspect of the renovation to help maintain a timeless look: finish selections.

**Subway Tile: This is a super easy go-to for bathrooms and kitchens.  We usually use a medium tone grey grout.  It’s even available at Lowes or Home Depot.  If there is a little extra money in the budget, a hand mold subway is my all-time fav!

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**Small Hexagonal Mesh Back Tiles: We like to use these for shower and bathroom floors.  Again, these little guys are very cost effective.

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**White Marble for Countertops: Its been around forever and only gets better with age.

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**Cross Handle Plumbing Fixtures

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**Plumbing Fixture Finishes: This is a question we get quite often…We generally specify polished nickel or chrome for historical renovation projects.

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These are just a few of our favorites finishes we typically use in renovation jobs. They are all so timeless!!

Switching gears a little, I wanted to share some the most important thing that I have learned from these projects.

For starters — and I mean this in many different ways — a house is just a house. My parents still live in the same house in Baton Rouge they bought when I was 4 years old and I have wonderful memories of “home”. I truly want our family to have similar memories and sentiment and I want my children to remember “home” the same way I do. I hope our next project will really be “it”. Time will tell, but I have learned I am not in control.

I get VERY attached to every house we renovate! (Barrett says I get waaaaaaay too attached.) So much goes in to the renovation process…thought and design, time and detail, sweat and frustration…along with a lot of reward!! So for me, it is very hard to let them go, especially when I was sure we had finally found our “forever house”… (this has happened a few times ;) )

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797 Felder Avenue was featured in the March 2013 issue of Southern Living

While living at 797 Felder (what I thought was our “forever house”), I was taught a lot of things. This was the first time I had to learn a house is just a house. You can’t take it with you…it’s just a possession. Houses are just things; things God lets us enjoy, but ultimately belong to him. We renovated another house as an investment property while living in our “forever house.” When the housing market crashed along with the economy 5 years ago, this newly renovated house had just gone on the market. We prayed and prayed for God to bring us a buyer. My prayer went something like, “God, thank you for both of these houses you have so graciously given us. I really, really love this “forever house” we live in and we need you to sell the other one.”   Little reality check over here…I was quickly reminded everything we have, HE gave us. I learned (not very easily) how to have a thankful heart for all HE has given and to let HIM choose our path based on what HE sees best. So, long story short, we soon sold the “forever house” and moved into the investment house, which we also loved.  At the time, the love for the new house seemed to be less than the love for the “forever house”. Looking back on it now, I know the love was simply different, not less or more. As a result of HIS timing, the 18 months in the “investment house” became some of our happiest times as a family! :)

We will have a few more posts in the coming weeks to continue the renovation series, but we also have lots of fun things coming with client installs, events, and some exciting new development on our end :) Stay tuned and keep reading…

xoxo,

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Hi PARISH friends!

Ashley and I have just returned from our European shopping adventure and we are SO thrilled to show you everything we found! We picked up some great inspiration and some really great furniture and accessories!

Today, we are sharing a fun job that we have in the works! These precious clients are a few of our favorites and their son, is one of our favorite builders! We absolutely feel like part of the family (which we love!) :) We are sharing photos of their living room today- Our focus was balance, texture, and intentional color placement.

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A large rock fireplace made a huge impact here, so in order to soften the space, we used light upholstery and texture to take away the focus from the rock. (FAB artwork coming soon- use your imagination!) Because the space is so large, we were able to have 3 sofas and two separate seating areas. These gorgeous sofas are two of my personal favorites! The minimal touches of green here add just enough color!

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Opposite the fireplace, another stunning sofa and two chairs serve as additional seating and balance the weight of the heavy rock fireplace. An antique oushak pillow adds texture to a creamy ticking armchair! (gorgeous combination!)

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We used a beautiful table behind the sofa and some massive lamps that serve as a visual division between the kitchen and the living room. How fun are these antique wine jugs?!

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The corinthian column bases serve as cocktail tables… swoon. These are absolutely my favorite part of the space! The subtle touches of green in the pillows added just enough color to this area.

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This is a little detail shot, but it shows the pops of green in the background! So gorgeous! PS… we will share their beautiful kitchen in another post- you can see the pecky cypress cabinets in the back of this image!

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One of our favorite things about install day is getting to see (and play with) accessories that our clients already have! This sweet client had a beautiful collection of saints…. we loved them!! They also inspired some of our purchases in Europe!

I hope you all enjoyed our little wrap up- more fabulous pictures to come! :) Stay tuned for more details on our shopping adventure and how you can be a part of the fun when our container arrives from across the ocean! We can’t wait! Have a fabulous week!

Until next time,

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A WORK IN PROGRESS…FRATERNITY FUN

Hi PARISH friends!

Today, we want to share one of our most recent projects with you! Our studio is filled with young women, and as much as we like to think that we JUST graduated from college…. It’s just not the truth. However… some things about college just don’t ever change- like FRATERNITY houses! They’re always messy, sometimes smelly, and usually full of handsome fun loving guys!

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The Sigma Nu chapter at Auburn University is no exception! We have been enlisted to update the main living room and of course, had to share the nitty gritty details with you!

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 The Beta Theta chapter was chartered at Auburn University in 1890. They have been pledging great guys and winning numerous accolades ever since! One of our favorite alums is Ashley’s husband, Barrett! They (along with Cates and Rett) spend many football Saturdays at the house in the fall in anticipation for an AU win!

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These are some of our selections for the new living room! Our primary concern in this space is DURABILITY! These guys play hard so our choices have been smart ones that will last many pledge classes to come! Every single fabric that we chose is washable! We have opted for deep, comfy sofas and club chairs to give the guys ample seating in their home away from home. This space will be used for studying as well so a large chandelier, sconces, and drum shades will provide plenty of lighting!

When selecting a color scheme, our intention was to create a timeless space that can be enjoyed by alumni and actives for years to come. Our favorite selection was the drapery fabric. What could be more masculine or southern than pointers?!

We can’t wait to show you some “after” images of the living room in the fall! We are so excited that these sweet guys will have a great new space to relax and enjoy their college days! We all wish we could relive ours!

 

See you next time!

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