Back to Black….Almost

Happy Sunday! I have had a busy busy weekend with some redesign projects around the house. There is something about this time of year that really inspires me to want to update the spaces in my home. I also have neglected certain rooms in my home so I am really excited to start turning them into the spaces I and my family will love to spend our time in. I have been in love with grays as a neutral for wall paint. It really modernizes the space and gives a whole new perspective to word neutral. Five years ago, the word “neutral” gave glimpses of every wall in your home painted in the infamous Beige color. Now a days, neutral has been challenged by the Grays in this world and won!  I’m not saying that a neutral khaki can’t be beautiful in the right space, however  it never hurts think outside the box and try something different. Am I right? You might be surprised!

This weekend I started small and began with the dining room. When my dad passed away several years ago I inherited this dining set from the late 1890′s. Isn’t is absolutely stunning! It extremely ornate and traditional which is the perfect starting point to begin this process. In one of the first posts I wrote about “What is VintMod”? Well, my friends, It is a blend of traditional pieces and objects with modern pieces and objects. Everything in moderation I always say! :) Too much of something can just be overwhelming and take away from the beauty of what is actually there. As a previous counselor and someone who continues to be an advocate for better mental health care in this country, All or nothing thinking is an unhealthy way of looking at the world and yourself. There is no such thing as perfection and to not allow for some in between can be damaging to our souls. I guess as I moved on to my design profession my beliefs in the human psyche translate over into my beliefs about design. Its ok to have some “gray” in your life; It’s ok for a little grit! So, the whole dining set was just not working for me. TOO much! However, I enjoy the drama the curves and carvings the table gives to the room so I wanted to choose a paint color that continued with the drama AND was still neutral enough so I could add color to the space and it not compete. The word of the day was BLACK! Not tooooo black, but Charcoal black. I decided on Behr’s Cracked Pepper. So rich and sets the warmth of the wood table off perfectly! What do you think? I was extremely pleased! And so was the hubs! (and thats no easy feat)!

The chairs I found to replace the existing chairs were at Target and hit me like a stone. You know when you’re at Target and you find yourself walking aimlessly up and down all the aisles in the home section when you were clearly there to grocery shop…that was me the other day and there they were…on SALE for $75 a PAIR! Too good to be true! and pass up! I scooped them up and BLAMO, they were mine! Red was going to be a perfect accent color against the charcoal and dark wood! The warmth of the red color complimented the warmth of the wood and they went together like peas and carrots!

Before:

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And here we are AFTER/In Progress…

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The next step is to find two head dining chairs and a new modern chandelier.  I have found a few I really like but this one I cant get away from!

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This is DIY version of a Lindsey Adelman light fixture! Her fixtures can run about $15,000 so this $140 version is perfect! So we will see what comes of this idea! I also have my eye out for two Louis Ghost chairs! Wish me luck!

xoxo

I am Back and Ready to Rumble!

Sorry for the ALMOST two month leave of absence! Things here have been very busy and i have just lost track of time. So, Im BACK! I wanted to share with you some “in progress” pics of the kitchen I’ve been working on over the past couple months. What a journey this has been!! BUT it is almost complete! I posted some before pics a while ago so here are some to refresh your memory…ImageImageImage

I think my eyes are BURNING!!! It was just HORRIBLE! In order to save time and money we kept the original footprint and kept the updates to cabinets, countertops and paint. That in itself was going to be a huge task! All the paint on the trim was oil based and thank god for Kilz Primer…that saved us a huge headache and mess! My poor client has tried to do a lot of the work herself to save some $$$ and she has done a great job!! 

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What a HUGE difference already! It is no where near done yet, but the difference in night and day already! Right now i am working on window treatments for her…pops of red?….and we are re grouting the existing backsplash! Sorry for the terrible pictures…I promise they will be nice and clear next time! xoxo

 

Bringing the Outside…..Inside

This weekend my husband and I got the grill out, wiped down our outside furniture, blew off the deck and cleared out some creepy guests that had made our back porch its summer home… :/Image

Usually when we sit outside, we start to ramble and dream of all the wonderful things we want to do to our home to continue to update it and make it exactly how we want it. The house we are in right now is perfect for right now, but certainly not the dream home we would love to buy in the future. Ideally we would LOVE to buy a historic home or old farmhouse and modernize the interior, but for now our cute little rambler is what we got! :) Anyway…sorry, i can get pretty ADD…. So, our porch wraps around the west side and back side of our home with 2 opportunities to open up our kitchen AND dining room to the outside! This really has me thinking about adding ceiling to floor glass doors to open up that whole side of the house! OMG! It would be so wonderful to push the boundaries between outside and inside and really create a seamless connection between the two! 

With fall on its way and as the air becomes crispy, our doors and windows start to open and the pleasant cool air fills our homes.  This really has me thinking about how our exterior spaces can connect with out interior spaces.

I know large windows really do a great job of opening up a space and letting light and views to our interiors, but to be able to slide open a whole wall and open up the whole space can be pretty magical… if i do say so myself! 

Dont you just love the separate bar area off the kitchen! This to me is a perfect marriage between form and function! 

xoxo

New Project + Country Chic Kitchen

Hi all!!

Happy Hump Day!! I hope y’all weeks are going well and full of joy and happiness! :) This week has been a bit more stressful than usual for me and wish I could escape to here:

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The Hudson Valley! Oh how I love this place!! My mom grew up here in a small town called Athens. Its like time just stopped circa 1880 in this sleepy charming town. My grandfather still lives there and it is such a nice place to escape when you just need to check out! I love it! Its also a wonderful place for antiquing and picking….its where I found my drafting stool for sale in my Etsy store. :)…sigh… :)

So, I want to introduce you to a kitchen project I am working on at this time. My client’s needs are a bit different than a normal client bc she is needing to update her kitchen in order to sell her house ASAP and as inexpensively as possible! I LOVE a challenge! Let’s DO IT!!

The home is a 1963 brick rambler that is set out in the country across from a beautiful farm in Spotsylvania County. My client has spent a lot of her money updating the bathrooms in the hallway and in the master bedroom but she wanted to put some money into the kitchen as it needed it BADLY!

BEFORE:

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As you can see it is very small, cluttered and extremely dated! It needs a little love but definitely has the potential to look fantastic and give my client exactly what she needs in order to sell her home! Because her home esthetic leans toward a country look, i wanted to piggy back on that, however push the envelope a bit and create a space that is not only rustic but modern and chic! OH and budget friendly! :)

Lovely Inspiration:

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I am super excited to get this baby going!! And I CANT wait to post AFTER photos! I am looking for opportunities for pops of color and may even design fabric for DIY roman shades….. stay tuned!!

xoxo

photo credits:

photo 1: pulled from google images; if you know original source can you please contact me. :)

photo 2: ManhattanNest.com

photo 3: pulled from google images; if you know original source can you please contact me.

photo 4: Cococozy ( don’t know original source)

Awaiting their Debut!!

First of all I have to say that it has been an absolute BEAUTIFUL weekend here in Virginia! Low 80′s and no humidity….I couldn’t ask for more!! :) AND I have to give my Auburn Tigers a shout out for their performance last night against the Arkansas State Red Wolves…final score 38-9. Whoot whoot! WAR EAGLE!! That is one thing I miss about living in Alabama…SEC football! It just doesnt get any better than that! Sigh….

Anyway…I wanted to share with y’all a couple of pieces of furniture that are being worked on as we speak. Each piece has amazing bones and just needed a little facelift and modern flair! I am so excited to see the final results! I think my upholsterer, Paul, may stop taking my phone calls! ;) So, the first chair I found was at a new local vintage flea market. It was in amazing condition accept for the dry rotted original upholstery AND after further investigation I saw that it was made in Hickory, NC in 1938-39….an amazing piece! The wood was in excellent condition and it appeared that it had prob sat in someone’s house untouched for MANY years. It just needed a little TLC. DONE!

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Be on the look out in the next couple weeks for the AFTER photos and for it to be available for purchase in VintMod Interiors Etsy store!! :)

The next piece is an industrial bar stool I found at the same flea market over labor day weekend. There was only one….SAD :( but it was so unique and cool i had to have it! I had an immediate vision of what it could be and the modern touches I was going to add. So, get ready for a little COLOR!!

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Im sorry i didnt take a full before pic….Im trying to get better at that but I just get too excited and immediately start taking things apart. :) So, the bottom photo is the wooden seat slats that curve up the steel base.

So that is it for my Sunday post! Please check back in a couple weeks for after photos and an opportunity to purchase these wonderful pieces for your home! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xoxo

VintMod Etsy Store

Hi all!!

I wanted to introduce y’all to my Etsy store where I sell some of my favorite vintage pieces that  I have found during my weekend vintage/antique market shopping! I have a few projects that are being modified as we speak and I am so excited to see the finished product! I am an instant gratification gal and have a VERY hard time waiting for final results! :)

Here is one of my Etsy Objects for sale! It is a 1930′s Do/More Drafting Chair. I found this beauty in Coxsaxie, NY at a flea market. I was immediately drawn to it and couldn’t walk away! I HAD to have it. The upholstery was brown, had holes and snags in it, and you could see the original RED and GREEN vinyl underneath…..NO Bueno! But i saw the potential! The lines were gorgeous and I envisioned a new leather upholstery on the seat….Done and Done! So, here it is….all cleaned up and ready to move to its new home! If your interested or just want to look around, please visit my store here: 

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A Few of my Favorite Spaces…

As I begin this blog and start my interior design business, I feel it’s important to share my style and spaces that reflect who I am and what VintMod is all about.

LOVE this living room!

LOVE this living room!

This is a living room designed by Emily Henderson. The natural light within this space is just so lovely! Also, Im in LOVE with the refurbished Mid Century furniture in modern bright fun textiles.

Mixing textures

Mixing textures

Here is a beautiful mix of glamorous velvet with distressed leather. The high contrast of texture and color allow each piece’s beauty to stand out and be its own entity. The artwork and use of wood bring it all together to create a cohesive and personal space

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Via cococozy

Bobby Flay’s turquoise kitchen

This pic came from http://www.cococozy.com. The turquoise cabinets are so fun and are clearly the most important aspects to the kitchen. I love the use of the vintage industrial pendants and bar stools. They really add interest and visually balance the space! What a unique and beautiful kitchen! All the design choices are a reflection of personal style and full of character!

 

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xoxo