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New Year, New Home Update?

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This article is in partnership Remodel Works Bath & Kitchen

As a homeowner, there comes a time when you notice certain rooms in your home are looking a little, well, outdated. If visions of a new year remodel are dancing in your head this holiday season, I hope this post gives you some design inspiration as you plan your new years home resolutions.

The first areas to show signs of aging are usually the kitchen and bath, where outdated materials can tell the tale of days gone by. Home improvements like new cabinets, fixtures and countertops can make a dramatic difference and bring you back to the current day.

Keeping your home updated can also be a smart investment, and the kitchen and bath deemed are wise choices when prioritizing. A minor bathroom remodel came in #1 with a minor kitchen remodel following at #3 in this HGTV article on the top 15 home updates that add value to your home.

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Remodel Works Bath & Kitchen

San Diego-based Remodel Works Bath & Kitchen specializes in bath and kitchen renovation. This family-owned and operated business has been creating beautiful living spaces for more than 33 years.

Offering their clients unique services such a dedicated project manager, day-to-day schedule with exact start and completion dates and a 5-year workmanship warranty, Remodel Works helps take the anxiety out of remodeling so you can focus on the exciting aspect of your stunning end result.

Here are some before and after photos of recent Remodel Works projects I loved when checking out their gallery online.  You won’t believe the dramatic differences! Let’s start with two of their kitchens.

A Transitional Kitchen Design

Here’s the first before photo. A rather uninspiring kitchen, right?

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And afters!

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Transitional design is one of the fastest growing choices when doing a kitchen remodel.  A transitional design marries the warmth of traditional design with the clean, simple lines of contemporary style.  Transitional spaces project balance and harmony.

And gray is the new white when it comes to kitchens and I love the contrast of the charcoal countertops with the white cabinets and subway tile. Un-cluttered, striking and beautiful.

A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design 

Here is another example of a kitchen before Remodel Works came in. Kitchen design has sure come a long way since then…

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And the afters!

This beautiful kitchen embodies many of the current trends in kitchen design: transitional and farmhouse.

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Once again, it is transitional, blending traditional warmth with contemporary elements.

In combination, the shaker style cabinets, retention of the cozy hardwood floors, farmhouse sink, wooden barstools and dining table make this this a modern farmhouse style kitchen.

One I wish were mine. Sigh…

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New Year, New Home

My husband is going to be really bummed I worked on this post because I am typing this in our outdated kitchen and have a lot of new ideas with what kind of updates we could do! Time to start planning ahead, and budgeting. Will you all help me with choices if he gives us the green light to proceed? Wish me luck!

In the meantime, for more information on Remodel Works Bath & Kitchen visit www.remodelworks.com.

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Barn to Backyard

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Reclaimed Wood Orange County

Last summer my husband and I did a little project and renovated our backyard.  One of the things we added is a concrete bench and fire pit, my new happy place.

When designing how we wanted it to look, I didn’t want the back of the bench to also be concrete given we were already pretty concrete-heavy in our design.  I have fallen in love with the modern rustic farmhouse design elements as of late so I wanted to pull in some wood to warm up our space.

Reclaimed Wood Orange County

I told my husband I wished we could find reclaimed wood somewhere in Orange County, but where? After some Google searching, he found a company called U.S. Reclaimed in Laguna Niguel that sells just that – reclaimed wood! Yippee!

One step into the giant U.S. Reclaimed warehouse and I swear I got goosebumps when I gazed at the fabulous pieces of beat up, character-rich wood.

No one piece the same as the next.

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The company is owned by a guy named Ben and his darling wife. Ben asked us what we were doing and helped us pull different pieces to lay out together until we found the exact combination we wanted. Look at how GORGEOUS!

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Ben shared that his company seeks out vintage structures, like barns, sawmills, etc. and will break them down carefully to reclaim the lumber for use in modern projects.  All of the lumber is at least 100 years old.

If those boards could talk…

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We found the perfect mix of 6 complementary boards and had them mounted on brackets to create a back for the bench. Every time I sit out there I notice new imperfections and marvel at the saw marks.

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We chose not to treat the wood because we wanted it to weather naturally and it has turned into a really pretty gray which blends in nicely with the concrete on the bench contrasts with the redwood on our back fence. Notice the saw marks…

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Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves

As we continued to work on the backyard, my husband built a new garden against our back wall. And a LOT of stucco. I thought it might be cool to do some of the U.S. Reclaimed thicker pieces and do hanging selvesto break up the sea of stucco and give the wall a little interest.

That, and I wanted an excuse to go back to U.S. Reclaimed again! Of course, Ben had the perfect materials for us. Now how was I going to choose?

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Once again, he helped us find the right piece with the right character and dimensions and this is how the shelves turned out above our garden. Note: the garden itself is not made of reclaimed wood, just the floating shelves above.

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Look at the beautiful marks on the edge…

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Thank you for letting me share our projects and my love for U.S. Reclaimed – your go-to spot for reclaimed wood in Orange County.

www.usreclaimed.com

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Hello Shea! Minted Birth Announcements

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 Minted is a Long Time Sponsor + Links are Affiliate Links 

In today’s world of instantly gratifying Social Media we know immediately when a friend has had a baby by their Facebook and/or Instagram update –  it is so sweet when newborn babies are filling my feed!  I have to say, in this sea of online images I truly love when I receive an elegant piece of mail I can hold in my hands, boasting a photograph of a beautiful baby signed by the proud parents (and sometimes siblings).

The announcement feels grand, and important, and it makes me feel special that I was included on their list.

Minted Birth Announcements

So when Minted reached out to me and offered Minted birth announcements for our bouncing baby girl (#3) I was thrilled, of course!  Minted has the sweetest designs, and I love that each one is offered in different color options.  Some of my faves are So Much Love To GivePetite Measurements, and Fancy Floral Frame.

The high quality product consistently delivered by Minted is unparalleled.  Their card stock is the thickest.  And yes, thickness matters.

After much deliberation, I chose Watercolor Bunting Birth Announcements in pink since we had been “not finder outers” this time around.

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We had pictures taken by the amazingly talented Kristin Eldridge– watching her mold our sweet baby Shea into adorable little poses, softly patting her back to sleep when she stirred was awe-inspiring.  I wanted to take Kristin home with me!  We are in love with the images she captured of our Shea-Bear, and even more so with photographs of all three of our little ladies.

It was a must to include the backing option with a photograph so I could include Shea’s proud big sisters as well.

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The FREE recipient addressing is seriously a lifesaver for me right now.  I had entered all of our addresses into Minted’s Address Assistant for our Christmas cards this year and so when it came time to figure out our announcements it was SO EASY!

And, actually there have been multiples times I have referenced the Address Assistant from my phone when I’m out and about and need a friend’s address.  So very convenient!

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I am so excited for these to fill the mailboxes of our friends and loved ones!

Minted Nursery Art 

Minted also offers gorgeous nursery wall art.  We have the most adorable photograph I wanted to put in Shea’s nursery of  Shea and her Great Grandma Theresa Shea Paoletti the day she came home from the hospital.

The grin on Great Grandmas face is priceless, and Minted had the PERFECT nursery art design called Colorful Stages which allowed me to use my photo and include a caption to share the special relationship of Great Grandma and her namesake.  Surrounded by the whitewashed herringbone frame, I am slightly OBSESSED.

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Minted is always offering helpful stylized tips like their Gallery Wall How To on their homepage right now, which I have to say, I am in love with a well done gallery wall, but find the project intimidating.

Love a deal?  (Yeah, so do I!)  Minted is always running promo codes and sending out artsy inspiration so be sure to subscribe for their email updates at the bottom of their homepage.

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The Rest Pillow Pair *Giveaway* Starts Today

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Does your sofa or bed need a little freshening up this spring?  What a BIG difference a few new, beautiful pillows can make.  Starting today over on Instagram, we have a fantastic giveaway (valued at $130) for this set of batik indigo cotton dyed pillows, compliments of The Rest Design.

It’s so easy…click over to Instagram, follow TinyOrangesOC and follow the directions to enter.  Seriously, it’s worth setting up an Instagram account if you don’t already have one!

Use the code TINYORANGES at checkout on their site and receive 25% off orders of 2 or more items!

Look at these beauties…they could be yours!  Good luck and have a great weekend…

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Cool Kids Decor

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Links to Land of Nod’s cool kids decor are affiliate links.

Home decor makes me happy. When I go into someone’s home and they have a beautifully decorated space, I take it all in, notice every detail and it truly inspires a feeling of happiness inside.

Since having kids I have now, of course, fallen in love with kids decor. The colors, the patterns, I love it all. One of my favorite stores for cool kids decor is The Land of Nod.

When I was on their site recently I spotted so many unique pieces – kids furniture ideas I have never seen before – which makes me think, “Ding! ding! ding! Blog post!”

So here it is, some of my recent cool kids decor finds on The Land of Nod.

Space Saving Wall Desk for Kids

Three Tiers Wall Desk (White/White) / Looking glass desk chair (azure)

I love this wall desk because of the smart use of space! Desks can be so bulky, especially in smaller kids rooms like we have.  I love it combines shelf space with desk space.

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Cozy Reading Couch for Kids

As You Wish Upholstered Settee

Part couch, part oversized chair, they call it a settee – but I call it A-DORABLE!!!

As You Wish Upholestered Settee

You can pick from a ton of super gorgeous fabric patterns to match your nursery or playroom.

As You Wish Settee

Playful Bunk Beds 

The Terrace Bunk Bed looks like a child’s dream – super cozy and with scalloped edges that conjure up images of a little Juliet on the top bunk yelling down, “Oh Mommio-Mommio, where art thou Mommio? Bring thy a glass of water!”

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Whitewash Kids Dresser

The Andersen 3-Drawer Dresser was a find because I love kids furniture that doesn’t look too kiddish. Does that make sense? I am a huge natural wood whitewash fan – looks modern but also with a cottage homey look. They also have a lot of other pieces in the Andersen line including twin beds, nightstands, bigger dressers and toddler rails.

Andersen 3 Dresser Drawer Whitewash

Modern Kids School Table

I will admit I went a little CRAY CRAY when I saw this find below!!! The New School Table with Bench can be pushed together with two to make this super cute double sided art/craft/homework space for kids or alone pushed up against a wall for a fun homework space.  new-family-1

New School Table With Bench

It’s official, I want to life in The Land of Nod. That’s all. Thanks for letting me share!

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