Five Favs!

I’m an image junky. One of my interior design professors way back when once said that, “all great designers bombard themselves with images of great spaces.” I’ve really taken that theory to heart, and now it’s such an easy thing to do with things like Pinterest. I spend lots and lots of time on Pinterest. Today, I thought it might be fun to change up my image gathering tactic a bit. I decided it would be fun to pick my five favorite images in each room category from pins I had already pinned. I thought you all might like to see, too! A bunch of beautiful house images are always fun!

Click on the pictures to be linked to the Pin on my Pinterest Boards!

Living Rooms

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Dining Rooms

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One King’s Lane House

Have you ever wished you could totally start over with your house and buy all new furniture and accessories? How fun would that be, right? Well, it’s not exactly practical or economical, but I like to dream anyway! So I’ve decided to start playing a new little game. There’s only one rule…Source everything from one store or website. Money is no object, and since this is for an imaginary new house, I’m only guessing what I would need. I had WAY more fun with this than I probably should have, but I’m a little strange like that. It was so fun for me to look without feeling constricted by price. I’m not really going to buy any of this. Most of it comes with a rather large price tag, but who said we can’t have a little fun with it anyway? The first Website on my list to source from was One King’s Lane. It’s a website with spectacular furniture in all sorts of styles. Here’s what I came up with… If this house had a theme “Navy Blue” would be it. I’m pretty in love with it and wish I could really have all of it for my very own!





OKL Living room


I’m OBSESSED with this couch. Isn’t it beautiful?! In this pretend scenario, I’m also pretending that I don’t have a white dog that sheds terribly. I could never pull off a dark navy couch, but I love it so much. In my dream world it’s mine! I’m not a matchy matchy person, so I chose two different chairs that I felt like worked really well together. How comfortable does that leather chair look? I love this rug since it has a bit of a Southwest feel, and that’s my thing. The coffee table is wire structure covered with rope. I love the added texture. I prefer a round coffee table, because everything else in the room is very square. Lastly, I chose a dresser as a TV stand. I love the warm color of the wood. Imagine this room with a huge black and white mountain scene hanging behind the couch. I would love that! I’m oh so in love with this living room! If only I could be in love with the price tag!

Couch $5,599

Rug $665

Arm Chair $729

Leather Chair $2,499

Dresser/TV Stand $2,279

Coffee Table $349


Living Room Total $ 12,120



Dining Room



The main feature of the dining room would be this B-E-A-utiful slab table! I truly adore the look of a HUGE slab table, but I’ve never been able to consider having one because of the HUUUUUGE price tag that always goes with it. This is dream land, though. There is no money in dream land, so slab table it is! I never want all my dining room chairs to match. It’s just not my thing. I would have two of the navy blue upholstered chairs at both ends of the table and the rope dining room chairs to fill in the middle. I love the different styles combined together. Mix matching chairs and chair styles isn’t everyone’s thing, but I have a pretty massive obsession with mixing styles. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I love the look of traditional rugs. I always have loved them, but they can be pretty expensive. Therefore, I’ve never actually owned one. I own one in this fantasy, though! I wasn’t thrilled with One King’s Lane lighting options, but that’s part of the deal. I had to choose one. I went with this black chandelier. It maybe wouldn’t be my first choice, but given the options, I think this one works.

Slab Table $4,549

Rope Chair  $599 X 4

Navy Chair $949 x 2

Rug $1,849

Pendant Light $399


Dining Room Total $11,091





OKL Bedroom


I really want to wake up to this bedroom every single day!!! My absolute favorite part of the room is the rug. I love the traditional rug that’s made to look worn out. I love the color. I love the style. I love love love that rug! A close second to the rug is the bed. Occasionally, I’m drawn to this type of bed instead of a super clean and modern bed. I like the idea of a padded and upholstered bed, because bedrooms are supposed to be about comfort, right? I love the color of the bed with the rug. I’d even do white bedding just like that. At the end of the bed, I like to have a bench like this one. It makes a nice place to put on shoes. I chose this industrial style and masculine dresser to offset the feminine bed. I then just added a couple of bedside tables with industrial wall sconces for reading light. I like a round piece of art or mirror above beds, so I chose this sunburst mirror. Last, but definitely not least is a bright pop of color with a coral pillow. The bedroom might be my favorite room in my fake house!

Bed $899

Mirror $219

Side Table $299 X 2

Rug $5,419

Wall Sconce $59 X 2

Bench $949

Dresser $999

Pillow $39


Bedroom total $9,240



OKL Office


This is what I would do in an office. I wanted to go with a rug that was a little more contemporary. I’d just use a big dining table as a desk. I like the idea of having a desk that works more as a work table. I’m for sure in love with this leather bench. It’s just so pretty! I went with a simple white office chair, an industrial style book shelf and light, and then I brought in some navy blue with pillows that would hang out on the bench. I could certainly do some work in this office!

Table $1599

Rug $1,325

Bench $2,799

Office Chair $199

Pillow $69 X 2

Shelf $299

Lamp $1, 549


Office Total $7,908




I really really really love all of this furniture. I love how every room has the same vibe and goes well together, but at a whooping total of $40,359.00, It’s all completely out of the question! So why would I do this to myself? Why would I look at and fall in love with things I can’t afford? Well…good question. Sometimes I like to look beyond my reach. Not to feel sorry for myself, but sometimes you can see what your ideal style really is. All these pieces are my ideal style. Sometimes, it’s hard to realize what your true style is when you are hindered by price. Doing this every once in a while can help you hone in on your style. Then, you can mimic that style within your price range. Also, I just really have a lot of fun doing this! I’m a dreamer, what can I say? I plan to do this same thing with several other stores and websites. I plan to do IKEA next so the price should look dramatically different.




Choosing a Dining Room Table

I really really really want a new dining room table.


The one we currently have is a hand-me-down freebie that I’ve made work by painting it. Truthfully, it has got to go! It’s just not working in the room at all. So I’ve been daydreaming about new tables lately. Shane is going to build it for us. He’s got a long to-do list, so I know it might be a while. A girl can dream though. These are the tables I’m loving. We will design a table based around these ideas.

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Which one is your favorite for our space?

Kitchen- Check!

Shane and I can officially check “Kitchen Renovation” off our (incredibly long) list. The kitchen is done!



Since you last saw the kitchen we’ve put in a few finishing touches. We tiled a backsplash, and we love it!




We chose a beveled edge subway tile. It’s a bit of a fancier twist on a typical subway tile. It really gave the kitchen a polished look, and it helps that Shane is really great at tiling! Nothing ruins beautiful tile quite like a bad tile job.

Aside from the tile we added two shelves under the cabinets on the sink wall.






I adore these shelves because I can fill them with things that are too pretty to be behind cabinet doors, and things that we use regularly.

It feels great to get out beer mugs from Austria and Germany. The little tea pot came from my grandma. I like getting to see it everyday, too!

The neat thing about these shelves is, they are made from an old 2×4 that came from our closet renovation in the bedroom. They are original to the house and I love the fact that we have up-cycled them into these shelves. Shane milled the boards to make them clean and square again, and then he finished them with linseed oil. The brackets are from ikea.


The copper bowl on the fridge is a Goodwill purchase from a few years ago that I use for potato storage.



One of my favorite parts of the renovation is the functionality of the area in the dining room.


Originally, this area had a bar height bar that Shane and I never used. We took it down to countertop height, filled it with cabinets, and designated the lower cabinets as an office. We really don’t have room in our house for an office so this area has been so nice! one cabinet is used for filing and the other holds our printer and other office supplies. Shane and I sit here often. In fact, I’m sitting here now. I could probably count on one hand the number of times we sat here in the previous 5 years. When designing, my number one goal is always to make sure a space is not only beautiful but functional. Every square inch of your house should serve a purpose.


This area also holds our little home bar.


There you have it, our new kitchen! Let me share with you some of the before pictures.




We’ve come a long way and have added 9 additional cabinets for much needed storage.

Here are some of the progress pictures…


Refinishing the floors.


Installing the base cabinets.


The scariest part of our whole kitchen renovation was when the run of upper cabinets in the dining room were too big to fit. We realized that we only needed about a half inch to fit them in. So Shane stuck them on the table saw and cut the lip off of two of the cabinets. I seriously about had a heart attack. These are brand new $300 cabinets he was cutting. Luckily, he knows what he’s doing and it turned out perfect, but seriously…I almost died.



Well, that’s it! The kitchen is done! It feels so good to say that!













Kitchen Renovation included:

-Removal of all existing cabinets, countertop, and appliances

-Removal of 3 layers of flooring

-Refinished original wood floors

-Installed new cabinets, including an extra 9 cabinets

-All new appliances

-New solid surface countertops

-Tiled a backsplash

-Made and installed two open air shelves

-Repaired walls

-New trim in kitchen

-Repaired and restored trim in dining room

-Installed new ceilings in dining room and kitchen

-Fresh Paint

-Reconfigured lighting in kitchen, adding pendant lights and two can lights

-Made and installed light fixture in dining room

Dining Room Progress

The little eating nook, in our dining room, turned out better than I could have imagined. In fact, I dare to say that it’s my absolutely favorite place in our house.



We got new dining room chairs from Ikea. I spent days looking for possible options. You just couldn’t beat these chairs for the price. Though, we hope to one day replace the legs with something a little more fantastic.


The table is also something that will get replace someday soon, I hope. I have put in my order with Shane, and he is going to build us one eventually. (More on that later.)


There she is… Possibly my favorite thing I own. We spent countless hours searching for lights. We wanted something that would be a statement piece, but not cost a fortune.


I’m so in love with the results of our little light endeavor. Of course, It wouldn’t be the same without the extreme love we gave our ceilings. Read about the ceiling process HERE.


Ignore our still-missing piece of trim. The dining room and kitchen weren’t quite done when I took this picture, but it’s done now. I’ll be updating you on that very soon!

Dining Room Chandelier

When I was searching for the perfect statement chandelier for our dining room, I absolutely fell in love with these metal branch chandeliers I found on Pinterest.

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It was exactly what I wanted! I headed onto the to see what I could find.

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Sure enough they had similar chandeliers. I just wasn’t happy with the price. Especially since I had the suspicion that Shane and I could DIY it. So we did just that!



I won’t lie. This was tough. Shane spent a few hours putting it together. We hung it up and…it didn’t work. He then had to take it apart, fix the problem, and put it back together again the next day. It was an ordeal, but the good news…I LOVE IT!