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2017 Home Project List: Checking In

At the beginning of the year I shared our 2017 Home Project List. Since it is already September (can you believe it?!) I wanted to check in and share how things are going. If you are wanting a small tour of our home, I shared a little tour and thoughts on designing a peaceful home on Style Mutt Home.

1- Adding a master bathroom to make a master suite- The biggest project of the year was finished first and we love it! You can see sneak peeks of it here.  
2- Hemming curtains- The easiest project on the list yet it hasn't even been touched...this could be the month!
3- Refinishing our living room chairs- These are halfway finished...you can see how they are looking on this post.
4- Built-ins flanking the fireplace- There are no plans right now for our built-ins to make their grand appearance. So 2018 may be the year ;)
5- Create a cozy, peaceful master bedroom environment-Our room is far from where I'd like it to be, but when it is clean I will say it is peaceful. Isn't it terrible that bedrooms usually get the short end of the stick?!
6- Build a pantry out of old water heater closet-  This was not only a project I loved but I learned so much from working on the pantry. It was also a milestone for me as I've dreamt of working with The Home Depot for years!

Projects that I didn't write down but we've tackled anyways..

Plantation Shutters in the kitchen and dining room- Our kitchen and dining room windows have been bare for years and I have always dreamed of beautiful plantation shutters. Looking at the cost, I figured it would be another few years until we got shutters and then I remembered the Habitat for Humanity Restore in town. I searched for months to find some that would fit and I finally came across the perfect set for a steal! 

Tiling the kitchen wall- Have you ever made a bold decision knowing you could change it later on? That is how I felt about our black kitchen wall. It took me a while to love it, then I loved it, now I think it is just too dark. At the back of my mind I just knew the wall was meant to be full subway tile. I'm so happy with the result!

Removing the TV- I never intended on sharing this since it was a personal decision but a few months ago we sold our TV and Xbox and it has been amazing. I'm sharing it here because it has changed our living room plans quite a bit as well as our daily lives. We still watch shows here and there on our computer, but not having a TV has freed up so much time for reading and working on other projects. 
This does mean our mantle is very bare, so I am excited to decorate it for the holidays!

What projects have you tackled this year? 


Before & After: Floor To Ceiling Subway Tile Wall In The Kitchen

This past weekend I tackled a project I've been wanting to work on for a while. We have a small kitchen and this one wall has always been something I've never loved. At first, it was a shade darker than the cabinets. Then, I tried painting it white which ended up looking dingy. Then, I painted it black after painting our door black. It took a while to grow on me, you can see when I painted it herebut I liked it for a while. We lived with it over a year and the whole time I just knew it should be tile.

I've always loved floor to ceiling tile and thought this small wall was perfect for it! It ended up brightening up the kitchen and making our kitchen appear larger than it is! You can see in the first photo how happy I am with it ;)

Here is where we started:

 Here is where we are now:

I love this view! I have some finishing touches to work on, but for now I am loving the dramatic change! 

The entire wall cost about $115 since I borrowed tools and took about 3 days to complete. I love how inexpensive yet classic subway tile is! 



Styling Laid Back Casual Rugs With Serena And Lily

If I had to describe our home's style, or what I aim for when decorating my home, I would say it is laid-back casual. Nothing is too perfect around here, and I hope guests kick off their shoes and feel comfortable enough to snuggle up on our big couch. I decorate around the goal of having a peaceful home that invites others to relax and feel peaceful in.

If you've followed my blog for any amount of time, I know you're well aware of my affinity for rugs.  I strongly believe rugs pull spaces together and instantly add an amount of coziness you can't get through any other piece of decor. One type of rug I think everyone should have is a jute rug. The jute rug extends across so many different styles and can fit in any home. We have a jute rug in our kitchen since it is a high traffic area and now, we have one in our bathroom!

When I received this dreamy round jute rug from Serena and Lily, I tried it in a few different places around our house and it looked perfect everywhere I placed it! I love how the braided jute is the epitome of casual living...just what I look for in home decor.

First, I styled it in the bathroom which is where I decided it will live!

Next, I styled it under our new hanging chair that I've been eyeing for years.

Finally, I styled it on the porch. I love how versatile jute is and how it can live outdoors as well as in.

I have a feeling this rug will be rotating around our house from now on ;) Serena and Lily has so many options for jute rugs to match any style. Good news for you, Serena and Lily is offering 15% percent off for Always Rooney readers for one week only! Just use code RUGLOVE-AR at checkout.

This post is brought to you by Serena & Lily, a company I personally love to shop at for our home.