8/1/17

ADDING EASY CUSTOM DETAILS TO YOUR HOME

The Hubs has a new hobby - he stalks Zillow, looking at all the places we could live and the amazing houses we could own in other places in America for the price of living in Orange County, California. Here we have a tract home in a nice neighborhood, on a golf course, with a postage stamp sized yard. We could have twice the house and 4 x the land in Texas, Georgia, Utah, Oregon or North Carolina...to name a very few, with ocean or lake views.   But this is South Orange County -  we have amazing weather, beautiful sandy beaches and incredible surf.  There are mountains, the desert and the beach all within a couple hours driving time. There is a steep price tag for living here.

The Hubs has no real intention of leaving his native state .... yet....
But it is fun to look.

When we purchased our home 17 years ago, we were pleased that there were upgraded baseboards, window casings and crown molding in some of the rooms.  We were pleased because a tract home is usually sorely lacking in any of the finishing touches we believe a home should have.  We have been upgrading a little each year, with our largest project so far being the extension of the family room and a complete remodel of the kitchen.

The difference between tract and custom homes can often be seen in the details. Not everyone can own a custom home, nor wishes to - however, we can all benefit from more beautiful details.

So, instead of living in a 'custom' home with beautiful details... I'm trying to make my tract home feel more custom by adding details.

And you can, too.

It can be as simple as framing your doors and windows in wider than the standard 2.5" moldings
Bluestone at :Point West
Insignia Homes
If you are handy or are married to someone who is, these DIY photos are a good guide...
The Joy of Moldings


burlap and tin



Here is a good way to incorporate that new wider doorway molding into the existing baseboards.
the handymans daughter

 Larger openings to rooms can also be framed with molding.
a charming nest

Here's an easy 'How-to' diagram...



While you are adding casing and moldings to that wide room opening, consider this treatment for adding additional storage and display...

It provides an amazing amount of storage for just 10-12" of room space.


You can also add a high wainscot to your walls. Combined with the framed windows and crown molding, it creates wonderful architectural detail.  This style is called 'board and batten' and is quite simple to create.
Sheri Olson
Sheri Olson Architecture PLLC


Thrifty Decor Chick (Tutorial)

I think this is one of my favorite treatments - very urban farmhouse!






Here is a Shiplap version



thrifty decor chick (with tutorial)

 a paneled version

homedecorforlife



and a beadboard version...
hazardousdesign
howtobuildit

They all have their own charm - and all add that custom "I love my home" look.  You just have the daunting task of choosing which one and where to use it!

Good Luck!!!

7/21/17

Once Upon a Time..... The Wedding

If you've heard the story about the girl, the shoes and the prince...
you will have the theme of this fairytale wedding...

If you've followed any of the weddings I have done, you will know that the delight for me is in the details.  All the little touches that take a wedding from ordinary to something a little bit fabulous.

So this wedding was a delight to plan and see come together,  with a lot of help from our friends.

A lot of friends helped us create so many of these details.  Thursday nights were project nights at my house with hours of gluing moss, covering books, creating table numbers, putting programs together and enjoying delicious food.  They made these tasks easy!  We so appreciate all who helped!

Shawna of Bleudog Photography not only photographed the wedding, but did florals with me - for 2 days...with her multi-talented hands...

Also, Brianna Sterling (see her wedding here)


 one of my darling brides, now a talented florist in her own right,
 who came to help just for the sheer fun of it.

Thank you, thank you!

We will let the pictures do the talking for this post...

 Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California
Rose Garden gazebo.


























































































 And they lived Happily Ever After....













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