Great Renovations | Kyong's kitchen

It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times... - Charles Dickens

Anyone who has survived a renovation will feel that way at some point or another. I know we certainly had our dark days during our remodel. So I thought it would be lovely to spotlight some great renovations and just how worth it all those "worst of times" can be.

I first started chatting with Kyong (of the fabulous insta account and shop Koodeker) years ago. She and her husband renovated their Salt Lake City home and it's a show stopper. I'm going to start with her amazing kitchen and dining space which is such an fabulous makeover from ceiling to floor.  But let's start with the before:

 And now the after....

 Herringbone floors, cafe chairs, brass fixtures, marble countertops!  It's just too good!

Are you smitten? I have more to show you in an upcoming post!

Source list:
dining table 
cabinet hardware
dining chairs

build by northstar builders 
interior design by white + gold 
photos courtesy of blush photography

Do you have a renovation to share? I'd love to feature your great renovation. Email me

Advent Calendar: Yay or Nay?

Tomorrow is December 1 - the traditional start of the advent calendar countdown. Let's just say I'm not ready. Lucky for me, my children won't notice if I start a few days late.

Even though its a bit of hassle, I sort of loved my DIY rustic antler advent calendar  I did last year.
Of course there are so many great ideas elsewhere too.  Really simple versions like this advent calendar in a jar from White Gunpowder, a super simple ornament version by Casa Haus, or a sleek modern approach from Journey into Creativity.  But my most favorite one - both for ease and function is from Live Laugh Rowe.  She took a linen over the door shoe organizer and made a fabulous one.  Not only is it easy but the pockets are nice and large so you can put all kinds of things in there which is great for multiple children or when you don't want to have to worry too much about size.  Love that!

What about you? Do you do advent calendars at your house? And if you do, who has it all ready to go and who is scrambling at the last minute like me?

Anna's Bathroom Renovations

I'm sorry to be wrapping up Anna's renovation series because her results are just stunning. ICYMI her kitchen and dining room transformations are amazing.  But all good houses have to come to an end right?  So to wrap up this series I'm sharing both her master and guest bathrooms.

Beautiful right?  Even more impressive when you consider the before photos.

As you can see, she reconfigured the space a little bit to make the master bigger and the guest room smaller but I love her choices.  Thanks to Anna for sharing!

Guest Bath Source List
Vanity | Custom Made by Hedgehouse
Countertop | Polished carrara marble 
Sink | Signature Hardware
Toilet | Toto
Door hardware | Emtek
Wall Tile | Classic Tile Brooklyn carrara subway & crown trim
Floor tile | Carrara basketweave 
Wall Color | BM Paper White

Master Bath Source List
Vanity | Custom Made by Hedgehouse
Countertop | MSI Quartz in Arctic White
Sink | Signature Hardware
Vanity Hardware | Rejuvenation
Toilet | Toto
Medicine Cabinet | Fresca 
Wall & Floor tile | Venato Carrara 
Vanity tray | Waterworks 
Wall color | BM paper white

Stool | Serena & Lily

Basement Family Room Made Merry

Anyone else singing Christmas carols? I know, I know - it's a little early but I can't help myself. Especially since I just outfitted my friend's basement family room for the holidays a little bit early.

[In case you missed it, check out the pretty drastic transformation from a dank storage space to a ski lodge inspired lounge] My friends at Hayneedle provided the goodies and put me right into the Christmas spirit!

I am seriously crushing on these wingback chairs. I need to find a spot to put at least one somewhere in my own house. This window ledge made for the perfect spot to add a hanging star and frosted garlands. The perfect nook for sipping hot cocoa.

I adore a good frosted tree.  Without much in the way of ornaments or other frou frou, it looks so festive!  I simply added a few red berry garlands and some sticks before lighting it up.

Got antlers?  Hang a wreath on it!

 I'm so happy with how this space turned out and has put me in the holiday spirit at the perfect time!

Shop the whole look here or click over to the specific products:
Belham Living Flocked Pine Pre-Lit Tree
Belham Living Flocked Pre-Lit Garland
Finley Flocked Pre-Lit Garland
Christmas Lodge Pillow Set
Woven Dark Brown Tree Collar
Santa Boots
Flocked 28 inch Wreath
Cheer Rhinestone Throw Pillow
Sequin Reindeer Throw Pillow

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hayneedle but all opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday Family Style

This is our first holiday as a family of four and I got a little excited with coordinated outfit shopping.  I so rarely find outfits I really love on everyone, including me, that I had just had to share. (Don't worry, it happens so rarely this will never become a fashion blog.) Now if only I can get one decent photo of all us in these pieces, my life will be complete.

Dad: Coat | Sweater
Mom: Dress | Scarf  | Coat | Boots
Aggie: Dress | Coat | Hat | Boots
Oscar: Sweater | Shirt | Pants | Hat

I can't really speak about the items everyone else is wearing but the dress and boots I'll be sporting are so comfortable and forgiving to *ahem* my very less than perfect form. I might get this dress in every color!

I found the whole coordinating 4 people to be oddly overwhelming.  I know so many of you have much bigger families - how do you do manage looking cute on special occasions? And just how bad of a faux pas would it be if we wear these outfits for every single holiday occasion for the next 6 weeks?

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