Design & DIY

 I’m so excited to be partnering up with Christmas Tree Shop’s today to share some of my favorite fall items from their Petal and Stone Collection as well as their new Jewel Tone Collection.   Getting a head start on adding some fall pieces to our living room will make cuddling a sweet new baby that much cozier.   For those of you that don’t know we are expecting #3 any day now which means I have a serious case of nesting.  I’m prepping our home by getting it clean, organized and maybe a little styled for fall too!  Each passing week I start to feel a little less energy.  Thankfully I was able to get a few new items to style from Christmas Tree Shops that I can’t wait to share with you.  

My favorite decor to change out for the seasons are:

  • Wreaths
  • Pillows
  • Centerpiece accents 
  • Florals/Natural elements that tie in with the season
  • Candles
  • Blankets

 

Let’s Go Shopping!

 I love taking you along as I peruse the aisles of Christmas Tree Shops’ seasonal decor to get inspired and find pieces that I think will work with my existing decor like sofa, rug, wall color, accent furniture etc.  While you shop keep in mind your existing color schemes and home style when selecting seasonal decor.  The seasonal decor you select should enhance and compliment your existing decor not fight with it.   

So when shopping for our living room at Christmas Tree Shops I was keeping in mind the pale greens/blues and touches of deeper pinks already at work in our living space.  As I shopped, I instantly fell in love with the darker burgundies, burnt oranges as well as hunter greens like in these pillows below.  For seasonal decor I don’t like to spend a lot and Christmas Tree Shops always has the best deals!

Fall Pillows

I love this rattan wreath for a transitional piece from summer to fall.  I love it for an interior door!  You can also add a few little white pumpkins as well. 

As you can see their Jewel Tone collection is full of deep rich colors like burnt orange, navy and burgundies.  I just couldn’t help including a bump picture during my shopping trip!  

 

Let’s Decorate!

Here you can see how I used some of the existing colors in our rug to pull the sage green and pink tones from their Petal and Stone collection which has a little more of a boho vibe. I grabbed some pumpkins in golds and grays to balance some of the blush and burgundies, then the pale greens soften it.  I love how the wreath and sign from the Jewel Tone collection tie in with the deep green of our front door.  

I added the burgundy “thankful” pillow to this ottoman bench area and filled a low wood container under the tv (hides an electrical outlet perfectly) with a couple bags of their velvet “filler” pumpkins in beige and hunter greens for $4.99 each is perfect to add a little fall to an existing bowl or vase.  Switching our Frame TV to fall art also helps set the seasonal vibe. 

I love these gold textural metal pumpkins they are so classy and a touch vintage/boho.  I placed one on a book next to this wood container with blush florals, also from Christmas Tree Shops.  I like that I won’t have to think about keeping these alive while I’m taking care of a newborn.  I like to add groupings of three or four when I decorate a table corner it adds interest.  The woven wall basket on the interior front door also adds a nice focal point and I may even add my own little faux white pumpkins too it as well.  For only $26.99 it looks like it was made for this room!  

I fell in love with this pink embroidered pumpkin pillow for $19.99 and my biggest regret is not getting a second one for the other corner!  I’ll have to go back. I can’t believe how well the colors all tie into the existing decor.  It is much easier on the eyes than throwing a bunch of orange into this room.  The fall touches are subtle and add coziness but don’t steal the focus or dominate the space. 

 

As you can see our front door is fall ready!  The burnt oranges of this wreath and sign combination from the Jewel Tone collection pop perfectly!  Christmas Tree Shops has an amazing selection of seasonal wreaths at great prices and I love to add/layer a cute sign on top of a wreath for an extra layer of interest!   I simply nestled the sign into the faux branches but I’ll also use some floral wire to secure it in place.  

 

So what is your guess for baby’s arrival? He is due 9/25 think we will make it that far?! Have you started decorating for fall? I sure hope this gives you some inspiration. Be sure to check out your local Christmas Tree Shops for super cute pieces to add to your home this season!

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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We have been hard at work since the spring trying to get our mountain ski cabin in Vermont ready (aka live-able) for the fall/winter.   Renovation can be a challenge under normal circumstances but add a three hour drive from our house plus a pregnancy and you get even more restrictive circumstances.   We’ve been fortunate to find trades people to help once we finished all the demo.  Thankfully they’ve been there at a steady pace throughout the summer and we are seeing some amazing results.   When we bought this place back in the spring it needed a complete overhaul.  Since then we’ve painted the entire place, added new exterior doors, floors on the second level, tiled the bathrooms, appliances, water heater, updated all the electrical and light fixtures as well as plumbing.  We also were fortunate enough to find a handyman that is helping us fix some water and draining issues in the basement (which is really the entry/first level of the house).

Two weeks ago we took the kids up and had our first few nights as a family sleeping at The Arched Chalet!  It was surreal sleeping there.  We officially have one bedroom set up, the guest bedroom off of the kitchen and the kids slept on aero beds in the living room.  The first floor bedroom isn’t ready and the third floor bedrooms still need flooring so we all just stayed on the second floor which is mostly complete now.   For the entire summer we had to book hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and Air B and B’s while we worked on the place.   While these little getaways were fun for awhile, especially after not really traveling much through the pandemic, the price for staying at these different places was adding up.  The silver lining is that we were able to explore a lot of different areas surrounding our cabin.  The most amazing part of sleeping and waking up at our cabin was seeing the incredible sunrises over the mountains each morning.  We knew the back of the house was east facing and of course has the beautiful mountain view, but we were never there early enough to see a sunrise.

So at 6 am I jumped out of bed, well more like rolled out of bed, (at 8 months pregnant I’m not doing any quick movements these days) and went out to the deck to see the beginning of the most amazing sunrise.   How stunning is this?

mountain sunrise

So let’s get back to upcoming projects at The Arched Chalet this month include the install of quartz counters in the kitchen from Home Depot.  Once the counters are installed our plumber will complete the new drop in sink and faucet.   Then we will put back all the cabinets we’ve been working on updating.  I’ll do an entire separate blog post on the kitchen once it is done so you can see how the kitchen makeover turned out.   Towards the end of the month the installation of our carpet by The Carpet Workroom on the third level and two staircases will also finish off a lot of spaces.  I’ll also be doing a dedicated post on how those turn out too!

For this post I wanted to show you some of the updates we’ve made through the summer in terms of floors, lighting, paint and more.   So let’s look at some of these before and afters!  

Our Mountain Cabin Paint Colors

Here is an idea of how the painting turned out with some before and afters.  We used Benjamin Moore Cloud White for the arched ceilings and Pale Oak for all the wood paneling.  I wanted something a bit off white that had a little interest and would break up the white ceilings.  I loved that Cloud White still had some warmth and depth but still also had a nice clean bright look to it.  The fireplace we decided to paint a charcoal color called Graphite by Benjamin Moore to freshen it up and add some contrast/interest.  I also used that same color to paint the banisters as you can see in the below photos.  

Cabin fireplace before
Cabin paint colors
cabin before photos
cabin fireplace refresh
cabin photo before
cabin paint color after
paint paneling
staircase paint color

This is the staircase up to the third floor and it was cavelike prior to paint and I jut love how this Cloud White and Pale Oak brightens it up so much.

We may be replacing all the baseboard and I’m eventually going to paint the doors so that is why we have a lot of this dark wood still going on. Once we get a nice fresh carpet up here (including the stairs) it will look much better. Notice the lighting is also updated as well!! I went with these glass sconces so that the light could shine and illuminate the entire space vs. just a sconce that just would shine below it.

Arched Chalet Flooring Update

We were quoted so much for vinyl flooring from local places in Vermont. Thankfully my uncle has worked in flooring his entire life and was able to get us some commercial grade Rigidcore vinyl plank flooring at cost AND get a crew up here to help us get the floors prepped and ready to install. In one day, a crew of three guys, plus my uncle and Ben finished all the floor on the second level. We saved so much money using family help whenever we could and are so grateful that my uncles was willing to help us.

We decided to do carpet vs. these planks on the third floor to make it cozier and to also make it more quiet when people are up there walking around, since it is open up in the loft area. We have more of this flooring which we plan to install on the first level too. In both the bedroom bunk-room we hope to eventually have and living room once we get it all completely waterproofed.

flooring install
LPV floor
We still need to add new trim at the baseboards which will really dress it up. I love the variation of tones in this vinyl flooring which makes it look very cabin like and cozy.
cabin before photo
arch chalet paint colors
You can see we still need to cap off the baseboards as well as the wood on the bottom where the carpet was.

What do you think of the updates so far?! Between flooring, painting and lighting we are definitely in better shape then a couple months ago. You can really start to see the transformation. The kitchen is still looking really rough but once we get the lower cabinets back on as well as the counters and appliances it’s definitely going to look really nice!

Exterior Door UPDATE

One last before and after… there are so many to share. I haven’t even really shown the bathroom or guest bedroom yet. I’ll have to do another post for those! Our handyman came by to install our new exterior door with window and the difference was incredible. He found this door for us at Home Depot and my really only requirement was that it have a full length glass panel so we could add more natural light. It made such a HUGE difference. He needs to put the trim around the new door now but you can just see how it opens up the entire dining area.

exterior door update

I’ll be sure to blog some more updates soon. Next time we go up to Vermont, hopefully in October with baby in tow we will get to do some leaf peeping and also continue setting things up to prepare for winter. Winter IS COMING! I’ve ordered a dining table, and some beds for the third floor. In the mean time we wait for baby, counters and carpet!

Have a great week friends!

Jordan

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Next week the electrician is coming to update all the electrical in the Arched Chalet.   Safety is so important and we are making sure that we have the most up to date fire detectors and electrical through out our vacation home.   Our electrician also volunteers in the local fire department, so he brings with him all his knowledge of fire safety as well.  This house had a lot of dated electrical and we can’t wait to get it all up to code.   Not only is all the electrical and baseboard heaters getting upgraded we are also swapping ALL the lights in the home.

The lighting in this house currently is SO DATED!  I’ve been ordering new light fixtures over the last two months and I wanted to show you guys (below) what we have so far.   I can’t wait to see these fixtures added to the chalet as I know the lighting plus the finished paint will make this place look 100ooooo times better!  Here is all the lighting for our mountain ski home a mix of modern and a little rustic.  

 

The Arched Chalet Lighting

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What do you think of these selections?  Lighting can get really expensive but there are some great deals to be found out there.  I love shopping lighting from Wayfair, Amazon, Build.com, Foundry Lighting, Overstock, Lu Lu and Georgia and Etsy!

 Jordan

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Today is so exciting!  We not only have our logos complete for our Vermont vacation home (and soon to be rental) we also have some MERCH you can purchase to get excited for your visit.  We hope to complete renovations by fall and fingers crossed have it all set up to welcome visitors early in 2022. We want to make sure it is perfect, my signature “JORDECOR” style and a magical getaway experience as well.  We honestly recommend you book your fall visit for 2022 ASAP if you want to get the leaf peeping trip planned early, places book up so fast in Vermont in September and October.   You can get your email on the booking waitlist and be first notified about reservations opening by going to our BOOK WITH US PAGE.

Thank you to my cousin Olivia @ STUDIO IG for helping us create these special one of a kind logos that bring to life the vibe of this retro 1970’s ski chalet.  The original owners sent us a patch that went along with the ski resort when it was first built and the mountain this cabin is on.  We felt so inspired by the shape of the patch as well as seeing our home in the design that we thought it would be a cool to incorporate that in the logo design.  I also took a vote on Instagram of various logo design concepts and majority fell in love with the arched patch shape.  I love that the “A” is also an arch of the home.  It’s such a unique shape and characteristic that you don’t see very often and we wanted to really make that a stand out feature in the logo.  

 

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Fourth of July is quickly approaching!  Typically I’d be sharing some 4th of July inspired decor but we have our new Vermont house on our brains.  With so many new spaces to design and decorate it is hard to focus on anything else!  We are looking forward to a fun weekend on Cape Cod visiting family.  But we are really looking forward to July 5th because our painters are starting work on The Arched Chalet!! We booked these painters two months ago and we’ve been patiently waiting for this to begin.  Part of the reason for the delay is the painters needed to rent scaffolding to reach the high ceilings in the main living room and loft.  Once they finish we want to get some furniture in the third floor bedrooms so we can start sleeping there, well Ben and family who might be helping out with floor installation or other projects.  Ever since we purchased the home we’ve had to rent an Air B and B, a bed and breakfast or hotel room for our stays.  While sleeping at different places has been fun and a nice treat after a year of not going anywhere it also is cutting into our budget for things for the new house.  I could purchase all the bedroom furniture in the loft for a weekend staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast in Woodstock.

Today I’m going to share two different loft bedroom inspiration boards.  I had you guys vote on Instagram stories on your favorite products.  I put them all together in two different designs.  The first design is the most popular choices and the second design is the runner up choices.   Let’s chat about the loft!  The loft is a really cool space, it has it’s own outdoor deck and it overlooks the entire living room below it.  The large open space will double as a sitting room when not in use as a bedroom.  I selected two daybed options that I think work with this style home, both also have a trundle feature for additional sleeping.  I like that both kids can sleep there when we stay and they’ll just be across the hall.   The updates happening to the loft before furniture can go in is paint on the ceilings + walls and new wall to wall carpet, plus a large light fixture that will be seen also from the first floor.

Loft Before:

Imagine the day bed on the arched wall centered with a side table and lamp on the sides.  The walls/ceiling a fresh coat of Cloud White and paneling a warm neutral called Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore.  I may be able to add a little night stand or dresser on the left paneling wall there but it also has it’s own closet which is great for hanging some clothes or as storage for games, blankets bedding etc.  This room will get a lot of light so I’ll probably have the kids wear sleep masks so they don’t wake up at 5 am in the summer.  I’ll try to figure out something for the windows around the door but since they are all arched in shape I haven’t quite determined window treatments for blocking some light.  It may need to be a custom purchase, unless I get creative.   I don’t really want to block these super cool window shapes.  So here are the two design boards, I like creating these for inspiration as a starting point for planning out the look of a room.  The first purchase will definitely be the bed and mattresses, so we can get sleeping there sooner than later.

Loft Design #1:

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I love the airiness of this design which majority of you voted for as your favorite elements. A rug may or may not be necessary (we are having gray wall to wall carpet) but I like to include that in a room design board because a rug is an important part of the overall look.  I do like a layered rug combination, so we will see if a rug ends up being necessary to complete the loft.  The day bed trundle is more of a scandi vibe in the light wood which is similar to the flooring we are doing on the second level.  Some black elements offer contrast and tie in with the large scale light fixture that is going up into that very high vaulted ceiling.  I love those little vintage skis and then some poufs to add as a little tufted ottoman and just extra seating for kids.  Simple wood slice graphic art fits in with the vibe, Not sure they’d go above the bed but maybe on the side paneling wall.

Loft Design#2:

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So I thought I loved the first one but now seeing this second one I like some of those elements as well.  The second has a moody traditional mixed with modern vibe.  I worry it may be too dark but I love the cozy colors!  Something about that graphic shag ottoman/pouf against the aztec design carpet looks so fun.  I added a fluted side table as a modern pop because the one I polled on Instagram was falling flat in the design.  I found these cool vintage reproduction ski level tin signs and I’m tempted to buy them because they are so cool as art in in our Vermont Ski Chalet.   I might ask the kids which style and elements they like since they’ll be using this bedroom space for a bit until we get the ground level figured out.  Eventually we want to have a big bunk bedroom for all the kids on the ground level.  For now we know they’ll want to sleep close by to us the first few trips until we get accustom to this new place.
I thought I’d also round up some of my favorite AFFORDABLE day bed/trundle combinations as there really are some great options out there!

So tell me which is your favorite?!  Are you excited to see this cool loft space come together? I sure am!

Jordan

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I’m so excited to share this teeny tiny space for our teeny tiny new person (baby boy) coming this September.  I really wanted to get a head start on this because the summer is so busy.  Plus the further along I get the more tired!  If you are expecting or trying to figure out how to make a small space/home work for a new addition I hope this inspires you.   We have a home with three bedrooms currently all occupied, because our two older kids are exactly willing to give up their bedrooms or share with a newborn (I don’t blame them!).  I wanted to get creative with our master bedroom and make a little nursery nook for this baby.  Since we usually keep our babies in our room for the first few months anyways this will give us time to evaluate sleeping arrangements and if we decide to add on to our house (aka another bedroom) or maybe move.  We don’t want to rush our decision right now. 

Nursery Nook Design Inspiration:

 

 

As you can see my initial design was very neutral with white and wood tones.  Once we found out it was a boy however, I decided to go with the greens and grays since they flow so well in our bedroom.  We still don’t have the bassinet or crib set up, that will be next!  I decided to add a peel and stick wallpaper that I found HERE to accentuate the recessed dormer in our master.  I wanted it to flow with the rest of our master bedroom which I like to think is a soothing spa atmosphere. 

Our master bedroom walls are Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, the peel and stick pattern I selected brings out those sea-foam gray/green tones and adds some pattern into the baby’s nursery nook.   Let me show you how it looked before with just an antique trunk that stored our extra bed linens and pillows.  Now it will serve as a place to change baby as well as keep his tiny clothes tucked away.  I’m sure he will end up with a lidded storage basket under our bed too!   

Nursery Nook Before:

Nursery Nook After:

For the nursery nook makeover we ordered a new dresser, changing pad and an adorable felt baby mobile with colors to tie into the organic fern wallpaper.  I made sure to find a dresser that fit this spot perfectly and wanted something simple in design.  I measured five times just to be sure I had the exact measurements then looked for something a couple inches less.  I was looking for a dresser with specific size requirements which narrowed things down.  I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on something.  I was able to find a great deal on this one and I love the sleek lines and three big drawers.  I’ll share how I organize them with bins in another post soon.  You can see how the peel and stick paper picks up the colors in our bedroom wall color really nicely.  The pattern is understated yet gives this area its own personality.  I love the softness the curtain adds which we already had here.  I don’t move it as we have a black-out blind.

I decided to splurge on the Keekaroo peanut changing pad because I loved the sleek modern design plus the idea of not having to change or do extra laundry with the changing pad covers was so appealing.  This wasn’t an option my last pregnancy and it just seemed so cool.  We have the strap that we will attach on to it and if its cold for the new baby at first I’ll throw down a swaddle blanket it.  I really just love the look of it as well as the convenience of easy clean ups.  Since it takes  up majority of the space on top I put all the changing supplies inside the drawer which I actually prefer not looking at all that stuff anyhow.

Nursery Nook Details:

 

Two wooden shelves on the inside wall are just perfect for adding little books, pictures and accessories to display and makes me feel like this nursery nook is it’s own little nursery!  I used these years ago in Griffin’s bedroom to hold all his books and I still love them.  I went with the raw wood to break up the white and bring in the natural tones.  The custom baby mobile is the perfect little accessory to finish off this tiny space.  I worked with Wooly Sheep Dots to choose custom colors that would match the peel and stick wall paper.   I love that I was able to incorporate two etsy shops into this design.  Once we know baby’s name I have a few more shops I want to order from as well!

 

 

I decided to hang a little pegboard set of hooks to hang some baskets for more storage.  The trick is to find ways to add storage wherever we can in a smalls pace.  I can use it to hang up some clothes for the week, little jackets of his or changing/feeding supplies. I’m sure things will move around a little bit.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how our nursery nook turned out!  I’m really happy we have this ready for September.  The next couple months are so busy with kids out of school for summer that I feel good knowing it’s all set.  I still need to figure out the bassinet/crib situation.  My sister has a Snoo that I’m thinking I might borrow.  She had amazing luck with hers.   I’ll share how the rest of the little area looks once we finish it up.  I can’t believe in just a couple months we will be sharing this room with our sweet baby boy.  We are so excited to meet him.  Thanks for reading!

Love,

Jordan

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I can’t believe we finally made it to the end of the school year!  It was a strange year to say the least and our teachers are real life super hero’s.  Needless to say they deserve some extra recognition and love this year for all they’ve dealt with!  I wanted to do something that showed our appreciation for all their hard work and dedication through this tough, tough year.  I wanted to do something that was cute and that they could enjoy/use.  I decided to purchase these mini Simply Lemonade drinks after seeing them in the grocery store and thinking they were so adorable!

I considered adding little nips or alcohol gift cards to these but thought that might be a little inappropriate for the kids to hand out at school.   I’m sure the teacher’s can take matters into their own hands if they’d like to mix these into a cocktails.  To add something a little extra I purchased THESE reusable straws to attach as well.  I love the different colors and better for the environment too.  I made some fun gift tags that say “You are Simply The Best Teacher EVER!”.  I  printed the labels on cardstock paper, cut them out then added them to the bottles with layers of tulle and ribbon.   They look so adorable.    You don’t need a big expensive gesture to extend a big “thank you!” 

I hope our teacher’s enjoy the refreshing drink and reusable straw this summer.   I also hope this idea is helpful for you if you are trying to come up with something quick, cute and easy for your special teacher!  Below please find the labels I designed for this end of year teacher gift.   I’ll also add an alternative label that you could use with more of a “lemon” theme that is very fitting for this year especially!

Have a great end of the school year!

Jordan

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 I’m long overdue for a Vermont house update post.  Today let’s focus on the bathrooms.   If you didn’t know we purchased a cool 1970’s arched ski chalet located in central Vermont.  You can read more about it HERE.  We have spent the last month calling various trades people to set up appointments for quotes from flooring, painters, contractors, plumbers and so on!  It’s been a part time job just trying to line up all the trades people we need to help us.  We’ve also been busy ordering and sourcing items for our new Vermont house as well.   We are hoping to get as much of the bigger stuff done before late September when baby #3 arrives.  I’m not in a rush to finish this house, as I can’t wait to enjoy the process and see how it evolves.  But right now, it’s not even livable.  Once we can get the place painted, floors done and electrical updated, oh plus the bathrooms in better working order, THEN I’ll feel more comfortable sleeping there with the kids.  

Let’s go through what the bathrooms look like currently and the plans to update them with out fully gutting them.  Our plumber will hopefully start the end of July.  It seems pretty typical that most trades are at the least a booking a couple months out.  As much as I’d love to start this ASAP- AKA this month, we will take what we can get!  We don’t have to live in these spaces now so that’s good.  Plus this gives me time to order all the items he will need to swap out fixtures in the both bathrooms.  So far we’ve (and by we I mean BEN) removed all the flooring in the bathroom (old gross linoleum) to be replaced with tile.  Budget won’t allow for a full gut job to these bathrooms, but hoping with fresh paint on the paneling, new tile, vanity, toilet and fixtures that they will look brand new!

Bathroom Before:

Below is the current state of the bathrooms, it pains me to even share these photos with you.  Ugh so ugly!  I really hope they don’t crack your computer screen.  To give you a sense of the lay out the first bathroom is on the mid floor and is off the kitchen next to a bedroom and the other “master” bathroom is on the third level.

The shower insert in the mid level bathroom is actually fairly new and clean. We are going to leave that for now and get the shower head and lever upgraded as well as a nice new shower curtain/rod to dress it up. Gosh it’s so much BROWN! Imagine white vertical shiplap against nice new modern fixtures in black and brass. Below is another view looking in from the outside. You can see that this bathroom is off the kitchen and guest room.

As you can see the bathroom is very, very narrow. So I purchased a smaller console style vanity that is more narrow which will give guests more space to walk through. I considered a pedestal sink but don’t love that look. A new mirror, light fixture and faucet will also be added. Along with new tile and fresh paint on the paneling. We thought about ripping down the paneling in the bathrooms and putting up dry wall but it’s been so hard to find a contractor and we just aren’t sure we want to get into ripping down walls right now. If we can slap some fresh primer and paint on that wood it might just be ok for awhile. New efficient toilets will be added to cut down on water usage, the current ones go through SO Much water each flush it’s crazy!

Similar plan in this upstairs in the “master” bathroom. We are keeping it simple and installing the same tile on the floor, as well as the same vanity + faucet. I’ll switch out the mirror and a different light fixture just to make it a little different. We will remove this hideous shower door and take off that vinyl inside the shower tub/shower wall. The plumber inspected the tub and said it was in great shape, with a little fresh caulking, bar keepers friend and heavy duty cleaning it should be fine! So eventually we plan to tile the walls in the third floor bath and just add a pretty simple shower curtain. This paneling will need some serious prep and primer. I’ll most likely keep these painted a light color to make the bathrooms feel a bit larger than they are.

The Arched Chalet Bathroom Design Boards:

Vanity/ Floor Tile/ Faucet/ Light Fixture/ Mirror/ Towels/ Shower Curtains/ Shower Head/ hanging plant/ Soap Dispenser

For the first bathroom I decided I wanted the shower curtain to be a little fun and dramatic. I’ll differentiate the vibes by changing the light fixture, mirror and shower curtain/decor. I’ll keep the floor tile and vanities the same just to simplify ordering. I really like how they both have the same vanity which is super affordable yet totally different feels. Since there really isn’t a ton of space for soap I’ll add them to the wall in these really cute dispensers. Most likely just a single with a bottle of soap that can be refilled easily. I like the idea of using these woven baskets underneath the vanity to hold extra toilet paper rolls or towels.

Vanity / Light Fixture/ Faucet/ Shower Kit/ Shower Tile/ Shower Curtain/ Floor TIle/ Rug/ Art/ Mirror

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These bathrooms don’t offer much space to add a lot of decor or big vanities for storage so I’ll have to be creative with hooks, baskets and finding ways to add items with out it taking over the narrow space. I’ll continue to mix some brass and black elements but soften the vibe in the master with greens and some natural tones using rattans and softer taupe colors. Amazing how you can use some of the same core elements but by changing a few other details get a completely different look!

What do you think of the two bathroom designs? I’m sure things will get tweaked here or there. First things first is primer and prep work then paint. I’m thankful these bathrooms are small so that the paint process will go a bit faster. I’ll be sure to update here on how things are working out!

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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A couple weeks ago I shared a round up of my favorite modern style rocking chairs from All Modern.  Thanks to All Modern for sponsoring this post!  We are expecting our third baby (a BOY) in September and we’re slowly getting our home ready for his arrival.   It’s been awhile since we had a baby in our home.  Also, we don’t have an extra bedroom to make into a nursery.  So I’m creating little baby zones around the house.  This corner of our living room area is one of those zones.  I’ve created a baby changing area and diaper/baby cart for easy access to supplies.  I love that the cart can be moved around as well and the changing basket looks more like decor than anything baby related.   I love that All Modern has rocking chairs that tie in with our living room decor and don’t scream baby.  I know we will enjoy countless snuggles, cuddles and reading to our new baby in this chair.   Continue reading below to see which one we selected!

My favorite modern rocking chairs from All Modern.

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Here is what we were working with before:

The chair we had prior is comfy but takes up a lot of space.  I knew I wanted something with a bit more contrast here.  We have a lot of light color furniture and adding something with a bit of a darker tone is a nice way to break things up and add balance to a space.  Since we can’t fit a rocking chair or glider into our bedroom, using this first floor corner for a rocker and changing area made sense for us.

After browsing the selection at All Modern I fell in love with the light wood tone base of this rocking chair, as well as the darker upholstered fabric. The clean lines gives it a more modern feel and it’s also great for a smaller corner as it isn’t super wide.

Our new living room rocking chair from all modern helps us get ready for baby #3!

I absolutely love how our new rocking chair fits in this corner.  I can just imagine all the snuggles and books we will read together here.   It feels like part of our living room and not overly baby-ish.  I added a simple start pillow made by my older son and a super soft Chappy blanket.  A modern shaped side table is also a perfect addition for those bottles, cups of water and to hold books.   I added this faux cow-hide rug for softness and we will probably get a little pouf or stool to put our feet up on too.

In these last photos I swapped the rug for a cozy shag sherpa rug.  I love the pop of white!  Either works but it is fun to play around with the decor here until it feels just right! What do you think of the round up of modern rocking chairs from All Modern?  Do you like this one here?  I think it really is a nice change from the super over-sized light colored chair we had here before.   Big thank you to All Modern for sponsoring this post and thank YOU for stopping by and checking out my first baby related decor post!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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Have you ever used peel and stick wallpaper in your home?  Unlike traditional wallpaper, peel and stick is both affordable and user friendly.  Meaning, it’s easier to install and remove then traditional paper you may come to think of from decades past.  It occurred to me recently that we have used peel and stick paper in quite a few areas in our home.  In this post I thought I’d round up some of my favorite peel and stick paper, as well as give you a little tour around our house sharing areas where peel and stick paper was the perfect accent to finish a space.

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Should I use peel and stick wallpaper?

If you are considering peel and stick but are unsure if it may look good or may be too difficult to install, let me suggest to smart small.  The common use of peel and stick is as an accent on either one wall, a small space or in an alcove of some kind.  Here are a few ideas of spaces you may consider using peel and stick.

Where to use peel and stick?

  • Bedroom accent wall behind bed
  • Pantry
  • Closet
  • Small Office
  • Laundry room or closet
  • Backsplash (for apartment living)
  • Nursery accent wall
  • Kids space or playroom
  • Inside furniture with glass
  • On the sides of drawers for a fun pop

Peel and Stick Wall Paper Home Tour:

Closet

this paper in our entry closet

Bedroom

This faux grasscloth wallpaper in our bedroom

Pantry

This subway tile for back splash or pantry and this contact paper for covering wood to look like marble.

Boy’s Bedroom

This brick paper to add texture and a bit of urban/industrial vibe to a boy’s bedroom

Nursery

This botanical print wallpaper we used in my Sister’s house.  It is the sweetest accent in a nursery and paired with a board and batten treatment it is just enough color/pattern to bring interest to this wall.

I hope these ideas give you inspiration if you are trying to finish off a space and looking for that extra pop that will make your space special.  Peel and Stick wallpaper is an inexpensive solution if you want to try to add a little something different and unexpected.   Some places I love to shop for peel and stick wallpaper are Amazon, Target, Wayfair and Home Depot.  Small shops found on Etsy are a fabulous way to go as well as WallPops, Urban Walls, Rocky Mountain Decals, Livette’s Wallpaper and Wall Paperie.

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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In today’s post sponsored by AllModern I’m going to share some of my favorite nursery rocking chairs and gliders.  If you are shopping for nursery decor than I should first offer a big – CONGRATS!  A nursery isn’t complete until you find the perfect chair for those middle of the night feeds and bedtime stories.  I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorites that are a bit more modern in design.  I love the options available at AllModern because they are affordable while ranging in style, material and shape.   I hope this round up of nursery chairs gives you some ideas as you start to design your little one’s new space.

We are expecting our third this September and while we don’t have a nursery I still wanted to select a rocking chair that we can read, rock and feed our baby on in the main living area of our home.  I actually selected one of these rocking chairs below for our living room.  My plan is to swap out one of our current chairs and update it with one of these.  Any guesses which one?  It was so hard for me to choose.   You’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for it to arrive!  Once it does and I get it all set up, I’ll share how it looks in our home!

Chair 1

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Chair 3

Chair 4

Chair 5

Chair 6

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Jordan

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I’m so excited for this post because it really kicks off the more in depth planning and sharing of what we hope to do in our new home!  It’s been almost a week since we closed on our vacation home up in central Vermont.   It’s so strange that we haven’t even been there yet as the new owners.  Over the last few days we are realizing that while the kids are in school and work/life continues on here in Boston area, finding time to make the three hour drive to check in and set up appointments (plus start demo) will be the most logistically challenging part right now.  A challenge we are totally up for!  My mind has been swirling with all the ideas to make our 70’s arched chalet a little bit more modern and bright looking.

I decided it would be fun to start with the heart of any home the kitchen.  So today I’m going to share more photos and inspiration pictures so you can visualize how we hope to give this dated kitchen a face lift.  Thankfully we aren’t doing major renovations like moving walls or changing lay outs.  This is a full blown cosmetic project, which I think is super transformative!  The kitchen is by far the area that is going to cost the most in terms of new appliances, adding a new counter and cabinetry.  Before I dive into the details of what we hope to do first let me share some of my TOP inspiration photos I pinned on my CABIN board.

I started searching for inspiration on Pinterest by typing in phrases like “arched cabins” “arched a-frames” “arched chalets” to see what I could find as similar as possible to the style of home we purchased.  Not as many homes as I thought came up.  However, just enough to really give me some jumping off points.  I knew right away I wanted to add a nice window over the sink to let in light and also for the views!  I was unsure of how a window would be installed into an arched wall.  UNTIL, I saw this photo from Copeland & Co. Interiors, this entire arched cabin renovation is super inspiring.  But when I saw how they bumped out a box for the window to go into it was an “AH-HA!” moment.  Finding an image like this is so helpful to show a carpenter or contractor because then they can understand exactly what you are trying to do.

Via Copeland & Co. Interiors

Our kitchen has so much character but it is currently hidden behind the old laminate floors, ugly appliances and out dated cabinets.   Initially I wanted all new cabinets.  However considering the cost and the time limit of waiting for all new cabinets.  I’m honestly starting to consider keeping the lowers and painting them and adding new hardware and potentially some trim to the door fronts to dress them up.   I love the wide shaker look of the ones below with the simple knobs.  Something about that earthy neutral palette I love.  So, if we can salvage the current lower cabinets we won’t have to wait to move along with the counters, sink and appliance install.  Meaning kitchen will move along a lot faster.  I can’t even imagine how long new cabinet orders are taking to arrive.   

Via rockmystyle.co.uk

Ok I’m a fan of open shelving.  I know some folks are and some are not.  My thought with open shelving is that everything you need to use is easy to find when staying at a new home your unfamiliar with.  We recently stayed at an airbnb that had SO much beautiful cabinetry, but it took 10 minutes each time we needed to find something.   I think adding upper open shelving and using it for everyday dishes, mugs, glasses, bowls will get used and cleaned enough to prevent dust.  This will also allow the kitchen to feel bigger and less top heavy.

Via Decoholic.org

The elements that inspire me in this photo are the white vertical shiplap and stone backsplash.  I don’t really plan to do much backsplash because the arched wall and the fact that there is already a lot of planks and beams going on.  However, the idea of having maybe a continuation of the stone or a tile behind the oven to give it a focal point on that wall is something that I’m considering. 

Regarding colors, I love that instantly our kitchen will be so much brighter once we paint those dark panels and the dingy arched ceiling/walls too.   I’m still deciding what color I want to paint the lower cabinets and I’m leaning towards something in the dark family for a pop or in the soothing grayish/green family- but it is still something I’m thinking about. 

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Let’s do a quick run down of everything pictured above. First thing first appliances. As soon as I get back up to the cabin I need to know the dimensions for the fridge (amongst others).  The old white one is too wide for that area and is driving me nuts.  Plus I’m sure it is super old and I’m honestly scared to open it. It has to go.  I found a narrow option that is a great price and I’m hoping it works because I love the amount of storage it provides.  However I was also considering a little retro option.  I know it would be small but I’d probably get another for the basement for beverages.  I think it would be fun!

Flooring; I can not not wait to update all the flooring on the mid-level to an engineered hardwood. Imagine something like above going through out the entire dining, living and mid level. I found a free standing island that I seriously love so so much. The price is great and I’m considering buying it ASAP because I feel like all this stuff will take forever to ship. Same goes for appliances and everything really!

Counters; I’m leaning towards a light colored quartz or maybe butcher block counter. I just want something low maintenance and also affordable. A new sink and faucet will freshen things up and imagine a nice big window over the sink in between those two beams.

Color Scheme, All the paneling will be painted a white, I’m considering painting the arched ceiling walls something a smidge darker then white something in the gray/beige family just to hide the dirt and the bleed through. I’ve been looking at Behr colors just to mix things up. I love Le Lux by Bher it feels gray but sometimes blue/green. For something a little lighter I also love Behr Riverdale and Behr Brook Green. I want to do something cool for the knobs maybe wood and painted the color of the cabinets, a natural wood or maybe brass.

So that’s it for now! The big Chalet Kitchen PLANS! What do you think of this direction so far? Excited to share more progress once we finish getting our quotes in.

Jordan

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Exciting news to share with you all today.  We just officially closed on a Mountain house!! Our dreams of owning a vacation home have come true!  Ben and I have had many chats over the years of our hope to someday own a vacation home to fix up, enjoy with our family and also rent out.  We love to travel and we’ve spent many, many trips, at Air B and B’s over the years.  

Our Air B and B experiences have always been much more comfortable, especially with kids, family and groups of friends than at a hotel.  As a decorator, part of me also enjoys the Air B and B experience because staying in different style homes with beautiful interiors excites me.  We LOVE the idea of having our own place that we can create memories with our family, friends and of course anyone else that would like a trip to New England (maybe you!).  We hope to rent it out at some point as well!

We’ve been researching for a long time!  To begin the journey, we narrowed down where in New England felt like a good place for us to start this endeavor.  Originally we were thinking a New Hampshire lake house.  But Cape Cod has too strong a pull on us during the summer.  We pivoted and after lots of long talks going through our favorite things about each state and what we really wanted, we knew we wanted a home we could enjoy in the winter.  Also, in a state that would attract visitors from around the country, that felt like a true destination and escape.  A place that offered beauty and activity in all seasons.   Any guesses where our new home is?   If you are guessing VERMONT… you are right!  We felt pulled to the Green Mountain state.  It’s world class skiing in places like Killington to classic quintessential towns with covered bridges like Woodstock.   Our mountain home is nestled in central to many great areas!

The time felt right.  Yet it also felt a little crazy (yah know with the whole pandemic thing).  With travel restrictions and all the open houses being out of state, our realtor had to take us along virtually.  We made an offer with out actually seeing this house in person.  I know, I know all a little crazy.  But with the climate of real estate as competitive as it is these days, you have to take risks and get offers in early.  We made an offer with contingencies to cover ourselves.  So that made us feel more confident with moving forward sight unseen.  We’ve also worked on a lot of house projects over the years and seeing less than desirable photos of a home doesn’t scare us away.  In this case, I think the cluttered, bad listing photos actually helped us out.  This home wasn’t moving off market.  We saw it’s potential right away!  It really is so unique looking and a true diamond in the rough. 

It still feels so strange to say the words “our mountain home”.  It’s very surreal!  We already have so many ideas for fixing this place up because it needs some serious TLC.  I’m actually going to be using my Home Planner to help me stay organized.  Our goal is to get this house ready to rent by the fall.  We know that is going to be tight, winter would also be a great goal to shoot for.  Hopefully the rest of spring and summer will give us a good amount of time to start the updates.  We have lots of plans for freshening up the exterior as well!

So are you ready for more interior photos???  My favorite part is the back of the home as well as the great room.   Before I share photos I’ll share our top INTERIOR projects for giving this 1970’s arched ski chalet a MAJOR facelift.

TOP INTERIOR Projects:

  • Electrical– Most important we plan to update all the electrical in the home so it is up to code and completely safe.  
  • Flooring – Tear out all flooring and add new through out entire house (mix of tile, carpet stair runners and engineered hardwood)
  • Kitchen– add window above the sink (HELLO MOUNTAIN VIEWS AND LIGHT), new cabinets, counters, remove upper cabinets, new appliances etc…basically a new budget friendly kitchen!!
  • Fireplace- update the stone for a more modern look as well as the insert removal.
  • Paint– A TON of primer and paint to brighten up the dark 70’s paneling which will give it more of a vertical shiplap appearance.  

I’ll go into more detail on these things in the upcoming weeks and on Instagram.  I’ll also be giving some tours on stories.  Once we get back up there.  These photos are from the listing and a few from our past weekend in Vermont (the snow all melted).

I didn’t include first level photos.  This chalet has three levels.  The the first level you walk into has a mudroom, living room and a bedroom.  It isn’t truly a basement but it feels like one at the moment because it’s dark and dingy, no bueno!  There have been zero updates inside this place since it was built in the 70’s.  Ok with out further ado… 

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Imagine new lower cabinets, fresh counters, open shelving and a beautiful window above a new sink.  The fridge situation also needs to be addressed because it is way too big in that spot.  I’m looking at some cool smaller retro ones.  I considered moving fridge to the opposite side of the kitchen but because of the sloped ceilings it would not sit flush against wall.  Also, we plan to add a new oven and dishwasher too!  I also want to find a cool island with some modern seating.  The beams will stay a darker wood for now, and of course all the lighting will eventually be updated too! 

Above the half wall is a loft which has its own balcony.  I’ll plan to make that a bedroom with either a day bed or trundle bed for additional sleeping.   Can you imagine how much brighter light wall colors and new consistent flooring on this level, PLUS bringing some stone to that fireplace will really enhance and modernize this main floor?

The home has two full bathrooms which also need some updating.   I’ll cover that another time.  Kitchen, electric and floors are our TOP  priorities first.

Master Bedroom:

Loft:

So there she is in all her 70’s paneling glory. We also want to freshen up the white paint on the arch ceilings. Once the floors are updated and we have fresh paint through out, then some nice furniture/decor/lighting it will look completely different! So what do you think of our mountain house- ski chalet – cabin in the woods?!

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