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Hi BHG readers! My name is Katelyn Cheek and I write the lifestyle blog Katalina Girl. My blog is a place where I share all of the things I‘m truly passionate about related to fashion, home, entertaining, travel and of course my fur babies. By day I’m the eCommerce Editor at Better Homes and Gardens and by night, the Design Director for my family’s home building and renovation company called Oakstone Homes. So yes, you guessed it, pretty things are my jam.

I’m super excited to share one of our latest home renovations because what’s better than before and after pictures to inspire your own home makeover? We teamed up with Megan, the homeowner and founder of MB Interior Design to help create her dream home. From cabinets and paint to extending walls and new flooring, this was a complete and total gut job.

Megan and her husband, Matt, purchased this outdated 1980s home for their family of five for a few great reasons. Number one, this house had spectacular bones and tons of square footage. Second, the house was in town and nestled on a nearly 11 acre wooded lot – you just don’t find that every day! As soon as I saw the home I  recognized its endless potential. From the kitchen to the basement, check out how we transformed this dark, builder-grade house into a light, bright, custom home.

The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. As you can see, the old kitchen had honey oak cabinets, a misshaped island, an outdated solarium window, and the world’s smallest pantry! To create a more functional space, we extended the wall with the window out almost six feet to create a bigger space and make room for the oversize island. We also cut back the wall separating the kitchen and dining nook to better connect the spaces. This wall is a support beam so we weren’t able to completely remove it without blowing the budget. Last but not least, the kitchen looks back at their 10+ acres. To create a better view we replaced the old solarium with a triple window. The amount of light it lets provides a clean, airy feel.

Like many older homes, this one had a formal dining room that the family didn’t need. It was a huge room with two openings: one into the kitchen and one into the entryway of the home. To create better use of the space, we split the room to create a large walk-in pantry and an office space.

Another one of my favorite spaces in the house is the pantry. The custom barn doors are hung where the old entrance to the dining room was. The pantry features a custom built-in with a quartz countertop and custom shelving to hold appliances such as a wine refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. Creating a space in your pantry for these items will remove the clutter from your kitchen countertops.

The living room has large, 25-foot ceilings and a wall of windows that overlook the wooded backyard. This big space needed a few cosmetic fixes including new flooring – which spans the main level – and a new stain color for the built-in to better complement the floor. We also removed the track lighting and added can lighting to the ceiling. The kitchen and living room were painted Revere Pewter, which is the perfect warm gray color, in my opinion.

The laundry room was large but lacked storage. To compensate for the problem we installed custom built-ins with shelving and drawers – each family member has their own! The cabinets were painted Dorian Gray and upgraded with new gold knobs and a new quartz countertop.

Every bathroom in the home needed a little love including this main level powder room. This space was completely gutted an upgraded with a new stool, vanity, countertop, mirror, and to top it off, a vessel sink.

The basement level lacked character. To brighten up the space we painted the large honey oak fireplace surround white and added shiplap for the TV to hang on.  There was also a large kitchenette in the basement that was completely closed off from the living space by a door. To connect the kitchenette and basement living room for optimal entertaining, we opened up the wall and created a bar top for seating and serving!

Just like the rest of the house, this space had outdated oak cabinets. We followed Megan’s same design concept in the laundry and painted the cabinets Dorian Gray, plus added gold knobs.  We even used our leftover barn wood from the pantry doors to create an X-shaped wine holder. The herringbone backsplash and gold sink faucet  completed the space perfectly!

Photography: Jake Boyd Photo


We have a big family reunion happening in just a few weeks, and not one, but two families of cousins are going to be staying with us for an entire week. We decided a little while ago that with all these family members heading our way, we really needed to get the guest room and bathroom in the basement finished. So we called up our contractor, who happened to have just enough time between other big jobs to help us out, and got the work started within a few days. And guess what? It should all be done in the next two weeks! They finished painting this morning, carpet and flooring go in on Monday, and then we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a new guest room.

Once the guest room is finished, we get to work on the fun part–decorating! We already have a bed and a dresser to go in the room, both from my old bedroom at my parents’ house. I feel like we need to get those pieces moved into the room before we can really get a feel for how we want to decorate. In the meantime, I’m having fun looking at photos of pretty bedrooms from around the web. In my quest for guest room inspiration, I’ve tried to focus on the qualities I want our room to have. I want our guest room to be restful, comfortable, and cozy. I want it to be well-appointed. I want it to have personality. I want it to feel like home for the guests that get to stay there. That’s kind of a tall order, but I know that with some careful thought and lots of gorgeous guest room inspiration, we can make it happen. Here are just a few of the beautiful bedrooms I’ve found so far in my quest…

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You may know her from Restaurant: Impossible or her work revamping countless spaces for her Boston-based firm, but interior designer Taniya Nayak has a new gig: Ellen DeGeneres handpicked her to represent ED on Air, the comedian’s new whimsical home line for QVC. Writer Jolene Edgar interviewed Taniya for the November issue to find out about her fall obsessions–Ellen-related and otherwise:

“ED is Ellen’s nickname–it’s what Portia and her closest friends call her. These Chunky Becket Knit Throws are among my favorite things in the fall line. I love the textural design of the weave–it reminds me of my most beloved winter sweaters.”

 

“I always keep a travel candle like this one from Paddywax with me—the kind that comes in a tin with a lid—when I’m staying in a hotel, it really soothes me.”

 

“I like a heavy, precise liquid line on top, and Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner stays all day and doesn’t smudge. I pull it out a bit, extending the line just beyond my lashes, not a full cat eye.”

“The day cream and serum from Natura Bisse’s Cure line saved my skin. I’ve struggled with mild adult acne on the sides of my face–I think from the heavy TV makeup–but I started using these products, and suddenly, I feel like I can go out without any makeup on. I could never do that before. They evened my skin tone, and I don’t get blemishes anymore.”

 


 

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We talk a lot about simple ways to add some color, pattern, and texture into your space. Throw pillows are always a great go-to for adding a little depth, texture, and life into your space. However, I actually love letting a bold choice in a rug or tile lead the way and set the tone. The rug game is so good right now and there are such a great range of super affordable options to choose from. It is fun to start with an exciting piece as the foundation of the room and pull colors, and textures within the rug as inspiration for the rest of the room.

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And the tiles right now…can we talk about the tiles for a moment please?! So many stunning choices and patterns that really have the ability to completely set the tone and lead the story in a space. I love this strong choice of tile and the layering and mixing of rich brown tones and blacks.

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More stunning tile! The patterns are just so beautiful and intriguing. You can see how a pattern like this will become the star or the room. If you are ready to go big with pattern take the tile right up off the floor and onto the back splash of a kitchen for really high impact!

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This is a great way to go if you prefer a more conservative approach to pattern. The impact is just as high however! This rich saturated hue and energetic stripe sets the tone for the whole room. The great thing about this approach is it is easy to refresh this space by changing out just the rug and pillows. This room could have a totally different look overnight because the major furnishings are so neutral.

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We cannot forget about the ceiling which is the final layer that makes your space look finished and completely pulled together. You can keep everything else simple in your space if you want to make a big statement from above. It is also nice to add a little texture if you want to go a little more subtle. Super simple additions like ceiling medallions are great for adding interest and texture to the “fifth wall”. Love the texture under foot and visual interest above in this image. What a perfect blend of romantic, cozy and organic

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Wallpaper on the ceiling is such an amazing way to add the final bit of life into the room! It really is the icing on the cake and I love how the color is repeated in the pillows.

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I cannot get enough of this bold graphic statement from above!


Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?

 

First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

 

1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!

 

 

2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.

 

 

3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.

 

 

4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.

 

 

5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.

 

 

6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.

 

 

7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.

 

 

8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.

 

 

9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.

 

photos courtesy of Studio DIY

 

10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

xx madison


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Let’s talk about wallpaper for a moment shall we? For a pattern loving girl like me I love seeing the resurgence of wallpaper! However, I know this can be quite the polarizing subject. You are either firmly in the love camp and staying put (likely forever) in the hate camp. Maybe, just maybe a good look at the gorgeous possibilities available today will get the doubters to reconsider. Designing with wallpaper gives you the opportunity to make a statement in your space. Even using a subtle print or a textured paper like grass cloth will make a huge impact. The most exciting thing about wallpaper at the moment is the choices available for application. There are some really great temporary papers out there that make going bold feel less risky. A temporary paper is also the perfect solution to make a rental feel more like home. If you want dip your toe in the water, start with a powder room or laundry room or another small space.

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Children’s rooms are a fantastic space to incorporate wallpaper in your design. There are so many great options out there that create a sense of whimsy in the room. To make sure the room can grow with the little person who lives there consider staying away from super themed patterns and opt instead for more modern prints like this great from dot Juju Papers. Since it is not perfect there is still a sense of youthful energy and movement.

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I adore the idea of using wallpaper on the ceiling of a nursery! Baby is often looking up – make the view great!wallpaper

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Incorporating patterns that are inspired by nature is a great way breathe a little life into your design.

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These graphic statements are perfect for a hallway or entry way.


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