Kid Friendly Seattle Renovation

Fixer Upper Friday—Kid Friendly Seattle Renovation

So I’m in the middle of binge watching Six Feet Under…again. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you take this weekend to veg out and remedy that (also, no worries, this post doesn’t have any spoilers).

***I don’t know how long this link will be active, but you can watch the pilot episode on HBO’s site right now without a subscription.

If you have seen it then the next thing I’m about to say will totally make sense to you: I absolutely LOVE Brenda’s apartment. It’s such a beautiful space that I always search around for similar design styles. Brenda’s apartment is kinda like my litmus test for decor. Simple and sleek but at the same time full of character and awesome architectural features. ***Which TV/Movie homes would you just love to live in? Comment below!***

Brenda's Apartment

So in my constant quest for Brenda-esque apartments, I found this really awesome space featured on Design Sponge. While it’s definitely more colorful, the space boasts the same kind of serenity and function that makes Brenda’s place so amazing. And the floors! OMG, wait until you see the floors!

This is a renovated, 100 year old home located in Seattle. Sarah and Daniel Dupuis‘ design aesthetic is swoon worthy and their cost effective DIY projects are off the charts cool. They’re even listed on Airbnb, so we might have to pack our bags! We can even watch Six Feet Under when we get there! Check out this beautiful space…
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Don’t forget to comment!—Which TV/Movie homes (past or present) would you just love to live in?

Image Credit (Six Feet Under): HBO.com

Image Credit: Rafael Soldi

 

Extreme Bedroom Makeover

It’s not as hard as you think it is to totally rejuvenate a run down space. Half of the battle is getting over the fear of just getting started. With every project you complete, you get better and better at DIY-ing. I recently renovated a bedroom, and converted an adjoining room into a walk-in closet in my 160 year old fixer upper. Most of  the work was cosmetic (priming and painting the walls, sanding and staining the floor), but I also tore out the back of the small closet in the bedroom in order to connect the two rooms.

As for the walk-in closet, all the big box stores sell wire shelving and brackets. There’s a rule of thumb for the height of closet rods: 40 inches high for the bottom row and 80 inches high for the top row. It requires a little bit of know-how to install the brackets and shelving yourself, or maybe it just requires common sense. Whatever it requires, I found out the hard way. My one gem of advice is to make sure you screw those brackets into the wall studs. Indoor avalanches= no bueno + wall patching.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with the overall result of this renovation.

Check it out:

Bedroom Renovation Before 1Bedroom Renovation Before 2

The back wall of the small bedroom closet is torn out to create the entrance to the new walk-in closet.
The back wall of the small bedroom closet is torn out to create the entrance to the new walk-in closet.
Bedroom walls primed and painted.
Bedroom walls primed and painted.
Floors sanded before the final stain.
Floors sanded before the final stain.
Furnishings by Ikea
Furnishings by Ikea

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