Exterior Home

We’ve been itching to get cracking on the exterior of our house and this summer we finally did! Our plan initially was to redo our walkway because it was pretty much a hazard to walk on.  Of course like every project, you start with one idea and before you know it, you’re stoning the house!  Our whole plan started when we replaced our front door and thought, “Wow, this looks good and everything else is just, eh.” 

On top of redoing our walkway we also wanted to do something with our foundation and decided to stone it. Our mason was amazing! It’s pretty crazy to watch him carve and shape each stone to fit like a puzzle. We also chopped down a tree that was not very safe and since we were also purchasing new garage doors we continued the stone work along the side of the house! That was not in our initial plan but I’m so happy we did! Here are a slew of before, during, and after shots!

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DSC02985DSC02667DSC02991DSC02982DSC02981DSC02979DSC02976DSC02995DSC03027We used Connecticut field stone, mosaic cut for the stone all around and for our walkway we used our existing blue stone. This Fall we will transfer the big green bushes in the front and possibly plant something lower to the ground so the stone on the foundation can shine! We also have plans to redo our driveway and even though we say it won’t be for awhile you never know with us! 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

{Beauty Tip Tuesday} How To Clean Your Hair Tools

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beauty tip Tuesday so I’m happy to get back into it! The other day my cousin was over and she had her curling iron out. I asked her if I could use it and when I looked down at it I thought hmm this needs some major cleaning! That’s what brought me here. If you tend to use a lot of hair products, especially hair spray then you might start to get some build-up on your tools.How To Clean Your Hair Tools How To Clean Your Hair Tools All you need to make them look like new again is some rubbing alcohol and a scrubbing brush. 
How To Clean Your Hair Tools A little elbow grease can’t hurt either! Make sure your tool is not plugged in. You do not need it to be on and hot for this to work! Just work your scrubber in circular motions and before you know it, it’ll be as good as new! How To Clean Your Hair Tools How To Clean Your Hair Tools Now go grab your tools and get to cleaning! 

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover

You guys!! I’m so excited about this project! I love nothing more than having a vision and seeing it come to fruition. To say that this project was easy would be a lie. Not to say that it was hard to do but I kept going back and forth on my decisions so what should have been a quick makeover took a bit longer than expected. 

Just to give you an idea, in our dining room we have a hutch and a buffet. I redid our buffet here and here is a shot of what it currently looks like. In case you haven’t seen that post please know that those handles can’t be removed so alas I’m stuck with them.
{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover I knew right away that I didn’t want to do the same thing to the hutch but I needed something to marry the two pieces. The idea was cousins, not sisters. Here is the piece I was making over.

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I decided to use chalk paint because it doesn’t require you to sand or prime! I chose Old White by Annie Sloan. The only prepping that needed to be done was closing up the existing holes from the hardware since the new hardware would need new holes. 

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Here is the wallpaper that I used and one more look at the before.{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover

The After:

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{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Isn’t she a beauty! I love love how it turned out! I was nervous at first that the china and the paint color were too similar and everything was looking to monochromatic but the wallpaper really helps to break it up.
DSC02866{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Now that this piece is done there are only a few more things left to do before this room is complete. One of those being building a new dining room table! {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Another favorite time of day to gaze at this piece is at night when I get to turn the lights on!
{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Do you have a piece in your home you’d love to give a makeover to? Have you tried chalk paint yet? 

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Hallway Bathroom Makeover {Part I}

Disclaimer: This project was worked on almost 2 years ago and for some reason unknown to me I have never posted about it! So here we go!

If you live in a house that hasn’t been updated since the 70’s then there is a very good chance you’re rocking a bathroom with some type of unflattering colored tile.  At least that is what was happening over here.  Not only does our hall bath have some awesome yellow tile but at one point it had some metallic wallpaper, and not the trendy kind😉 The wallpaper had been taken down and that’s pretty much the state it had been in until we decided to fix it up.  On top of not being the best looking bathroom it also was not a functioning one either.  Here is what it looked like right before we got in there and tackled it.
Let’s start with that vanity…I mean, fit for Big Bird or what!

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 You can see some remnant of the wallpaper still stuck to the side of the mirror here.

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Random medicine cabinet in the middle of the wall.

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Yup, the wallpaper went all the way onto the ceiling as well.Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2StyleHall Bathroom Makeover @Made2Style

That toilet paper dispenser eerily reminded me of the toilet paper roll mirror I made. 
Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2StyleNow we weren’t doing a full reno but our list of to do’s consisted of 
1. Replacing the vanity
2. Replacing the toilet
3. Skim coating the walls
4. Painting walls and ceiling
5. Adding crown molding
6. Framing out mirror
7. Clean/replace grout on floor tile
8. Remove medicine cabinet behind door and patch existing hole
9. Replace recessed light with hanging pendent
10. replace faceplates/outlet covers

Unfortunately removing the yellow tile was not on our list. Hence this post being called Part 1.   We also thought that by taking the tile down it would mean we would have to replace all the sheetrock but after seeing how skilled our handyman was at skim coating we quickly realized that we wouldn’t need new sheetrock so we removed what we could outside of the bath/shower. We definitely plan to get rid of it but for now we need to work with what we have and that’s yellow tile.

As far as painting the walls the only color I could think of to do that would work with the yellow tile is gray. After looking at a few colors we settled with Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.  We put a sample on the wall and loved it, it looked like the perfect gray for the room. That was until we painted the room and realized that the gray was really green gray, insert rolling eyes. After replacing everything here is what we have going on today, but first a before.

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And now…for now.Hall Bathroom MakeoverHall Bathroom MakeoverI love the way the colors and molding came out. Although the gray is not what I thought it would be, once all the yellow is gone the color will look that much better. Enlight1And this vanity, ugh! I love this vanity! Hall Bathroom MakeoverHall Bathroom MakeoverThe idea we have for part 2 is to get rid of all the yellow tile in the shower and replace it with white subway tile. Outside of the tub we want to put up some board and batten. Hopefully when we get it done it won’t take me 2 years to post about it! 

Eggplant & Pepper Stir Fry

One of my favorite things about summer is the copious amounts of fresh garden food I get from my parents. My father has the most amazing garden ever! He plants just about everything and I get to reap the benefits! Here’s a shot of what it looked like early summer and now.IMG_4612IMG_6309

Crazy right! I wish we could have a garden but unfortunately the amount of trees we have doesn’t allow for enough sunlight in our yard but we are working on a plan. For now the only thing we have going on are some tomato plants that we did in containers and have up on our deck. I wasn’t feeling very hopeful that they would grow but they are looking pretty good! We even have one that’s starting to turn red! IMG_6313IMG_6314 Now with a garden like the one my parents have you can imagine what they bring when they stop by to visit. A few weeks ago I got a pretty sweet delivery when my mom came up.

I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes with you guys. Growing up my mom used to make this all the time and it’s super simple and great to have in the fridge. All you need is eggplant, peppers, and garlic. That’s it, that’s all!

DSC01718The first thing you need to do is cut up the eggplant (long strips), place them on a baking sheet, and cook them at 400° for about 25-30 minutes. 
DSC01720In the meantime slice up your green peppers into strips and placed them in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. You can use red, yellow, or orange peppers if you prefer but I find them to be too sweet for this dish. 
DSC01727I added the tiniest bit of water and covered the pan and continued to cook until they became tender.DSC01728DSC01729Once the eggplant is done, remove them from the baking sheet and add it to the pan with the peppers. DSC01731Last but not least throw in the garlic. Don’t be shy! Also, don’t talk to close to anyone after you’ve eaten this.DSC01733Mix it altogether and bam! I love to eat this on freshly baked bread! eggplantDSC01747

Something about the flavor of the peppers and garlic, mixed with the texture of the eggplant just gets me! You can always add sauce to this as well and maybe some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little kick! 
If you give it a try let me know what you think! 

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Our Wedding 5.1.16

Hi everyone! I’m officially back to blogging after what has seemed like forever! Wedding planning can literally eat up every ounce of time you have! It almost makes me wonder about all the women out there that become obsessed with their wedding, what must happen to them once it’s over? Postpartum anyone? HA! In the beginning, I was not really into it at all. I was lucky enough to have a pretty good idea on all the vendors I was going to use. Not having to shop around too much helped and once all the bookings were done things started to get a bit more relaxed. We definitely started to get into the whole process and really did enjoy it especially when I decided to work on some DIY projects! We also didn’t have a bridal party (just MOH, Best Man and Flower Girl) which I think makes a huge difference when planning!  The month before the wedding of course things started to get a bit more intense and stressful but all events can do that to you!

Our day was amazing! I remember checking the forecast the week of the wedding and seeing that it was going to rain and not being so happy about it. I will say this one thing to any future bride…it doesn’t matter. The morning of our wedding I woke up and it was gloomy looking outside, it was about 55 degrees, and drizzling and I could care less. I also didn’t freak about much over the wedding because at the end of the day there is nothing you can do about things that are out of your control. All that mattered to me was that I was marrying the man of my dreams. This was our day and there was nothing that could take that away from me. 

After sharing photos of our engagement and my bridal shower it only seemed fitting to come on here and share our wedding photos! Our photographer was Photography by Alfonso. He is someone I’ve known for a long time which made our experience so amazing. He’s ridiculously talented and while he had brought an entire crew with him (5 guys), during our reception I never even noticed them in the room. It’s so important that you click with your photographer and feel comfortable with them. It will make the biggest difference when your day comes! Ok enough babble for today, here are some of my favorite shots! 

Getting ready pictures are always my favorite! This first one is a favorite because I remember texting with Frank and I love that they captured that moment! If you click on this first picture you can view them larger. 

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Here are a few from the reception! 1746_resize1758_resize1752_resize1764_resize1797_resize1128_resize1134_resize1834_resize1839_resize1842_resizeI love looking through all of these over and over again! Now I have to narrow our 1200 photos to 100 for our album! That should be fun.
Stay tuned as we are doing some fun house projects and will have a bunch of updates coming up!
Thanks for being so awesome!
xo

My Beautiful Bridal Shower

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post but it turns out planning a wedding takes a lot of work! I will admit the entire process has been quite daunting and a ton of work. Being the DIYer that I am I wanted to take on at least one task so I decided to make my own invitations. I’ve made tons of invitations before so I knew what to expect but being that these were our wedding invitations it quickly became a much bigger deal! I’m happy to say they turned out just as I wanted and the response cards are slowly rolling in! The wedding is less than 2 months away and the excitement is really starting to build now! 

This past weekend my amazing mother and MOH, my best friend, threw me the most beautiful shower a girl could ask for! I didn’t know anything about it other than the date and the location.  It was held at the same restaurant that Frank and I had brunch the morning he proposed to me, The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, NY. My best friend took on the task of decorating the space and there was no way I couldn’t come on here and share it because she blew me away!! I seriously think she needs to start a party planning business! The theme she went with was blush and gold…I mean could she know me any better?? 

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Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerI love the rose gold and gold spray painted bottles! Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerDSC08317Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerDSC08318Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal Shower

This dessert table was everything!! My incredibly talented cousin (who is a baker) created this gorgeous and equally delicious cake for me! I was obsessed with it! DSC08305 2

Look at the detail work she put into this! Can you imagine? She placed each of those edible pearls on all by hand! Labor of love for sure!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerThe setting was as amazing as the day was!

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Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerHere are a few pictures from when I first walked in. This picture clearly shows my reaction when I saw everything!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal Shower

Me and the soon to be Mr. Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerAnd my beautiful best friend who created all this gorgeousness that you just witnessed! I don’t know what I would do without her! 
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For those who have been asking, the skirt I wore that day was made for me by Welcome to Royalty I was so in love with it! I literally felt like Cinderella in it! I went to Joann’s and purchased a gold sequin ribbon to create a belt to give it a little touch of sparkle and the lace top was one I already owned!  

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We are officially 50 days away from the wedding and I cannot wait!!