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Who says, “Obviously, this ceiling should be orange!”????  Can you guess? Okay, okay, I’ll tell you: The people who owned the house before us!  

Whatever, it’s cool. The orange matched the orange wood, orange floors, orange walls, and the orange wood trim around the ceiling light!  You know, there’s no wrong time for orange, right?

I had to say my heartfelt goodbyes to that orange ceiling, (aka nearly swearing under my breath as I painted it- have you ever painted a ceiling? Um, not fun!), and while the white isn’t orange, it… well, it isn’t orange, enough said.

Really, have you ever painted a ceiling?  I am all for working hard and doing my part, but painting ceilings is my new least favorite thing ever. I still have paint in my hair!  Haha, people keep saying, “What’s that in your hair?” I think I’m going to say, “lice” next time because I’m getting made fun of for paint, so I’ll try to scare them a little so I can laugh at them. Might backfire, but whatev.

So let me point out some really great things about this kitchen. The countertops were already redone with this oatmeal colored slab stuff. Anyone know what it is?   I don’t actually know what they are but they were easy to bleach and clean up and they look really nice, and no grout is pretty awesome. The cabinets were original – most people would probably hate that, but I love it because they are real wood!  And then there is a window over the sink that looks into the backyard. I can watch the kids while they play outside. And, and, and – it’s such an open floor plan! The kitchen is centrally located in the house which makes me feel like I can keep track of the kids a little better and hear everrrryyytthhing!

Since I took this pictures we already put our black microwave up in place of that white one, and we’ll eventually get another stove, but our other one is electric so it isn’t useable here. Shame! We also had to get rid of our dryer since it would work here and I literally hugged it goodbye. It was my first stove & dryer and they served us so well, I was a little attached. I don’t know if they were my possessions or if they owned me, but either way, we spend a who lot of time together.

I’m not even a bit done with the dining room so I won’t share it now, but here’s a peek:

  • kyrie

    ashley! how beautiful is that??? gees! so fresh, classic, breezy, cozy. absolutely lovely. oh this whole post just makes me so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! What a transformation – it looks incredible, and btw you are going to love having that island/bar space – so great, so open!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kearney

    Love Love Love everything!!! Looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I love the paint color and I’m obsessed with that light! Where did you get it?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I love that you used blue paint! I’ve always dreamed that if we ever had our own place, I would want blue paint! Never knew if it could be done without being overdone, but you did it! Gorgeous! Love all the richness of wood, yet it still has that clean, crisp look. Great job! Super excited for you guys! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Cassie Lopez

    Perfect! You have such a gift!! I know the bible says not to envy, but you’re okay if I do, right?? The countertops, since you asked, are called Solid Surface or sometimes Formica. It’s a man made material and the best for overall function and durability (can I get a “Yay!”). Why do I know all of that unimportant info? ‘Cause I had to learn about them during the time that Jared and I were thinking about new countertops. Pretty darn fab, though. Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Jenkins

    Myles was with me when I was looking at this post and said “wow that second picture looks way better…more clean!” 🙂 Children speak the truth!!! I love the subtle nautical feel your house has….really awesome. Can’t wait until you are completely settled and fully in your finished house…keep up the good work!! xoReplyCancel

  • yes! much better. the blue looks really good.

    i like your counter tops- easily to clean and neutral are a great combo in my book!ReplyCancel

  • jess mitchell

    Everything looks so good! No wonder I haven’t seen you for weeks…you guys have obviously been busy. It sounds like the countertops in the kitchen are corion? That was what we were going to do in our kitchen but we got a good deal on the granite. Can’t wait to see your house in person!ReplyCancel

  • ashley, i love every detail! beautiful.
    super thrilled for y’all! xoReplyCancel

  • Tiphani

    So funny how many of the same things we have. Like, for instance, your light in the kitchen- we just picked up two of those at the flea market a few weeks ago. But ours are silver. I see stuff all over that we have displayed similarly! So funny and fun! So needless to say, looks great and am so excited for you guys! Can’t wait to put up posts like this myself over the next few months! We are moving too! Keep the house blogs coming-my fave!!ReplyCancel

  • […] Obviously, like all the other rooms, a lot to do still, but love the progress! I sadly didn’t take any good pictures of this room “before” but the long wall, the one  you see with all the pictures on it – it was a faux finish of swirled orange and green nasty. Orange ceiling too, like the Kitchen. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] already talked about the Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, Master Bedroom, so now we are finally on the truly exciting – the […]ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Vaughan

    Looks great! Did you sand down the cabinetry and restain?ReplyCancel

I’d love to write some catty homeownership comments about how stuff always goes wrong, but let’s just focus on the fact that we are happily moved into this house and loving it!

Here is what our current living room looked like while it was dirty intact:

And now that we ripped out the baseboards, scraped the ceilings, painted, new flooring, and moved our stuff in, and here’s what it currently looks like:

Still have have to do baseboards & hanging curtains – plus styling the whole thing (gotta unpack some boxes to do that those things!) Big difference though, right?! And the best part?  It’s cleeeeaaaaannnn!

  • Laura Colle

    Ashley I love it! and BTW the post before this was amazing. Good job!ReplyCancel

  • It’s so gorgeous Ashley…super homey. I love the blue – We’re renting now so I’m trying not to dream to much about all the “touch ups” I could do – not really worth it if you’re only in a place for a year. 🙂 I’ve been working in the yard a lot though and that’s really satisfying. So glad that you guys got your home. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Love love love! You have such good taste!! Can’t wait to see the rest!!ReplyCancel

  • […] – styling!  If you want to see before & afters of our Living Room or Kitchen you can see them here and […]ReplyCancel

I’ve been bad about my WTAWW posts. Today is no different. First of all, it’s actually Thursday. I pretty much missed it altogether. Second, I didn’t have any real pictures to post with the move and all (House pictures coming tomorrow though, get exciiitttted!)  So I am posting these. It’s just a photo shoot, not a legit worn out in public outfit, but, since my little Zara is just too cute I had to share them! (Fur from Ikea, Peony from the grocer & Vintage 20’s slip from the antique shoppe!)

P.S. This child. My big thing is to not ask them to do anything too specific when I take pictures of them, so she just does her own thing, but she is such a natural. She definitely has her Grandma’s genes. And, if you didn’t read it yet, I’ve started a fun new series on kids clothes! See it here.

  • She is so beautiful! Great pictures.ReplyCancel

  • STOP IT RIGHT NOW! She is GORGEOUS and these photos are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Gina

    I’m hiring you to do Ava’s glamore shots once she has long hair!ReplyCancel