Thursday, January 19, 2012

Project Snapshots

Like many of you, the beginning of a new year has me re-energized.  I have been busy organizing, cleaning, purging, rearranging, and checking lots of those little pesky things off my “to do” list which have been there way too long.  (i.e. - the clock above my mantel which has been leaning against the wall for almost two years has finally been hung!)

Along with all of the above, I have also been working on lots of house projects.  So today I thought I would share a sneak peak of what I have been up to and give you an idea of what is ahead.  I will be sure to share all the details as each project is completed.

The biggest changes will be taking place in the master bedroom.  The pictures below are a few hints of the progress which has been made so far.

I have also been completing projects in the basement . . .

. . . adding some new artwork to the mudroom . . .

. . . and updating a few things in the kitchen. 

Changes are also in store for the dining room.

Finally, I wanted to thank everyone who entered the Something About Silver giveaway.  I try to host a couple of giveaways throughout the year as a way to thank you for choosing to take time out of your busy schedules and spend it with Red Door Home.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hooked on Houses - the January Red Door Home Blog of the Month

Happy New Year!  I am excited to be starting 2012 with a Red Door Home Blog of the Month feature.

January’s highlighted site – Hooked on Houses – will be an instant favorite for anyone who enjoys houses.

Julia - author of Hooked on Houses

Movie buffs will love Julia’s famous tv and movie house features.  Here she shares a behind the scenes look at beloved movie sets and the designers who made these homes come to life.

From Somethings Gotta Give
My favorite and one of the most popular movie houses ever, being the Somethings Gotta Give house.
Somethings Gotta Give Dining Room

This kitchen with its white cabinets, honed granite countertops, dark stained floors and white subway tiled backsplash was an instant hit and remains an inspiration for many kitchens built today.

Somethings Gotta Give kitchen

Another regular series on Hooked on Houses is celebrity home features highlighting the living spaces – both inside and out – of the rich and famous. From real estate listings to magazine stories, Julia shares all the details which make these properties so intriguing.
Jennifer Lopez's house

Sandra Bullock's gothic victorian home
On the funnier side is the bad MLS listing photos.  Readers submit pictures from real estate listings which can only be filed under the “what were they thinking category.”  Take for example this agent who decided to show the same two vases of flowers in every single picture – budget staging at its best!

Finally, a house blog would not be complete without a before and after section and Hooked on Houses has one of the best.  Makeover stories range from single room transformations to entire house remodels.
I especially love the kitchen makeover shown below.

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Makeovers = Photographer:  Bryan McCay
Designer and Producer:  Donna Talley, Regional Editor and Producer for Meredith Publications
There is a lot more to see at Hooked on Houses so I hope you will take moment to visit Julia.  Her blog is truly one of the best!

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