Sometimes there is so much I want to tackle, I can’t decide what to do next. My solution: I do whatever is free. And since Chris is working late every night, lately I have been picking projects that I can do easily by myself. In steps the stairway railing and her little sister, this divider between the dining room and family room:
The free-ness is thanks to Benjamin Moore giving out free pints to everyone and anyone until June 30th. You just have to “like” them on facebook and print off your coupon and take it into any store that sells ol’ Ben. (Hint: we printed off, like, five.) For the railings, I knew I didn’t want black and white. Albeit traditional, we have quite a bit of black and white accents already and I wanted something that would compliment that, as well as, mesh with the dark wood floors we are dreaming of eventually getting. We agreed almost instantly on Ben Moore’s Steel Wool. I decided to start on the smaller railing (the divider) because I wanted to make sure we would like the look before tackling the larger staircase. It took WAY longer than I expected. Sanding, cleaning, and painting and then a light sand and a second coat on this took 3.5 hours.
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We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
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