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BRANCHING OUT

One of my favorite ways to add a little beauty and drama to a home is by using large branches. I’ll clip them from pretty much anything and place them in vases, jars or even my favorite piece of pottery. Not only are they fun but they can last much longer than flowers. Below, are some of my favorite images.

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Some of my favorite branches to use are Magnolia, Olive, Willow & Cherry Blossom. Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

 If you didn’t read my last post, this townhouse is a project my husband and I worked on together. He purchased it and then handed over to me to renovate it. Below, are before and after photos of the bathroom.

The inspiration for the townhouse bath.

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I wasn’t able to see the upstairs on our first visit, but once the townhouse was cleared out I was able to shoot these photos of the upstairs bath.

After

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If you like before & after photos as much as I do, check out yesterday’s post for before & after photos of the living and kitchen.

Next time, I’ll be sharing before & after photos of my recent Austin exterior project.

~ Shannon

TOWNHOUSE PROJECT

Out of the 14 years that I’ve been renovating homes, this project could possibly have the most dramatic before and after photos. Though I do love working with my private clients, my husband and I also purchase and renovate homes together. Typically he purchases a property, and then hands it over to me to renovate. This is one of those projects.

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I wasn’t sure if I should share these before pictures with you because it’s a bit of a shock. The photo above is the first glimpse my husband and I saw of the townhouse.

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Once the townhouse was cleared out, the plan was to knock down most of the wall between the living and the kitchen; then, add new drywall, recessed lighting and flooring. We did discover a small half bath, to the right, after the clean out. Now it is a sweet little powder room.

Checking on the progress with my daughter, Iris.

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THE KITCHEN

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I have an affection for rehabbing townhouses because one of the first projects I ever did was a townhouse in San Antonio. We knocked down walls removed flower wallpaper in the kitchen and raised the ceiling to really open up the space. For this townhouse, I knew with only two windows, I wanted it to feel bright & airy.

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I love rehabbing houses and sometimes the uglier the better because of the challenge at the beginning and the impact at the end. Next time, more before and after photos of the rest of the townhouse.

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I love this woven trend going on — from light fixtures to rugs and chairs — it’s all gorgeous.

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On my recent trip to Mallorca I noticed a lot of woven influences. I saw tons of gorgeous light fixtures, rugs and baskets. I feel adding some natural fiber accents can work for anyone’s home and love how it can evoke a sense of vacation and relaxed style of living.

 

 All my favorite woven accents from Serena & Lily

The Garden Table

One of my favorite items to place in a garden — is the garden table. It can be placed pretty much anywhere — on the patio, courtyard, or a corner in the garden. It’s a great platform to display your favorite plants & garden objects. Below, are some of my favorite ways to use a garden table.

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There are really no rules to using a garden table. It can be an elaborate or simple table —  small or large. You can place tons of stuff on it or just a few of your favorite items.

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A perfect example from my last garden tour in Santa Monica.

A couple of my favorites out there…

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~ Shannon

While looking for inspiration to get my day started, I came across some beautiful Interior & Exterior Ideas from Pinterest.

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Love this gorgeous kitchen from Leslie Cotter Interiors. Although, the overall palette is quite simple she added understated elegance with a gorgeous range hood, pendants, and bar stools.

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Great idea for those that have an expansive backyard and can add a stone wall & fireplace like this — not only does this help take up some lawn space but it’s also a beautiful focal point.

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By selecting these amazing dining room chairs and gorgeous light fixture, Becki Owens added so much interest & texture without adding tons of color, love it!

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I always love the idea of adding a table outside to display plants and objects.

Happy Tuesday!

~ Shannon

PROJECT UPDATE

If you love before and after photos as much as I do, I have several projects in the pipeline that are going to have some really fun before and afters.

Below, are two projects I’m currently working on that are almost ready for their “after” shot.

AUSTIN EXTERIOR PROJECT

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This is a wonderful house in the rolling hills of Austin that has been a wonderful project to work on. Above, you can see that we painted the exterior brick and now we are pouring a new walkway and steps, as well as adding some planting beds. I also plan to add a couple other exterior touches that will really transform this exterior.

TOWNHOUSE PROJECT

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This is a townhouse in the San Fernando Valley (Southern California) that needed a complete gut.

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As you can see above, we removed most of the wall on the left to open up the space between the living room and kitchen. We painted the walls one of my favorite colors from Farrow & Ball — Clunch, and now are adding a kitchen from IKEA. I’m hoping to post the before and after photos next week, and many of you will not believe the transformation.

Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

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