03 April 2014

Coastal Home On The Web: Banner and Button Design

Remember I said that things were changing at The reNOUNed Nest?  It's been four years since I started this little venture and man!  Have I learned a lot!  Blogger is a great place to start but when you long for more control over your blog, you quickly realize, it can sometimes feel like you have training wheels on when you are a proficient cyclist.  That said, the name didn't really fit anymore either.  After a brief stint with Lowe's, some personal turmoil, my father's passing, our near sale of our home, and getting our hopes up on getting a house that we didn't get...I was either going to cut all of my hair off and start over or change my business name!  Since I look terrible in short hair, I opted for the blog and business name change!  It's safer and doesn't take three years to grow back, if I hate it!  

I've bought books, stumbled through various issues, consulted friends and even freaked out momentarily, but I think I am actually figuring out this "transfer your Blogger blog to WordPress" thing!  While I am not quite ready to officially announce my new home on the web, I will tell you, I have called my friends at Legal Zoom, and changed my business name to {insert horns and drum roll here} 


Coastal Chic Redesign

I think it's a better fit for my reused and and not as confusing to spell!  Coastal Chic is more like my chill design style and Redesign is what I do!  I've never been the high end, designer who walks into a space and says, "It'll all have to go!"  I would much rather redesign, starting with what you have, using what you love, creating something new and unique and then adding to it with new pieces to freshen it up! I sincerely hope you love it, or grow to love it!  I was up until 1:00 a.m. creating a blog banner and button!  The name is here to stay!!!

Here's a peek at my banner and button IN PROGRESS (Graphic Artist friends, don't send me hate mail! I'm playing around and learning a lot.  Boy, do I ever have respect for you all and what you do!  Geese, this ain't easy!)



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First I drew it.  I'm much more comfortable with a pencil than I am a mouse, believe it or not!  I wish I knew how to get the center part of this design (the compass, shell and words) into the computer.  See my "WordPress Web Design for Dummies" book?  I think I slept with it for part of the night, last night!  {sigh}




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Then I went to PicMonkey to see what I could do.  Still need to change the color of the Coastal Chic and add my photo montage, like the one I made for reNOUNed Nest.  Libby begged me to keep a bird in there somewhere.  It's been my "Mama Bird" for 4 years but since I'm moving it for her, it's now my lucky Sandpiper (if you know our family, you get the reference).  You'll probably see my little Sandpiper on blog posts and links in the future.




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Then I cropped and changed it for a blog button.  Sandpiper's aren't really blue, but for now, this one is!
I'm really into compasses these days.  How perfect for those who have lost their way (design, life, etc)!  They hold so much hope for the future.  

Stick with me y'all!  Great things are on the horizon! 

xoxoxo,

Cindy




31 March 2014

Dining Room Coffee Bar

A few days ago, our not old enough to die - coffee maker kicked the bucket!  Not sure what happened!  It was only 3 years old and seemed to be fine, but one morning Sandman when to make his usual brew and "click" nothing happened!  Ever since I took the kids to visit my cousins in Pittsburgh, they'v been hounding me to get a Keurig!  Our two eldest teens drink coffee, as does Sandman, but Libby and I stick to tea and cocoa, so we just didn't see what the big deal was.  Sandman is a traditionalist.  He just didn't see the point either so we didn't rush out during the Black Friday specials to get one.  BUT since the not so old coffee maker was kaput, the kids and I (who found you can brew hot tea in a Keurig) pleaded the case to get one of those fancy K-Cup brewers.  Sandman had off on Wednesday, last week, so we did something totally romantic!  We went shopping at Costco (I know, yawn, right?)  There it was!  The beautiful Keurig with it's instant rebate, 30 free K-Cups, free water filter and the cup thingy you can use to brew your regular coffee and tea without having to buy K-Cups!  As he started to see my point, I began to carefully sneak one off the shelf.  "I guess that's it.  We're getting one."  I was like "Yup.  Glad you see the value."  I'm so convincing!  ;)

We got it home and on the counter, the thing is mammoth!  I nearly started regretting our choice.  My counter space is somewhat limited so to give up that much space for coffee (and tea) was foolish! Quick! Think of something!  Ah-Ha!  Set up a coffee bar!  Give it it's own special location in a room that needs more action anyway!  Perfect!

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Coffee and Tea Bar!  All of our favorites are represented here (I'm not being paid by any of these companies, trust me, my bank account proves it!)!  The family went gaga for this idea!  It's the first place they stop in the morning and after school!  I will need to increase my vacuuming frequency with all of this new traffic in the dining room!


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You can see why the need to put it somewhere else.  When we added the drawer (that we found at Target) we couldn't open the top to put in the K-Cup without moving the whole thing out!  Annoying!  And plus, it took up precious counter space that I was NOT willing to part with!


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Dug through my highly unused serving trays and found this baby!  I think it's for relish?  Not sure.  I inherited it from a relative.  It will hold sweetener packets in neat rows (once I go shopping and get some)!


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A neat little tray for my sugar bowl, coffee and tea.  It makes a nice place for wet items that should not be camping out on the wooden sideboard (Hint. Hint. Mariner, Vannie and Libby!)

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I think it's awesome!  What you can't see is in the sideboard I have mugs stored on the left and tea cups and saucers (which we rarely use) on the right.  One stop shopping!

xoxoxo,
Cindy




27 March 2014

Fresh Start: Picture Collage With Stripes and Chevrons

Hi Stranger!  Oh, wait, that would be me.  Sorry for the delay in posts.  I've been dealing with some serious shhh...um, stuff.  Trying to find my groove again through prayer, therapy and decorating.  Posts will increase in frequency as I work through everything.

The least of my issues has been the house sale.  At this point, even I'm confused about what we're doing!  The long and short of it is, we found this great house on the north end of town.  We fell in love, put an offer in, got an offer on our house which fell apart, the offer on the house we wanted fell apart too, someone else made a contract for that house, we took the house off the market and 
now we are waiting on a long-shot possibility, that neither Sandman or I want to talk about so we don't jinx it (or have too many opinions clouding our judgement), so don't ask!  
For now, or until 2020 (when Libby graduates) we're here in our beautiful, safe nest.

Something about moving, or even the idea of moving, gets me to take a HARD look at all of the things we have accumulated.  Sometimes I just don't know how we have so much stuff!  I purge our junk from closets and drawers regularly, so how does this house fill back up so quickly?  A few mornings ago, I was going through the frames I have stored under our bed.  I have to admit, I'm sort of a frame junkie.  I love the possibilities of painting them, hanging them, putting pictures in and changing pictures out.  On this particular morning, I was really reflecting on all that has happened to me since April and just wanted to clear the decks.  
Some people get a drastic haircut (which I have contemplated), some paint every room in the house a new color (but I love all of our colors) and some get rid of everything they can...that's where I am with life.  Purge all that is not needed, broken, past it's prime, expired, outgrown, doesn't mean anything to me (or my family)...just LET IT ALL GO!!! So cathartic!

As I put the frames I wanted to keep, back under my bed, I stopped and thought "What the hell are you doing?  Use the ones you want to keep and purge the ones on the wall you don't like!  Duh!"  So down everything came off the wall in our room.  I didn't lay it all out like I did the first time I did a collage in that spot.  I just built it and layered it as I went.  I reused the nails in place and stayed with roughly the same sizes, adding and moving as I saw fit.   


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The view as you walk into our room.


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It makes me smile every time I look at it!

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Sandman and me on the day we renewed our vows.  Today, I was cruising through photos to find one to fill the frame on the right.


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The crab is from the cover of Terp magazine.  It was naturally, my favorite issue!


BEFORE


AFTER
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So much better!  I love the stripes and chevrons. It just freshens it up and makes it not as serious.

So much to donate or sell (if I can figure out were to have a yard sale)!


xoxoxo,

Cindy

29 January 2014

Modern Day Wet Bar: Should It Have Stayed In The 1980's?

Sandman and I had to get out of the contract with the farmhouse, I've been blogging about for months!  It's heartbreaking, because we know that by the time we sell our current residence, it might be gone, but the deal was just getting too risky for our family.  The market, for the type of home we can see ourselves in, is pretty tight.  There currently is just not much out there for us to look at, but we are optimistic people so we went house hunting on Monday.  There was one that really stood out for us, and it wasn't the one we thought would be "the one"!  This house is in a neighborhood with a VERY minimal HOA and 3 acres for every home.  It's quiet with lots of room to run and York River State Park nearly across the street...nearly.  That's our sort of "country club"!   Wanna be hicks in the sticks?  Maybe we are!  So what!  It makes us happy!

This house has great character!  Lots of moldings, charm and room.  It needs granite, new appliances, master bath re-do, relocation of the laundry room, a new bathroom for Mariner (as in, there currently isn't one for him yet, if we buy the place), wallpaper removed, a deck and...something done with the wet bar!

When I think of a wet bar, I think of the 70s and 80s!  Dark basements with foosball and pool tables. Nasty bar stools covered in vinyl and orange shag carpet!  Don't you?  Initially we were thinking we would rip it out, then we thought, we would keep it and here's why; where does everyone end up during a party? The kitchen, right?  If there's a wet bar, more than likely your party would stay in the living room.  More and more people are choosing to renovate their wet bars or install one in their entertainment spaces.  The more we thought about it, the more it made sense.  IF the sellers could come down in price enough to justify the purchase, we might take the plunge.  For now, we are dreaming of possibilities.



{houzz}
I love how sleek and modern this one is.  Way more sophisticated than it's predecessors.


{houzz}
Something just a little more classic and traditional.  This one doesn't scream "PARTY" but I think that's what I like about it.  It can be an everyday beverage break, sort of space or a little wine tasting location for a gathering.

{via pinterest}
I love this one!  The rock backsplash is wonderful!


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Today's wet bars are close in proximity to entertainment spaces and usually just around the corner from the kitchen.  It saves congestion when your friends are enjoying the game and need a drink; and you are preparing food for the party in the kitchen. 

With the Super Bowl, this weekend, who wouldn't want one of these right there in the room with you, your friends and the big game? 

Go Broncos!

xoxoxo,

Cindy

22 January 2014

Design Dreams: Hoping for a Farmhouse Kitchen and Bath

This evening, I've been dreaming of things to put in my new farmhouse (if we get it).  Lights, tile, sinks...

There's so much more I want to add, but this is a start.  Who knows!  When I get there, I may go a whole other direction, but for now, this is what I'm thinking!

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Did you know that there is WAY more available online at Lowe's than there is in the store?  AND what's more, Lowe's has another online store, called ATG Stores, where even more is available?  I'm in love with both of these online stores, but especially ATG Stores.  The items available there are so design forward and current.  I highly recommend you check them out!

So the mood board, above, only has the items I need, not the items I have, so you have to kinda take it with a grain of salt.  We will have beautiful wood floors and cherry and white cabinets (both) in the kitchen, which were custom hand built.  They are gorgeous.  I'm not in love with the current stove, dishwasher or light fixtures, and there is currently no refrigerator; so above are my choices.  The oyster light is inspiration for the light I want to make!  I spent most of the summer collecting oyster shells and have enough to make one of these and the mirror below!   The three pendants will go over the island.  Hubby will love me because we need to add a couple more cans for the two extra pendants.  The oyster shell light will go over the farm table.  The rustic glass light will go over our farm/apron sink.

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In my opinion, all wallpaper is out except grasscloth wallpaper!  It never goes out, as long as it's the real thing!  The vinyl look alike never quite cuts it.  It's expensive but my powder room is small, so there ya go!  We're getting it!  Yep!  ATG Stores again!  Great place!  The cabinet is representative of what I hope to find when I'm out junkin this summer.  We have neutral tile floors in this room, so all should go well.  The sink is one that is available at Lowe's.  It's gorgeous in person (I've been drooling over it)! The bell-jar light is representative of a light-less one that I found when I was thrifting in Cape Charles a few months ago.  I need to find where to get the lighting parts to make it work.  The glass is cut so beautifully.  It will be amazing, I know!!!

xoxoxo,
Cindy

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