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7.11.2012

DIY Blogger House Update and Inspiration

I'm getting seriously excited to watch our DIY Blogger House project come together!


It's only been a few weeks since my last update post, but so many things have happened! I stopped by the other day to measure out a few spaces, and took a couple of shots of the cool finish work that is taking place. Everything's getting so close to being finished so that we can get in there and decorate!
Remember when it just looked like this, less than a month ago!?

I've been dying to show you how my spaces are coming along, so I've teamed up with one of my favorite companies, and sponsors for the DIY Blogger House project, Homes.com, for this post, to talk a bit about how everything is shaping out!
me and Leslie from Homes.com at SNAP
If you're newer to our blog, or haven't had a chance to take a look, Cason and I also write articles and feature DIY projects of our own, along with home buying/selling tips and decorating advice over on the Homes.com blog each week. 

 Alright, so I originally got pulled onto this fun DIY Blogger Parade of Homes project to give this tiny little pantry some "pizzazz", but then my designated area grew into helping with the whole dinging room design and a custom built in storage nook as well! I have LOTS of fun ideas for these spaces and have been pulling inspiration from all sorts of random places.

So let's talk about this tiny food pantry,... something is better than nothing, eh?
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You know when you buy/build your first home and then about a year or two into it you say... "Why didn't we think of doing that!?" or "We should have added this."... well, I sort of had this feeling with my little pantry here at the DIY blogger house. In OUR pantry we WISH we would have added a light inside. I'm sure we still could, but we should have done it during the constructions phase. So, I didn't care HOW small this little guy was...the DIY Blogger House pantry, was gettin' a light! As some of you know, I also wished for a glass front door on our pantry, but at the time (and still) it's a little out of our budget. Even though we didn't have a ton to spend on this DIY house, Brian still made it possible to make sure I got a peek-a-boo glass door for this food closet! And the reason I'm so excited about that?...is because of what I'm doing on the walls inside!
scale hook rug, split pea paint - Sherwin Williams

Yes. It's green. VERY green. And I love it!
Our house has SO many fun, bright, happy colors and patterns, that I wanted to use that same feeling in our little pantry and built-in dining room storage spaces. I've been obsessed with this simple scallop design for a while now and even bought a rug for my office in that pattern, so I was REALLY happy when I saw the addition of adorable scalloped siding on our DIY house last week! I thought that painting the pantry a bright green and then adding a white scallop design in vinyl would be really fun! This will give the DIY Blogger House pantry a similar look to our pantry at home, with the quatrefoil design.

I'm also going to be using a few of the same containers that we bought for our pantry, and a variation of the DIY crate project idea for this space too. I'm excited to show you how that all comes together in another post
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Okay, now moving onto our dinging room. Even though Brian and I have collaborated a LOT on what this space's overall style is going to look like, he has definitely done a lot of the leg work with picking out the perfect table, chairs, lighting fixtures and making sure our wood slat wall treatment is just right, so I'm going to be focusing a bit more on this cool built-in nook area, that you see below.

I have to tell you that I was very determined to get what I wanted in this little nook. ha! (poor Brian) The plans originally had this space as a second pantry with shelves and a door, but I insisted that this small area have a really special feel, with covered storage on the bottom, and glass display shelving on the top, a lot like the photo below, in the middle. I'm sure you all know by now how much of an advocate I am for taking each and EVERY space to it's fullest potential, and I just couldn't let this area go without something really awesome.
So for this space, I've decided to use a rug in my home again, as inspiration. I just love the Celtic knot, paneled design that this gray and white rug has in my kitchen, so I thought I'd design a vinyl decal that reflects that same feeling, and add it to the back of the exposed cupboard.
I'm not sure on exactly which of my new designs I'll use yet, but I'll keep you posted, and also let you know when they hit the shop :)

Speaking of shopping, I've been on a mad dash trying to pull everything together that I'll need before our DIY Blogger House has to be completely done on August 1st. (Aaaaah!)
One of my first stops and biggest hauls came from Ikea, where I picked up LOTS of pantry storage items, cool glass containers and dishes. I honestly LOVE that place, and not only is everything designed really well for small spaces, but it's always SUPER affordable! I can't wait to get everything into the space to see how it works and comes together!

...now if I could only convince my kids to get as excited about shopping for this DIY Blogger House as I am.


Taking a nap at home?... Never
Falling asleep 10 minutes before we pull into Ikea's parking lot - E.V.E.R.Y time.
:)

This post was sponsored by Homes.com, the leading online site for home buying, selling, and pretty much our most favorite company to work with, ever!

31 comments:

  1. The house is looking great!! Can't wait to see more!!

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  2. I am so psyched to see this house!

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  3. How cute are you in that pic with your girls? Hilarious! :)

    I'm so excited to see the big reveal of the blogger house, yay! Congrats in pulling all the little (and big) niceties together, you'll do it and it will be amazing!!

    I love all of your little inspiration pieces! Drooling over your Ikea loot too. My family and I are moving to London in a few months for my husband's new job, (!), and can I just tell you how excited I am to deck our new flat out in Ikea's goodies?! I'm using that to console myself with all of the stuff I'm getting rid of now.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!! :)

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  4. How exciting, I can't wait to see more! =) Love the last shot of you and the kids, too cute! xo ~Liz

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  5. I am bursting with excitement!!! I can't wait for the parade of homes.
    Your beautiful girls= priceless! :) Love it!!

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  6. Everything looks fantastic!! I can't wait to see the finished product! Also - what color of white do you use for painting trim? I am in the middle of painting trim white and have NEVER done that before!

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  7. Wow. How inspiring! Maybe I should finally do something with my pantry - my friends always make fun of it. But if I make it look nicer will that mean my kids will spend even MORE time in there? I'm always finding them in there even now, just staring. It's weird.

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  8. Wonderful pictures of the progress on the house, but the one I related to the most was the last one-- precious that all kids fall asleep just when it's most inconvenient! Can't wait to see the finished house!

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  9. It looks great. I love your style and choices in everything you guys do!

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  10. It looks great. I love your style and choices in everything you guys do!

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  11. It looks great. I love your style and choices in everything you guys do!

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  12. Ooooooo! I can't wait to see it, loving your inspiration!

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  13. I cannot wait to see how the house turns out! So looking forward to the reveal! Thanks for the sneak peaks!

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  14. I love all the trim work! The house is going to be so cute. We should be starting the landscape next week I think. Woo Hoo! Can't wait to see a Shelley pantry outside of the blogosphere!

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  15. So exciting! I'm a long time fan of you & your style. Your home is beautiful! Can you just make a trip to Az & make over ANY room you wish to? Seriously.would.be.a.dream. Cannot wait to see the house all finished! *oh yeah! thx for the name of this pattern on the blog! I love it & can never look it up! now I can!*

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  16. I can't wait to see the green pantry. I've been wanting to paint my pantry and was thinking about green, but wasn't sure. I'm looking forward to seeing the completed pantry and house!

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  17. Love the diy house! Did you ever say where that red/white striped bag was from?!

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  18. Wow, I cannot wait to see how this continues to come together! You are doing a fabulous job!

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  19. Looks awesome! Great detail!
    On the pantry...I have one that is about 14 inches wide and 2 feet deep.Maybe it is too late for this but I have pull out drawers. I love having them since it is deep. THings don't get as lost and are easier to access.

    Great idea for the nook area. will look great!

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  20. i can't wait to see it all. i'm coming to utah the end of aug and hope to shop at ikea as well as some other favorite utah stores to furnish our new home!

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  21. This looks like so much fun, can't wait to see it all come together. Oh, and that last picture is adorable! ;)

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  22. It's gonna look great, can't wait to see it finished!! I love that gray rug, where did you get it? I tried to find it on your blog so I wouldn't have to bug you but the search option doesn't work for me. :( Thanks so much!!

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  23. I want those containers in the pantry. Where did you get them? Please say I can mail order them off the computer. I live in a super tiny town.

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  24. Things are looking so good, loved everything that you picked out. Especially the light blue bowls, those are so adorable :)

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  25. Where did you purchase the storage containers for the pantry?

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  26. Love the house! It looks a ton like my old neighbors in Sauk Rapids, MN! Here is the link to it, http://www.centralmnhomes.com/villages-of-creekside/
    Love your blog!!

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  27. Love the house! It reminds me so much of my favorite home in my neighborhood in MN. Here is the link http://www.centralmnhomes.com/villages-of-creekside/

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  28. Shelley-I love where the inspiration for this post has come from. The patterns on the two rugs are amazing & I look forward to seeing these vinyls hit your shop! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the final space all put together. :)

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  29. Love how the house is coming along ... We are building a new house as well ... it will actually be finish in 2 weeks .. we are so excited .. I just recently decided to blog about the build and how we plan to decorate it .. it should be fun. I love getting tips and inspiration from other bloggers so you got a new follower for sure. ...

    http://messy2organized.blogspot.com/

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  30. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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