January 14, 2018


Since watching the Fixer Upper show, like most of America, I developed a love for all things Farmhouse, as well as the endearing Gaines family. As a designer and licensed artist, I had the pleasure of going to the April Furniture Market and seeing their Magnolia showcase, as well as catching a glimpse of them.

Living in Florida, we are in a lovely coastal community, but not what you'd call a farmhouse. Regardless, we decided to make some changes and upgrades and go farmhouse/coastal. During the process this summer, we discovered we also had to replace the entire AC unit. This took up about 8K of our budget, so other changes had to become Phase B. There were features like the dark blue countertops that would not be cost-effective to replace so we would just work around them, and tie them in with softer blues.  

I still have several projects in each room that prevents them from being "complete" but here are a few of the changes that we are loving so far!


One of the first things I did was visit Eco Relics. They have all things old and chippy, and any type of barn wood you would ever dream of. I chose some large 9" planks for shelves in my kitchen. Our kitchen came with a LOT of storage, so I realized I could sacrifice some cabinets on one wall to hang lovely barn planks and feature fun, decor, items. (The cabinets are still being used, moving to the new laundry room) I love my mom's milk glass collection and old food scale from my father-in-law, an exceptional chef. I am also starting a teapot collection, still in its infancy, but wanted a place to feature them.

The simple black brackets gave the room an industrial feel. I kept getting this industrial vibe every time I visited our favorite local coffee shop "Urban Bean" and saw their decor.

I wanted to stain them to closely match the new barn wood plank floors. I asked our carpenter, who was helping us with a room expansion in the master closets, and he said,

"When in doubt, always use Early American".

And he was so right!! They are seriously scrubbed clean, sanded and stained in MINWAX Early American. 

The kitchen was a strong yellow. It worked in the 90s, but for the neutral theme I was planning, it had to go. My walls are all now Sherwin Williams "Worldly Grey". For the Backsplash, I searched for different tiles and pavers that I would like, but ended with this "Texas Brick" look which I created myself. I learned enough about our new Go-pro to sharethe process here.

The cabinets had a country-looking, scalloped board hiding the over-sink light, and I wanted something more rustic. I used this fence board, stained Early American, with a favorite reminder in our home..."just breathe". Most of us are living life so busy we do not slow down and pay attention to our shallow breathing. In the kitchen, gathering with family is a great time to rest and take in some healthy, deep core breaths and savor how blessed we really are.

Speaking of blessings, did I mention my husband sells flooring? This was a great opportunity for me to investigate the options and choose what I really, really wanted. We've done the hardwood floor thing before in a previous home, but having small kids and pets, it was frustrating for us to be concerned every time water (or other substances) hit the floor. I wanted no-worry floors and LVP was the way to go. 

In the new color scheme, there were some pieces I could not let go of, like the antique dresser with red stain on the sides. Some day it may go in a guest room, but right now it can stay, because I am an artist and just eclectic like that. My lemon tea decanter remains as a reminder of how extremely yellow my entire kitchen once was. It also highlights some of the yellow in the painting above it of the pyrenees dogs and lambs.  

The new pendant lights replaced a stained glass billiards light that hung over the bar, very yellow. This room has literally no sunlight, so we wanted to add more white light. This is where we hang the most with our boys, our guests, and these few pictures are about the cleanest it will ever be, so you're welcome!

I still plan to add the chalk quote on the black chalkboard door, and some tobacco baskets over the cabinets. I am also looking for a new chandelier. Since we moved this larger harvest table into the kitchen, I think it needs a broader light. I am thinking colonial simple.

We deliberated over flooring in the large family room, but once this carpet was installed in our master bedroom, it is soo dreamy and soft, I had to have it in our family room as well. Plus it was a significant discount over continuing the LVP. 

Here it is in the master bedroom. I look forward to stepping out of bed every morning on it. Here is a closer shot to see the variations of greys and taupes in the fleck-tone. With kids and pets in the house, Fleck is good.

9 in. barnwood plank floors  - Montrose Oak by Coretec. If you live in the N Florida area you can reach my husband@robertdentiste on IG.

Barn wood Shelves - Eco Relics

Shelf Brackets Home Depot (I painted black)

New Samsung appliances Best Buy

Plush carpet - Tahoe style, Palomino Color, Timeless Brand. Exclusive through Carpet One in Orange Park, FL 

Faux Texas white Brick - supplies listed in video 

Wall color - Wordly Grey Sherwin Williams

Pendant Lights Wayfair


Coming soon:

Hall Bath Faux Concrete counters

Master Bedroom Decor

Laundry Room Makeover

Front Door and Porch

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