29.3.13

Planning A Renovation with Andrea from He Calls Me Wifey

Hello lovelies! My name is Andrea and I write for He Calls Me Wifey. I am so thrilled to be sharing our home story with you all today.  Recently my husband and I were fortunate enough to purchase our first house near our hometown in beautiful Southern California. After almost a year of searching we finally found the place that was meant to be ours and we are so ecstatic to make this new house a home.  Unfortunately, our humble abode needs a little tender loving care. The plumbing was in dire need of fixing, so we decided to gut the kitchen and bathroom before we move in. As you can see, it is quite a mess, but I know that it will be a dramatic and exciting transformation. 



Thanks to the wonder that is Pinterest I immediately knew what I wanted to change and how I wanted my new kitchen and bath to look, as well as the feeling I hoped to have each time I step into those spaces.

The thing that I love most about Pinterest is that it has really helped me discover what my style truly is. I've always been pretty specific and bold with what I choose to wear, and I usually know what I like and want. But when it came to interior design, I was kind of all over the map. I liked vintage pieces and contemporary design. I loved color, but I have commitment issues with paint. I love black and white, but I also want to live in a warm and cozy environment. The beauty of Pinterest is that you can amass and collect such a large amount of inspiring images into one place and review them at your leisure. After months of pinning to my personal decor board "Abode", I started to notice a common theme: clean lines, monochromatic black and white, natural wood, air and light. If it weren't for my obsession with pinning, I would still be clueless, struggling to make up my mind and unable to make the quick decisions I needed to in order to get this renovation under way.


The first thing I decided was that I absolutely could not live without a farmhouse sink. After that, I designed everything else around the sink. I love subway tile, but I knew I liked it more in the bathroom than in the kitchen, so I decided on committing to a white marbled granite countertop and backsplash. I had to have open shelving, but my husband hates clutter. We compromised by deciding on going 50/50. I will get a space of totally open shelving to showcase my most favorite dishes and appliances. We both loved the idea of a bright, white kitchen with black tile flooring, which goes quick perfectly with that monochromatic look that I just love without being too over the top. But the one thing that stumped me the most was whether I should go with white cabinetry or natural wood. I kept going back and forth, back and forth. Finally I went back to my trustworthy friend named Pinterest. She helped me realize that I preferred white cabinets with natural wood accents and I am confident that I will be happy with my decision.

We are currently in the middle of the renovations and our home won't be move in ready for at least another 6-8 weeks. You can imagine my impatience to get in there and decorate! But I know that when it's all said and done, it will be worth the wait. Thanks for letting me share! I hope you'll come visit me over at He Calls Me Wifey in the near future to see the finished product.

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10 comments:

Ffion said...

Pinterest really is a great way to discover style aspects that you love :) Still haven't quite discovered mine yet, but I am gaining clarity.

Also my tumbler account http://www.ffionlikes.tumblr.com which is set to just display the pictures helps me in a similar way with discovering what really appeals to me visually...

I'd also like to start a scrapbook at some stage for the same purpose, but currently the digital ones are easier to take care of...

Great post!

Denysia Yu said...

I love these inspiring interior design posts! :)

xx Denysia Yu
http://denysiayu.blogspot.com

Stephanie Billings said...

WOW! Can't wait to see the finish product! Love the Pinterest inspiration!

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Michele P. said...

very cool... I am going to be doing some remodeling this summer and have also looked to Pinterest for inspiration.

Darryl Iorio said...

Allow me to congratulate you for finally purchasing a new home. Since it was not a new house, you really had to do some renovation and repairs, like the plumbing system. Prevention is better than cure! Don't wait 'til you see signs of problems before acting. Your kitchen looks wonderful! Thanks to Pinterest for providing you with wonderful ideas!

Andrea Carpenter said...

thank you! i've always wanted to start a scrapbook as well and i love tumbler for its similarities with pinterest. thanks for reading!

if you'd like to check out some updates on my kitchen, i have a new post with photos: http://hecallsmewifey.blogspot.com/2013/05/renovate.html
thanks for reading!
xo,
andrea

Andrea Carpenter said...

hi Stephanie!

if you'd like to check out some updates on my kitchen, i have a new post with photos: http://hecallsmewifey.blogspot.com/2013/05/renovate.html
thanks for reading!
xo,
andrea

Andrea Carpenter said...

hi Michele!

pinterest is the best. i highly recommend using it to get inspiration and get an idea of what your interior design style is :)

if you'd like to check out some updates on my kitchen, i have a new post with photos: http://hecallsmewifey.blogspot.com/2013/05/renovate.html
thanks for reading!
xo,
andrea

Andrea Carpenter said...

hi Darryl!

thanks so much! i totally agree that prevention is better than a cure. it saves so much time, money, and stress in the long run.

if you'd like to check out some updates on my kitchen, i have a new post with photos: http://hecallsmewifey.blogspot.com/2013/05/renovate.html
thanks for reading!
xo,
andrea

los angeles interior designer said...

I know what you're working on!! :)