Home Tour: The Kids’ Hallway

Anytime you bring your family to a new place to settle in, I think it is so important to bring your own character and breathe some life into a space. I’m learning there are many creative ways to elevate a basic, builder-grade home to something seriously special. The home market is interesting right now for new builds. The character and uniqueness in projects that we value in shows on HGTV like Fixer Upper or Property Brothers are often out of reach for most of us, hence our DIY-obsessed culture. In our first home, we jumped in and started sanding cabinet doors and painting within hours of closing and this time was no different. Making our house something more than paint on the walls makes me feel all kinds of feelings. I talk a lot about how I grew up, and doing work- doing it ourselves- was something we just always did. It has empowered me and inspired me to learn and make changes that up the ante in the homey game, and also helps to set us up for an increased property and resale value when we decide we’re ready to move again. The work we did on our first home was worth every challenge when it sold the first day it showed. Felt pretty validated after that.

One of the ways I connect with my Dad is doing projects. And making at least half a dozen trips or more to Lowe’s and/or Home Depot in the process. We decided not to travel for Thanksgiving this year, and with my brother in Alabama with his wife’s family for the first time, my parents tripped down to Charleston for a few days! It was my Dad’s first trip to see us, so naturally I put him to work. And my poor cousin Luke. He can’t ever just hang out with us, he’s always getting put to work too.

The hallway was killing me because of the beige, ugh. And because of this:


How brilliant. And not annoying at all. Of course no one minds a thermostat stuck right in the middle of the wall. Visible from the main living space and the kitchen. Passed it all day, every day. Can’t hang anything there. Can’t really move it without a huge ordeal. I asked, trust me. It involved a tiny attic space, only a small possibility of moving it, and a big electrician charge. So I was like, I have to hide this thing somehow.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook already, you’ve seen this before:

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The hallway was a perfect place for paper, and I love love love the birds. The color is killer, and in Charleston it works. This paper is Laguna, by Osbourne & Little, and is “to the trade” only. I found that Fabrics & Paper has it and I can order it there! But the shipping costs more than the paper itself because, of course, it’s in the UK. I have a couple of friends who I know would order this for me. I’m still planning on it, but for now, I’m on pause. Because I saw something else that sparked my interest for the hallway.


image via Livened Up

Dad was coming, and I was antsy, so I sent him a text of this pic and was like, …can we do this while you’re here!? So we did.

Here’s where we started. I take pics in the dark, whatever.

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And then it was all:

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I added a runner too:

IMG_3457And that damn thermostat. While it’s still there, it sort of disappears into the trim, and it doesn’t make me AS nuts anymore.


I wanted the top trim piece to blend in with the thermostat to help hide it, so that determined the height of everything. We chose select pine for the walls at 3/8″ thickness. For visual interest, the horizontal trim pieces are 4″ wide, and the vertical pieces are 3″ wide. (actual width is closer to 3.5″ wide and 2.5″ wide. I’ve learned that lumber is always a bit shorter than the standard measurements). The top “shelf” is 1×2″ and it the perfect scale for the size of the hallway. Anything wider would’ve closed it in too much. We replaced the baseboards with standard 1×4″ pine and added back the quarter round.

I took my wallpaper sample to Lowe’s and matched the background color almost perfectly to Valspar’s Portico. (note: The pic above has the hallway light on, which is a glass bell shade with an Edison bulb. This is a cool idea in theory, but the yellow cast it gives off is miserable. I’m going to see if I can find a bulb with white filaments instead so the glow isn’t so Halloweeny).


If you’re a blueish-greenish sort of person, this color is really, really pretty. It pulls a pretty mint color up from the rug in the living room and fits well into the aesthetic of what I’ve got going on here. It coordinates well between the kids’ rooms and doesn’t compete with those colors. Remember when you’re choosing paint colors to consider all the rooms in your house, and how everything will work together when you walk from room to room, what spaces are visible from others, and how it pulls from accents already in those adjoining spaces.

What say you? Yes? No? I love it. But I’m stuck on decor for the walls now. The trim is high enough that I’m not sure I can hang something above it, but that’s really my only option I guess? Send any ideas you have my way!

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Color Crush: Sweet Peach

Recently a dear friend of mine came to me with some ideas for a baby girl nursery, hoping we could brainstorm on color. “Something with no pink. Or very little pink,” she said. So I thought about the colors she tends to go for, not pink, and girl. And I thought: peach!

Now peach has gone really wrong in the recent past, right? (read: 80s peach and blue floral, yack). But it’s coming back around a little bit, and boy is it pretty when done right. Apartment Therapy had a 2012 spotlight on peach that, ahem, per the comments just didn’t go over very well.

But I don’t care. I’m calling it.

Peach is a perfect option when you get sick of pink. And pink can get worn out really quick when you start shopping for anything baby girl. When done in a delicate, soft shade, it can be a great accent color as well as a main player.

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 Above images via Pinterest

But hey, if you aren’t ready to paint the walls, what about easing into it?il_570xN.675817654_bj7i

Pillow cover via Etsy: $40


Pillow cover via Etsy: $28


Lightweight scarf via Etsy: $28


Peach Pressed Glass Candle Pot via Pottery Barn: $24.50


Peach Garland via Land of Nod: $10.95


Crossbody Bag via Banana Republic: $130


Herbs and Spices Print in Peach via Rifle Paper Co: $40


And because Valentine’s Day is coming!

via Rifle Paper Co: $4.50

I am loving peach, and I’m not afraid to say it! I’m excited to see where my friend’s little nursery ends up… hopefully I’ll be able to share what she does when it’s complete!

Happy Thursday! Come around tomorrow for another peek at our little cottage-in-progress, with the kids’ hallway!  I need ideas for the walls.

Found: An Unexpected Home Decor Source

Good Monday morning! It’s nasty and rainy here so movies and coffee and snuggling it is!

This weekend we got a little closer to finishing the kids bathroom, which has been under construction for the last three weeks. Things take a little extra time when you have two toddler-sized helpers. The sink went in yesterday and hopefully we’ll get the toilet in tonight, and everything put back together this week. So excited!

I can’t believe the stuff I’m seeing in such an unexpected place- am I late to the party here? Affordable and so very stylish. And available online? News to me!

Hello H&M Home!







All these colors, textures and patterns- wow! And the prices are incredible as well! Here are a few of my favorites that might need a spot in my house somewhere. 


Storage Basket: $17.95


Cotton Throw: $34.95


Storage Basket: $12.95


Tea Towel: $9.95

hmprod-14Ceramic Mug: $5.95

(All of these ceramic pieces are dishwasher safe. Is this real life?)


Small Copper Bowl: $6.95


Jute Rug: $24.95


Cotton Striped Pillow Covers: On Sale for $3.95!

I seriously can’t believe it. All of this is right on point for my taste, the colors I love right now, and the price.is.right. I love finding great sources to create pretty spaces. Many pieces remind me of much more expensive things I’ve seen from big name retailers that cost twice or three times as much. So happy to have found out about this! Does anything catch your eye?

Have a great start to your week!

*All images via H&M, click photos starting with the striped basket for links to the items on H&M’s website!

Spots and Dots, and Double Sofas

Before we closed on the sale of our home in Tennessee, I started planning for the new spaces and decor in our new home. I sent our realtor over half a dozen times here in Charleston to measure different spaces, and double check so I could sketch things out, mostly in my head. In the living room, I very much wanted to have a pair of matching sofas, facing each other.



I found my sofas at Cort Furniture’s clearance warehouse in Lavergne, TN.  They are Broyhill and I could not be happier. I got them both for $900, which was exactly what I sold our giant sectional for. 


They also look very similar to the Paidge Sofa at West Elm I’d been lusting after…


But $400 each was much nicer than $1400. I did splurge a bit on the new legs I had made, but it completely and totally changed the look of the sofa. Check it!


Relatively speaking, this is a completely affordable, no brainer solution to update your sofa when you’re feeling over it. I ordered from Thirteen Colonies via Etsy and I could not recommend them enough! So many shape options, and stains too! I chose Cambridge in Pecan.

il_570xN.629713596_5k67Because I had new sofas, I of course needed new pillows. So I ordered these covers from Martha & Ash, and 14×21 inserts from West Elm. I loved the sea urchin pattern and thought it was perfect for our new Charleston home, without being overly “nautical.”

il_570xN.455153622_o4awWhen they came, I was crushed that they were just too small for the sofas. I tried and tried to make them work, but in the end I couldn’t take it. A couple of them have new homes in the kitchen though! (Kitchen tour coming soon). But in the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the living room!


In my search for the right size pillows, I came across red plaid Ralph Lauren 14×26 pillows with a 1″ flange at Home Goods and the scale was perfect. At $40 each, four of them seems a bit much to pay, but it’s a great price for a cover and an insert! The red plaid was festive for the holiday, but I’ve been looking for a new pattern for spring, something that is current, but not trendy, and classic. And I found this pretty pattern by Brunschwig & Fils called Les Touches.


I loved the abstract feeling and variation of the pattern, but of course, on inquiring what pricing would be for what I need, I was quoted over $100/cover. Which is not in my budget for toddler-stomped pillows. So I found this and it was… ehhhh. Ok. It’s spotted, but it’s just not the same.


I kept digging, and lo and behold, look here what I found on Spoonflower!


I’m leaning toward making these myself, even though hidden zippers are pretty much miserable for me. The variation in the pattern is great, and I think a great alternative to Les Touches… even though I would really love to splurge on them, I just can’t bring myself to do it.

In my search of course I found something else I love…


So I’ll think for a while on this. Any votes one way or the other? Any new patterns in your house you love?

Have a great Thursday!

*Click photos of pillow covers for links to their listings on Etsy!

Obsessed with Buffalo Check

I would like to thank my friend LG for giving me something else to obsess over. Despite this pattern’s tendency to lean way too country, I now believe it can be elevated to a seriously gorgeous level of amazing. Whether bold or neutral, I’m telling you, this is going to happen in my house! 5921197425728b791077c43358ecd168 ac186812927d530df3819309f1aee56f e9ac7e5b8269bf74d43cef7b1f186e24 1d3c84696421a0cfbbed5a9c3f0811b1 d809f1942d42491e545e08ec9e58f119 e0a2a5e78a35f2259ec5fd96f2873c62

images via Pinterest

I think a bit of this in my kitchen is where it’s at. Possibly on the windows…

Calico Corners is a great site with the prettiest colors I’ve seen, and some of the most affordable pricing/sqft around $23!000251909 000251900 000251899 000251905

Pretty excited to figure out how to blend this into our decor here.

Have a great Friday and enjoy the beautiful weekend!


Last night I pulled out some new Euro shams I ordered for our bedroom and Joseph said “WHOA!” I’m finally in a place when it comes to the decor in my home where I’m ready to just do things. Over the past three years I have waited so long to make a decision about this color or that fabric that I wait myself out too long and I change my mind. This has kept me from trying out different patterns, adding color to certain rooms, and generally made me stalemate myself in making bold changes here and there. That might sound untrue considering the fact I have now painted three rooms in our house twice, but alas, it is true when it comes to pulling the trigger on pattern. I love interesting pattern and color, so I have no clue why I do this to myself! Here is an inspiration dump of things I have coming down the line for certain rooms in our house. Any guesses where these will show up? Some are ideas for projects down the road, a few are already here, and a couple are on their way! I know I keep teasing you guys, and apologizing, but it’ll be worth once I have things completed, promise!







What do we think? Fun, no? I’m stretching my little decor muscles so I can grow. Things can always be changed if I don’t love it, so why not give it a go?

Have a great Wednesday! I am excited about a little work “sprinkle” my sweet friend Bobbye is throwing for me today!

White Kitchen Love

I got to see a gorgeous white kitchen under construction at our friends’ beautiful home this weekend while visiting them in St. Louis. Mary has picked some seriously beautiful materials and custom cabinetry, and I was tasked with helping sort out some paint colors for the walls and the adjoining breakfast area. She and Tyler bought a home in the charming and historic Berkshire neighborhood. Everything about their home speaks to me- from the hardwood floors to the black penny tile and black grout in the children’s bath upstairs. But seeing that white kitchen come together really has me thinking about how much I love bright white cabinetry. Here are two beautiful before and after shots of projects from HGTV.

The first is from designer Christopher Grubb:RS_Christopher-Grubb-White-Farmhouse-Kitchen-Before_s3x4_lg RS_Christopher-Grubb-White-Farmhouse-Kitchen-2_s3x4_lg RS_Christopher-Grubb-White-Farmhouse-Kitchen-3_s4x3_lg RS_Christopher-Grubb-White-Farmhouse-Kitchen-Stove_s3x4_lg RS_Christopher-Grubb-White-Farmhouse-Kitchen-Sink_s4x3_lgI am dying over that vaulted ceiling! And I want those barstools.

The second kitchen is by designer Kari Arendsen:

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Is anyone else working on a kitchen remodel, or recently finished one? I’m looking for kitchens to feature here at The Salvaged! Shoot me an email at lacey.saggio@gmail.com.

Have a great Monday everyone!