Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ideas for Updates

Hello Friends!
It's been a rainy day here in NC and we needed it.
It's starting to look like a jungle out there now.
I'm always have decorating ideas pop up in my head.
Since my hubby is a Marine it is not worth it to
put too much into our home. It is always only a
matter of time before the next moving day comes.
For us it may be next summer or the one after.
We don't know anything at this point.
Join for me for my wish list of home decor' ideas.
We had our home built 4 years ago and had
upgrades put into the kitchen while it was being built.
Anyone who has done this process before knows that
almost nothing comes upgraded in a new home.
We extended the cherry hardwoods, added recess lighting
and hanging pendants, stainless appliances and painted.
We added the granite countertops a few months later.
The kitchen is pretty spacious and I do enjoy that.
What I would do is paint out the cabinets and add trim.
Who knows what color. Maybe a warm brown or rich black.
At this point they will have to stay as is.
Here is the adjoining family room and I would
extend the hardwoods into this room as well.
In the formal dining room I would add white
decorative wainscoting to the bottom and paint.
For added curb appeal I would have a brick paver
sidewalk leading to the front steps. I love that look!
We added the red round pathway from Lowes.
I would also add more custom landscaping.
On the covered back deck I would have this made
into an enclosed room. It would have glass walls
and a ceiling fan. Our neighbors are having it
done now and it looks very nice.
In the master bathroom I would tile the floor.
It comes standard now for the newer homes
being built in our neighborhood. Go figure.
I would also change the countertops to granite.
With all that said I do love our home as is!
I'm very grateful to live here and take care of it.
This is just a fun what if dream of mine. :)
How about you? Do you ever think of more updates?
Mr Chestnut is napping with all of this rainy weather.
He says sweet dreams to you too.
Have a wonderful week!


Jenn said...

I love the hardwoods in the kitchen...makes the room feel very warm! I also love your kitty! =)

Kimberly said...

Rainy here too! just makes me tired.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

ALWAYS! But our house has lost so much value, we can't do anything. I love it the way it is, but there is always something out there to make it even more yummy!

Rose Haven said...

Hi Melissa...

Your hardwood floors look really terrific!

I ALWAYS have a list of "what if's" for decorating. Unfortunately, the budget or time kicks in. LOL!!

Love your list!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Melissa, your home is so pretty just like it is, but I do know what you mean about having those other little things done just to make it a little better. I would love to have my bathtub replaced with a claw foot tub and the fiberglass tiny shower we have enlarged and tiled. Hubby says no way. Just dreaming anyway.

Michelle said...

Always a running list. We have been in our home for 8 years and I am always tweeking what I can. Budget is always a concern. BUt small things sometimes add up to a big punch .

Stacey said...

Hey girl! There's always a wish list whether you will be in a home a short time or a long time. My best friend and I were talking about this the other day. She would like to add wood floors...we already did that and I love not having any carpet. We would like to have stainless appliances. There is not a move in our future but we will have two sons in college. I think our budget as we have known it is history! :)

Shelia said...

Hi Melissa! I live in that 'what if' dream world a lot! :)
Your home is so beautiful and your touches make it superb. I think it's just natural that we see our homes and think of other ways we would love for it to look! We're women after all! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Debbie said...

Your home is very beautiful and it's look so inviting! You have excellent taste. I am also a dreamer. I could spend hours designing in my head.

I had my dream home for 10 years but we had to sell it a few months ago and I was heartbroken. I thought I'd live there forever. But I guess these really aren't our forever homes. We just on our way to our 'real homes', right?


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your home, Melissa! Too bad you already know that you'll be moving in the next couple of years {not by choice}. I know we will be selling our house in the next two years to down-size and I've been restraining myself from doing anything too involved. I have things in my mind that I would like in the next house, but I would rather it already be in place than have to do it. I've been there, done that already!

I'd love built-ins; I'd love an extra room {even in a basement} to set up my home office/craft area. For now, I save pictures in my decorating ideas folder on my computer.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am about to do an update and there are absolutley too many things to pick from...I want o be sure and not put more in the house than I could get out...Decsions that are all overwhelming me at the moment....

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am about to do an update and there are absolutley too many things to pick from...I want o be sure and not put more in the house than I could get out...Decsions that are all overwhelming me at the moment....

Julie Harward said...

Mr. Chestnut is so almost looks like he needs a bigger bed! LOL
You have a very lovely home and you have decorated it so nicely.
I am pretty happy this time around...after a few times, you finally get it the way you want it! :D

Donna said...

Love the pretty!! If you love your home, you're always doing something to it!!

Melissa said...

Oooh....good topic! I would do some of the same things you discussed....the granite counter tops, the white painted wainscoting, etc. I would also have a private deck off of the master bedroom with french doors to spend some alone time on!

Many Blessings,

Karen said...

Your home is so beautiful Melissa! It is my Southern dreamcome true. I always have decor ifs and lists running around in my head too. The porch idea sounds heavenly. It would be perfect for you on that rainy day!


Jennifer said...

Your home looks wonderful Melissa!!! That BIG cat is so cute!!!

Jennifer said...

PS.....If you have nothing to do, you could always come here and work on mine anytime!!! ;)

Love ya!

Love the Decor! said...

Your home is lovely but I know what you mean. I am always "planning" in my head about redo's Its' okay though. As my dad used to say...It doesn't cost a thing to dream : )

Lisa said...

I love all your ideas! But I know exactly what you mean. It is a never ending merry-go-round, isn't it? Always chasing the next project.:)

Jeanette said...

You have some great ideas, but you are right it is never ending isnt it?

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Those would be nice changes but your home is gorgeous just the way it is now!
I'm always dreaming of new ideas for our home but we'll have to do them slowly. We plan on being here for a long time so we don't have to rush and can do projects as the budget allows! Right now I really want more landscaping, that is tops on my wish list.

Lisa said...

What a super lovely home! I love the updates you have done! You made it yours! I wish we had had rain here in Cary today but no luck!
Have a great week!
Hugs, Lisa

Nancy said...

Melissa, I love your home with or without those updates! It is always gorgeous,lovely,comfy, and immaculate!!! Nancy

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by Michelle! It's nice to meet you! :)

Jemsmom said...

I would just like to get this one decorated first!!! I take it slow, but I end up pretty happy. Just takes me a while. We would love to enclose our screened in porch and make it our eating area and then add a larger screened in porch. Of course all that will be with my pool I dream about!!! Your home is so warm and cozy!

middle child said...

And once again,....I am just wishing for walls and floors. (A project my husband began and abandoned.)

Kristi said...

I love your home JUST as it is!!! And LOVE the hardwoods in your beautiful kitchen! :)

Mariette said...

Dearest Melissa,

In such cases, cats know far better how to cope with a rainy day... But your nest is very attractive and warm; you can stick it out there easily. Each one of us has some wishes or would have done things a little different... that keeps us going and young!

Greetings from Georgia/USA


PS Thanks for your visit; you're more than welcome back and/or to join!

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Melissa, Heavy rain in South Jersey too...but we needed it. Enjoying your gorgeous posts and home photos and text. I love your home and all the spaciousness. I know where ever you and your husband go you will make a beautiful home with grace and style and kindness . Thank you for letting me visit. ~Take care~Emelia.

Denise said...

I would definitely like granite counter tops again, I had them in the house we built (and sold) before this one and I miss them. I would also love wood floors but only in the kithchen and hallway. I kinda like my carpet in the living room and bedroom (I don't mean I like the carpet, I'd actually like to upgrade that too, I mean I like the feel of carpet in those rooms so I wouldn't change to wood) ;) I love seeing pics of your rooms Melissa, always inspires me to get mine in order!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Oh my goodness, your home is just gorgeous Melissa! I love it! I love this post too -- I have a similar one planned. ;)

Painter's Place said...

You're house is always so beautiful. I never get tired of looking at your pictures. I wouldn't change a thing, but I know what you mean, because there's so much that I want to change about mine.

Kristin said...

Your home is so gorgeous. Looooooove your tray ceiling!

Reynie @ Southern Girl Rambling said...

I think dreaming up things to do is half the fun! The journey is exciting to me! And that cat... wow! He's a monster kitty! How much does he weigh?

Trish said...

I always think of new things but never could do it! My home is still a work in progress no where near being done decorating the first time around! Oh how I wish my home stayed as clean as yours. That rainy day weather in your nice clean home sounds heavenly!

Calming Scents said...

I would be happy just to have my home look as nice as yours!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I love your home girl and you know that...I had a house build in 1970 and had all the upgrades I could think done to it and as soon as I moved in I seen so many things I wished I had done ha ha!! we did do them while we lived there tho...lots of things to the house and I got top $$$ out of it when I sold it in 1986...Love your cherry floors girl and of course the Fattest Cat in the world ha ha!! Hope all is well in your world daughter..I'm doing douuble duty right now taking care of Candace's house and mine...ha ha!! Love ya my seet girl...Hugs and smiles your Calif mama Gl♥ria

Kelly said...

Your home is beautiful, but I know what you mean about finally being able to put down roots and making your home truly yours.
I've moved around alot the past few years because of hubby's job, so I think I can totally relate! :)

Twilight40 said...

Mr. Chestnut is sooooo cute:) Been raining up here too. Oh believe me. I love our home, but both my hubby and I are always making wish lists for things to do around the house. Being military is a challenge that way. I know. We always know though that if he ends up taking a job at another base, we can at least know that any changes we add will come back to us in the end towards asking price. One of the main wishes of ours will actually (cross your fingers), come true within the next year or so and that is to have our deck enclosed! What a wonderful dream. A place to eat and gather. More square footage too. I can't wait.

Tam said...

Everyday I look around and want to change so much about my house. There are more things that I dislike about this house than I like.

Our stairs drive me crazy because the way the first owners put carpet on them instead of hardwood. Put on the outside of the steps is is strange you would just have to see a picture.

The Master Bedroom needs to have Hardwood. My Kitchen needs granite.

The Master Bedroom bath has a long Mirror that I want to change to something like two smaller mirrors or cabinets.

Our My list is long but I am not sure how much longer I am going to be in this house. It is currently up for the Gods that BE...HOOAH is my life as yours is Semper Fi!

So here is to our Semper Fi and Hooah LIVES and where ever we may end up next!

Have a great day!

CookesTwo said...

Hi, Melissa:

I probably say "what if" or "I wonder how ...." at least several times a week.

Like you, I love the way our home is decorated but over time we have added/changed things like Granite Countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, tile backsplashes in the kitchen and tile floring in most of the rooms. Eventually, we would like to replace the remaining carpeting with more tile and some beautiful rugs to have a soft place to put our feet when we get up in the morning. :o)

I love your website and hope you will continue to inspire us with the beautiful way in which you decorate your home.


Sandra said...

Melissa, your home is beautiful! I like all the warmth it portrays to us! You have done a great job of making it so beautiful! I dream of having hardwood floors in the bedrooms. I'd like ceramic tile in the living room, dining room and kitchen. Aaah, someday. :)
Have a wonderful day.

Erin said...

Your house is beautiful! I am like you...I have a list in my head or written down of all the projects or things I would like to add or change to my house. Like my hubby always says, There's always something. :) Have a great day!

xinex said...

Oh yes, Melissa! I have so many dreams that I would like to do with our house. One major one is adding an upstairs above the 3 car garage with 3 dormmer windows. So many, many more. Your ideas are all very good!...Christine

xinex said...

Oh yes, Melissa! I have so many dreams that I would like to do with our house. One major one is adding an upstairs above the 3 car garage with 3 dormmer windows. So many, many more. Your ideas are all very good!...Christine

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh Melissa...I am the same way! I actually have a written list and we try to do as much as we can! We have been in our house 11 years now and there are so many things we would like to change just for fun!

I try to be content with what I have...and grateful...but there is always that list;)!

Your home is know I always love seeing it! We are two luck girls...don't you think?!


Jenny said...

You have a beautiful home!!!

I absolutely love hardwood floors!!!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Melissa, your home is lovely and I adore your order...just awesome!

Thanks for your kind comments about the new bloggers. You are right about the comments. Blogs are growing so is just so hard to keep up. I appreciate your taking the time to do this!

Have a lovely and blessed weekend, friend.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa! I'm still here!! I've been reading all of your posts in what little time I get on the computer. Chase and his friends are taking this room over! I'm enjoying summer, but will be glad when we get back into a routine. I'm staying distracted alot. lol...

Boy I know about upgrades! We ended up going about $10,000 over what we were planing on spending. We put this extra room in and that was alot of it...and I don't even have granite or real wood floors! I love your floors by the way, they are so rich and shiny. Ours are the pergo, they have lasted very well. I was going to do real wood, but we ended up going over budget on other things. Another main thing we added were the built in bookcases and cabinets in the living room. The model home had them and they were a must! Of course a whirlpool tub was extra too...Anyway, I'm glad we were able to do the things we did too...there is always something we would like to change though. Your home is just beautiful as is.
I looked at granite the other day, it's going to cost about $1500 which isn't to bad...I am planning on saving up for them. And the reason I can't get my granite now...
Would you believe we are going to look at a sail boat today! Kevin has been wanting one for years. That's all I hear every summer, how much he wants to be out on the lake. We cannot aford alot, so we are looking at used older models. It will be fun to do something as a family. The one we are looking at today might be a piece of We will just have to see.

Take care and stay cool! Kristen

Melody Parris said...

Hi Melissa! Your house is soooooo beautiful! Your style and taste shines through every room. You really should be an interior designer, your so talented and gifted. I can not imagine anything that could make your home more beautiful it is already perfect! Plus Mr. Chestnut seems to like your house too :) - Melody

Manuela@TPOH said...

Melissa, your home is gorgeous the way it is. But I understand wanting to change things!

We had an architect draw up plans for a major addition two years ago so I would love to go ahead with that. But housing prices have fallen so much in our neighborhood that it would just be money down the drain at this point!


The Blonde Duck said...

I love your floor!

Kim said...

Hi Melissa, at least you have the gift of making your home warm and inviting regardless of your to-do list. They never seem to get any shorter... I haven't been over here in a few days--blessings.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, your home is beautiful! Funny~ because we are starting to build our home this weekend and it has been a little conflict with me and V. ( :
But we have worked it out!
Have a great weekend.

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Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, Breaking ground today! Last night I decided to make the entire downstairs of the temporary home pink and green! I even decided to put a little cheap chandalier above the dinig room table!The garage floor will be cement so I am going to paint it white and put big fluffy rugs down. White cabinets that will stay in the garage when we build the rest and I will have a large island on wheels made for the kitchen area for more counterspace. I am so excited I can not stand it~!

Melissa :) said...

Your home is just beautiful! I love the warmth & comfiness it portrays. I'm a carpet person so I love all your pretty carpet! Linoleum is also warmer than ceramic, but ceramic, I suppose, is "richer" looking. But dangerous when wet! We have marble floors (& carpet, wood, ceramic) - the real deal - blah!! People want to charge us more to jackhammer it up than to lay hardwood. For now it will have to stay. :) Love Mr. Chestnut too & so glad you include him in your photos! :)

My 5 year old has decided she wants a "pink & red" bedroom & at first I thought...eww. But, life is short, so why not? If that makes her happy. :) Hopefully I can make it pretty! :)

Becca said...

Hey there. I love all of the upgrades you guys did when you built your beautiful home. Isn't it fun to dream of things we'd love to do if we knew our present home was our *forever* home? Well, let me say, without changing one.little.thing, your home is gorgeous !! Hugs, Becca

Lori said...

Chestnut, you big cuddly gorgeous kitty!! I love you so! THANK YOU Melissa for the wonderful picture of this baby doll!!!! And I asked about the path, and found my answer in this post, thanks! Love to you all, Lori

Connie said...

Mr Chestnut has it made ! So cute.

Thanks for your comment. When the computer works, so do I. Almost gave it all way last week, though.
Your home should do well in the real estate market as it is beautiful.

You like bees ???

deirdre g said...

Your house looks quite festive and inviting! Great place you have.

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Risa said...

yeah how does your floors stay so clean? do you not wear shoes in the house?

Risa said...

oh and i need to clean my rug by my sink too how do you do that?

angelo h said...

This is the cutest and coziest home! You did a super job, and I love it all! Really love the design of your kitchen too. A perfect design for my condo too. :)

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