12.05.2016

Why I Chose Laminate Flooring For My House - Part II - Narrowing My Choices

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

Thank you for joining me for this second installment of my series on installing laminate flooring in Hydeaway Cottage.  You can read about the reason I chose to use laminate in my first post here.

MY LIVING ROOM BEFORE
If you recall, this is what my living room looked like BEFORE with the dark brown carpet. 

Once I made the decision to use Quick•Step laminate flooring to replace carpet on my main floor, the fun part really began...picking a style and color.  There are so many styles and colors available, the process could have been overwhelming.  But since this is something that I do on a daily basis for clients, I have a couple of tips to share.

First, pay attention to the other finishes in the space.  Since I was installing my flooring in an existing space, I needed to take into account the other finishes that were already in the space.  For example, I knew that I wouldn't be pulling up the tile in my kitchen or the carpet that was on the stairs.  Since those were staying, it was important that whatever laminate I chose worked well as it transitioned to those other flooring types.  I also took into account the color of the paint on the walls. In short, anything that was permanent - or that I knew I wouldn't be changing any time soon.

These were the samples that I chose to have Quick-Step send me.

Second, make sure you get samples and bring them into your space.  Seeing products on a computer screen and seeing them in person are two very different things.  I knew that I wanted a wide plank flooring, and I knew that I wanted it to have some grain to it.   I also knew that I wanted a more bleached look for the color.  So, I perused the available products on the Quick•Step website and had them send me several samples of different styles and colors. 

Once I received the samples, I started by putting each sample next to the other finishes until I had narrowed it down.  Then, I used this great app that Quick*Step introduced called Style My Floor to try the flooring out in my space.  This is an amazing tool for people who have a difficult time visualizing how a flooring might look once it's installed.  Even though this is something I do all the time in my line of work as a designer, it was still a lot of fun to see what the flooring would look like once it was installed in my room.

MY ROOM WITH MY CHOSEN FLOORING VIA THE STYLE MY FLOOR APP


After I could see that my choice really looked how I wanted it to look, I ordered the flooring...and waited excitedly for it to arrive.  Join me for my next post where I'm going to talk about the installation process.

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This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.  As always, the opinions expressed are 100% mine.

         

12.02.2016

Christmas House Tour


This post sponsored by Wayfair.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to the Shabby Nest!  I'm glad you're here.  And I'm so excited to be taking part in this year's Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo,

It is always a privilege to be invited to take part in this tour with so many other insanely talented bloggers. 


The tour started on Monday and if you've missed any of the beautiful houses so far, you can start the full tour on Jen's blog.

If you've been following along, I hope you enjoyed the previous stop at the beautiful home of The Golden Boys and Me.





And now I'm excited to present Christmas at Hydeaway Cottage 2016...



I was able to receive my beautiful flocked tree and french market basket (holding the firewood) from Wayfair as a part of their sponsorship of this Housewalk, and I couldn't be happier with them,  I just love the flocked tree sitting in the adorable planter box (which I bought at a warehouse/yard sale from the builder I work for).  The rustic with the refined really makes my Christmas decor this year special.


11.28.2016

Our 2016 Family Portraits and What We Wore


FAMILY IS NOT AN IMPORTANT THING, IT'S EVERYTHING.
~Michael J Fox



We haven't had a family portrait taken for a few years, so this year we took the plunge.  My good friend Aly Brooks recently started her own photography business, and I knew she'd be the perfect person to take these long-awaited photos.  Let me tell you, she did not disappoint.  I love them all!




See the rest of our photos and find sources for our outfits after the break...

11.16.2016

Styling a Glass Bowl Centerpiece 3 Times

Today, I'm really excited to be joining in on the Styled x3 challenge hosted by my adorable friend Stacy of Not Just a Housewife.

Each month, Stacy sends two bloggers an item and challenges them to style it.  Since, the holidays are just around the corner I decided to style mine for Christmas.



Read More After the Break...

11.14.2016

Why I Chose Laminate Flooring For My House

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

I have been living in Hydeaway Cottage for just over two years now.    I love my little house, but the main floor is - how shall I say it?  Compact?  Cozy?  Let’s just say it like it is.  The main floor is small.   It is also open concept.  And the main living area – including the dining area – was carpeted. 
I knew immediately that I wanted to replace the carpet with a hard-surface flooring.  One that would be more conducive to the wear and tear that my main floor gets.  In my line of work as an interior designer, I have a lot of experience working with different types of flooring.   So, when I had to make the decision of what to put in to replace the carpet, laminate was my natural choice.


BEFORE
My Living Room BEFORE - with carpeted floors.  This is the main living area of my house and carpet was NOT a good flooring choice.
Read More After the Break...

11.03.2016

On My Coffee Table: Books You Might Want to Check Out

I received complimentary copies of these books in order to facilitate my post.  As always, opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Hello Lovelies! 

It's November!  Can you believe it?  I just love this time of year.  With the cooler weather outside, I love to snuggle up in cozy sweaters and socks, wrap myself in a blanket, and curl up with a good book.

I absolutely adore reading...and I LOVE books.  Yes, I read digital books and I love those.  But, to me, nothing compares with a paper book.  The feel of a book in my hands.  The smell of the paper.  The satisfaction of turning pages.  There's nothing like it.

So I decided that it would be a great idea to start a feature where I share great books with you...I'm calling it "on my coffee table"  although truthfully, most of them sit on my nightstand. Ha!

Today I want to share with you a couple of fun books...neither one is really the type you curl up with...but both of them are a lot of fun.



First up,  The Sprinkles Baking Book by Candace Nelson.    Now, I have a confession to make.  I am not a baker.  In fact, I don't really like cooking in general. GASP! My daughter, on the other hand, loves it!  (I'm not sure where she got that from.  Lol!)  She literally squealed when she saw a copy of this book in our house.  She is a huge fan of Cupcake Wars...and I am a huge fan of pretty food photography, so this book is a win for both of us.

Read more After the Break...