If there is one thing I have learned about social media, it is that there is always a backstory to a photo. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” still holds true in today’s digital world. Moving to Raleigh is a really big deal for Mike and I because it is a goal that we set three years ago in 2014. We were visiting my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas when we completely fell in love with the south-east. We loved the 60-degree weather, the culture and people, and the up and coming city with so much to…

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Today, my team and I were putting together a blog post for Style Collective talking about retail/e-commerce trends, content ideas and what to plan for the month of August. While researching trends, I learned that new home purchases are driving a huge portion of economic growth in the U.S., which reminded me that I need to stay on top of my own blog and share what I’m doing behind the scenes with our new home. I already shared my creative process here, so today I am going to share my home interior design inspiration aka my swipe files that I…

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I absolutely love home design, it’s something that I’ve thought about doing as a consultant many times before. When we bought our condo in 2013, we totally re-did the inside, transforming it from beat-up and rundown to luxurious and glamorous. I posted about it on Houzz back in 2015 and they ended up picking it up and writing an article about our kitchen transformation, which was really cool. You can read the article here, stalk the sad before photos here, and the fabulous after photos here. Kitchen Before: I can’t even with this photo. I still can’t believe that this was our…

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Wow I am overjoyed to see the response to our Houzz article! There have been SO many likes, shares, bookmarks, and questions about everything that we did, where we got things, what color we used, etc. Today’s post is dedicated to answering all of your questions and to answer any other questions that you may have about the space. Lighting: Chandelier above the kitchen table Lighting: Flush mount chandelier in the center of the kitchen Granite Counter Tops: Azul Platino from The Home Depot included free installation; we also chose a bevel included in the cost of the granite Sink: Pegasus Double Bowl Kitchen Sink to accommodate our…

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Houzz wrote an editorial on my kitchen. Let me repeat that. Houzz sent out a newsletter featuring my kitchen renovation! How did this all happen? Welp I was home for MLK Day browsing Houzz, per usual, and saw this article about an $11K kitchen renovation. I checked out the pics and thought it was pretty good, but thought to myself, I wonder how much ours ended up costing in the end. We did so many rooms all at the same time that I didn’t know the cost of just the kitchen alone. So, I broke out all the paper work,…

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