7th House on the Left


posted by Ashley  /  22 Comments

So, I’ve been under the weather the last few days because Greg was nice enough to pass on his cold/stomach/virus thing on to me. Though I’ve been going quite stir crazy over the last 24 hours, I’ve been trying to rest, recharge and fill up on fluids and vitamins as much as possible. During my “down time”, I happened to come across an amazing home tour that has left me completely smitten and I had to share it with you guys…

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Gray walls, black doors, white molding, built-ins, eclectic decor, pops of color… I’m there. It’s a little more “traditional” than what my eye normally gravitates toward, but I love it.

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

What would you call this style? “Modern Transitional”? But there’s also a hint of mid century too. Every style doesn’t need to have a name, but whatever it is, I really like it. It’s fun, elegant, simple but not too minimal. I think what I love most about it is the mixture of textures… jute, lucite, metallic, brick, graphic fabrics – it’s all there.

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Don’t even get me started on this kitchen nook. I love the worn wood finish of the chairs mixed with the modern table along with the traditional molding and window seat. And that brass pendent… yes please!

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I always love a good home tour, but I rarely come across one that leaves me this inspired. As an added bonus, on top of finding this tour and being completely awed, I also found the homeowner’s beautiful hardware line, Nest Studio (aren’t these gorgeous?!) and her blog (which I’m loving!).

All images from here. You can find a very informative list of resources and paint colors right here.

I had another post ready to go up this morning, but I’ll have to wait on that one because I need to take one more photo… and… I forgot to charge my camera battery. Really? What is it with me and charging things?!

Anyway. I thought it would be fun to share a few photos I’ve been obsessing over lately. Obsessing to the point of saving them to my phone and flipping back and forth between them while I lay in bed at night. I keep showing them to Greg and say, “Now, what can we do to [insert room here] to give it that same look and feel?!”. It’s so inspirational it’s frustrating. So, here are my top four victims…

Fireplace Inspiration // 7thhouseonthelft.com

ONE // We have a large, wide, mantle-less, white, brick fireplace. Even though it’s rather large, it doesn’t make a statement or act as a focal point like most fireplaces do. Whenever I see fireplace transformations pop up on Pinterest, I immediately click over and drool at their awesome handiwork. So far, this is the photo at the top of our inspiration photo list. It’s a little more “cottage” than we’re going for (which is gorgeous, but we’re going for more “modern(ish) rustic(ish) vintage(ish)”… if that makes sense), but we’re really loving the idea of adding a white wood surround and painting the hearth dark gray. Greg and I both really, really, want to start on this project yesterday because we think it will help kickstart the living room decorating process (we’re still sporting the old furniture from our first apartment!). However, we have a few other irons in the fire we need to finish first. Which makes this photo… so inspirational, it’s frustrating. Image found here.

Kitchen Inspiration // 7thhouseontheleft.com

TWO // I know, I know. Our kitchen is “done”. But when I see photos like this with dark base cabinets, it makes me want to whip out paint chips and a brush something fierce. Then, the other little Ashley on my shoulder is saying, “Are you kidding? Mess up your nice, crisp, clean, white base cabinets? Once you paint them, you can’t go back”. So, with that, I stifle my urge to whip out the paint and add it to my “Things We Might Do In the Next House” list. Image from here.

Office Inspiration / 7thhouseontheleft.com

THREE // My office is still in a state of flux. Something must be done. Soon. Before I loose my mind. We’re in the process of weighing out the pros and cons of adding french doors between my office and the dining area. So far, the main cons is that fact that it might make the main living area feel more closed in while the main pro is not having to make sure whatever it becomes has to completely “mesh” with the living/dining room). The office space above is inspirational because, for starters, I love the white cabinetry and gold hardware. I also like the idea of a chalkboard “backsplash” although in reality I don’t think I could handle the chalk dust. Another thing that really “rocked my world” is the oriental lamp. I would have never thought to buy a lamp like that. But it works! Overall, I just love this photo because I find this little space organized yet an inspirational space to work in… and I so long for a functional, inspirational “done” office. Image from here.

Master Bedroom Inspiration // 7thhouseontheleft.com

FOUR // What I love about this room is that it’s calm, peaceful, neutral, but still shows some personality. This is the look we’re (eventually) aiming for for our master bedroom. Before we can move on, we need to drum up the courage to sell our current furniture. The bed and night stands have to go, but we love the dresser. I’m still wondering it will work with what we’re aiming for. The wall color is very similar to what we have now. However, rather than hanging art above the bed, we have 6 of these mirrors waiting in the wings. We would also like to have larger/beefier side tables. Image from here

So those are the top 4, most frequently viewed photos on my phone at the moment. Hopefully they’ll lead to “ah ha moments” and we can get going on making some actual decorating decisions. Thanks for listening to my brain dump. It feels good to get this off my chest… I guess you can say it’s kind of like “inspiration-therapy” if you will.

Before we get to dreaming about our dream house… We thought we were dreaming when we got the email from Jackson Design & Remodeling telling us that we won the Best Remodeling Blog Award!!!! We were seriously floored because there for a while, the race was really tight (even down to the .1%!) and we’ve seen voting like this take a turn at the last minute. So, once voting closed this past Friday, we had no idea what to expect. We couldn’t have done it without you all! We seriously appreciate you taking the time to vote for us. Thank you!!

While we love, love, love our house – even though there’s still much to do and decorate! – deep down, we know this isn’t our “forever house”. We’re not planning to anytime soon, but one day it will be time to move on. Once we’re ready for a change in pace, we’d love to buy a large piece of land with lots and lots of trees and build a house.

Dream House in the Woods / 7th House on the Left

With Greg’s line of work and the fact I do freelance work over the World Wide Web, we could move pretty much anywhere. We love the idea of Charlottesville (it’s so gorgeous in the fall) or maybe even Nashville (we’re both fans of Tennessee since that’s where we went to college) and we’ve already talked about our love for California life (ahhh, California) – or we might just end up right down the road in Manakin-Sabot. Who knows! Wherever we end up, Greg wants to be “out in the middle of nowhere”, but I, on the other hand, must be close to a Target. If the powers that be want to be really awesome, a Whole Foods would be nice too… and a Crate & Barrel.

Even though this next chapter will start probably years from now, we’re already daydreaming about the house we want to build. We don’t want anything huge or extravagant that would be hard to maintain, but we have a handful of “wants” at the top of our list, including 10-foot ceilings, lots of natural light, a basement, and (I know this might sound crazy) I really want one of those “tornado rooms”, haha. Dorothy I am not. 

Dream House in the Woods / 7th House on the Left

A few weeks ago, I started a Pinterest board called “Dream House in the Woods”. It’s where I collect our inspiration and ideas for our forever house. There aren’t too many photos pinned just yet, but that’s because I’m super picky about what I pin there. It’s like my protected, super-serious lock box of our ideas for our dream house. I thought it would be good to start collecting this stuff so when we do get to the point in our lives, we have a nice collection of thoughtful photos to refer to for inspiration – rather than it taking over a year to make decisions… like we’re doing with this house, haha.

Dream House in the Woods / 7th House on the Left

From looking over the few photos I’ve pinned already, it’s quite noticeable that we like a lot of crisp, clean white and tons of windows – something we definitely wish we had more of in this house. There’s also a pretty dominate theme of texture including white-washed brick, planks, and subway tile. Ahhh, I love every bit of it.

So, how about you guys… What’s your daydreaming style? Pinterest? Scrapbook? Cork board? All of the above?

As for our weekend plans, we have a few small DIY projects up our sleeves that I’m excited to cross off the “I really want to try that list”. I also wanted to pressure-wash the carport and patio area to get rid of the cloud of yellow that possesses everything in sight. But, as it is every year around this time in Virginia, it will be yellow again within about five hours – or less. Oh, the joys of Pollen Season.