My second favorite room in our renovation was the kitchen. Fully expected it to be my very favorite, but our Master Suite is such an open sanctuary for us in our home, that that comes in first.
When planning the kitchen we know we wanted flow, functionality, great light, white bright open spaces and a place where I could one day make a cooking show.
True story: I had no idea that just 4 months after moving in would we be offered a cooking show through Amazon Prime that would shoot in OUR kitchen. Dream come true and God had His hand in all of that far before I had any idea.
The details are some of my favorite parts. The chrome vintage faucets to the charcoal flecked farmhouse sink add to its charm. While the double oven and over-sized refrigerator allow for entertaining and were perfect for the show.
The grey faux tile floors and white marbled granite make a grand statement and the glass pendant lights and raised white subway tile add a little sparkle.
We opened up the kitchen window size over the sink as well so we can have an eye on our spacious land out back while we cook as the kids grow older and head out to play.
The dark stainless steel appliances are a nice contrast to the all white kitchen and the view from down the over-sized island highlights our large white brick fireplace. During the holidays, the view is nothing short of magical.
Do you have a favorite room in YOUR house? Share your favorite details, I'd love to hear them!
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Let's take another tour today! Our Modern Farmhouse Master Bath is next on the list and I've loved sharing pieces of our new home with you all!
If you haven't yet checked out our Modern Farmhouse Classroom and The House That We Built, I've linked them here for you.
If I had to choose a favorite room in this home, I simply couldn't. It would probably be a close tie for first between our kitchen and my sons classroom, with our master suite and bathroom coming in a very close second.
Today I am taking you on a tour of our master bath, a room I have dreamed of since I moved out on my own almost 20 years ago. Goodness, that statement made me feel super old. Has it really been that long since I stepped foot in my own little apartment in California?
This space is light, it's serene. Our goal for our bathroom was to make a sanctuary of a space, somewhere we could retreat too in the mornings to have a quiet start with God and a little coffee. As well as a space to retreat to in the evenings for a hot steamy shower, or a place for face masks, foot treatments and anything else my little heart desired during my "self-care" time.
While staying on budget, we each chose a couple of things in the house that we wanted as a "luxury feature". One of mine was a spa shower. The pebble floor, a large seat to relax and floor to ceiling glass we're inspired by various resorts we've stayed at and to this day, three months after being in our new home I still LOVE stepping into each day.
The other was a double vanity (we had never had one before!). The cabinet space next to each sink (both below the sink as well as the counter top uprights) give Doug and I plenty of space for all of our skincare and bathroom storage needs. Located next to the pony wall/toilet area is also a large area of cabinets where we store extra toiletries, our towels and linens as well as my gardening tools.
My sweet husband surprised me with two additions to this room which has always made it feel extra special to me as well - a coffee bar and an upgraded closet door to our walk in closet. The frosted door on our closet adds more light and openess to the room, while the coffee bar allows for a space to wake up slowly in the morning before making my way to the kitchen.
We also have a glass door to the side garden (which built in blinds between the panes of glass for easy cleaning!), which makes the flow of the house work so well when needing to tend to the yard, go for a walk outside or (less glamorously, take out the garbage).
I even had a cute helper who wanted to do "house photography" with his camera!
As for the details, we opted for chrome fixtures and glass to up the luxury feel. As opposed to my sons brushed nickle accents for a more modern/masculine feel as he grows up. Our shower tile and rock floor compliment our grey wood tiles nicely and overall the room has the clean, sleek look we envisioned.
What is your favorite room in your home? Do you have a place where you feel you can reset and relax?
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My first blog post of 2020! HAPPY NEW YEARS GUYS!
It's been a long-time-coming, dream come true to be able to write this post.
If you remember a couple of years ago I wrote about The House That Built Us. The home Doug and I lived in and celebrated our marriage in. Lost our first pregnancy in. Adopted our first fur baby together in, hosted many nights with friends in and then brought our sweet son home to in.
He said his first words there. Took his first first steps and celebrated his first three birthdays, but something about it never truly felt like it was our home or the home meant for us.
And then an opportunity for our modern farmhouse project came along and after so much prayer, many dollars and many tears, and a wait that felt like forever (but really just a year), we got the keys to our little house on a piece of farmland that finally feels like home.
Designing a custom remodel in a house built in the 50's is quite an undertaking (hello new AC units, old paint, low ceilings, new plumbing, new electric) however, designing our own details was one of my very favorite parts.
We were able to choose to keep the antique crank windows while putting in brand new wood tile. We raised ceilings, chose our showers and were able to blow out walls to create grander rooms and the kitchen sink (pictured below) is one of my favorite elements. Elegant faucets paired with a modern grey farmhouse sink was one of my dream items.
While the custom elements are beautiful, it's the FEEL and FLOW of the house that make it feel like home. I love that there are double doors from our master/office area into Grey's main play space. I love the multiple backdoor access points for play, gardening and enjoying the beautiful weather.
I just feel that my work, my chores, our parenting just FLOWS better in this space and that's priceless in itself.
THE KITCHEN: The kitchen was actually designed not just for beauty and functionality but for my work as well. As a food blogger/cooking show hostess, I needed a space that would fit our large family, have a lot of light and fit a film crew, and the space does just that! We wanted not only BIG windows for natural light, but we installed multiple sets of can lights throughout the kitchen/great room for bright light to make the space feel light and inviting. We went with white raised subway tile with a light grey grout, a grey farmhouse sink, stainless steel appliances, and a large picture window behind our eating space. At the end of the kitchen is a large white brick fireplace that we will eventual design into a cozy seating area for enjoying a fire, tea and lots of books.
to uTHE LIVING ROOM: The living room, attached to the kitchen is a great room style and is still a work in progress. Another picture window shows a view to our white fenced in front porch (another detail I adore and can be seen in the photo at the top of this post). Our plans for the living room space includes the main wall shiplapped, a large sectional and a custom coffee table by my sweet hubs.
THE BATHROOMS: Our master bathroom was a gift from my husband and I to ourselves. We had a small bathroom with a small bath/shower and one sink for the past twelve years, so for our home project we designed a glass spa shower, a double vanity, a walk-in closet, and as a surprise, my husband had them design me a coffee bar for slow mornings where I want to linger in our space a little longer. Grey's bathroom is also our current guest bathroom as we still have some renovations to do on the east side of the home. It features a rain shower, a deep tub and we plan to shiplap his in a masculine dusky grey/blue and add some white and blue elements with his white marble and brushed nickle bathroom.
THE BEDROOMS: As we knocked down two old rooms to create our master suite, our master suite is now our bedroom and my office space. Aside from our king bed that I am in love with and some art, it's still a work in progress as my husband is just this week building me my farmhouse desk that I can't WAIT to reveal! I'm so in love already. It's a happy space that I just love spending time in with my husband and our son too (thankful for King beds for co-sleeping toddlers!) Grey's room is so sweet and is coming together nicely! It's small and just the right size for his toddler trundle and superhero play space. Once his art is up we will be photographing that room as well. Below you can see his sweet bed that we LOVE from IKEA and the amazing Captain America rug we found on Amazon.
THE CLASSROOM: I did a whole post on this room reveal! You can read about the happiest space in the whole house here.
THE THEATER: One space that we had in our first home that we knew we wanted to keep was my husband's custom built movie theater. We have a guest room on the east side of the home that will become that. It's a nice space to entertain guests, have family movie night for something different, a place for my husband to game and it'll be a great place as Grey grows for him to hang with his friends. I want this to be the house where the kids all feel welcome and I feel that space helps that.
THE MOTHER IN LAW WING: The other three rooms on the East side are my Mother-in-laws for her master suite, a small kitchen area (even though we all happily share the main kitchen) and a guest room where our niece usually stays when she comes to spend time with us.
THE FRONT AND BACK YARDS: This is where our energy and love is going now. We spent this past week cleaning up to prep for a garden and we are prepping to paint the exterior. At first, it all felt a little overwhelming, but now I'm seeing that it's a labor of love we can spend our years making into what God sees it to be.
Thank you for taking our little tour. We are excited to be home where God wants us in this season and we are excited to reveal the rooms here as they are complete.
Photo credit for family photos: Amy Termini
One of the main dreams I had for our farmhouse renovation and for our home long term, was that it would be a place of learning and exploration for Grey and our future children.
We specifically designed a classroom off the kitchen for access to start school each morning after breakfast. We also had double doors put in that lead to my office off of our master suite, so Grey would always be close by when I need to work on the blog or do housework.
I have said many times, I adore the flow of this home. The flow from one room to the next and how it compliments the flow of our day is one of my very favorite parts.
Our plan is to take you all on a home tour, room by room as we complete them and I wanted to start with one of the happiest spaces, our school room/play room.
One of the best parts of the room is the large window at the end of the room. It makes the room bright and inspiring for work and play! We kept the antique metal frame windows that lends so much charm. The rest of the room was transformed with the same grey wood tile we put throughout the home, fresh white walls and a built-in closet for my teacher supplies.
I worked on dividing the room into various areas that include work spaces, play spaces, "yes" places to create, display areas for Grey's works and a soft reading corner that invites cozy book reading.
Utilizing bins to house toys, books and games has been a dream in keeping the room clean. We've implemented a "one bin at a time" rule which works so well for our family. I'm blessed to have a toddler who loves organization and cleanliness like his mama (Thank you Jesus!) so we both enjoy this system.
While toys such as action figures, legos, playdoh, animals, cars, balls and pretend play items are in bins, all books are visible to invite reading. In addition to bookshelves lined with books, I also have floor bins filled with themed books for the seasons and current school topics, as well as our library books.
Grey is now at the age where I'm comfortable having colored pencils, crayons and markers available in jars at all times. He also has his own drawer organizer of scraps of paper, pom balls, toddler scissors, glue, pipe cleaners and more craft items should he want to craft on his own.
As for my aforementioned "yes" spaces, his school table has a dry erase top with a cup of dry erase markers, the chairs are also dry erase and I've attached a large dry erase board low on the wall as well as a dry erase and chalkboard easel. I want him to know that this space is his space and there are so many avenues in which to express himself creatively!
Aside from the art spaces, we have a school table set up in the center of the room where we do our morning book and work projects. Separated by shelving and bins, I created a dramatic play space where he can play kitchen, cafe, store, vet, ice cream shop or wherever his little mind takes him.
Under the window, we currently have a train table where he can drive cars or build legos and truth be told, between this and his kitchen, this is where he spends most of his playtime in this room.
I hope you all enjoyed spending sometime in our classroom today! We've enjoyed having you!
Do you have a schoolroom/play space in your home? What are your favorite elements that make it an inviting space?
Do you have any questions regarding our school day or room set up? Leave them below!
Photo Credit Amy Termini Photography
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a complimentary copy of this Blu-ray reviewed in this post. All opinions are my own.
It may be October 29th, but cooler temps have arrived and as far as I'm concerned we can skip all the other holidays and celebrate Christmas all fall and winter long.
It's just that worthy of celebration. From the birth of our Savior, to the warmth of family and togetherness, soul-satisfying food and bingeing on Christmas movies - there really is never enough time.
So, start in October I always say. As soon as it makes sense to pull out the cozy blankets, the mugs for cocoa and throw a log in the fire. I was blessed by Warner Brothers with our first film of the season - A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish landed on the doorstep as if delivered to my happy little Christmas-loving home by Santa himself.
Below you will find my review synopsis of the film - details on the film and where you can get your copy - as well as some fun behind the scenes info, photos, clips and printables.
Available NOW on DVD, Digital and Blu-Ray A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish follows a teenage Kat Decker (played by Laura Marano) through her trials and her holiday love story as a under-valued step-daughter in a festive rendition of the classic Cinderella tale. This is the fifth in the Cinderella Story series and is the first to be set during the most magical time of year.
I personally adored watching this with Grey. He loved the colorful sets and the leading man Nick (played by Gregg Sulkin) had him laughing out loud as Santa. As a film songwriter and performer myself, I appreciated the musicality of the film and the choreography was well done. My soft spot for the Cinderella Story series (I've been a fan since the original with Hilary Duff!) made this such an easy and fun watch! It was a great film to kick of a season of many nights of movie watching in our new farmhouse.
"Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker (Laura Marano) dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick (Gregg Sulkin), the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas." - Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
You can check out an interview clip with the adorable Laura Marano below detailing the magic in this film.
To view the full trailer - you can see it here:
Truly a fun and magical film for the whole family, watching this entertaining film was such a great way to welcome this season and share some laughs with my little guy.
As we are approaching shopping season as well it was so fun to fill out the Christmas Wish Lists that Warner Brothers provided to us as an interactive activity to do after we watched the film.
Once you grab your copy of A Christmas Story: Christmas Wish on Digital, Blu-Ray or DVD you can make it an intimate evening at home with your family or you can throw a little holiday party and make popcorn, my Vanilla Caramel Hot Chocolate, print the lists below for all of the kids in your group and if you want to get really creative - you can set up a create your own snow globe station just like Kat's special snow globe in the film!
However you decide to enjoy this film, I hope it brings you an evening of joy, laughter and entertainment as it did our family!
There I stood. Butterflies in my stomach as I raised my hand to tap on the large wooden door.
It was a chilly evening in February 2007. An evening of one of our very first dates. You planned to prepare me dinner, rent a scary movie and I would be seeing your home for the first time. It was warm and glowing, romantic without the vibe that you tried to hard, and the food smelled delicious. You were, as you always are, intimidatingly handsome and you smelled wonderful. Chicken, potatoes, carrots and onions filled our bellies while deep conversation about life and our past and our future dreams filled my soul.
I knew then, this might be it. You, might be everything.
Turns out I was right.
This home, your home, after we dated a bit more and I toured the world a while longer, became my home too. We’ve celebrated birthdays here, most memorable being our respective thirtieth bashes (a surprise party for him, a casino party for me) and of course our sons first Sesame Street bash. Christmas here is magical and dinner parties have sparked community and conversation and deepened our walk with Christ. We’ve made big memories here. Like planning our wedding until the wee morning in our living room, planning our family and praying over what it would look like.
Losing our first pregnancy and in God's great redemptive story, finding out our sweet Grey was coming. There’s also been many small, beautiful moments peppered in between the larger than life ones. Like movie nights snuggled on our sofa, playing games around our poker table with friends, laughing fits and story times and walks through our neighborhood and hot showers after long days and all the meals we’ve prepared and enjoyed day in and day out.
Our home, our refuge from the world that we have been blessed to know.
Though I must say, it’s never felt more like our home than it has these past two years. Bringing our darling Grey home, this place has become something so much sweeter.
It’s within these walls we are molding a little life. Helping him crawl, walk and run seemed to happened at lightening speed. While watching him talk, play and show love has made my heart burst with joy.
For who he is. Who we are. Just us three.
To our first home as a couple, a husband and wife, and as parents, I’m grateful for you. As we look towards our future, and what God is writing that to look like, as we start to pack up our mementos and things from this home, may we always cherish the memories we’ve made here, no matter where life may take us and what roof we lie under.
To the house that built "us", thank you for every thing.
This post is part of a marketing campaign with BSM Media and At Home, but all my opinions are my own.
This holiday season is bittersweet in the Pimental house.
On the one hand we have the excitement of hosting Christmas once again for our family (of 40+!), Christmas morning with a one year old to look forward to (I think I'm more excited than the baby) and many, many shared meals this season around the table my husband built us.
On the other hand, we are looking to what this next year will look like as we say goodbye to the house we've been in for the past eleven years and make our way to an old ranch house that we hope to make our new home with new memories, new holidays and new meals.
Maybe bittersweet is the wrong word. Because it's all good. It's all a blessing. The new, the old. And whether we host dinners under this roof or the next, those who gather around our table become our family, and that time with family is what makes a home. In those moments, that's where the good stuff is.
Making our home beautiful for us and those we share it with is one of my very favorite past times. At Home partnered with me to share some of the darling holiday decor they are showcasing this year and I was absolutely giddy to peruse their massive inventory to find the special touches for our holiday table.
Thinking ahead to the farmhouse style of the ranch, I wanted our decor to fit both this house and our future home so I went with neutral shades and natural elements to liven up our wood dining table. I fell in love with their White Willow Garland and it became my focal point for the rest of the tablescape and once I added in gold stems to add a golden touch I knew I wanted to bring through a little more sparkle.
The reindeer head accessories found a cozy home amongst our monogrammed napkins, while natural eucalyptus from a nearby nursery adds more greenery and a fresh aroma. The pinecones that make up the centerpiece hold a special place in my heart because they are a mix from nature walks with my little guy and a trip to a cabin from years ago with my grandma before she passed.
When it came to the table settings, I'm a sucker for a clean, white set up so I went with their Soft Square dish set and utilized the wine glasses I bring out for parties. Their gold party flatware and serving ware made my heart go pitter pat, so I knew I needed to include those to serve up my dark chocolate bundt cake we put out on Christmas every year.
So as we draw near to my very favorite season, I look forward to it all. I look forward to the mornings around this table enjoying both leisurely brunches and quick, hurried bowls of oatmeal on weekday mornings. To dinner parties that spark warm conversation and deep belly laughter, and to raising and teaching a little boy that this is where it all begins. Love, life, laughter, it all starts around the family table. And I’m honored to have such a beautiful one to celebrate around.
For more holiday decor ideas or to shop At Home, visit www.AtHome.com.
For my bundt cake recipe, click here.
This post was sponsored by Groupon and The Mommy Files. All opinions are my own.
As promised, if you saw my last post on the new Groupon Goods, I let you know I was going to let you in on another special feature Groupon is now offering.
And I am totally addicted.
Groupon Coupons gives you access to coupons for top retailers, restaurants, theme parks and more. Some favorites that I took advantage of today were Birch Box, Barnes and Noble, Shutterfly (for ALL the baby books, guys seriously I take so many photos of this kid), TicketMaster for an upcoming date night concert, Sephora (because, make-up) and I even saved on theme park tickets for an upcoming trip we're planning!
All in under ten minutes.
So, without further adieu, I leave you with savings upon savings through Groupon Coupons. You're welcome and happy shopping!
Also, shout out to Groupon and myself on Twitter and let us know what you saved on! This girl loves to know your favorite healthy and fashionable products!
This post was sponsored by Groupon and The Mommy Files. All opinions are my own.
As a new mama, I absolutely adore online shopping.
I've always been a fan of Groupon for booking trips and date nights with deals around the city, but now they are offering Groupon Goods and the site has become a one stop shop for buying anything I need at the click of a button.
I also love, love, love that there are no membership fees to shop on Groupon Goods. Just nationwide deals on my favorite products.
As Mr. Charming and I are gearing up to travel more this season with our little man, I headed back to check out the goods and ended up with a cart full of awesomeness. My favorite items included USB chargers for all of our phone and camera equipment (photos, hello!), awesome food storage containers for all of our healthy on-the-go noshing and, while I was there, some cute stuff for the house. Because as much as I adore traveling, having a place of our own that's decked out in our favorite things to come home to is what makes leaving worth while.
Another feature I love is that there are dates posted with the sales prices, in true Groupon fashion, so you never miss out on something you love. Many days I have gone to a store and have seen something on sale, only to not buy it, think on it later and then miss out because it's gone or no longer on sale when I go back to get it. With Groupon Goods, I don't have to worry my pretty little head about it and can make sure I get what I want at the best possible price. I also can have it shipped to my house, so I can mom it up and take care of the babes in my yoga pants and top knot while still getting everything I need. (yay packages!)
If you are interested in trying it out, come back this weekend for exclusive coupons to some of the most popular retailers in home goods, clothing, travel essentials and more.
Have you used Groupon Goods and if so, what has been your favorite purchase?