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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

let your light shine down…

one thing that i absolutely cannot stand in my house are the outlet covers in my family room and kitchen…when we moved in we had wood panel, lots of it!  i finally convinced the hubby it was ugly and absolutely had to be painted no matter how much he loved it (honestly, it was going to happen whether i convinced him or not)…

anyway, since painting the paneling the outlets/light covers stick out even more! 

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and then there were the ones with missing screws (not exactly sure where they went)…

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when Legrand reached out to me and asked if i’d be interested in installing some products from their new adorne collection i couldn’t say yes fast enough…i think i actually blacked out with excitement!

there are truly endless possibilities of switches and outlet combinations…using the room planner makes the process sooooo much easier…i chose white for my wall plates but there are multiple colors to choose from…

i’m not exactly sure which product i love the best…

outlet/usb combo…

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pop out outlet…because nothing hurts my eyes more than outlets…especially one that is awkwardly placed…

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practically invisible…and when you need to access it simply push on it and…pop!  an outlet on the top, bottom and side…

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and then there are these…touch switches!  who would have known these would be so fascinating…  and the plates click on so no more missing screws…

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and they have a small LED light that dims when they are turned on…no more guessing which switch goes to which light (unless you’re like me and still get it wrong after 10+ years!!)

i will say that installation was fairly simple…a couple things to consider

*if you have a 3-way light (2 switches that control one light), an older home and no experience changing outlets, consider hiring an electrician…we ran into a problem because we had 3 wires and two of them were the same color…that made it a little difficult to figure which one was the 3-way and which was the hot wire…after a phone call to a friend and knowing how to use the hot wire detector properly it was an easy fix…but before that, i thought the hubby’s head was going to explode…

*the pop out outlet is deep, possibly deeper than the box in the wall…we replaced the box which was NOT expensive (less than $2)…again, older home problems…

those things considered, i absolutely LOVE the updates and how i was able to “customize” my switches, outlets and wall plates…

hop on over and check out Legrand’s adorne collection…the possibilities and endless…

*Legrand supplied the products for review…the opinions are 100% mine

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

chairish woman's cave

about a year ago i did a mood board for Chairish designed around one of their rugs…they contacted me recently and asked me to do a “woman’s cave” featuring a pair of their vintage barstools…I had a choice of about 6 and these were my fav by far…i will admit, i was a little intimidated, but up for the challenge…

i tried to get out of my comfort zone, a style i don’t live in but LOVE…way more muted than my usual style…
 
 


if you have an hour (or 10) to surf Chairish, do it…if you want it, they have it!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

planked...

my friend and i had high ambitions of doing a planked free standing wall in her basement…it’s a wall that covers a pole and it just needed something good to happen…

that was last year…we basically succumbed to our lack of knowing where the hell to start, so it sat…that was until last week…emily and i (more emily than me) went over and banged it out…i did some staining and lent a lot of moral support while she hammered, sawed and did the grunt work…
 
 
we went vertical on the sides because we were afraid of it looking too busy if it ran horizontal…

 
 
we went vertical on the sides because we were afraid of it looking too busy if it ran horizontal…we finished it with corner pieces and stained the wood outlet/light switches…

the boards were all nailed by hand by emily…i love the look of the nail heads…they smashed down with hammering which added to the rustic look…


 
 
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Looking for some help in your home??  Contact Colleen & Emily at colleen@colleeneffertzinteriors.com

we’d love to work with you!!
 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

the grey cape: details

if you’ve missed The Grey Cape home tour here’s part 1 & part 2

as you can see from the home tour Emily has some great taste…but what i didn’t mention was her ability to work a power tool…

the sliding doors that everyone wants to own but is not sure how to go about it…well, she made hers using doors from ReStore…

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and the panel walls we all drool over…yeah, she made and installed those too…

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in the boys rooms you may have noticed the ruler on the wall…made by her pretty little hands

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as well as the little wall mounted “nightstand”

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and the artwork…

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and that’s not all…

she made the wood top for these cabinets…

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and this storage unit…

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AND…she tiles!! 

i mean come on…can it get any better?!?

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well, that’s all folks…i hope you’ve found this tour and details as drool worthy as i have!

make sure to follow on Instagram  to see all our adventures @colleeneffertzinteriors and @emilymaedesign

Looking for some help in your home??  Contact Colleen & Emily at colleen@colleeneffertzinteriors.com, we’d love to work with you!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

the grey cape: home tour part 2

if you’ve missed part 1 you can find it here…today we are continuing with the upstairs
first up the guest room…
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no home can have too many sliding doors…
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this one leads to the guest bath…
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that tile…yum!!  they got the marble for the bench seat from someone who was ripping out their kitchen…score!
they have two little boys who are curly haired and adorable…and thankfully not old enough to have an opinion on what they want in their rooms…
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i love the contrasting strip of wood…
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and she dipped the legs of the table and chairs…
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a shared bath separates the boys bedrooms…
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and through that door next to the bed…
the playroom…
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that folks ends the tour…if you’d like to see all the before pictures, you can find them here
thank you so much for stopping by!
Come back tomorrow for the home tour details…
 
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Looking for some help in your home??  Contact Colleen & Emily at colleen@colleeneffertzinteriors.com, we’d love to work with you!!

Monday, November 30, 2015

the grey cape: home tour part 1

i got a text a couple of weeks ago that i have been waiting/hoping for for months…my friend (who is my sister in law’s sister) wanted to go to lunch and talk design …i’m pretty sure i responded in record time…you see, this girl has got talent and great taste…
we met for lunch and yada, yada, blah, blah…we’re design partners!!! 
 
i want to share her home with you all because i’m so impressed by it…and quite jealous, they’ve lived in their house for 4 years and have done more than i have in 10!!
let me introduce The Grey Cape 
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Emily lives on a great street with homes that have character galore…definitely not a cookie cutter
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i cannot get enough of a great color on a front door…this one is perfect!
i’ve been to her home a handful of times but today i think i may have let out a squeal in excitement when i walked in…
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to the left is the family room…
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her home is an open concept but the family room is divided from the eat in with some Martha Stewart kitchen cabinets from Home Depot with a gorgeous wood top…
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that sliding door you spy leads to the master bedroom…
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the window seat is brick so instead of making a huge mess by ripping it out she whipped up this little seat cover…
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to the right of the front door are stairs to the bedrooms…we used the same trick of adding pre made runners to our stairs…
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this is where we leave today…come back tomorrow for part 2!
 

make sure to follow on Instagram  to see all our adventures @colleeneffertzinteriors and @emilymaedesign

Looking for some help in your home??  Contact Colleen & Emily at colleen@colleeneffertzinteriors.com, we’d love to work with you!!