Shut the Front Door: Three ways to brighten your entry

COMING HOME

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By Elizabeth Scruggs / Superior Construction and Design

Photos by Jana Pastors / Kindred Moments Photography and Design

 

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home is the front entry.  A new door mat and some fresh flowers are always a good start.  But if you really want to up your game, take it a step further.  Here are three entryways we’ve recently designed—the changes range from a fresh coat of paint to an entire remodel.

  1. With this entry, we switched out the color of the front door, installed a new storm door, and added new lighting.  When choosing color, it’s important to make sure what you choose has the correct undertones for the fixed elements of the home.             
  2. Don’t forget about the interior of your entry!  A simple color change can make all the difference.  Take a look at how changing this door slab from builder white to a more intense color has now made the entryway a focal point for the room.
  3. With this entry, we installed new iron double doors and framed the entire front with stone.  The new doors really make a statement and totally changed the facade of the home.

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Shut the Front Door: Three ways to brighten your entry

COMING HOME

coming home


By Elizabeth Scruggs / Superior Construction and Design

Photos by Jana Pastors / Kindred Moments Photography and Design

 

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home is the front entry.  A new door mat and some fresh flowers are always a good start.  But if you really want to up your game, take it a step further.  Here are three entryways we’ve recently designed—the changes range from a fresh coat of paint to an entire remodel.

  1. With this entry, we switched out the color of the front door, installed a new storm door, and added new lighting.  When choosing color, it’s important to make sure what you choose has the correct undertones for the fixed elements of the home.             
  2. Don’t forget about the interior of your entry!  A simple color change can make all the difference.  Take a look at how changing this door slab from builder white to a more intense color has now made the entryway a focal point for the room.
  3. With this entry, we installed new iron double doors and framed the entire front with stone.  The new doors really make a statement and totally changed the facade of the home.

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How to Style a Bookshelf – Coming Home

By Elizabeth Scruggs

Photo by Chesley Summar 


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When asked to style bookshelves for clients, I follow three simple steps:

Books, layering, and texture.

In my client’s home, these bookcases are three units wide and go to the ceiling- we had a lot of space to fill. By going to thrift stores and libraries, we were able to find enough used books for the large space.  Then we were able to fill in with some of her family mementos and photos.

Following these three steps each time, you will be able to style your shelves with ease.

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Again with the Paint….

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One of the favorite parts of my job is to choose a paint color scheme for someone- just gets my juices flowing.

But there is a whole lot more to choosing a paint color than just picking something that looks pretty.

You must choose colors that have the correct undertone to work with the “fixed” elements of a room.  And it must work with those elements in all lighting.  Morning light and afternoon light are completely different.  There’s a word for that.  But I”ll save that for another post.

So.

Have you ever gone to a friend’s home and gasped, “Oh my gosh!! I LOOOOVVVEEEE that color!!!  It would be perfect for my bedroom!!!  What is it???”  Your BFF says, “I know, right??  It’s Brazillian Bark from XYZ Paint Company– you simply must try it!” So off you go to XYZ Paint Company and promptly buy 5 gallons of Brazillian Bark and can’t get home fast enough to slap it on your walls.

But then.

You get it on your walls.

And you think you’re gonna be sick.

I mean, like really, really sick.

Not only because you just paid 69.99 per gallon for this fabulous new color, but because every time you look at your walls, you literally feel nauesous.

That Brazillian Bark didn’t work with the undertone in your floor, or your ceiling, or some architechtural detail.  These items are the “fixed” items in your room.  Items that won’t change.

Your paint choice should accentuate the features of your room.  It should highlight them in such a way that you think, “Wow, I love the floors” or “Look at that fireplace, isn’t it beautiful??”

See if you can tell what I mean.

Before:

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This color is actually competing with the floors.  Your eye doesn’t know where to go first.

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After- the new color brings out the beauty in the floors and the wood.  You don’t notice the paint color, but the beutiful flooring and casings in the room.

So next time you’re told, “This is the hottest new color- you gotta try it!”- make sure it works with the elements of your room first. If you’re not sure, give me a call!

 

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What a Difference a Bit of Paint Can Make…

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Last post, I promised to give you some “behind the scenes shots” of our column’s photo shoot for the September/ October issue.  

We styled three beautiful fall tables and I wanted to share them with you in a bit more detail.  

BUT.

My photos are too large to post to the blog….and with computer technology NOT being my strong suit, I am unable to resize them correctly.

As soon as I’m able to do that, I will post them.

Until then, I thought I’d share a little before and after of a paint project we completed a couple of months ago.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve already seen this, so you can stop reading here, LOL!)

I never get to complete things in my own home, but it had really gotten past time for new paint.  Along with the walls, ceiling, and trim, I wanted to paint my brick fireplace and hearth.  

Hubby was against it.  

Forgiveness/ Permission.

I will go for forgiveness every time.  (You can do that after 23+ years.)

Just ask him next time you see him about the morning he woke up and there was a hole in the roof.  A BIG hole.

(Being married to a contractor has it’s drawbacks perks!)

We REALLY needed some dormer windows. 

But that’s another story.

So- I decided to paint the brick after long thought.  

Here is the after.

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I also carried the color over to my french doors. It helps define the space better, and lets you know that they are part of this room, and not the kitchen.

That’s the beauty of paint.  

A huge difference for a small cost.  

And if you tire of it, it’s easy to change.

Just be sure you know the undertones of the colors you are considering, and be sure they compliment (and not contrast) with the fixed elements of the room.  And if you need help deciding, give me a call…

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Houzz!

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Coming {Back} Home

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We are beginning our blog postings again, and I’m tickled pink!

This is just a short post to say hello, and welcome back.  I’m so glad you found your way here!

In case you’ve not been here before, I’m Elizabeth, and I write a column for the magazine entitled “Coming Home,” where I discuss all things “home.”

My business, Superior Construction and Design, is located here in Lebanon.  My projects range from organizing a kitchen cabinet all the way up to building your dream home, and anything in between.  

So send me your questions!  

Have a decorating dilemma?  Unsure of a paint color?  Have a building question?  Send it on….

Who knows?  I may just pick your issue to come over and take a look at and blog about!

You can email me at esbsms@aol.com, or post your question in the comment section below.  Oh and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss anything!

Below is the cover of the last issue of the magazine.  We had so much fun creating the tablescapes for this issue.  Later this week I will post some pics of the full shots of the tables not shown in the magazine…..  some “behind the scenes” shots!

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Again, welcome back….and thanks for Coming Home!

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Decorating For Fall

BY ELIZABETH SCRUGGS

PHOTOS BY KINDRED MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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As the new school year begins, thoughts always turn to fall. Cozy spaces, fall colors, mums and pumpkins these are the things that make us smile!  As we begin to ready our homes for the season, many of us have holiday gatherings to plan. With that in mind, we thought we’d put together a few table-scapes to inspire you as you prepare for family and friends.

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This table was put together with many things I already had, and bet you do too. Using two runners along with some placemats and chargers, we set the table with fall colors. We picked up these great candle holders to compliment theb pumpkin centerpiece, which  was made using die cut letters on a foam pumpkin along with fresh mums and sunflowers.


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This one was so fun to create! Created on a rustic farm table, we started with fabric and tablecloths to create the foundation. We added apothecary jars layered with Halloween candy, which is a fun and simple centerpiece to make.
This is also perfect to do with children, and there are so many Halloween candy options to choose from. We filled in with a few additional Halloween items to complete the table. The Halloween table-scape was photographed at one of the beautiful homes on this year’s “Tour of Historic Homes” on December 6, 2014

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This table is my favorite because I love china, crystal, and shiny things! We were so fortunate to be able to create this table and our fall table at Antiques on 231. Using items found in the store, we created this beautiful, formal look. Notice that we mixed different patterns of china and crystal. The centerpiece was made using fresh flowers and artichokes from Kroger, along with some ceramic pumpkins and acorns. 

Many thanks to Jackie Chitwood and Teresa Lester of Antiques on 231 for allowing us to use their beautiful space and items to create the fall and Halloween tables. Please visit the store and help celebrate their one year anniversary during the month of September!
 
320 South Cumberland Street,
Lebanon, Tn 443.4395

This home and table setting will be featured in the Historic Lebanons 7th Annual “Tour of Historic Homes” on December 6, 2014.

Contact Kim Parks with Historic Lebanon at 547-9795 for more details.

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TWELVE IDEAS FOR- Back to School

By Elizabeth Scruggs

As the new school year approaches,

here are 12 ideas to help get you off to a good start

Although I can’t wait for school to be out in May – I am equally as excited when pencils, crayons, and glue sticks begin to show up on store shelves again at the end of July. Similar to the beginning of the New Year in January, this “new start” comes with an endless array of multi-color pens and notebooks readily available in every store! For someone like me who still prefers pen and paper to a computer screen any day, it’s a veritable hey day out there!

Begin: Begin this year with routines in place. All children, (and most adults!) function better when they have routine.

Always: Always start each day with a good breakfast. My friend Mandy Pryor posted this a few years ago, and we love it: Muffins on Monday, Toast On Tuesday, Waffles on Wednesday, Thirsty (smoothie) on Thursday and Fruit on Friday. This works great, you don’t have to think about what’s for breakfast.

Countdown: A fun thing to start a week or two before the first day of school is a countdown. Check out a week’s worth of books and read one each night before the first day. Another fun countdown is to make a paper link chain and tear off a link a day until the start of school. Children always love any kind of countdown!

Keep: Keep the memories of your child’s school year with a first day of school and last day of school picture. There are many different ways to have fun with this. Take their photo by the same tree each year to watch how they each grow. Have them hold sign showing the grade they are starting that year. Have them make a serious photo, and then one with silly faces!

Teacher: Give your child’s teacher a teacher questionnaire. Ask them questions such as: What is your favorite restaurant? Favorite scent? Favorite store? Favorite color? You get the idea. This comes in handy when the holidays roll around and you want to honor your child’s teacher with a little thank you.

Organize: Organize a snack shelf in your pantry and/ or refrigerator. Have proportioned snacks such as goldfish, pretzels, grapes, and juice boxes, grouped together for easy reach when hungry kiddos get home.

Supplies: There are an abundance of school supplies at great prices in every store right now! Stock up on paper, pencils, glue and poster board so you will be project-ready when you learn that your diorama is due tomorrow.

Create: Create back to school traditions. One that I started with my girls the week before they started kindergarten is one we call “special days.” I spend the entire day with each of my children – one on one. They get to pick out whatever they want to do on their special day. We eat where they want, go where they want, and have a blast. The best part is we are spending quality one-onone time together! They look forward to it and start planning it at the beginning of summer.

Homework: Create a homework station where everything is on hand to complete homework. I have an old Pampered Chef tool caddy (you know you have one too) that I fill with pens and pencils, rulers and glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils and erasers. I keep it in the kitchen, and when we start homework we pull down the caddy and are ready to go.

Outfits: Now is the time to go through your kiddos’ closets and weed out anything you don’t need. Hang items together as outfits, so it’s easy for them to grab and go on school mornings.

Organize: Have a designated place for book bags, coats and school items. Organize this area every night so you’re ready to grab it all and go in the morning.

Lunches: I suffer in the school lunch department, but with the amazing ideas on Pinterest and Google, I have no excuse. Now is the time to create a lunch list so we won’t be scrambling the night before. If you have school lunch ideas that rock, please share on Wilson Living’s Facebook page with our readers!I need the help!

Just remember, every effort you make to prepare beforehand, will be rewarded with less stressful mornings when the school years is in full swing.Here’s to a successful year!

For more tips and hints, follow me on Facebook and Pinterest and at

www.superior-construction-and-design.com

 

 

 

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Cash in the Closet

Cash In your Closet

BY ELIZABETH SCRUGGS

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of clothing and shoes that seem to accumulate in your home? Most especially if you have children the piles can grow, seemingly, overnight.

With regular purging and organizing, you can keep things in check.

These days there are so many options when it comes to recycling clothing. From consignment sales to online services to groups on Facebook if you take a bitCash in  the Closet time, you can find cash in your closet!

When it comes to closet organization, there are a few rules I always follow.

• Be merciless in your purging. If you’ve not worn it in the last 6-8 months, you’re not going to.

• Invest in good hangers. When you store your clothing correctly and keep it good shape, it will last longer.

• Be very selective in your purchases.Better to have a few good pieces, than lots of things you don’t wear taking up valuable real estate in your closet.

• Re-evaluate your wardrobe each season.

It has been said that we wear twenty percent of our clothing eighty percent of the time. Keep this in mind as you are organizing.

I worked with a client recently who felt totally overwhelmed with her closet. To compound this feeling, one of her shelves fell on Christmas day. To use her words, she was simply “afraid of the task,” and couldn’t face it. Here is what we did to get her back on track.

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First completely empty the space. 

Next, thoroughly clean the space by wiping the baseboards and vacuuming.

Set up three areas to sort your items and label them donate, toss, and sell

Then go through things item by item. They only need to go back into your closet if you have worn them recently.

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After two hours, we had her closet in tip-top shape. As you can see, she has lots of space left in her closet.

Most times we think we don’t have enough space, when actually if we are organized, we have more than we need.

Next – This is the part I like, this is where the cash comes in!

To get the best price possible, items need to be clean and in very good condition. Always inspect for stains or holes before listing your items for sale or putting them in a consignment sale.

I’ve built my children very respectable savings accounts just on their consigned clothing. It takes a little bit of time, but the freeing feeling you get from being organized is wonderful and the extra cash never hurts!

If you are unsure of whether to get rid of an item, here’s a tip:

When you hang it in the closet, turn the hanger backwards. When/ if you wear it, hang the hanger back the correct way. In six months, if you still have any backward hangers, get rid of those items. If you’ve not worn it in that amount of time, you’re not going to.

Local Facebook Groups:

• Wilson Co. Gently Used Clothing

• Childrens Boutique Resale Group

Local Children’s Consignment Sales:

• Friendship Christian School

• Trendy Little Ones Boutique Sale

• Teens to Tots (Mt. Juliet)

• Lollitots (Mt. Juliet)

• Over The Rainbow (Gladeville)

Most of these sales have Facebook pages where you can get all their information

Online sources:

• www.threadflip.com

• www.therealreal.com

• www.bibandtuck.com

• www.copious.com

• www.poshmark.com

• www.materialwrld.com

• www.thredup.com

These sites are very easy to use. I’ve personally used thredup.com and it was simple!

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Celebrate Home

BY ELIZABETH SCRUGGS

If you follow Wilson Living Magazine on Facebook, then you will recall a contest we ran last November. The thought was to include our readers in this column by helping you with your organizing and decorating dilemmas.

The winner was Fran O’Riordan with this entry:

“My laundry room is a nightmare. We have recently moved into a house with much less closet space, and my laundry room is bursting at the seams!”

The issue I find many times when I visit with a client is not that they don’t have enough room, but that they are not getting the best use out of the room that they do have.

Celebrate HomeWith less closet space, Fran was using her laundry room not only as a space for laundry, but a make-shift closet and pantry.

 

When I arrived, I realized that she actually had ample space in her pantry for food storage. After some sorting and re-Celebrate HomeAfter some sorting and re-arranging, I was able to make her laundry room a space for clothing and shifted all the food to the pantry.arranging, I was able to make her laundry room a space for clothing and shifted all the food to the pantry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate HomeNow they have a space for coats and backpacks

 

I also hung some family photographs and found a coat rack in the garage that made a perfect landing spot for her children at the end of the day.

Now they have a space for coats and backpacks. She also has a space for sorting and folding clothes, and her pantry got Celebrate HomeLaundry nowa makeover as well.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Fran and her family for allowing us to feature her space in this column. If you would like to see more reader dilemmas, let us know.

Email me at esbsms@aol.com

Next time I might visit you!

 

When organizing your home, make the best use of your space by storing things where they belong and giving everything a home. It’s been said that the average person spends two months of their lifetime looking for things. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend those two months doing something else!

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