Friday, February 3, 2012

Savor NC - Before & Afters

Happy Friday!  I thought I would leave you with some pretty eye candy from my home state of North Carolina today.  Everyone loves a good before & after and these three rooms will not disappoint.

 The first room is by Kathryn Dixon.  The use of soft blues/grays and creamy browns set the mood for this peaceful living room.  The furniture arrangement gathered around the fireplace adds to the rooms relaxing vibe.  The pops of color through flowers and the blue throw give the perfect punch, no?

 Also by Kathryn Dixon, a very convincing example of going white with kitchen cabinets; in this case BM White Dove.  Mixing carrara marble on the island and black granite on the counter tops was an excellent way to bring contrast while keeping this kitchen fresh and airy. 

 The next room is by Emily Taft.  This is a perfect example of how a few key accessories and fabrics can make the difference between traditional and modern traditional. 

You can read more about these transformations right here



Today, this special boy turns 16 so let the celebrating begin!  I plan to make "you'll love me forever cake" that I learned about from Tessa because like his mama, this boy loves him some chocolate.  Have a great weekend!

22 comments :

  1. happy birthday to your gorgeous son!! hope he loves the cake!!! xo

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  2. The house is beautiful! Happy birthday to you son. If Tessa makes it, it's bound to be delicious!

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  3. Thank you! Andrea, true, very true ;)

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  4. Love the pictures you shared today - beautiful! Enjoy your day with your son!

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  5. Oh, boy! Hope somebody gifts mama with some Valium along with his driver's license...

    Those rooms are so beautiful-- I love the Kathryn Dixon rooms, especially!

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  6. Oh my, those rooms! How exciting to have a 16 year old, enjoy the celebrations as well as this phase of "life with kids!"
    Cathy

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  7. Can't wait to try this cake recipe! Thanks! and happy birthday to your handsome son! I'm in Charlotte so we are blogging sisters!

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  8. happy birthday to your son! 16- WOW!!!!! i think i need to make that cake... my husband loves chocolate. i am going to save it for a time when i maybe get a little too far into diy and mess up, and then make the cake... ;)

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  9. Happy b-day to your son! That first living room is my favorite! Take care, Caroline

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  10. Happy Sweet Sixteen!!! Can you believe you have a 16 year old? (I think that with every birthday my eldest has!) Thanks for sharing these pretty interiors...I love that living room with warm neutrals and blues. So pretty.
    Happy weekend Rene!

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  11. Beautiful pictures Rene. Happy birthday to your boy...16 is a milestone! Have a great weekend...

    Karen

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  12. Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating! Every milestone is so bittersweet! Off to check out the cake! :)

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  13. Ok, seriously- that kitchen makeover just adds to the evidence that our cabinets NEED to be painted. :) lol- need. Now if David would just see the light...

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  14. gorgeous before and afters...thanks for sharing! Happy Birthday to the birthday boy! Y'all have fun celebrating and eating chocolate!

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  15. Happy Birthday to your handsome son! I share in the love of chocolate, too. Those are beautiful rooms. I especially am drawn to the living room by Kathryn Dixon. So peaceful. I could easily sit right in front of that fire with a good book and feel right at home. Happy weekend, Rene.

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  16. Aw, happy birthday to your son! You probably can't believe he's 16 already. Can you drive at 16 in NC? Enjoy the weekend and thanks for the pretty photos - that kitchen is so pretty and I do love the mix up of the black granite and marble on island.

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  17. Beautiful rooms! Thanks for sharing! And happy birthday to your son! Now I'm craving chocolate! :)

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  18. I am trying to remember....16 but the closest I can come up with is 21. Would love some of that cake. And...dang those rooms are stunning.

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  19. Beautiful rooms. I love the soft colors and would love to curl up with a book on one of those sofas. Happy Birthday to your adorable son!
    -Shelley

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  20. Gorgeous photos. You really can't beat a room dressed in soft grays, creamy whites and a touch of color...so pretty. Happy Birthday to your son! I hope you had a nice weekend

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  21. I do love the
    peaceful tones
    of these rooms.
    Happy 16th to
    your baby boy!

    xx Suzanne

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  22. The befores and afters are beautiful, I love the colors.
    Happy belated birthday to your son! I hope you had a great day with him. Driving now?
    xoxoxo

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