Elkee Stewart

DECOR+DESIGN+LIFE+STYLE

Fall transitions

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I woke up to a whopping 48 degrees this morning!

I honestly debated turning on the heater to bring the inside up 2 degrees.  Don't worry I didn't do it! I'm not a fan of the cold, Sunshine makes me happy. Fall is my favorite Season, but I like to slowly transition.  Here are some easy and subtle ways I welcome Fall.  


 

 

 

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Sweater/

Cardigan

Perfect for those brisk mornings and chilly nights.

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Pair with

Leggings, jeans, or even shorts! My fav is to tie around my waist.

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Open toe boots/Mules

That perfect combo between a sandal and a boot!

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Concealer

Switch out your BB cream for a heavier cover concealer.

I also break out my darker Fall colors of lipstick, blush and eyeshadow.

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Neutral
foliage

I even mix neutrals into my greens!  I love the texture it creates. Have fun! There are no rules.

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Switch out

greenery

for more neutral colors.

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Pumpkin

everything

Just because Target has Halloween out in August doesn't mean you have to buy it. I start by adding a little pumpkin here and there.

Although we are now in September I haven't added a single Pumpkin to my decor!  Who am I?  I hope to add some and more Fall décor over the weekend.  

How do you transition into Fall?

Back to School feast

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Traditions. I love traditions. 

There’s something about a new School year that makes me want to Party! Years ago I started this easy tradition of a back to school feast for my kids.  We sit and talk about the new year to come, the worries, the excitement, and new goals.  I try to encourage them to do their best, try new things, and be kind to everyone! Some years were fancier then others with decor and favorite foods and some weren’t. Traditions bring people together and make memories! 


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2018

Feast with cousins.

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2017

Breakfast for dinner feast.


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2016

Feast at Adobe.

 

2015

Feast with cousins.

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2014

Feast at Escobars & swimming with cousins.

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2013

Picnic feast.

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2012

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2011

They grow up in a blink of an eye!

What back to school traditions do you have?

Or what traditions would you like to start?

DIY basket light

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Basket.

Target Opalhouse macramé basket

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Light kit.

World market hard wire light kit. Ikea has some great ones as well.

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World Market light kit.

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Pull cord through &

tie in knot.

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Add a vintage

light bulb.

I found mine on Amazon.

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Hardwire.

Seek a professional/Electrician if you don't have experience.

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If you or your husband aren’t handy call in a profesh to install!

Easy Peasy!

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Easy chair makeover

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Projects

are in full swing around here!


Now that we are in the new house I have been back at it with the projects. 

Oh how I have missed projects!

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I got these bad boys for

$5 each!

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Spray paint.

Spray the chair frame. Flip upside down and spray bottom.

Unscrew seat and cover with fabric or.....

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Rugs!

I had some extra 2x3 rugs lying around. I loved that they were thick and full of texture.

Staple or glue to seat. Then screw seat back on frame when dry.

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Wala!

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Another easy project in the books.

Don't ever pass up $5 chairs!

DIY jewelry hanger

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Organize

in style


Materials needed:

-Wood limb, stick, or dowel

-C hooks

-Jute or string


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First layout your stick and decide what way you want it to hang.

Then twist in your c hooks! Add as many as you want.

Lastly wrap and tie on your jute.

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Then hang!

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and add

accessories.

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Seriously one of my easiest projects! Now go out and find

ya some sticks!

 

 

B & B

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This is where my white board and batten obsession started. The second I locked eyes on this beauty in Daybreak Utah I was smitten!  I knew this is what I wanted for our home exterior and from there I chose a house plan.  

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After the first meeting with our builder I learned that this wasn't going to be the cheapest exterior siding option.  It was initially double the money of vinyl siding and was going to take some major persuading to get the hubby on board. Its not hard to see why this siding is totally worth the cost and look!

What Is Board And Batten Siding?

Board and batten siding is a series of alternating vertical or horizontal boards. The wider boards are typically around 10” wide, while the smaller boards, or battens, are closer to two inches wide. Unlike other siding designs, board and batten allows for natural expansion and contraction, which you must account for when referring to any exterior material. 

Why Board and Batten Siding ?

Board and batten siding provides a bunch of benefits few other siding options offer. This growing siding design gives a unique and eye-catching design to any country cottage, barn, guesthouse and rustic  home. Once you decide on board and batten or batten board siding, you have a few choices for materials, including real wood, engineered wood, cement board, and vinyl. Each material has its pros and cons. 

-Fiber cement costs less than wood

-Doesn’t attract pests

-Moisture and rot resistant. Resists water absorption to help protect against mold, swelling and cracking

In case of a fire, you want to know that walls of your house will protect you while your family seeks safety. Fire feasts on wood, and it melts vinyl almost instantly. But James Hardie siding will not ignite when exposed to a direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire.

-James Hardie is the only siding company that engineers siding and trim products for specific climates, ensuring that you get the best performance for your region

-Baked-on ColorPlus® Technology has greater resistance to fading, chipping and cracking, meaning less maintenance

- WARRANTIES. All James Hardie siding products come with a 30-year, non-prorated warranty and trim products come with a 15-year, non-prorated warranty.

Can I get a heck ya!  No siding that will melt in the sun or fade!  I'm in!

Cement Board Siding

Cement board siding, hardie board, or fiber cement siding as it’s also called, is a mixture of cement and cellulose fibers. It’s made by combining sand, water, cement and cellulose to form strong boards or shingles. A coating is baked on for a colorful finish. Fiber cement siding is available in vertical, horizontal and shingle designs. 

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James Hardie Board

Lifetime Exterior Siding

Interior

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Choose design details that express you and your homes personality.

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Set a budget. Choose what you love and what speaks to your heart and soul.

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NEUTRALS

Neutrals are best known to have no color. These include beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray, and white. Choosing these neutrals for your main finishes like flooring, wall paint, cabinets, and counter tops will allow you to add color with your furniture and décor. Changing your décor is more affordable then changing out your flooring in the years to come.

Going into the flooring store can be straight up overwhelming. Before going do some research and look online at ideas you like. Make an idea book and try to choose things like shape, material, and color before hand. Take the book with you. When arriving at the store talk budget first.  Have them show you items in your budget. This can eliminate hours of the process.

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Get samples and lay them out together. Play around with different textures like wood, basket weave or a fun shape.  

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TIP

Take your top 3 favorite in each category. Start putting them together. Consider color and what looks best. Take pictures so you can get a different perspective. Start eliminating, although most will eliminate themselves.

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You cant go wrong with neutrals! Enjoy the process. Have fun.

 

 

Upgrades

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When building a house you are faced with a crap ton of choices! And trying to decide on upgrades can be overwhelming. I did a lot of research because the last thing I wanted was to have any regret or I wish's. Needless to say after all the time and  research I was only left with a longer list of wanted upgrades. Most to which we ended up scratching.  I finally realized it only  comes down to these few things that can simplify the process.

BUDGET + FAMILY + LIFESTYLE


BUDGET BUDGET  BUDGET! In most cases you will meet with your Builder and go over budgets for your new build early on. When it comes to the interior it is completely up to you and the choices you make if you go over, under, or stay right on budget.  If there are upgrades you know you want early on make sure to add them into your budget.  Know ahead if you have extra or saved  money to go toward upgrades.  Can you afford it?

FAMILIA!  What are your families realistic wants and needs? How big is your family? Will your family benefit from this?  Will this make life easier?  Is it important?  Do you have animals?

LIFESTYLE IS EVERYTHING!  Are you an active family?  What areas of the house do you use most? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors?  Do you cook often? Are you planning to resale in the future?


LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS.

I have always been a firm believer in this.  It's natural to want things, but having them and being able to afford them are two different things.  Remember this when thinking of what upgrades you want to add. Everybody has different preferences and certain things they like and don't like. That is what makes you special and unique.  Make your own must have  list and be one step closer to making your home yours.


Here is the rundown on our must have upgrades!

BOARD & BATTON SIDING- Top of my list! We knew from the get go that this would be our home exterior so it was added to our budget first thing.  Fist pump to LIFETIME siding! 

BLACK WINDOWS- Another top of my list! Double the money, but so worth it!

RAISED CEILINGS- Although we did lower most ceilings we raised the entry, living room and master.

CAN LIGHTS- Add can lights wherever you can! We added over 50. We also chose a modern square style.

USB OUTLETS- We added these to all the bedrooms for phones and laptops.

TILE SHOWERS- We wanted to design custom showers. Bonus- it adds value to your home.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT EVE OUTLETS- Luke's must have!

COVERED PATIO- We spend a lot of time outdoors!

LARGE CLOSET WITH WINDOW-  Being able to get fresh air and natural light in a master closet is a dream!

OUTLET IN PANTRY- My pantry is where I'll keep my toaster, Microwave etc.

FUTURE HOT TUB OUTLET-  We plan on having a hot tub in the future so we put in a 220 outlet in the  future location.

CENTRAL VAC- My must have! Easy wall access plus cleaner air and reduced allergies!

BRACES FOR FUTURE CIELING FANS- We had our framer build braces for future ceiling fans.  I am not generally a fan of the look of ceiling fans. We put them in the Living room, Master bedroom, and upstairs boys room. And put braces in the others for future.

TALL CIELING CABINETS-  I don’t think I have ever heard someone say that they had too much storage space in their kitchen.  Why not have the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling!  And quite honestly I never know what to put on top of cabinets and they seem to just collect dust.  

UNDERLIGHT FOR CABINETS- I loved the idea of this for our upper cabinets in the kitchen.  

TRASH DRAWER- Keeps the garbage out of sight!

MUDROOM- With our active family we end up having shoes, coats, back packs, basketballs, cheer bags, dance bags dropped at the door.  The mudroom will be the catch all!

DRINKING FOUNTAIN- The boys drink from the faucet, Drives me nuts! we added a drinking fountain to the mudroom right below the stairs to the boys room.

LED LIGHTING- Long life time.  LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational life time expectation of sometimes up to 100.000 hours.

OUTDOOR GAS LINE- We added it to our pack patio for a BBQ.

DOUBLE OVENS- Baking cookies will be a breeze!

STOVE TOP- Luke's pick!

POT FILLER- We do a lot of cooking.

FARMHOUSE SINK- My pick! Who doesn't love a big sink.