She’s back…

And with a truck load of treasures to share soon – very soon. Still unpacking it all and I’m ecstatic to share with you all the photographs, ideas and new blog topics I picked up while away. This quote from pinterest says it all! 
I missed you guys! So I thought I’d run through a quick update of White Oak, one of my projects I’ve been working tirelessly on for months. If you missed the first installment of this project, you can read about it here
It’s just about time for the family to move in so right before I left I shot the following pics of paint and light fixtures. There is still much to be done but you’ll see first hand the tediousness of renovation with all the adds, moves, changes that take place. The gritty stuff. 😉 
Here she is freshly painted, a vision in white…
The large foyer with an oversized lantern that will hang over a center table. All the walls, trim and ceilings are Antique White by Sherwin Williams with varied finishes for subtle contrast. Not sure why anyone paints their ceilings bright white anymore…buck the trend and paint it the same color as your walls or a pale color contrast.  

Going up the grand staircase we have three new sconces that mix nicely with our foyer lantern and the big daddy of them all…

Shazam! Or should I say hot damn? Either way, this light makes me very happy. Here’s a close up…

In the background you can see where I mixed in another lantern in the upstairs foyer. I’m type A about mixing my lights. If I have something airy or light it needs to be mixed with something solid or hefty. If you’re standing downstairs and you can see the upstairs lights, they better go with the downstairs. Everything has to jive so I’m real pleased with the mix we came up with from four different lighting lines. 
Next up, the pair of chandeliers in the dining room. We went from one to two, as you can probably tell. Not a huge deal if you are contemplating this. Just one small hole to patch. These will pair beautifully with the long rustic heirloom table that will go here. Crusty with fancy, another one of my favorite mixes. 

And I cannot wait for you to see the stencil we chose below. You can order it here. We’ll mix fifty-fifty Antique White wall paint with Lenox Tan from Benjamin Moore for a subtle but very there finish then cover it all with a light glaze to give it a vintage look. Heaven. That will be an exciting day.

Moving into the kitchen, we hung two new pendants over the island. The farmhouse sink has been installed and the old granite removed to make way for a new wood top that will allow for ample bar seating.

We removed some ornate corbels on the sides to widen the area for better traffic flow…

Below is the library painted a dark tan with a new antler chandelier. This is Mr. White Oak’s turf and we will be giving it that gentleman feel. We painted the walls, ceilings and cabinets the same color for an all wood paneling feel. Added some tiny trim mold around the perimeter of the ceiling to try to maximize the effect without maximizing the wallet.


Remember this pic of the new master bath shower?

Here it is almost finished…I know… I could spend days in here too.

One of my favorite things we did were these simple shutters over the tub. You know those square windows builders went wild installing over the tub in the early nineties? They’re costly to cover because of the shape. Well we asked the trim guy if he’d pop these on for us and I’d say he did a mighty fine job. I’m looking forward to seeing them painted with a simple knob on each side. I remember reading a story where Martha Stewart took a drill bit in three different sizes and drilled a pattern of circles centered on each panel. It looked really cool. Something to think about.

Loving the under mount tub too! Calgon! And the faucet for here is fantastic.

Master vanities and a new center light. We’ve discussed doing custom fabric half shades on these sconces to give them some more pow. This is my favorite part of the design process, creating the little details that make it unique, make it your own. 

Well that’s plenty for now. I’ll be giving you the FULL tour soon, once we get moved in, furniture placed, window treatments, etc. So much more fun to be had. Stay tuned. And just to know (my daughter’s favorite thing to say), last I checked this beautiful home next door was still for sale and bank owned. A great deal to be had and I promise you will love your neighbors. ;-)))

If you have any questions about any of the light fixtures or paint colors you’ve seen here, please don’t hesitate to ask. Talk soon! 


  1. Do you have an after picture of the dining room stencil please? I’m interested in doing something similar in my house.

  2. here is the website that we ordered the stencil from but it seems they do not carry it anymore :-((((

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