As a long time resident of Water Valley, our house was build in 2000 and the previous owners did not share the same “passion for interior design” and made some interesting choices; so with some hard work, we made it our own twelve long years ago. Just before we moved in, we did a slight re-model and made some changes to the interior. Unfortunately, over time, things have
started feeling a little dated much to my dismay. We are not talking avocado appliances anything to that degree but admittedly, designs trends change both in furnishings and in the structural surface design items like the trim, flooring, tile, paint and counter tops. Recently, we decided to make some designer changes to update the Turner household and add some fresh style
that is more current with today's design trends.
First, we added some architectural interest which the house was lacking like some wainscoting, trim work details, moldings and a new fireplace surround. This is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home feel finished and well put together. You can find lots of examples on pinterest if you have no idea where to start, this is the place! After the architectural interest is added; it is time for fresh paint! After having a “super friendly yellow” paint color for years, the color had lost its appeal and we really
needed a big change to get out of the late nineties era. The new color we choose is a neutral beige with grey tones that made the rooms feel much larger. Now you notice our furnishings and not the overbearing paint color. This is an easy and inexpensive thing for anyone to do that will immediately update your home and put it in a more appealing light!
Next, came the flooring. I prefer carpet in the bedrooms so we choose a new plush neutral medium tone carpet for the bedroom areas and the basement. Then we gave attention to the main area flooring. First, it was time we removed our Australian Cypress wood flooring that had began to get warn over the past decade! With 3 large dogs and and a perpetual furniture rearranger among our family members the floor deterioration was getting obvious. Now, I was sad to see this beautiful wood go but I am so thrilled with the replacement that I easily forgot my love affair with the old knotty flooring. Our new choice is a product called Natural Timber and is a ceramic tile that look like planks of wood and comes in a myriad of colors and is a forever floor! That being said, if you go this route it is very important to choose your colors wisely because forever is quite a commitment. The product is relatively inexpensive however, the installation is a little more costly and time consuming than hardwood but the end result was well worth it.
Finally, we have completed the process of updating the kitchen. First, we purchased all new stainless steel appliances which come pretty standard in homes today but maybe not so much 10 to 15 years ago. We made these purchases gradually over several months so we did not have a huge expense all at once and did not waste money financing them. Recently, we removed
the Formica countertops and tile backsplash. Our new countertop choice is another “on trend” product. It is Quartz and the color we choose is called Lyra Suede which is oh-so-lovely with its light colored cream and grey tones that closely resembles Carrera marble but with much more durability for a busy kitchen. The reason we choose the Suede finish is because it does not
show fingerprints and water spots like polished finishes and it also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. For the new backsplash we choose a classic, (the beveled subway tile) because it was important to select something that would stand the test of time and not feel dated! EVER!
We just love the way it all has come together and are thrilled with our homes amazing new transformation. Now, not only is our home current with todays design trends, it is also important to note that these updates have significantly added to our homes value! I am happy with the consrervitive choices we made and hopefully these new choices will stand the test of time!
My plan is that in the future we can just update our furnishings from here on out. If your home is feeling a little dated there are so many remedies you could use. Rome was not built in a day, so remember it is ok to take your time. Just do a little updating as you can afford it. You will get there! Take it from me when you do, you will be glad you did!
Katherine Turner specializes in budget friendly home design, room arrangements, staging, and utilizing items you already have! We will help you transform your home by offering tips, tricks, and simple suggestions to bring your home to life!