home renovation: living room

Now that the Texas summer heat is gone, it’s time to start thinking about the home renovations once again.  As you remember, our home that we bought earlier this year is a 50’s Ranch style with a Mid Century feel that needs (many!) updates.  We ripped up the floors and installed beautiful walnut hardwood throughout and painted, but now its time to furnish this B.

No better place to start than the Living Room, which I hope to have complete just in time for the Holidays.

This was our last setup at our previous home.  I splurged on my Lee Industries Chairs & Verellen Sofa from Pizitz when I was still living in Florida….so when we moved from the beach to the 1920’s Bungalow Cottage near the river, these lovely pieces worked perfectly.

living room before

Of course I’m keeping the sofa and chairs, but I wanted to bring some other pieces in to tie what I have together and make the home feel more modern.  We painted the walls  in the Living Room Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams, so I’m going to bring in more of the charcoals and grays into the room.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you remember when I came home with this little treasure.  This Zinc top Chest for $75 is now our Coffee Table.

Vintage Zinc Top Chest

So taking that into consideration, here is my inspiration board of what I want the new and improved Living Room to look like:

Living Room Inspiration Board - Vim&Vintage

Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

happy trails

I love all kinds of restorations.  The creativity that comes with taking something old and having it come alive again in a whole new way totally inspires me.  It really gives perspective on how one man’s trash really is another’s treasure!

That being said, there’s a special place in my heart for vintage airstreams.  I’m always amazed by how such a small space can be utilized so efficiently! What could possibly be more perfect then a cute little trailer you can travel, work, or play in??

vintage trailer love

(Clockwise from top:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 )


When I lived in Florida, I worked in the best beach town ever, Seaside.   We had the greatest little airstream food court right in the town center.

Airstreams in Seaside,FL

I used to walk over on my break to grab a sandwich, smoothie, or snowcone.  I had no idea just how spoiled I was!!


Frost Bites in Seaside Florida

Raw & Juicy Seaside Florida


This renovated beauty is from the girls over at Oh So Lovely blog.  They have a mobile vintage clothing shop in this trailer – how freakin cool is that!?

Olive the Trailer - Oh so Lovely blog

olive before and after - Oh So Lovely Vintage blog

Before and after shots! I’m obsessed with the coral color choice.

Erin & Stef from Oh So Lovely Vintage


Featured in the June/July Issue of Rue Mag,  designer Alicia Falango takes you inside her event planning office.

Event Designer Alicia Falango- Rue Mag June July 2013

Vintage Airstream Renovation - Rue Mag June July 2013

vintage airstream turned event planning business

vintage airstream and bike

Seriously?!  Can I please work here????

I may add acquiring an airstream to my ever growing Bucket List.  If you had one, what would you use it for?


(Unless otherwise noted, all images link back to their original source)

home renovation: before pics

I’ve soon realized that our new home is turning into quite the project!  We began ripping things up this weekend.  Saying goodbye to all the outdated and somewhat generic features is very exciting, but also a little unsettling.  Watching our home turn into a construction site makes me realize just how much blood, sweat, tears, money, & wine that will go into this home, not just now, but in the years to come!   This has been a life long dream that is now becoming a reality.

So let me give you the grand tour.  Here is a pic of the exterior.  (You may have seen this on Instagram/Facebook – if so sorry for the repeat 🙂 )

exterior home

When you first walk in, you come into the Living Room area.  For an older home, it has a pretty open layout, which I’m totally a fan of.  You can see the lovely laminate floor – it actually doesn’t look too bad and was in decent condition, but we want to put in hardwood before we move in.  So adios.


Then you walk right into the Dining area.


The Dining area flows into the Kitchen.  The kitchen was updated in the recent past.  Aside from the hole in the vinyl floor, it is definitely very photogenic.  Up close, it’s another story.  Honestly, the previous owners kinda half-assed their updating efforts.  The countertops, cabinets, backsplash – all items that I want to replace, but the kitchen project is years down the road.  I’m sure the new hardwood will warm it up, and we will make little additions to make it more presentable.  (first purchase: A FRIDGE!!)



That doorway you see in between the Kitchen and Dining Area leads to the 2nd Living Area/Bonus Room. Lots of wood paneling you see!


Here’s the hallway that leads to the bedrooms.


In that hallway is the smallest Powder Bath of life! I kid you not – all 3.5 x 4ft of it!


Then you come to the Master Bedroom.  (Awesome shot isn’t it?? Can’t see anything – we clearly need better lighting)


A cute little bath suite is attached to the Master.  Pineapple frame mirrors – oh boy.


I love the fact that it has a jacuzzi tub, but eventually we will be tearing this up too.   Some have told us this is cray cray, but there is no shower in the Master or a shower/tub combo in the whole house, and we want to put one in for functionality and resale value.


Bedroom #2… complete with built-in drawers and desk!



…And Bedroom #3



(There’s a jack-and-jill bath that connects to Bed #2 & #3 that I didn’t take a picture of!)

Can’t wait to see how it all progresses!  Anybody out there have any advice or past experiences with remodeling their home??? I’m welcome to your opinions 🙂