Rocky Point aka Puerto Penasco aka paradise 4 hours from home.

Casa del Pullman, Mexico, Modern Spanish, real life, Travel

I have had the craziest two weeks. First Disneyland and Mickey’s Halloween Party, then Seattle and the Gottman Institute seminars, then two days later camping in Rocky Point for October break.

This makes me seem much cooler than I actually am.

We usually stay at Las Palomas Resort, but this time our neighbors who are awesome invited us to go camping on the beach. We have never camped on the beach. We are big camping fans and have a 2002 pop-up tent trailer. Our neighbors have a bazillion foot long fifth wheel that has two bathrooms and bunk beds that go up and down by remote control and self levels. It was comical to see our two trailers next to each other. The kids play hard. The hubs eat mangos covered in Tajin, lime and chamoy. We played tenzies, dominos, and farkle with our neighbors and gorged ourselves on Pollo Lucas. It really is the best.

Night two the winds picked up. Turns out there’s a tropical storm a’brewin’ off the Baja coast. We did not sleep because I was almost certain that our trailer was going to take flight and we would land in Oz. We packed up and are on our way home a day earlier than planned, but I did take some cool photos before the winds came. Wouldn’t these look great in a beach house gallery wall or above a bed?

Night two, before the winds picked up. Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico.

Gallery walls and the art that is displayed in them can totally help you achieve a specific vibe that you want to achieve. I am toying with the idea offering free photo print downloads for some of my photos from my travels, would that be something that would interest you?

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That one time I went to Bali

Art, Casa del Pullman, Projects, Travel

SO. I am holding myself accountable for last weeks goals. I didn’t get my front door done last week… I did buy the paint, so that is a step in the right direction.  This week we are going to Mickey’s Halloween Party on Tuesday, and then I have a school thing in Seattle.  Which means nothing is getting done on the house.  That’s okay.  That’s life.  I will get to it.

On to the real post.

I love photography.  I tried calling myself a professional for a few years, but when you get right down to it, I was mediocre at best.  I grateful for the skills that I learned from other photographers and you tube because it helps me take some pretty good photos for my home when I travel, which I LOVE to do.

In April, I went to Bali with my mother on a yoga retreat and it was amazing.  It is another world, and if you ever have the chance to go, do it.  I felt so much peace and I was constantly in awe of the Balinese people, how devout they are and how beautiful their daily rituals are.  I also took about 700 photos.

I am nailing down the plan for the little girls room. The paint color is Dunn Edwards Moijito, which is a nice place minty color.  We also got a new ceiling fan from Lowe’s that I really love. It’s simple but moves a lot of air. A must for anyone who lives in Arizona.

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View from the top of Uluwatu Temple in Bali.  This is going above our bed in the Master Bedroom)

In planning the gallery wall I want to do in the girls’ room, I immediately the amazing sculptures that are in Monkey Forest, which is equal parts incredible and terrifying.  Not the sculptures, the monkeys. The Monkeys are EVERYWHERE.

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Sculpture in the Monkey Forsest, Ubud, Bali

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Temple in the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

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Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

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Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

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The trees are unreal.  Ubud, Bali

I am excited to get to work arranging the art in the girls room!  In a week.  Because life.

My weak spot

Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer, Projects

Every designer as a weak spot. Granted, I am not really a professional, I didn’t go to school for or get a degree in interior design. But still, I love design. The room I am definitely the weakest in is the Master Bedroom. I don’t really know why, but it is always the room that seems to come together the slowest for me. I struggle with making it cohesive. Add to the struggle I am working with furniture that we had in our last house that I

  1. Don’t necessarily love, but it is functional
  2. Worked in our last home, but is there because we don’t have another spot for it in our new home.  So it ended up in the Master Bedroom.

This morning after I got my hoard of kids off to school I checked the mail. The Design Within Reach catalog was in my mailbox, just begging to be perused through, bookmarked, and eventually recycled because I can’t justify their prices. This time it was different. I saw a beautiful spread that loved that I could recreate on a budget AND help me with my weak link.

It is gorgeous, right? Warm woods, with white-ish walls and contrasting drapes.  I can work with this.  Now this is the current situation.

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The breakdown:  This Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa is the first ‘big girl’ piece of furniture I ever bought.  Six years ago I saved, used a coupon and waited till September when they have their annual upholstery sale.   I still love this couch.  It had it’s own special place in our last home.  In this home, it is shoved into the master and I am sad about it.  However, if you have small children that like to come into your room at night, you need a couch.  The kids know that they sleep on the couch.  Kids are not allowed in our bed.  Damon and I need uninterrupted sleep or we ain’t happy the next day.  I am loosing focus.  Sorry.   The headboard is a Craig’s List score, the desk is from Ikea. One day I won’t have desk in here, but it is sure nice when I need to get things done for school and can lock myself a way.  The eyeball sconces are from Urban Outfitters and a total score.

It is a real hodge podge.

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The fireplace is it’s own special case.  I am mulling ideas, but holy crap can we all agree that it is just kinda weird?  These dressers are West Elm beauties.  Again, our last master bedroom was ridiculously huge, so two worked there. Not sure about here.

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THE PLAN

  1. Paint the Walls.  I am thinking Chantilly Lace white.  The baseboards are already done, the kids and I did those before we put in carpet.
  2. Black/ dark gray drapes.  I make my own drapes.  I think I need to do a tutorial about that.  You can save so much money making your own drapes.  The dark drapes will hopefully make it easier to tie in the dark sofa.
  3. Figure out the bedding situation.  Currently we have awesome Parachute Home linen duvet and sheets- but don’t have a duvet insert because Arizona.  Arizona is so hot right now.
  4. Replace the ceiling fan.  I know that a cool lighting fixture would be amazing.  Again, Arizona.  Notice we have a giant fan on the desk AND a ceiling fan.  Arizona is so hot right now.

I am excited to make this happen.  I think all parents deserve a sanctuary. Now lets all appreciate the new carpet we had installed in July.IMG_5172.jpg

😍

Entryway Update

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Paint Projects, Phoenix Designer

The paint is done!  The lights are installed.  I love it.  It is such a process righting the wrong of the brown paint, but can I just say how satisfying it is?  Its like preforming an exorcism on a home, making it clean and pure and restoring it to its full potential.  It literally took a week of me painting the entry way trim and walls, and a whole weekend with me and my husband painting the ceiling.  (Lets be real, we are working/ going to school and have four kids to take care of.  This would probably be done in a weekend total if you had no distractions.)

Let’s all hold hands in a show of support to witness what it was before.  (Deep breath) Prepare yourself…entryrenovation-1

Yikes.

The brown just makes it feel choppy and segmented, and the strip of brown on the ceiling?  Why tho?  I don’t understand.  The lighting circa 1979, original to the house.  Questionable, at best.

I had a $500 budget to get this done.

Here is the process on a project like this. I can not emphasize this enough.  Prep.  Is.  Life.

  1. Degloss or lightly sand the surface.  We used this sander/deglosser to degloss the tray ceiling and trim.  The best part about it is you don’t have to wipe down and clean the surface after.  entryway-30
  2. Have Hot Husband remove super classy smoked glass mirror from wet bar.
  3.  Prime the Surface with Kilz or Zinsser.  We love Zinsser.
  4.  Paint the first coat.  We used Dunn Edwards Aristoshield in White. This is where I had my mild freak out moment.  It looked splotchy and uneven.  Don’t stress.  Keep going.
  5. Wait at least 12 hours before coat two.
  6. Paint coat two.
  7. Rejoice in how awesome it looks.
  8. Wait for it to dry.
  9. Hot Husband installs the new lights from overstock.  He is amazing.  Ladies and Gents, get yo’self a man who is handy.

Can I get an amen for these lights?  I mean, at $107 a pop these can’t be beat.

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Also the ceiling?!!  I love some good mill work, and the while against the dark bronze iron lighting is helping me achieve that modern Spanish vibe.

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This is Mila.  Mila is hilarious. She is four and rules our household.

This is a little before and after.  It looks SO much better, but still work to be done.

Next Up? Wet Bar and Half Bath cabinet painting.

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My next exorcism awaits…

A New Game Plan and Entryway Progress

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Paint Projects, Projects

We have been in our home for almost ten months.  I can’t believe it, and I still LOVE my home.  I love it even with all its craziness, and fix-it-up-ness.  We have had quite a busy summer, and now are settling in to our back to school routine.  For which I am so grateful.  Lets just say it was a VERY long summer and leave it at that.

Over the past two months we have had some “moments” that have expidited some renovations, and pushed back others.

Expedited was the garage door.  The heavy solid wood door which I am fairly certain is original to the house judging from the MANY coats of paint on the exterior, busted.  Like I thought it was going to fall apart at the old wood seams kinda busted.  The garage guy told us it would be $450 to repair it, which will likely break in a few years, OR (cue cash register sound effects 💸💸💸)  we can buy a new one for $800.  It was a no brainer for me, I like to be able to get my car out of the garage without worrying about a 200 pound wood door falling on me, my kids or my car.

Pushed back is more of a nice way to say this:  ALL my original plans for how I was going to do the renovations has now become much more complicated.

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was a family who lived in Arizona where the water tastes like chlorine.  Luckily, there’s this thing called a Brita water filter.  Anyway.  Somehow the Brita got into a position that was juuuussst the right amount of off the shelf for the door shelves to push the lever and all of the sudden water was everywhere.  ALLLLLL over the kitchen floor.  Annoying, yes.  End of the world?  No.  Until she realized a few days later the kick board on her kitchen cabinets had water stains on the bottom.  Freaked out and not knowing what to do next, this clueless Arizonan calls in her hot husband to survey the situation.  (You get that this story is about us, right?  Okay cool)

Our Sub-Zero fridge is great, but a little on the older side.  Damon tries to take the kick plate off and he can’t.  Why?  Because the flippers who ‘remodeled’ the house two owners before us re-tiled.  ON TOP of the old tile.  Basically they tiled the fridge into place and created this perfect little canal for water to run into and get soaked up by the kitchen cabinets.  This two layer tile and an ample layer of thin set is through our entire house except the master bathroom (hopefully) and Liam’s bathroom.  We are talking around 2500 square feet of crappily installed tile.

What this means is that my plans for saving up $X amount of dollars to do the half bath and the wet bar in one phase, and $X amount for the girls bathroom and Liam’s bathroom have now gone away unless I want to live with almost a half-inch difference between different types of flooring.  It now has to be done allll at the same time, including the floors.  So my smaller, less scary budgets to save for are now a big big chunk.

Boo.  In happier news, I took this defeat gracefully 😏 and put about $500 into the entry way in lighting and paint.

Here is what it looked like before…

I mean,  its bad.  Cheaply pained brown trim on creamy white walls that we like to call “urine whisper” (My eleven year old son came up with that one, and I died laughing.)

But LOOK!  Progress!!  And a little cameo from our dog Nash.  The walls are now Dunn Edwards white, as well as the trim (even though it looks pretty similar I assure you it looks SO different in person.  I am not the best photographer.)  I shall detail the process of painting the trim, but I can not say enough good things about Zinsser and Aristoshield paint that I picked up at Dunn Edwards.  We are tackling the ceiling this weekend!

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I can’t wait to show the finished product.  The lighting I bought for the entry is choice and so budget friendly!  I have to keep reminding myself that this home isn’t a race, it is piece by piece,  Room by room, making it our home.

When you second guess yourself

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer, Projects

This week has been the first week back to work/school, and it was a doozy.  My hallway still looks like this…modernishhome-painging trim-5

Baseboards sanded, cleaned, and primed, but that’s about it.  (Side note, this is our dog Nash.  He’s a boxer who we absolutely adore.)  I have had zero time to finish the baseboards.  My husband and I made the executive decision to buy new door kits, the paint is so bad that I can’t sand it without taking off all the brown paint, and it does’t come off evenly, so we are just starting from scratch on those.  I am relieved and annoyed.  That was a cost I was hoping to avoid, but new doors!  Wahoo!

I have been so second guessing my paint choice, I am going with Dunn Edwards White on walls and trim.  I painted the office and I love it.  There is a blog post coming next week about that.  Painting white in a hallway with kids seems like a bad idea, but I feel like it needs it.  The hallway is long, with no natural light expect what comes through the rooms it leads too.  There are also these weird lights at the bottom of the wall, which I am hoping to be able to move to sconces or recessed lighting when we have the electrician come out to fix some things.   Anyway.  Here are some images that are giving me courage to plow full steam ahead with my modern Spanish all white everywhere vibe.hallway inspo for modernish home

Source Studio McGee

We are doing something very similar down the hallway with symmetrical frames from Pottery Barn.  We have twenty of the square 8×10 large mat frames from our last house and I think it is going to be amazing.  I love this image from Studio McGee, so clean and fresh, the windows, the lights, everything!

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source STUDIO SEIDERS

White wall courage right here.  Contrast and texture come from wood, rugs and that subtle brick wall.  This feels so right it can’t be wrong!

Trying new things is so scary sometimes, even for a person who helps people pick out paint colors for a living.  I usually go with a safe color, and this is so outside my comfort zone.  If you haven’t read Nate Berkus’s book, you really should.  This quote is my go to  when I have self doubt in my design abilities.

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Here’s to a New Year, Trying things that scare us a little bit, and approaching life with a sense of wonder and discovery!

Have a great weekend.

XO

Rach

Happy New Year + Hallway plans

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Projects

Happy New Year Everybody!  I can’t believe it is 2018!  My husband and I were reflecting on 2017, and we are both so grateful for the lessons we learned and experiences we had, but also hoping for a bit of a calmer year.  In 2017 I started a business, continued going back to school, and the hubs started a new job.  In the last three months of 2017, we sold our house, and at the same time bought a new one, I designed and staged four commercials,  finished real estate school, the hubs started a new job (again), all while raising four totally awesome but demanding kids.  And then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Needless to say, I am so excited for a fresh start, lots of small projects on the new house, and slowing down a bit.

I am really excited about the opportunity to share my projects and design collaborations here on Modernish.  One of my biggest regrets with my last house was not sharing it with people, and to have a record for myself.  It was amazing to look back and see just how much we did to that house.  My goal is to post once a week about current projects around the house, and one post a week about what is inspiring me, through e-design, books, whatever I am feeling in the moment.

My goal this week is to get the looong wide hallway to the kids side of the house painted and gallery wall hung.  The plan is to sand, prime and paint the trim first, look for a post about that next week!  It is definitely a process, I keep telling myself it will be worth it.  After the base boards are primed and painted, I’ll move on to painting the walls and ceiling Dunn Edwards white. (update- I only got the trim sanded and primed because the flu.  I hate the flu)

Lets all take a long look at this hallway.  Prepare yourself.  It is not pretty.

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You can see the office to the right, we’ve already painted walls and trim in there, so you get an idea of where we are going with this.  BUT LOOK!  MY HOUSE IS PATTERNED AFTER THE DESSERT TIRAMISU.  And not in a good way.  So here is my theory behind the choice of brown trim from the previous owner.  I know she was trying to go for this whole Spanish Colonial vibe, and that does have a lot of contrast.  The problem is that she went for too much.  Spanish Colonial is all about bringing in warmth and contrast with light fixtures, furniture, and tile.  A word to the wise, never paint trim brown, it will never resemble wood.  Ever.  But if you do, against all advise, please sand, and pick a good primer and paint, other wise the poor soul who buys your home will be dealing with this…

through her whole freakin’ house.  It peels off like a vinyl wall sticker.  My kids have named the one on the laundry door after a Pokemon it looks like.

Pray for me.  This is going to be a doozy.

The Plan for Casa Del Pullman

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We are in!  We moved in the weekend before Thanksgiving and that was a doozy.  I do not recommend moving before the holidays.  It makes things, well, complicated. Like, really complicated.

As with each house I have lived in, when I am unpacking and arranging furniture and the like, I vibe out the house.  I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the house to be before we moved in, but now that I have been in for a month, I have a more solid plan: Modern Spanish meets family friendly.

  1.  The entryway/ half bath is due for a major overhaul.  Redo the wet bar, (although that mid-70’s vibe is pretty killer.)  Mini fridge, new cabinets, counter tops and back splash.  Renovate the half bathroom completely.  I mean I’m talking floors, vanity, lighting, the works.  New iron light fixtures in the entry to create max impact on the wow factor.  PAINT IT ALL WHITE.  I am painting all the trim and walls Dunn Edwards White to really bring in the crisp feel of a Spanish home, and contrast against the cabinets and new lighting.  It’s going to be bomb.  I’ll confess I am a bit nervous to go so white with it all but I think the payoff will be big.  I am really inspired by these gorgeous interiors for these spaces.

Bathroom by Jute Home, hallway source Pinterest

2. Renovate the girls bathroom.  The bathroom is in surprisingly good shape, but it needs an update.  New custom vanity, new tile shower, new floors and lighting.  The current vanity in the bathroom is 11 feet long.  Yes.  ELEVEN.  So I am going to have my carpenter build a custom vanity with three sinks for my three daughters.  Keeping the current layout will save money and also I love how much storage it has.

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3. Renovate the master bathroom.  Many many grand plans are going on for this. Cement tile, new shower design, new freestanding tub, and there is this secret garden that I plan on doing something with, just not sure yet.

Source  Byrd Design

4. Renovate the boy bathroom. It was ‘updated’ but yeah.  You get the idea.  Travertine tile counter tops does not an update make.

The projects on this list are the biggies, and don’t include hanging gallery walls, the furniture, the little tweaks, but I can not wait to get started on it all, and showing you my process along the way.

The New Modernish

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I’ve never been the type to think about selling my home when I buy it. I didn’t think about selling my home while I designed and renovated it. I did it because I loved my home and I love design projects. I knew in the back of my mind that it would help resale value, blah blah blah, all that stuff. It’s good, but not why I do what I do. I love to make my home mine. I want it to reflect me and my family.

A year ago I found myself in my orthopedic surgeons office. My knee is well on its way to arthritis, and I need to get out of my two story house. ASAP. Not exactly what a 33 year old wants to hear, or what a designer who has put her heart and soul into her home wants to hear.

So we’ve been looking. And looking. And looking. The Phoenix real estate market is so hot right now (hehe. See what I did there? Both a movie quote AND a quip about the weather)

Last week we found it. My Spanish beauty with just enough character and the right amount of renovation. It’s a 1979 semi custom single level. We made an offer. Offer accepted. We listed ours. We’ve had a lot of showings, and hoping for an offer this weekend. If all goes well, we will be in right after Thanksgiving.

Here’s to the new Modernish!