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It’s time for another kitchen makeover post!  This is a project I worked on last October for one of my LONG-time dear friends.  Susie and I have known each other since meeting in a bible study in college at the University Of Colorado, and we have walked through a lot of life together over the last 30 years.

Susie and her husband Johnny live in a great neighborhood but wanted their older ranch house kitchen to have an update.  The cabinets were original and had been resurfaced at one point along with new granite countertops put in, but overall the fixtures, paint, hood, cabinets and flooring needed a new current look. 

Ok here we go.  Originally we  just discussed painting the cabinets.  Susie already had plans for refinishing her wood floor and a new fridge.  But as we looked at her kitchen, I suggested we replace the hood over the stove along with considering painting and replacing the lighting–all three ideas would create a big updated impact with only a small  increase to their overall budget.

She and her husband decided to add these ideas to the project and we created a plan.


~Paint Cabinets

~ Backsplash

~ Lighting

~ New Hood

~ New Paint

~ New Fridge

~ Refinish Flooring

So, Valerie and I went to work!

Here are a couple more before pictures:




Those are the big picture views of Susie’s new kitchen!  Here are some close up pictures:


We picked a stone backsplash that was a little more neutral since the counters had a lot of pattern.  Then we replaced the flush-mount light over the sink with a hanging glass pendant from Lowes.

We replaced the fan over the kitchen table with a new light, and hung a new canvas to pull through the reds that Susie loves.

Here is a the new hood from Lowes.

We also added bead board to the flat panels that covered the peninsula cabinetry. It is a small investment for a big impact upgrade.

ALSO, we decided to preserve the existing hardware which was brass colored.  I spray painted all the hardware with a metallic spray paint:

Another BEFORE picture:



Thanks for joining us for another kitchen makeover!

Right now I am working on a full house redesign and update which I will share with you here on the blog when it’s done! (Think red/yellows and formal style turned into grey/tan/cream with black accents modern farmhouse!)



Also, it’s ULTIMATE BUNDLES TIME! This week Ultimate Bundles is rolling out their latest package –FIVE DAYS of bundles:


Bundles are basically a whole grouping of resources on individual topics pulled together for an online download just for you.  I love these because they are so full of ideas and answers to problems we all face!  Check it out if you want:


Have a great week 🙂

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Are you craving an updated space to work?  Or to organize your mom-life?  Home offices tend to be one of the last places we “design” (my own office is a testament to that) because they are often out of view so we don’t care how it looks, and it can feel overwhelming because of the organization involved.

I have worked on three offices for friends in the last few months, in fact I am finishing up this one with my friend Jamie Larson from The Snap Society today:

But the makeover I want to showcase today is my friend Kelly’s office.  Kelly runs a successful online business out of her home called Directly Successful and needed a functional and inviting place to work.   We went to work this fall and we are both so pleased with how it turned out.

Before I show you pictures however, I want to share with you two key areas to focus when redesigning an office space that works for you:  FUNCTION and STYLE.  Not only does your space need to work for you (organization, room layout, etc) but it needs to be inviting enough that you actually want to “get away” into that space to be productive.

Kelly asked for both of these concepts.

FUNCTION:  Kelly films videos for her business and needed a place to sit with an interesting background that was brand consistent.  She also expressed that she is someone who needs to “see” all the projects she is working on, so we needed to provide organization of her files, etc but they needed to be visible. I told Kelly that I had her back in that one–I am exactly the same.

STYLE: Kelly’s brand colors were a navy blue, gold and pink.  We pulled these colors together into a stylish and inviting room that Kelly LOVES to be in now.

Here are a few Before and Afters (I love this part!)

Let me break it down a little.

  1. Kelly cleared out a lot of miscellaneous items–chairs, boxes on the ground, shelving that was holding books and files, and other non matching furniture items.  Her dining room was a hot mess for a couple of weeks as she sorted and organized.
  2. We painted three walls a wonderful color called Colonial Grey.  We painted the fourth wall behind the couch a deep navy called Calligraphy.  This wall serves as the backdrop for Kelly’s videos and displays a eye-catching gallery picture collection.
  3. We purchased a couch and ottoman because Kelly prefers to work there over working from her desk (here here!)
  4. We made an Ikea run for storage items and a bookcase.
  5. After bringing in all of the design and storage elements, Kelly re-organized all of her papers and projects into the new space.

Here are pictures of the finished office:

(Above) We hung wood shelves behind her desk to display some decorative items.  To the right of the shelves is a bulletin board and hanging storage for Kelly to easily access work files, etc.   The framed dry erase board was something I made for Kelly using a glass poster frame and I just painted the back of the glass with a neutral color.  She uses this to jot down work ideas, dates and tasks.

(Above) We purchased this couch and ottoman where Kelly spends most of her time working.  I brought in a floor lamp for warmer lighting options, and created the gallery wall behind her couch with her brand colors, inspirational words and warm wood tones.

Kelly found this chair which was the perfect color and accent to the room.

Here is Kelly being all productive…

She had this great phone which we placed on the side table…I just love it.

(Above) One problem that Kelly wanted solved is that when she was filming a video or a webinar, her family would walk by or try to get her attention on the other side of the french doors.  She wanted a way to have privacy while she was working and also to have a second backdrop for her videos.  To solve this problem we hung curtains on the inside of the french doors…closed they offer privacy and a cute backdrop!

I brought in all sorts of storage options for her desk and she picked the ones that worked best for her.

Finally, this bookcase from Ikea has become one of my favorite office makeover additions.  The wood tones warm the space and it just holds so many different items- books (of course), but files and boxes and baskets too.

I am going to be offering a “Make Over Your Office In Five Days” mini course in the near future.  I will help you create a space you love in a clear step by step process!  To receive information about this in the future and occasional design posts, subscribe HERE!

One more BEFORE and AFTER:


Kelly said she has been more productive in this space than ever before.

Side note, I am TERRIFIED of spiders and for some reason TWO BIG ONES appeared during this design project.  There was a lot of screaming and jumping up and down.  Here is fearless Kelly getting one of them:

More office makeovers to come, along with simple and inspiring design ideas for your home.

And you can follow me on instagram @amyleehayes.





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Do you have shelves in you home that you’ve tried to decorate but just wonder if they could look better? There is good news, you can love your shelves!


Shelves can be such a conundrum when it comes to decorating.  How many things on each shelf?  What sizes, colors, shapes?  You may ask, “How come my shelves just look messy?  Or cluttered?”

Shelves can look awesome or not so awesome depending on how they are put together and I hope to give you a little help on this topic today, although it might take a little work on your part too (I’ll explain at the bottom of the post).

I had fun this week taking some new shelfies!  (Sorry, couldn’t resist).  My friend just moved into a new house and had custom shelves built around a beautiful new fireplace. She asked if I would come over and help her style them.  She didn’t have to ask twice!

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