Five Things Friday

1.I spent last weekend in Bend with some of my closest girlfriends. We lounged, shopped, ate way too much, and stayed up way past my 9:30pm bedtime… Ha! It was just what I needed.

2. Fall is right around the corner, and I’m ready for it! It’s my favorite time of year. Here are some clothing items I’m eyeing for the transition from summer to fall. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16).

3. Drywall is starting at the Kidd House! This is the exciting part in the building process. Everything is starting to take shape. Thanks again to all who voted on instagram about our kitchen cabinet color… I’ve gotta keep some things a secret, so you’ll have to wait to find out the color we’re going with!

4. We have a big install in the next couple of weeks! Can’t wait to share this project with you guys. I think you’ll see a new side to Light & Dwell :). Here are some items going in this home that I’m extra excited about! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

5. I love this quote… Words to live by…

Via  Pinterest


Have a great weekend!

Kitchen Renovation Tips on a Budget

We get a lot of questions on renovating kitchens on a tight budget, and it can absolutely be done if you are 1. Doing the work. 2. Plan ahead! Everyone deserves to live in a home they absolutely love, no matter their budget. We know it’s possible to make any home great! Here are our tips for transforming your kitchen on a budget.

our tips:

PAINT. Painting makes such a huge difference!  If you can’t afford new cabinets, paint your original ones!  You can either hire someone to paint them, or paint them yourself.  We highly recommend if you paint them yourself to rent or invest in a spray gun.  They turn out more even that way!

FLOORING. If you’re keeping your original flooring but don’t love it, you add a kitchen runner to your space.  We love them, and they instantly add character and warmth. If you are redoing your floors, we recommend looking at LVT, tile, or marmoleum for budget friendly options.

COUNTERTOPS. If you can afford quartz or honed granite, that’s the way to go for durability and quality.  If that’s not in the budget, butcher block is the next best option!

TILE/BACKSPLASH. There are lots of tile options under $10 square foot.  If you can’t afford tile, vertical tongue and groove or beadboard to the ceiling is another great option.

HARDWARE. Hardware isn’t very expensive, and it’s a great way to add value and interest to your kitchen.  

LIGHTING. There are SO many lighting options out there. If you are having an electrician out, we recommend adding pendants over your island or sink, or sconces over your open shelves.

ACCESSORIES. Have fun here! Especially if you have open shelving.  You can get a lot of practical accessories on a dime. For a timeless look, stick with neutrals.

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Family Friendly Area Rugs - Low to High

Finding family friendly area rugs can be a challenge.  A few things to keep in mind when shopping for area rugs is material, durability, and color.  Do you have pets? Do you have kids? Do you host a lot? Do you take your shoes off when you come into your home or leave them on? Those are a few of the questions we ask our clients when searching for a family room area rug.  Also, don’t forget a rug pad! That’s one of the most common mistakes that people make, is forgetting to order a high quality rug pad. Here’s a link to our favorite rug pad. We’ve compiled a list of our top 20 family friendly area rugs (at all price points).  


Here are some family friendly area rugs we’ve put in previous projects for inspiration:

From our Russet Drive Project

From our Russet Drive Project


Here’s a list of our top 20 family friendly area rugs:

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