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Hey Hey it’s Friday!!! And that means it is time for our Friday Favorites! We love to share with you all of the things inspiring us from around the web. Decorating with blue for summer, cute toy storage, and a perfect place to cuddle up with a book. We hope you are enjoying your summer and these great ideas.

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Favorite Summer Decor Color: Blue shines so beautifully in this room all dressed up for summer by North Country Nest. It gives just the right amount of color against the white and wood tones.

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Favorite Light Fixture: If you’ve been wanting to add a modern farmhouse vibe to your home, these lights are the perfect fixture at a great price. Grab them over at Wayfair.

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Favorite “Cute” Toy Storage Idea: I have toy storage in our home, but it is just plastic bins that aren’t really cute. This toy cart has me rethinking my toy storage ideas. Plus, you can more if as needed! Such a smart idea by Handmade Haven.

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Favorite Way to storage Wrapping Paper: Wrapping paper can be awkward to store. No fear, use up extra narrow spaces like, Rufus and Henrietta did in this laundry room makeover.

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Favorite Nook: Nooks are great, but reading nooks are my favorite! A comfy cozy spot with books just waiting to be read, perfection. Home Is Where My Heart Is completed this nook beautifully. I’ll be right over to read in it.

Favorite Office Space: If my home had the extra space, I’d love an office like this. Bookshelves that make it feel like a library and all of that white that makes it light and bright.

(Remember, our Remodelaholics Anonymous link sharing has now moved over to our blogger group on Facebook, and we also have a new Remodelaholics Anonymous DIYer Support Group group for anyone, blog or not, to join and share projects, ask questions, and get inspired!)

July is almost over and we are happy to share our next blogger in the meet the blogger series. This month we are hosting Beth from Unskinny Boppy. Enjoy, Beth really has some beautiful ideas!

Hey guys! I am SO excited to be a guest on Cassity’s blog today. Thanks so much to our mutual friend Stacy for assembling this fun monthly blog hop.

First off, let me give you a little background on me- I’m Beth from Birmingham, Alabama. I’ve been sharing my home decorating, gardening and DIY ideas on my blog, Unskinny Boppy, for over a decade. Since I, too, am a remodel-aholic, it’s an honor to get a chance to share some of my remodeling ideas with you today. There is nothing I love better than a good home makeover!

When we bought our current home, three were three specific areas that were on my makeover to-do list– The basement, the attic, and the screened-in back porch. I knew I wanted the basement to be my husband’s man-cave and office, and I planned to claim the attic for my office and the kids’ playroom. The back porch would be a spot for all of us to enjoy together.

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First up on my makeover mission was the unfinished attic. It began as a big empty space, but by the time we were finished, it became a cozy office retreat complete with built-in storage cubbies and a book nook! Here is a before and after picture of the attic:

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One side of the attic is my office where I get my blogging done, and the other side is the kids’ playroom area. You can see all the photos of the space here in this post:

Click Here to Read about the Attic Renovation Before and After…

The Book Nook

On the other side of the attic, there is lots of built-in storage under the knee-wall, along with a book nook! This cozy book nook was actually an after-thought that turned out WAY better than I could have dreamed. We needed a way to hide a laundry chute, and a book nook offered the most logical solution. It’s right underneath the eaves of the roof, so it becomes extra special when it is raining outside.

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Click here to read all about the Book Nook

The Painted Basement Ceilings

Do unfinished basements creep you out? I’ve always gotten the heeby-jeebies from cold, dark, unfinished basements.

When we bought this house, we decided to finish our basement on a budget by painting the low ceilings instead of finishing them with a ceiling. Rather than painting them the same old boring matte black, we chose to go with a smoky blue color on the ceilings along with crisp white trim and dark vinyl tiles that look just like hardwood.

Here is the before and after of our basement remodel:

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Not only was the ceiling ultra-low, we also had to work around NINE support poles that were scattered randomly around the basement. You can read the full room reveal along with lots of other before and after photos over on my blog.

Click here to read the Tales of Painted Basement Ceilings and Pole Dancing Woes

The Back Porch Makeover

Finally, we come to the screened-in back porch. The porch was our most recent home project so we can have a shady (and mosquito-free) spot to sit this summer. Between the bed swing and the Adirondack chairs, we have been LOVING this “new” porch. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors without dealing with the rain or bugs.

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Click here to read all about the back porch makeover.

If you like what you see in this post, I’d be honored if you would stop by my blog and look through my archives to see if there are any other ideas you would like to pin. I’d also be super stoked if you wanted to be my friend on social media or join my e-mail list.

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Thanks for joining me today and thanks again to Cassity for having me over! Happy decorating and DIYing, y’all!


Ready for our latest and greatest ‘Get This Look’ post? Today we’re sharing all the details on how to recreate this glamorous gray kitchen from a recent Utah Valley Parade of Homes by Arive Homes.

Get This Look: Glamorous Gray Kitchen | Give your kitchen a classic modern look with these tips for recreating this beautiful gray kitchen with a white island, marble countertops, and a contrast tile backsplash. #remodelaholic #getthislook

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Gray and white are classic, tried-and-true colors to use in a kitchen design. What makes this heart of the home standout is the combination of subtle pops of color, sleek chrome fixtures, and unexpected accents like the backsplash and floral cafe curtain. Plus, who doesn’t love a luxurious kitchen island? In fact, you can create your own marble kitchen island at a fraction of the cost with our DIY marble island tutorial.

Now it’s time to design your own glamorous gray kitchen! Read on for our six tips and product recommendations. And in case you missed them, check out previous ‘Get This Look’ posts from this very same home: Outdoors Camping Theme Kids’ Bedroom, Colorful Eclectic Teen Girl Bedroom, and Bold Jewel Toned Statement Living Room.

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6 Tips to Design a Glamorous Gray Kitchen

1. Paint Your Cabinets Gray

Gray kitchen cabinets continue to be a popular choice for DIY enthusiasts and professional interior designers alike. Below we’ve rounded up 8 of our favorite gray paint colors to use on kitchen cabinets so you achieve a similar look. Plus, check out how first-time homeowner Megan used BEHR Pencil Point in her kitchen makeover featured on Remodelaholic.

Related Reading: How to Choose the Best Cabinet Paint Color

Gray kitchen cabinets are a classic, sophisticated choice when it comes to kitchen design. Use your DIY skills and try one of our best gray paint colors from Benjamin Moore, BEHR, Sherwin-Williams, and Valspar. Painting is an easy and budget-friendly way to upgrade your boring kitchen cabinets! #remodelaholic

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2. Hang Glass Pendant Lights

Glass pendant lights add a hint of sophistication to a kitchen space. We’ve rounded up some recommendations below at a variety of price points. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, put your DIY skills to work with one of our 14 favorite DIY pendant lights. The ceiling’s the limit when it comes to kitchen pendant lighting!

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Options: Adriano pendant, Baylis mini pendant, 3-light pendant, Giacinta mini pendant, Keystone pendant, hand blown glass pendant

Get This Look: Beautiful gray kitchen cabinets with marble countertop, white kitchen island, and hanging globe pendants. Tips and product sources at #remodelaholic

3. Create a Backsplash Accent

The black and white hexagon tile backsplash above the kitchen stove adds a great visual element while keeping with the neutral color palette. Follow suit and select neutral colored tile when creating your own backsplash accent to keep it cohesive with the rest of the space. Get more kitchen backsplash inspiration from our 14 Neutral Backsplashes post.

Related Reading: How to Install a DIY Tile Backsplash

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Options: urban hexagon tile, porcelain mosaic tile, retro black dot tile, Greecian tile, herringbone tile, Bedford tile

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4. Anchor the Space with a White Kitchen Island

Nothing anchors a kitchen quite like a substantial island complete with an extra sink and room for barstools. You don’t have to spend thousands to get the kitchen island of your dreams. Create your own DIY marble island with a tutorial from Nina Hendrick Design Co. featured on Remodelaholic.

Glamorous Gray Kitchen: Recreate the look of the sophisticated modern gray kitchen in your home with tips and product sources from Home built by Arive Homes.

5. Choose Sophisticated Metal Bar Stools

The chrome barstools in this gray kitchen echo the stainless steel appliances found throughout and the cool gray paint color of the kitchen cabinets. With a larger kitchen island like this one, you have the space to add metal bar stools with full backs. If you’re working with a smaller space you may want to choose backless stools.

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Options: modern farmhouse bar stool, adjustable bar stool, everly bar stool, counter bar stoolmetal cafe bar stool, backed adjustable bar stool

Sophisticated gray kitchen cabinets, with a white farmhouse style accent cabinet for the sink, and colorful decor #remodelaholic #getthislook

6. Add Subtle Pops of Coordinated Color

While gray and white are the dominant colors in this kitchen, the designer added some character with subtle yellow accents scattered throughout the space. Yellow works especially well with gray as seen here. We love the yellow KitchenAid mixer paired with a matching KitchenAid tea kettle. Adding pops of color help liven up the space and give it some personality.

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Options: KitchenAid mixer, yellow tea kettle, KitchenAid tea kettle, vegetable kitchen towel, yellow kitchen towels, yellow pot holders3-piece mixing bowl set, melamine mixing bowls, cake stand

Stunning gray kitchen cabinets with french door refrigerator, farmhouse style accent cabinets, a built-in microwave, and a double in-wall oven #remodelaholic #getthislook

Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to design your own glamorous gray kitchen with fun pops of yellow. Simply click any of the images to learn more about each item. You may have to double-tap on mobile.

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Want to see more of this beautiful home by Arive Homes? See these other rooms we’ve explored here in our Get This Look series:

Outdoors Camping Theme Kids’ Bedroom

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Colorful Eclectic Teen Girl Bedroom

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Bold Jewel Toned Statement Living Room

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