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Feature Friday: Shift Ctrl ART

Once again, I’m featuring yet another amazing blogger in the home décor/DIY niche.  The talent in blogland, it is never ending it seems!  Katja  from Shift Ctrl ART is super talented and I really loved touring her home and seeing all the projects that she and her hubby have completed.  Hailing from Orange County, CA, Katja lives in a 1984 house that has been completely updated for the most part.  They began renovations in 2010 after buying the house and most of the work was finished by 2012.  They are in the middle of a master bath renovation currently and I can’t wait to see that one completed.  I think you’ll love seeing this one, it sure gave me some great inspiration and ideas!  Katja has been blogging for around 2 years.

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Entry way with bench and storage, very fresh approach.   That’s a textured wallpaper behind the bench.

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Lovely way to greet guests.

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This Before and After will really make you stand up and take notice.  I saw that staircase above and then when I scrolled to the After pic, I thought, where in the world did the staircase go?  Well, they added the wall and wrapped the staircase into the hallway where it’s more hidden.  I thought that was pretty genius.  And they added pocket doors to the hallway so that it can all be hidden.  I love this console table and artwork on this wall.

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Here’s a peek at the turned stairs and how it lands in the hallway now.  So pretty!  The pocket doors can be seen here in this shot.

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Another view of the stairs and pocket doors.

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That is a beautiful staircase too. Her floors are acacia wood, I think I read.

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Now let’s take a look at the updated kitchen.  They decided to take out the old cabinets and install Ikea, giving their space a much more modern vibe.  They reworked some areas in here too to make it flow better.

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The wood countertop also came from Ikea and the rest of the countertops are a really pretty white Caesarstone.

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With dark cabinets on the bottom and light on top, it’s a very pleasing kitchen.  She added a mix of modern cabinets and open shelving for a nice combo.

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Open shelves and a pull down hidden compartment.

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View back to the dining area.

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Another look at those pretty floors.

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And the wall of appliances with lots of storage options.  It’s all very sleek and modern.

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Here’s another peek at the Before and After, so visually stunning, the AFTER.  I love what they did! Way to modernize and update a 1980’s floorplan, they obviously thought outside the box on this one.

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The pretty family room with fireplace and large screen TV looks so cozy and comfortable.

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A peek at the dining table and chairs.

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And a wooden shelf holds some cute accessories on the dining wall.

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Another great Before and After shot is this ho-hum powder room that they turned into a full bath.  Wowza, is this gorgeous?

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Open and airy seamless glass shower is just beautiful.

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Her son’s room got a nice look too and how cool is this?

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What a great space for a tween to live.

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Upstairs in their hallway, they opted to take out part of the railing overlooking the downstairs and added these shallow storage cabinets for Katja’s craft area.  I love that they carved out storage in a wasted space like this.

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The outdoor spaces did not get forgotten either and this covered patio is spacious and beautiful as well. I love all the seating areas, what a great place for a party!

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Table and seating.

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A nighttime shot of entertaining outdoors.  I love Katja’s house so much and I hope y’all enjoyed the tour too.  Love seeing all the innovative ideas that she and her hubby came up with to update and modernize their 1980’s home.  You can see lots more of Katja’s home tour and projects at her blog, Shift Ctrl ART.  Enjoy the tour!

I’m heading up to Nashville early this morning for a weekend of fun with some blogger friends.  We are hitting the Nashville Flea Market tomorrow and that’s going to be a blast.  I visited there a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Of course, I’ll share all the details when I return!

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And I’ve added another style guide to Ebay, for repurposed thrifty finds Paint is the easiest way to transform those old items!

Updating My Sister’s Master Bath

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My sister and her hubby have been living in and updating their 1998 house since they got married in 2000.  They’ve done a lot of improvements over the years, including hardwood floors, finishing the basement, and updating their kitchen.  I helped her with their master bedroom redo in 2011 and blogged all about that here and here and that space turned out so great.  They spruced up the bathroom at … Read More»

Crane and Canopy Bedding: Crisp and Classic

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Our bedrooms are places of rest and relaxation and whenever I’m in a fancy hotel room with their luxurious duvets and soft sheets and squishy pillows, I imagine having that feel in my own room. I love a plush bed with beautiful bedding, don’t you?  I’ve used matelassé on my beds for many years and have loved the softness of them and actually traded my sister a cream set that she has because she … Read More»

Browsing Woodstock Market

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I’ve shared Woodstock Market with all of you a few times now and last weekend, we had an Atlanta bloggers meet-up at WM, which  is located on Bells Ferry Road at Hwy. 92.  It’s a treasure trove of fun vintage shopping and the booths are set up really nice. They love bloggers and encourage us to come and hang out there and oh yeah, they fed us lunch too, so that is pretty sweet. If you … Read More»

Southern Living Idea House: Palmetto Bluff

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I have had the pleasure of visiting the last 2 Southern Living Idea Houses here in the South, from Senoia to Nashville in the last couple of years and it’s always a treat.  This year’s Southern Living Ideahouse is in Palmetto Bluff, SC and while I didn’t go in person (darn, not yet anyway!), I’m going to share pics with you here.  I got to see it in my August issue of Southern Living magazine and … Read More»

Feature Friday: Our Southern Home

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Relaxing with an Iced Coffee

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The Becoming Conference: Asheville, NC

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Last weekend, I headed up to Asheville, NC to the Ridgecrest Conference center to be one of the speakers at the Becoming Conference.  My friend, Jen, helped start this conference 4 years and it’s a women’s conference focused on frugal, purposeful, and creative living.  It’s not a blog conference at all, but a women’s conference.  Great little conference for getting away with the girls.  I think … Read More»

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