Some Minor Changes Around Our Home


I know that I’ve written about my living room as well as my kitchen in previous posts….but we made a few changes in these rooms, and I wanted to share them with you….

Remember how I told you about our new chandelier for our living room? Well it has finally been installed! I am happy with it, but it really needs to be lowered by about a foot…that way it helps fill more of the empty wall space above the television. Don’t you agree??

Here is our living room before the chandelier was installed…

Here is the living room with the new chandelier…

We’ve also had some minor painting projects going on around our house. When the guys came in to remodel our kitchen, we also had them paint all of our plantation shutters. They were previously a stain grade walnut color, so we had them painted an off white to match the kitchen cabinets. Here is a picture of the living room with the stained shutters….

And here is a picture after we had the shutters painted…it really helps brighten up the space…

Something else that was bothering me was the fact that the walls above our kitchen cabinets were left white after our kitchen remodel was done. This was my fault as I had originally asked the painters not to paint this the same gray color as the rest of the walls (not sure what I was thinking).

I was also bothered by the fact that the inside of the glass uppers were left white, which made them look extremely bright and unfinished.

So I had them come back last week and paint all of the walls above the cabinets, as well as the inside of the glass uppers, the same shade of gray as the rest of the walls. What exactly is “that shade of gray” you ask? I can now confirm that it is in fact “Ashes” by Behr.

Also, I finally added some decor to the glass uppers .These have been bare for months as I have not been able to figure out how I wanted to fill the space….I decided to fill them with my classic white dishes from Pottery Barn. I have stacked bowls, stacked coffee mugs, stacked plated, etc…

Here is the kitchen immediately after the remodel with the stark white walls above and inside the glass uppers…

And here it is after the gray was added to those areas…I know it’s not a dramatic change, but it sure helps tone down the bright white lights (especially on the inside of the glass uppers), don’t you think??

Oh……and we also had the shutters in our bedroom painted white. Here they are before…

And here they are after…it looks much cleaner, don’t you think??


  • WOW Emily! Such minor changes but such beautiful results!

    February 14, 2011
  • Liz

    I love it!!! Especially the kitchen. It is actually my inspiration for my own.

    February 14, 2011
  • Kristy Swain

    I adore every change you made. I am in that same phase with my home – tweaking it. Love the new fabric on the stools, the roman shade in the kitchen, the chandelier in the living room, etc. I also have the brown window coverings and have thought about having them painted white. Was it expensive/ difficult? Any tips?

    February 14, 2011
    • Thanks Kristy! I would recommend painting your window coverings….we had them professionally done which was a bit pricey, but worth it!

      February 14, 2011
  • I love love what you’ve done with the living room. Its So GAGA!!! The chandelier really achors the room and brings that same warm cozy feeling my friend Manuel provides me! The painted shutters was a divine idea as well! My only complaint is do you really need 10 pillows on the bed! Girlfriend when Manuel and I are in the mood, the pillows only get in the way!

    Overall FABULOUS!!!

    February 14, 2011
  • lara

    what is the paint color in your living room?

    February 14, 2011
    • Lara, The paint color throughout our living and kitchen is Ashes by Behr

      February 14, 2011
  • I love your house! The chandelier is amazing and so is your kitchen… wow!!

    February 14, 2011
  • Valerie

    I love all of your changes!!! I really love your bedding!! Where did you get it from?

    February 14, 2011
    • Thanks Valerie! I got the duvet and all of the shams at Pottery Barn….and I got the coverlet at Target.

      Emily Hewett

      February 14, 2011
  • Natalie Boenker

    Hi! Where did you get your blind made for you kitchen window? I have a similar size window in my kitchen and would love a cute blind like that! I’m sure you had it made after picking out the fabric right?

    February 14, 2011
  • Amanda

    I cant believe all of the changes you have made to the house… It looks AMAZING!!!!!!!! I miss you, EM!

    February 14, 2011
    • Crazy, huh?! It’s like a whole new house! Will we see you in March??

      February 14, 2011
  • Jennifer J.

    Emily, love your kitchen! Thanks for letting us know the paint color. I have been looking for something similar. And the chandelier is fantastic! Hope y’all had a great trip last weekend!

    February 14, 2011
    • Thanks Jennifer! we are having a great time!

      February 14, 2011
  • I absolutely love the new chandelier. Its amazing how simple changes can really make a difference in a room.

    February 14, 2011
  • Wow!!! That chandelier looks amazing!!! Takes the whole room to a different level. It was beautiful before, but now its stellar!

    Great job!

    February 15, 2011
  • All of the changes are amazing! I love that chandelier — what a statement piece! Painting the shutters makes such a difference — love how light and bright the rooms are! Beautiful all round.

    February 15, 2011
  • emily — everything looks amazing!!! such subtle changes, but they make everything look so finished you really are so talented!!! I need to have you over here for a glass of wine and look-see! 😉

    February 16, 2011
  • […] Wall Paint: Ashes by Behr  – I have used this paint color in a previous design board as well as in my own home and I love it! It’s the perfect shade of […]

    February 24, 2011
  • Andrea

    i LOVE your place!! where did you get the table your TV is on and the side tables?

    March 04, 2011
    • Thanks Andrea!

      I’m not sure where the entertainment stand came from, but the end tables were purchased at ZGallerie several years ago.

      March 04, 2011
  • Deann

    Hi, I’ve been going through your blog and love your home. I have a question..where did you get the duvet/bedspread shown in your master? It’s the perfect mix I’m looking for. Now I need you to come Houston and help me w/ my home. It’s a blank slate!


    May 07, 2011
  • Nicole

    Do you have a table behind your sofa?? I’ve been wanting to add a sofa table behind mine, but can’t find the inspiration.

    Beautiful rooms!

    June 05, 2012
  • Brie

    Where did you find that beautiful bedding??

    July 04, 2012
  • Mary Marraccini

    I love this kitchen! I am especially interested in the under cabinet lighting. Is it direct wired? LED or ? Where was it purchased? Thanks so much!!

    July 12, 2012
  • Danielle

    Can I ask where you got your bed? I am on the hunt for a bed similar to yours! Thanks! Gorgeous!

    July 16, 2012
  • Melissa

    Hello! First I would like to say that your home is breath taking. :) I am in in the process of remodeling a home and have a couple questions.
    1. Where did you get the monogrammed bed pillow?
    2. Where did you get the curtains in the bedroom?
    3. Where are your kitchen cabinets from.?

    August 07, 2012
  • Deanne

    One word on your LR chandelier … WOW! Looks fantastic!!! I would have been afraid to do something that larget but it is PERFECT!

    August 13, 2012
  • Julia

    Love, LOVE your style! I need some stools like yours – can you point me I the right direction?

    August 13, 2012
    • Thanks! I actually got them at Garden Ridge!

      August 14, 2012
  • Jamee Harris

    I am using your living room and bedroom as inspiration for a nursery. I am using a gold crown chandelier and crib canopy (restoration hardware). The crib has an antique finish, but I can’t decide on crib bedding. Do you have any ideas? I don’t know the gender yet. Thank you!

    August 15, 2012
  • Amy Armstrong

    Beautiful! Where did you get your light fixtures in your kitchen hanging above you bar? Do you have a kitchen table near the bar and if so what lights do you have hung there?

    August 29, 2012
  • Cheryl L

    I love looking at your boards! I have a pretty neutral color palatte in my living room. Dark brown sofa, goldish tan love seat (both solid) and red/brown small check chairs. I have noticed you use a lot of solid curtains. If I use solid in my living room is that too blah? Where did you find your bedroom curtains? We live in Oklahoma so shopping is limited.

    September 12, 2012
  • Sarah

    I also love the hydrangea flowers everywhere. Are they live or faux? If faux what material and where did you purchase them?

    December 12, 2012
  • Maggie

    I love your work!!! I just recently painted my room a similar color as your master and have been looking for curtains like the color you have in your bedroom. WHat color are they and where did you get them? Thanks!!

    December 28, 2012
  • Kallee

    I realize this post is not recent, but I am having my kitchen cabinets painted white next month. Now that you’ve had yours white for awhile, are you glad you did it? How is the maintenance? Do you mind sharing what color yours are?
    You do beautiful work! I used one of your projects as an inspiration to my master bedroom makeover.

    October 01, 2013
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    November 06, 2013

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