A SNEAK PEEK INSIDE OUR LATEST FIXER UPPER

I am so excited to report that we are now the proud owners of another cute little cabin in the woods! So today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek inside our latest fixer upper. I’ve been knee deep in planning the renovation, but I’ve got so much great inspiration that I can’t quite decide which way to go with the design. So I thought I’d ask you for advice.

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Above is the cottage from the exterior. It needs a paint job. I could leave the colors as they are and simply freshen it up with new red and green paint. Or, I could go an entirely new direction. So here’s my inspiration for new exterior paint.

I’m considering going White with Black Trim like the house below, which is one of my favorite homes in Lake Arrowhead.

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I’d paint the exterior doors black, as well as the trim around the windows.

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I might even paint the railing black like the home shown below.

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Or, I could also paint the cottage White with Blue Trim. The blue would be an ode to our nearby Lake Arrowhead. A little black thrown in as shown below might also work. In fact, how about a White House with Black Trim and a Blue Front Door?

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So what do you think? Please take the survey below…

 

Now let me take you inside. Here’s the current kitchen in its hideous Red & White. And check out ALL THAT WALLPAPER! Every single room in the house is wallpapered so you can imagine what I’ll be doing soon…

removing all of it!

I am planning to gut the kitchen, replacing the cabinets, sink, countertops and the flooring. I’ll retain the existing stove. The color scheme that I choose for the kitchen will dictate the colors I go with throughout the house.

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I’m considering bringing the White and Black theme I showed you for the exterior inside the house. I could go with Black Cabinets and White Countertops

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or I could go All White.

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Or I could go with White and Gray instead, toning down the harshness of the black and just use touches of black accents like the kitchen shown below.

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Or I could take a completely different path and go with a Blue and Off White Kitchen that would be evocative of the nearby lake. If I went this direction I’d most definitely paint the front door blue too.

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I like how the blue might look in other parts of the home, like in the Living Room…

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and in the Bedrooms & Bathroom. I also love the combination of the Blue with Yellow and Gold.

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But then again I’m partial to the color Green, which is so mountainesque and in keeping with the home’s forest setting. What do you think of the striking Green Kitchen with Black Countertops shown below? The copper accents also look beautiful in combination with the green.

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But I also adore this Green Kitchen with a Gray & White Countertop and Brass Hardware.

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Carrying the green theme throughout the home could be very nice. Decisions, decisions!

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There are so many ways to go that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed because I like them all. I’d so appreciate it if once again you’d help me out by taking the survey below and sharing your thoughts in a comment too.

Stay tuned and very soon I’ll be showing you much more of our latest fixer upper. In the meantime, if you’d like to see the other homes we’ve renovated please click here.

So there you have it: A SNEAK PEEK INSIDE OUR LATEST FIXER UPPER

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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Comments

  • Jill

    I have black countertops, don’t do it! Every fingerprints shows. I’d do a gray and white marble look if I did it again . Classic. Then the buyer could add any color scheme they desired.

  • Hi Jill, thanks so much for letting me know the drawbacks of black countertops!! I’ve never had them so it didn’t occur to me, but what a great point. Since writing this blog post I’ve been thinking about dark gray walls and it’s a real contender.

  • KATHY BRANGWYNNE

    Hi Celia! I voted for keeping the cabin the original colors!..However, I think I would paint it all that barn red color(which I am partial to ). The house looks like it would be fine as is without new paint for a year or two(on outside) You have such great taste you do not need the votes!!..One Room at a time!

  • Hi Kathy, I agree the barn red isn’t half bad. The trouble is it does in fact need painting. It’s peeling and looking very bad in areas that don’t show in this photo. Plus, I plan to flip it quickly so I’ll have to paint it soon. Thanks for your kind comment. I love hearing from my followers so very much!

  • Sheena Anderson

    That cabin is too cute!! We are going to buy a log cabin as soon as our current house sells. We are so excited about it because it will be a lot of renovations.

  • I love your style and intuition. I know it will look great no matter what. I did vote based on what I would do but we all have our own leanings, right? 🙂
    xo,
    Karen

  • Thank you Sheena. Let me know when you buy your own fixer-upper cabin. I’d love to see photos of it.

  • Oh gosh, thank you Karen! I love your little play on words. It made me smile;)

  • I adore the cabin, Celia – so charming!! Since I live in a white clapboard house, I am partial to the white and black, but love it just the way it is! Happy weekend, my friend!

  • Hi there, Happy Holidays to you too! So nice to have your opinion, which I value greatly.

  • Congratulations on your new adventure! I did vote. Although I am typically partial to classic black and white, it turns out that I voted against the grain and went with the green. I love the inspirational images you selected in this color scheme (particularly the last one…it looks so cozy) as they can easily be adapted to a mountain cottage retreat. You have such a wonderful style that I know whatever scheme you select it will turn out great. I can’t wait to see which direction you take and the progress along the way.

  • Hi Vanessa, thanks so very much for your kind comments. I have to admit that I am growing ever more partial to the idea of a green interior, for as you say it is well adapted to the mountain location. I remain undecided but sure am loving the input I’m getting on this post. I’ll keep you posted!

  • grammalarson

    I love the white exterior but I don’t love it in the forest. I live in the forest of northern AZ and there is a large white home used as a bed and breakfast. It really stands out, which I think is good if that’s what you want it to do but I prefer a color that blends in more. Just my opinion and I’m sure whatever you choose will be gorgeous!

  • Thanks so much for your comment. I really do appreciate hearing from people and thank you for your valued perspective. You make a very good point. I’m still undecided and am back-burnering it until after the holidays. Just too much to do right now. Happy holidays!