19 December 2018

Quick and Easy

The Guest Room

It was really easy to forget about the bedrooms through the hallway. We weren't renovating them, we were keeping the floors the same and the walls were just white. They were 3 simple rooms and not the highest on my priority list, considering the magnitude of the main area and all of the work that that needed! But after looking at it this way for so long, and basically using it as a huge walk in closet, I wanted to get organized, and more importantly, I was in the mood to make a mural. :)

This is how the guest bedroom looked when we moved in.

First I took the old curtain rod down and had a wooden curtain rod made. 

Then the mural began! I wanted to do something very bohemian, light, and resembling a layered watercolor.

I added the circles

Some yellow

And some burnt orange and purple! (night-time painting lends for bad progress photos)

But by morning it looked pretty good!!

The next night I added some white geometric print and LOVE how it turned out!

These shots don't do it justice!

But again by morning- pretty good! I got the boho platform bed, and not much else for furniture. It's a pretty small room.

But I did want to make hanging shelves!! 

I added a ton of plants, a signature NAFASI towel ladder, some layered rugs, and a floor lamp! Check out how it turned out!! 

I really love it!! It has such a different feel from the rest of the house. It has a ton of natural light, and the colors are so calming. Sometimes Patrick and I go in there to just watch a movie and be in a new space. 

Projects through NAFASI can be as simple as new paint, furniture, and accessories in a design plan. If you're just looking to refresh your room without a whole construction project, this is definitely the more affordable option.  So if you're local let me know if you'd like a consultation or a room refresh. And if you're not- let me know if you'd like to come visit us in Kigali and stay in our beautiful guest room!!! Thanks for reading!


12 December 2018

In May, We Bought Furniture!

Look at that dog loving her fresh new floor! While Nami would have loved to keep the house empty as a doggy-gym to run around in, Patrick and I had other plans!

We didn't have much, but we had our new sectional finished!! I had started design and production on it early, knowing that that would be the most important thing functionally to live in the house for a while. Then keeping the original design in mind- yet still allowing for inevitable surprises, I moved quickly to get all the furniture and smaller details into place!

You can see the banquet benches in blue leather and the dining table are added next. Eating from the couch every night gets old. 😂

You know I love a good apothecary! They're great for storage and also so beautiful. This one will be going in our entryway once it gets finished! 

We set up our bed and added our bedding from Rubengera for now.

I also made Nami a little princess bed of her own! 

One piece of the design I really wanted to maintain was an organic feel. I wanted some natural curves and colors to offset the open plan and black walls. So I commissioned this salvaged wood wall hanging for my rope lights around our archway. 

I LOVEEEEEEE how they turned out! 

A couple more finishing touches to the outside...

Table making and ivy hanging!

And cheers with some weird lady glasses that we found here and love! Our home is becoming more special every day...

Thanks for reading along!


10 December 2018

Remember This Little House Project??

So I am realizing that as soon as we actually moved into our house after all of those renovations is when I completely abandoned all blogging on it! Sometimes you just a get so busy living that the blog gets pushed aside. However, now that our house is fully renovated and fully designed and decorated I have time to show you all the rest of the steps into getting our finished Kigali dream house! Let me go right back to where I left off in May 2018....

Throughout our first week of living in our new house, we had all of the construction materials removed,  (YES!)

The tiles dug out, and re-cut correctly,

New hardware on the cabinets, and plenty more!

Once the backsplash, lower cabinetry and hardware were all finished, I was able to move on to my uppers!!! 

Most importantly because we had to cover his monstrosity of electrical work in the kitchen, but also so I could have floating open shelving!! 

This was the idea...

They brought the cabinets over, and first they made all the cutouts on site to slide this cabinet in over the electrical boxes.


Perfect fit. It's so satisfying to watch everything slide perfectly where it's supposed to go. :)

Then after this scare at first with the open shelves, we put in some hidden brackets and got all the kitchen uppers in action! 

Here's the end result you can see from my birthday! (Not the best photo but it's all I had!)

What a relief to have that next phase figured out! Get ready for the next blog where I'll talk all about the smaller details of decorating and get you all a little closer to the final product! :)


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29 May 2018

The Final Touches... Hopefully!

The granite was delivered... A day I was anticipating heavily. It seemed like all work was paused until that granite arrived. You can't put in the backsplash without the granite there, or call the electrician without the backsplash in since there's outlets over the tile, or work on the plumbing if the sink isn't in yet, or finish the final paint without everything else being done. So once the granite arrived, I thought it was smooth sailing! It was a little rougher than planned, but watch as we maneuver our way through the end. 

Black granite, gorgeous!

Polishing up those sides

Cutout for the cement farmhouse sink

I think I forgot to mention this a while ago, but I had a panic moment where I thought the granite and installer were coming the next day. I last minute thought, why wouldn't we put these amazing tiles extended into the bathroom? It would be such a shame! And put in a vanity with a granite top now that we have extra from the old backyard kitchen?! But we hadn't previously agreed on it with the landlord, so Patrick and I decided we would pay for it. I made it all happen in a day, where we ordered tiles, the tile man came and laid them, I drew up a quick frame, called the carpenter and had him build the basics of the vanity, and went out and bought an under-mount sink we had seen earlier. 

There was also this wall-mount faucet that I had seen before that I really wanted, and when we went back to get it, I could not find the store anywhere. A lot of places look similar and I thought I was going crazy. Turns out, the store had gone out of business and cleared out the day before! There was a number on the door, and we called, and searched down this man who still had the faucet I wanted, exchanged some money for it through the car window in an alleyway in a weird neighborhood of town. It felt like a pretty scandalous faucet deal. We had the plumber come and install the faucet, got the whole bathroom ready to go for this granite to just cut and seal on top the next day. And the granite and installer didn't actually come that day. 

But when he did come, he sure did cut that old granite! 

And there's the under-mount sink! So while they were cutting the stone, My landlord Claver and I went out shopping for more lighting since the electrician was coming the next day. 

This is us in the store figuring out if I could buy 3 lights and put them into 1 canopy. Everyone in the store was watching and thought I was a design wizard to come up with that. They were making me feel way too cool. 

But I mean... ;)

Claver and I also bought the backsplash tile that I'm in LOVE with and laid it out to see-

Yes please!

Now back to the granite. While we were out buying fun lighting and tile, my friend and carpenter JB was out buying wood to make thick chunky wood beam legs for the counter overhang so that the granite could be installed on it. You'll see it later. After all the cutting and polishing, the pieces started going into place. 




Can't forget the faucet hole!

There's the bar!

All the lights got installed, and granite in place. It ended up being a late night.

I love this picture of our landlords. I think it looks like they work at a cool hipster coffee shop. :)

Counter sealed to sink, and water is working! 

The next day while I was gone, the rest was finished and sealed. Including the vanity! 

The big island!

This side too

Sliding that stove back in!

And then I received pictures a little too late of the backsplash-

Dun Dun Dunnnnnn 👀

It was pretty sloppy. Also they were pulled forward about an inch thick of cement away from the wall, instead of just being flush with the wall, and not cut straight at all. So everything stopped, and even though we had everything planned to move in that weekend, work would have to wait until we lived in Kigali... Meanwhile back in Rubengera- 

We sold our beloved island, and watched it being whisked away!

We cleared out all our stuff. A pretty big task. I don't know how we collected this much in one year. 

And made room for a raging going away dance party in our empty house Saturday night.

Bye Rubengera! We love you!