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Before-After Home Decor Renovation

How we transformed our backyard

This is by far the biggest transformation we have done with our home since we purchased it in 2020. Our original backyard had great bones but we needed to update severely. I am so excited to share with you the renovation of our pool area.

When we bought the house the backyard originally had the following:

  • Screened in patio
  • Chattahoochee flooring
  • Massive amount of potted plants
  • Much needed resurfaced pool

When we took on this backyard, we had a vision from the beginning. We wanted a mini oasis that we as a family could relax and enjoy at all times. My husband especially loves being outside and he was so excited to take on this project! I wanted more than anything to make this happened.

First, we chiseled away the chattahoochee surface. Chattahoochee is a pebble like rock that was used for deck surfaces in the 1980s & 1990s. It was extremely popular back then, the key was you had to get it resealed about every 5 years or so to keep it looking neat and safe to walk on. When we bought the home, the previous owner failed to reseal it and the pebbles/rocks were loose and you could not walk to the pool without shoes.

Next, we realized that that in order to install turf around the pool we needed to have a border surrounding the pool. The original design had the chattahoochee all the way to the tip of the pool. If you do not have a border or copping around the pool, the surface you have will mildew. See below the difference between having copping around a pool vs not having it.

Next, we decided to redo the entire pool. We replaced the tiles and resurfaced the inside of the pool. We hired an amazing company called Ivero Pools and they literally worked non-stop and completed the pool in less than 3 weeks. The pool transformed the space entirely.

After, the pool was completed we then hired a company to lay down turf grass. Turf will last close to 20 years or more and we wanted a green grass feel to surround the pool. Since turf is expensive and based on square footage if we laid turf in the entire backyard it would have cost over $5500 and counting. Our backyard was 850 sq feet and vs us covering the entire backyard we left about 280 open to lower the cost.

Here is the breakdown of what we did:

  • Having 850 square foot backyard equaled to the turf costing over $5500. To remain on budget we decided not to turf the entire area.
  • We took 280 sq ft and decided to make it our dining space.
  • To give the backyard some contrast we decided to lay deck wood tiles in the space that we did not lay the turf. We absolutely loved it.
  • We are using the same patio furniture that we had before.

I feel so blessed that we could do such an amazing transformation. We cannot wait to host people in our beautiful backyard. Just this past weekend we sat outside and enjoyed the start of the NBA playoffs.

This renovation of the backyard made me realize that I can do anything if I believe and plan. Because of this backyard I am working on returning to school to study interior design. What project have you worked on that inspired you to do bigger and better things?

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XOXO,

Jessi Morgan

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Home Decor

White & nude furniture…Is it worth it?

White, nude and light furniture? Is it worth it? I always in the past questioned if I should go that route. I grew up in a household where white was the enemy and to never purchase things that are white because every blemish will show.

First, I stayed away from it in furniture and even clothes! I was terrified of white or nude till the trend kicked in about 5 years ago and now it is the trend. White/nude colors in homes really can transform a space in all aspects.

Now, When we went on our beach vacation a couple of weeks ago in Gulf Shores, AL the house we stayed in was decorated with some amazing linen white sofas. They were comfortable and actually easy to maintained. When we re-do our bedroom I am leaning towards some white, nude and linen bedding as well as pieces to really switch up the space.

Here are some benefits of considering white/nude sofas and other furniture pieces in your home:

  1. Can go with any decor style – From modern to traditional to boho style you can always incorporate white in these decor styles.
  2. Can brighten a room and create amazing content – A great example is a couch, one key white sofa can brighten the room and change the entire feel.
  3. White can make a space look bigger – I agree with that very much. It’s because the color white means pure and open so the mind automatically views things as lighter and bigger.
  4. Creates a clean and fresh feel – What I do like about white or nude is it automatically holds me accountable to keep things clean. I hate seeing blemishes and when I see one I react. I have the urge to maintain and keep it looking amazing.

So do you like white/nude? Why or Why not? Share your view in the comments

My Favorite White/Nude Furniture Pieces

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XOXO,

Jessi Morgan

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Home Decor Jess' I Love Places

Gulf Shores: Part 2 The Kitchen

Welcome to part 2 of decor and inspiration from our family beach vacation! I recently went to Gulf Shores, AL for a family retreat and we stayed in this amazing 4 story beach house that could sleep 30+ people. Read up on my first blog post about this amazing place.

Mommy & Me

Check out some of the other amazing interiors & decor from this place:

The Kitchen

This was by far one of the most grandest kitchens I have ever been in. It also was such a centerpiece of the home and a great gathering place for any major family renting this space. Here are some of key of features of the kitchen:

  1. White & Blue color collaboration – I have always loved a blue & white combo but this one at the beach house was either a white & light blue or a white & teal blue. Regardless it felt like an island paradise within the kitchen.
  2. Textured backsplash – The backsplash in the kitchen was not only beautiful but it was unique due to the uneven texture of the teal blue tiles. Since there was so much white in the kitchen you needed to wake it up with a tile like this.
  3. Multiple kitchen appliances – While my family was there we took turns each day cooking and cleaning up. We literally could have 5 people cooking at once in this kitchen. The benefit of having multiple appliances was amazing for us.
  4. Outrageous kitchen island – I do love kitchen islands because it brings everyone together within the kitchen. This kitchen island could sit 6 chairs with still a lot of room to spare. The bar stool at the island was made of glass with a dip within each chair. The stools were extremely comfortable and so sturdy. I wished I could have found out where the stools were from…they were that stunning.

I am beyond grateful we could cook in a coastal style kitchen like this for our trip. I love good food and good memories! Tell me what memories do you have cooking in your kitchen? Also see more exclusive photos below too:

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XOXO,

Jessi Morgan

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Before-After Home Decor

Inexpensive way to refresh kitchen table

Do you know how to refresh your space the inexpensive way?

Here’s the answer…use what you have in different areas of the home! You heard me right?

As you know we have been renovating our fixer upper for the last 7 months and it has been a journey. Recently I just wanted to switch up some of my areas of my home to give it a new feel. Do you do that sometimes?

I am excited wanted to show off some changes that cost nothing. I used to do this within merchandising, when I was a merchandising manager. You can actually change an entire floor and the customer used to think it was a new delivery. I loved that feeling. 

Below are 10-15 key inspirational pieces you can purchase and use to re-arrange always. Check below:

So here are the changes to our kitchen room table: 

Before

Some items were limited time but I am still going to link them below just in case

I loved the before, I bought that limited Levi X Target collection pieces. I love the denim feel to the pottery and pitcher. We bought it to go with some faux plant stems I bought off of Amazon.

The only issue was we had to remove the centerpiece when we had 4 people sitting down to eat, so I had to change it up. See below:

After

Simple faux moss plant was the key

I bought a cool moss plant piece from Target and had it in our dining room area. I think its simple, classic and does not overpower the table I recently painted black. Just a easy change, so in the end switching up centerpieces on dining tables can just change the room. 

So here are 2 lessons I learned when switching up this space:

  • Less is more – having a simple clean feel makes your space or table look bigger.
  • Avoid a centerpiece on a table that you is extremely huge in size – I learned that I hate having to move my centerpiece off the table every single time.

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XOXO,

Jessi Morgan

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Gulf Shores: Home Decor Inspiration

Coastal lifestyle is a gem that can translate to any home when it comes to home decor. I am now obsessed and so inspired to turn our master bedroom into a coastal feel soon.

I recently went on an awesome family vacation retreat with my dad’s side of the family. I was not planning to attend when it was originally booked in 2019 for 2020. In 2019 my husband and I were working in retail and it was during Mother’s Day timeframe. I was a director for Beauty and fragrances during Mother’s Day is huge. I could not schedule a vacation at the time. But in 2021 I have a new job and I work from home so I could at least go!

The home is stunning. It’s a new build that can sleep 30+ people with a elevator and massive eating area, kitchen, pool and much more. It screams coastal living with all the beautiful white and cream color story. As I am sitting here this week I am inspired to bring some things back for our backyard and our master bedroom since those are still up for redoing. 

Sipping coffee in this beautiful living room! The neutral colors made the space calm but open.

Here are few ideas I have for our master bedroom:

  • White/Cream Linen – I am obsessed now with linen comforters and off white/cream colors. This rental home had that through out and as long as you find a comforter or bed sheets that color that are machine washable it is fine to get. I think for so long my mom told me light colors are the worse to get.
  • Blues – To really get that coastal feel you have to have blues/teals in your home decor. I am looking to have decor pillows in blue to off set the off white/cream comforters.
  • Vases – throughout the beach house there were amazing big glass vases with a blue tint on the end tables within some of the bedrooms. It just made the feel of the room scream coastal for me.
  • Less is more – Every room had a simple decor piece, wooden bed frame, simple artwork and shiplap. That was it. So when I am working on our bedroom I will push for less with impactful pieces.

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