My New Laminate Floors - Part III - The Installation Process

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

Welcome to the third installment of my series on installing Quick-Step laminate flooring in Hydeaway Cottage.  If you've missed either of my first two posts, you can catch up on my reasons for choosing laminate here, and the process of picking my laminate finish and color here.  And today, I'm excited to share a bit about the actual process of installing the floors. 

I have some good friends with some construction experience who were willing to help me with the demo and installation.   On the first day, we started by ripping up the carpet and pulling out the small tile entry just inside the front door to reveal the plywood subfloor.


After cleaning up the mess, day 2 was spent on installation.  For those who are not familiar with the process of installing laminate flooring, let me give you a (very) basic rundown.  First, an underlayment is put down which provides a cushion between the subfloor and the laminate.  Laminate floors “float” which means that they are not fixed down to the subfloor like hardwood or tile.   Rather they interlock by clicking together.  As a result, many times laminate floors have quarter round molding installed around the edges of a room to hide the small gap between the walls and the floors so that they can expand and contract. 


A Barn Door for my Master Bath

This post is sponsored by National Hardware.

Okay, so I know that it is really popular in newer homes to have the master bath open to the master bedroom.  What I don't understand is "WHY?"  I don't know about you, but honestly, I prefer to have a bathroom to which I can shut the door.

Ever since I moved into Hydeaway Cottage, the fact that I have an open master bath door has plagued me.  Not only that, but the opening to my master bath is an arch, so it's not like I could just run to the hardware store and buy a door to put there.

After I gave the idea some thought, I decided that a barn door would be the perfect solution.  I could custom make a door that would fit the tall arched opening, and the barn door hardware would make it so that the door could be rectangle and slide right over the opening.  Brilliant!

I kept my eye out for some barn door hardware.  But I was having a hard time because the wall with the door is not very long - only about 58".  Luckily, I was approached by National Hardware to see if I would like to try out their barn door hardware.  The shortest length they had was 72", so before I could agree, I needed to be sure that cutting down the hardware would not interfere with its functionality.


An Electric Fireplace for My Master Bedroom

This post is sponsored by Hayneedle.

I love fireplaces.  And I can't tell you how long I've wanted to have a fireplace in my master bedroom.  But alas! adding a gas burning fireplace is a costly project.  Needless to say, it wasn't something that I could spend my money on.

As I was judging the Parade of Homes this past summer, however, I got a brilliant idea.
One of the homes that I saw had incorporated an electric fireplace in the master.  
An electric fireplace!  Why hadn't the thought occurred to me before?

I found a great little electric fireplace on Hayneedle and knew that it would be the perfect addition to my master.


Christmas Three Trees Cake

 And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.


Hello Lovelies!

I'm so glad you are here!  Today I'm sharing a new Christmas tradition that we started this year. 

I was first inspired when I saw a pretty cake in my Instagram feed made by Rachel  of Rachel Elizabeth Creates.  Her cake had three white trees on it.  I loved how it looked, so I thought about how I might re-create it.

So last Sunday, my daughter and I decided to try our hand at creating a cake with three trees. 

I admit that when I first thought about making the cake, I just wanted something pretty and festive.  But afterward, I found a perfect Christmas lesson within the new tradition.

 Are you familiar with the Christmas legend of the three trees?  It tells the story of three trees and what they dream of becoming.  All three trees find themselves in situations that are not what they planned, but ultimately, God has a plan for each of the trees and through each tree significant parts of the Savior's life are brought to pass.  The first tree becomes the manger.  The second tree becomes His boat.  And the final tree becomes the cross.

There are many versions of the story on-line, but the version I remember best is the book by Angela Elwell Hunt.  I believe there are still some available for purchase on-line as well.

I'll admit to not being much of a baker, so we used cake mix and store-bought frosting.  For our trees, we frosted some ice-cream cones and then used sprinkles to decorate them,

And here is our finished product...certainly not the most beautiful cake ever created.  But, to me, it's  the symbolism behind the traditions that really matters and any tradition that helps us remember the true meaning of Christmas is my kind of tradition.  So I shared the story of The Three Trees with the kiddos and we enjoyed the cake.  (It tasted better than it looked - lol!)  And I look forward to repeating this tradition each year.

I hope you are all having a lovely holiday and remembering The Reason for The Season.




Why I Chose Laminate Flooring For My House - Part II - Narrowing My Choices

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

Thank you for joining me for this second installment of my series on installing laminate flooring in Hydeaway Cottage.  You can read about the reason I chose to use laminate in my first post here.

If you recall, this is what my living room looked like BEFORE with the dark brown carpet. 

Once I made the decision to use Quick•Step laminate flooring to replace carpet on my main floor, the fun part really began...picking a style and color.  There are so many styles and colors available, the process could have been overwhelming.  But since this is something that I do on a daily basis for clients, I have a couple of tips to share.

First, pay attention to the other finishes in the space.  Since I was installing my flooring in an existing space, I needed to take into account the other finishes that were already in the space.  For example, I knew that I wouldn't be pulling up the tile in my kitchen or the carpet that was on the stairs.  Since those were staying, it was important that whatever laminate I chose worked well as it transitioned to those other flooring types.  I also took into account the color of the paint on the walls. In short, anything that was permanent - or that I knew I wouldn't be changing any time soon.

These were the samples that I chose to have Quick-Step send me.

Second, make sure you get samples and bring them into your space.  Seeing products on a computer screen and seeing them in person are two very different things.  I knew that I wanted a wide plank flooring, and I knew that I wanted it to have some grain to it.   I also knew that I wanted a more bleached look for the color.  So, I perused the available products on the Quick•Step website and had them send me several samples of different styles and colors. 

Once I received the samples, I started by putting each sample next to the other finishes until I had narrowed it down.  Then, I used this great app that Quick*Step introduced called Style My Floor to try the flooring out in my space.  This is an amazing tool for people who have a difficult time visualizing how a flooring might look once it's installed.  Even though this is something I do all the time in my line of work as a designer, it was still a lot of fun to see what the flooring would look like once it was installed in my room.


After I could see that my choice really looked how I wanted it to look, I ordered the flooring...and waited excitedly for it to arrive.  Join me for my next post where I'm going to talk about the installation process.

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This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.  As always, the opinions expressed are 100% mine.



Christmas House Tour

This post sponsored by Wayfair.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to the Shabby Nest!  I'm glad you're here.  And I'm so excited to be taking part in this year's Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo,

It is always a privilege to be invited to take part in this tour with so many other insanely talented bloggers. 

The tour started on Monday and if you've missed any of the beautiful houses so far, you can start the full tour on Jen's blog.

If you've been following along, I hope you enjoyed the previous stop at the beautiful home of The Golden Boys and Me.

And now I'm excited to present Christmas at Hydeaway Cottage 2016...

I was able to receive my beautiful flocked tree and french market basket (holding the firewood) from Wayfair as a part of their sponsorship of this Housewalk, and I couldn't be happier with them,  I just love the flocked tree sitting in the adorable planter box (which I bought at a warehouse/yard sale from the builder I work for).  The rustic with the refined really makes my Christmas decor this year special.