Our Breakfast Room Remodel + A Transitional Leopard Outfit

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Painting: HomeGoods | Faux Fig Tree: HomeGoods | Gold Mantle Vase: One King’s Lane | Gold Star Burst: Hobby Lobby | China Cabinet: Antique | Rug: Wayfair | Chandelier: Home Depot

Almost 4 months later and I am finally sharing our fireplace/breakfast room remodel. You may remember from my kitchen remodel post here that, way back on Valentine’s Day, our neighbor’s tree fell on our home and damaged the stone on our fireplace, the ceilings in our kitchen/breakfast room, the roof, and our kitchen backsplash. The contractor couldn’t find the same materials to replace the old stone, so we had to pick a new material. I decided to have fun with the remodel and completely change the look of the room. I changed the look of the room from rustic and casual to a more traditional and dressy look with white marble tiles and also by adding a white mantle. Our previous fireplace had tan stone to the ceiling but no mantle (see picture below of before the remodel).

Here’s what the space looked like before the remodel/damage happened from the tree falling

I had a lot of fun picking out tile. I wanted to brighten up the room and make it feel larger with a light and bright fireplace. Our cabinets and trim are not a stark white, so we picked a creamy white grout to make it blend. Jake was very helpful with the process and met me at the tile store with a sample of our cabinet paint. I was thankful that we both agreed on the same materials. It took until late April before our whole remodel was finished, since the contractors had to replace a significant portion of our roof and do a lot of structural fixes before the cosmetic fixes. Once the new space was finished I got to decorate the mantle, which was a fun and a bit of a challenge to find exactly what I wanted on a budget. Our home is from the 1950s so our short ceilings made it to where I needed a very particular size statement piece for the mantle. I had to decide between some artwork and a mirror for the mantle. Ultimately I decided on artwork after finding a piece on sale I loved at Homegoods for around $30. There is a light fixture in front of the mantle, so someone pointed out that there would be weird reflections with a mirror. Also the mirror would be too high to actually be functional. Besides the new painting, I had everything else to decorate luckily. Originally I was going to paint the breakfast room table, but decided to keep it as it blends our black countertops in. We have a lot of accents of navy blue and turquoise in the house, so I brought those colors into the room with the painting. I love how the room turned out. It looks so different and is very much my style.

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A Transitional Leopard Outfit

This is my first transitional outfit of the season that I’ve put together. It will work now and for early fall as well. Leopard and animal prints are going to be HUGE for fall and I’m so excited about this. It’s really hot in Birmingham right now, so my transitional outfits will be very lightweight, but darker colors. I love this skirt so much and will definitely be styling it again.  I was unsure how it would run sizing-wise, but ended up going with my regular size. The length is great because it’s not too short.  Stay tuned, on Monday I will be back with my last very summery look of the season before moving fully onto transitional fall looks.



    • abyersguide
      August 22, 2019 / 10:43 am

      Aw thank you so much! I am so excited with how it all turned out.

    • abyersguide
      August 22, 2019 / 10:42 am

      Thank you! We got it for Christmas. 🙂

  1. Lindsey Puls
    August 22, 2019 / 8:10 am

    Ahhh! It looks amazing! You did a fantastic job, Courtney! My eyes immediately went to that painting too – I can’t believe it’s only $30. It looks way more expensive. I love your outfit as well!

    • abyersguide
      August 22, 2019 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much, Lindsey! You’re so sweet. I was so glad to find the painting because the ones I loved online were around $300. I went to HomeGoods and found tons of options for around $50. It really does look more expensive than it is.

  2. anna nilsen
    August 23, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    WOW! Your remodeled fireplace looks so much more inviting than the previous version. I like that you left the table dark, but still used the creamy white on other features. it all looks so nice. Glad you are done with the repairs and remodel. Now it’s time to just enjoy!

    • abyersguide
      August 25, 2019 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Anna! <3 I am glad I kept it dark too, it helps the rooms blend with our black kitchen countertops. I am so glad we're all done with repairs too. It was a slow process, but worth it.

    • abyersguide
      August 29, 2019 / 10:39 am

      Thank you so much, Tara!

  3. August 29, 2019 / 4:33 am

    You did a beautiful job in redesigning your fireplace Courtney! I see you raised the fireplace itself off the ground which is nice. I like the tile and it is good having a mantlepiece instead of it being straight all the way up . The artwork is so nice and a great price! You need your own hgtv show, I will watch for sure!! The skirt is gorgeous Dear, a perfect transition piece. I like the cute top also. Have a great day, Terri xo.

    • abyersguide
      August 29, 2019 / 10:37 am

      Thank you so much, Terri! I love it. 🙂 Yes, the fireplace was raised when we bought the house, we didn’t raise it anymore during the remodel though. You’re so sweet! That would be so fun. Aww thank you. Happy Thursday. I hope y’all have some fun weekend plans.

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