Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blog Face Lift


I shared yesterday about some exciting changes that are taking place with our business. Our new logo, and a new website coming, just for the business, getting ready to launch very soon.



I'm very excited to share with you today, that the blog is getting a facelift too! One of the very first changes that is happening, has actually already taken place. Rooms for Rent, now has it's own domain name. Before, our url was "www.roomsforrentblog.blogspot.com".


It was long, sometimes confusing to people if you didn't already have it book marked, and a mouth full to give out verbally. I went back and forth on this one, but felt the easiest way to keep things consistent, and hopefully differentiate me as a blog, instead of an actual site offering "rooms to rent"
was to keep the word "blog" apart of my url. So we shortened it up a bit, and now we are www.roomsforrentblog.com .


Over the next couple weeks I will be finalizing things as we move, from blogger to wordpress. Which if you are like me and don't really understand the difference between the two, other than their names. It's basically a different platform that allows me to do a lot more with my blog appearance, and features. Including adding a fun monthly news letter, that will be free for anyone who signs up, and every month will include blog news, a monthly design tip, and my favorite decor item that month! There are many behind the scene options it gives me as well, but I won't bore you with those details. One of the biggest differences you will see is the blog will finally have it's own logo!


Crazy to think I've gone this long without one. I've always had my banner photo on the top, and that has acted as my "look" per say, but it was time again to embrace growth and with the new business logo, I wanted the blog to have the same look and feel, but still be distinct on it's own. I enlisted the help of Leslie Vega Design once again, and she knocked my socks off, literally! I'm so excited to share with all of you today what our new look will be.




She captured our look and feel perfectly, and I feel like it reflects everything I want this blog to represent. It ties in with our business logo, keeping the fonts and general body style the same, but adds a bit of flair with the additional elements!

If you haven't done so already, make sure you save our new domain name
www.roomsforrentblog.com
that way when we make the move you come with us. 
Don't worry there is still time, this will not be happening over night, but I'm excited to finally see an end in site with all of this lovely transition, and embrace the change we are needing to grow. 
Thank you so much for following along, without you, non of this would even exist, and I'm so glad you're here to share all of my design loves with! I will be sure to keep you posted on when we will be moving over to our new platform.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Business Logo

I've mentioned briefly here and there that we were working on updating a few things around here, and we are getting close to revealing those changes.  For those of you that don't know my dream of being an interior decorator became a reality 3 years ago, when I took the leap and started my own business, Doucette Design.

We started small, like anyone does I guess, and it has been so fun to watch it grow. Last summer we reached a point where we either stayed small, or embraced the growth that was knocking on our doorstep, it was time for Doucette Design to be more than just an extension of this blog, it needed a face. Change can be scary sometimes. The unknown of what's around the corner, but with my husband standing beside me we began to prepare for the next step. We hit the drawing board again, and began to plan a website just for the business. How exactly we wanted the website to look, and what we wanted to offer on the website. Our original logo which you see in the photo above, and what has been my Facebook profile picture for so long was something I created to get us started. However to move forward we were both wanting something a bit more substantial to carry us through  this new season. I enlisted the services of Leslie Vega Design, and she totally brought our vision to life! Allow me to introduce the new face of Doucette Design Co.



Our website is just about ready to launch, which I will be announcing on here when it does, but with all this growth brings more exciting news for the blog! When I stop and think how much this blog has grown since I first started, and the opportunities I've had, and have coming up, I'm speechless. I had no idea I'd be where I'm at today, and it looks nothing like I thought would, which is a sweet surprise! 
To have a place where I can share my designs, and loves, and have so many liked minded friends, is well, awesome! And with that I have grown more in my blogging that I expected.
So while the business was getting an upgrade I decided it was time give the blog an upgrade too, and I can't wait to share what that will look like with all of you tomorrow! 
Stay tuned, part 2 of this makeover will be revealed here tomorrow, and I can't to show you what it will look like!



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Friday, January 23, 2015

New Runner in the Kitchen

* I partnered with Rugs USA for this post. While they provided the rug, all opinions and thoughts are my own.*

I shared a little sneak peak on Instagram the other day, but we have a new rug in the kitchen!


I haven't shared much about from my kitchen lately, primarily because it's always a mess. I love my island in so many ways, but it is the first thing to be piled high with everything that is in our arms as we walk through the door. And if it's somewhat cleared off from all of that, it's usually a craft zone for the kids, which I love. At least it's pulling it's weight around here!


Since we moved in, I always dreamed of having a runner for the kitchen that ran the length of the island. Our floor gets SO cold in the winter, so I needed a runner that had some warmth too it, and would be durable enough to hold up to this high traffic area. 


I recently shared with you our new barn light pendant over the sink. I'll share more next week, but I wrapped the cords on all our pendant lights in the kitchen with twine to bring in a little beachy vibe, but it also ties them all in together.



I had been looking at runners just about everywhere for the past few years, but nothing held up. I have always been impressed with the quality Rugs USA holds in their product. I've bought a few rugs from them myself, and they are also my go to for clients. You might remember but I used to have this very rug in our living room in navy blue, so I loved the pattern, but this time I opted for a more subtle hue. This color is their "Blue-Grey", found here, it looks a bit more gray in these photos but it has the prettiest undertone of light blue mixed with gray. It's the perfect pop in my very white and neutral kitchen. It doesn't compete with the design, but rather compliments and completes the look. AND it is so warm!! 


I also shared a little sneak peak on Instagram of my new drying rack (found here) courtesy of Painted Fox Treasures! It is the perfect addition to my farmhouse kitchen!  


On instagram I showed it off holding our recycled drinking glasses, here you see it with my favorite mugs easy to grab for a warm cup of coffee, during these cold winter months. 


p.s the muffins were gone as soon as my son got home from school! 
Baked goods don't last too long around here :)


After lots and lots and lots of searching, I remembered I had used these same trellis runners in a clients home, and when I installed them I was dying inside because I loved them so much and was wishing it was my home!! HA HA. So when it came time to making a final decision I remembered how great they looked in my clients house, and they have held up great in her high traffic home. 


I'm so happy with this newest addition, and everyone that comes over remarks on how thick and plush the rug is as well! 

P.S. If you are looking for a new rug, or even want to get your own Morrocan Trellis rug, Rugs USA is currently having a %75 off sale!! 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Holiday Housewalk

So I woke up to a fun surprise over the weekend. You may remember I entered my Christmas Home Tour in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House walk link party. 

If you aren't familiar with it, every year at the end of her famous holiday house walk week, she has a link party for others to share their holiday homes, and have a chance to win a spot on next years tour. I've been following this Holiday House walk since I started blogging. I've even linked up before, but there are so many beautiful homes shared every year, just being in the link party was exciting for me. I never really thought I had much of a chance, because honestly there were SO many beautiful homes shared this year. Until this past Saturday, when she announced the winner, and to my surprise it was ME!

You can imagine my shock (really), I even got all teary eyed. I've always looked up to houses that were apart of the Holiday House walk, and even gleaned from them for inspiration in my own holiday decorating. Talk about a blogging dream come true, that I will get to join them on next years Holiday House walk! I can't wait!! Thank you so much to all of this years participants who voted for me, you will never know how much that meant to me.



You can catch Jen's post here, and if you are new around here and missed our Christmas tour, you can catch that here.

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