Fall color change + a couple freebies!

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I’m trading in beach photos for fall feels + changing leaves this week. Fall colors are making their way to this little beach town! Snow pics are starting to pop up from friends in the midwest, we may not be there yet with our mid 70s weather, but at least I can start pulling out my jeans and light sweaters.

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We’re starting to slow down on house projects and our couch arrived a few days ago – just in time for the coziest part of the year! The boy, the pup, & I spent some time at Greenfield Lake Park to enjoy the beginnings of the season. We’re heading on a hike next weekend to Charlotte to see the leaves change in the mountains, but we had a few date changes, so I’m really hoping we don’t miss it!

downloadableI also wanted to give you guys a little update — I’ve been working on my Etsy Site to get you guys an easy way to purchase prints! I’ve finally decided on a name, Wright + Roam. So please go follow me on instagram at @wrightandroam for all launch updates and new photos!

Here are a couple freebies for you! Two cell phone background downloadables to get your background all ready for fall!! — Click to open + save!

 

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Before + After | Kitchen Countertop Reno

Get ready boys + girls, grab you dog and your coffee and find a real comfy chair, cause this is gonna be a long one. It all started one rainy July day, I had chosen the house of my dreams, negotiations had finished, and my brain was in full on idea mode. I could NOT slow down on what I could renovate and what furniture to buy, I needed to be brought back to reality on more than one occasion. Below are some images from the listing, as it looked right when I bought it (we started renovating the day after closing, so I didn’t really have a lot of before photos).

The house had this extra tall breakfast bar that I just couldn’t live with. I don’t hate all breakfast bars, but this one was taller than normal and I couldn’t find stools tall enough to fit. I’m also pretty short (5ft.) and I hated that I had no sight-lines from the kitchen. So, I made it very clear that if this was the house, that bar had.to.go. The house also had these emerald laminate countertops, no photo does justice to how green these babies were and since we were updating the bar, we needed to replace the countertops anyway. Hurricane Flo slowed our renovations, so here’s a photo of life as we knew it for for about a month. That vinyl looked lethal, shoes we’re a must.

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We went all over Wilmington in search of good prices on stone and installation. In the end, we settled on some lower cost white quartz and we were able to save money cutting the bar and removing the sink and countertops ourselves. Then we got to work, you can check back on Tuesday for a closer look into how we did the countertop cut!

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Getting better already! I was so lucky to have Matt to help with the heavy lifting…and the electricity…and the plumping. Ok, pretty much everything. We did a precut of the breakfast bar for the measurements, then did the final cut once the countertops were off. This island went through so many stages, But i’m so happy with how it turned out.

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Final looks — We still have more to do, but the countertop renovation definitely helps us see an end in sight. This project is almost complete! Next up is choosing a backsplash, painting the island, getting our pendant lights hung, and getting some cute stools (the ones pictured are actually my dining chairs lol).sink-renovation-diy-countertops

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As always, thank you for stopping by! Renovations are a little painful, but the end result is so worth it, I’d love to hear any of your experiences good or bad! And if you have a breakfast bar you’re looking to get rid of, check back Tuesday for a look into how we tackled that project!

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Finding the shot on an overcast day

I live for a good sunrise or sunset. Some days you get your butt out of bed, head to the beach with gear in hand, and you get to sip your coffee in front of an unbelievable display of color. Other days, you get to the beach and realize it’s overcast or the sun seems to drift through a haze of almost no color.

On these days it becomes a different kind of shoot and you adjust. The subject in my long exposure shoots is color, so when there is no color you get to be a little more creative.  You fix your camera settings and explore different shots to get the most out of your background. The images I’m sharing today are from a sunset. It had been bright all day, but by the time I got to the beach, thunder clouds were rolling in. I tested a few different backgrounds and had some fun working with the icy blue light. You take what you can get and even on the worst day — you’re still at the beach soooo, life’s pretty damn good.

You can shop all of these as prints in my shop by following this link: https://www.chelsearominski.com/p1008632866 and I’d love to hear any experiences you’ve had with sunrise/sunset or long exposure photography!

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Sometimes all you need is a well exposed shot. The long exposures didn’t allow you to see the clouds or the contrast in the ocean, so I wanted at least a few images to showcase the scene as it was. The storm clouds coming in and the rain over the ocean in the background. The entire beach was blue.

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This is one of my favorties — I see it printed gigantic, at least 20×20 in a living room. For this shot I played with the white balance. Because everything was blue, it was easy to color change it all at once.

And of course — play with long exposures. I love to try different styles, some on a tripod, some hand held and exploring the different scenes that are created post processing.

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It’s great when everything goes right and you get exactly the shot you planned for. But every so often, you need an unexpected day. It gets you out of your comfort zone and makes you try new things.

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Fall on the Beach

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After a few crazy months life is slowly getting back to normal. I’m ready to drift into the comforts of fall — crisp walks, comfort food, & cozy nights. We took a drive to the beach after work this week to get that creativity flowing and enjoy those relaxing views with the pup. I love fall at the beach, even though it looks the same, the feel is totally different. Things slow down, the crowds are gone, & cozy sweaters replace bikinis. It feels more like home than a destination.

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I added a few prints just added to the shop! And I’m slowly, but surely working on an etsy site that’s a little more user friendly than my current online shop. I definitely did not realize how much goes into it. Anyway, hope you’re all enjoying the little things!

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Before + After – New Floors

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IMG_0775I’m currently bed ridden with a giant bowl of ice cream after getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday, but I couldn’t wait to share this little before and after of our new floors! Fair warning – this blog post may be a little all over the place as pain pills run through my system, but i’ll do my best.

We still have a lot to unpack and move in, but here are the beginnings. This felt like such a long road, but it was so worth the wait. Matt Woodward from Twin City Flooring did such an amazing job, I couldn’t be happier.

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We tried to save as much money as possible on this project, so we opted to do all of the floor removal ourselves. It took about about a day to get everything out and disposed of – with a few breaks & having to stop and get tools we didn’t realize we needed. We took out the carpet, underlayment, then went pack through with a hammer + screwdriver to get out the nails that lined the perimeter.

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The next job was removing the vinyl plank flooring from the kitchen, where we found some seriously gross vinyl underneath. The vinyl plank was in great condition and came out really easily, so we plan to reuse it in the bathrooms. Then Matt finished up with the crowbar to get all of the sticky hardwood flooring in our entryway up, while I swept up the concrete. (I promise I had the cuts, sweat, + bruises to prove I helped, but I was on photo duty lol).

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IMG_5938We chose Lifeproof Vinyl Plank in Fresh Oak and I’m completely in love. I liked that it was a little rustic, but not too many ridges like some of the other vinyl planks had. It has warm undertones and changes at different times of the day.

My biggest advice is go to the store and check out the flooring – everything I looked at online was completely different in person.

 

 

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This project was a little tiring, but so so worth it. It felt good to get dirty and to put work into this place and make it our own. Everyday I’m loving it even more.

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