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Friday, November 21, 2014

Before The Snow Melts


We're supposed to get warm temperatures and rain this weekend
so the snow will only be a memory by Monday.
Here's one more look at our first snow of the season.
I think it was awesome!
It was like extra powdered sugar on a funnel cake!



Can you spot the bird?
And how many crab apples do you see?
haha...just joking.  Please don't count them...I didn't! 




I love it when my camera catches the flakes falling!




I thought some of these shots looked like Christmas cards!




Sweet shy boy.
I think he was flirting. ha.




Our little house feels very cozy with the trees hugging us close.




And that now classic shot from my back porch.




Although it was early for snow, it sure was beautiful on the red leaves!



Sugar on berries.


I think I'd rather have snow that old grey rain!


Kitchen Reno Reveal


The kitchen reno was finished last week!
If you put all the hours into it, I think it turns out to have
taken 20 days of work.  Add weekends and other contractor 
obligations in there and it ended up taking about 6 weeks.

 I had envisioned something much more casual when we
 started planning this reno, but I like how this
space turned into a blend of vintage and contemporary.
 It's a good balance of The Mister and me, and I have
 to tell you that he picked out most of it!
  Didn't see that one coming, but love the end result
even more than what I thought I wanted.

We sure are pleased with how it all turned out!
Here's a little slide show documenting the progression....

video


And a few before and after comparisons...














Had to laugh now that I'm editing this and see the cupboard
door open.  Anyone else have kids that leave them open? ha.
Our old ones wouldn't close and now that the new ones do,
I can't keep them closed long enough for a photo shoot! haha.

Even though we went from white to black with the cabinets
and white to grey on the walls and enlarged the island, the 
space feels much bigger, almost as if we knocked down walls.











We don't miss the carpet or the ceramic tile.
This floor is soft, easy to keep clean and surprisingly warm!








We didn't replace the oven.
She's a 26 year old Jenn Air and we love her
  grill with under-the-house exhaust vent.
She's still going strong and when she finally does
die, I'm sure we'll replace her with her next generation.





So, there you have it!
I'll show you the family room some time soon.
It's before and after is almost as shocking as the kitchen! 

Now...some special credits and thanks are in order...


  1. Kris, our contractor, from Williams Handyman Service.
  2. The Mister, and his brother, who hung the lighting.  He also installed the hardware, cabinet fronts, dimmers and did some ceiling repair.
  3. Cabinet hardware is from D Lawless Hardware.
  4. The cabinets black and white, sink, faucet, rug, quartz counters, and sofa table holding the ship are from Ikea.
  5. Backsplash is from The Tile Shop.
  6. Lighting is from Pottery Barn.
  7. Window blind is from justblinds.com
  8. End chairs and slip covers from World Market.
  9. Flooring is Nirvana from Lumber Liquidators.
  10. Copper Boot Tray in the pet station is Smith and Hawken.
  11. White square dishes are from Target.
The runner, ship, bar stools, artwork and anything else I didn't
mention was already in our home, mostly vintage 
 auction finds and thrift store rescues. 

And now you can all applaud because I promise I won't
show any more kitchen reno photos! haha.
Thanks for letting me share and for all the encouragement
over the last couple of months!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Foyer Table








I'm a little late getting my November foyer table done!
I'm blaming it on the reno. ha.
I love changing up this table and trying to use what
I have on hand instead of buying anything new.
I did buy the grey pumpkin at the grocery, though.
Maybe it will turn into a grey pie?  Ew! haha.
The plate and bird figurine were in the auction trash,
believe it or not!  The dome and base were $1 at auction.
The little wood box was from the thrift store years
ago and the scale has been around for a while.

Can't believe in a couple of weeks it will be time
to change it up to Christmas!  I'm not nearly in
the Christmas spirit yet!