Kitchen: Adding furniture style storage

Way back months and months ago (has it been a YEAR?) when we were staring work on the foyer, you might recall we removed the pantry that was in the kitchen (check out that progress here and here).  The pantry never functioned well for us. It was always messy because the shelves were difficult to access, and it took up space where more kitchen counter should have been. We also thought the pantry space would be better utilized as entry way storage,…

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Kitchen: We have a backsplash!

THE TILE I’ve had the backsplash for this kitchen selected for over a year.  I just wanted a simple, clean lined, WHITE, backsplash.  Nothing decorative, or detailed.  We went with a 3×11 in. white subway tile. A teeny bit different than the classic 3x6in subway, just a bit more modern with the elongated rectangular shape.  I know, just about anything might be better than this copper beauty: WHAT WE STARTED WITH There were actually two different backsplash finishes in the…

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Kitchen Cabinets: Painting Plastic Laminate

I was definitely hesitant to take on the challenge of painting out our kitchen cabinets. A.) because I knew we would not be spraying them and was concerned that we would not be able to achieve a smooth, quality finish and B.) the cabinets are a plastic laminate to which I believed NOTHING would stick. I absolutely think there are SO MANY things skilled and committed homeowners can take on and effectively DIY.  Refinishing a plastic laminate cabinet (which is not…

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Kitchen Cabinets: A More Functional Layout

As part of our kitchen maintenance makeover madness (as I like to call it) we made the decision to refinish the laminate cabinets. This decision also allowed us to make some layout changes to the kitchen.  If we were going be painting, that means we can move some things around and the new paint finish will cover the adjustments!  Well, OK THEN.  The wheels get to turnin’. We always had an issue with the upper cabinets above the peninsula, but they provided…

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION: WOULD TIME TRACKING HELP?

I quite serendipitously came across a fantastic TED talk last night that supports the NY resolution theory I posted earlier this week (you can read about that HERE).  In this podcast writer, Laura Vanderkam talks about how we use our time, and explores if we really are as busy as we think we are.  She also has such a wonderful perspective on what the time we have should be used for, and I am on board. LISTEN HERE or find…

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Why New Years Resolutions don’t work: A theory

January 1st is a great time to commit to making positive changes in our lives. It’s a new month, a new year, and an opportunity for a fresh start. So why, more often than not, do we find ourselves falling flat by February? I have a theory. Creating new years resolutions has become a time honoured tradition in our society, we pledge to reshape our lives for the better come the new year. This aspect of our culture gets us thinking…

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Our Kitchen: as we found it

We have been making our way through our main floor renovation, which focuses on the foyer and into the kitchen area.  This is what we have accomplished so far: removed all the decorative trim in the foyer refinished the walls in the foyer and up the stairs expanded and installed a new hall closet replaced the existing foyer AND kitchen floor That’s right, we’ve moved right into the kitchen area.  We had some wall repair to complete in the kitchen…

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modern wood and wire ornaments

I’ve been having too much fun playing with wooden beads, wire and pom poms this year, designing new tree ornaments. The teardrop shaped baubles from last week turned out so cute, I just kept right on trying different combinations! I knew I wanted to create a modern ornament this year with wire and wooden beads, and I am so happy with how these pieces look.  They are fairly easy to make, if you’ve got strong fingers and some patience, and don’t require…

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Modern Nordic inspired ornaments

I am waaaay behind on Christmas this year.  We had a bit of a tree fiasco, and it’s put a bit of a delay on the Holiday decorating.  I seem to suddenly be allergic to everything, and after one day of having our beautiful real tree I was in full sick mode.  We moved it to the front porch, were it will still get lit up, and started searching for a fake tree. To be honest, I was a little…

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NEW FLOOR FOR THE FOYER

After we installed the new foyer closet, we were left with a bit of a….mess. Removing the kitchen pantry to enlarge the foyer closet forced our renovation into the kitchen area (see that post here).  We were FULLY aware this was going to happen and already had a plan in place to do a little kitchen facelift along with the foyer update.  The floor, however, was not initially a part of that plan.  Well, it certainly is now…. The existing…

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