Monday, August 13, 2018

Good Morning!

We had a wild and crazy weekend around here with sleepovers and friends playing so now it's time to buckle down and get some things done.


Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Pretty Little Makeover

I feel like there are always so many projects and so little time (and money) so I am constantly on repeat with future projects but as the seasons start to change (which they aren't here but schools back in) I seem to turn my attention outdoors.  It's way too hot here in summer to really linger outside but spring and fall can be so beautiful.

We have a storage shed in our backyard that is currently crammed full of gardening tools and furniture to be made over.  But I have grand plans for that little shed and at some point I am going to get to them.  In the meantime this makeover by moth-designs is serving as major inspiration! 

This is the before, even it's inspiring, I am seriously considering a dark color for it.

Now to practice patience.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Happy Monday!

Happy day!  The kids are back in school which means the house stays clean for longer than 5 seconds!  But I sure miss those sweet faces during the day.

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Here's to a calm week!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Erika Powell

One source of inspiration for our kitchen makeover was a makeover Erika Powell did on her old kitchen years ago.  They removed some soffits and added in open shelves and painted everything.  Even though we didn't remove any soffits, her ability to make her kitchen into a space that better suits her without spending a ton completely inspired me.


But I just found out her home has been featured in Garden and Gun and apparently they did a huge addition and renovation in 2012.  Still love everything about her home.  All images from Garden and Gun.

I love that she kept some elements from her original kitchen redo, like the cabinet color and it looks like she reused the shelves around the flower sink.  It fits into its surroundings so well, and is so cohesively done.  I have always wanted an outdoor shower and now have aspirations to an outdoor tub too!  Love, love, love this home.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Something for Monday

This is the first summer in 25 years that I have not held down at least 1 full time job.  And I made the decision to make this the SUMMER OF FUN for my kids!  Which is great!  We are doing so much!  They are learning responsibility and time management (kind of).  But it's leaving me very little time for things like blogging, reading or writing them.  But I am kind of getting some things done around the house, little things, but still, so maybe I will manage soon to find some time to record them.  Until then I'm going to pretend that I have a corner like this to myself, maybe with a little Wi-Fi action.

Happy Monday!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Easy like . . . . Monday . . . . morning?

Had a fun filled Mother's Day yesterday, and the ORC is over so today I'm easing into the week.

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Happy Monday!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

One Room Challenge - Cottage Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

We are done!  This kitchen for the One Room Challenge was a close call!  I went into it confident that we would be done well ahead of time and for the first few weeks we were doing great!  Then the momentum kind of stalled out but we wrapped it up just in time.  Just a reminder the One Room Challenge was dreamed up by Linda, at Calling It Home, as motivation to complete a room on a tight deadline.  It has grown into an event that features 20 bloggers and design influencers and allows linkups by anyone with a blog, and House Beautiful serves as a media partner.

This is our fifth time participating with a guest link.  We have also done our laundry room, our front porch, our son's room, and our master bathroom.  I would not say that this kitchen was our most labor intensive but it was certainly our largest space so far.  We started with a circa 1990 kitchen and all that signifies.  Oak cabinets, nasty sheet vinyl floor, basic and boring lighting, and a need to keep a desk space, a piano, and a reading spot in here.

We started by removing some of the upper cabinets, and changing the placement of others.  Then we installed a beadboard backsplash and gave EVERYTHING a coat of paint.  Installed some open shelving, and put glass inserts in some upper cabinet doors.  Then we laid a tile floor, installed some bamboo blinds and switched out all the lighting.  The space is sooooooo much lighter and brighter now.  It's my happy place.  We still need to get some drawer and door pulls installed but I'm happy with it for now.

Now I have to try to get the rest of the house back together before summer break so we can enjoy it!