Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Let the Sunshine In!

house of turquoise

There was more demolition here today...and I think more to come tomorrow.  But nearing the end of that phase (Praise the Lord!).  The painters are finished (I think I was getting a little high from the fumes), my counter top guys are beginning their work, then the back splash will be installed and we get our kitchen back!  WooHoo!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

DIY Round-Up - Galvanized Pipe

I've always been a fan of do-it-yourself projects.  And I love love love blogs that have great how-to's and inventive ideas.  And a lot of the time I'll actually try them out.  And every time I'm in the creative zone I forget to take pictures as I work, so I never have any good do-it-yourself projects to share myself.  But I can round up all the great how-to's and share those, so at least we can all remember where they are without clogging up the bookmarks bar.

So to start things off, I've been looking at galvanized pipe furniture (wanting to build a table or bookcases, but having no idea where I would put them).  But if I ever get the nerve to tackle a project like this, here's a round-up of some projects from the web.

Galvanized Pipe

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blue Doors and Antlers

blue doors and antlers

I love the whole house, but especially this room!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Get Inspired - Equestrian Zone

Equestrian Zone

images with links to original sources from pinterest

Curious how the kitchen reno is going?  Make sure to check out my Facebook page - major demolition this weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Happening!

    I can hardly believe it, but we're finally renovating the kitchen! 

We'll be upgrading from this...

Kitchen Before

to something more like this...


or this...

After Kitchen 1

or this...

After Kitchen 2

Yippee!  We've hired all the people and I've cleaned out the cabinets so right now our dining room looks like this...

Dining During Kitchen Reno

(For real.  That's our real dining room.  Looks like an episode of Hoarders, huh?)

And the painters came to take all our cabinet doors, drawers, and pull-outs to their shop this morning for spraying (let's hope they bring them back!  Ha!).  So our kitchen now looks like this...

Kitchen During

I was pretty shocked that so much stuff could come out of our kitchen (especially since we eat out a lot), but I don't have to put it back for about a month and a half (first the painters, then the countertops (concrete!), and finally backsplash (subway tiles!) and new cooktop).  I'm already starting to realize just how much I eat in, though (and missing my microwave).  It's actually a little stressful having the kitchen torn up and people in and out.  I may or may not have gone down to the store and bought some cookie dough to eat....along with a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bright and Happy

This beach house is one of my favorite features from House Beautiful in quite some time.

Mona Ross Berman Sept 2011 - 4

Mona Ross Berman Sept 2011 - 5

I love the retro modern vibe.

Mona Ross Berman Sept 2011 - 3

Mona Ross Berman Sept 2011 - 2

And, of course, all the happy reds, yellows, oranges, and blues!

Mona Ross Berman Sept 2011 - 1

Mona Ross Berman Sept 2011 - 6

See the rest of the house and read the article from this month's House Beautiful here.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Place


I took a long hard look at this room and decided I like it.  Those barn doors are fabulous!  And I can't help but think of my sister-in-law Katie.  I think she and the girls (her newfie and....Honeybelle) could be really happy here.  And I think the fancy chandelier is super great (normally I'm not a big fan, but here?  It totally works!).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Comfort Food

I was totally inspired by this dining room Cathryn pinned.

Comfort Food 1

So.  More dining rooms with that same casual, textural vibe.  Here we go!

Comfort Food 2

Comfort Food 3

Comfort Food 4

Comfort Food 5

Comfort Food 6

Comfort Food 7

Comfort Food 8

Comfort Food 9

Comfort Food 10

sources (top to bottom): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy Place


Can I please take a break from this stressful week (wait, is it just Monday?) and take a nap up here?
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