Monday, June 23, 2014

The Kitchen (Or how I finally got to have an amazing design dream from my head manifest in real life... with a lot of help)

The dreaded kitchen remodel. No one makes it out unscathed. Weeks of eating out on the cheapest food you can find, days without water, and having to make constant on-the-fly important decisions ends up being a cocktail that leaves you with at least a bad hangover. Once the fog clears though, you realize it's actually real and done, and you can start to live in the dream you had in your head to begin with. (Special thanks to my In-Laws, without whom this magical stuff would have never happened.)

Before (Part 1):
This was taken our first day in the house, almost three years ago now. We pretty much have done two separate kitchen remodels at this point, considering how far the kitchen came in the first few weeks.

This plastic nook we took out on the first day along with the original light fixtures, which were cool but very impractical. Check out that wonderful old lady wallpaper...

Ahh the battle of the wallpaper. We were so glad to be rid of it. I think my sister-in-law now has a permanent hatred of all wallpaper due to the amount of scraping she did in this kitchen. That's her scraping away.

 This is just where a chicken used to be on the pantry door. I like chickens.


 So here we have the kitchen picked down to the bones. This is long before new windows and wall changes and all that insanity.

This is the first dedo of the kitchen complete on about the second week we owned the house. The new color was so calming we weren't mad at the wallpaper anymore.

Before (Part 2):

After a few years in the house being people who love to cook, things about the tiny, weirdly laid-out kitchen really started getting to us, so we embarked on the big journey of a full makeover.

It all started with this hole. There was no way we could get a bigger fridge without removing the soffits around the top of the entire kitchen, and finding out that they were(mostly) hollow was a huge relief. My Father-In-Law hit the ground running at this point and didn't stop until an entirely new kitchen emerged. Seriously that man is a force of nature. 

Here are a few more "before" pictures:

 Panorama.

This is when things got real people. We took out a wall that blocked off one entire side out the house. This made such a huge difference in the layout of the kitchen and the whole flow of the house is now much better.


Here you can see the whole cut for the new entry, and the old entry to the left.

Bye Bye wall.

Then we closed off the small doorway that used to lead you past the basement stairs on the way to the kitchen.

Slowly, the pieces starting coming together. New counters and sink, new sparkling appliances, light fixture, cabinets, but there was still lots more to do.




The paint, floors, and the backsplash really gave life to whole look. 

For the backsplash we used a white subway tile, and grey grout to give it some character.

We added a wood bar area for sitting under the window.

After:

The whole kitchen. (Taken from the new entryway.)


 Here you can see where the wall was opened up at the far end of the kitchen. We added some industrial stools to the bar area and accessorized with cute retro stuff, as one does.




I still want to take a few more after pictures, but that's my kitchen journey story!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kitchenaid Makeover

My husband has been itching to do this project for quite awhile. He was extremely pleased with himself when he got around to it. I can't say it's not immensely cool.

Here is the before:

As you can see this guy had seen better days. Little Kitchenaidy was a gift from my parents and after using him myself for years, he really needed some work done. The process was pretty much just removing all the pieces that you could, in fact remove, and taping off anything you didn't want to be super blue(or whatever color your choose). A can of Rustoleum from Home Depot later, and this littlebaby has a brand new life on our newly redone counter.

After:

I can't believe how pretty he is now. It's such a great color and fits perfectly with the retro vibe of our house. The hubby Bear is pleased and I'm one happy wife.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Habitual


When in doubt, start writing. That’s what I always used to say, five seconds ago in my brain. It’s true though. you do have to keep skills up even if it’s something you’re inherently good at. In fact it might just be like much more important if it’s something you’re good at. Michael Jordan would have been robbing the world if he had decided to never practice basketball. So it is with great humility, and an understanding that I am clearly as talented as a world-wide icon, that I begin my quest to better myself… to how I used to be.

When I was twelve, I thought the universe was indeed very complex because I was a nerd, but my portion of it was very small and sheltered. I thought I would have a million chances in life, untold amounts of good fortune, and probably just like the best life ever, that anybody ever had. I didn't actually realize that I was already living the same life I would be 20 years down the line. Sure I own a house now, I have a full time job, I might even be considered respectable by some people… well scratch that last one but the point is I've been around, I've changed, and I don’t think that all of it has been for the better.

I have been battling bad habits my entire life. When I was three, my parents sent me to a baby sitter who gave me a glass baby bottle to drink from. I don’t know why someone gives a three year old a bottle, I must have been either very convincing or very klutzy, probably the later. So I come home from the babysitter with a bottle and I wanted to drink everything out of it. I remember my parents being very angry that this person who gave me a bottle, because my parents had never even given me a bottle as a baby and they didn't like them at all for some natural living hippie reason I’m sure I will find out when I become a parent.

Their solution to this problem was to hide the bottle from me, tell me that I “must have lost it somewhere,” and to decide that no matter how much I cried and screamed that I knew they threw it out, deny it till the bitter end. And I mean end, my father will still lie about it to this day but still could never do it without twittering maliciously  No issues formed there at all.  I had the last laugh though, later when I was that nerdy 12 year old, I bought a glass bottle at a dollar store and drank everything out of it in my dad’s (clearly the ring leader of the whole thing) face for like a week. No issues at all.

But like I said, bad habits die hard around here. I have a few I need to over come. I think I will use the same technique that worked for me when I stopped biting my nails and started obsessively recording all the names of the meteorologists that read the weather on the recorded DC area weather line I would call late at night (Charles Currault was my favorite), and replace a bad habit with a much weirder but slightly less destructive one. I have yet to figure out what that thing is, but I am pretty confident the first step is getting window blinds in all the windows in my house. Yes, I will be that weird. I'm pretty sure that is what it will take this time.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Review of Striped Knit Dress

Originally submitted at JessicaLondon.com

Breezy double V-neck dress has slimming diagonal stripes that meet at the center seam. Rayon/spandex. Machine wash. Imported.

  • Extended cap sleeves.
  • Waist seam.
  • A-line skirt.
  • Side seam pockets.
  • 40" long.


I Friggin Love This Dress

By Nina from Elgin, IL on 5/3/2012

 

5out of 5

Fit: Feels true to size

Waist: Feels true to size

Length: Feels true to length

Pros: Figure Flattering, Nice Color, Nice Fabric

Best Uses: Casual Wear, Date Night/Night Out, Wear To Work, Can be dressed up or down, Wear to School

Describe Yourself: Trendy/Stylish Dresser

Comfort vs Style: Style Driven

Was this a gift?: No

The style is modern, the fit is great, the fabric is natural. I couldn't ask for anything more. New favorite dress.

(legalese)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bedroom Inspiration

It's been awhile. I'm an old married lady now, and as such fill my days with frivolity such as room design. Actually working full time, and working on your new house in whatever free hours you have just makes you long for such things. I'm a busy little bee, who sometimes feels like she's losing her honey lately. (Honey is clearly a metaphor here for sanity. Have you ever seen a bee lose their honey? They pretty much freak their shit.)

So I wanted to share with you, world, the room design inspiration for my homey home.


Dark glamour indeed. You can get busy in that room like it's a mofoin Burger King bathroom... or not. That's really up to you. It actually reminds me of Naked Lunch, but much less insane. I want to live in there. So far the walls are painted. Finding curtains even close to those is proving challenging. The bedding should be easy and accessories are always fun so no problem there. I want to add something mirrored like the dresser there, and that ceiling is goign to have to translate to something else because I am not up to receilingafication at the moment. What do you think?

Friday, February 4, 2011

OMG It's Shoe Time!

Hello hello! Wedding shoes are hard to find! My first round of looking lead me to many overpriced websites. After adding the word "cheap" to the front of my Google search, I started getting somewhere. I need a lower heel because, well, I like to walk and move, also I'm pretty tall, so I don't want to be towering over everyone, and my dress is just long enough with no shoes at all. Here are some ideas I am flirting with. (I like to use the word flirting when talking about things I am deciding between, it makes it sound sexy and not daunting.)











As always, comments are much appreciate.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Day!

Views from the window, and current first person point of view.
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Monday, January 31, 2011

And Now On To The Hair

Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!) It's been awhile, I know. It always is isn't it? These fleeting moments we share must be treasured dear reader, for it is in them that we find connection with one another. And for today's connection, I invite you to join me on my search to find perfect wedding hair.

I ended up deciding on this dress: (with a sweetheart neckline added and some satin straps)

I like the romantic feel of it, and want to do something dramatic with my hair. Here are some ideas I am flirting with.










I'm really into the birdcage veil, so I am looking for a style that will work with one, or with giant over-sized flowers in my hair. What do you think?