// ONE how perfect are these house numbers? // TWO Target selling MCM furniture??? How great is this dresser? // THREE Wit & Delight for Target! I adore these faceted planters // FOUR this pillow reminds me of this other pillow I made! // FIVE gold metallic waste basket, your trash will never feel so chic
// I’m guest posting over at Cuckoo 4 Design today, sharing super cute pictures of all my pups, check it out!
// this faucet is making its way into my kitchen as we speak!
// My sister in law has an Italian Cookie bakery in Monterey, CA and she’s in the running for a small biz grant from Chase Bank and could use your votes! Help us spread the biscotti love!
// Wish my dad could build me this bench!
This weekend is focused on getting my bedroom in order, and hopefully seeing the finishing touches happen in our kitchen! I owe you an update, everything’s just happening so fast!
Happy weekend friends!
Two weeks ago 18 other bloggers and myself announced a room makeover blog hop thingy that we’re doing, and what better room to makeover than our bedroom?! Our bedroom is in distress, kinda like the current state of my fiddle leaf fig tree (it’s dying! Help!). I desperately need to give my bedroom some attention, and I have a plan yet it’s proven to take much more time than I anticipated. Surprise, surprise.
So, what have I done since the announcement? Nothing.
Kidding. First we made a bigger mess by moving out our old storage drawers, like the ugly dresser my husband ‘borrowed’ from his college dorm, 8 years ago. Yes, YEARS. I tried moving my armoire into our bedroom once our wall came down (there wasn’t room to fit the armoire down the hallway before). Once we got it in there I was so upset. I probably threw what you’d call an “adult temper tantrum”. I was so annoyed my armoire was eating up all the space in by bedroom. It didn’t last more than a week in there! I decided living out of large blue Ikea bags was better than having a succubus of an armoire in my room. I’ve been hunting for a replacement dresser, something vintage-y, without much luck. My husband replaced his college dresser with the 8-drawer Hemnes dresser. Trust me, it’s an upgrade.
So anyway, I’m running with a design plan with the following in mind: something classy and gender neutral, and a bit calming.
Some of these items may invoke questions, like the lumber. Why the lumber? You’ll have to wait and see! Hopefully it all works out as I see it in my head.
// ONE #nateberkusdoesitagain // TWO I wish there was a way I could hack this beautiful brass suspension chandy // THREE #targetdoesitagain // FOUR I’ve been obsessing over this roller chair after seeing it in Emily Henderson’s guest bedroom reveal, she sold the extras on Charish, which sold out super fast. I’m now depressed. // FIVE geo planters, I’ve got some succulents for you
More around the internets:
// This is our new dining table, should arrive in a week or two, I can’t wait!
// I’m not liking the new changes on Pinterest AT ALL. How do you feel?
What are you up to this weekend? Tomorrow we’re doing purge round #2 by selling more stuff at my mom’s garage sale. I need to get rid of all the things! I have so much crap.
Hello! How about that giveaway yesterday?? PlaidFox is pretty cool. I can’t wait to see who wins, and what pillow they choose! Speaking of winner, the winner of the Target Gift Card Giveaway is Sarah Coviello! Congrats Sarah! You should check out the comments, pretty much everyone wished they could register for a KitchenAid stand mixer. KitchenAid, are you reading this?
This weekend was great, I’m just getting caught up now but I had to mention my SIL had a baby girl on Friday (!!!, hence my absence), so we spent much of the weekend with the fam ohh-ing and ahh-ing over itty bitty baby fingers and toes. I know it’s only been four months, but man, newborns are so tiny! My giant of a baby makes me forget just how tiny he once was. OH, and thank you everyone for your sweet birthday wishes! You all know how to make a girl feel special
It’s been like 3 weeks since I updated you last on our kitchen progress, you’d think everything would be finished by now, but no. We were having major drama over a window. A stupid, dumb, silly window that is making things VERY difficult.
Alrighty, where did we leave off last? Oh, yeah, we picked out our marble. (Catch up on the remodel with the links at the end of this post)
Sorry for the TERRIBLE photo quality, my husband isn’t a natural photographer. Anyway, here is our kitchen gutted-ish, which had to be done to rewire and relocate all the electrical in the dining area.
Again, SO SORRY for the awful picture quality, but as you can see here they quickly dry walled and painted everything. I didn’t realize but apparently kitchens are ‘supposed’ to be painted in semi-gloss paint. I prefer flat finish on my walls, so you could sense my surprise when I came home to shiny walls. Because we were going to be dealing with inspections on our load bearing beam installation, the contractor painted the walls in semi-gloss to ease the inspection. Once all is said and done, I’m painting those walls flat.
A major cosmetic situation we have to deal with for a while is our floors. Our dining and kitchen were covered in faux tile linoleum, which is the worst! Our linoleum was textured and nearly impossible to get clean without scrubbing on my hands and knees. I understand it’s a cost effective solution for some, but I seriously couldn’t get it out of our space fast enough. I prefer subfloor to linoleum! We will have to live with subfloor for a while once this kitchen reno is complete, until we can afford a full overhaul on all the flooring in our house. There’s no sense in paying for temporary flooring that we most likely will replace in 6 months. So, phase 1 is the kitchen, phase 2 is floors! Fingers crossed next spring we will be able to install new flooring.
The biggest improvement is our ceiling! After a little back and fourth with the inspector, our load bearing beam has been approved! Our crew had to reinforce the foundation by pouring concrete beneath the studs that now support the load bearing beam in our attic. Next on my list is ripping up that carpet! I still have to convince my husband that subfloor is better than that carpet, which will definitely be a challenge.
Have I mentioned I’m SO ready to have my kitchen back? We’re going on 7 weeks here… I can only eat so much Chipotle!
Get caught up on the remodel!
- We’re finally remodeling our kitchen & living room!
- The wall is gone and the beam is in!
- The kitchen take-down
- 5 kitchens influencing our design
- Countertops & 3D rendering of our plans
Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s a great day because I get to introduce you to a new online home decor resource, PlaidFox! PlaidFox is a Canadian home furnishing & decor retailer featuring one-of-a-kind items in all our favorite categories ranging from furniture to rugs, pillows to wall art – they literally have something great for everyone. PlaidFox’s mission is to help make your home a reflection of who you are, which they’ve executed brilliantly with their amazingly curated inventory.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know by now pillows are my thang (or should I join bloggers everywhere and say “my jam” ha!). I love to change things up at home by swapping out pillows. I know I say it a lot, but a pillow swap is literally one of the easiest ways to liven up your space. Whether its your bedroom, your living room, your reading nook, etc, all you have to do is swap out pillows for the season or if the mood changes. It’s so much easier staying on trend with pillows over pieces of furniture, that’s for sure.
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Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. With this giveaway, one lucky reader will win a pillow of their choice from PlaidFox. Go ahead and check out their amazing pillow selection! Everyone will have 4 opportunities to enter:
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Today’s my birthday! I’m not one to call it out and plan posts and my entire week around the day, but I thought I’d share some cute pictures of our weekend celebration. My husband (who I realize I’ve never mentioned his name before – It’s Antonio by the way!), myself and baby Zano went to Hogs Island for some oysters this last weekend. Oysters are in high season right now. I remember last year I wanted to do this on my birthday but I was preggo and seafood is a no-no when preg. We had such a fun time! It was just us 3, chillin’ by the water, eating artisan cheeses and breads and shoveling oysters in our faces. I love making new memories with our new family. It’s the best thing ever.
And how cute are Zano’s batman shoes??? They’re from Target, although I cannot find them online.
Have a great day everyone!