From the Weekend: Pumpkins & Weather

 

Zano's first pumpkin patch

We took baby Zano to our local pumpkin patch this weekend! I really enjoyed taking him, he was so observant of all the little kids running around and wanted to touch all the pumpkins.  It was always a tradition in our families to go to the pumpkin patch every year and it feels amazing passing even the littlest tradition on to this new family of mine.  I know Zano couldn’t actually pick out a pumpkin, but documenting his first trip is something we will reminisce once he’s older.

Speaking of pumpkins, this weekend was the first time it really felt like Fall.  It rained on Saturday, which I must have sensed was coming because I actually covered up our patio set just the other day!

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Here’s our patio set, sans party, sans appetizers, sans anythign pretty really.  We made a valiant attempt last year to cover it, but ended up just bringing the cushions inside all winter.  This year I was all bent on getting a patio cover for the set, as with all things I own, I like to prolong it’s life as long as possible.

Classic Accessories reached out to me and asked if I’d like to give their patio covers a test run.  Why yes, yes I would! They sent me the medium sized patio cover in gray.

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I’ll be honest, I’ve never worked with a patio cover before, mainly because I’ve never actually had a back yard to call my own! I totally feel like a responsible adult now that my patio set is covered :)

 

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Their cover was so easy to use. It’s fashioned with ties and those bungee tightening cable thingys, using both really got a perfect fit around our entire patio set.

It might go without saying, but covering your patio furniture will seriously extend the life of your patio set.  You can always find a reasonable cover at your local shop, but if you’re in the market, I highly recommend checking out Classic Accessories.  It rained on Saturday and our patio set stayed nice and dry, for that I am a happy camper.

*Classic Accessories sent me this product for review, all opinions are my own

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Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things}

TGIF folks, like, for real.

Today’s post is a little different than my usual Friday posts.  Instead of piecing together 5 things I love from multiple venues, today I’m sharing with you things I love from ONE venue: the POPSUGAR Must Have Box!

Are you a subscriber? Have you heard of it? I posted this picture yesterday and shortly after I found out a close friend of mine is a subscriber and LOVES it! Her husband surprised her with the subscription not too long ago, and her reaction was pure excitement.  A direct quote, “it feels like Christmas every month!” Her favorite products so far are the candles, and I have to agree because the October candle is hands down the best thing I’ve ever smelled.  Our dogs sleep in our bedroom, sometimes it can get stinky, and let me tell you, now my bedroom smells like delicious pomegranates, not to mention it’s in a chalkboard votive.

October POPSUGAR Must Have // brittanyMakes

The best part of about the Must Have Box is that you actually receive some incredible products, and each box is a mystery! Every month you receive a box full of goodies, things you need, things you want, things you didn’t even know you want but now couldn’t live without! I started my subscription with the October box which is currently being revealed by bloggers like myself.  You can check out previous month’s boxes here, I’m super jelly about that September box!

PopSugar Must Have - October

 

My favorite item in the October box is the lucite picture frame.  Literally the day before I received the box I was searching high and low for a lucite floating picture frame that was reasonably priced.  I almost spent $20 on a frame, but this box PLUS all of it’s other goodies was only $39.95! Certainly those Rifle Paper Co. cards in the September box alone exceeds that price.

I couldn’t be more impressed with the products POPSUGAR curates for their subscribers.  I’m pretty excited to tell you POPSUGAR has offered a special $10 discount for brittanyMakes readers, just enter code OCT10SELECT when you buy a 3-month subscription.  The code is only valid thru 11/2, so get your move on and try it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

 POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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What is UP?

So.. it’s Thursday… I’m a terd burger for not posting yet this week.  We’ve been head deep in kitchen happenings – who would have thought a hired-out kitchen remodel would be this exhausting! We’ve had to jump over so many hurdles, there have been issues with our cabinets, our window, the cabinet paint, the electrical! I’m ready for it to be over, I can’t tell you how bad I want to bake something!  All complaining aside, everything really is coming together nicely, I’m just super thankful we actually did hire out the work.  I can’t imagine having done this work ourselves and being able to work through the issues we’ve ran into.

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The first major drama we ran into was about our cabinets.  We signed off on this kitchen layout and cabinet design.  You might already know this, but the process goes like this: the designer draws up the 3D kitchen rendering based on our kitchen measurements, which gets sent to us for approval.  We tweak, then approve, then the foreman orders all the necessary cabinets, trim, molding etc from the drawings.  The cabinets arrive and the crew installs them according to the 3D rendering.  Easy as pie, right?

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False.  Apparently, the designer wasn’t in the know that our contract called for pre-fab cabinets, so she designed our kitchen under the assumption we were getting custom made cabinets.  We signed off on a kitchen design not fit for pre-fab cabinetry.  You would think once the designer sent the rendering to the foreman for ordering, he would have said “oh wait, what I’m ordering doesn’t jive with the rendering, I should make sure my client realizes this”.  Instead, he ordered away, the cabinets came in and the crew installed them without question.  At least you’d think the crew would say ‘hey, this cabinet is different from this rendering?” But no.  We came home after the cabinet installation to find 5 of the cabinets were not what we signed off on.  5. FIVE! Can you tell in the above pic which cabinets are wrong? That’s OK, I marked them for you:

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The two island cabinets should have been 2 x 3 drawers, the two lower cabinets by the fridge should have been two large doors with shelves, the upper middle cabinet should have been installed in the right corner, and the corner cabinet should have also been a large door opening to shelves that extended to the back wall.  Instead, they installed a lazy Susan, which is totally fine, we aren’t lazy Susan haters, except this happened:

window issue // brittanyMakes

 

Do you see it? Tell me you see it.  Our window isn’t center! And if that wasn’t the worst, the right side of the lazy Susan door is wider than the spice rack! some of you might say ‘oh it doesn’t matter, you can hardly tell’.  But, it DOES matter! This is seriously a designer’s nightmare.  They installed a lazy Susan which screwed up everything.  It pushed everything over 3 inches, the window isn’t center, the cabinet doors flanking the sink aren’t the same width.  I wanted to cry after I saw this.

Long story short, after a lot of arguing and frustrating talk with our GC, we decided to keep the lazy Susan, and they agreed they would move the window over 3 inches. They also fixed the lower wall cabinets so they would match (two cabinets of drawers).  We also had them agree to fashion a new door for the lazy Susan so that the door flanking the sink to the left would be the same width as the spice rack on the right.  The jury’s out on this piece, we haven’t yet seen the new door.  But, our window is aligned now!

window moved // brittanyMakes

 

I find it crazy it was less work for them to move our window than get us a custom corner cabinet.  Our only other option was to have dead space, and there was absolutely no way we were going to agree to that.  In our tiny house, we need all the storage we can get!

farmhouse sink // brittanyMakes

 

And in more good news, our delicious farmhouse sink is installed! Antonio may or may not have caught me petting this beautiful porcelain sink.  I’m not ashamed.

Get caught up on the remodel!

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Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things}

 

Friday Faves // brittanyMakes

// 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!

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Fall in Love // A Room Makeover { update #1 }

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.

Fall In Love // bedroom makeover by brittanyMakes

Black & white pillow // gold pillow // art print // bowl // lamp // rug // dresser // throw // lumber

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.

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Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things}

 

Friday Favorites // brittanyMakes

 

// 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:

// I cried yesterday

// I died yesterday!

// 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.

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A Quick Kitchen Update

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)

kitchen guttedSorry 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.

kitchen reno

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.

kitchen reno

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.

kitchen reno

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!

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PlaidFox Giveaway!

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.

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PlaidFox and I would like to host a ‘one for me, one for you’ pillow giveaway! I’ve been oogling over this Gold Fleur pillow by Caitlin Wilson for quite some time, so I jumped on it right away!

Gold Fleur by Caitlin Wilson

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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Perhaps the most exciting feature of being a PlaidFox shopper is the minute you sign up for an account (which is free!) and make a purchase, you automatically earn 8% back in cash credit towards your next purchase! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

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:

  1. Leave a comment with a link or reference to your favorite PlaidFox pillow
  2. Follow PlaidFox on FaceBook
  3. Follow PlaidFox on Twitter
  4. Create a PlaidFox account to start earning cash credit!

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*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Giveaway ends Monday 10/13/14 at midnight PST.

Good Luck!

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What day is it?!

 

 

Birthday!

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.

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And how cute are Zano’s batman shoes??? They’re from Target, although I cannot find them online.

Have a great day everyone!

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#Targetwedding, a Registry, & a Giveaway, oh my!

Disclosure: Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. #Sponsored

Being in the midst of a kitchen reno typically means you chuck all your kitchen belongings (fridge included) into the garage, and you live there until the renovation gets sorted out.  We’ve been in this state of upheaval, living out of our garage, going on 6 weeks now.  Let me tell you, 6 weeks is a LONG time to be washing dishes in the bath tub and searching for your salt at the bottom of a Target shopping bag!  Long story short, our current situation has really forced some perspective and self evaluation on all the things we own and how we store and utilize them in our small living space… ie, we need better storage!

It wasn’t too long ago my husband and I were planning our wedding, registering for gifts, contemplating our forever life together etc etc.  Hindsight is 20/20 right? I wish now someone would have suggested to me ‘hey, you need to consider STORAGE!’ Instead of just registering for all the pretty things like china and champagne flutes, I definitely wish we would have registered for things like storage totes, decorative baskets, Pyrex sets and the like.  Because of this realization, Target and I have decided to partner and share the good news about the Target Registry! Oh, and of course host a giveaway (see bottom of post for deets!)

The Target Wedding registry item I most strongly suggest adding to your kitchen arsenal is the Pyrex 10-Piece Storage Set.  After our wedding was over and the holidays came to, I asked Santa for a Pyrex set (not joking here!).

Target Registry

I’m so glad Santa delivered because I was kicking myself for not registering for food storage.  Can I tell you, I HATE disposable food storage, you know, those flimsy plastic “disposable” containers you buy in packs of 5 or whatever that permanently stain pink the second you plop your leftover spaghetti into them? Yes, those. I mean honestly, does anyone actually dispose of them?  I’m telling you, you need the glass set. Not only can you see what the contents are, you can microwave them from cold no problem.  Pyrex is magic.

Since I’m on this pedestal singing about storage, let me show you a few other items that would be perfect for your Target Wedding registry:

Target Registry

Cute & colorful storage totes! I love these storage boxes, they fit perfectly onto bookshelves and even more perfectly in that Expedit unit you know we all have somewhere at home ;)

Target Registry

If color isn’t your thing, try these more versatile and neutral shades of grey, leather and tan.  With these boxes, you’ll look very grown-up, indeed.

This season Target is encouraging couples to ‘get into our groove’ and design a life together beginning with the Target Wedding registry.  The Fall season is really the best season to gather and organize yourselves now that the fury of Summer is gone, and focus on new routines and habits.  Target offers a vast array of traditional and non traditional items for any couple’s style, budget, and personality.

Now, for the giveaway!

Target and I have partnered to giveaway a $25 gift card to one lucky reader. Don’t worry, everyone can play along even if you’re solo or already married!  One winner will be randomly chosen, but in order to qualify all you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me what item at Target you would add (or should have added) to your Target Wedding registryGiveaway ends Sunday October 5th at midnight, PST.

Good luck!

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