Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kitchen Reno - samples

Before we even owned the house, Keith and I knew we would revamp the kitchen. While the layout is wonderful, it's so freaking dark. It's also kinda wonky in a major way. Almost everything needs to be leveled, aligned, or remounted. No exaggeration. So, leveling, aligning, and remounting is what we are doing. Woot! Woot!
Here are some bits and pieces to give you an idea of where we are heading.

As I said, we are keeping the layout, but that's about it. We will be using Lyra quartz by Silestone for the counters. (Planning to purchase it tomorrow. Eeep!)  I am super excited to be rid of the dark, cheap laminate and am looking forward to pale expanses.
The cabinets will be painted. The lower ones will be the darkest color, Light Sage, while the upper ones will be the white paint chip, Designer White pkg.
We love the classic look of white subway tile so that is what we will be using as the back-splash. Currently, we have some nasty-nast porous tile for a back-splash. It doesn't clean well and frankly, it gives me the willies. I'm looking forward to ripping them out.
The pulls, sink, and faucet are all stainless. Not sure about the wall colors yet, maybe a pale, pale grey? Anything but the stupid mustard brown that is there now.

We still aren't 100% sure about the floor yet, but that's because we aren't 100% sure what we will find when we roll back the linoleum. We are thinking we will use bamboo hardwood but aren't sure about the color yet. Basically, we are trying to decide if we want it to match the color of the hardwood throughout the rest of the house or if we should go a titch paler. The flooring sample you see above it a really good match to the rest of the house but, as you can see, it's quite rich.

So all that is what we are currently planning. We'll see how much of it changes before everything is done ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

All the Plants | New Acquisitions

As I said on Instagram, I am becoming a plant person. Maybe even a plant hoarder. What that means is that one of my new favorite places to wander is the garden center. Especially if said garden center has a cactus and succulent section.

I'm still kinda winging it in the Care and Keeping department, but so far, so good! Even after Toastie attacked that purple pretty.

And now the combo planter. It was a bit gnarly, but for 5 plants in one I was quite happy to do the splitting. The plants desperately needed to be split because of different watering needs. At one time there was a sixth plant. Only a rotted root and twiggy stem remained. Anyways, I thrifted and eclectic assortment of containers, squirted them with spray paint, and busted out the potting soil. I'm quite pleased with the end result!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Blanket from Sari Bari

Every now and then I find a loveable company and then spend waaaay too much time on their website daydreaming about future purchases. Currently, that's how I am with Sari Bari.

A friend gave me this awesome scarf for Christmas. It's super soft, matches a ton of things, and I love it so much I wear it about once a week. To give that statement some heft, I own more scarves than shirts. I wear them almost daily (talking about scarves here, not shirts, you weirdo). So, the fact that this one in particular makes it into such frequent rotation means something.

Not long after getting the scarf, I found Sari Bari online. They have the sweetest website and, chickadees, they make blankets
A throw is what I consider a splurge so I debated long and hard about which one to get. I even waited for a fresh release of stock so that I could get one in aqua. It was totally worth the wait. It is so soft, has wonderful, cozy drape, and is remarkably pretty.
Things get even bet though, not only are the products super soft, cozy, and colorful but they also are a force of good. Sari Bari's whole purpose is to give women, who would otherwise be in the sex trade, another option of employment. You should definitely check out their shop and read more about their mission.

P.S. They are having a QUILT AUCTION soon!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gifted, Thrifted, and Lifted

Remember how last summer we got these white chairs and totally made it work? Well, not to knock those chairs, because we loved them for what they were, but we were given a major upgrade. I liken it to going from a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish to a meal at Red Lobster complete with delicious, cheesy biscuits. It's that sort of upgrade.

Getting something for free totally counts as thrifted, right? All these bricks were a Craigslist freebie. Someone had torn down an old chimney and just wanted them gone. Since I am beyond ready to extend this project around to the front of the house I was more than happy to take them. Most of the mortar crumbles right off but a few bricks still have it firmly attached on one side. No biggie. That side will be buried in the ground and only you and I will know otherwise.

Now for the Lifted.
Say "Hello, Pyrex Cabinet No. 2". This piece was lifted right off the curb. The thing is, it didn't fit in the Jeep so, like a couple crazies, we CARRIED it home. Fortunately, it wasn't too far down the street because otherwise I'm not sure we would have made it. As far as I know, the neighbors didn't take any pics but if I find out they did I'll be sure to update the post so you can see our dedication in action.
(Also, ladies, this is a great way to test how much your guy loves you.)
So anyways, it needs some spiffing up - fix the shelf, add some legs, ditch the celestial seasoning, slap on some paint but it was free! Woot!
Want to know something crazy? This thing came with a working light bulb. Now that might not seem like a big deal but think of it like this: Someone threw away a perfectly functional light bulb. I just don't understand that sort of waste. America, sometimes you make me so sad.

PS - the title for this post was totally snatched from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. It's the perfect miscellaneous round-up title. How could I not use it!?