Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kitchen Tweaks

I met up with my contractor again last night to hash out a few tweaks to our kitchen blueprints and I cannot wait to see it all in action. Here's what we tweaked:

New plan:

I decided to move the stove over to the left to allow for a larger stretch of countertop and prep space.

And for the sink wall:

We decided that the wall cabinet above the dishwasher seemed like it was floating on the wall all by itself and have opted to hang floating shelves in its place for some pretty open storage.

And here's a reminder as to how the fridge wall will look- these plans will stay the same:

And just for fun, here's a little aerial view of the whole thing. The door on top goes to the dining room and the door on the bottom goes to the back yard:

 We're still in the process of finalizing our exact cabinet and cabinet choices (definitely white Shaker-style cabinets and a tan/gray countertop, material to be determined) and once they are picked we have about two weeks to demo. Oh let the good times roll.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Yay or Neigh

While walking around downtown Somerville on Friday's Cruise Night (we go in Dan's 50 Chevy pickup), we wandered into one of our favorite antique stores Elysium Antiques on Main Street. We have only ever bought one thing there but we still love to stop in and see what they have every now and then. I had walked through just about the whole store and was ready to leave when I spotted these beauties:

Two glass horse head bookends. I've seen the use of horse heads/busts many times in home decor and I've always been drawn to that little bit of quirk it adds to a room. These guys were practically calling my name so I happily obliged. I went online to see if I could find out a little more about them when I saw these guys being sold on Etsy:

Well lookee there- the very same horse head bookends! Apparently they're all over Etsy so if you want a pair of your own, head on over and check em out. Aren't they fun? The other plus is that they are completely hollow in the center so if I ever feel so inclined I can paint them from the inside (black? white?) and not have to worry about paint chipping off the glass. In my opinion these get a neigh and a yay!

Friday, August 26, 2011

I Got The Blues

That is, the blueprints of course. Yesterday was a happy day- our contractor brought over our cabinet sample as well as the blueprints to our new kitchen! I knew he was giving me the sample but I wasn't expecting the blueprints so it was quite the welcomed surprise.

And here's the plan:

(Sorry, I'm not cool and don't have a scanner so these are just my photographs of the paper, hence the weird coloring and all the crinkles)

The goal is to eliminate all the wasted corner cabinet space and add tons of storage to the far empty wall.

We've chosen to do a galley style to gain maximum cabinet, drawer, and counter space in our small kitchen. The wood floors we're laying throughout the whole first floor will carry on into the kitchen to warm up all the white cabinets. Here's how it'll all work out in the space:

Hopefully looking something like this (except white cabinets and a French-door style fridge):

For now I'll just keep dreaming that it will one day look like this:

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This was our yesterday:

Picked up our new floors at Lumber Liquidators (my view from the truck)

I am in L-O-V-E with them

So long hideous patches

Grilled pizza for dinner with great friends- our first sit down meal at the house.

Needless to say we now have a huge heap of motivation sitting in our living room to get all the tile up and the kitchen demo'd. Luckily our retreat is taking shape right when we need it. Busy busy busy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

One Month In

As of Saturday, we officially closed on our house one month ago, July 20th and moved in just four days later. Man, now I know how first time mom's feel, like time just flew by and you can't believe how much they've grown! And of course by "they" and "grown" I mean how much our house has become our home in such a short time. Trust me there's still TONS to do but we're getting there.

Here's a little side-by-side action of our house over one month's time:
















How many fire extinguishers does one house need? I'm thinking one. Hidden in a closet.









Sheesh- could all their stuff make the room look any smaller?

Technically, this is move-in day


My dressing room is all the way in the back- you can see I've started painting...

In one month I guess we did get quite a bit done but there's still so much more to come. Here's to next month's round up. Hopefully included in that will be the completion of our tile excavation, newly laid floors, more dressing room progress, and a large chunk of a kitchen reno!
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