Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Finished Kitchen

It's done!



It's been a slow burning project, this kitchen.

It didn't strike Mike and me as a room in need of a full reno back in 2013 when we moved in, but as these things tend to go, one "little" update just led to another and another.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Shaker Style Soffits

One of the aspects of our kitchen that I grew to dislike over our first few years in this house is the space over our kitchen cabinets.  By no means was that space a major issue--we bought the house perfectly happy with that look, but I'm just not one for displaying knick-knacks and whatnot, so the open area felt empty.


 Instead of watching the open space fill with dust, Mike and I decided to find a way to customize it.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Gift Wrap Station

If you've ever gotten lost in the beauteous organizational haven that is searching "craft room" on Pinterest, you've likely been hypnotized by one gift wrap station or another.

It's not just me, right?  Rolls of paper and ribbon on rods neatly hung among other supplies has a soothing effect on everyone, I'm sure.

With the reconfiguration that our craft room underwent recently, space for such an area opened up!  Yes, that made me a little giddy.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Crafting a Craft Room

There was a moment over this winter break when I was sitting on our craft room floor surrounded by sorted piles of sewing notions, fuse beads, and office supplies when Mike sent Michael in to deliver a grilled cheese sandwich.  I was in the zone, and he just knew that I would prefer not to go downstairs for lunch.

These weeks off of work have given me that rare luxury of time.  I could sit and stare like lunatic at the piles of supplies and furniture leftovers to envision the form and function that I want for the crafting space, not just what could work.

Living in During Craft Room

Prior to this break we had done the following:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Finishing Touch to the Staircase

We've definitely learned over the years that home improvement projects are made up of more than supplies and skills.  They're also composed of countless decisions, from refinish or replace to polished nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.

What trim, if any, to put along the outside walls of our staircase was one decision Mike and I decided to feel out a bit.  I tend to enjoy simple finishes, and seeing our staircase without the fluff of carpet coming out the sides made me happy enough at first to just leave the outer walls as they were and move on.  

BEFORE/DURING:
Living in During Staircase Update

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cat-Proof Furniture (We hope!)

The four chairs we bought for our living room two years ago have finally fulfilled their destiny.  By that I mean our cat has essentially destroyed them.

Living in During Cat Proof Furniture

The Humane Society successfully guilted us into not having kitty declawed sixteen years ago when we adopted him, and we have been unsuccesssfully shooing him from furniture to his scratching post and trimming threads from numerous chairs and couches ever since.  Mike also trims the cat's claws regularly, but it's really no use.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Staircase Update

Living in During Staircase Update


I recall looking at the photo below several years ago when it was just of a staircase in a house on the market.  Like the fireplace surround, the kitchen counter tops, and so many other parts of this house we now live in, I disliked this staircase before it was even ours, but I felt inspired by it.
Living in During Staircase Update