Yeah. So. 12 days since my last post.
I’ve kind of been busy… doing stuff like this:
For some unfathomable reason, the design of our house included drop ceilings in the kitchen and hall bathroom. WHAT THE HELL,1973!? The first plan we made when we decided to remodel our kitchen was to push the ceiling back to the standard 8′ height.
Tim could not put up the sheet rock alone, because the sheets are extremely heavy. So, it fell to me to be his assistant. Problem: I am extremely afraid of heights; I become shaky and I sometimes cry out of panic. Add to that a strange fear of ladders (I don’t trust them) and lack of experience with drills and this was one terrifying experience. But, since I couldn’t hold up the sheet rock myself, Tim had to hold it while I drilled it to the cross beams. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband and coach.
And now look!
The cabinets are from IKEA – the AKURUM cabinets with the LIDINGO doors. The sink is the DOMSJO single bowl farmhouse.
The hood is the LUFTIG – I LOVE this. It looks amazing!
Then these lovely appliances found their way home…
More pictures of the progress to come! I can’t wait for it all to be completed…my dining table looks like this right now:
If it weren’t for Pinterest, I would not have half as many ideas for our kitchen. Tim and I are addicted.
Here’s a small collection of ‘pins’ that have inspired our design:
I bet you can’t guess what color cabinets we’re installing?? Ha! What can we say? It looks so clean and fresh.
I am extremely excited for this remodel; I’ve looked forward to this since we bought our house (as in over three years ago!), and it is finally coming to pass.
A few changes around our house (and soon to be even more!! Our kitchen remodel is beginning in the next month!!!) All the pictures below were taken on my iPhone – so the quality is so-so – but it gives you an idea of the happenings.
The guest room – curtains, a headboard upcycled from our old IKEA bed (purchased when we got married – now remade into a funky design by my own handy husband), and bedding.
Dining room – finally ditched the ancient blinds and installed curtains. The side panels are actually more of a tan, but in this picture they look almost green. Anyway, nevermind the painter’s tape on the wall – we’re marking off cabinets for the kitchen remodel.
Master bedroom: a few months ago we upgraded to this amazing bed from World Market, last month we got new bedding and bedside tables from Target. I LOVE IT! We need to replace my ancient reading lamp (IKEA circa 2005), redo my closet, and eventually we’ll refinish the floors.
It’s funny – going back through old pictures of our house, pictures of how it looked when we first bought it – there’s definitely been improvement. Even better is to look back at our first apartment and see how we ‘decorated’ it. LOL! Our television stand was Tim’s amp, and our bathroom scheme was two green hand towels and a container of lime hand soap from Dollar Tree. Ha!
Tomorrow I’ll be posting some of our design inspiration for the new kitchen!
Highlight of my Saturday: a book purchase!
Specifically, a full set of 1966 encyclopedias for $5 at an estate sale. I love them. Check out these beauties (iPhone pics, taken using the Hipstamatic app):
The ‘Library’ article. I love it! Notice my lovely silhouette bookends?? I love them.
Their new home
Today I’m going to share with you the 3 cleaning products that make life with 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 son, and 1 husband, a little less messy/crazy.
This works perfectly on our hardwood floors! I’m not always dilligent about doing this; I keep the house vacuumed, but when I do get around to cleaning the wood floors, this does the trick to getting them shiny. I’ve heard some complain that they leave a residue – but I haven’t had any problems with this.
2. Swiffer Sweeper Wet Cloths
Half of our house is hardwood, and the other half is the linoleum we put in a few months ago. I hate mopping, and these definitely come in handy! After vacuuming, I use a few of these on the floor, and I feel great. Does it completely replace cleaning with a traditional mop and soapy water? No, but if you are like me, then this does the job most of the time.
3. Method Lil’ Bowl Blu
This is the best toilet cleaner ever. I know, I know…. EWWWWWWW!! I hate this job, but Tim hates it even more; therefore, this is my territory. I’ve tried a few different cleansers, and this one is the only type that doesn’t smell like bleach, and keeps them clean for an entire week.
What do you use to keep things clean?
Photos from the past week
Please forgive this iPhone picture; it was taken right after my workout on Thursday – no makeup and my hair is a bit of a mess - but this will give you an idea of what my haircut looks like.
My Friday night: a Pink Champagne cupcake from Sift and episodes of ‘Castle’ (also taken with my iPhone)
The adorable silhouette bookends I found on clearance at Target yesterday:
Awesome paint color we ended up choosing for our front room (last room in the house! only took us 1 1/2 years, lol):
I don’t have a picture of the finished room yet, but one will be forthcoming.
Last week, we removed the icky shower doors from our guest bathroom, and I finally found the perfect shower curtain (another Target find!)
What do you think??
Decorating my library is SO FREAKING FUN! Here are the items I’ve chosen, thus far:
Curtains, purchased at Target
I wasn’t sure I’d find curtains that I liked, but these look fantastic in person, and are made from a good quality, thick cotton. I can’t wait to hang them up!
A black chaise lounge, purchased from Overstock.com
I am so excited for this chair. It’s the perfect size and shape for my library, and the seat opens into storage!
Chandelier, also purchased from Overstock.com
So lovely! It will look perfect with the charcoal ceiling.
IKEA is slacking on the delivery of my bookcases, and the overstock items won’t arrive until next week. But, that’s okay; I’ve waited my entire life for my own library…a few more days won’t kill me.
OR WILL IT!?
Timmy ordered the bookcases and shelving for my library!! It’s all due to arrive on Monday, so this Saturday I think we are going to paint. My library is going to be the girliest space in the house; pink, white and black. The bookcases are white, and I think the ceiling is going to be a charcoal color. The 1 1/2 walls that don’t have shelves will be a Behr shade called ‘Fuschia Kiss’. I have to pick out a chandelier and a lounge chair. Eventually, I’ll add a unit for my record player and records, and a small desk.
Now, to decide on the system I’m going to use to organize my lovelies. Can’t make up my mind between the Dewey or my usual( alphabetical by author’s last name). Probably have Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Children’s sections. Marco received so many books as gifts, and I’ve saved all my childhood favorites; he’ll have a whole section to choose from!
I bought some bookplates too. The Mac will be hooked up to our home server, and I’ll have my LibraryThing account pulled up so I can keep track. OMG who wants a Dickson library card?! Might make some for fun. YES, I AM GEEKY. But seriously, I rarely lend books out to people unless I know I’ll get them back; I’ve lost too many books to random people. I STILL don’t know what happened to my copy of The World According to Garp by John Irving. SOMEONE borrowed it. Just can’t remember who. Library cards might help… hee hee
I am so excited! I’ve been waiting my whole life for a library. Tim is amazing, he always manages to make my dreams come true.<3
I finished The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver last week. I thought it was an exceptionally well-crafted story. Definitely a ‘political’ novel, with a clear voice and stance on patriotism; a bit cynical, but ultimately, on target.
Yesterday, I finished The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman (a good read, but not as great as Here on Earth) and now have to find my next book! I was thinking of grabbing The Third Angel (another Hoffman novel), but would love a recommendation.
Also, any tips on getting my husband to finish my library?? My books are STILL in boxes, and, since I’m always buying books, the stacks just keep getting bigger! The only thing that’s been done in there is the primer. What should I resort to, bribery? Trickery? Torture?
Decided to share a few pictures of some of the changes that have taken place in our house. The living room is almost complete; we want to put a large mirror above the fireplace, toss the old couch and get some comfy lounge chairs.
Living Room Before:
Guest Room Before:
Guest Room After: