Project Kitchen: The Beginning

It has occurred to me that I last showed you my kitchen inspirations at the end of January and then never mentioned the project again.  Did we get swallowed by a kitchen renovation?  Yea, a little.  Three months later we are putting the final touches on our project and I can’t wait to show you how far we’ve come.  I should’ve been blogging as I went along, but alas many late nights tearing apart our house, packing, and ordering take-out food ended up taking precedence.  So I guess the best place to start would be the beginning.  You still want the little details right?  Here is the before shot.

Kitchen Renovation Before

To say the least, our kitchen as it was when we bought our house was very blah.  The layout was nice, the cabinets provided a great amount of space, the island was equally appealing, and the corner pantry storage sealed deal.  On the down side, the colors washed out the entire space, the linoleum countertops were gauged by someone without a cutting board or a care, and working appliances were sparse.  The fridge was shot and the smell said that it had been that way for quite awhile.  The oven had a couple of working burners – 3 out of 4 isn’t bad, right?  The microwave’s life ended when someone cut the cord and then took a few of the buttons off the dishwasher – perhaps as a memento.  The garbage disposal shook the entire countertop and emitted the sounds of a groaning monster.  The faucet and sink leaked, but that was to be expected.  After a little tweaking to the faucet, we could only get hot or cold water with nothing in between.  The only way to shut off the water was to wiggle the handle into one little sweet spot, so it wouldn’t drip.  Then, the day came where the handle just completely fell off when I turned on the water and turning it off became an even bigger problem.  Oops.

kitchen sink and dishwasher before

Everything has to go, including the kitchen sink!

The floor was vinyl and had been cut out, patched, and re-glued as if it were tile.  As if no one would notice, right?  It spread from our kitchen into a dining space and was definitely on our list of things that had to go.

vinyl floor patch

Just like tile, right?  The suspense as to what is under there is killing me. 

From the dining area, we have an extra sunroom bumped off the back of our house that was separated by a brass strip and brown carpeting.  This is one of my favorite spaces in the house, but it is quite divided with the carpeting.  The goal would be to turn these rooms into a cohesive, cozy space for relaxing and entertaining.

kitchen dining room and bumpout before


Stay tuned to watch our first demo/reno unfold!

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A Handbag by CitaD’Elle

Today I stumbled on to the lovely Etsy shop, CitaD’Elle and have been completely enthralled with this beautiful bag.   Handmade with Italian leather, the bag is reversible with color blocking on both sides.  I personally love the pops of color and the zippered pockets on the front!  Shop owner Sorina offers a diverse collection of modern handbag styles.  You will surely find something you love!

il_570xN.578956393_g5x5CitaDElle Leather Handbag

See the bag here!

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WISE STYLE: Warm Up in Vintage Coats

You know it’s cold outside when 34 degrees starts to feel more like fleece jacket weather.  The other day in Maryland we were taunted with 70 degree weather, followed by another day in the 20s with a windchill making it more like -3.  I’m not sure that there’s much that will keep you warm, but at least you can be stylish in vintage wool coats with fur trim.  I used to live in Charleston, SC and at that time I complained that I missed the cold and the snow.  Now that I’m scraping ice off my windshield and wearing snow boots regularly, the tables have turned.  The grass is always greener, right?



The ensemble:  a vintage wool coat borrowed from The Brass Giraffe, Diba boots, tights, and a vintage gold, Jade ring coming soon to The Brass Giraffe.


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