If you’ve been following along with me on Pinterest, then you may have noticed an increasing trend in pinning interior design — especially kitchens. I’ve been kitchen crazy lately, as that is the first project that we have decided to tackle in our new home! Our goals are to invest in new (working) appliances, hardwood floors instead of scratched up vinyl, painted cabinets, and some type of new counter top to replace one which was severely abused over the years. Dear new kitchen, I promise we will treat you well. Here are some of my inspirations.
Subway tiles for a backsplash and a fancy pantry door. This kitchen is from the blog Chris Loves Julia and is quite similar to the layout of ours.
This one is just for fun. I love the pop of color among the dark wall color, but I highly doubt pink cabinetry will fly with my man. Also, I’m not sure how that would work out in our small space for resale value in the future. You may be thinking, “Why worry about resale value? They just bought their house!” Well, my friends, I’m only painting cabinets once, so it better be perfect the first time around. Trends come and go, so we’re going a more traditional route.
Want to see more? Take a peak at our Interior Design: Kitchens Board. Decisions, decisions… I’ll keep you updated and stay tuned for a preview of what we’re working with.
It has been said that how you spend your New Year’s Eve will dictate the rest of the year. Is this really true? I have no idea, but if so I am certain that my fellow and I are set for a new adventure. On December 30th, we closed on our very first house! After a year and a half of house hunting (or more – I eventually lost track), we are officially homeowners! Time to prepare to spend most weekends at the nearest hardware store.
On New Year’s Eve, we rang in 2014 in our empty house with a bottle of champagne and some good ol’ clorox cleaner. It was absolutely perfect. Just before midnight, we replaced our scrub brushes with champagne flutes, toasted to our new home, and began to envision all of the little design details and do-it-yourself projects we have in store for the future.
Here we are on our front porch, among the overgrown trees. Those guys really need some work, come spring. We have big plans for our home and have already started some much needed updating. I hope you’ll follow along as I document our design ideas and room transformations. It’s currently a blank slate and we can’t wait to make into a warm house filled with love, laughter, and cheer.
Mini Pumpkin Tree
Fall Floral Arrangement
Fall florals are my favorites. (Say that 5 times fast!) I love the combination of yellows, oranges, and greens. This year was the first time I ever came across these tiny pumpkin trees. Never in my life have I seen anything like it! A few other people said the same thing. This arrangement is comprised of two bouquets from Trader Joe’s: the pumpkin trees and another containing a sunflower, orange daisies, a few sprigs of dried wheat, and lots of greenery. In a vase, combine your sets of flowers and space your pumpkin trees throughout. Place it on your window sill or in the middle of your kitchen table to add some Autumn seasonal charm to your home.
When initially making your arrangement, cut flower stems on an angle under running water. Keep your arrangement fresh by changing the water every couple of days. If it starts looking murky, change it and recut the ends of the flowers. I usually only mix in half of the packet of “flower food” to start and then use the rest when I refresh the water. I’ve also heard that an aspirin tablet dissolved in water or a little dash of vodka will have the same effect. It seems that the flowers tend to perk up after a little cocktail.
What do you do to keep your flowers fresh?