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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

kitchen colors, materials and decor!

Here's a peek at a few of the elements we plan to use in our kitchen.

The countertop is granite in Kashmir White.  With our lower cabinets being a dark grey and the upper cabinets white, I think this counter will tie the two colors together. 
And that fabric? I'm planning to sew it into a roman shade for over the sink.  I think I paid $3.00-$4.00 a yard for it.  Got to love those remnant bins!
I want to install the light fixture you see in here above the sink.  It came out of a local Quaker Oats Factory and only cost me $20.00 thanks to Craigslist.

And then there's this little piece of pottery.

It came from an amazing pottery/gift shop on Ocracoke Island. We spent part of our honeymoon there and Cameron bought it for me.  I was showing it to him last night (it's been packed away while renovating) and he asked me if there was only one.  When I reminded him of how poor we were when we took that trip, he laughed and said he was surprised that he even bought anything!
Needless to say, I'm pretty attached to this bowl and can't wait to have a spot on our open shelving to display it.  I also love that the color works perfectly with the window fabric. Yes, I get excited about those little details!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Exterior progress and plans

It almost looks better without any siding then it did with the old siding.  It was in pretty rough shape!

We finished tearing it off and cleaning it up yesterday. Cameron wouldn't let me near the ladder.  I guess that's not allowed when you're pregnant!

Now we're hoping that the weather cooperates until we can get the new siding up.

This image below is our inspiration for the new overhang we're going to install. 


The original one we had was closed in and felt too heavy.  I like how the one here is open and that the wood brings in some warmth.  It should provide a nice contrast to our grey trim. 
We may build a pergola in front of our window as well since the direct sunlight that comes though there is so bright. This will help diffuse the light and add some dimension to the front of the house.
Still so much work to do!
Monday, June 13, 2011

New and improved!

You may notice that when I post anything about our house, it tends to do with either construction projects or decorating that I would like to do in the future. It doesn't make much sense to put money into decorative things until the basics are in-cabinetry, flooring, trim, doors, etc.   
Imagine my excitement when we made an exception to that this weekend!

During a quick visit to TJMAXX on Friday, I took a stroll though their lighting section and crossed paths with this deal:

A Ralph Lauren Home chandelier that retails for $470.00, marked down to $50.00!  I quickly scooped it up, put it on hold and waited until Cameron got home from work.  At that kind of price, he didn't even need any convincing. His only request was that it be installed right away to avoid having it damaged with all the renovating chaos that goes on in this house.  I didn't have a problem with that idea!

It's the perfect size for our stairwell.  The ceiling here is really high and so to get the proportions right, the light fixture needed to be pretty big. 

We also opted for a large Edison style bulb, since the regular ones would look silly in this fixture.

In the future, it would be fun to change it out with one of these from School House Electric:

Installing this light wasn't the easiest task, but we managed to get it up without any incidents. Our house was built in 1890, and you know how old houses tend to have narrow and very steep staircases!
Here's how the "ladder" was set up:

Cameron stood on the chair to hook up the wiring while I was standing on the plywood holding the fixture in place.  Not something I would recommend trying at home!

Anyways, I'm happy to have one fixture go from this:

To this:

A little improvement, wouldn't you agree?
Friday, June 10, 2011

Kitchen Drawings

In January I posted these inspiration boards to give you an idea of the look we're going for in the kitchen.  It looks like we may actually start making some of this a reality next month!  
This week we ironed out the final details for the cabinet layout.  Here are the drawings that show you how the room will be laid out.  Keep in mind it's a pretty small kitchen. We've been living with a "temporary" set up since we moved into the house. All our current (hand-me-down) appliances are located where the new ones will be in the finished kitchen which gave me a good idea of how the final set up would feel. Even without any counter space or cabinets yet, I can tell it will be an efficient kitchen when it's all said and done.

I'll be sure to share all the progress next month!
Thursday, June 09, 2011

The scoop

It's been awfully quiet on this little blog of mine! I suppose an update of sorts would help explain why.
Here's what the last 6 + months have looked like around these parts:

What does a car have to do with our house?? Well nothing except that it ate up most evenings and weekends since December!
Before Cameron finished school and started working as an engineer, he ran a body shop from home.  This was the last project he had commited to and at some point it had to get it done. 
Hours and hours of time and effort went into taking it from this:

To this:

I tend to willingly offer my help get dragged into these projects. More for the moral support then actual help, I think.

But finally, it's back to work on our house! Siding is being ripped off and hauled away making way for new siding(it's been sitting in our garage for months!).

We decided to use an engineered wood siding called SmartSide in a light grey finish.

All of the trim will be a nice crisp white for a modern and fresh look on this very old house. The overhang above the door will be replaced with something a little nicer. And, if I can talk someone into it, the front door will be painted a crazy, bold color. 

Inside, there has been some activity too! My inlaws took pity on us and have spent many evenings at our place mudding and taping while we worked away on the car. Bless their hearts!
At this point, any sort of progress is a very good thing since there'll be another addition added to our home in September!