This kitchen has made me a homebody. I want to spend all of my days curled up at the dining table with a cup of hot tea and my laptop. Bliss. We changed the ENTIRE layout of this kitchen. There was a wall between the dining room and kitchen (where that little 24" wall is next to the open shelves is). There were two peninsulas (one where the current one is, and one to the right of the sink). It was a small, crowded, dysfunctional U-shaped kitchen. Where the fridge is now, there was a door leading outside, with a second postage-stamp sized dining space (why?). Along with reworking the layout, we added TONS of windows. (All source links gathered at bottom of post!)
On Instagram last week, we chatted a little about our travel philosophy - about how we like to pack our days with activity rather than simply sitting on the beach. Typically when we travel, we leave our hotel first thing in the morning, and return late at night. We try to fill our days with activity, and often embark on “day trips” to other locales within a few hours of our hotel (like the time we went to AZ and did Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon in 3 days 😂).
Our master bathroom is officially done! More than anything, we were thrilled to say goodbye to the dingy yellow tile and dated tile countertops. We preserved the original mid-century light fixtures (which I've loved since the first time we walked through the home); everything else was replaced. This bathroom was an enormous project (lots of demo!), but the final product was well worth it. We love the light and airy feel, fun patterns, and ample storage, which is something we've not always had.
When I posted some sneak peaks of our lighting selections yesterday on Instagram, y'all were asking for links. So, here we are! This is everything we have ordered for the new house (so far, still have a hefty shopping list to tackle)! I have expensive taste (don't we all?). With specific things in mind, I scoured the Internet to find matte black and brass finishes at reasonable prices. Click on each image for link. Enjoy!
Okay, so I am resurrecting this post from 2017 as you have been asking for a link to our scratch off map! We have had this map since we got married, and always look forward to scratching off a new state!
One of the greatest blessings in my life is having a wife who is down to try new things, and do so on a whim, when feasible. Naturally, when I pitched a wild 16 day road trip to her, about two weeks prior to our potential departure and she didn’t write me off as crazy-- it only reaffirmed that I married the coolest person out there.
After showing her on a whiteboard (see below) my thorough, bizarre transcription of what the trip would entail in thorough detail, she agreed it was the trip of a lifetime. When I told her it could be done under $1,850 for all lodging and food she was MUCH more interested. (We are fortunate enough to have free gas via a company car).
If you have been following along on insta stories, you know that a lot happened at the reno last week! We got cabinets installed, light fixtures up, and began flooring installation in both bathrooms! Believe it or not, I wanted until this week to finalize the master bathroom design! I was paralyzed with indecision when it came to the tub surround tile. Every day, I would stop by the house just to STARE at the bathroom trying to determine which tile to use. Finally, a friend sat down with me and lent an ear. She graciously listen to the entire, over dramatic process. I explained ALL the options, and how I began wanting one thing, and then talked myself into something entirely different. She gave me some tough love and told me chose, providing thoughtful input along the way. Here is a brief explanation :