Prairie Days Design

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Friday, 9 October 2015

a little look alike...

Happy Friday! This week has been a bit crazy for us. It's really starting to feel like fall around here, and the days seem to be getting shorter, literally and figuratively. The sun isn't sticking around and it feels like we get nothing done in the evenings! We have accomplished a few things in the kitchen, and I'll catch you up on that next week. It's really starting to look more complete now!
Steve and I are hosting thanksgiving for my side of the family this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it! It'll be our first big get together since having a functioning kitchen! I am heading to my mom's tonight to make a few pies as I really want to carry on the tradition... my grandma ALWAYS made pies. Thursday night dinner? Sure, lets make three pies. I may never get to that point, but I definitely want to keep the tradition alive for special occasions! Next I'll have to learn how to make her special birthday cake....that one might take a little bit more practice!

Anyway, on this Friday before a long weekend, I thought I would share with you a little look alike... as it's been awhile!
I am currently in love with paint techniques. I love only painting portions of walls, or painting shapes etc. and so when I saw this paint carried up the wall onto the ceiling and sort of acting as an extended head board, I fell in love. I love the basic backdrop that this room has with splashes of colors in all the accents. It's such a simple design but it has a big impact. I am really hoping that kilim never goes out of style either, because by the time I can afford a beautiful kilim rug, it might just be!

Now without further adieu, here is the their version...

and here is mine.....

**bed**curtains**rug**pillow**sconce**bench**side table**

Happy Turkey eating!! And if you are anything like Steve, you will be laying on the couch regretting that third helping in no time!

Friday, 2 October 2015

a sigh of relief...

I want to start by thanking you all so much for your feedback on our small kitchen catastrophe! I also want to apologize to anyone that knows me for only ever talking about our kitchen... I swear someday I will have a life that does not revolve around it! I am also happy to report that you can all breathe a sigh of relief for us. We received all of our kitchen products and there was only one small issue... one of our corner cabinets was damaged during shipping. To our surprise, we had no issues returning it and getting a new one shipped right away.
Today, I wanted to share with you our little countertop problem. As you know, we had issues with the measurements when we originally did the design plan. HOWEVER, this has nothing really to do with the countertop being about 3 feet short. Yes that is correct. We may have been off in our measurements by an inch or so, but the countertop was short almost 3... full.... feet... = not impressed. Let me elaborate....

We decided that we would butt our countertops together, instead of doing a nice corner edge... mostly because it was a lot simpler that way. Whether we had done it this way or not, we still would have been short. When Steve finished his last cut, he realized that we did not have a full length piece to finish off the last 3 feet of counter space...

not one full piece... we had two cut off pieces however, that still would have left us a couple inches short. AGAIN, NOT IMPRESSED. So, back to IKEA we went. No one wants ugly, unnecessary joints in their countertop... (first world problem, i know!!) So, we very politely, talked to a manager at IKEA and explained that even if they had given us enough length wise, we’d have a couple unnecessary joints... that would look ugly and unprofessional. They screwed up and should have given us another 6ft length of butcher block. After only a little bit of deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we would pay for the extra piece, as we would have had to if THEY had measured correctly in the first place... but that we would NOT pay for shipping. Why did we refuse to pay for shipping? Because it cost almost as much as the 6ft piece we needed!! CRAZY!

So, sometime in the near future we should have the rest of the countertop, and then we will finish filling the edges. In the meantime, I spent a good portion of time sanding and oiling with Ikea’s recommended oil. Not the best method in the world... so I started researching other methods and stumbled upon this post from “House Tweaking”. Once the new piece is put in place, I will be sanding down the top again and using this method. It honestly sounds SO much easier! I’ll keep you posted on how THAT goes!

Between receiving our last shipment and waiting for the rest of the countertop, we have been busy trying to finish up the lower cabinets. It's a very slow process as we are just working on everything when we have a few spare hours, so we get very small sections done at a time. We have officially put all of the doors on the lower cabinets and the pantry...

Putting the doors on really relieved a LOT of stress for me... because... I was able to..... PUT STUFF AWAY!!!!! It had been almost 7 weeks of having EVERYTHING from our old kitchen sitting in boxes or loose in our living room. I GOT MY LIVING ROOM BACK!! Do you know how much weight was lifted off my shoulders after this?? I am a cleanly, organized person and I also like routine... This was not happy living for me! Now I can clean the living room... I can sit and watch TV without ten boxes blocking my view... I can go to the cupboard and grab a bag of chips... I mean wheat thins... without having to sift through a box of 500 spices and paper plates. It’s the little things in life, truly!!

The bottom cabinets just need pulls and handles, and then we need to put in the “filler” pieces in the spaces that you see there. Then the kick plate goes on and....... well we still have lots to do, but it’s useable... that’s what really matters to me! This week we have been working on the upper cabinets and hopfully this weekend I will be able to put doors on and then EVERYTHING will have a home again!!

This means that we are getting so close to the "decor" stage of this renovation and I’m getting very excited! I am going to be priming the "hospital green" walls very soon and then it's time for a proper paint color. I think I have decided to go with a neutral color on the walls so that accents can be the stand out pieces. I’m trying to decide on a grey... I don’t want it to be too silver... maybe one of these??


All of our kitchen utensils are very bright in color, so that'll add a punch and I plan on putting fun, bright prints up on the walls. Something along these lines...

kitchen print set

But for now, we will continue to slowly put everything together .... and I know that i’m jumping the gun a bit, but can we please take a quick look back at what our kitchen looked like before??

Can you believe it? We are almost home... almost living in OUR home.. not just occupying someone else’s... and that....feels...AMAZING!

If you would like to catch up on the rest of our kitchen renovation...the ups and the downs... start here!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

i still shed a few tears when i think about it....

If you want to sit back and relax with me today, I will tell you the story of how I lost all of my marbles and had a slight break down (an adult temper tantrum) because our kitchen took a turn for the worst. I mean it is better now, but I was really struggling to see the good that could be for awhile. One Friday night, I came home to what I was hoping would be a semi-complete kitchen. Instead I found just two cabinet boxes hanging on the wall. Now, I am not blaming Steve for this one at all, it’s not his fault... well it’s partially OUR fault and partially IKEA’s fault. So here we go. (A part of me still gets super sad and angry when I talk about this)!!!

Upon further inspection, we discovered that our initial measurements were off on the kitchen... not a huge deal right? We can make this work. But after MUCH deliberation, we discovered that the upper cabinets WOULD NOT WORK AT ALL! I was only slightly horrified. I figured a quick trip to Ikea, return the ones that we aren’t using and buy new and we’re home free. NOT that easy. As we discovered and I’m sure most people already knew, the AKURUM Ikea kitchen was discontinued (we knew that part), but what we didn’t know was that they would no longer be ordering it for us from the store either. Enter freak-out mode. What we also discovered and did not know is that the new Sektion kitchen is not compatible with Ikea’s old Akurum kitchen.... this is the first time Ikea has ever done this. Enter REAL freakout mode.
I seriously lost my shit at this point. I was hysterical and thinking that we just spent all this money on a new kitchen and now what, we have to start from scratch? Buy all new? And we can’t even return what we have?! All worst case scenarios were going through my head (Steve does not like this trait). After much deliberation, we decided that we would call Ikea head office in the morning and see what they could do for us. There might still be a possibility that we could order new upper cabinets from SOMEWHERE! PLEASE!!

So we get up real early Saturday and we go over and figure out exactly what we need in order to make this kitchen work, thus the pictures that i'm showing you.. We hung all the uppers that we had and tried to figure out what we could keep and what sizes we needed etc. THEN as we are deliberating, I happen to look at the lower cabinet door fronts.
Insert slight back track here: When originally going over our design at Ikea, we had hummed and hawed about doing all white or doing dark lower cabinets and white upper cabinets...and I was pretty sure we had decided on dark lowers and white uppers. However, when I started assembling the base units for the cabinets, they were all white. So I assumed we had decided last minute to do all white... safer option, right? forward to last weekend...and we find that the lower doors are all black brown .... WHAT THE #$%@!?

ugly cry

That was it... that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I almost gave up and was at the point where I just wanted to go to the bank, take out a loan, hire a kitchen expert and get them to rip out all that we had done and start from scratch. THAT’S how frustrated and angry and truly sad I was. How could Ikea let us walk out of there with white boxes and black brown doors? Another sidenote: I do not dislike Ikea, I love them. I think they have great products for those of us who are on a tight budget but still want our homes to look great! I do however, not like the “big company” feel that they have. They don’t seem to be looking out for the little guy, and you are all on your own. The risk is yours, even if you are spending gobs of money with them! THAT I do not like. But then, someone restores my faith all over again....

And now i'm just showing you progress shots because it makes me happier!

Saturday morning, after finding out that the door fronts were all wrong as well, we figure what the hell, if we can manage to order the top cabinets from somewhere, might as well throw in new bottom door fronts as well... in WHITE! So Steve makes the call, and of course the first person we get is unwilling to help us at all... and my heart sinks. But in my infinite wisdom/experience with today’s society, I tell him to call back and maybe he’ll get someone who IS willing to help us... and low and behold... we get the nicest guy in the world (or at least he was to me in that moment!) He was able to order us everything that we needed, and said it would ship out in two weeks...

Now I am not jumping for joy yet, but the stress level has definitely gone down a notch or two. I will not be happy until everything arrives, it is correct, and we can start reassembling our kitchen... again. For now, we have installed all the lower cabinets (sans doors) and the pantry. We are slowly oiling our countertop (which was also short but that’s another story for another day), and getting the appliances put back into place. Until all those cabinets come, not much else can be done. But it’s almost usable and for that, I am VERY grateful! Crisis almost averted...crisis hopefully averted.... I will keep you posted and let you know if I can relax or if I will most certainly have a heart attack when the shipment arrives... cross your fingers for me, would ya!?

Friday, 18 September 2015

book report

August was a slow reading month for me, but I managed to sneak in a couple of really good reads! The first book I finished was A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett. This book... wow.

A House in the Sky is a memoir about a young woman from Alberta, Canada. She grew up in a small town and always wanted more, always wondered what else there was out in the world. She began to travel and eventually ended up as a war reporter in Somalia. She and a fellow traveler were eventually kidnapped and held hostage for 460 days. 460 days... it boggled my mind when I first read it and it still boggles my mind now. How she managed to survive still astounds me. It is definitely worth a read, and if you are anything like me, you will learn to appreciate all that you have and you will give your loved ones a little extra squeeze when you hug them goodnight.

The other book that I read was called Family Pictures by Jane Green. This book started off a touch slow, and I honestly had no idea what it was really going to be about. Once you get passed part 1, it gets really good. Like don't really want to put it down good. Not in a suspenseful type way, but more in a what will they do now way...

This story is about two families who meet under very odd circumstances and have to learn how to overcome the unthinkable, and find the good in life again. It's a very easy read, but a very heartwarming read too. I recommend it as a great beach read... or Sunday afternoon, cuddle up on the couch, read.

Have you read any good books lately? Next on my list is A Girl on a Train... finally!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

wanna stay?

I feel like I'm channeling Emily Henderson with this design... If you don't know who she is... you should likely check her out and then you'll see what I mean! LOVE HER!

Anway, I've really been into the dark moody colors lately, so I thought I'd try my hand at something completely different, and I came up with this...

When I am planning out a room design, I like to find one item that I truly love and go from there. It helps me to have one thing to work around, whether it be a painting or a bed.. doesn't much matter! In this room? Clearly it was that bed. It's velvet... can you get any cozier and regal than that? Seriously. It mostly just reminds me of my Grandma and all her velour track suits she would wear. She made them classy and I freakin miss that velour maven!
To go along with this BE A UTIFUL bed, which I could have absolutely made appear much more regal, I pared chambray curtains. These curtains relax the room and give it a much more comfortable appeal. Throw in a plant and the relaxation level goes up another ten notches! Now, may I please comment on the beautiful dresser? It's a new piece from West Elm and it's what my dreams are made of. Rustic and modern all balled up into one beautiful piece. If only I were made of money and my home had five hundred rooms that I could decorate and use fabulous pieces like this. If I bought another dresser I think Steve might actually have me committed. We have three sitting in our basement that are not in use already! Someday.. that's what I keep telling him... and myself...

**bed**plant**curtains**sconce**carpe diem**chevron pillow**lattice pillow**dresser**

Sunday, 13 September 2015

it's looking like real progress now...

Since I last updated you on our kitchen progress, we have had a major hiccup... one that included a lot of swearing, some tears (on my part!), and a few lengthy phone conversations.

First, let me back track a touch. The flooring is in! It took a couple of days, but it's in and it looks great and it's made a huge difference! It's nice to have something under foot to actually walk on with bare feet again! I was getting a touch sick of wearing shoes every time I wanted to walk over the kitchen floor. If you have been following along, you know that replacing the flooring was not actually on our to do list (read more about that here). However, now that we have done it, I am really happy that we did! This kitchen is finally starting to feel like us and not ... like a 1970's hospital!
The flooring was relatively easy to install, that being said, I forgot to take pictures of Steve and his dad gluing the tiles down, but it was very similar to tiling with mortar. First, they put down new subflooring, sanded it down and filled in the cracks with a type of wood filler. Then they slowly applied the glue for the tiles in small sections and troweled it out like mortar. Then they placed the tiles down, turning them 90 degrees each time.... and then it looked like this....

Then it was time for grout. For vinyl tiles, you have to use a sanded acrylic grout.... instead of cement grout which is used for ceramic tile. It was applied the same way though.

It took us an entire evening to grout, which I thought was pretty good! It was a lot of work, but it went relatively smoothly. Definitely needed two people though! I basically ran up and down the stairs dumping buckets of grout water all night!

The finished product was perfect. Truly. It brightens up the room so much and it feel great under foot. We still have to clean the tile of any excess grout, but that will be one of the last things that we do. Finishing the flooring really got us motivated to finish the rest of the kitchen! Minus the hiccup... which i'll fill you in on next time... For now, I'll leave you with this little sneak peak! Happy Monday!

Friday, 4 September 2015's September...

Where did August go? I know we only say this because it's summer, and we know that the white stuff is going to start flying soon, but seriously...where did August go? Maybe I missed it because all we've been doing is kitchen, kitchen, kitchen! As much as i'm going to miss the beautiful summer weather, I am looking forward to some bonfires, chunky sweaters, and.... a kitchen that works. Too much kitchen talk? Well good news, i'm taking my mind off of the kitchen by pining over amazing finds on Etsy. Pine with me, won't you?

1. I always have to include at least one throw pillow. I love the simplicity of this one.

2. This shop on Etsy has fabulous prints. They are so bright and literally feel like they are giving me energy when I look at them. I am picturing in a nursery, or a little girls room. Or in my bathroom?! Ok, could pretty much put these prints anywhere.. LOVE!

3. Brass, i'm still on the brass band wagon. It's so gorgeous and i'd really like to add some to our home, and something like this would be a super simple way to do this! More greenery and more brass is never a bad thing in a home!

4. Furniture...on amazing. They have such a selection now and I always love me some wood and metal mixed furniture. I was drawn to these stools for their bases. There's something funky and modern yet simple and rustic about them. That combination always bodes well with me!

5. Please visit this Etsy shop and just try and tell me that their pieces don't make you smile! I bet you can't do it!

6. I am on a bit of a plant kick since I bought my first one this summer. Yes, you heard me correct, I bought my first plant this summer. I have never been known to have a green thumb, but I wanted to bring life into our house, and I'd love to add a little bit more in a tiny form like this... seems like I'd be able to handle taking care of something this small and cute!

7. A simple, chic magazine rack. I'd like to try my hand at making one just like this someday, but in case you are like me and never actually get around to doing what you think you can do, go to this shop and buy this one (just like i'll likely end up doing)!

8. Now, this is technically an actual first aid box, but I would most definitely use it for anything... keys, jewelry, pom poms, snacks.. you name it!

9. Another super simple, but freaking awesome print. So incredibly simple but gives up such a fun vibe!

10. Concrete.. my love affair continues. This time I'm taking it to the bathroom.


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

it's coming along...

A month of chaos! That's what our house is all about right now. I always wonder how the hell people do renovations with kids! I know that it will all be worth it when it's done, but right now, I cannot WAIT to get my house back in order and start working on the little projects that I thought were big projects! I feel like we can accomplish anything now! Ok maybe a slight exaggeration, but renovations are nuts and stressful and exciting, but a LOT of work.

Now let me catch you up on what we have accomplished so far. We decided to strip more of the drywall than we had originally thought. We decided to do things right. Drywall is not expensive, so we ripped all the drywall that was behind all the cupboards and replaced it with "water resistant" drywall.

Before we put the drywall up though, we (and by we I mean Steve) reworked some of the electrical. There were numerous switches that we did not know what they did. There were open wires just protruding from the wall and there were also phone jacks and outlets that were in ridiculous spots. SO, we got rid of the light switch that was hooked up to the dishwasher... yes you heard me correctly. We got rid of the light switch that we legitimately had no idea what it did. We also moved some wiring so that we could put sconces up on either side of the bay window.... which I am VERY excited about!

Once the electrical was complete, Steve hung the drywall and a friend of ours came by and did the mudding and taping! Steve is a very handy guy, as I have said many times before, however I have officially found one thing that he cannot do... mud and tape drywall. It's a good thing that's not why I married him ;)

The mudding and taping took a touch longer than we had anticipated, but that's what you get when you call on a friend instead of a professional... and we wouldn't have it any other way! While waiting on drywall, we went and picked out flooring. This was a touch more difficult than I had thought it would be. We had to pick something that wouldn't take too long to order in, which narrowed our choices a touch. We knew we didn't want ceramic tile, because we wanted something very durable and with our luck, we'd lay the tile and chip one within a matter of days. We then wondered if there was any possibility at all that we could get the same laminate wood flooring that the previous owners had put in the living room. They only left us one box, but we thought it was worth a shot to see if we could get more. No such luck. We looked at vinyl after that and nothing at all was catching our eye... there is still some very ugly ass vinyl flooring out there!

We were feeling a touch discouraged when we came across another couple just like us... and they were looking at vinyl tile. I have to admit that I did not know such a thing existed.. but it's actually quite brilliant! It looks like ceramic, but it's not nearly as cold, and you grout it like ceramic, but it's much more durable! We picked a very light grey...

I cannot wait to see how it turns out! It's a touch lighter than we had originally wanted, but I think the texture will work. We had to get a little extra too because we eventually want to change up the flooring in the entry way as well as down the stairs so that there aren't three different types of flooring as soon as you walk in our house! The entry is a ceramic tile and the stairs are covered in the old kitchen vinyl... We are slowly trying to pare down the different types of flooring that go all throughout our house! But maybe that's another post all on it's own ;)

As I speak the flooring is being laid out and grouting will happen soon and then the next step is the cabinets! You have NO idea how pumped I am. Seriously. I might get my kitchen back in a week! MIGHT!

Monday, 24 August 2015

to brighten up your monday...

Well folks, it's Monday again! We had a quiet weekend around our parts... not much got accomplished with the kitchen, but i'll have an update for you later this week! It's still not overly exciting, but good things are really close on the horizon! For now though, I have designed a beautiful bathroom for you. It's really starting to feel like fall around these parts, so I wanted to design a bathroom that still feels like summer! I am big on floral prints lately. They are so classic and yet have become so modern! I love when old feels new and beautiful again! I hope this brightens your Monday up a bit! Enjoy!

**shower curtain**towels**carpe diem**sconce**antlers**faucet**tub**

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

book report...

I’ve been on another roll lately and have a few books to share with you! It always makes me laugh when I talk to Steve about reading. He always ALWAYS says to me, I don’t understand how you can read so fast and get through so many books so quickly... like are you even reading them? or are you just skimming everything. To which I always ALWAYS respond... babe, i LIKE to read and therefore I practice a lot and just get better at it all the time. and the more into a book I am, the quicker I seem to read it which sometimes makes me mad because sometimes I don’t want it to end! It’s like a series finale of your favorite TV show. It’s depressing when it’s finally come to an end and you know that’s it! Sometimes I want to know what the rest of their life looks like! Where do they go from here? What do they do? Anyway, enough rambling... actually speaking of rambling... a couple of friends and I will be starting a book club in the very near future... our first pick is House in the Sky by Amanda Lindholt and Sara Corbett. I am really looking forward to reading more, talking about books and being able to visit on a regular basis with a couple girlfriends. Isn’t it amazing the things that seem to excite you as you get older?! Frankly, I love it!
Now, without further ado, here are my most recent summer reads...

Safe With Me – Amy Hatvany: This is actually the second book by this author that I have read recently. She writes very well and I find them very easy books to get into and stay interested in. No outlandish topics or story lines, but she definitely keeps you hooked. This one is about two mothers who come to be friends through rather extraordinary circumstances. It is a good example of how your actions can speak louder than words and the people that they can affect without you even knowing it! Definitely worth a read if you are off to the lake for the weekend!

Outside The Lines – Amy Hatvany: This was the first book by this author that i read actually, and it really got to me. It was a really good look into the minds of people with mental disease and how it affects them and the people around them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and what it had to offer. Probably my favorite of the two!

Every Fifteen Minutes – Lisa Scottoline: I am on the fence about this author. I have read a couple of her books that I have really liked and I’ve actually dropped a couple half way through because I just can't get into it. If I had read this book anywhere but the lake I might have also dropped it half way through, but it was after the half way mark that it started to really get good! The ending was not what I expected at all. It was about a psychologist who tries to help a young boy struggling through life. He gets sucked into a world that he never expected to be sucked into but he stands strong in his appeal to help the young boy when others seem to give up on him. In the end, the good guys win and the bad guys get caught... you just really get a surprise as to who the bad guys are!

I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai: This book... THIS BOOK. I read this book in two days. I don't normally love biographies, but this one tugged at my heart strings and it gave me a new perspective on a part of the world that, I have to admit, I've ignored. In case you are sometimes oblivious to the outside world like I am, here's a quick background. Malala was a student and frankly and activist in Pakistan, and she was eventually shot by the Taliban for speaking her mind and fighting for her education. Did I mention she was shot in the head? and she survived? It's really an incredible story and sometimes it's hard to believe that it's being written by a child. She is truly wise beyond her years and she might just give you a new outlook on life. I would love to get more into depth on the background of the story, but it tends to get me rather heated and angry about a very touchy subject, so I will leave it alone. But if you find yourself feeling down on your luck, pick up this book and it might just make you realize that you don't have it so rough! Highly recommend!!

What are you currently reading?! I'd love some suggestions!

Monday, 17 August 2015

it's really happening...

**Sidenote: I have been quiet lately and with good reason. My grandmother... a strong, loving, caring, stubborn, pie making machine of a woman has passed away. For me, when life happens like this, I step back and re-evaluate what is important in my life and frankly, the blog takes a backseat. My main focus now is to spend time with my family. However, I still want to do what makes me happy...blogging. Slowly i'll get back into the swing of things around here. Sidenote over**

Well folks, if you follow me on Instagram, you will notice that we finally took the plunge. Our outdated kitchen is gone. No more orange plexiglass inserts, no more linoleum countertop, no more dark oak staring me in the face. It’s all gone... all that’s left? Some plywood on the floor and some really bad green paint on the walls! Now for those of you who may just be joining me here on the old blogosphere, here is a before picture of our lovely 1970’s kitchen...

Not horrible, right? But, definitely not our style. I talked about how we came to decide on an entire kitchen renovation here... and now it’s really happening, almost a year later! But that’s life, right? Sometimes shit just takes a back seat to the more important things!
Now I must admit that I have not done much work so far, Steve and his fabulous dad have been doing all the hard work! I removed everything from the kitchen and it’s currently taken up residence in our living room (which drives me nuts), and then, the demolition started. They took out the old cabinets and countertop carefully so that we can possibly sell them. They are in really good shape and would work perfect for someone’s cottage! Or hell, even if someone wanted to put the work into painting them and putting new hardware on for their home! So if you know anyone looking for cabinetry, please send them our way!

After the boys removed all of the cabinetry, we ran into two relatively small problems. Ok, the one problem cost us a new floor, but the other is small and that is truly such a relief! When you open up any room, especially a kitchen, you just never know what you might find! We had a little bit of mold in one outside corner of the room... that’s the little problem. We will simply cut out that section of drywall (hope that there are no issues with the insulation behind it) and re- drywall that patch. The problem that cost us new flooring? At one point, the old home owners had a leak in their dishwasher, which went under the cabinets surrounding it. Our flooring was vinyl and was laid on top of particle board, which was on top of the subfloor. The particle board swelled from the water, thus creating a bump in the flooring (and another possible mold issue)! So we cut our losses and just ripped up the flooring as well. It’s not a huge space, so flooring won’t be the end of the world, but it was an expense that we were not expecting. And now that we are doing the kitchen floor? Well we have to do the entry and down the stairs into the basement, otherwise we would have three different types of flooring in that one area, and there are far too many types of flooring in our home as it is!
All in all, I am really happy with how everything is going so far. No major issues makes for a fantastic renovation in my books! We will be looking at flooring options soon, then we need to get some drywall patched up and mudded and taped and then it will be my turn to do some priming and painting... slowly but surely we will get there and I cannot wait! I can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel right now, but I know I will soon!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

color vibes...

Mustard... not my favorite condiment, but definitely one of my favorite colors currently! There is quite a bit of it throughout my home, and i'm sure there will be more someday. I think it's under appreciated, to be honest. Mustard can actually go with so many other colors and it works great in many different eras of design. My very favorite era it's used most commonly in? Mid-century modern.... drool. I mean seriously... please tell me you don't love those chairs in the bottom left corner as much as I do... double drool.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

where to start...(office inspiration)

Our office... ..... .... I don’t know where to begin... I love having an office space, but I rarely use it... why?? Well it’s in our basement for one. Two, it’s very un inspiring. So what’s my plan? Make it inspiring!! It has hoards of storage, but not the most useful storage. I HATE the countertop, so it might just get a paint job for now? Have you ever painted a counter? Pinterest research it is!! I also want to take down the “box” situation that would have housed a very old computer. That is just unnecessary and I’d like to put some boards up maybe? Inspiration boards?
I really need to use this space more and just turn off the tv and sit and write, that’s the ultimate plan. Oh and the floor in here... UGH. If i knew for sure that i could rip up this carpet without there being a pile of glue stuck to the cement floor, i’d do it. But my fear is that it will not come up clean. I’d just paint the floor in there and maybe put a rug down! Where did one get such dark, rather ugly carpet at one time!?
I definitely need to figure out the storage... What you cannot see in this picture is that there are bookshelves over the desk area to the left. I love the bookshelves and plan on having them full of books someday and they are a great place to store magazines, but the lower shelves are mostly just open. A filing system would be ideal... but I have yet to figure out how to make that happen, in an inexpensive way!!
Currently this "office" is more of a dumping ground for things that don't belong anywhere else in the house! I have tried a couple of times to organize things and make the space a bit more inviting, but it just isn't working... yet. Maybe once we get Steve's man cave finished, I will feel inspired to be down there more and work on making that one room in the basement all mine!
In the mean time, I have been hitting up Pinterest for inspiration and easy ways to vamp up this room without spending hoards of money...


I love this plank wall, it would be so simple and such a statement... and of course it would tie in the rest of our house... remember the dining room?


I definitely want to have some sort of an inspiration wall... I love the look of this one. Simple, yet bright and cheery! I'm already feeling inspired!


PAINT!!! The most frugal way to update a room! I love stripes... I love any shape really that's painted on a wall. I will likely end up using a lot of paint in this room to counteract all the wood and the ugly carpet! Ugh... that carpet really does give me nightmares!


Another AMAZING inspiration board. And I would love to swap out all that wood for this sleek, beautiful desk space! Much more inspiring! (I might miss all the storage though!!)

Which one is your favorite? Do you have any other inspiration for me? Any ideas? I'll take ANY and ALL suggestions on what to do with the carpet... broken record much?