Upping The Elegance Factor In My Living Room

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The other day, someone commented that now that my kitchen is finished, my living room might need a little do-over so that it will match my kitchen in terms of elegance.  At first, my heart sank a little, because I knew that she was right.  In comparison, my living room was just looking flat and dull.  But then I got to looking around, and realized … [Read more...]

Original Kitchen Inspiration…From 1960 Paris?

green and gold desk and bookcase desgined by Maison Jansen circa 1960, via Architectural Digest

You know the saying 'There's nothing new under the sun'?  (It's actually a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes.)  The older I get, the more I realize just how true that is.  Y'all know that the inspiration for my kitchen cabinet colors, as well as the design for the top part of my upper cabinets, came from a kitchen designed by Kelly Wearstler.  But … [Read more...]

The Ugly Truth That Lurks Just Beyond

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Remember on Monday when I posted that I'd be spending all day cleaning the kitchen and breakfast room just to get them presentable?  Well, the truth is that I worked all day, and even an hour the next morning, just on the kitchen.  Cleaning the kitchen (literally dusting/cleaning everything from the ceiling to the floor) was such a big and … [Read more...]

My Kitchen – Nine Things I Would Do Differently

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I love how my kitchen turned out (you can see the before and after here if you missed it), but you know what they say...hindsight is 20/20.  And there are certainly a few things I'd do differently if I were just starting today, but had the knowledge I had right now.  And since I know that many of you are in the midst of your own kitchen remodels, I … [Read more...]

My Finished Kitchen Remodel! (Before & After)

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Well, did you hear me yelling and screaming with joy?  I finished my kitchen this morning (yes, this morning) at 8:05am.  It's done.  Finished.  I was beginning to think I'd never see the day, but here it is. I quickly took some pictures to show you the final before and after, but I haven't even had time yet to sit down with all of my receipts … [Read more...]

Artwork For My Kitchen — My Mom’s First Painting In Over Twenty Years

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I have a new piece of artwork for my house -- specifically for my tiled wall in my kitchen.  My mom painted it for me, and it's the first new piece of artwork that she's painted in over 20 years. Shortly after we moved into our house last fall, I asked her if she would be willing to paint a new piece of artwork for me.  It had been so long since … [Read more...]

If You Give A DIYer A Light Fixture

(I've had several people tell me during my kitchen remodel that they felt like they were reading the DIYers version of the child's book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.  So I couldn't resist.) :) If you give a DIYer a light fixture... ...she'll want to hang it in her kitchen.  But first, she'll probably need to make repairs to her … [Read more...]