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holding on to hope.

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Before we spend a huge chunk on remodeling the outdated kitchen, I want to live in it for a while to figure out what I need, what I want and what makes sense for the space. In the meanwhile, it definitely could use a bit of perking up. This weekend, we took advantage of the sunshine and painted the cabinet doors and existing hardware. It is a work in progress, but I’m feeling perky.

…and this is what’s coming before the end of the summer: brand new granite countertops!

p.s. Mina, if you are reading this, did you notice the tea kettle? On my trip to HomeGoods last week, I found a replacement kettle in the same color! Can you believe Husband didn’t even notice the switch?!


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07/07/2010 at 4:33

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just another update

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reworked a shelf for summer.
see here.

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06/26/2010 at 4:33

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to treat or not to treat?

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Should I add a window treatment to the full (half) wall of windows in the kitchen? The late afternoon sun is a killer, but the sunset is so so pretty.

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06/04/2010 at 4:33

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soap pump love

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Loving this soap pump from Target. You can get the white online, but your local store may have the blue. When I grabbed mine, there were 2 left on the shelf.


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05/19/2010 at 4:33

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back side of the mantel.

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a wall in the playroom

1) meaningful letters from my collection
2) succulents in home depot pots (and one pot I found buried in the yard)
3) white glossy ikea shelf and hardware
4) 1/2 of my DIY headboard

update: 06/25/2010, new configuration.
reworked shelf

1) Kilsook prints.
2) Goodwill Elephant
3) Repurposed bottles
4) Cupcake piggy bank that Son painted at Mia‘s birthday party.
5) painted branches from the backyard.

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04/30/2010 at 4:33

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backsplash, vase, chair

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New “back splash” in the kitchen. You can buy the sticker mirror dots online here. I paid $7 in the clearance section of Home Goods.
back splash

$10 vase from the clearance section at Home Goods. This was my first time there and I loved it. You do have to dig around a bit to find the winners, but if you have some time, it is worth it.

10 buck vase

Pattern on this vase reminds me of Orla Kiely’s stem pattern. Eventually, it will be sitting on the mantel, flanking one side of the tv.

And the chair! I knew I’d love the look, but was not expecting for it to feel good. Thought it might be stiff, but this is one comfy chair. Now I’m hesitant to re-upholster and run the risk of ruining whatever magic combo of cushion + fabric that makes this chair so darn comfy.


A few things about the living room:

rug: playroom>guestroom>living room.
lamp: sitting on the floor because I’m waiting to visit LA to get an end table from my beloved cousin, Bharat. It kinda looks like this one, but is, “Very similar structure except more rectangular, dark brown walnut and the step-up top is supported by four minilegs.” Oooh I can’t wait!! How lucky am I to have such an awesome family who will give me furniture from their homes just because I ask?!?!?! Yes, very *very* lucky.
picture rail: I may add another one along the bottom, but not sure how tall my new sofa will be, so waiting for now. I don’t like the current spacing.

…and a family (iphone, of course) photo from our road trip to Watsonville:

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04/19/2010 at 4:33

Where there is movement, there is improvement.

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Change is good. Even small changes can make a difference about how you feel about yourself and your actions. Today started off as a dark stormy day and so all plans involving paint and the outdoors were scrapped. Two sick kids meant we were stuck at home with our library plans scrapped too. After spending most of the morning in the kitchen tending to my hungry little monsters, I got the urge to change something in there! I have long-term plans to change the floors, repaint the cabinets, punch a huge hole in the wall and change all the hardware, but I wanted a quick fix – simple and free. I remembered I had a roll of contact paper under the bathroom sink and voila – 10 minutes later I have a changed dishwasher. I won’t say it is better (or worse), but it is changed and for today, that is a happy thing. Ooh what if I had some glossy red contact paper or some super bright turquoise under the sink instead!?

wood contact paper

Just realized that I may have been inspired by the toilet seat post from yesterday. Oops. Ah well. Those toilet seats do make me happy.

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03/30/2010 at 4:33

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