I’ve always been a sporadic shopper. It doesn’t matter what I shop for. Whether it’s home decor, clothes even groceries. If I’m not careful I can veer off the intended path really quickly. Bryan likes to tease me by saying I’m distracted by shiny objects. I usually hate to admit when he’s right but it’s so true. Lately I’ve been smarter about my shopping habits and it’s really working. Here’s 3 key steps I use to shop for (and decorate) rooms…the smart way. (more…)
I have kitchens on the brain. Last week I mentioned that I’m leaning towards blues, greens and grays to incorporate into the space. I’m loving the idea of gray cabinets. But what gray to choose and then there’s always the classic white cabinet I hear calling my name. Who knows I may even change my mind on that. Ahhh so many great choices I can’t pick!
With the possibility of remodeling our kitchen I just can’t stop thinking about them. We’ve slowly been narrowing down the floor plan, size of an island we’ll build and recently we’ve been talking about building a banquette. After taking down the wall I’m cringing at the though of another giant mess this whole project will create but I think in the end it might just be worth it. Bryan on the other hand is not fully convinced that we should work on the kitchen next. I hear the outdoors and the lake calling his name. I might just take a sledgehammer to the kitchen myself soon and ask questions later
Here’s some of what has caught my eye as I was browsing through kitchen ideas.
This gray charcoal cabinets are gorgeous! I love the mat finish and stainless apron sink. Maybe charcoal gray base cabinets and white uppers would be a good combo to solve my need for both light and dark.
Charcoal Gray Cabinets and White Island (original source unknown)
I like the mix of dark cabinets and light island. That marble with the gray veining is perfection. I’ve tried to talk myself into marble countertops but just can’t get over the fact that one spilled glass of red Gatorade and they’d be done for.
Here’s a lighter version of the gray I’m loving and again marble countertops. It seems that every image I pin has marble counters. Oh marble why do you have to be so porous and expensive?
And then there’s the ever popular kitchen of Sally Wheat that is just so classic and beautiful. I think thi image is where my love for gray kitchens began.
Do you see my obsession with marble counters? I think it’s becoming a sickness.
I need to have a window like that over my sink one day and orchids instead of dirty dishes flanking the sink. Ok scratch the idea of remodeling the kitchen I’m just going to move into the picture up above.
Do you like to garden? I do. My mom has always had the most fantastic green thumb and incredible gardens. On the weekends we used to go to the garden store and come home with all kinds of flowers for the garden. I can still remember walking up and down aisles and aisles of flowers picking out my favorites. I never lost that love and to this day I want to take home almost every plant I see. Which is funny because I can keep outdoor plants alive but tend to kill houseplants. Don’t ask me why that is.
Yesterday, Nikolas and I spent most of the day raking up the remnants of autumn from the side yard. We gathered up FOURTEEN bags of leaves and old dead weeds. That part of the yard has been left relatively untouched by us as we focused on other parts in the yard. It’s a mess. It’s is rocky, hilly and grows weeds like I’ve never seen before. I have so far refused to take photos of it. It’s that bad.
As I was raking and raking and raking some more I got to thinking about how I’d love to have a cutting garden somewhere. We’ve planted a lot of flowers around the yard but none solely dedicated to bringing indoors. I always feel torn about whether I should bring them inside or leave them outdoors to enjoy.
Wouldn’t a garden solely dedicated to bringing in armloads of flowers into the house be perfection?
The top 3 images I took on a trip last summer the bottom image via Ann Kearsley design.
Do you love looking into the homes of your favorite bloggers? Of course, dont we all? I think the first time I ever saw a glimpse into the homes of a blogger was way back when Dooce renovated her first home. That was back in the days before I had discovered DIY blogs.
So if you’re anything like me then I have something really great I want to share with you today. Last week I had the chance to catch up with a new friend of mine Shannon from AKA Design. She has a seriously awesome new site. When I first saw it I had one of those “Why hasn’t anyone thought of the before?” moments.
It’s called Blogger Homes and it is where bloggers go to share their homes one room at a time. There’s some really great inspiration over there and the best part is it’s all organized and easily found.
So if you love looking into the homes of bloggers go over and take a peak and if you’re a blogger go submit your own room! There’s tons of inspiration!
Has anyone ever had clothing moths in their house? I’ve recently discovered them in my closet in my bedroom. I pulled out a shirt I hadn’t worn in awhile only to discover it had little holes that looked like Swiss cheese!
I called our exterminator, apparently they don’t cover moth treatment because you can’t really spray for moths. He also recommended not using moth balls because they do little to help with an existing problem and are seriously toxic . Our moths are teeny tiny champagne colored moths (not the one picture above), which are likely clothing moths not pantry moths. I guess that explains the holes in my shirt!
He did give me a few moth traps and told me to put them around. He also recommended that I remove everything from the closet and wash it in hot water or have it dry-cleaned! Oi! Everything is out of the closet and I’m doing TONS of laundry.
So my question to you is have you ever had moths in your closet and how did you get rid of them? I’m getting the creepy crawlies just thinking about them!