Friday, December 28, 2012

We Bought a Little Cottage….Kitchen Reveal!


About four months ago we bough a little cottage (fixer upper)  to flip. You can read about it here The house had great bones and a lot of character to begin with but it needed a little TLC. I had planned to document progress weekly but other jobs intervened and tey took priority so here we are! All of my sources and inspiration photos for this little house can be found on my pinterest board here

                                                      Here are a couple of  real estate photos of the  kitchen before




                                                                                 During the Demo



                              Colin and Steve (and Lauren) spent hours removing the hideous linoleum and all the staples. 



                                                                                                                                    Here are the after photos



If I were the buyer of this house I would hang Hunter Douglas grass (or something similar) blinds all the way to the ceiling on each window to disguise the funny windows.


Steve wondered about installing the tile to the top of the windows over the sink…he may have been right! The pendant lights are the Home Depot polished nickel kettle pendants for $79.99.




Aren’t they great?  The clock is from World Market.  You can buy it here for $79.99.




All of the cabinets are from IKEA as well as the farmhouse sink.  The faucet is from Elements of Design. I personally thought the quality of the IKEA faucets was lacking.  This brand does a good job while keeping the price point reasonable. I purchased this one from They are constantly having sales and I got this faucet for around $175


Elements of Design ES1771ALLS


The cabinet hardware is from Home Depot.  The bin pulls are from the Martha Stewart Collection. The knobs are from Home Depots Liberty Collection.  I did not care for Martha’s companion knob.



The countertop is absolut noir (caesar stone)  from IKEA as well. 






Back of the Kitchen during demo




Back of the Kitchen  Now.  They moved the  water heater to a more (and safer) location and look at all the cupboards they gained. Knife and Spoon Art are from World Market.  The floors are original vertical grained douglas fir (found under the linoleum). We decided to give the kitchen a sleeker look with the dark floors.





A shot of the stove and hood, both from IKEA




Tile is inexpensive subway tile with charcoal grout. The tile can be found at either Lowes or Home Depot.  It is extremely reasonable and in my opinion has great bang for the buck.  We debated about using white grout or charcoal grout. In the end we decided to use the charcoal grout for a more modern look to tie it in with the black counters and dark floors. We decided against it in the bathrooms as you will see in a following post.




A final note…anyone skeptical of using IKEA cabinets and counters ( I know I was!) we were extremely surprised.  My husband and son do very  high end work.  It was hard for me to convince them to consider IKEA cabinets.  The hinges and drawer guides are some of the best on the market.  The quartz counters are contracted out to local fabricators.  Consequently you get a lot of bang for your buck.

In my next post I will cover the dining room and living room makeovers.  Here is a sneak peak looking from the kitchen into the dining area.





I would also like to thank all of you who have so graciously read, commented and supported my blog.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your suggestions and input.  I hope you are enjoying some wonderful family time and have the Happiest of New Years!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Beau’s Holiday Pics

Hey Beau here guest posting for my mom.  She is kinda busy with the holidays and decorating people’s houses. She asked me to do a post on some of my favorite Christmas pics for my new friends out in blogland.


This is Gus. Isn’t he handsome? His mom writes the blog Henhurst Interiors I think Gus needs something very regal looking don’t you?  I don’t think I would be allowed to visit Gus’ house.  Something tells me I might get that beautiful rug and white sofa a little dirty.  I think Gus has nice manners…maybe he can teach me some.


I think Gus would look handsome in this collar from 3 Pooches here  If you want Whitney will put your name on it too.  I have to have my name on mine with my phone number.  You can probably guess why. 

dogberry plaid collar  3 pooches on Etsy

I think Gus would like this Faux Fur bed from Not Too Shaggy on Etsy here  I bet he doesn’t jump in the pool and then shake all over everything.  Of course I don’t either…well maybe every once in a while.

Shaggy Faux Fur White Pet Luxury Lounge Rug - Large 40" Round

Hey! How do I look photoshopped into this Orvis bedroom?  I think my mom and dad could use one of these since I sleep on the bed.  Hey guess what this isn’t really me.  He sure looks like me doesn’t he?  He is an Orvis model.  I had you there for a minute didn’t I?

Microfiber DogProof Coverlet

Maybe there is a future for me after all.    I mean how hard is it to hop up on a bed and pretend you are asleep?


Here’s Baxter and Blossom. Are they cute or what? They live in South Africa and their mom writes the blog Roses and Rust.  They are my kinda pups…lounging on the furniture….


I think Baxter would look dashing in one of these hounds tooth collars from The Hound Haberdashery.
Martingale Collar: Classic Houndstooth (1.5 Inch), Dog Collar, Greyhound Collar, Custom Dog Collars, Greyhound Martingale
       Blossom on the other hand would need something a little more feminine like this

Martingale Collar, Red and White, Polka Dot, Dog Collar, Custom Dog Collars, Greyhound Collars

I think Baxter and Blossom might like one of these feeders.  The big one for Baxter and the little one for Blossom.  Personally I need my water bowl as high off the ground as possible.  You know that way the water has farther to fall.  I am not very neat when I drink.

If you have been reading this blog very long you know that I have been known to drink out of even higher bowls.


Every dog needs  good treat once in a while.  Especially if you are “well  trained and mannerly” like me you .  My favorite treats are from a local “bakery” called Lucky Dogs.  I sent some to my friend Gus in Vermont.  His mom said he liked them.

If you are in a festive mood and love polka dots like me you might want one of these babies!


I think these antlers are sort of the dog version of the ugly Christmas sweater.

 After posing for this photo I could use a cocktail.

Photo: Yum!..this looks so festive...cranberry margarita...


I would also like to thank Tara for posting my picture on her wonderful blog Landscape, Design, Decorating, Styling…Vanishing Threshold here
 She knows a good looking dog when she sees one!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Visions of Sugarplums…

I started this post about a couple weeks ago before the Sandy Hook Tragedy.  I can’t stop thinking about the “little angels” that so senselessly lost their lives and of those who witnessed the carnage of their classmates and mentors. I remember when my children were that age (they are now 29 & 32).  They were so full of wonder and trust.  Christmas for them was such a magical time.

Those 20 little angels who will never again see the snow covered garden…





…the deer in the woods 


Acquired Objects: Quiet Calm 

…or the lights of Christmas


Christmas wonderland of lights


Their tutus will hang in their closets….




…their toe shoes untouched….



In the weeks ahead we will try and comprehend what happened, and why. What do events like this tell us about human nature, and what can we do in the future to encourage the good in all of us.



michelle mccloughlin Reuters


For image sources not noted please visit my pinterest board here for sources.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I’m Dreaming of …A Natural Christmas

I have experimented over the years with faux greens and have found that I always go back to decorating with natural materials.  I have a “faux” tree but can’t bring myself to substituting plastic for natural.  How about you do you prefer items from nature as well?

satisfying spaces via Birmingham Home and Garden


Christmas Mantle


Shannon Berrey Design Blog


Simplicity at it's best









christmas stockings


Burlap Christmas Stocking

All image sources can be found on my pinterest board here

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I’m Dreaming of a….. RED Christmas



 so pretty


Cute Christmas idea for Chelsea's room.  Find a 'shelf' sized boat and put miniature trees and poinsettia leaves or flowers in it.  Chelsea Add white lights? Chelsea means small port or wharf. 

via pinterest


image via 4inspireddesign




brown paper christmas packages <3


double wreaths hung with rich red silk ribbon 

                                                                                                                                TPT Home via nestdesign



From Ruffles & Rust Square, Snohomish, WA  via Pamela Sullivan

via pinterest

the adventures of tartanscot™: "Holiday Inspiration, Rustic Style . . . "


And we have a winner! The six tiny wreaths  go to Phyllis Higgerson! Phyllis email me your address.  I will mail them out priority on Monday!

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