Kitchen Impossible Complete

Our poor kitchen has been under renovations since the end of July. What was thought to be a one week project turned into a month long event… that is finally over.

If you know us, you know that our luck (mainly Eric’s) is the worst. If it could go wrong, it will go wrong. I had set my prepared myself for this prior to starting our project. I told myself I wouldn’t get upset, I would be patient, and then I failed. I kept my cool in the beginning and then eventually gave up on any sort of organization. People told me that you may love your contractor in the beginning but you will hate him by the end. Luckily I do not hate our contractor but there were moments where our patience was tested.

Our biggest issue was the granite. We go to pick out our slab with expectations that it will be installed within 5 days and was slapped in the face with disappointment. We went to see our selected slabs and found the most hideous vein across both slabs. This resulted in shear panic (by me) and a mad dash around town to find a separate fabricator. Given the short notice, we ended up sticking with our fabricator and lucked out with a new slab with the incoming weeks shipment. Thank goodness. And it was a slab I loved. Even better.

The granite then put a delay on the tile because the granite install took over twice as long to complete. But as of September 9, 2013 we have a finished kitchen. Everything is complete except for the island lighting. Which I am pretty sure I have picked out but it’s a little pricey. So I’m more than willing to leave the hole in the ceiling till I feel comfortable shelling out some cash on it.

Before:

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After: 

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In the end we did the following:

Refaced Cabinets

New Fridge, Gas Range, and Microwave

Extended Island

Recessed Lighting and Under-cabinet Lighting

Wine Cooler replacing old desk

Tile Back-splash

Granite Counter-tops

It ended up being a big undertaking, but completely worth it. I love every piece of my new kitchen. I may even start doing some video blogs in it. Eric and I are big entertainers so our kitchen is the most prized room in the house. I am looking forward to our first thanksgiving in the new kitchen. And as silly as I am, I cannot wait to have kids doing homework at the end of the island while I’m making dinner (yes it’s getting closer to that time).

We still have island lighting and to get new electrical socket covers. I’m taking my time on the lighting till I find exactly what I want.

They say the home is where the heart is. For us, the kitchen is where the heart is. I cannot wait to share it with everyone.

Thanksgiving 2012

I had PLANNED on writing a “Happy Thanksgiving” post this year on the actual date of Thanksgiving, however given our quick return from California that Monday and then getting ready for guests for the holiday, I didn’t get around to it. Soooo…

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope it was spent with your friends and family enjoying delicious turkey, tons of sides dishes, and of course nothing but the best deserts. 🙂

We had our annual Thanksgiving with my family as well as Eric’s followed by Black Friday shopping right afterwards since all the deals started so early this year.

I took pictures of the table prior to removal for eating purposes and to avoid stains.

This year, I had a few more fall items thanks to Eric’s trips to local yard sales.

This pumpkin, although ordinary, is one of my favorite yard sale finds.

I used a bell jar that I received as a bridal shower gift to display fresh pumpkins purchased at the grocery store.

I went all out in orange this year for fall. This was in part due to my Sferra Festival napkins that I received from a Sferra representative. After they read my post raving about their Celeste Sheets, they were so gracious as to contact me and send me these lovely napkins. I adore them and plan on purchasing more in the future. You can choose from 101 colors! I’ve already got my eye on a plum color that is to die for.

This year, we displayed the food a little differently. Last year, we used the buffet behind the table. But given the space of the room, that can get a little crowded. This year, Eric purchased a football field themed beer pong table for his football parties. We found a tablecloth that fit last minute and we used the beer pong table for the food. It could not have worked more perfectly.

I expect that we will use this table for our Christmas party as well coming up soon. In fact… I don’t even think we have ever played beer pong on that table.

All in all, it was a delicious and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I always enjoy being around family and love it even more when you get two families together. I am blessed that our families get along so well. Couldn’t have asked for a better match!

How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

Hi Fall, Sure… Come on in.

It’s finally my favorite time of the year: FALL.

I love the the color changing of the leaves, the smell of leaves burning, the feel of the cool air when wearing my sweaters, scarves, and boots. It’s the best time of the year.

I also love all the colors associated with fall. All the browns, reds, yellows, and greens. This season practically screams my name. I’ve accumulated some fall decor through the years and plan on seeking out more to fill my house with! I’ve definitely got the living room down to a fine art though. Just looking for more items (on sale at the end of the year) to decorate my dining room table as well.

This year has been great because Eric has found several decor items at yard sales. The two huge bushels by the fireplace and the pumpkins on top of the mantel were both yard sale finds. The two candle fixtures I have were both Better Homes and Gardens from Wal-Mart last year on sale. Can’t beat that!

I used my existing serving tray from another yard sale trip and added my candle fixture along with fake leaves. Simple but elegant.

On the small table I used my existing flower vase / jug to include some fall flowers that I’ve gathered over the years.

Also, what home is complete without fall exploding from your front door? I have very little Halloween decor as spiders, zombies, and half fingers and limbs really creep me out. But my little witch wreath on the front is what I’ll consider my recognition of Halloween. 🙂 Eric informs me that we will be purchasing Halloween decor this year but I my limitations (all things gross and scary).

I was lucky to find such festive followers at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store by our house. They added the perfect touch of fall.

I love these finishing touches. Including my wooden pumpkin sign.

This is the best time of the year and it reminds me that I’m only a few months away from Christmas. How is it already almost Christmas again!!

Have you put up your fall decorations yet?

Master Bedroom Unveiling

Eric and I purchased a new bedroom set which I absolutely adore.

But   with that, we also had to buy a new mattress. Eric wanted to switch it up from our regular queen size bed to a king sized bed this time. New mattress sizes mean all new bedding. I did tons of research on duvet covers, sheets, pillows. You can see my findings on sheets here.

I wanted to make sure we did it right this time since this was our master bedroom and all. We re-painted the bedroom and bathroom to more neutral colors… the red bathroom and green bedroom definitely become obnoxious the first week in the house so I was glad to see them both go.

   

Updates on the Master Bathroom will come later. I have yet to finish it.

We still are in search of a desk to replace mine from college and I need to add lamps as well as decor items to the space… but the big tasks are done.

Once again I decided to go with Sferra Bedding for my duvet cover and shams. I chose their Grande Hotel Collection. As I mentioned in my previous post on bedding, I was originally planning on going with Restoration Hardware’s Italian Satin Hotel Collection. This was of course before I discovered Sferra. The price difference alone for a thrifty girl like me was an improvement going from RH to Sferra. Not only that, it appeared that the quality of the product is superior for Sferra as well.

I purchased the Sferra bedding from a small store called Bedside Manor in the South Park area. The customer service was impeccable compared to RH where I stood around for 15 minutes until someone finally came by to answer my questions. Not to mention, RH appeared to have nothing in stock and would order it online for you but still charged you the shipping. Bedside Manor still had to order the bedding but I was not charged shipping. That should be the perks of purchasing from a store but apparently RH doesn’t understand that concept…. or friendliness for that matter.

My dad helped me paint the bedroom and bathroom. Luckily he is a professional so he helped us get the job done faster and probably with fewer mistakes. I was not born with the painting gene… that has become very obvious! 🙂

It’s so nice to have a relaxing bedroom that does not slap you in the face in the morning due to the extreme color choice on the walls. Our master bedroom is now an oasis that I look forward to returning to a night. I cannot wait to return to my warm and cozy bed. It makes going to sleep a luxurious treat each night.

What does your Master Bedroom look like?

Merry Christmas – Tree Revealed

Christmas will be here in three days. Three days! Can you believe it? I’m sure you all are busy wrapping up Christmas shopping, preparing for travel to see family, and possibly baking lots of yummy cookies for friends and family visiting you.

I saved the best for last. 🙂 The Christmas Tree

Last year I bought a ton of ornaments and decided to go with the theme: blue, silver, and gold… with a dash of white. 🙂 Luckily the color blue I found is technically Carolina Panther’s blue so that won me brownie points with the hubby! I couldn’t have planned it better myself… if I had actually planned it that way. 😉

The gold was actually an after-thought due to the fact that I had a gold bow. I re-used my gold ornaments from previous years to tie in the gold bow. I love this bow and didn’t want to go on a hunt for another.

I love this color blue.

I got most of my ornaments from Garden Ridge and Michael’s. Of course all on sale.

We have two special ornaments that my mom purchased for Eric and me last year. My ornament is UNC-Charlotte colors since I graduated there.

If you didn’t already guess, Eric’s ornament was Carolina Panthers. No surprise there.

I hope that you enjoyed my tree! This will be the last post until after Christmas, so I wish you all the most VERY Merry Christmas. I hope that it’s spent with the ones you love and that you get all that you wanted on off of your Christmas list. Only if Santa deems you nice this year. 😉