Monday, November 25, 2013

K is for Kitchen

K is also for "kakka", the word my mother used to call poop when we were kids.

A fitting description for my kitchen, wouldn't you say?

Chris and I have started the process of gathering estimates from contractors to get an idea of how much the remodel is going to cost us. So despite Chris's threats to do it all himself, we're going to hire this project out. Not that Chris couldn't do a good job, but he just doesn't have the time. From previous experience, a kitchen isn't really something I'm willing to live without for an extended period.

How about you? Would you diy a kitchen remodel?

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Finishing Touch

It took us a while, but we finally got around to installing a chandelier in our newly remodeled living room
When I first looked at this house, I fell in love with all the original plaster ceiling medallions. Especially the one in the living room. It didn't have a light fixture installed at the time so we had no idea if the wiring was live. 
Luckily it was. 
So the challenge became choosing the right chandelier for the room. 

I knew I wanted one in the Empire style, so that narrowed down the playing field. 
Then I became obsessed with finding one that was somewhat affordable and wasn't covered in polished brass.
I'm noticing now for the first time that a sticker is still stuck to the candle sleeve and that the candle sleeve itself is askew. 
 I found this one at Lamps Plus. Interestingly, the description calls it silver, but in real life it has gold overtones. It works well with all of the chrome and brass fixtures we have in our house. At close to $700, it definitely wasn't cheap, but sometimes you have to suck it up in the name of perfection.

When was the last time you found yourself spending more money to get exactly what you were looking for?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

If You Buy a Girl a Mattress...

I know, I know, I'm supposed to be on a self imposed hiatus from working on the house, but I just can't seem to leave well enough alone.
It all started a few months ago when Chris and I decided to buy a new mattress.
We figured that if we were going to invest in a new mattress, we might as well upgrade to a cal king (mostly to accommodate a certain Shih Tzu who cries like a little girl if we make her sleep on the floor).
Things sort of snowballed from there...
A larger mattress meant a larger headboard.

And new sheets, a bedskirt, and a bedspread...

And some new artwork to match the new sheets...

And a new rug to go with the lighter color scheme.

So obviously, it really isn't my fault.

(Click here to see what our room looked like before)
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