Yearly Archives: 2012

Right around the bend…2013

You may have noticed…I’m taking a much needed break from the blog. At times, 2012 was overwhelming. To the point of tears overwhelming. A full-time job, a large scale home remodel, a wonderful side design business, and a few other things (moving 3 times, planning parties, trying to be a good wife/friend/daughter) were too much to handle at once. I learned my lesson. Mark my words – 2013 will be the year of balance, and hopefully some change too. I have a long list of goals and high hopes for the coming year, and I’m sure I’ll delve into some of those items on this little blogitty blog.

As you ring in the new year, bask in the opportunity that 2013 brings. New life. New adventures. New challenges.

A great year it will be…I’m so glad I get to share it with you guys! Cheers to 2013 and all that lies ahead.

Mighty Marble

We chose carrara marble countertops. Are we crazy? Probably so. We just had to have them, despite the bad reputation they have when it comes to wear and tear (here’s a great post from Apartment Therapy on the PROS/CONS of white marble). The question was not did we want marble, but what kind/color did we want? Did we want a lot of white in our marble? Some gray? Lots of movement? The trick with selecting marble/granite/stone is that you only know when you see it. We looked at a number of different slabs like these…

white marble countertops

The one on the left has lots of veins, and the one on the right is very grey. Tough call. We actually went with a different slab that has a good mix of grey AND white. It looks like this…

marble countertops

We wanted a good amount of white in these countertops, as our island will be a dark wood butcher block material, so keeping things bright and cheery was important.

marble countertops

white marble countertops

white marble countertops

And yes, they are honed. Polished marble scratches easier, and we wanted to stay as far away from that as possible! They are also sealed, so I’m crossing my fingers that we don;t have any run-ins with stains and such. I’m sure we’ll have a few mishaps on the counter, but I’m going to try my best to keep it somewhat clean.  As for how to clean it, here are a few tips our lovely fabricators gave us (who I swear by – let me know if any of you Portanders want their info – de la tierra, inc.).

Do: Clean surfaces with pH neutral detergent/soap or stone-specific soap

Do: Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing/wiping

Do: Blot up spills immediately; on marble, the polish or hone can be etched by water rings left from condensation on glasses and by acids (e.g. lemon juice, vinegar, etc.)

Don’t: Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners

Don’t: Use abrasive cleaners such as powder/dry cleansers or soft cleansers with abrasive particles

Per usual, I will of course keep you folks updated on how these counters wear. Next up…tile! But not before Christmas….cheers to a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Delight in the magic of the season!

Kitchen Progress

Friends.There’s much to be said about our kitchen. It’s coming together. We have running water! We have a countertop! All of this means we are creeping towards a new kitchen…

Let’s rewind. Here’s where we started…

After demolition…

A clean slate…

Progress – new floors (unstained)…

New layout…

And a faucet and sink…

And yes, there’s a large island going in the center of that kitchen. It’s set to arrive Thursday. Hallelujah! I’ll be revealing the countertops later this week…stay-tuned!

Merry, Merry!

Due to of all the construction going on around here, my holiday decorating has been practically non-existent. Sad! I’ve actually been too busy to mourn the loss of my Christmas decor, or any decor for that matter. In fact, it’s been nice to have an excuse to keep it simple this year – more time to focus on the things that are important like family and friends.

I thought I’d do some e-decorating and looks back through a few batches of old holiday decor photos…

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

christmas decor

christmas decor

christmas decor

And, for those of you looking for a few last minute DIY gifts this year, don’t forget about our DIY lemoncello and free labels

And our Merry Mixer recipes and downloadable template!

Merry Mixers

The holidays are surely here – let’s enjoy them while they last!