Our Kitchen, One Year Ago

I can hardly believe it, but it’s been one year since we bought our current house. I can absolutely say this has been the fastest year of my life. Between the remodel and my new job, the days of 2013 have gone by in a flash.

It’s easy to focus on all the things that aren’t done around here and haven’t gone according to plan, but when I look back at some of the “before” photos, I am reminded how far this house has really come!

Here’s a few photos of our kitchen the day this house was sold to us and what it looks like now…please pay special attention to the lovely flower box, linoleum floors, wallpaper, and original lighting. Yikes. Whenever Kyle looks at these photos he can’t believe we bought a house that needed so much love and care. I guess that’s what happens when you marry a crazy girl like me:).


Again, these are just quick iPhone photos, but I think it’s safe to say we’ve kicked 1960 to the curb.

Cheers to a happy week!

A Must Read

Morning friends!

Earlier this week, the inspiring Madeleine Albright spoke at the United Nations as she received the Inspiration Award from the Dag Hammerskjold Fund for Journalists.

One of the quotes that caught my eye is below.


Think about this. Think really hard about this.

Madeleine’s words remind me how important it is to empower women to seek truth and rally for choice, because it makes this world a better place. Her full speech can be read here.


Blacked Out

When we bought this house, there were many things that had to go immediately. The wallpaper, the trim, the flooring, the light fixtures…the list goes on and on. I did, however,  insist on keeping the doors and wood windows. I love them. They have character, and they just needed a little love.

Here’s what our front door looked like when we bought the place…

front door_before

And now the after…

front door_after

Isn’t it amazing what a little glossy black paint can fix? You’ll see we also lost a wall, the curtains, and hideous tile. See ya later, 1960.

When I get my act together and take non iPhone photos, I’ll do a full post on what this entry way makeover entailed:).

Have a happy week, friends!


Details…More Details

I owe you all a house update, but we’ve really just been working on a few small details. You know, the details that take forever to finish, and no one really notices or cares? Yup, those ones.

Our open shelves in the kitchen were in need of brackets for support, so those went up the other day. Here they are without the brackets…

open shelving in kitchen

And now, with brackets! Not glamourous or life-changing, but important.


I’ve also been in the midst of painting our front door black. But first I had to do a little priming…

black front-door

And then painting (yes, believe it or not, that’s the SUN in this photo!)…


Once the front door has been touched up (glossy black paint can be very tricky), I’ll snap a front door “after” photo for you.

I’m also painting our hallway, and more trim…I swear, the painting in this house never ends.