Finding the Finishes

There is this spot in our house that my husband built to be our new downstairs bathroom. It’s a scary, dark little room that I am afraid to set foot in mostly because it reminds me that it is taking much longer than we anticipated. Also because it hasn’t been wired for lighting yet and I am afraid of the dark empty bathroom hole…

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DIY Whimsical Baby Mobile

Less than a month from my due date, and I don’t have a nursery even close to being ready for baby girl. In all honesty, I’m not sure if it will even happen until after baby is born. For someone as neurotic as myself, I guess you could say I’m being extremely relaxed about this whole thing… relaxed, or lazy, take your pick…

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Gilt Mirror Redux

I inherited a beautiful gold gilt mirror from my grandmother when she passed away. In reality it is everything that my main living spaces aren’t; extravagant looking, and well, gold…

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First Year Baby Book

As I am prepping for the arrival of baby girl (about a month and a half left!!), one of the things I’m so excited to do for her is her one-year book…

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Kitchen DIY: Part 4 – Granite and DIY granite cleaner

Believe it or not, for almost a year, I lived with a TILE counter top in my kitchen. Tile… are you kidding me?! For a clean freak, such as myself (yes, I vacuum almost daily, wash my walls and baseboards, and have been known to scrub my floor grout with a toothbrush), this was a very difficult time for me. I mean, grout where I prepare and put food – yuck. So getting new counter tops, was a HUGE deal for me…

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Kitchen DIY: Part 2 – Our DIY Kitchen Island

When my in-laws decided to renovate their kitchen and asked if we wanted their old oak cabinets, our immediate answer was, “Yes, please!” We (the husband) put most of them in the garage for extra storage, but we (the husband) hand-picked two of the lower cabinets to be made into a little movable island for our kitchen…

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Kitchen DIY: Part 1 – Refinishing Oak Cabinets

SO, this was definitely the most time consuming and labor intensive part of our kitchen remodel, but it also saved us the most money and is totally worth spending the time to do it right. I can’t recall how many times I asked my husband if we could cheat a little here or there, but in the end, I am so glad he always gave me a firm, “No.” They look amazing and totally change the look of the entire kitchen…

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My Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Pinspiration

We have finally, FINALLY, purchased a house in a neighborhood that I adore and because we went for location, location, location, we need to put some sweat equity into this house to make it what we need. The basement felt a little like a fun house with a room within a room on one side, and a huge room with three doors that led to the same unfinished room behind it on the other side. I think the Mad Hatter planned this basement. So my husband has been reconfiguring it and part of that means building a whole new bathroom….

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Our First Garden (part 2)

The other title I was considering for this post was, “What the Hail,” because two days after we planted all of the beautiful plants we got from the Wasatch Community Gardens annual plant sale (you can read about that here), we got hit with the most torrential hail storm I have ever seen. The hail was about the size of dimes, but it came down with such force that in just 5 minutes, it tore golf ball size holes in our patio roof and shredded all of our plants to bits..

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