Wednesday, April 17

Our Kitchen Renovation Part 1

Kitchen Reno Part 1

Hey, friends! I'm excited to be sharing this big project we've been working on for months! If you remember, last year Johnny and I officially bought this lovely historic house we'd been renting for a couple of years. Our landlords were very gracious in what they let us do to the house as far as painting and wallpapering went, but as any renter knows, you don't pour the big bucks in until you own the home. That brings us to our first official home renovation: the kitchen! I do want to start out by saying that this was already the nicest kitchen in any house I've ever lived in, so it's not that there was anything "wrong" with it. Johnny and I wanted to change some things aesthetically, and in doing that, invest in quality products that would help increase the value of our house.

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We knew we'd have to go in phases because kitchen updates are not always easy on the wallet. Phase 1 for us was having the old formica countertops ripped out and replaced with quartz. If you're curious about the old concrete skim coat, you can find that DIY here. It really was a clever project, we were just ready for something a little more classic.

After the counters went in and the tile backsplash repaired (we hired professionals for all of it), Surplus Warehouse, a home improvement warehouse store that specializes in flooring and cabinetry, reached out to me about working together. Could Phase 2 really happen so quickly? We went over to check out the selection since they are literally down the street from us, and were pleasantly surprised. When you walk in, they have a full, nice showroom. I was instantly excited, and honestly, it makes me so happy to be using a local company for our remodel!

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We met with the store manager, Arthur, and he took us back to the warehouse and explained a bit about flooring, and let us ask a bunch of questions. For a person who sometimes gets overwhelmed in large home improvement warehouses, I felt surprisingly at ease in the aisles. Everything was clearly labeled so I knew what I was looking at. They even had signs that recommended what types of projects (backsplash, flooring, etc) to use specific types of tile for. That was a big help for me. I've never gotten to renovate a kitchen before and I was a little afraid of making a rookie mistake.

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We took a couple of samples home to see how they felt in our kitchen. After spending way too many days looking at different penny tile design options on Pinterest, Johnny and I agreed on the marble hexagon tile. Ha! Sometimes you just have to really overthink something to come back around to the simpler option. Johnny placed our order with Arthur and we set up an installation date with our contractor! It was happening!

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Here is our "before" photo. Again, I think this kitchen is great, we were just ready to personalize it and make it feel even more like "us". I can't wait to write out part 2 and show you the finished product. Soon, friends!

*Special thanks to Surplus Warehouse for working with us. We're so excited to have this opportunity!

Friday, December 14

Our Palm Springs Anniversary Trip

Palm Springs
(Mural at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club but Laura Berger.)

Johnny and I recently celebrated our anniversary with a trip to Palm Springs. December is a busy month for us, so we rarely go "all out" with celebrating. This year I decided it was time to skip the overnight trip to Kansas City or St. Louis and go to where the sun would warm our faces.

We started the trip by missing our first afternoon/evening in PS because of flight delays. That part was tough. If you follow me on IG you probably know that Johnny has been dealing with a bulging disc in his lower back, so sleeping on the floor at the Denver airport was no bueno. We did make it through the night, though (obviously), and found ourselves in the warm sunshine a day later than expected.

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We stayed at a quite little place called The Desert Star. It was precious and secluded, but still VERY close to the stuff we like do when visiting Palm Springs. We spent most of our first day recovering from lack of sleep, so it was a chill(y) day getting in the pool, napping, and sitting by the fire pit.

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The next day we hit King's Highway for brunch and then headed the Cabazon Dinosaurs (my favorite!). We actually went specifically to the Ace Hotel to see the Laura Berger mural. I've been a fan of hers for a long time, so this was really fun to see in person!

After the dinos we did some shopping and sight seeing, and ate at Evzin for dinner. I don't have any pictures because I fully believe in finding the balance between being in the moment and having documented memories, but let me tell you- that was one of the best meals of my life. So, so good!

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It was a short trip, but there's no one I'd rather spend it with. (And spend those long travel days with. 😉) We've been back for a week and a half and I still haven't unpacked, though. Why is unpacking simply the worst? Any crazy unpack-the-day-I-get-home folks out there? I (lovingly) think you're aliens. 😉

Wednesday, October 24

Broken Cameras and Big Button Dresses

I have no idea how this happened because this week feels insane, but I BLOGGED TWICE IN ONE WEEK! I feel like after typing that in all caps my computer is gonna bite the dust or something. 😂 Anyway, my friend, Mallory just released her new collection and I'm in love with this dress! The color! The buttons! The pockets! I I think it's going to be a main go-to for Fall!

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Dress: Mallory // Shirt: Urban Outfitters // Tights: Target // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

Fun story (big time sarcasm here): We took the girls on vacation to Destin, FL last month and I decided to throw my DSLR in my backpack so I could capture some beachy photos. One of my girls had been rifling around in my bag for sunglasses and hadn't zipped it back up all the way. My camera, sitting at the top of an over-stuffed backpack, pushed its way free and hit the pavement. Devastated, I grabbed the camera and just hoped, by some crazy amount of voodoo luck, that when I pushed the shutter button it would miraculously have gotten away unscathed. Nope. It was BUSTED. We reached the beach (we were literally across the street- there's almost no pavement!) and I sat and shed some tears under a beach umbrella for a quite a while, mourning the loss of my camera. It's one of those stupid moments when you're just so frustrated, but it's not really anyone's fault. Then I bought myself a piña colada and decided I wasn't going to let it wreck my entire day. 🤷🏼‍♀️
So yeah, I'm back to using my partially broken Canon 60D while my 7D is in the shop. Light a candle for her, won't ya? 😉 This also explains the double photo shoot locations. My 60D is a finicky girl.

Life happens, I suppose.

Oh, yeah- I've decided to scrap the "Weekly Wears" title since I haven't been keeping up with outfit posts. They can just be a happy spot when they actually happen. I love documenting cute outfits and getting to look back on them, though, so maybe I'll start doing it more frequently.

I hope you're having a great week so far. Be sure to check out Mallory's new collection if you get the chance!

Monday, October 22

Bits of Halloween Around the House

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Have you heard me mourn the loss of my former mantle recently? 😂 Whenever I'm decorating for a holiday, I find myself missing my fireplace mantle so much! I've finally come to the realization that I can use my entryway table as I would a mantle. I WILL have a fireplace in my house again-- I have big plans for this, I'm just not quite there yet.

Anyway, here's a peek at some spooky things around our house! I'm getting to the point where I want to start decorating for every holiday, not just seasonally.

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Do yourself a favor and buy some mini witch hats at your local craft store. You won't regret it! They are so cute on everything!

Do you decorate for Halloween? I didn't used to, but so many of my friends make their houses darling for Halloween and they've inspired me!

Leave me any links to fun Halloween decor in the comments! It can be your own home or just one you've seen around the internet! Happy Monday!

sources: Coraline doll 1, 2, 3, 4 // mini witch hats // glitter pumpkins // bison // silhouettes // entryway table (similar)