Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cabinet Evolution

As we embarked on this massive project, my biggest fear/uncertainty was the kitchen cabinets and layout. Removing two walls meant losing almost all of our upper cabinets, which meant losing a LOT of storage space. That is precisely what you do not want to do when spending thousands of dollars updating your kitchen. So I knew we'd have to come up with some creative solutions that were functional and pretty at the same time. That's what we all want, right?

Here is a look at three different views of our first draft cabinet layout...



 I felt like this was a really good start. I loved the general layout. I loved the idea of hiding day-to-day appliances like the toaster, coffee maker, etc. behind cabinet doors in the 'appliance garage' with the microwave also hidden above. And that silverware drawer. Did you notice? That's another thing I pinned on Pinterest, via Apartment Therapy. It's seriously genius, and my contractor sent my kitchen pinboard to the cabinet designer, so I'm going to have it!

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Upon further review of the plans (and some slightly OCD notes all over the print-out), we realized that while pretty to look at, this plan did not provide nearly enough storage. So, we asked the cabinet designer to draw up some additional cabinets for the adjoining breakfast room wall, and here is what he came up with...

 Again, lots to love about this hutch... big, deep drawers, pretty details, but I still wanted more storage. You know, while we're at it. You can really never have too much storage in the kitchen. We went back one more time and got this...
Now, that is what I'm talking about. This hutch in the breakfast area, combined with the peninsula and back wall with the range and fridge will be perfect! I am so excited to see it all come together. We should be getting our cabinets installed this time next week. Now, to pick paint colors... I'm overwhelmed with so many options!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Power of Pinterest

I know those of you who are avid blog readers are very familiar with the latest internet phenomenon that is Pinterest, but I just thought I'd take a minute to share my testimonial of the power of Pinterest.

A while back I was browsing one of my go-to sites for fun clothes on the cheap (Forever21). I came across this very cute top and proceeded to pin it to my 'Fashion & Beauty' board on Pinterest.

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You know, just so I was sure not to forget about it, should the day come that I had a few extra dollars to spend on my wardrobe. Fast forward to this week, when I celebrated my birthday. To my delight, my sweet sister had spotted my pin, ordered the top and surprised me with it for my birthday! So fun, right?! On top of that, she sent a polite nudge to my husband about this pin as well (and he took her advice)! She's a keeper, that sister of mine!

Not only did my favorite new internet addiction serve as a birthday gift finder for my loved ones, but our remodel contractor asked me to send him a link to my kitchen board so he could get some ideas of the feeling we're going for. Gone are the days of tearing pages out of magazines and being forced to keep up with them... I can access my inspiration photos from my phone, anywhere I happen to be (and I have, many times)!

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I can't tell you how helpful it has been to see several different images of kitchens I love and be able to determine exactly what I like about each one. With so many options for countertop, cabinet color, flooring, backsplash, etc., I have such a better idea myself of what I want to achieve in our space. And to have a contractor who has a vision for what we want the space to look like... priceless! He and his team have even been on the hunt for pretty green light fixtures to try to recreate the look of the gorgeous kitchen above!

So, while Pinterest can certainly be a time-sucking black hole if you're not careful, it has proven to be quite valuable in my book! I recommend checking it out if you haven't already!

Birthday Boys

We celebrated my sweet boys' first birthday last weekend, and I can hardly believe their first year of life has already come and gone! It sounds so cliche to say, but the time goes by so quickly, I sometimes wish life had a pause button.

In my mind, this celebration was not only to commemorate the momentus occassion in the boys' lives, but also celebrating the fact that their parents survived the first year of parenthood!

The theme was a football tailgate, and given that we are a household of OU alums and super-fans, the decor was all red & white! I designed an invite to set the tone...

A few photos from the big day... they got more presents than any kid would ever need, and had a wonderful time!




My sisters served as fabulous photographers, and we had so much help from both sets of grandparents to get ready for this party. I am so very thankful for all they did! As it has been since they boys were born, we honestly wouldn't survive without the help of our families.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

D-Day!

I've been ready for this day since we laid eyes on our new house... Demo Day for our big kitchen/living room/dining room remodel was Tuesday, and I am amazed at all the progress already!
Here are a few progress photos for your viewing pleasure. My mantra for the next few weeks is, "It has to get worse before it gets better..."
Had you walked into our house through the front door on Monday, this is what you would have seen...


Here's another shot of the entry on the left, compared to the demo-in-process shots on the right. Amazing, huh?? We have removed the walls between the front, formal living room and the family room and between the family room and kitchen.


Here is a shot looking back at the front door, with the kitchen behind you...


What that space looks like now...


I am so very happy we decided to open it all up. It's going to be such a great space to enjoy our family and entertain a little!

I know it's tricky to get a lay of the land from these photos. I am working on a little floorplan diagram to give an idea of what we're working with.  As you can see, we have a lot going on, and I couldn't be happier to have such a mess!

 I'm going to do my best to get a few photos up every couple days... So stay tuned for more progress!