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Kelley

The Kitchen: Mini-Reno

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Let’s keep talking about this kitchen: We already talked about the plan for our temporary floor renovation, and the floor certainly isn’t the only thing we’d like to change about this kitchen. Unfortunately, we’re not financially in a position to do the “big” kitchen renovation we want this year, which is what we’d originally planned on. So […]

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Kelley

Planning: Built-in desk?

Decor & Furnishings, DIY Projects, Home Improvement, Inspiration 1 Comment

As much as I wish my house was photo worthy at any moment, it’s generally not. Take this section of the living room, for example:   Truth be told, that might even be a “tidy” day in the desk corner.   Our living room & dining room are combined into one big L, and while […]

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Kelley

Bathroom Remodel: Planning

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Remember this beauty? We’re starting the remodel today … I always thought it would be awesome to completely renovate a room from the walls in. Instead of worrying about working with existing elements, or being constrained by the layout of fixtures or wall switches, how great would it be to start from scratch? When we negotiated […]

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Kelley

Next on the Docket

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… is probably the Dining Room. Next to our nicely refreshed kitchen, the dining room is sadly looking like the catch-all, utilitarian room it really is. It’s still sporting the original paint color from when we bought the house (which is just a generic beige-y gray- not nearly as ugly as the original paint color […]

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Kelley

My Friends Have Style

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After the adventure of the Inca Trail in Peru, Alex and I weren’t quite ready to come back to the US yet, so we went on to visit Colombia to see some friends from our MBA program. We had two stops — Medellin, followed by Bogota, and just under a week to do it. First […]

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Kelley

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First, let me give you a little background on my love for burning wood (although, really — who doesn’t like burning stuff?). I grew up in a 200 year old house that had 6 fireplaces (for a modestly sized 4 bedroom house). Two of those were large cooking fireplaces, like this (although ours were nicer, […]

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Kelley

New Dining Room Chairs

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No, sadly this isn’t a “reveal” of how I finished reupholstering all of my dining room chairs. I still have yet to make it past the first one, and since I was out of town for work last week, I didn’t get much done in the way of dining room progress. Other than daydreaming about […]

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Kelley

How to pick backsplash tile

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So, that title is a bit misleading … you may figure I’m about to tell you the secret to choosing, but the truth is that I don’t really know. So here’s my thought process. Here’s what we do know: we want to put a backsplash in, to add some interest to the kitchen, and also […]

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Kelley

Paralysis by Analysis: Countertops

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So we’re working on the cabinets, and the awesome new color scheme is in effect. But our kitchen revamp is still missing a critical piece — we’ve got some ugly countertops that need to be replaced, as well as some wall space that is in need of a backsplash. For the backsplash, I’m fairly set on a […]

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Kelley

Kitchen Time! (A call to action)

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So, next up on the docket? Showing my “meh” (on a good day) kitchen some love. The office worked out pretty well, so I figured we should apply the same principles to renovating the kitchen. Oh wait. We didn’t have principles. Just mood boards. But, nevertheless, we shall perservere. I’ll have some mood boards to get in […]

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