Sunday, March 30, 2008

House Update

As requested, here are a few picture updates of the house and decor- always left in a better state after a trip from my parents than before their arrival. Besides my new KitchenAid, my newest and favorite acquisition, courtesy of my mom and dad of course, is my newly recovered arm chairs! My mom bought the fabric and had this done for me to complete the color scheme in my living room. Now I have furniture, curtains, and accessories all making the green and aqua pallet complete, mostly courtesy of my parent's generosity. (My swan song until I die, most likely...)I will have to take some close-ups of those chairs because the light does not do it justice-especially the brightness of the green one! My favorite color. Next on the list of household to-dos is to paint the coffee table cream. (Possibly on Timm's spring break? We do have beautiful weather here now.)
Another ingenious idea from my mother- an egg tree fashioned from an enormous backyard branch, strung with over-sized polka-dot and striped eggs on string. So cute- again, the lighting doesn't really show the true beauty of this sight. (Note: the pillars in the background have finally been completed, immensely improving the impact of the kitchen.)
Just a happy little corner.
So here is the before of the kitchen. Pretty dismal. It's small, has mismatched dated appliances, a hideous metal paper towel holder affixed to the wall, and what stand out most, is the ultra dated cheap 'dirty disgusting oak'. ( The latter being Timm's assessment.)
Besides the hard wood floor which isn't my favorite color, there's not much to praise in this kitchen. Until...
Boo-Yah!!
Now what- now what?! That's right- completely made-over. That is, within the reach of new paint and accessories only. My next reasonable improvement is to paint a checkerboard floor on the diagonal. I haven't decided what color to do yet, as I want one of the colors to be the wood as it is. If we had infinite funds, matching stainless appliances would be next on task. In regards to home-improvement, as with most things I am finding that with money you can do anything. Too bad. Someday, someday. Soon I will have exterior updates as well as the cutest Easter pictures, with the cutest Easter dress-courtesy of, my mom.

18 comments:

michelle said...

It's always amazing what a huge impact painting the cabinets makes. I can't wait to do mine! Loving that orange KitchenAid, and please do take close-ups of the cute new chairs...

Amy E said...

Okay, so I do check out your blog once in a while still. I just have to say I LOVE LOVE the kitchen improvements. I should show you our kitchen. We moved back to my hometown in Nov. and our house is extremely outdated. A lot of stuff is original to the house, circa 1950s. (Example: the countertops are a hideous reddish marbley laminate) Anyway, I love what a difference paint made for you and now it makes me want to paint my nasty old pine cabinets tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing your cute house!!
Also, Bella is so adorable. I loved that pic of her funny face. Take care!!

rmt said...

Wow, your kitchen looks amazing! (And the rest of the house, too.) Where did you get the new chairs? They are very cute.
I really like it when you photograph your surroundings, so I can picture you there.

Robin said...

I don't think I can say this enough, but your house looks amazing. I mean, if I had half of you and your family's talent for decorating....*sigh*

And AWESOME job on the kitchen, those cabinets look so much better!

Amy said...

Wow, wow, WOW! It looks amazing. I love what a little paint can do. I love the knobs and handles on the drawers and cabinets. The same ones that I picked for my kitchen but have yet to buy. Maybe another year. . .Thanks for the photos.

Jill said...

Ouch! It's painful it's so cute. Are those polka-dot cushions on those chairs?? Your place is so awesome!

kim said...

LOVE the kitchen! What color is it painted? I can't wait to see it with the checkboard floor...you're so cool.

Hannah said...

Painful! Your place is so cute- it could be out of a magazine. I love your kitchen cabinets! And yes, a close-up of those chairs is in order.

Diana said...

only you could have such a cute house. I am so jealous (in a good way) of your mom's generosity and your talent.

Karli said...

everything looks so great! your decorating style is so cute, of course, just like you and your scrapbook pages! (: I love love love the living room. So homey and stylish. The kitchen looks awesome. I bet you love coming home when you're gone...now if only michelle was closer, huh? (: Hope you're feeling well.
Karli

charlotte said...

I love the house--it's so cute! It makes me miss your little townhouse last year :(

Alison said...

RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME

Anne said...

I am in love with your house. If I ever become a homeowner (and have unlimited funds) I'm going to hire you to decorate.

Claudissima said...

fabulous! I love love love your home. the kitchen's transformation is miraculous....what a gift to paint cabinets, I do not dare paint anything other than just a normal brushing, but you are sooo talented...I am in awe of your creaitivty. Hooray! I love your color scheme...so refreshing. And the generosity of your parents is soo tactible.! How sweet.

Natasha said...

Looking good and I LOVE the frames over your sofa!

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amy m said...

Your house is beautiful and so fabulously festive. Love the color.

The cabinets looks great and agree that painting them can make a huge difference.

Anonymous said...

I'm way behind in reading the blogs, so I'm glad you haven't posted in a while. Your house looks darling--I wouldn't expect any less of you!

Denise

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