Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One Mess At A Time - The Desk

Full disclosure...I am a messy person. I really wish I wasn't, but I am. And living in 2 rooms of my house isn't helping with the messy situation.

In an effort to tackle my messy situation, I am trying to work on one area at a time. I know that once my kitchen is done and I am not upstairs as often, things will not get any better. I will have less motivation to actually clean up and organization.

My desk may be a small area, but I don't want to get too overwhelmed. :) I started here because this is where I sit a lot of the day. I work from home and need a spot that can be completely devoted to my job. I didn't want it mingling with my personal stuff for a few reasons. I don't want to get distracted by other things I may want to do during the day and I want to be able to close the door on work when I do need to do personal work.

My desk sits in front of the window. It is a nice little view, but it is a small desk. A few papers can make this small desk look very cluttered, which it can become rather frequently.

Thankfully, I am able to use these cute glittery containers. I made these last year for my sister-in-law's baby shower. They were a super easy Pinterest project. Now they hold pens, pencils and paper clips.

So one little area that is cleaned up...for the moment. I will be continuing to work on these little projects upstairs so when the time comes, I can tackle the downstairs.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kitchen Reno Week 6

One of my most anticipated projects on this kitchen reno started this week - the floor. The old flooring  is a really gross yellow/gold vinyl flooring that wasn't just in the kitchen, but extended all the way up to the front door. It was in a bad shape. When my mom and I first got in and started cleaning we were hoping that the floor just needed a good scrub and then would be good to go for a while even if it wasn't pretty. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. It wasn't coming clean no matter how much scrubbing was involved. Let's just say, I haven't walked barefooted downstairs since I bought this house...because of the floor.

I had originally wanted ceramic tile in my entry way and kitchen. That is the tile that I knew and thought I wanted. My mom has it in her house and has lasted a really long time. But as I looked around I was presented with some different options. I chose Congoleum Duraceramic in Warm Pewter. It is a tile that is glued down, but can be grouted so it has the appearance of a ceramic tile. I had actually picked a similar tile at another store before I decided that I was going to redo the kitchen.

So far, just the kitchen has been done, but getting rid of that yucky floor is already giving the kitchen a clean look even if it is covered in construction dust.

It hasn't been grouted yet. That will hopefully be done next week along with the rest of the entry way and hallway.

The other exciting thing that happened this week is that my countertops were templated! I cannot wait until that comes. I went in with an open mind as far as countertops go, but was pretty certain I would end up with a solid surface countertop. I really didn't want granite because I know there is some maintenance to it, but would have considered it. But in deepest dreams included quartz. Well, there was nothing I liked in either solid surface or granite, but I found a quartz I loved! In a few weeks Cambria Quartz in Minera will be covering the cabinets. More exciting things to come!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Snapshots Into My Life

What I am seeing through my lens this week.

I got to see this cutie last weekend. I can't believe she is 11 months old already! My brother put a swing up for her and she LOVED it! She is going to be a little daredevil.

Luna has the tendency to be overly friendly when people come over. So she gets put "in jail." I put a gate up at the bottom of the stairs, so she can still see, but not touch our visitors.

Someone got a bath this week!! I don't know who feels better about that - me or her. She was a little stinky, especially after staying at a kennel that also has horses. She is a pretty girl!

Pizza Palooza is this weekend in Sylvania, OH. Nine area pizza places are competing to be the best! But to be honest, the pizza I had was only okay. I stick to my favorite Marco's pizza.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kitchen Reno Week 5

I haven't been keeping up with my kitchen reno updates very well. There was a little delay over the July 4th holiday  and now things are moving forward again.

I did the painting, and I am pretty proud of my work. I used the same color paint that is in the living room. Since my wall space was going to be so much more limited, I really didn't want to add another color to the downstairs. The color is an almost perfect match to the cabinets. It is incredible.

The biggest change is that the cabinets are finally in!! The empty space is finally starting to look like a kitchen. This idea that I have had in my head for months is finally coming to reality.

I am starting to envision using the kitchen and thinking about where things should go.

I have a blank spot. My walls shrunk by half an inch so the cabinets had to be rearranged slightly and one new cabinet had to be ordered.

Now the flooring is going in and the countertops will be templates this week. The end is starting to come into sight!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Snapshots Into My Life

What I am seeing through my lens this week.

Saturday morning at the farmer's market. I love this place. As the summer goes on, the tables fill up with lots of good, local produce.

My mom and I are spending the long holiday weekend in Pennsylvania. On Thursday night, we had a nice bonfire and made s'mores. So good!!

When I was a little girl, my family would come to Pennsylvania for 4th of July. Back in those good ol' days, there was a big parade followed by a carnival. The parade went away for a few years, but it is coming back. Lots of tractors and fire trucks, but lots of fun memories.

I love fireworks! We had a great spot to see a fantastic display. I hope I get to see more throughout the summer.