tiling fun – subway tile backsplash time

We never had any intention to install our own backsplash. Actually, I should rephrase that....Ray never had any intention of letting me install the backsplash. I wanted to try it after watching too much HGTV and DIY network. Our walls are not exactly straight and since we decided on white subway tile for our backsplash, he convinced me to leave this to the experts. So we have been living with plain white walls since April when we did our initial reveal of the kitchen. These two photos were taken … [Read more...]

nothing done

Apparently my last semester of grad school is going to be the biggest time suck ever. Not that the past 17 months have been a walk in the park but these last two courses are reminding me why I'm so happy to be almost done. I took a few days off of work this week for a mental health break. I worked on a major global project this entire year and I haven't taken more than a Friday or Monday here and there off all year. Couple that with working almost every night/weekend and you get a very burned … [Read more...]

a pirate’s life for me

We have a pirate bathroom. I know you are jealous and have always wanted pirate ship wallpaper. Admit it. Paired with pink and grey tile, a prehistoric vanity and built-in wall heater, it is definitely a stylish space.We have a pirate kitty too so it was a good excuse for the 9 months we lived with this bathroom. Annie needed to feel the new house was safe for her pirate kitty ways.Yes, she really only has one eye.Annie is settled so I thought it would be a good idea to tackle finally removing … [Read more...]

bar plans

We have this strange space that flows from our dining room to our family room that we call our bar.  It has already gone through a pretty big renovation. The picture on the left shows the area from our dining room to the bar when we closed on the house. The wall was covered in paneling and had a built-in wine cabinet. On the right you see the photo a few weeks after closing. We tore down the paneling and discovered a 1950/60s retro wallpaper mural. This is a crazy house and we have the … [Read more...]

bath crashers – please come crash my baths!

Have you ever seen the show Bath Crashers on the DIY Network? Matt Muenster picks up unsuspecting customers at big home improvement stores then renovates their whole bathroom. He creates dream worthy spaces from otherwise ugly and outdated bathrooms. I'm insanely jealous of all those who get his bathrooms. I fantasize that this will happen to me. Seriously. I walk aimlessly around Home Depot in hope that one day I'll see him and can sweet talk him into coming to our house. Most of the people on … [Read more...]

and then there were five!

Don't get excited, I'm not pregnant. We just adopted another cat. Yes, we know we are crazy. Yes, we are now a family of seven - two humans, three mutts and two cats. Five animals! We just couldn't resist. What can I say...we have big hearts and are suckers for animals in need.Meet Lemur. Our new 5-month old baby. She was a feral rescued by my best friend, S, as a little one and is now properly vaccinated, spayed and accustomed to the good life of living indoors. We have a soft spot for all of … [Read more...]