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Not so boring backsplash

24 Feb

I’m a pretty traditional gal when it’s all said and done and I just realized this because I NEVER thought about doing this. EVER. Tiles need to be in a pattern right? Or all in a pretty line? Well apparently not. I am loving this look. It’s modern but not cold and lends a really cool aesthetic to this kitchen (which isn’t too shabby itself). And it’s not too crazy so you will hate looking at it 5 years down the line. Yes please.

backsplash Geo

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Espaliered Trees

8 May

Like many of us, this city living is tight. I have been really enjoying growing food in our garden and it’s no acreage. Our garden designer tipped us off to espaliered apple trees and they really have been blowing my mind! They grow up against a wall or fence and literally take up NO space. In the few years we have had them they have given us TONS of apples off of two very small trees, no taller than 4 ft. Here are ours growing in our garden.


You also can grow them like this within the garden and make an awesome privacy screen or living room/space divider. I can’t say enough good things…espaliered trees…isn’t nature grand?

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Spring spruce up!

14 Apr

One of the quickest ways to spruce up the home this spring is a quick pressure wash (what fun!) and doing up a few planter pots for out front. Every time I commit to doing this my heart sings guaranteed when I walk in or out of the front door. I do this seasonally, and once you get into a rhythm it’s really quite fun and very rewarding. I like to use some perennials as well as some annuals to make them really sing and last. Here are my spring pots! They were super easy and I have reused the cascading perennial and twigs for several seasons.


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Paint that trim

4 Sep

I’m guilty. I admit it. I have always thought that a trim needs to be painted white. NOT the case apparently. How cool does this look? Pretty darn simple to create a pretty big statement. The grey is a neat choice but really why stop there?! Why not try butter yellow? Or Navy! Yes Navy! Now I just need to ante up, grow some cojones and jump in!

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Eating nook + Island

27 May

Short on space? Want a bigger kitchen but still want a dining room? Solution! This genius idea would work really well in a narrowish kitchen space or just in general if you want to steal some space from the dining room to increase your kitchen size. Why not build an eating nook directly onto that island…it’s three times the seating you would have gotten if you just had bar stools and you have to buy half the chairs!

Awesome bench seating attached to island, gorgeous hood, love the colors and patterns. simply beautiful. much attention to detail.Dream A Little Dream

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Galvanized Stock Tank Garden

15 May

I’ve got veggies on my mind! Our disaster yard is finally getting some tender lovin’ care and I have been researching veggie plots because I’m going to go hard into this! Well, guess how much cedar veggie plots cost? I was so surprised how much  it cost to get a custom cool looking veggie plot constructed. So I’ve had my eye on this idea for a long time and it turns out to have a lot of positives to cedar boxes for me. A) It’s cheaper. Who would have thought?! B) Their look goes right along with my need for “contemporary cottage”:) C) Our darn Terrier can’t get high enough to get into all my veggies and eat all my snow peas…THOMAS!

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Kitchen Desk

30 Jan

My new project. Yippee! I have quickly realized that the thought of doing work in the office upstairs with a toddler is…well…impossible. So this is my new solution! Why not construct a little built in desk in my kitchen (because obviously I’m there 90% of my day right?!). It’s as easy as buying one matching upper cabinet and a reminant slab of granite from my go-to guy. Not to huge but just enough space to work. Soon I will be able to store my paperwork out of sight, house the laptop permanently and have a place to work! VERY exciting stuff.

kitchen desk

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Backsplash with Style

14 Jan

The backsplash. The biggest way to make a statement in a kitchen but all that tile adds up quick in costs. This is all the rage right now and I want to move and renovate again just to do it! Instead of doing a tile backsplash why not replace it with something ever changing? The outdoors! Not only does this look ahhhh-mazing, it also gives you some light in that kitchen. And the cherry on top? The super functional extra cupboard space above it leaves for you where your old window used to be. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?!?

window backsplash by jacquelyn

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Finish That Attic…

17 Dec

So often in homes there is a gem of a space up in the old attic. If you just want to gain a small space for the kids to play or a casual office sometimes it’s as easy as some drywall and flooring. If you are wanting a more functional space like a master bedroom, etc you may need to look at adding some headroom with a dormer. If a dormer isn’t in the budget here is a quick fix to buy some going up the stairwell or above a sink. Adding a skylight in opportune places buys you some space and some lovely light as well. So if you are thinking about finishing that attic make sure to think about the placement of those skylights!

skylight increases headroom in this refinished attic

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‘Tis the Season!

30 Nov

It’s that time again that decor gets stepped up a notch! I am often posed with the question “Should we forget about decorating for the holidays when we have our home listed for sale?”. Well, in my opinion there is nothing more charming than a holiday home, simply and tastefully done. Besides, you try to tell the kids they have to have most their toys in storage AND they don’t get a Christmas tree! I think the key to holiday decorating while selling your home is to pair it back and keep it simple. A candle here, a wreath there, and a tree on the small size if you have the room. Analyze your space…if you have limited square footage utilize wall space for decorating instead of trying to squeeze in a tree. Play up your entry way and exterior spaces the same way you would in the spring with a few winter planters, and perhaps some simple white lights. Just remember, simple can be festive at the same time!

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