Kitchen Remodel Nightmare

My kitchen still isn’t done (we started in April) so I’m not ready to share a before and after, but I need some opinions.

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Here are are the counter tops, backsplash and cabinets we chose. The counter tops are Formica brand solid surface and we’ve had nothing but issues. It has now cracked twice and so we are ripping it out and putting in granite.

I love the white with the maple, but I’m not sure what direction to go with the granite and now I’ve already got my new backsplash in! This isn’t our forever home so I’m not looking to spend a fortune on this remodel, but when I google for inspiration a lot of what comes up is black granite, and I feel that looks like the 90’s.

Anybody have any suggestions, or better yet a picture?!

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Bloom the Workshop

I had a hard time sleeping last Wednesday night in anticipation for Bloom the Workshop. Whats Bloom you ask? Just two amazing girls who collaborate together perfectly and want to share their skills it took years to hone to all us novices out there.

Michaela and Ashley, friends through blogging, set up amazing workshops across the country teaching Blogging, Photography, and Interior Design. Not to mention its just an amazing day of networking, socializing with like minded individuals, beautiful scenery and amazing treats.

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Here is the back drop, Hydrangea Blu Barn in Rockford, MI. www.hydrangeablubarn.com Check it out if you are looking for a wedding venue in Michigan. Easy to access and beautiful grounds.

Inside that adorable barn, I spent an entire day absorbing all I could about blogging, I realize my blog does not show how unbelievable Michaela and Ashley are, but let’s not hold that against them, shall we?

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This is the amazing tablescape Michaela walked us through, let’s just say after this my kids could not figure out why mommy was making our dinner table so “fancy”. I’d insert a pic of my attempts, but I’m waiting for my gold utensils to arrive….

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And this is a pic I took on my iphone while Ashley taught a photography section. I have since purchased a camera, but at the time you make do with what you have, I didn’t think it turned out too badly…but to be fair, I’m no photographer.

An inside look at the barn, and a chandelier that one day will reside in my home.
An inside look at the barn, and a chandelier that one day will reside in my home.

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We went home with a incredibly well thought out and generous swag bag, but my favorite item was my coffee mug. Not only did it keep my hands warm until the barn warmed up a bit, but it really summed up the day for me.

Please take minute to check out

  www.michaelanoelledesigns.com

www.ashleyslaterphotography.com

http://www.bloomtheworkshop.com

And if you live in the Atlanta area they are coming to a venue near you!!!

Ode to Target

I had an hour to kill why my girls were at gymnastics, so Wyman and I decided to hit up Target. He’s 1…He had no choice but to join, but I like to think of him as my partner in crime.

I’ve mentioned my love of a good deal and here are the two deals I went home with today:

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Threshold Target Pillow Sham

Two new pillow shams: Threshold $5.98 a piece

Threshold Target
Threshold Target
Reversible Threshold Target Pillow Sham
Reversible Threshold Target Pillow Sham

The shams I had on these pillows were the identical color gray of our bedding, and I just felt like it was time to change it up, a little ‘Fall Freshening’ if you will. My Husband and I have been discussing new bedding, but we never agree on anything. Why wouldn’t a man want to sleep on some beautiful cream and pink flowers every night? I’ll never know. So this is what I have for now, but I don’t like being matchy matchy, and I feel like these shams will be a great base for whatever duvet/comforter/quilt comes into our lives next.

Oh and Yes, my walls are basically black. You’ll also notice that I didn’t show anymore of our room, basically our walls are bare still. I have some paintings/pictures up, but nothing feels just right yet. For another day, as with most things in my life I concur them day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute…you get the idea. I wait for the mood to strike.

To thank little man for tagging along today, he didn’t go home empty handed.

Target Rug $13.48
Target Rug $13.48

He got a rug…as you do.

Until life’s next adventure,

Kate