Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I have moved.

Here, here! Big news. I am super excited to announce that I have decided to revamp the blog and along with it comes a move. New name, new look: Please follow me over at: 

HelloColleenN.wordpress.com



It's going to be super fun, much more me. See the polka dots? Definitely me. Please join in the fun! I will leave this content here for a while, but you'll slowly see it go and not all of it will be transferred to our new home. If you have questions or just want to say hello, please email me at Hello.ColleenN@gmail.com

Hip Hip!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Friday, November 22, 2013

etsy round-up: for a little girlie-girl.

I haven't done a round-up post in a while and noticed my Esty favourites are getting quite full. Perhaps it is the impending holidays that has me looking at sweet prizes. For the season rather than doing gift guides, I thought I would combine them wit my etsy round-up. This one here is for a little girlie-girl.

A sweet hand-lettered family tree. 









Monday, November 18, 2013

House progress: a plan for the kitchen


My dad is redoing his kitchen and took me by the granite/marble shop the other day. Imagine my delight, when the very next day, one of my favorite blogs featured exactly the counter and back splash I have been dreaming about. Sarah used the calacatta gold marble I love! I am still wavering a bit on an apron sink. This is a gorgeous example. I do definitely want a sunken sink and single drive faucet, the copper is especially pretty. But that back splash and counter as the same marble is so gorgeous and so simple.



My problem isn't really the material or colors (I still want to marry those countertops above, aren't they gorgeous?!) My real trouble is the layout, as with most older homes, it had a giant stove at one point, an ice box in the adjacent porch/mudroom. We'd like to keep the original cabinetry, but need to build up something more functional around the stove. Two appliances jammed next to each other is not classy.cabinetry, but need to build up something more functional around the stove. Two appliances jammed next to each other is not classy.

So here's my plan:

And a few ideas...



1. Under the arched "nook" (the current microwave + the table it sits on would be removed) replaced by a new gas range, centered around two new lower cabinets (painted grey with bras hardware), and a magnificent copper hood (super modern could work too, money will likely be deciding factor), and either use herringbone tile, or marble the entire wall, with no upper cabinetry. 


2. Build an 'L' onto the existing lower counters just below the double windows. Leaving the current cabinet configuration in place with addition of new countertops, faucet, lighting, etc... We'd lose a built-in spice cabinet that currently goes below counter height. I would utilize this lower space for a small built-in area for the microwave. A pale green Smeg would be so fun!





We plan on redoing the kitchen in small increments, although I am really craving new counters, but I have to decide on the 'L'  before that. Come to think of it I also need to nail down which sink,  faucet and hardware to use as well.





Definitely loving brass right now! This sink is amazing! And as much as I day dream about the Restoration Hardware Duluth pulls, they don't currently carry them in brass, in fact when I talked to them they suggested I try back in a decade. Ha! What a response right? 




Friday, November 01, 2013

such a tease


You might have wondered what happened to me? Well, we have been traveling lately and are now back home safe and sound. With a mostly painted house and adorable grey kitty waiting for us. More to come.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

hoppy halloween


Hope you all are well. Sorry for the really long hiatus. I will explain soon. For now, on to eating a bit of candy.

Monday, July 08, 2013

design board: living room 3.2


It's here! Finally. The living room design board. I realized a while ago, that two things were out of place on all my other plans and in the room itself. First, there wasn't enough weird/funky/fun in the living room. Enter this crazy vintage safari chair. Second; color. The light green walls had to go, they were getting far too traditional for our style and I learned I'd much rather bring in color through art and pillow type accessories. Enter the white/champagne/greige paint. We still have texture and geometric shapes, and it certainly helped that I nailed down the sofa. This one is not only comfortable and stylish, but I believe kitty will approve of the height in which it sits off the ground, as she could hide/retrieve her own toys from underneath it. So many good things here on this board. The "it" piece by Michelle Armas really sets off the color scheme. Ferm living throw blanket, west elm and anthopologie pillows (past season), brass library lamp are the jewelry all work together because of the art. The big ticket items: The Crosby Sofa. The Moooi Non-Random Light. The Kasbah Wool Rug. Leather Pouf. Alberta Table Lamp. Safari Chair (try craigslist or vintage places if you don't like that anthropologie price tag). The Parsons Tower. Now that I am thinking about it, this board only really covers half of the living room. Stay tuned for part two — the mantle side.
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