Monday, March 16, 2015

Reason for the Unplanned Break

I usually blog just a few times a week so you might not have noticed I haven't posted in awhile.

Everything began with what I think was the flu a couple weeks ago.  After recovering, I had to rush around last week putting together a school event for Thursday night.  I was basically going non-stop.  Even the night of the event was crazy because after cleaning up at school, we packed up the car and left our house at 9:00 p.m. for a long ski weekend in Vermont.  Yeah, it's a 4 1/2 hour drive but we were all looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.  I was also looking forward to getting back to a more regular blogging schedule this week...

Sadly, while we were in Vermont, we received a call from family that my father in law passed away unexpectedly.  Needless to say, we rushed home immediately.

I don't get overly personal on my blog but I felt the need to share this heartbreaking news with you.  We have an extremely close knit family and this wonderful man was the epicenter of it all.  I loved him like my own father and we will miss him terribly.

I am going to take a few days or so to spend time with family so don't be surprised if I don't post for awhile.  On the other hand, I may be inspired to write more - or at least stop by some beautiful blogs to escape some sadness for a bit.

Please give your loved ones an extra hug today and remember to appreciate every moment you get to spend with them.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Emerging from the Storm

Quite the stormy week around here...

We began with a delayed school opening on Monday.
Then the big storm hit Wednesday night
and school was called off for Thursday.

The kids (and the dog)
were in the backyard playing in the snow by 8:30 am.

Rosie could have stayed out there all day!

And I think we ended up with 7 to 8 inches
on top of what we already had.

The boys worked hard on shoveling the sidewalk.

But by evening we wondered if the snow plow guy 
would ever show up and clear the driveway!

 Luckily by this morning we were plowed out
and back to school!
(With a 2 hour delay of course!)

But the snow wasn't the only "storm" I had to deal with this week.  Last Friday night I felt a little tired when we took the kids out to dinner.  Didn't think much about it...Then later that night I woke up with a slight fever which turned to chills, body aches, congestion, sore throat....Let's just say I haven't had the best week.

I can't remember the last time I was basically useless for days.  A couple of the days I literally stayed in bed almost continuously.  I really only started to feel better yesterday and even then (and now) I couldn't do much because I feel weak very fast.  Drinking tons of hot tea, resting and eating chicken soup has pretty much been my routine.  My eyes were watery and I had so much head congestion that I didn't even read much.  Basically, I flipped though TV channels, read some of my favorite blogs and scanned through Instagram.  So I want to thank all you bloggers out there who provided me with pretty things to look at and allowing me to keep my mind off of being sick.

And I want to thank Rosie for keeping me entertained....

I think she knew I wasn't feeling well 
because she was right by my side all week.
(When she wasn't prancing around in the snow with the kids!)

Love this dog.

And thank you to my wonderful husband for taking care of dinners, dishes, kids, homework...just about everything.  The house ran surprisingly smooth this week besides the occasional brother disagreements and bedtime shenanigans.  Thank you to my darling boys for "tucking me in" and making me love being your mommy even more!

Feeling sick really makes you appreciate all the things in life to be thankful for...just as a loooooooonnnngggg snowy winter really make you appreciate spring!  It's gotta be here soon....

How is your weather?
Has anyone come down with the flu in your house?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Inspiration and Shopping

Don't you just love this living room?

Not only is the room classic and inviting but it has given me inspiration for colors and textures for my family room.  If you have read some of my recent posts, you know that we are in the process of renovating our kitchen,  Our orange-tinged oak cabinets will be replaced with white painted ones.

My kitchen is open to the family room so I have been trying to envision how the new white cabinets will look with the warm colors of my family room.  Since we are also replacing the floors with hardwood, I am feeling more confident that I can achieve a similar look to the inspiration photo.

We all know how one project seems to snowball into another so of course, now I think I want some spindle chairs...

I discovered a few stores which carry them.  Here are a few options:

So what do you think of spindle chairs?

Even if you are not in the market for these chairs,
at least do yourself a favor and check out
the architect's website where I found the inspiration photos:
You might recognize his name because he designed the
HGTV Dream Home 2015!

Speaking of the Dream Home, I wonder when they will be calling me to say that I won?...

What are you working on these days?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Where Can I Put the Baker's Rack?

I get questions all the time 
asking where I bought my baker's rack.  

I even wrote a post - Where Did You Get That Baker's Rack?   

It's not an expensive piece of furniture 
but it does add an overall warmth to the kitchen.  

I frequently change the accessories on the shelves 
to reflect the seasons or holidays 
and I keep cookbooks in the cabinets below.

It really is a versatile piece.  
I guess that's why it's so popular with people who read my blog.

The other day while I was obsessing over the layout and other details of my kitchen renovation, I wondered to myself - Where Can I Put the Baker's Rack?

That divider wall to the left of the baker's rack will be gone
so the cabinets can run along the whole wall.

The cabinets will go to the ceiling so I will have much more storage.
I really don't need the baker's rack in here anymore.

But where can I put the thing?

With a china cabinet already in the dining room,
it might look strange in there...

But I don't think I want to get rid of it yet...

So what do you think?

Paint it and try it in the dining room?

Sell it?

Keep it in the basement 
until we possibly build a screened in porch in a couple years?

I would love your thoughts or suggestions!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Choosing Appliances

If you have read my blog lately, you know that we are fully renovating our kitchen.  The layout is almost complete and we are about the order the cabinets...that is - after I can commit to the sizes of the appliances.
As you can see, we currently have a wall oven (that we never even changed to stainless steel when we replaced the rest of the old appliances years ago.)

This time around I am going totally different...Instead of the practical wall ovens, I am going with this:

Yes, a 48 inch dual fuel range.  Sure I will have to bend over to use the ovens.  Sure I have a bad back so this is probably not the most practical choice for me...but I just love the way this is going to look with a range hood something like this...

And my cabinets will be white too so this gives you a good idea of how my kitchen could look.  I love it so much even though the practical side of me tells me to practical!

And technically I am being practical because even though I would have loved to buy the expensive Wolf range or even the Thermador, I went with the Jenn Air.  Sure, it might not be as "flashy" as the other two brands, but Jenn Air is a great brand and I am happy with my choice.  As with many appliance deals, I get a free dishwasher with the purchase of the range.  

We are not buying a new refrigerator because ours in in good shape and since it's counter-depth, it should look ok with the new cabinets.  

I would have loved to buy a built-in refrigerator but if I am splurging on this crazy stove, I really cannot convince my husband we need a new fridge too.  The microwave will be a Jenn Air and we are still deciding on the placement of that before the cabinets are ordered.

So, I guess you could say, I am making progress.  I cannot believe how many decisions there are to make!

What kind of ovens do you have - wall or range?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Filing Cabinet Shopping

I need to break away from all my kitchen planning and get moving on some organization in my office!

I am in the midst of working on a school event for March and the piles have started everywhere!

Sure, I might have storage baskets
And believe me, these baskets have helped so much 
with everyday papers.

But I also need a filing cabinet!
Or at the very least - a table to put this printer on!

I bought the printer a few months ago because I was tired of running upstairs to print from my husband's office.  What a difference it makes having it close by.  Why did I wait so long?  But it just can't sit on the floor like that.  It makes the room feel sloppy and unfinished.

I think a nice, white filing cabinet would be perfect in this space.  Here are a few I am considering.

 The Pottery Barn Bedford...


Home Decorators - Oxford


Home Decorators Oxford with Pull-Out Shelf
(the shelf might be helpful when the papers come off the printer)

I know, they all look similar.  The Pottery Barn one is more expensive but it does come fully assembled which is a plus.  I just know I want a white wood one.  Since the cabinet will sit next to my bookshelves, it makes sense to go with white.

Then again, I think I have seen enough white lately...
Yes, this was the scene at my house a few minutes ago.  Another snow storm, another snow day...when will it end?

What's the weather like in your area?

Or if you are sick of talking about this crazy winter weather...
What kind of filing cabinet/system do you use?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Recent Happenings...

How is it Friday already?!!  Between snow days, delayed openings, school parties and Valentine's Day, I haven't gotten much done this week!  In addition to those things, I have started working on an annual school event that I co-chair in March.

AND on top of all of that....I  have been crazy busy planning my kitchen renovation!  We are still finalizing the layout but I have started looking at samples of finishes...

I know for sure that the main cabinets will be white...probably White Dove, the floor will be hardwood, and the island will be a stained color (possibly one of the two choices above).  So happy to be changing the peninsula to an island AND enlarging/lowering our kitchen window!!!

Goodbye freakishly high window!

All I can think about lately is this kitchen!  And once again I apologize if you follow me on Pinterest.  You are probably getting flooded with all kinds of kitchen photos lately.  I will try to tone it down a bit - or at least space them out!  Hopefully, we can get the cabinets ordered soon and get moving on this kitchen by April!  At least it will be warmer then and maybe we can use our outdoor grill while our kitchen is out of commission!

This winter has been pretty brutal in the Northeast!  We have gotten a ton of snow - and are expecting a little more this weekend.  Today the temperature was 7 degrees when the kids left for school!  I cannot wait for spring!

Not only am I excited about the warmer spring weather, but I am looking forward to another Broadway Show!  A bunch of friends and I just bought tickets for Finding Neverland!  I could not be more excited!