Sunday, May 5, 2013
I have been forever posting about my dream options and what I would do if/when I had the opportunity to make some changes. If I mulled one option, I’ve mulled them all!
In case you are new to my blog or you’re grey matter is better occupied with items affecting your own life, allow me to mention a few details about our house.
Our house is slightly older than 130 years. When we purchased it, the kitchen was a bright and cheery yellow with white cabinets and appliances. It was lovely, but didn’t really suit my style. Apparently, I am not “bright and cheery;” I am more dark and, (what?) depressing? No, that’s not it (at least, I hope not). Well, choose your own adjective, but be gentle, please.
First we painted (walls and cabinets), then we added ceiling tin for a backsplash, followed by a few other projects (details are here). A new refrigerator happened. A few years ago we added the new flooring.
That was big. We did it ourselves. ‘nough said.
I have been struggling with the options available for our counter top choices. The brief history: I wanted marble (too expensive), same was true of the solid surface substitutes. I loved the butcher block counter our friends, Glenn and Märtha had installed in their house, but they didn’t have a backsplash, which we needed due to the tin we had installed.
It took me far too long to come up with idea of using a piece of 1 x 6 and painting in black. The idea hit me while flipping through an issue of This Old House magazine. (I have spent two days looking for an image to show you, but I can’t find it.) Once I had that all-to-obvious answer to my problem, the die was cast and we started planning.
This spring, Darren let me know that he had set aside enough money so that we could purchase the remainder of our countertops and some appliances.
Okay—so, let’s cut to the chase. The new stuff!
It started like this:
off came the counter tops and out with the dishwasher . . .
we have a large, cast iron sink—that will be back . . .
away with the white, only 3 working burners stove . . .
Then there was this:
Larry on the right and his son, Ryan, on the left—taking measurements for the sink . . .
Glenn doing his impression of supervisor. He was actually a huge help throughout this process.
My contribution . . . painting the boards for the backsplash.
We had a bit of a scare when all of the counter tops were unwrapped and one piece was much lighter than the others.
They were purchased on three separate occasions—two pieces were purchased within a few weeks of each other, but the third piece was purchased by Glenn and Märtha several years ago.
As it turned out, two of the pieces had been pre-treated with the mineral oil recommended for the care of butcher block counters. Once we added the mineral oil to the lighter piece it became quickly obvious it would take on the same patina as the others.
And, here they are!
I had started to put all of my stuff back in its place, then thought I better get a picture of them naked.
At risk of breaking my arm, patting myself on the back, I have to say they look as though they have always been here; exactly what I wanted. I am happier than I thought I would be!
Then I returned everything to its place. (I will be replacing that microwave soon.)
The new range and hood. I am in love!
You can see the new, extremely quiet and large dishwasher in the left corner.
Here you see our wonderful sink back in place. (I missed that dishcloth hanging in the cabinet—oh well, it is the most used room in the house and there is the evidence!)
Not able to leave “well-enough alone,” I have already considered a possible mini-project. The cabinet doors under the sink are not hanging square anymore. I am thinking of removing them and hanging some curtains instead. What’s your opinion? I think it will look period appropriate. Would you remove the faux drawers and start the curtain there or would you just remove the doors? I suppose if I just remove the doors, they could be replaced later, if desired. I’d use something resembling vintage flax—the real thing is acceptable, too, but I need easy care as dirty hands will be accessing them. I am interested in your thoughts.
Okay—this has been an extremely long and self-indulgent post. I hope it helps someone with their remodeling project. I just want you to know that it was a very inexpensive (as kitchen renovations go) update—less than 6K which included my appliances, counter tops, and the construction costs. I had a very reliable, conscientious and competent team doing the work (Elite Renovations). If you have any questions about my choices or how things are working-out, let me know . . . I’ve been there and now . . . I’ve done that!
More than ever, I thank you for your indulgence.
Friday, April 26, 2013
ever felt like you are the only person on the face of the earth suffering from a severe lack of creativity? of inspiration? of motivation?
well, here I sit—wondering where my “c.i.m.” is, so I started perusing blog list and the answer is no. no one else appears to be suffering from a lack of c.i.m.
did you know in australia, the 25th of april is anzac day? my friend tanya posted a poignant tribute on her blog, suburban jubilee.
and then there is the amazing pam garrison who is working on this great commitment to document her “project life” (now into week 13), plus all kinds of other creativity she manages to squeeze in as well. (it’s enough to make a girl feel like a total failure!)
and finally, my upstairs neighbor, kimberly santiago—having veered off our mutually-agreed-to complacency path—took another stroll down the road of productivity and added these kits to her inspired inventory.
this is just a sampling of all of the productive and creative folks out there accomplishing great things.
so, tell me, how do you overcome your creative obstacles?
thanks for your indulgence.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
there are few things that get me as jazzed about being a shopkeeper as doing a BIG switch-a-roo at the shop. we have new things rolling into the shop, so my creative juices have been flowing. it takes a while to build-up to making such a big change, but once i decide the major pivot points—so to speak—we start the shuffling. we move the small pieces off of the display furniture, reposition the furniture and start putting it all together again.
we work the new merchandise into the displays and show new ways to use and display the items we have had for a while. what better way to show folks that we offer home décor that they will use year ‘round? i mean, when you decorate for the various seasons you choose to celebrate, you don’t move all of your existing furniture and accessories out of the house—you make additions (along with a few subtractions).
I hope, if you live nearby, you will come in for a “look-see” yourself, but here are a few pictures to show you a few of our changes.
I will be posting some detail shots of the inventory and displays later this week, but as I said—I hope you plan to come for a visit soon.
thanks for your indulgence,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
We have just received several shipments of spring and summer scarves in a multitude of patterns, shapes and sizes—many of which can be used in a variety of ways. Stop in the shop for a closer look-see or give us a call for to arrange shipping, 931-647-0444.
This multi-striped scarf has been our best seller in many colors and incarnations (fall to spring). it is now available in aqua, green, white (shown) and pink for only $12.95.
Bright, light weight scarf with beaded fringe—available in purple, orange, pink, green (shown), yellow, aqua and blue. $12.95
bright stripes scarf (light weight and super soft)—predominant colors of each scarf are: aqua and purple, green and orange, bright green and pink (shown). $17.50
Medallion print scarf (suitable as a sarong, too)—available in pink, olive (shown) and salmon. $22.50
Baisc ikat print scarf in orange, yellow, taupe and pink (shown). $18.75
Dotted paisley edged scarf, grey and pink (shown), green and pink or blue and purple. $18.75
Bird silhouette scarf—ivory background (shown) or pink background. $37.50
Birds on a wire scarf, trimmed in lavender (shown), pink or green. $35.00
I love wearing scarves—which translates into a large selection of scarves available at Hodgepodge!
Thanks for your indulgence,
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
sounds like a threatening sky or a healing bruise—so why am I in love with this color combo???
it is difficult for me to catch the colors . . .
trust me—it’s brown and grey
(even my PJs)
and now, images where you can actually see the colors . . .
especially beautiful with her grey hair
nature knows best!
natures versions of brown and grey can’t be beat
What is your current color obsession?
thanks for your indulgence,