Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HOUSE TOUR TUESDAY, Kitchen Remodel Part 3

Yippee Skippee!  It's installation day here on Highpoint Circle and this girl (antique girl) couldn't be happier (I hope).  If you would like to see more on this remodel, look here and here.  Took a little vacay last week with my honey and it could not have come at a better time for both of us.  I was a LITTLE stressed with the remodel delays and my honey was a LITTLE stressed with his work.  So, if you know us at all, we headed to Florida, but of course, not without a little trouble from Delta Airlines cancelling our flight and taking a day of our trip away.  Gotta love flying these days.  BUT, hey, we were headed to Florida and once we got there, aaaaahhhhhh.............

I named these clouds (yes, I do things like that) "The Hand of God".  They looked like His fingers coming out of the gulf.  Spiritual moment...

This is my happy place.  I can stare at the water and meditate for hours.  

Okay, okay, head out of the clouds and back to the kitchen reno.  At least now you know that when my mind wonders, it wonders to the Emerald Coast of Florida.  TMI?

Here's what this area of the kitchen looked like this morning....  Sorry for the lousy picture (like seriously lousy), I know I should of turned off those lights, huh?  Really, soooo sorry!

Then the same space looked like this and I have to say, I liked it!  I understand the whole shelving concept going on in kitchens in a way I never could have before.  I just would not want my stuff exposed all the time.  Maybe other people's houses don't get as dusty as mine. In this house, I would have to dust my dishes before setting the table for each meal!  Noooo thank-you.

Now, it looks like this...  The sides and the doors will have glass and lighting will be added.  Crown molding will be installed between the cabinet and the ceiling  Can you see my vision starting to come to life?  This is scary-time for me--hoping my vision matches reality.

And, because I can NEVER stop decorating, the crown moldings that they took down might just find their way into another room.  Seriously, why waste good product?

Well, they are back and the noise is getting to me, so I'll sign-off for now.  Thanks for stopping by and following along on this remodel with me.  Till next time...


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Friday, August 08, 2014


Last week was one of the more frustrating weeks I've had in a long time.  Sorry to be "Debi Downer", but it just was.  Hopefully, you know, that if I'm posting about it, it must have been a doozie!

what a difference a visit (or a phone call from a friend) can make.  This visit made my day and my blood pressure a whole lot better.

Background:  I was locked out of the house from the deck and had to go to the garage at the front of the house.  While I was there I thought I'd water a planter on the porch.  I walked to the porch and thought, "I don't remember a garden statue on that rock."  I turned to look and there was this little rabbit AND he wasn't the least bit afraid of me!  We stared in disbelief at each other and decided to spend some time together on a lovely summer's evening.

It was a rare instant of something wild knowing I meant no harm and I was, in fact, grateful for a suspended moment before life went on.

So...I sat and looked at my little friend, sure he would hop at any moment BUT he didn't.

Because it felt so good to be near him and know he wasn't afraid, I talked to him.   Afterwards I felt more calm than I had in weeks.

It was wonderful to be out of "kitchen planning" mode and all of the associated problems with any major remodel and just empty myself for a bit.

Thanks for the visit little buddy.
Don't stay away too long, okay.

Thanks for reading and sticking with me through my irregular posting schedule.  I appreciate it more than you know!  Go outside and breathe deeply....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I know, I know, I'm a day late with my post this week.
I am very sorry.

The other bad news is my kitchen project is at a standstill.
It's due to a contractor not making his deadline and
he's unsure when he will make it.
He's making my upper cabinets.

 I'm a tab bit frustrated...

So I thought this week would be a good time to show you a small sampling of things that tickle my fancy.  (And that last statement begs the question, what exactly is a fancy?)

 For the first course, I present...
 Smoked salmon
 The chef at our favorite sushi restaurant always sends us a plate of smoked salmon that he prepares beautifully and it is always, always delicious.  We don't order it, it just comes to our table with his compliments!  He is soooo kind to us.  We love him, of course.

The second course I present is crab...
There is a wonderful FREE app that will turn any photo into a gorgeous watercolor picture.  I just had to share it with you.  It is called WaterlogueGet it now, before they realize they could charge for it!  I took the ordinary picture above, cropped it, and then applied the app on my IPhone and voila!  Here's the beautiful result...
For the final course, I wanted to leave you with a gift ('cause you know I love ya!)
 Okay, because I love ya a lot, I'll be generous and give you two...

The back story is, these photos were taken in the bathroom (if you've read this blog any time at all, you know this a bathroom habit of mine, especially when I see something I HAVE to share with you) at the MHK store on the Plaza in Kansas City.  FYI:  This  is a concept store that Hallmark is trying out and since they are based in KC...well, you get the idea.  I love this little store and these beautiful packages were showcasing some of their goods available to purchase.  Gorgeous, huh?  Who doesn't love pretty packages?

Thanks for reading.  I'm sooo glad you stopped by.  Hopefully next week I'll have some kitchen news, even if it is just more frustration but I do understand that is part of any remodel.  I am just so excited to see my ideas become reality.

Enjoy your presents...
I just realized, the next time I talk to you, it will be August.  Oh my!  Let me be the first to wish you a Happy August!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HOUSE TOUR TUESDAY: Kitchen Redo, Part 2

The ugly side of redoing something in a house is...the process of getting to the pretty part.  The hard part of getting to the pretty part is living in the mess.  aaaarrrggghhhh!  

And, so, it has begun...the kitchen countertops and backsplash were removed yesterday morning.  (Part I is here)  This is what my kitchen currently looks like...

Anyone want some dust?  It is everywhere!

Stuff is everywhere...

The last time I had countertops replaced, I didn't remove anything from the bottom cabinets.  YUCK!  Lesson learned.  Yesterday I emptied everything below the countertops and pulled all of the draws out and stored them in another room.  The good news is today the countertops will be delivered and installed.  Yeah!!!!

Notice the backsplash is gone...uh, yeah, I didn't plan on replacing it when this project started percolating in my head and I work needlessly trying to coordinate the new items with the old backsplash.   Bad idea.  Very bad idea!  I could have saved myself countless hours at the beginning if I would have just let go of the backsplash.  It really wasn't until last week that I knew the backsplash needed to go and I've been working on this project for 3-1/2 months!  Then I was overwhelmed that I needed to choose something so major for this project.  I've made a decision and I'm really happy I'm changing it now.  LESSON:  If you change your countertop, change your backsplash too.

When the countertops were removed yesterday (and the old ones went to a wonderful home, and not in the landfill,  so I don't feel so guilty for wanting new ones), I didn't realize that part of the very first countertop this house had is still here.  Would you like to see what I moved into 20 years ago?

Let me describe this to you...it is mauve Formica and it was everywhere in this kitchen along with kitchen carpet featuring a mauve flower trellis pattern.  Trying to make the best of these elements, I hung mauve plaid wallpaper.  Okay, remember, it was 20 years ago!

So, tomorrow, new Ceasarstone quartz countertops in Frosty Carinna will be installed and the backsplash will come a little later.  I hope I love those new countertops--the rest of the kitchen is based on them!

And because I don't like to end a post with an ugly picture and because you've read down (or looked at ugly pictures) this far, here's a picture of the countertop slab...

Ceasarstone Frosty Carinna

1" White Marble Hexagon Mosaic Tile

Till next time, thanks for stopping by...(wish me luck) 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HOUSE TOUR TUESDAY, Summer Vignettes

Warning:  If you are a first time visitor, you should know that 
I  love   the beach

I go every chance I get.  So in my landlocked Kansas home, I use a lot of natural items that remind me of my time by the water.  (If you crave a little more inspiration, you can look here, here, here, and here.  There are lots more posts on this, but I should stop boring you now so you'll read the rest of this one!)

I titled this post, "Summer Vignettes", but some of these items are out all year--I just can't help myself!  A friend was recently over to my house and said, "You should do a blog post of some of these vignettes."  So, here it is...  

The huge float was a gift from a great friend who knows me well!

 This is Charlie the fish.
He frequently eats seasonal items and show up on blog posts.
This time he ate some sea glass and a shell. 

I have two of these corbels from a local antique shop.
I had no idea what I'd do with them when I bought them,
but I had to have them.
Forgot that my starfish needed a perch!

 A seashell swag on an antique iron hall tree!
Another TJ Maxx purchase--love that store.

Shock, another starfish in a lantern!
There are two of them too!
They hang beside an antique cabinet.

This cloche is from the same friend that bought me that large float in the first photo!
It sets on top of my Grandmother's bowed-front china cabinet.

And lastly, here's a little carved fish from TJ Maxx.
I paid $12.99 for it and saw it in an "antique" store for $80!

Yes, there are a couple of trends here.  One, the natural sea elements and second the antiques.  I think they make wonderful housemates.

Thanks  for stopping by.
I appreciate each visit and love to read any comments you leave.

Have a wonderful summer week!