the kitchen, 2.0

It looks like the big kitchen project is really falling into place. The painter comes on Friday, the beautiful slabs of carrera are waiting at Allen’s shop, the tile backsplash is hanging out in the garage, we have appliances coming this week.

Let’s talk about this kitchen redo, a few of the things will stay the same. I refuse to let go of the Vanilla Bean glaze on the cabinets in exchange for stark white. I thought I’d take you through the process and let you see the changes we are making. I feel like it’s going to look completely different, and I am giddy with excitement.


 The biggest change will be the countertops. We’re exchanging the Tropic Brown granite for Carrera Blanco marble. The marble was a huge victory for me, I’ve only been professing my love for white marble to Allen since we were dating. He’s only been telling me no since the first time I asked. Never one to give up on what I love, here we ten years later and my very own marble slabs are just waiting for their new home.


The backsplash is going to go as well. We’ll be switching it our for a gray glazed porcelain tile in a herringbone pattern. We’ll be switching the sink for a farmhouse sink and a new faucet. And the walls will get a fresh coat of paint that matches the paint throughout most of our house.

As far as appliances, we’re replacing the cooktop, but everything else will remain the same.

Of course, the desk area is going to go, and we’ll be adding two new appliances, an ice maker and a wine refrigerator. I mentioned this before, but the desk just isn’t useful to us at all. It is a glorified clutter catcher, and I’m ready to add some function to that space.


I put together a little inspiration board. You can see the colors and the feel I’m going for by looking at the board. We’re slated to put it all in place on our anniversary weekend, I can’t wait to share the progress!

kitchen redesign



Home Tour: Dining Room

I’ve been on a roll lately with house projects. The craft room is basically finished, I just have a few boxes to go through and then I’ll be ready to do a reveal post, and I’m in the middle of turning our screened-in back porch into a cozy outdoor living area. I made a few changes in the dining room over the weekend and decided to call it complete.

The dining room is one of my favorite spaces, even though we don’t use it as much a I would like, but I imagine one day we’ll sit around the dining room table for dinner and clear the dishes for family game night. Or not, but it’s a nice day dream.


The table, chairs, and china cabinet were given to us shortly after we were married. Allen refinished the furniture, I recovered the chairs, and we’ve loved it ever since.




Our china from our wedding fills the top two shelves of the cabinet and the bottom one is filled with fun Mud Pie pieces that I love to use as serving dishes. That’s actually my bouquet from our wedding and framed wedding invitation, and a Mother’s Day hand print from BK, all things I cherish.


I’m not sure why I love this room so much, since we don’t use it often. Maybe because it stays clean most of the time. Or because that table makes the perfect spot for folding laundry.

Either way, I’ll be sure to let you know when my June Cleaver dreams of family dinner time in the dining room come true. Until then, we’ll be eating at the smaller table in the kitchen.


Dining Room Info

Chair Fabric: Hobby Lobby

Paint Color: I wish I knew, we haven’t changed the paint colors since we moved.

Corner Shelf: Home Goods

Canvas: Easy Canvas Prints

Mirror: Hobby Lobby

Flower Box: Tutorial Here 


Judson’s Nursery

I put the finishing touches on the nursery this week, I was so happy to see it all come together. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to incorporate blues and grays and use geometric patterns. Around Christmastime, we ordered most of the furniture, the bedding, and Allen painted the room. For the most part, the nursery has been close to complete for several months now.

I may add other things in the future, I have plans for a shadow box with his hospital things and coming home outfit, but for now it’s just the way I imagined.

Let’s take a peek inside our little Jud’s nursery…

(I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking, details at the end of the post.)


This room has a huge window, before I even knew we were having a baby, I always envisioned a sweet rocking chair under that window. The room already had a chair rail and I didn’t want to be too bold in my paint color choices. I decided to match the bottom part to the trim and the top of the wall to the blue in the bedding.






I absolutely love the look of the plantation shutters in our home, and I knew that I didn’t want to cover them up with window treatments. Now that the nursery is complete, I don’t regret that at all, I still love the way they look and what they add to the room.



Furniture: Pottery Barn Kids, Kendal collection

Storage baskets: Pottery Barn Kids, Sabrina Baskets, XL

Chair: Little Castle custom ordered from Buy Buy Baby similar here

Sign above crib: Between You and Me

Bedding: Carousel Designs

Rug: Pottery Barn Kids

Canvas: Easy Canvas Prints

Monogram: 30″ Wooden Monogram