Monday, April 27, 2015

Finished back splash and lighting

It wasn't that long ago that this wall looked like this.  

Ha ha, seriously.  Same wall :).  Only a few weeks apart.

It felt like a miracle to watch our plans and ideas come together with some family team work :).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kitchen Backsplash

As a finishing touch on our kitchen my husband installed our back-splash.  It's a very 3 dimensional rugged type of tile that sticks out and has "layers" if that makes sense.  We bought it at Home Depot.

It's called Ashlar Rock  and can be found here:

He started by covering my brand new counters and cabinets :).  Very thoughtful.

Then labeled and prepared the wires for new light switches (the roller kind rather than switches).

Then tiling began.  Since these come in a sheet, it goes faster than it may appear.  However going around light fixtures and cutting tile to line up with the others seamlessly took some time.  I'm thankful he is the "detail" person in our relationship.

Below, you can see the USB plug he Casey installed.  It's super handy to be able to charge our phones and my kindle there in the kitchen where I spend a lot of my day.  I even look up and follow recipes from my phone, so it works.

My second daughter decided the perfect "christening" for a new kitchen was a batch of homemade cookies.  I quite agree.

We still have trim for the bottom of the cabinets, and I'm even thinking maybe some bun feet painted white for the bottom to make them look like old fashioned furniture (and tie in the upper white a bit).  What do you think?  Yay or nay?

Regardless, the essentials are IN and we can cook and eat and clean up, and believe me I love it more than ever, now that its been in process for 3 years.  Wiping my counters is a joy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Very Homey "tiny house" Tour

I loved "walking through" a tiny house with you last week, so I thought I'd feature another one.  This one looks like an even more livable option for a number of reasons.  First of all it is probably due to size.  A little extra space goes a long way when working in tight quarters.  But there are also a lot of smart features in this home that are begging to be shared.

Let's go in, shall we?

The first difference I notice in this one vs. most tiny homes I've seen is STORAGE. Both on the outside and here in the inside with these handy shelves.

And light. Homes of any size light up my heart the more sunshine they let in :)

But here's the clincher (why I love this particular tiny home). One could conceivably sit up out of bed without getting a concussion :)! Yay! I love this little bit of extra height. And not only does it protect noggins it looks like it adds quite a bit of clothing storage capability as well.

Room for a table AND a desk:

And quite a "real" kitchen for such a small home:

Not pictured is also a full standing shower, a tiny, but very real bathroom sink and a composting toilet.

That was lovely, right? What shall we tour next?

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Beauty of Waiting

One of the hardest years of my life was the one we were trying/planning/stressing about the house we had contracted to have built.  Looking back I think so much of my anxiety was the warning to back out, but like a stubborn person :), I held on to that dream for dear life.  Until I was literally up against a wall and knew there was no other way than to back out.

What I Wanted vs. What I Got

Of course then I didn't know there was something better.  I didn't know that if I let go and watched how my prayers could be answered it would become a simpler and much better process than the one I was trying to force to happen.  I would have never trusted that I could have something 3 times the size, in about as much better a neighborhood and better a price and higher quality if I was just STILL.
I thought of this experience as I was looking through pinned pictures on Pinterest.  I joined it just at the time I was trying to force my dream house into being.  I remember the pictures of houses around me that looked so luxe and so show-worthy and just feeling a desperation to be like them.  Many of my early pins reflect that aesthetic.  One not my own, but which people I wanted to be like had put in their homes.

When it all ended with the building dreams and I began to be open to anything that would work for us I found myself drawn to a certain style that was more ME.  Our foreclosure had a hundred and one things that needed fixed but it had a white kitchen that made my heart leap.  That wasn't really something the people I was comparing to were into.  It was all about which color of wood cabinets was better that year and/or being antiqued.  Once I was letting fate/God call the shots my opportunities fell into things that made MY heart leap--not look good to other people.

As styles evolve (and they will keep doing so) it's almost humorous to me to see the fascination with white cabinets and wood floors, since they weren't a "thing" when we started our remodel.  I'm not saying they'll be super popular at the time we sell, but I'm saying its liberating to think that when we go with our interests, our joy, the beauty we see can shine.

I wish I would have known then, but maybe it was the best way to learn it.  There is always good around the corner.  There is a higher plan for us to grow and be happy.  I don't need to force anything and I've always got a lot of things to find joy in RIGHT NOW.  I know that things are working for my good.

And yours too :).


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