Friday, March 24, 2017

cooking up some kitchen ideas



Hey guys!  Lots has been happening since my last post.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen the crazy amount of progress that seems to have happened in the blink of an eye!

Just in case you haven't- here it is......






So now that we have walls, it's time for me to start narrowing some ideas down.  We should be going in and measuring up for the kitchen in the next week or so, which is pretty exciting.  Of all the renos we have done in this house, the kitchen is the only thing we didn't touch.  Sure I had lots of dreams and plans, but it is pretty functional and was one of the newer parts of the house- so a new kitchen that I get to pick is all new.  A little intimidating, a lot exciting.

I'm going to share my ideas today- and we will see if the final result ends up anything like it.

So this is the kitchen.


This is my little scribble I did on my phone with my finger as the pencil.  Very technical.


The kitchen is an L-shape with an island in the middle and it's open to the family room.  When we're working at the island we can see what our kids are doing- more like we can watch Scooby Doo.

For the back wall- I want only lower cabinets.  Storage, I know, I know.  I will figure it out.  I just like the open and lighter look facing out.  Like this kitchen from The Inspired Room

kitchen with grey cabinets and subway tile
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And white subway tile to the ceiling, but my hubster doesn't want standard 3x6 white tiles, he associates them with bathrooms (sigh).
So I'm thinking maybe something like this

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or this

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 just to throw a monkey wrench in it, I adore this glass tile

Photo by - Discover traditional kitchen design ideas

and I'm kinda drooling over this

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This isn't going to be easy.

For cupboards- that I'm sure of.  White.  Shaker.  Simple.  Don't talk me out of it, don't show me other things- that's it.

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In front of that window- a big old apron sink.  I hate washing dishes- I know, who doesn't- but I look at a wall when I do them, so this nice big window over the sink, is pretty darn dreamy to me.
The Timster loves a shiny sink- it's one of his things.  So I'm leaning more towards a stainless apron sink as opposed to a white one.  It's so pretty- I will enjoy watching Tim do dishes in it  ;)
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We haven't shopped for appliances yet- ours are staying here with the house.  For the last 10 years, I've had a smallish wall oven and smallish gas cooktop.  I'm so looking forward to having a big old gas range with a big old oven that I cook a turkey in.  Mmmm, turkey.....
So far, I'm really digging the looks of this fridge and stove. I love the handles, but seriously, you should never buy an appliance because of the handles.  But I might.  And I want white- not stainless. I'm kinda predictable, aren't I?

Buy 7.1 cu.Ft. Front Control True Convection Electric Range, Baking Drawer- White Online & Reviews:
KitchenAid® 22 cu Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Interior Dispense - KRFF302EWH:

Lights!
As you can see in my stellar drawing- I want two pendants over the island and a light over the sink. We will have recessed lighting in the space, but I like fixtures, it adds more personality- and I'm all about personality.

For over the island, I already have one of these vintage enamel barn light shades....

Large 16" Green Enamel Light Shade -  Vintage Industrial -Vintage Enamel Light, Green Ceramic Light -  re-wired - Industrial Lighting

and I need to pick up another to match.  

And over the sink, this sign light.  The arm will push it out from the wall and it will throw light on my (beautiful) backsplash- and bathe the handsome dish washer in a pool of flattering light. I sold you on that good, didn't I? ;)

Sign Light, BL10WACBK, 1 Lt Outdoor, All Aluminum, 26 3/4" W x 18 3/4"H x 10" D:

For counters- we are still not in agreement and haven't looked all that hard.  BUT, I want white (shocking) counters along the perimeter - quartz, I think.  I really like this one from Caesarstone

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And Tim really wants stainless on the island- it's what we have on our teensy island right now, and we love the ease of it- care and cleaning and putting hot pots down without worrying about damaging the counter is a big bonus.

That island though- that is gonna be one heck of a work horse.  We want a small prep sink, the microwave and a bar fridge in it.  AND storage.  AND we want to be able to sit at it.  I don't want much, do I.  Because we haven't measured everything out in the space, just off the plans, I don't know if it's going to all be feasible, but I'm still at the idea stage, so I'm going big.
So not only is this island going to have to work hard, it has to look good too.
And who doesn't look good in blue, answer me that?

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Yup.  Navy island.  Blue is pretty much my favourite colour- if you look at any house pics of mine, you'll notice the trend.  It works with white, it's not so stark a contrast as black but it still stands out. And honestly, I'm not feeling a black island for the space, and I thought I would.  

I've made a mood board (or attempted to anways) so you can see the ideas together and get the feel of it all together.  What style is it?  A little farmhouse, a little vintage, a lot me.



I'll keep posting updates on Instagram and on my Facebook page so you can see where we're going.
Crazy.  That's where.

~Laura

Sunday, March 19, 2017

favourite things ~ small shop mamas



Hey all.  I haven't written in awhile, but I've been trying to keep you up to date on my Instagram with photos of the house build.  There's walls now- framed ones, but still walls!  Probably in another week or so, we will be measuring up the kitchen and bathrooms.  GAH!

So I had a whole other post written about cleaning out my closet and scaling back my wardrobe.  But I realized that
a.) There's WAY more qualified people than myself that should be and are doing that
b.) I'm never going to stick the rules I wrote about- I broke them already
c.) NO ONE wants fashion advice from me

I have a bunch of little shop favourites that I've been picking stuff up from and I thought that today I'd share them with you.  When you purchase from a small business, you are getting something unique, made with love and care and, most likely, when that purchase goes through, the mama on the other end is doing a little happy dance.
NOT THAT I WOULD HAVE A FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE WITH THAT ;)

So here we go- some of my favourite small shop mamas......

Surfing Ninjas Clothing


I can't even remember how I stumbled onto Shay and her shop.  I think it was Instagram (one of my addictions)  I am SO SO glad I did.
I picked up a toque and shirt for my son for Christmas this year.  He's a bit ninja obsessed- Lego and Ninja Warrior.  It was a hit.




Shay sells mama clothing too.  So, of course, I had to get myself something too.


Pardon my Francais.  I bleeping love it.

Even though my kiddos aren't teeny- and she has some awesome stuff for little littles- these will not be the only Surfing Ninja shirts we are sporting.

Bullies Be Gone PINK Baseball raglanNinja Heart TANK


Seriously, awesome stuff.  Made by a mama.


We Felt That


My friend Lindsey put me onto Julie and her wonderful shop.  We Felt That makes aromatherapy jewelry- that is wonderful.  If you are into essential oils- I have started slowly into it, and love it- these are perfect.  You can rub oils onto your bracelet and it will diffuse during the day.  Plus they are beautiful pieces to wear.
Julie is pretty awesome too- she just did custom bracelets for a group of my friends- they are beautiful and make me pretty darn happy. 




I have a sweet little car diffuser as well- I don't know if Tim loves driving the truck with a grey heart hanging from the mirror, but I do.

Car Diffuser

She also does Make and Takes, where you and a group of friends get to make your own bracelets. Pretty awesome.  Check out her site and her beautiful pieces.  AND she has some extra special pieces Roof for Ghana project, where the proceeds of those sales go to help a community in Ghana.  Take care of yourself with the bracelet and help to take care of someone else at the same time.  All the heart eyes for this.

Sarita Baby


A fellow Etsy mama- you have to visit Sarah's shop.  Especially if you have littles.  My guys no longer need bibs- but they still eat.  And they take lunches to school.  Oh the dreaded lunches.
Their school is an eco school- so we try to have as little garbage with lunches as possible.  And that means, I have a zillion containers to wash and put away.  I hate containers.
I picked these little snack bags up before the start of school this year- and I LOVE them.



Super cute and so functional.  Goldfish, Cheerios, cookies, veggies- I can put lots of different snacks in these babies, zip them up and throw them in the bag.  Wipe them out- they are lined with nylon- and use them again the next day.  End of the week, toss them in the wash.  Perfect.  I use them for work with my snacks too- so we need some more.

Sarah has a great eye for fabric-

Zippered Snack Bag - Pineapples Snack Bag - Lunch Pouch - Lunch Bag - Snack Pouch - Reusable Snack Bag - Food Bag - Snack PouchFeathers Snack Bag - Kids Snack Bag - Lunch Pouch - Bohemian -  Snack Sack - Lunch Bag - Boho - Zippered Snack Bag

And if you have little guys

Outer Space Bandana Bib - Baby - Space Bib- Baby Bandana Bib- Drooling - Bibdana - Drool Bib - Bibs  & BurpingBaby Bib - Teddy Bear Bib - Baby Gift - Baby Accessory - Bibs and Burping - Bib - Baby Shower Gift - Bib - Gender neutral bib

Adorable.  Almost makes me want another baby- but not really.  I'll just take more snack bags- y'all can keep the diapers.

Sweet Tea Apparel


If you know me well, you know I love puns.  I LOVE THEM!  Again, I think I found this sweet little shop on Instagram- and I was hooked.  

Image of Yo! Where My Peeps At?

Seriously.  Every design she does is amazing.  
There stuff for littles, AND stuff for mamas!


Image of The Cozy Mama Tee (Adult)

I may have just ordered myself a mama bear shirt.  

Image of NEW- The Perfect Pullover (Adult)

I'm pretty excited.  I think my littles will be sporting a design or two of these this summer too.


Image of Looking Sharp

This is missy's fave.  Looking Sharp- ugh, the puns!  So good.

So there you go.  Four of some of my favourite shop mamas of the moment.  Be sure to check them out- you will not be disappointed and people will ask you "Where did you get that?  I love it!"  and you can smile and and tell them about the awesome little shop you found.

I'll check in soon with a house update.  Until then- happy shopping!

~Laura