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My Camera and The Sunday Six

I’m a big fan of photography. Always have been and always will be. My husband gave me a great Nikon camera last year for our anniversary. I had been hinting for a while that I wanted one and being the supportive guy that he is, he delivered. And then well… I’m a little ashamed to admit it’s mostly been sitting around in a box collecting dust because the darned thing kind of intimidates me. It has about 25 different buttons and dials and a user manual the size of a novel. It came with multiple cords, lenses, and miscellaneous little boxes of accessories. Now, I know the root of the problem here and it has to do with my capacity for patience, or lack there of. In this age of technology it’s just so much quicker and easier to pull out the ‘ol iPhone and grab a shot instantly. However, I’ve been wanting to take some photos of my projects to share with you and the phone camera just isn’t going to do. So, today I have taken the camera off the shelf. The battery is charging as I type and I will conquer this beast, I mean awesome piece of equipment, even if it’s just a little at a time with the setting on auto.

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So aside from the camera talk I’m going to share a couple of things that I’m loving this week. In “blog land” this would probably be something like “Friday Five”, but today is Sunday, so let’s go with “My Sunday Six”. (I hope someday my camera will make it onto the list!)

1. Anything from Rifle Paper Co., but especially this 2016 Appointment Wall Calendar. It will be going on my Christmas list.

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2.  These adorable Dapper Animal Plates from West Elm. We recently bought a set to use as the “kids dishes” but I won’t lie, the grown ups love them too and we’ve each chosen our favorites. These could also be cute hanging on the wall as a whimsical touch of art.

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3. Every house needs at least one Diptyque candle. Yes I know they’re a little pricey, but they’re from Paris, they smell great and this time of year is the perfect time to burn candles. Be honest, I at had you at Paris, right? _6722407

4. I recently bought myself one of these Day Designers. I suppose it’s a little old fashioned to carry around a hard copy planner, but I don’t care.  It’s a great place to organize my personal life. I can keep all the family lists and schedules here, while keeping my work schedule organized digitally. What I love about this planner is that it’s got a little section for daily gratitude and an inspirational quote of the day. And yes I admit I mostly fell in love with it because it’s pretty okay?

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5. Just bought this mirror for our dining room and even though I measured for it, I was surprised at how huge it is. But, it’s staying. Now I just have to sweet-talk my hubby into helping me hang it. It’s at least a 2 person job. Some day when I get that camera going I’ll show you where we hung it! parsons-large-wall-mirror-bone-inlay-o

6. I’m inspired by this tub. We’re starting to plan for our master bath remodel in the spring and  this tub is my numero uno. It looks stunning with the hex floor and brass fixtures.

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Now back to my regularly scheduled lazy Sunday. I hope you enjoy yours.

xo Kerry

Rincon Kitchen Remodel

About 9 months ago we dug into our kitchen remodel. My husband made me swear that I would not tear into any remodeling until we had lived in this house for a least a year. Exactly one week shy of our one year anniversary in the home we came to the end of our remodeling embargo and started demo on what was to be the kitchen remodel, but quickly became a “most of the first floor living areas” remodel. To be fair, the reason I dug in a week early was because I timed it so that we would start work when he was out of town traveling on business. We bravely (and stupidly) lived in the house while all this work was going on, but our fantastic contractor and his team from JMB Construction did a great job at managing the timeline and getting through it as quickly as possible.

I’m a sucker for a classic white kitchen so I went this direction with a simple recessed panel door, a contrasting gray painted island, classic Carrera marble counters and a light gray subway tile that is pressed with a subtle Belgian linen pattern in a color that compliments the marble.

I’ll start by showing the after pictures first because they’re much more fun to look at. It’s kind of like having dessert first… just get to the good stuff already!

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I’m working on having a roman shade made for these french doors.

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…in this fabric. Stay tuned for an after on that one. Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 11.52.22 AM

You can see the fine impression of the Belgian linen detail in the backsplash tile here in this shot.IMG_4032

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Sources: Paint on the island is Benjamin Moore Witching Hour. Backsplash tile is by Jeffrey Court. Cabinet hardware is from Restoration Hardware. Paint on the walls is a custom mix.

The original kitchen had a very awkward layout, dated oak cabinets and lots and lots of tile. The same flowery tile was used on the floor and the counters so needless to say it was tile overload. We reconfigured the layout by opening up the wall to the dining room so there could be an island where our girls can have breakfast, do homework and generally allowing for a more open feeling and better flow. Along with the island, the other must-haves were a gas cooktop, double ovens, roll outs and a really deep sink.

And here’s one of the before.

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…and one from the demo after we opened up the wall to the dining room.

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and during…

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We installed all new hard wood floors in a walnut stain. As many remodels do, one thing lead to another and we ended up replacing the staircase, mantel and fireplace surround and installing much-needed recessed lighting in the kitchen, living and dining rooms. I’ll be posting about those rooms another day as they are still a work in progress.

xo

KG

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