Monday, August 29, 2011

Kitchen Remodel

Today we finally began construction on a long overdue kitchen update. The demolition crew arrived at 7am this morning. The loud banging followed 40 minutes later non-stop until 3pm. Our poor chow chow Cocco refused to come in the house until the workmen left for the day.

The overall look of the kitchen will be French Country inspired with a soft white finish for the cabinets, some with glass doors. cream granite countertops, oak hardwood floors,white subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The original design above consisted of a free standing stove with a 2nd separate over. However, we have since changed it to a cooktop with a double wall oven. The current completion date is scheduled for the end of September(yeah right).

This photo I found via a google search which became the inspiration for the new kitchen. I love the elegant yet warm look. Please stay tuned for future updates and before and after photos.

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Breathtaking Indoor Gardens" by Arcadian Home Decor

Provided by guest blogger Jacob Hamilton of Arcadian Home Decor

Got a serious case of green thumb? Or maybe you live in an urban city and need to see a bit of greenery every so often? Whatever the case may be, bring the beauty of nature inside your home with a beautiful indoor garden.

An indoor garden can accent even the simplest of home décor; use colorful or patterned pots in addition to bright flowers to add lots of fresh color.

Indoor Gardens
Apartment Therapy via

If you’re blessed with this kind of space and natural sunlight, why not use that to create a sort of gardening nook? Potted plants of various sizes and plant varieties, including a lemon tree, add certain freshness to this space.

Indoor Gardens

House Beautiful via

Plants, plants, and a few more plants combine to make a very interesting indoor garden. This garden, located in the hall outside the mudroom (sort of a separate room for dirty shoes), must certainly brighten the day, coming or going. And you can tell Susan Zises Green really loves plants. In addition to all the potted plants, the wall art contains prints of leaves, as does the wallpaper!

Indoor Gardens

Real Simple via

An indoor garden was created in the corner of this home and you can do the same if you have an empty corner near a window. Potted plants of various sizes and types brighten up the space, while a terrarium is used for table decoration. There’s even a little potted plant on the wall. Too cute!

Indoor Gardens

Shelter Pop via

If you’re truly pressed for space, you can still create a lovely indoor garden. These Wooly Pockets are lined so you can water and mist your plants without causing damage to your walls or floor. Filled with botanicals, grasses and moss, a miniature garden like this would look really pretty in the bathroom. Or if you have a sunny kitchen you can grow your herb garden there.

Indoor Gardens

Mondette via Bosske

Another option for indoor gardens in small spaces is a sky planter. These upside down gardens save space and add a really unique touch to any space.

Indoor Gardens

Apartment Therapy via

Instead of a few large potted plants, another great way to create an indoor garden is to create rows of several small potted plants. This is a great option for someone with a more advanced green thumb -- someone who knows how to care for lots of different types of plants.

Just in case you don’t even have a green thumb, here are some tips to care for, and cultivate, your own breathtaking indoor garden. Go for easy-to-care plants to like succulents, air plants, Phalaenopsis orchids or Aspidistra elatior. Take the basic maintenance techniques of watering the soil and misting the leaves/flowers and these plants will last about a month. Good luck!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Missing In Action.......A Sincere Thank You

Thank you all for the kind emails regarding my absence from blogland. I was so moved by your messages expressing well wishes and hope for my return to blogging. It's been an incredibly busy summer with most of the attention on the little American.
The older he gets, the more activities we become involved in. My respect for stay at home parents continue to soar as my head spins trying to juggle maintaining a home while also giving a demanding 4 year old my full attention. Getting to the computer has been a challenge these days as anytime the little guy sees me on it, he's pulling at me to turn it off.

Vacation house hunting-
Aside from the daily grind, we have been spending almost every free weekend in the Russian River area. Back in November, I mentioned a vacation home on the market there we really liked and we submitted an offer. Unfortunately, the home inspection report revealed much more repair work than we could afford to handle so it was back to ground zero. 3 potential properties later, we still haven't found the right fit for our family. However, we are hopeful that the perfect property will come up soon as we continue to search. I will keep you posted.

I am still pursuing a license agreement. I did submit my idea to a Lifetime Brands marketing agent back in April who seemed to like it and even said that he would present my idea in his next meeting with Lifetime Brands.
Unfortunately, 2 weeks later, he indicated they were not interested. I really wished I had been allowed to make the presentation.
I have since received lots of great advice from people in the industry which has inspired me to continue pursuing a deal. I was disappointed to learn that I missed an opportunity to attend the International Licensing Expo this past June. It is the perfect venue for meeting and presenting ideas directly to licensing agents and manufacturers. I will definitely try to be there next year. Hopefully, by then I will have a proto-type of the concept to present since I have learned it is extremely important when you only have a few minutes to win your prospects over.
Meanwhile, back at the house, I have been working on several trim projects. While the Little American might be able to interfere with my blogging, he has had to tolerate my decorating. Recently, we added chair rail and picture frame molding in the living room and rear foyer. I revealed that project in the last design post I shared.
Below is a sample board with the fabrics and pieces for the living room.
Please stay tuned; I will share the final look of the room in the coming days.

Also, please continue to follow me to see the following projects:
Dining room remodel (started 8/1/2011)
Kitchen remodel (planned start date 8/20/2011)