3 common mistakes found in living rooms

Please know that these “mistakes” have nothing to do with your style or personal taste and they have zero to do with how expensive your furnishings are. This is most definitely not a critique of anyone’s personal preferences. I get so many questions around “what is wrong with my living room?” that I thought I would put the 3 most common issues together in one post.

These pointers are not meant to add pressure on you to change anything in your home. But if you don’t like the way your living room currently feels, check these three things first. Here are three common mistakes I see people making in their living rooms.

Improper spacing of furniture
I see this everywhere.
It’s either too close (the coffee table is practically kissing the couch), or its too far apart (all the furniture is against the walls). Here’s some useful info to help you with your furniture arrangement.

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Example of coffee table too close to couch.

  • Ideally, the coffee table should be around 18″ from the couch. Enough for decent leg room yet close enough to be able to put down drinks and appetizers. A coffee table that is too far from the couch (or anchor piece of furniture) is a useless piece of furniture.
  • Furniture should be placed in the room so that when seated, people are no more than eight feet apart from each other. This is called a conversation arc. When furniture is placed too far apart it discourages conversation and people feel disconnected from one another.
    Unless that’s your goal, lol keep the furniture within the conversation arc.

 

Wrong size area rug
I’ve seen this in million dollar homes and one hundred thousand dollar homes, it seems folks from all economic backgrounds need a little help in this area. Here’s the general rule:

  • Your area rug should be big enough so that the front legs of your living room furniture are able to rest on the rug by at least 6-8 inches. Keep in mind the ‘conversation arc’ mentioned above when determining how large your rug should be. Most living rooms need an area rug that’s at least 8’x10′.
  • When there is floor space between your furniture and the rug, the room can feel disconnected and uncomfortable. When the front legs of your furniture are resting on the rug it brings a sense of balance and coziness to the room.

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    The proper size area rug for this room. Photo: Decoholic.org

 

Artwork hung too high
I have racked my brain trying to figure out why people have a tendancy to hang artwork so high and I cannot figure it out! lol Here is the general rule for hanging artwork in your home:

  • The middle of your artwork should be at eye level, around 60″ from the floor.
  • If you’re hanging multiple pieces of artwork, i.e. a gallery wall, arrange the artwork on the floor and find the middle point, that middle point should be around 60″ from the floor. That’s it! Super simple.
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A beautiful gallery wall by Laurel & Wolf

 

Now, having said all that, remember, please remember, that your home is your home. Do with it as you please! Rules were made to be broken and your home is a fun place to throw all the rules out the window and do what you want.

If you have any questions or comments about these common mistakes I would love to hear from you!

Blessings on your home,
Catrina

The (un)original home

I was listening to a podcast today. Something I typically do when I’m cleaning one of our Arbnbs. It helps keep my mind off of dirty dishes.

The podcasts I listen to typically fall into one of two categories: Business or Home. I’m so varied I scare myself sometimes. LOL

Today I was listening to the Style Matters Podcast and the special guest was Heather Bullard who is an Editorial Prop Stylist and Creative Director who’s work can be found in many major magazines. Gorgeous work, by the way.

Zandra, the host of Style Matters was asking Heather about what her interesting job entails and one thing she does is find homes and rooms that can be photographed for magazines. How cool is that?

This is what struck me: Heather said that it’s getting harder to find original homes because there’s so much duplication.
Let’s let that sink in for a moment.
i.e. people have stopped creating original spaces and have started copying each other to such an extent that it’s getting harder to find original spaces.

She sites Instagram with the swipe up feature and Pinterest as the perpetrators of this ‘easier than ever to copy a look’ mentality that stifles our creativity.

Heather wondered if people have become less confident to do things original and on their own and feel a little more secure being one of the crowd, looking like everyone else. She believes there is a culture of timidity that’s paralyzing, where people are afraid to branch out and really do something that they love for their own home.

Y’all know how much and how often I harp on this but I’m not going to be done talking about this for a loooong time.

(Deep breath)

Friend, the easiest thing to do is follow the crowd. The path of least resistance is easy to walk down.

You are a unique creation as varied as a color wheel. Your home should reflect all your facets and flaws, where you’ve been and where you’re going, your personality and your personal style. You are unique!

I urge you, turn off the Instagram and Pinterest if you have to, turn off the ‘advice’ of a family member or friend, take some time to really figure out for yourself what you like and what works best for you and not what will get you the most complements or look the best in an Instagram square. (Sorry if that was too blunt.)

Be bold and courageous in your decorating! Have fun! Pursue the things you love and bring you joy! Who cares if no one else can tolerate the site of it, it’s not their home. :-)

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Photo credit: Allie NYC

This is your home. It’s where you and yours go to be refreshed and inspired, nurtured and loved. When one walks into your home it should feel like a big ol’ hug from you because it so strongly reflects you.

I realize this is easier said than done. And it can take a long time to get our homes where we want them. But I always want to be the little bird in your ear that keeps reminding you and possibly giving you courage to… be you.

In your life and in your home decor.

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Photo credit: Milk Magazine, Graham Atkins Hughes

I, of course, do not encourage you to do the opposite of what you see everywhere just for the sake of being different but I alway encourage you to follow that gentle (or giant) nudge you feel towards a certain color, piece of furniture or nicknack. Explore it, play with it!
And most of all, think only of how you and your spouse feel about it.

That’s all for now, friends…

Thank you Heather for your insight!

Check out the Style Matters Podcast here and check out the episode with Heather Bullard here!

You can also find Heather on instagram here!

 

Blessings,

Catrina

 

 

 

 

 

Do what you can

As I was heading out the door today to clean one of our Airbnb’s, I realized the keys were missing. Ugh.. Then I remembered that I had the guest key in the lockbox. Whew!

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What I forgot when I got inside the Airbnb was that we recently put in a cabinet for our cleaning supplies, that had a lock on it. Even though it was clearly marked for staff only, guests were helping themselves to the previous cabinet’s contents, so we needed a new one. Double ugh.. I was back to square one, I needed the cleaning supplies to clean the house. I called The Husband and sure enough the keys were with him, it would be at least an hour before I would have them in-hand.

I was frustrated.

There were no guests coming in this evening so technically speaking I could come back later… but I knew if I went back home I would find a million things to do and the Airbnb cleaning would be put off, again.

I made a decision to do what I could till he got there.

I have a very specific order to my cleaning routine. It’s very efficient and I don’t like to change it up, it throws me off and takes longer.

But I had a choice to make, get upset about the keys not being where they were supposed to be or do what I could till the cabinet could be opened.

This got me thinking…

Isn’t this often the way it is with the work we want to do on our homes? We know what we want to do but frustration settles in as we are hit with roadblock after roadblock.

We can’t do this until we get that done and we can’t get that done because… X, Y and Z.

It’s one thing to be on hold because of fear of making the wrong choices but it’s another thing altogether to be stopped before we even get started because of someone or something beyond our control.

And so we don’t do anything.
Here are a few tips that got me through my mini setback today.

  1. Get creative
    My tried and true routine was out the window.  I like order but sometimes there is none to be found. It didn’t take a lot of effort but I made myself look at the situation differently and work on the things that I could.
    If you’re not able to start where you want to, find something else that you CAN do with what you have right now.
    Sometimes that may be planning, prep work or work on another project altogether.
    Basically, if we’re looking for excuses for not getting started, we will find them and if we’re looking for opportunities to get started, we will find them.
  2. Get busy
    I’m the first to admit that it’s so dang easy to sit and complain (and do nothing) when we’re not able to do things the “way we’ve always done them” or the “way they’re supposed to be done.” Making a decision early on that you WILL start and that you WILL do something on your project regardless, will help you get moving. And movement is all you need to get the ball rolling, whether we’re talking about a bathroom renovation or a closet organization.
  3. Chose joy
    I wish I could say I always win at this but I don’t.
    Joy is a choice. Happiness is a choice.
    I firmly believe we are in control of our own emotions. So when we hit a setback, large or small, we have a choice how we’re going to respond. And that choice has the power to make or break our day. I had no control over the keys not being where they were supposed to be, but I had absolute control over how I was going to respond.

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I confess.. I basically wrote this post for myself. lol
I can get caught in the gripe zone and sometimes it’s hard to find my way out. As my kitchen renovation slows to a crawl, I must make a conscious decision to do what I can on other projects etc. until we are able to tackle it again. This isn’t a path I would’ve chosen but this is where I find myself. What I CAN choose, is joy, even in the midst of a partially renovated kitchen.

How do you deal with roadblocks and setbacks? What are your coping skills for when things don’t go as planned?

Blessings,
Catrina

 

 

Five Gorgeous Fall Mantles

I gotta say.. it’s still hotter than hades in my neck of the woods, but I’M IGNORING THE HEAT and embracing Fall! LOL

I know up north they’re experiencing Fall temps, so I’m going to live vicariously through them.

If you’re wishing Summer would exit stage left or you’re actually living where the leaves are starting to turn, these beautiful Fall mantles will put you in the mood for all things pumpkin spice and everything nice. Or something like that. Lol

1. Neutral Simplicity
This pared back mantle gives me the warm fuzzies. Maybe I’m drawn to it because I think I could actually put something like this together or maybe it’s because I really like Eucalyptus leaves. Either way, it’s simple elegance is appealing and calming.

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Photo: @ Michelle_Janeen

 

2. Autumn Glow
This second mantle just makes me want to curl up in a blanket, sip hot cocoa and watch cheesy Hallmark movies. And I don’t watch Hallmark movies! LOL
All the colors and textures of Fall make this mantle warm and inviting.

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Photo credit unknown

 

 

3. Sage with envy
What’s not to love about this stunning mantle from SoMuchBetterWithAge?
I absolutely love the coolness of the neutral/sage green palette paired with the warmth of the wood mirror and bronze sconce. Wow. This unfussy mantle decor proves that simple, when done right,  is not only attractive but inviting!

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Photo: SoMuchBetterWithAge.com

 

4. French Country Simplicity 
I love how absolutely opulent this mantle feels from French Country Cottage!
But in reality it has very few components. A couple of gold frames, some greenery, and grapevine pumpkins. Absolute brilliance. French + Country done right. Period. Ahhh..

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Photo: FrenchCountryCottage.com

 

5. Golden Opulence
The golden hues beaming from this mantle are gorgeous! And what says the end of summer better than a harvest of fruit and berries? Perfectly styled and packed to the gills with goodness, if I walked into a home with a mantle like this I would most definitely park myself right here to sit and stare awhile, desperately trying to take in all the opulent goodies.

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Photo: Grandinroad.com

 

Do you decorate your mantle for Fall?

If yes, stop by my Facebook page and post it there so we can see it! (I’ll promise not to get too jealous since mine won’t likely be decorated. LOL)

(Almost) Fall Blessing!

Catrina

What Makes a Great Gallery Wall?

The gallery wall is a great way to fill a large empty wall space in your home or office with art work and mementos you love.

I recently mentioned in a video (on Facebook and instagram) that I finally bought frames  for many of the pieces I had been collecting over the years. (Thanks to a recent Michael’s one-day-sale of 50%-55% off on their frames. Woot, woot!)

Like the rest of your home, a gallery wall is a great place to infuse your personality.  We should look at your gallery wall and find hints into who you are, where you’ve been and what you love.

But more often than not though, I see carbon copies of what’s popular.

How sad is that?

Just like Rome, your gallery wall cannot be built in a day, e.i. you don’t want to stroll through the isles of your favorite (craft) store and pick out 6-10 items, arrange them on a wall and call it done.

Well, I mean you can, of course. LOL But what’s the fun in that? Maybe I’m just weird, but I don’t want my gallery wall (or my home for that matter) to look like anyone else’s!

Your gallery wall, much like your home, should be one big fat expression of you and yours!

Let me give you an example of what I mean.

My maiden name is Vargas. I found this old poster at an estate sale for $18 of an actual Circus that used to come through town. It’s an old-school El Paso thing. I knew I had to have it instantly! The colors were perfect for me, it has my family name on it and I got her down to $18 from $22 so win, win!

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You better believe it’s going on my gallery wall! Just looking at it makes me smile. And my family is a circus, so yeah, it’s perfect! Lol

I took this next photo back in 2013 when we had the privilege of visiting Israel. It was taken at the Western (wailing) wall. I remember it was crowded there that day, I saw this woman praying, there was a brief moment when the crowd parted and I quickly pulled out my iphone and snapped a pic.

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This photo will be on my gallery wall. When I see it, it reminds me of my love for Israel, the  prayer I wrote that day and stuck into the wall and how special the trip was for me.

Here are a couple of gallery walls that for me, ooze personality!

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Photo credit: @Imwdecor

Can you tell by looking at that gallery wall what the homeowner likes? Is there any doubt? Lol
This stairway gallery wall is a place I would probably park at for a while, if I was visiting this home.
I would pour over every piece, wondering what the story was behind it.
I don’t know this lady but looking at this collection makes me want to know her, if only because she was confident enough to decorate her home with things she loves, that have meaning to her. Trendy run-of-the-mill items be hanged! Lol

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Photo credit: @_lisa_dawson_

How about this corner wall gallery?  The creator sticks to a natural hue for the frames of interesting works of art. Amazing.

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What makes a gallery wall great isn’t what’s popular or trending but pieces that speak to you that you love to look at. I encourage you to find those pieces and then display them where you can see them every day. Looking everyday at images or things that you love and inspire you, will change your life and your home. I guarantee it.

I have been arranging and rearranging my gallery wall on the floor in my basement for about a week now. I have one issue I have to resolve and it should be ready for my dining room wall.

I’ve been looking forward to this for awhile now, so I’m getting excited. I’ll be sure and pop back on here and show it to you when it’s all said and done.

Do you have a gallery wall?
Do you want one but are struggling with a few points? Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page if I can help you in any way.

Blessings,

 

 

 

5 Tips To Survive Your Home Renovation

Reality is never quite like its depicted in the movies or tv shows, right?

And this couldn’t be any more true than during a home renovation.

It takes much longer and is much more of a pain in the butt than you will ever see in a tv show. Is it worth it in the end? Absolutely. But let’s talk about a few things you can expect during your renovation to better prepare you for what’s coming.

Let’s keep it simple and discuss the renovation most folks would be doing, a kitchen renovation.

A. It’s going to be a mess

This is an absolute guarantee. Not only the mess of having to clear your countertops and move all of your cabinet contents to another room and having to live like that for a few weeks, but the fine dust from any sheetrock or wood work (that seems to get everywhere). You will think that hanging plastic or drop cloths will help contain the mess, but you would be wrong. You will still have to dust and vacuum everything when it’s all done. So just plan on it.
You’re basically going to be living on a construction site, if you’ve never been on one, it ain’t pretty. If you can tell yourself ahead of time and remind yourself often that its going to be a mess, and not fight it or try to control it, you’re going to have a much better renovation experience.
Just embrace it, (yes, I realize how difficult that can be) clean up when you can and remind yourself its part of the process. No, really!

B. It will be inconvenient

You don’t realize how much you use your kitchen sink until you don’t have one. You also don’t realize how difficult to is to cook without a sink. My best advice is to plan your meals way in advance for the days you will be without a sink and countertops, than add a few days so you don’t lose your mind when the schedule gets extended. Also, get paper plates, cups and plasticware and plan for as few meals as possible where you don’t have to use the sink or stove. (You want to be real careful with what you allow to wash down your bathroom drain.)

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I set up a few tables in my dining room (during our reno) with the dishes and cups etc. that we use most often but I ended up using disposable items the majority of the time.

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Also, you will want to set up a table with food and items that you use everyday, like vitamins, cereal, bottled water, snacks, etc..

C. It’s not going to go as planned

This is probably more important than anything else I write here. The reason things will not go as planned is because you’re working with humans. Plain and simple. LOL
Get a schedule laid out with your contractor of what is happening and when, but understand that it will likely just be a guideline.
Let me give you an example, today is Wednesday, I typically write a post every Wednesday night in my downstairs office. But right now I’m in my dining room and the guys that were supposed to install my countertop on Monday (a date we set three weeks ago) are walking back and forth from my front door to the kitchen, installing my counters.
They didn’t work on Monday because it was Labor day, we found out on Monday. Then they called to say they weren’t going to be able to make it on Tuesday either.
So here we are on Wednesday, it’s after 5pm and I’m a little concerned. Why you ask? Because the guy who is coming to spray the exterior of our cabinets is coming at 6pm today and they still have a ways to go, plus I still have to tape off the cabinets in the kitchen. My painter/cabinet maker is coming today because he could’t come yesterday as planned.
These are all great guys, they do good work and we recommend them to others but things come up and other jobs take longer than they should and that means it might take longer to get to your house than planned.
Don’t take it personal, expect that there will be hiccups, plan for possible delays and you will sail through your reno like a pro.

D. If you are a DIYer, know when to hire out

There are no brownie points for killing yourself. I totally understand saving money when you can but know what your limits are and hire out when you can.
Another example, I knew we could handle sanding and painting the inside of the cabinets and shelves but I knew right from the start that I wanted the outsides to be professionally sprayed with lacquer paint.

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I also knew we could handle floating the walls but wanted to leave the cabinet crown molding to our cabinet guy who does it every day. I wouldn’t let anyone but me touch our 100-year-old doors and casings that needed to be restored but we will likely hire out the floor refinishing.
It would be better to save up to have someone else do the jobs you don’t feel 100% qualified to do than to waste a heck of a lot of time and energy and still have to hire someone to come in and do the job properly, after you ‘finish.’

E. ‘Install day’ is going to be crazy

Install day is when your cabinets and counters are installed. If you want to help the process go smoothly, try to stay out of the way. lol
Don’t hover and watch their every move, let them do their work so they can get out of your way. Stay close by if they have any questions but this ain’t their first rodeo, trust them to get the job done.

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Having said that, don’t settle if you don’t like the way something is going. Find out who is in charge and politely ask questions if something is different than what you agreed to. You don’t have to live with poor craftsmanship, communicate your concerns before they leave for the day.
Install day is also going to be when you want to go back and read A. again.

Remember, things often will look worse before they look better.

It’s going to be noisy, dusty and crazy pants. Your cabinet guys and your granite/countertop guys are all going to be coming and going and tracking dust everywhere. Try not to focus on it, it’s part of the process, let them finish and then you can clean to your heart’s content.

As with everything, keep your eyes on the prize! Don’t get distracted by the dust and inconvenience, much like it is, I’m sure with having a child, once the child is born the pain of childbirth is long forgotten.

I hope these tips have been helpful!
Have you been through a kitchen renovation? What would you add to my list?

Blessings,
Catrina

 

 

Leap, and the net…

This post might upset you.

Fair warning.

I’m going to talk about excuses we tell ourselves and how to do away with them and make progress.. if that’s what you want.

And I say “if that’s what you want”, because I fully realize that some folks are comfortable in the ‘whine and complain zone’ and have no desire to get out.

If that’s not you, I hope this post will get you unstuck and moving in the direction you want to go in.

So The Husband and I are in the middle of renovating our kitchen. This is what it looks like as I’m writing this post.

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Hot mess express and it won’t be done anytime soon.

But the renovation isn’t what this post is about, it’s about what happened loooong before we lifted a single paint brush.

Briefly, my husband and I bought this house in 2010 and renovated the kitchen to its current state, but it was never completed. We worked on several other turn-of-the-century homes in the last eight years and neglected to finish ours. The kitchen needed a ton of work. Two years ago I was fed up with our living room, so we restored it (monster project), a year ago we renovated the dining room and I decided in 2018, the kitchen was going to be done, once and for all.

When I sat down to tell my husband I wanted to set a goal to get it done this year, the first question we had to answer was- how are we going to pay for it?

Time and expense were my biggest obstacles. And they were what kept me saying “I’m never going to get this kitchen done,” over and over, for the past eight years.

I’m a Debbie downer by nature. Been that way most of my life. I have to work hard to be positive and focus on what’s possible rather than what is. But I knew if I didn’t set this goal and didn’t start working towards it, my Negative Nelly words would come true.

So we set the goal.

I did a Facebook live announcing what my goal was and asking to be held accountable.

As soon as I got off the Live, I thought, what the heck did I just do? This is going to be a ton of work and I have no idea how we’re going to pay for it! Lol

Leap….

In my teens and early twenties, I was living paycheck to paycheck. Most would say I was poor. But I never felt that way. Why? Because I learned even at a young age (I have no idea where from) that I could save up for anything in the world that I wanted.

Anything.

There were times in my life that I was only able to save $5 a paycheck after expenses.

And by expenses I mean, rent, food, toiletries, car insurance and gas.

That was $10 a month towards savings.

Slow progress is still progress.

When people tell me- I wish I could renovate my __________________. I always want to quote Mr. Hunt who says- “Decide what you want, decide what you’re willing to give up for it, set your priorities and get to work.”

Decide what you want, decide what you’re willing to give up for it….

Even if you’re on a very fixed income, you can still save a little bit towards your dream kitchen or bathroom etc. You can also do like we did and take on extra work, sell/flip stuff on eBay and craigslist and (gasp) go without renting movies/buying magazines/eating out/vacations/buying clothes/shoes/handbags/expensive coffee, etc. so you can have the home you want.

See, there’s something that happens when we set a goal. When we put away the excuses, we start to figure out ways to accomplish that goal. When we write it down and put it in a visible spot we start to think about what we can do, or stop doing to make that goal a reality.

Even if it took you five years to save up the money for _______________, in five years you’re going to get to enjoy the benefits of your hard work, perseverance and delayed gratification. Or you can NOT work towards that goal and keep complaining for the next 10, 20, 30 years. It’s always your choice.

I urge you to stop saying- I wish. And leap… set a goal and find a way to make it happen.

You know what area in your home drives you nuts, what are you willing to give up for it?
How long are you willing to save up for it?

You can get pissed at the world because what’s her face got a new _______________ or you can decide to go after what it is you want and make it happen.

Back to my kitchen

I’ve done enough renovation projects to know the big sense of satisfaction I will feel when it’s all done, but this one will be different. Because this one was a huge leap of faith for us. We set a goal that we had no idea how it would be achieved, when we set it. We put our minds together, scrimped and saved, worked our butts off and we’re making it happen.
Is/was it easy? Heck no.
But it will be worth it.

And so it will be for you.

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“Decide what you want,
decide what you’re willing to give up for it,
set your priorities and get to work.”
-H. L. Hunt

If you set a big goal for yourself, home related or not, or if you’re working towards a goal you set some time ago, tell me about it! I would love to hear your story.

Blessings on your home,
Catrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

See, there’s something that happens when we set a goal

 

 

Kitchen Reno Update 1

Finally, finally, finally!!!

I set a BIG goal in January to work on our kitchen in 2018. It’s a big job.

After lots of stops and starts this year and working on a few things here and there, I finally got the husband to agree to set aside a little time to work on it with me.

Our house was built in 1908 and we bought it in 2010. We’ve worked on lots of other houses in the last 8 years so I was more than ready to have MY kitchen done.

This is how the kitchen looked when we bought the house.

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CatrinaAtHome My Kitchen 2Fancy, right? Check out those micro upper cabinets and the exposed dishwasher! Lol

We knocked out the wall between the kitchen and the butlers pantry to make the kitchen a little roomier. CatrinaAtHome my kitchen 4

We also raised the height of the windows and ran the counter along the exterior wall.

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I had white cabinets for nearly seventeen years at my last house and I thought I wanted dark cabinets in this house.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Dark cabinets show every speck of dust and every single finger print. Period.

No bueno.

We also realized when we invited company over that everyone piled into our tiny kitchen and turned it into an oven! lol

So I needed to open up the entry into the kitchen.

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I doubled the size of the entry so folks would feel comfortable being in the dining room yet still close by.

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This was back in November of 2016 and we have lived with all of our Tupperware piled into this hole at the end for long enough. I am so ready for it to be done.

This was my final shot on Monday before we started tearing off the cabinet crown molding and the granite backsplash. Farewell dark cabinets!!

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The granite is being removed on Sunday afternoon (we sold it on Craigslist), my new end cabinet comes in on Monday and all next week we will be painting the insides of the cabinets.

Lots to do but I’m so excited to finally be working on it!

More updates coming soon..

Blessings,
Catrina

Color is back.

I love color.

Deep, saturated, delicious color.

Which is why I’m a wee bit put off by the uber white and neutral palettes that seems to be everywhere. Farmhouse/Country/Cottage styles feel like vast seas of white, that for me, just don’t feel like home. Just a personal preference.

Don’t get me wrong, my walls, baseboards and ceilings are white, (Behr: Milkpaint) and I love them, but every where else in my house I’m surrounded by colors I love.

So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to see the predictions that color was making a comeback!

“We are seeing a big return to bright and clear colors . . . people are so over gray, beige, and greige!”
—Timothy Corrigan

Now, I’m not a trend follower, never have been. But I know many are. So when you’re trying to introduce them to a new-to-them-idea it’s nice to be able to say that so and so hot shot designer says this is “in!” LOL

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This dusk blue room in House Beautiful (Amy Neunsinger) is drool worthy in my humble opinion. Bring it on, floor to ceiling for a calm, cool and classic room. :-)

black bathroom

The bathroom is a fun room to experiment with bold color. I know the safe advice is to go bright or white in small spaces but a deep bold color in a small space, like this kitchen in House Beautiful (Tessa Neustadt), ramps up the elegance factor. If you’re wanting to dip your toe in the color pond but don’t want to do a big room, this bathroom is a great place to start!

Olive-den

I’m in love with green. Ok, I pretty much love all the colors but olive may just be my favorite green. It’s another House Beautiful  photo (Eric Piasecki) but do you notice the different olive shades and textures in this cozy den? Stunning. And perfectly balanced with the brown and gold. Ahhhh..

If you happen to love bright white interiors, feel free to ignore this entire post! LOL Remember, your house is YOUR house and regardless of what’s “in”, whatever makes you feel at home in your home, is always in style.

I would love to know what your favorite color in your home is!

Blessings,
Catrina xo

 

Company’s comin’

I’m curious, do you regularly invite guests (friends, family or acquaintances) over for a meal? Or even a game night?
We have lived in our house for nearly eight years and outside of holidays I can count the times on one hand that we have entertained.
Ugh.. I hate to admit that out loud.
I tell myself it’s because we’re always in the middle of a renovation on one part of the house or another, but really, it’s probably mostly because I’m an introvert AND a perfectionist.  Well actually, it’s because I don’t want to clean. LOL

Dang flippin’ dust.

I think about the dusty, exposed window weights in my bathroom window, the raw wood in the kitchen that needs to be sanded and painted etc. and the chairs in the living room that I haven’t got around to painting. Then there’s the couch that I want to replace, the kitchen that I’m in the middle of painting and the monster crack on the dining room table (we’re going to build us another table, but it comes after the kitchen). Double ugh.

And did I mention I  don’t want to clean?

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I realize that my focus is wrong. All wrong.
And that I care significantly more about my mess than others would but it still holds me back.

Entertaining should be about sharing our home and spending quality time with those we care about or getting to know new friends a little better. (Blah, blah, blah. lol)

Sooo, I’m going to challenge myself. (This is how I handle things I know I need to work on.)

My challenge is to invite company over within the next thirty days. (yikes)

AND I’m not going to stress about getting the dining room table fixed before hand or all the other half done projects around the house.

I’m going to cook a simple meal and just enjoy our company.

And most of all, I’m not going to regret posting this two minutes after I hit- publish. LOL

(Who am I and where did the real Catrina go?)

SOOOO… will YOU join me in the challenge?

We all know it’s important to break bread together but if you’re struggling in this area too, will you take my 30-day challenge?
Will you commit to inviting friends or family into your home in the next 30 days?

If you’re joining me, I would LOVE to hear about it!
Feel free to leave a comment below or let me know on my Facebook page.
Just know that I’m going to keep you accountable. Lol If we say-yes, then we doing it!!

We got this! :-)

-Catrina