|Super-thin Galaxy Tab S2 8.0|
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
|It was love at first sight!|
Once we moved in and started doing projects it didn't take long for me to remember the grand plans I had for the garage area. The first thing Dean did was to stain the fence a lovely shade of red. My next plan was to paint the garage door- the white doors were blindingly so and made it almost uncomfortable to sit next to in the daylight. I initially planned on painting them black but after doing a cut-and-paste rendering, I decided against it:
|A bit too dark, even with my budget rendering skills...|
Last night Dean and I went to Lowe's and found a lovely shade of tan that struck the perfect balance. I spent 4 hours painting this morning, then ended with some finishing touches- magnetic carriage gate hardware and some planters. The end result:
|Voila! Even with our cars parked in the driveway we still have a decent sized courtyard!|
Monday, March 21, 2016
Let me start by saying there wasn't anything 'wrong' with our living room per se, it was just....meh:
|Functional but very basic|
|Here is the window wall by day...|
|And here is how it looks at night.|
Sunday, February 21, 2016
|Spacious but plain|
|You can't see the dreaded Corian pattern in these pics but...it's there!|
|Our breakfast nook|
|The first time I saw our kitchen I was blown away by the size!|
We had already done a kitchen renovation project at our last house and the biggest lesson I learned was to keep it light and bright. We went with Ubatooba black granite, and brick backsplash and the finished kitchen was beautiful but very dark and moody:
|We had to add under cabinet lighting because it was so dark!|
The first thing we decided on was the granite counters. We chose the Cotton Linen white:
But when we went to the granite yard in Dallas we were disappointed to find that the large slabs were covered with huge brown splotches that we really didn't like. Instead we found the Exodus white slabs that were much cleaner looking and had bits of sparkly silver that we loved:
|Hard to see in the sunlight but it was gorgeous and sparkly|
Our next item to agree on was the backsplash. I fell in love with the arabesque dove gray tile from Home Depot and decided that it worked well with the granite we had selected:
|Just a hint of gray after about 3 coats!|
|We picked out a nice gas stovetop and now Dean is a happy camper!|
|Undermount sink in cashmere color. Always go with zero-reveal for the mount style...trust me!|
|I got the valances on Amazon, RLF Home Royal Damask M Shaped Valance|
|Brought our dining room table into the breakfast nook.|
Monday, January 11, 2016
One of the smaller projects Dean has talked about doing since we moved in was to replace the balusters with something fancier. We are very fortunate to have a lovely layout but not a million balusters to replace- 50 to be exact:
There were a few unexpected hiccups during this project:
1. The hole left by the old balusters was larger than the new shoes. Dean had to drill the holes, then sand and paint the entire base to make it look right. These extra steps took a while longer but the finished product looks great.
2. The top part showed some of the lighter wood when the old baluster was removed. Dean painted the areas so that there is no flash of wood showing.
3. Cutting the new balusters stinks. Literally. Even though he did it in the garage, the burning smell was acrid.
The end result looks stunning- at first I worried that the new balusters were too thin, but now that they're in the size seems appropriate. It took several hours to get them all done- probably best for a long, dedicated weekend. I recommend you take the first piece apart so that you can see the scope of your project.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Remember last February when I shared all about our new backyard? At the time I was predicting that we'd have the cover on our patio section by June...the reality ended up being slightly different! The good news is that we have the cover and, come summer, we will be enjoying the space:
The poly material is sort of transparent so that it really allows a lot of light through it but it blocks the sun:
It also allows us to sit out in a gentle rain (hard rain makes the gutters splash so it does get a bit wet). I am so glad we didn't go with a wood cover- it would definitely change the lighting inside the house.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
We are excitedly planning our next project and have agreed on this color palette! Any guesses on what's coming up next??
This holiday we put our tree up on November 8th...this is my story:
As I spent hours this morning frantically flinging ornaments off the tree and putting away our Christmas decorations, I am forced to make a stunning admission: I kicked off Christmas way too early this year. I realize that no matter how excited I get in November, I cannot extend Christmas for 7 weeks without repercussions.
Please. Talk to your friends and family about decorating too early. Signs include references to Christmas during Halloween, a general unwillingness to acknowledge Thanksgiving as a holiday, and humming carols in late September. We went through this but no one else should have to. Ask your doctor if decorating in November is right for you. I wish I had.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Welcome to 2016!
Last year was filled with so much joy and happiness that I am excited to see what this year brings! Quick recap of 2015:
1. Completed our first full year in our new home (we bought it Oct 2014)
2. Bought my first (and second, lol) Lexus!
3. Had my mum for a visit in the summer.
4. Went to Boston between Christmas and New Years for a pop-up visit with my aunts and cousin.
5. Completed my first full year at my wonderful job (started June 2014).
6. Did home renovations out the Ying Yang (replastered pool, grew garden, change stair ballusters)
7. Threw an amazing birthday party
8. Got the art of throwing parties down to a science after having several during the year!
9. Became friends with most of my amazing neighbors (joined Bunco group!)
10. Started a bit of a fitness regimen walking twice a week with some of my friends.
For 2016 we plan to:
1. Renovate kitchen (paint cabinets, have granite counter tops, new backsplash)
2. Trip to Prague (hopefully my bff can join us there)
3. Have family game night once a week.
4. Have more fitness and health!
Bring on 2016!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
So, remember in April when I got my Lexus NX 200? Well, after 5 months I could no longer ignore the irritations that were slowly driving me crazy:
1. Size- it was too cramped for me inside
2. Nav screen- instead of a touchscreen it had a weird touchpad that made using the screen a royal pain.
3. No digital clock- small, but still annoying
4. Lack of space for odds and ends (phone, etc).
While I realize that some of these were small, when your monthly payments are what they are, you need to be skipping all the way to the bank. And I just wasn't. So last week I went back the dealership and got my dream car (see item #10 on the old list- see, I already was dissatisfied!). It's Silver Lining exterior, with Ecru interior. The nav screen is touchscreen, and the overall size is nice and big so I have excellent viewing angles while driving.
There's no changing my mind now- especially after the depreciation penalty I had to pay! But no worries- I LOVE my GX!!