Lunch Time Happiness


I know I already posted today, but !!!


Art’s In The Kitchen, Cabinets In The Basement

Yesterday was a BIG day. Not only did the cabinets arrive….

But that meant we needed to paint the kitchen before we could install next week. (our appliances arrive Tuesday) SO MANY GOOD THINGS HAPPENING! Gosh demo took forever, and this part is just flying by! I seriously go in the kitchen and stare everyday, just soaking in each step.

Picking paint was easy. I already knew I wanted to continue the color from the dining room into the kitchen as it looks oh-so-perfect with white and black furniture, so I picked up a can of Glidden’s Sand White from Home Depot along with some chalkboard paint (as per the plan mentioned in this post).
I’ll take this time to also note my admiration for HD. I actually had a brain fart last night and thought Glidden was sold at Lowes so I went there first (all my other house colors are HD’s Behr except for this one color). I walked in and immediately felt uncomfortable. Who knows why. Maybe it’s the blue. But I hate it in there. So rather than pick a color similar since I was already there, I chose to drive farther to go to Home Depot. I actually learned in college during one of my environmental studies of interiors (not that that was its technical name… it was more of a behavioral studies type class) that Lowes is actually marketed and geared to appeal to women – blue is a more soothing color and upon entering the stores you’ll walk right into the home/garden section – aka women’s dream. I don’t know why, maybe it’s cause I’ve always grown up going to Home Depot, but they totally missed the mark on me. Then again, I’m not like most women. I actually drool over the tool section. HD’s orange get’s me pumped to work on my projects and I will forever be a HD girl.

But back to painting. I picked up 2 small cans of chalkboard paint in order to cover both the wrap around wall and the dining room wall. When I got home from work our contractor had already primed the room and painted the ceiling…

Ah, good lighting. It’s so bright in my new kitchen and I can’t wait till these bad boys make my stainless steel appliances shine!!

My little helper! She’s the best at keeping me company.

A few hours later after my trip to Home Depot and this is where the kitchen stands now…

I decided to start throwing some chalkboard paint up on the dining room wall, even though I haven’t patched the holes where the molding used to be, and I’m so glad I did. Something about our thick base molding is so stark against the black that I’ve decided to just go for it and paint the whole wall (trim and all) black. Fingers crossed it looks as awesome in person as it does in my mind. ūüôā

And what kitchen photo progress shoot doesn’t turn into a Teaker-is-my-baby-and-I-love-her-so photo shoot?

The smudge on her eye? She went in to give me a kiss and ‘nosed’ my lens haha. And today I couldn’t help but play with the kitchen. This not only included (my favorite) instagram but chalk too!

I felt a lot of pressure for the first chalk drawing I might add. I have no idea why, but it needed to be substantial, meaningful and kind of pretty. So that’s what I came up with in the 5 minutes left of my lunch break. Off to another busy busy weekend > we’ve got my 6 year old sister’s hip hop recital (you have no idea how much I can’t wait to see this haha), a graduation party, countertop shopping, engagement session styling with my company Belovely and possibly finishing that chalkboard wall, and while I’m dreaming I’ll throw on ‘yard work’ to that list too haha! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Chalkdreaming Among Other Things

While we’re in a little stand still waiting for our floors to finish (lots of stain, wait 24 hours, stain, wait 24 hours….you get the point) I’ve moved on to trying to figure out the rest of the kitchen¬†design. Even though the cabinets were already selected and we’ve decided to pull the paint and floor in from the dining room we still have a few things to pick out:

  • Counter Tops
  • Cabinet Pulls
  • Accents
  • Pendant Light

1. Counter Tops:

Based off our inspiration photo (below) we’re sticking with a “concrete” like countertop. I love the light grey, as it will compliment the cabinets and wood floors and really allow the brick wall to shine. We stopped in to Home Depot a few weeks ago and got a price of roughly $2500 for a grey quartz countertop and stainless steel sink. After talking to my house flipping mother, she suggested another store up the street which I plan to check out this weekend. I’ll let you know what I find!

2. Cabinet Pulls:

I’ve been torn between two different styles. I love the cup handle purely for the aesthetic.

However, the more I think about having to open a drawer by cupping my hand every time, the more I think a regular handle would be more practical. Like these gorgeous cabinet bar pulls.

I love the idea of having the black handles on the white cabinets. And what would really pull the black and white design together would be my next obsession…


3. Accents:

Soooo……I’ve been dying to have a chalkboard wall ever since I saw this photo on pinterest:

How amazingly simple and perfect!? And even though I have all the skills and capabilities to use Revit¬†and SketchUp and hell even hand rendering – I turned to Photoshop to do some playing…

When I brought up the idea to Ryan, I never told him where I was planning on putting a chalkboard wall – so I asked him where he’d put one and believe it or not we were thinking the same thing. Dining room wall. I like that I can wrap the chalkboard wall around and into the kitchen¬†– allowing me to use the kitchen chalkboard wall as a grocery list, and keep the dining room for fun. My other idea with this is to buy some sheet metal and tack it to the new basement door, frame it out and paint the whole thing with chalkboard – this way we’d have a magnetic chalkboard where we can put all our wedding invites (man do we have a lot this year!) and cards along with chalked notes to one another. A ‘magnetic/chalkboard message system door’ I suppose. I don’t know if I’ll get that done by July 4th, but it’s on¬† my to-do list.

The only thing I have yet to decide is if I’ll paint the trim on that wall black as well…..I love it in the photo but for some reason I’m a little hesitant. I already removed the mid-wall molding on that wall and can’t wait to slap some black chalkboard up there! Maybe I’ll paint the walls first and see if the trim needs to be painted as well. In stages if you will. What do you think? To paint the trim or not to?


4. Pendants:

I’m all over the place on this front.¬†If you¬†remember¬†my initial kitchen lighting post, I first thought of doing a wall sconce, however we’re now decided on and wired for a single pendant to hang centered over the window.¬† Now the question is which one!? This is what I’m currently thinking of:

Copper Crystal Pendant¬† – perhaps too fancy? But I keep coming back to it, so I’m obviously attracted…

Saw these awesome pendants in a blog post HERE  and love them in the dark brass color. This light is the Harmon Pendant from Restoration Hardware.

And then I’m still stuck on schoolhouse

Oh, and of course I love the pendants that¬†Young House Love¬†just put in their kitchen. Seems rustic/industrial enough¬†while also being pretty…

Globe Industrial Pendant from Shades of Light. Or there’s this little guy:

Which YHL¬†got at a¬†Pottery Barn Outlet store….I’d just have to hunt one down haha.


What light do you like best? I seriously need help. I’ve said it before I’ll say it again >¬†I hate picking out lighting. I like too many fixtures to pick just one. Anyway so that’s where my head stands as of now. Only thing I’ve 100% decided on is painting the dining room wall in chalkboard paint. Whether or not I’ll do the trim is undecided and clearly I’m all over the place when it comes to cabinet pulls and lighting. If only Ryan didn’t try to make me happy with the “whatever you want babe” and would just decide for me.¬† :/


We’ve Got A Kitchen Floor!

Lots of exclamation points in the post titles lately, and it’s all because big things are happening with the kitchen!!

So yesterday our floors went in. I kid you not from the time I left for work (he hadn’t arrived yet) to 1 o’clock it was already installed and filled. Blows my mind how people can work so fast. Perfectly installed hardwood floors in less that 5 hours!? For any of you locals looking for a flooring installer/refinisher Allen of Path Hardwood Floors¬†is the guy to hire. Two years ago when we purchased our home, we sanded down our floors ourselves and hired Allen to finish the stain and finishing. He did such a spectacular job, my mother (who flips homes) has used him several times, and my brother used him for his studio floors as well. He’s basically made his way through our family. And he’s local in Ambler (in case you were wondering)

Teak makes the¬†“before” pictures look so much better. #loveherface

And now to the install!…

Allen was able to get the same 3/4″ oak hardwood floor so that we wouldn’t have to have a seam between the kitchen and the dining room which made me the happiest interior designer homeowner ever. You’ll notice the stripes in the photos above – that’s actually wood filler. Seeing as Allen matched the floor he actually had to nail in each piece from the top rather than the more traditional groove and nail from the side versions that are sold today.

And by the time I got home from work he had it stained! Talk about finally seeing it all come together! Granted he’s coming back for more layers of stain and to put a few layers of poly on it, but you get the idea…

And the transition again:

Again, they’re not done yet, but won’t they look so rich when they are!? I’m beyond excited! Plus taking the dogs out the front door to go around to the back¬†in order to¬†avoid walking through the kitchen (as we have to leave the floor untouched) is getting old….especially since Teak takes the walk down the side of the house as a chance to pummel Cedar (and myself). The countdown is on though! We’ve officially decided to have a kitchen reveal party on the 4th of July! Fingers crossed I get all my final touch decor/cleaning/painting done by then!

For anyone interested: for this (roughly 10×10) space we’re paying $900 to have the new wood installed, stained and finished. Around $9 a square foot for matching flooring aint bad in my book. Especially considering that the 3/4″ wood is more expensive, has to be nailed in, filled, sanded, stained numerous times to match and finally a few coats of poly to finish it off.¬† I estimated about $1,000 when we were budgeting this project so we’re right on target.


pssst….once the project is all said and done I’ll do a great big break down of how much this kitchen cost us.


Drumroll Please….DRYWALL!

In trying to play blog catch up (just about there!) I’m posting our drywall images today as our floor is finally going in! Yay! Anyway, not a huge write up, pictures pretty much say all there is to say. But let me tell you, the moment drywall went up, it officially felt like progress. ūüôā



Packing two posts into one here, also going to share mud photos as well:


I don’t¬†know if you remember, but when the guys did the electrical – I mentioned that we first put it on the sides of the brick wall in¬†this post¬†HERE.¬†I also mentioned that the inspector (though he passed our rough in) told us we had to change it and the outlets had to be on the brick wall. I initially thought we would do something like:




but I never really shared my inspiration with Ryan until we got the inspectaion. Ryan instantly was on board once he saw the photo and quickly added two outlets to our brick wall (you may be able to see them in the photos above, but if not, here’s a reallllly blurry rendition for ya! (sorry)



I really love the industrial feel of the electrical and think it will be balanced out with the brick wall and stainless steel appliances.

Our weekend was packed full, and we had such a wonderful time at my brothers gradation fiesta! Didn’t take any pics (boo me!) so I have to wait and see what family members took –¬†hopefully I can share some¬†pics of our fiesta decor! Hope everyone had a¬†wonderful weekend…though, the weather was so absolutely perfect – how could you not?!


Sparks and Studs

Off the heels of the big changes projects (stairs and opening the wall¬†if you happened to miss them) the room was not ready to be framed out. With that came running new electrical (and removing that last bit of knob and tube that was in the removed wall). But less talking, more pictures…







Our contractor also¬†ran the ductwork for¬†our exhaust hood, which we had to run across the room and run a small soffit out through the stone wall.¬† The plumbing in the corner kept us from being able to run it straight out near the range, plus¬†we didn’t want to sacrifice any exposed brick for a soffit on that wall. Apparently we have two layers of stone on the exterior – he had to drill through quite a bit to get to the outside!


We decided to go with 4 high hats as my electrician husband calls them¬†– or recessed lights as I would call them along with one pendant light over the window/sink. As you can see in the photo above, the guys thought of putting the outlets in the boxed out wall around the plumbing and on the new wall where the basement door used to be. (check out the floor plan HERE if your lost), however when we had our final inspection they told us we had to have the outlets on the brick wall. No problem, back to my initial idea….just had to find a picture of it to sell the guys on.¬† (psst – new outlets are in and they look awesome, once I found a picture I¬†didn’t even have to say a word – hubby was sold!)

High And Wide

Who loves writing posts twice? NOT this girl! Ugh, sorry for all you who got this blog post only to find it blank. WordPress needs to get its shit together. Save should save and post should post not erase. Anyway… (sorry for complaining)

When I think of ‚Äėhigh and wide‚Äô I automatically think of Sherry from Young House Love describing how to hang window treatments. (yes, I‚Äôm an avid yhl reader; 10 am can‚Äôt get here quick enough during the weekdays) But this type of high and wide is totally different because it involves taking down our kitchen/dining room wall. Yay!

Now when I came home for lunch on this particular day the contractor happened to be at lunch at the same time. So¬† I walked back and forth at least a dozen times trying to figure out what exactly he had been working on. After my last pass when I was starting to become frustrated as my conclusion was that he hadn‚Äôt done a damn thing all morning I finally realized that the wall was down! Haha. I couldn‚Äôt help but hysterically laugh at myself (you thought I was kidding in my About Me write up that you‚Äôd be laughing at me with me) How could I have missed that!?¬† I blame it on the plastic ‚Äď it totally threw me off.


I guess I wasn’t expecting him to work on removing the wall as I thought he’d have to wait till we removed the knob and tube from that wall first. (you can see the knob and tube wires hanging in the middle picture there). So coming home to find that he had opened up the wall was a total and sweet surprise. I can’t wait to see it without the plastic so we can really see how opened up our kitchen will feel to the rest of the house. Now that the big construction parts of the project were done including Swapping the Stairs and removing this wall we could finally move on to framing! Eureka! Good things are a comin’!


One more time for ya…






Breathing easier? I¬†know I am…