Posts tagged ‘milestones’

February 1, 2011

Office Space, the Sequel

by Cait

I finally got an email regarding my fabric purchase for the art room curtains today.

Unfortunately, the following item(s) are currently on backorder:
Premier Prints Suzani Slub Texture Yellow/White( UH-217 ) ETA: 3/21/2011
The ETA is the expected time of arrival at our warehouse, and not the day you should expect to receive it.

Life is sad!

Aside from the crushing news about the curtain fabric, I’ve decided to rethink the desk surface. I’m pretty sure I want to go with the Lagan Countertop from Ikea (even though it will have to be cut down slightly in width and depth) because I am a pain in the ass like that I like the idea of a more wood in the room. And also? I may have fallen in love with Just a little bit. I decided to use some of the 28″ 3-rod ones for the closet desk. I want to beg politely ask Robert’s best friend, Ryan, make some of them for me (and maybe teach me how to make them), but I was curious about the way the ones online were made and they were on sale.

Ryan made this, so hairpin legs should be a cakewalk, right?

But back to the design board. You may have noticed the Crate&Barrel Delta Side Chair has been with the Navy Side Chair w/ Wood Seat from DWR. Don’t worry, I have not lost my mind and decided to blow our whole budget on one chair. My mom has had one of these types of chairs as her desk chair for years, and my dad has one of these in the garage with a broken seat. When I asked if I could have it he said yes! Woohoo! We can probably get away with just two chairs, but I am ever so slightly tempted to order a knock-off Eames shell chair (since I have yet to find one of those along the side of the road. coughDanielcough) or some of these metal stools.

Stool image from Overstock, Eames chair from Hive

However, if we don’t spend a ton on the chairs I’m hoping we can buy a set of lockers for storing the rolls of paper/etc that seem to accumulate in corners. I am hoping that we can find some lockers locally, because all the ones I’ve seen online have REALLY expensive shipping (of course).

left image from here, right image from here

Here’s hoping the gods of lockers and Eames chairs smile upon me.

January 14, 2011

100th Post

by Cait

It seems as thought the 100th blog post is kind of a big deal in the blog world.  Since I can’t just skip it and come back to it like I would an important page in a paper journal or sketchbook (like the first page, I skip that one a lot), I’m merely going to acknowledge it and move on (for now).  I will probably do a brief look back at the past six months and 100 posts, and spell out a few goals from here on out.  Oh, and for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Facebook, the domain move for the big 1-0-0 was completely coincidental, haha,.


I haven’t talked about our kitchen much, aside from a post about our Budget Kitchen Redo back in August (where as a newbie new-er-bie blogger I forgot about our new sink!) and a couple of mentions in small smattering of other areas.  Heck, I even forgot to add the kitchen to the Our House page originally, which is funny because it’s not like we haven’t made a lot of (relatively minor) changes, or don’t cook a lot.

Back in September of 2009 our kitchen looked like this:


Currently it looks like this (and again, you can read more about what we did here):


We feel very fortunate to have had such a nice starting place with our kitchen, considering my parents  live a couple of blocks away and they made-it-work with their far-from-jaw-dropping kitchen for 27 years before redoing it (the new kitchen is very jaw dropping, and I’d love to do a post on it soon).  Hopefully we are not making do with our kitchen for that long, but we thought it was high time to give a bit more detail on what we’d like to do to make the room more “us”.

altered counter image from here; rug image from here

The Plan:

  • Faucet from Home Depot – I got hooked on this type of faucet from reading Urban Grace, and was browsing in a local home outlet and nearly bought one in polished chrome for $99.  Thankfully I reminded myself we prefer brushed finishes, did some quick iPhoning (that’s a verb now), and we’re going to look at Home Depot tomorrow, since we like our $25 Glacier Bay faucet in the bathroom.
  • Rug – Our kitchen needs a 3.5×5.5 rug, which is hard enough to find, but we are thinking jute. I wish the Tarnby came in a size smaller than what we have in the living room. I’m considering this one from Overstock, but don’t want to pay that much for a kitchen rug.
  • Flooring – We really love our original oak floors (and the floor we bought from ReStore), but we also love the look for reclaimed pine floor and like the idea of planks running lengthwise in our kitchen.  However, we don’t know that we really want to replace our kitchen’s tile with real wood, so we’re considering vinyl (I know, I know) and laminate.  We ordered some vinyl samples from Armstrong but don’t really like the texture, and we think we remember liking Pergo at Lowe’s, so we’d like to take a look at Lakeshore Pine (especially since we don’t understand the pricing online…) Edit: the area of our kitchen that we need to floor is roughly 78 square feet, so we’re looking at about $290, and we have a couple of Lowe’s gift cards to help with that expense.

What We Aren’t Tackling… Yet:

  • Counters – We have seen some awesome concrete counters, but we aren’t confident to rip our coated-Formica out and replace it with DIY concrete
  • Backsplash – When we redo our counters we are thinking white subway tile with black grout
  • Fridge – As we mentioned in our very-wishful Black Friday post, we would love a new KitchenAid fridge, but that most likely isn’t in the cards right now.
  • Lighting – We love the light we added over the sink, and the one you can’t see in either of our photos is pretty unoffensive at the moment, so unless we score a killer deal


We are so proud of all the things we have accomplished in the past six months and 100 posts.  We had a blast doing things like writing a guest post and being featured in an online magazine.  Both were incredibly exciting and we would be thrilled to be asked to do it all again.  We would also love to do more design boards (both for us and anyone who might be interested),  and we get a big kick out of recommending paint colors for some reason (I think it’s staring at all the pretty paint chips).  One day we’d like to have an online shop, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.

A few things we are going to avoid (at least for the time being) is advertising and giveaways.  While we aren’t sure we’re in the Ad-Free Blogging camp, we have no idea who would want to advertise on our itty-bitty blog or how to go about any of that, and we usually skip giveaway posts on other blogs.

What about you guys, any blogging goals or kitchen plans of your own?