Tuesday, December 13, 2011

camps signs and scrabble

yesterday i decided to change up the entryway a little :

before before:

first try:
yep that's how organized it always looks :)
and now:

super cute pics of my little girls in glasses as babies!!

made the signs with some pallet wood....gotta love free art!!

poor hayley is home sick today, so we played scrabble...she wanted me to take a pic of our game and put it on the blog :)

-Make your life beautiful!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

kitchen design inspiration

so, our kitchen has a very strange layout.
starting this christmas break we are going to start the reno!  mainly by rearranging the cabinets we have and making the layout a little more practical.

old kitchen on left    new kitchen on right

we won't need any bar stools at the island, we don't really use them because the table is right there.

we're not losing any space and it won't cost much.  the only thing we really have to do is buy a dishwasher, cabinet pulls, build the cabinet for the refrigerator, and the shelves for next to the microwave.  i'm thinking we can pick up a window at h4h for cheap.

we have plenty of marble tiles for the countertop with the appliances and sink and mr. tsl is going to make us a butcher block top for the island!!

i am giddy like a little school girl right now.  to actually live somewhere with a beautiful kitchen is a huge dream.

when we moved in, the layout of the appliance side of the kitchen looks like this:

we have since removed the top cabinets from above the island and moved the cabinet above the stove up to accommodate for the over the range microwave i scored on cl.

after the rearranging and painting, hopefully the kitchen will look like this:

i'm trying to figure out if i want to paint them gray or black....so in all reality, the gray may be black later!

inspiration for the fridge cabinet:

inspiration for gray cabinets:

plus the lights...already have them
black cabinet inspiration:

lights over island:
only 2 though...

i got this light at h4h for $5!!

shelf inspiration:


the little spice nook next to the stove

images via my pinterest

-make your life beautiful!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

christmas photo shoot

i suck at photography!  plain and simple. suck. 
these, however, turned out pretty cute! :) probably because my kids are so stinking adorable!

-Make your life beautiful!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

red door and christmas decor!

when we moved in our dining room looked like this:
yep, that's a giant fishing pole.
more recent pic of the door:

that door was flat on one side and paneled on the other. weird.  anyhow, i decided i wanted to put in a door with a window (our house super lacks natural light and windows.  in fact, the 2 windows in the dining room lead out to the sun porch...and they are too far apart and really close to the door/wall.

i digress, mr.tsl and i were at habitat for humanity and i saw this door:

for what?!?  $10, that's right $10 and it comes with it's own security system:

i feel safer already.  if a bad guy broke in to the garage, went through another locked door and managed to get to this door he would be met with the wrath of this sticker.  an obvious blocker of all things bad.

mr.tsl put the door up for me and i asked for your opinion...red door or black door.  you all picked red, just like i wanted you too!  you must really know me :)

the towel keeps out the draft and loads of style :)
i am not going to lie to you. this project sucked.  i primed the door and started painting.

let's talk about that paint.  so, i head to wal-mart for groceries and stop off in the paint dept.  paint dept guy knows me.  he's at lunch, sporting goods guy is there.  he doesn't know paint very well. or at all.
i hand him a can of banner red spray paint and tell him i need a quart of paint color matched to it.

he looked at me like i was crazy and said "you know this is paint right?" {whilst, holding the can of spray paint}.  i just said "yes, but i need brushable paint, i can't spray paint an interior door."  what i wanted to say was, "no, really? do i look like a f#$%ing retard!?!"

then i had to explain to him how to use the color match machine...woohoo he did it.  then he grabs the paint and starts mixing.  at this point audrey is climbing out of the cart and pulling all the leaves off the $3 poinsettias i have. irritating.

i say, "i'm going to go get some other stuff, i'll  be right back"  when i get back the paint is done and more mauve than red.  he just looks at it and says "oops, i have to get back to sporting goods, i have a customer."

i love dealing with morons.  as i am walking to the grocery section paint guy is coming out of lunch, i explain and he says "did you know krylon makes a banner red you can brush on?" then gets me the can. amazing, the exact color i wanted and it's $5 cheaper than any quart can!

i buy my $5 can of paint and get to work....i am not kidding you it has 8 coats of red paint and i am pretty sure it needs more and am even more sure it's not getting them.

it's like the ugly girl that is far away looks okay, but upon closer inspection is not all that easy on the eyes.

after all that, here is some more shots of the door and the rest of my christmas stuff!!

12 days of christmas nutcrackers!

the stick looks like an antler :)

charlie brown tablescape!
if you read this, i don't know how you can type in all lowercase...i like it, but i naturally want to capitalize stuff :)

-fa la la la la, la la la la

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