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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kitchen Reveal...finally!

Okay, so here's the thing, gang...

I really, really wanted to take some nice photos of our kitchen renovation to share with you all, but I just could not get the lighting right!  Dang it. First, the pictures were too dark, then they were too bright, and then they were all yellow-ish and just downright wrong.  Clearly, my camera and I are on the outs right now, BUT I'm going to put my hubby to work in Lightroom and see if he can do his magic on my poor lighting skills.  Photoshop just was not cutting it this time around.

Anyhoo, in the meantime, I thought it only fair that I give you a little sneak peek of the progress that we've made.  Once I have better photos for you, I will give you a more in-depth view of the details.  We still need to tile the backsplash and do a few little things here and there, but for the most part, it's complete, and we LOVE it!

Oh, what the heck, I'll throw in a few extras - bad pictures and all!

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Can you see our tile samples lined up across the stove top?  Yep, we've really got to make a decision here!
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My husband bought me this lantern light fixture for our anniversary back in March, and it is hands down my favorite fixture in the house.  It looks pretty fabulous at night in the way the light bounces off the ceiling.  Cool beans, folks.
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Ehem...please disregard the yellowish hue in the picture below.  The walls are actually a taupe/grayish color.  We ripped open the weird half wall/counter top-thing for a wide open walkway.  When all was said and done, it felt like a breath of fresh air, and the kitchen and dining just had a much better flow.
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One of the elements that we really wanted to tie into our main level was some stylish trim work and chair railing, which my dad installed for us.  I couldn't have been happier with the way it turned out!
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We replaced the old, crusty (and, it was crusty!) linoleum flooring with a gorgeous Asian Walnut hard wood flooring that really compliments the space...that and my favorite zebra print rugs from Target, of course.  You may have noticed that there are no decorations on the walls...well, my husband has put a ban on all decorating until we finish all of the projects we have on our to do list.  That stinker!

All that to say, I am currently working on finishing painting our 3-seasons porch, painting trim (worst job ever!) and everything in between.  Stay tuned for more updates.  Hopefully, it won't take me as long to actually post them next time around!

Okay, so the pictures today aren't the greatest, but I'm afraid my pregnant, forgetful brain will forget to post them if I put it off any longer!

....And you may recall the several "before" pictures I posted way back over {here}.  For example, remember this beauty?

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Yep, we've come a long way, baby.  I promise I don't miss the funky 80's bar lighting, as unique as the ambiance may be!

Well, friends, I hope you've enjoyed this little tour and will forgive me for the terrible pictures.  Have a wonderful day!

Ciao!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's a GIRL!!

First of all, gang, I owe you all a HUGE apology for falling off the face of the earth for the past few months (geesh, life, I tell ya!). I also owe you some updated house pictures. That being said, I will try to snap some shots for you this week, and share our home renovation progress with you all.  All together now...It's about time, slacker! Sheepishly, I couldn't agree more!

There are a few projects here and there that we need to wrap up, but for the most part, the big changes have been made, so keep an eye out for those babies. Yahoo!

In other exciting news...well, I kind of let the cat out of the bag with the title, but I'll elaborate...my husband and I found out at our ultrasound appointment yesterday that we're having a girl!  This news may be old (24-hour old, that is) news to my facebook friends, but for all of my blogging peeps....I am so stinkin' excited to share this with you!

Would you like to see her? 
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I know, I know, ultrasounds are kind of bizarre, but they are pretty amazing too for all of us who are dying to get any glimpse of our little one!  Okay, so I know she looks like an alien right now, but I am told that so far she is a healthy little peanut just doing her thing, which at the time happened to be grabbing onto her foot. 

The ultrasound tech asked me if I had any maternal instincts about what the gender would be before she checked (I almost wanted to wait until she was born to find out.  Almost.  In the end both Ron and I wanted to know.)  Anyhoo, I told the tech that I thought she was a girl.  Then she checked, and said, "Well, you're right!"

And then I cried.  Because I was excited.  And happy.  And RIGHT.  Heehee.

I had even told one my friends the day before that I would be surprised if they told me it was a boy.  Don't get me wrong, I would have been thrilled if it was a boy too, but I just didn't feel like it was, nor did my father who has been calling her "granddaughter" from the moment he found out that I was pregnant.  Of course, my mother-in-law and a few friends thought it was a girl too, so it's kind of crazy that she turned out to be exactly that.

Well, friends, I'm off for now, but thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and checking in.  I wish you all a blessed day!

Ciao!

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