January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
It's hard to believe that we've been in our house for over two years. It kind of feels like we just moved in, but memories of living elsewhere also feel so distant at this point.
Both the house, and the apartment that we had lived in before we bought ours had one thing in common – big kitchens with tons of storage! It was a luxury that's easy to take advantage. Then we moved into our house which originally had the teeny tiniest kitchen. It was oddly set up, but thankfully we were able to knock out a few walls that completely opened it up! It was great, but since we have so many projects we're working on with the house, the actual remodeling of the kitchen has been on the back burner. So when it comes to storage our kitchen has a total of one cabinet. It's the lovely built-in that's original to the kitchen, but the top half has glass doors, which means that our storage space for all of those not so pretty things that we all have in our kitchen, is basically nothing. Over the last few years I've learned some tricks to making a kitchen with no storage (or counter space!) work, that have really helped me from going crazy over the lack of hiding places.
ROLLING CARTS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Seriously, I love a cute little cart with wheels. Not only can you stick them in any little corner you might have, but I've really loved that I can roll them out of the way whenever we do any construction work in the kitchen and I don't have to worry about totally unloading everything to move it!
I have both a large utility cart, and this one I thrifted a while back both in my kitchen housing appliances, dry foods, and cleaning products. I also am totally smitten with the cart in the picture above that I bought from Demi-Brooke, that I've turned into my coffee cart! Each cart has a specific purpose and I try to keep them super organized to keep things from getting messy.
My favorite places to find carts are thrift stores (see this post for the before and after of mine) and garage sales. I also love places like Ikea and Target to find them cute, and at good prices (this one is a total steal, and this one is totally stealing my heart).
MAKE YOUR STORAGE DECORATIVE
If your tight on hidden storage space make whatever you need to store out on your counters (or carts) cute! I am obsessed with pretty glass storage containers. I keep almost all of my dry food goods in them. These are super easy to find at almost any thrift store for cheap, but if you're looking for matching ones, places like The Container Store and Home Goods are great places to find them too.
KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED
This may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but I can't stress how important it is for everything to have it's "own space" especially in tiny kitchens. When every square inch of storage is packed, you don't want to have to pull everything apart just to try to find your favorite spatula. Part of keeping things organized for me, has been going through my kitchen once every couple months and seeing what I really need handy. Do I need that specialty baking pan ready to grab, when I've only used it once in the last five years? Probably not. I always walk away with a new bag to donate, as well as a little box to put into long term storage in my basement.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE REST OF YOUR HOME
When things are tight, expand! I was so happy once I brought my coffee cart into my dining room. Not only does it free up a lot of space in the kitchen for more important things, but it looks so cute! Even if we didn't have a dining room, I think a coffee cart would be cute in a living room or office. Think outside the box and take a look around to see if there's anything that's taking up space in that little kitchen of yours that could find a home in another part of your house. Use your imagination, and don't be afraid to experiment and see what works!
July 27, 2015 § 1 Comment
April 25, 2014 § 6 Comments
I feel like it's been so long since I've talked about what's been going on at the house here on the blog. In some ways it feels like we've done so much, but then I start thinking of how much we still have to do and shy away from talking about it. The backyard is definitely one of those spots, but it's gone through such a big transformation already that I thought it'd be fun to share a little update.
I took these photos on one of our first walkthroughs of the house…
Everything was so overgrown, and you could barely even see the stream from the patio (which is my favorite part of the backyard!). The area on the other side of the shed you couldn't even walk through. In the fall Frank went through and just started chopping stuff down so the pups at least had some spots to walk around. He also ended up taking out the fence. We originally thought we'd keep it, but once he really looked at it he realized that most of it was already rotted through. Bummer.
Here's where we're at now! We just recently found and uncovered a little path halfway down the hill. Things still need to be cleaned up a bit, and I can't wait until the ivy is all gone and we can really plant and landscape things. I'm also excited for all the trees to fully bloom so everything goes back to being super private again (although, it's only a dirt road behind us, so it's pretty quiet anyway). Before it was almost impossible to walk through the yard, so it's really nice to have things clear and not worry about being attacked by thorns or various other plants now.
I really wish I had a good before photo from this angle because you couldn't even see down the stream, much less walk along it. We love that tree that fell across the stream, it's still living so we plan on keeping it and using it as a little "bridge". We also spent some time cleaning the stream itself up a bit and Frank actually spotted some deer hanging down near the end the other night:)
Those of you have been following my blog for a while might be wondering whatever happened to the chickens. Well, Chuck and Olive are still around! They have their own little spot in the yard, although we'd like to eventually move them to one of the newly cleared spots and extend their run so they have some extra space to spread their wings.
Frank has also been working on building us a composting spot out of branches from our clearning things out. Seriously, how cool does it already look? I can't wait to see how it looks when he's all done!
Even though we still have a long way to go it feels amazing to be able to really enjoy the backyard and to also be able to start planning what we want to do with it from here.
January 28, 2014 § 13 Comments
So I think it's official, I've caught the video bug. I never thought I'd like taking video, but I really do. I also like that since I'm totally new to this I don't put any pressure on myself, I can just have fun and it's not a big deal if something isn't perfect. This weekend we got a little more snow, and me and the pups were home alone all day and I thought it'd be fun to make a house-tour of sorts.
Music is "Four" by Marcel Piquel
In case you forgot, here's all the pictures from the day we walked through. So far cosmetically, we've really only done our little makeover on the half bath, stripped the dining room wallpaper, and we also stripped the sewing room wallpaper (unfortunately there's crumbling paint under there). What you don't see though, is that we completely replaced our heating system and converted to natural gas, and Frank has cleared so many overgrown trees and bushes from the backyard. It really is feeling like home, though. Even though I'm always itchy to start painting and working on the "pretty stuff", I still love it, and I think I fall more in love with our house everyday.
November 29, 2013 § 1 Comment
On the day after Thanksgiving I have to say that I am so thankful for a super relaxed and great Thanksgiving day. I was just happy to get the chance to host this year so I decided I wasn't going to go insane and drive myself nuts to make everything "perfect". We don't have a dishwasher so I decided to go with paper plates and plastic cups and utensils so that I could enjoy the afternoon with everyone instead of worrying about washing dishes, and I am really glad that I did! My mom and sisters and I even got to take my nephew out to see Frozen, which was so darn adorable (and had me wanting a reindeer as a pet!). Holidays have sometimes been kind of crazy for our family, so I am really appreciating our nice calm Thanksgiving this year:)
How was everyone else's Holidays? Try to take advantage of the nice long weekend and relax a bit!