Archive Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Week in Review | January 27-31

I know it’s been a suspenseful week waiting to see our finished Command Center but I’m going to leave you in suspense until Monday. Today, I’ll leave you with five bloggers who actually finished their projects!

Week in Review

  1. Coco+Kelley takes us through the home of Kelley Moore. (Yes, the ‘Kelley’ in ‘Coco+Kelley’) I can’t get enough of white subway tile. Especially a whole wall up to the ceiling. Something so Parisian Bakery about it.
  2. The girls from Behind the Seams chose five spruced up spaces and this one was too cute not to showcase! Danielle of Breakfast at Toast spruced up her space with a sheepskin on her desk chair- plus an adorable little friend!
  3. This is one of the best DIY’s I’ve ever seen! Brittany of Brittany Makes made her own faux zebra rub using a heavy drop cloth and a gold leaf pen! Amazing!
  4. A stunning office reveal on Life on Virginia Street made me crave a grey paneled wall!
  5. Would this cake get me drunk at a Bluegrass and Bourbon 40th Birthday Party? Hostess with the Mostess featured this party filled with cigars, bourbon bread pudding, and banjos.

Command Center in Flux

The plan was to bang this project out this week. Husband’s don’t like that when you say, “uh, yes we’re assembling this tonight.” But the man must love me because we spent the evening attaching the IKEA cabinet to the butcher block, adding a couple of legs, and hanging two shelves.

First things first- Dad brought over the cabinet he modified to sit perfectly at desk height. It was fabulous.


The legs went on easily when we flipped the butcher block upside down. We got these legs at IKEA too by the way. I thought it would be too much to close in the space with a cabinet on either side. The legs give an airier feel to the passage between the kitchen and dining room.


The two drawers slid nicely into place. Gotta love that soft close hardware from IKEA!


I knew I wanted open shelves above the desk but I have to admit, even I was overwhelmed by IKEA’s selection. They really do have everything from steel minimal brackets to ornate rod iron brackets and everything in between. Jared pointed out these wooden black brackets that I love. They add a touch of country to the modern white shelf and they look fantastic by the black half bath door across from it.


With a gorgeous wicker chair from Pier One, my Kitchen Command Center was almost complete! Stay tuned!

Commanding Attention

Did you guess my new project from my teaser yesterday? I’ve talked about it before and with a strict $500 budget, I set out to create my Kitchen Command Center.

You see we have this space…


See? Here…


And what I don’t have is a place for my laptop or camera equipment or general paperwork and office supplies. Sure Jared has an office upstairs but that’s his office and since he works from home, it really needs to act as a professional space just for him.

So like I said, $500 and a mission to create a desk in our kitchen that doesn’t look like… well, a desk in the middle of the kitchen. I want it to go, to fit, to look like “hey, at first glance that looks like part of your kitchen but by golly that’s a nifty command center you have there!”

So off to IKEA we went to get just one more cabinet and one more piece of butcher block countertop. With a matching cabinet and top, the “desk” would fit perfectly in our kitchen. But the trick is that the desk obviously needs to be lower than countertop height. Enter my Dad with his custom cabinetry abilities.

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He drew up a little sketch and determined we’d need to cut just a couple inches off the top of the cabinet and a couple inches off the bottom to form a small toe kick and voilà! The three drawer base cabinet would turn into a perfect two drawer desk base.

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Can you picture it yet?

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New Project Teaser Post

We’re working on a project that I’m pretty excited about. Any ideas from this photo?


What could one chair, a table leg, black brackets, wicker baskets, and a topiary have in common? Hmmmm. Find out this week!

The Week in Review | January 20-24

When everything is so cold and dead outside, I hope this bright green themed Week in Review lifts your spirits!

Week in Review

  1. I absolutely love My Sweet Savannah‘s porch makeover and share her obsession with boxwoods. Her welcoming artwork is so fun and impossible to not read in a Barbara Streisand accent. “Hello Gorgeous!”
  2. Keri over at MADE+remade shared some amazing chalkboard art projects including this super fun chalkboard fridge!
  3. And I was nervous about black doors? Katie from Bower Power brightened up a hallway with a green door! I love it with the bright white trim and masculine hardware. I’m green with envy!
  4. Greg and Ashley from Seventh House on the Left made their own trendy reclaimed wood shelves. The sprayed pipes are just genius!
  5. Lauren at A Fabulous Fete looks inward to ask “what are you doing today to get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” A stunning image and wise words!

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

No I’m not talking about football. Please! I couldn’t even tell you who was playing if it wasn’t for my New York Times push notifications. No, I’m talking about that pesky flu. It swept through our office over the last two weeks and I simply refuse to be sick.

My strategy? Juicing.

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a medical professional nor a nutritionist but I am one hundred percent obsessed with food. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost two decades now and eating a plant-based diet has so many benefits. The more I read and the more documentaries I watch (check out A Place at the Table and Food Matters) I know that you really and truly are what you eat.

About two years ago Jared and I bought a Breville Juicer. Juicing is one of the fastest ways to get nutrients into your body and all those yummy vitamins that will boost your immune system and help fight off those nasty germs.


I like to try different variations but I almost always incorporate kale, cucumbers, and herbs. And my favorite ingredient for sweetness is beets. They also turn the juice a lovely purpley red rather than the orangey green you’ll see with this concoction.



After smooshing everything down the juicer shoot, you are left with a lot of clean up. After dissembling the pieces, each bit needs to be scooped out and wiped down and the strainer needs a little extra elbow grease with the help of a special juicer brush.


But the juice is mighty tasty and honestly, it is a powerful potion. I feel invigorated when we juice in the morning. An extra boost of energy. My skin is brighter, my eyes are whiter. It really is amazing what happens when you actually give the body what it needs.


And BONUS: no flu yet! <Knock on our lovely wood counters!> Stay healthy!


When you have a husband that loves electronics you inevitably live among a variety of wires. And as a neat freak, nothing bothers me more than unruly wires.

Take the back of our TV for example.


Look familiar?


HDMI, ethernet, power cords, the Roku box, and I don’t even know what else. So it was time to get these under control. I called upon my arsenal of clips, zip ties, and labels.


Honestly, wire organization is not a quick fix. I spent about an hour crouched behind the TV coiling wires and clipping them behind our console. The 3M Command clips worked perfectly to set the power strip cord along the baseboard.


With all cords zip tied together, labels at the plug are essential to know what’s what.


A little camouflage with pillows and throws left all those pesky wires out of sight and out of mind.


The Week in Review | January 13-17

How was your week? Getting use to 2014 yet? I’d say it’s turning out to be a good year. Now let’s recap the week in blogs…

Week in Review

  1. Coco + Kelley’s Room of the Week is this cozy California home. Wouldn’t mind a cup of coffee on that banquette admiring the Pacific Ocean right about now!
  2. Emily A. Clark has been clearing clutter starting with her lovely piano top. What is it about January that makes people organize?
  3. The Brown’s from Seventh House on the Left added a little bling to the dresser in their guest room. Sometimes a little goes a long way on a furniture makeover!
  4. I’m completely jealous of this lovely work space that Laura at Bright Bold & Beautiful put together. You might say it’s bright, bold, and- well, beautiful!
  5. Jennifer at Rambling Renovators spotted some trends for the year including Black and White. Hmmm, reminds me of someone’s mudroom…

More Mudroom Planning

Our mudroom is currently “the room with the treadmill” but eventually we will add storage solutions to make this an uber functional space.


That wall to the left of the window in the photo above is the perfect spot to tuck away some free standing closets. If you remember back in November I talked about the need for closets in the mudroom here. So here’s what we’re thinking.


These PAX cabinets from IKEA are just perfect for the space. I love the shaker style fronts and the slate grey color. We could devote a single door closet to my cleaning supplies (vacuum, Swiffer, various bottles and sprays) and a double door closet to off season clothing like the bulky jackets and boots that are currently taking up half of our closet space in our bedroom.

Have you visited the IKEA website to design your own PAX Wardrobe? Select your size and doors and then the inside combinations are endless! Your can insert drawers, shoe racks, boxes, bins, you name it! It’s the perfect storage solution for any room without closets. Happy storing!

Pop a Squat

Great expression. And now you can! In our mudroom! This new bench came fully assembled from Home Decorator’s Club and we love it. It’s the perfect fit for this wall and the perfect blend of colors and textures.



We plan on adding a rack for hanging coats above our new bench. There’s plenty of space.


Maybe something like this shelf from Pottery Barn. Although I’d like to have more than three hooks and a shelf like this seems more like a dust collector in such a functional space.


We’ve talked about doing something funky like a piece of driftwood with hooks to play up the greys in the slate and add something fun to the room.


Whatever we decide, we are enjoying the fact that we can take our time with it. Our renovation was a mad dash to get my impatient butt moved into our house. Now that we’re in, I can’t tell you how nice it is to make decisions and say, “Yeah, let’s sit on that. Something will either come along or we can order that whenever.”

I’ll share our “whenever we get to it” plans for the rest of this room tomorrow. Until then, pop a squat and I’ll catch ya later!