Our New Cafe Appliances: Range and Hood Edition

This post is sponsored by Cafe

Since we finished the kitchen for the One Room Challenge, one of the questions that keeps coming up is; what do we think of our new range from Cafe? Well, I LOVE IT! This range was quite an upgrade for us. We went from a 30″ mid 1990’s white electric range to Cafe’s Dual-Fuel Professional Range with six burners. I talked a little bit about Cafe a few posts ago, the ones that are customizable, and allow you to choose a base color as well as the hardware color. Which I am loving so much because I am a big fan of mixing metals in the kitchen.

This range is the perfect combination of form and function. Everyone is always saying how you have to choose between the two, but with this range, you get both.

Because this baby is a duel fuel (natural gas cooktop + convection oven) range, we had to add a gas line which was an additional cost of about $1,500 after permits and the cost of the plumber, but it was worth every penny. Nate, who is the cook in our family, has always wanted a duel fuel range so this was kind of a dream come true for him. Another thing to note is that if you live in higher elevations, like we do, then the convection oven will make your life so much easier. Higher elevation baking often means that your cookies are raw in the middle and your cakes will not rise, but not with this convection oven. We are able to follow regular baking instructions on mostly everything now and it comes out just perfectly!

Each of the six burners have their own knob (plus one for the oven) which makes operating the range very straightforward.

The grates are easy to remove and when I notice they need cleaning,  I just place them all in the sink and give them a good rinse. While the grates are off, I usually use this opportunity to wipe off the cooktop. Just a sponge with a spot of dish soap, and all of the cooking messes wipe right up. Easy peasy.

The width of this range is 36″, when a standard range is 30″, and this extra six inches allows you to bake multiple dishes at once. This came in handy over the holidays when the green bean casserole was ready to go in the oven, while the turkey was still roasting away. My mom and I made Thanksgiving dinner together this year, and she LOVED that the racks are on rollers and slide in and out with ease. It’s these small details that make a big difference!

For our hood, we went with their 36″ commercial style hood. It’s mounted to the wall and then we built the cedar surround. The hood cover was a relatively simple DIY. After the hood was installed and secured to the wall, Nate built a frame around it with 2×4’s, and then wrapped the entire structure with cedar 1×2’s. I am always a fan of adding natural wood tones whenever and wherever I can, I love the warmth that wood adds to a space. It’s a statement maker and only cost around $75 in materials.

Here is what the hood looked like before we wrapped it with the cedar. I love how it matches the white appliances, but also comes in all of the same color options that the range is offered in, so you can coordinate accordingly. It’s pretty enough to leave as is, or you can customize your look, like we did.

The fan is so quiet, even on the highest of settings and the grates easily remove in case they need a good cleaning. Also, I love the light that comes inside the hood. You guys know how I HATE a cold, blue LED light bulb…makes me feel like I’m the operating room at the hospital. But, these lights are warm and lovely and even have a Nite setting, which is a very low light that I have been turning on every evening after the kids are in bed. It’s soft and adds such a nice ambience to the kitchen.

With the kitchen finally complete and all of the Cafe Appliances stealing the show, we are just LOVING all of them! They all look and function the part. We knew we loved how they looked when we picked them out, but now that we’ve been using them in our kitchen for a few months, we are hooked!

 

 

The Sink and Faucet Combo that Have my Whole Heart

This post is sponsored by Kraus

I don’t know if I told you guys this but when we were remodeling our kitchen for the One Room Challenge, we were without a working sink in the kitchen for twelve weeks…yep, you heard that right. TWELVE LONG WEEKS! So when our sink from Kraus was finally installed, I was a over the moon! Has anyone else washed dishes in the bath tub before? Well, believe me…it’s not a fun job.

It seems kind of funny, but when you’re planning a full kitchen remodel, the sink has to be selected at the very early stages. Which makes sense if you think about it because cabinets can’t be ordered and counter tops can’t be measured until the exact dimensions for the sink are set. And there are lots of options too; under-mount, apron-style (like mine), drop-in style, single or double bowl….whew! In our last house, we had a single bowl, under-mount sink and I LOVED being able to drop a full baking sheet right to the bottom for washing. But, I didn’t love the stainless steel finish and was always fighting with water spots. So I knew I didn’t want to do a stainless steel sink again but wasn’t sure what new direction to go…until I saw it. THE ONE. I went with the 33″ Reversible Apron front Fireclay Single Bowl Sink in gloss white from Kraus. Are you wondering what they mean when they say reversible???? I know I was when I first read the description. Well, this sink is so cool and allows you to choose which style you would like for the front, or the exposed apron. Isn’t it rad that you have the option?

I opted for the flat front because I was attracted to the slightly more modern vibe of the flat front, versus the rounded front, which felt more traditional to me. It’s such a great size too! You could easily fit two baby bums for a soak in the sink or to hide all the dirty dinner pots and pans until you feel like doing the dishes.

 

It comes with a grid that lives on the bottom that I LOVE! It’s so handy, especially for watering all of your plant babes as it lets the water drain freely from the bottom of the pot.

For the faucet, I selected the 18″ Commercial Style Pull-Down in matte black. This baby is sleek and I will never get over how it pairs so well with the black windows. Meow.

I also have really been enjoying the pull down option, and the button on the back which allows you to switch the water stream to a spray. It makes cleaning up a breeze. And the shiny finish always looks clean and sparkly, which is such a nice perk! I couldn’t be happier with this duo from Kraus, and know we will love them for many years. A BIG thank you goes out to Nick from Kraus who was so helpful and even tracked down another sink option for us at the last minute, when the sink we had originally selected was out of stock. He made it possible for us to keep our ORC deadline and for that, I’m so grateful!

 

 

I Can See Clearly Now: My New Kitchen Windows

This post is sponsored by Sierra Pacific Windows. All opinions are my own.

Hi guys! I’m back today to fill you in on some more kitchen details! We recently remodeled our kitchen in our new house, as part of the One Room Challenge, and we added the most beautiful windows to the space. I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared before, but my Dad(who can almost always be seen in all of my insta stories, working along side Nate) worked as a Commercial Glazier AKA he installed windows, for more than forty years before retiring six years ago. And on one of our many walk-throughs of the new house during the purchasing process, pointed out how he thought that the old kitchen window was feeling a little “skimpy.” When he said this, I looked at it and instantly knew he was right. We actually have a lovely view from the front of our house, we just needed to showcase it!

See what I mean?

And wouldya just take a look at the difference! Here’s how the kitchen looks now!

Isn’t it just amazing how transformative windows can be? There’s a lot of buzz around furniture, art, and decor…you know, all the pretty things. But, adding an architectural element, like windows, is a game changer. I read a blog post by Emily Henderson where she said, “a small odd vinyl window can ruin a perfectly good room, but a large pretty window that is rightly appointed can literally make a room.” Well, I used to have that small odd vinyl window and replaced it with three (imho) rightly appointed windows…and woweee, was she ever right?! I’m still shocked sometimes when I look into that kitchen and see those beautiful windows staring back at me. I LOVE them.

Like any good fairy tale with a happy ending, I found my knight in shining armor, with Sierra Pacific Windows. When they agreed to partner with me for the One Room Challenge, I was over the moon! But, even with all of my Dad’s window expertise, I was still a little hesitant about replacing windows. It just seems so intimidating! Even the ordering process seemed like it might be tough. What if my measurements are off? There are so many styles of windows; how do you decide which one is best? Well, Sierra Pacific Windows made it SO easy! Allow me to break down their ordering process for you in case you’re intimidated, like I was.

They put me in touch with their local territory manager, Ted, who let me know that he would be happy to come and meet me on-site to talk through details and measurements. We agreed on a date and Ted met Nate and I at the new house where I filled him on all the details about the (massive) project and described the look I wanted. I had been dreaming of a more modern look for the kitchen and adjoining living space and most importantly, allowing some more light to flow throughout the house. Ted was so knowledgeable and educated me on all the options that were available, and also did all the measuring for me…whew! I was so worried that I might flub a number and then my windows would arrive, only to not fit properly. A MAJOR mistake. But after he left, I knew I was in good hands. The next day, he emailed the quote for the windows with all of their specs for me to review. When I was satisfied with how everything looked on paper, I signed off and he finalized the order. Seriously…so easy. Ted was so patient with me as I had a thousand questions along the way and even tweaked the measurements, and added the three lites at the last minute. A few weeks later, they arrived at our door. Easy peasy.

Here’s a progress shot of the kitchen after demolition but before the new windows were installed.

And after install…

We went with their Urban casement style and it’s so sleek and beautiful. With their powder-coated aluminum on the exterior and solid wood on the interior, they are low maintenance, but HIGH impact(in the best way possible). They give our home more of a Modern Pacific Northwest feel that I am hoping to achieve. Eventually, the plan is to change all of our windows in the entire house to these black beauties…we already have another one on order for the entryway! Can’t wait to show you all!

The middle window is a picture window, which is code for, doesn’t open, or is fixed.

The two windows on the left and right both have screens and crank all the way open to a full 90 degrees, if you’d like. They also came with screens so you can open them on a cool summer evening without having to worry about pesky bugs/mosquitoes.

These new windows have been such an impactful addition to our home and now I’m wondering, where else can I add a window?! If you’re considering replacing windows, then look no further than Sierra Pacific Windows. I am forever a fan! They have an amazing assortment of styles, options and colors…something to suit everyone, I’m sure of it! A BIG thank you to Jennifer and Ted for being so awesome to work with…you both made the entire process so seamless! Here’s a few more shots of how these windows have changed the entire look of our home.

And one more before and after because you guys know I can’t resist…

Thanks for reading! XOXO

 

 

 

 

Our new CAFE Appliances: Dishwasher and Refrigerator Edition

This post is sponsored by CAFE

Hi guys! I’m back this week to talk kitchen appliances. When I first started planning my kitchen, the first thing I put on my wishlist were Cafe appliances. I had been seeing them pop up when I was purusing pinterest for inspo pics. Every time I spotted one of their gorgeous appliances in a kitchen, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Seriously, they are show-stoppers!

If you aren’t familiar with GE’s Cafe line, it’s unlike any other appliances around. They have everything you need to plan your kitchen from any and all sizes of refrigerators, ranges with many styles of range hoods to match, dishwashers, and even microwaves. But my favorite thing about their appliances is that you can customize the color and hardware combinations. Isn’t that exciting? ps…you know your adulting HARD when kitchen appliances really get your blood flowing. HA!

But for each piece, you decide the base color you’d like–we chose their Matte White. And the white is AMAZING! We had a stainless steel refrigerator in our last house and with our three kids running around, I had to wipe the refrigerator clean from fingerprints and smudges every. single. day. Cafe’s matte white doesn’t smudge. I swear that I haven’t even cleaned the front once since we installed them over four weeks ago. Life changing!!!! They also have stainless and matte black options which I really liked as well. After you’ve decided on your base color, you get to choose your hardware color. They have brushed bronze, black, copper, and stainless. I chose the brushed bronze because it’s just so beautiful. It’s like jewelry for your kitchen appliances!

For the refrigerator, I wanted a clean front and didn’t want the water dispenser on the outside. Our kitchen is pretty small, and I didn’t want that visual distraction. I went with this one. But with Cafe, it doesn’t mean that you lose the convenience of a water dispenser. They put it on the inside! Isn’t that genius? That’s what I call thoughtful design, amiright? It also connects to your wifi so you have the power to control your refrigerator from your phone. They have thought of everything.

Another nifty perk is that the refrigerator door has an alarm that dings in case you too, have an absent minded kiddo who is constantly leaving the doors wide open.

The dishwasher is a little power house and washes our dishes until they sparkle…literally, they actually sparkle. Nate has been teasing me all week because I actually get excited to load and start the dishwasher. This baby has adjustable racks, controllable wash zones to save water, and enough room to even fit larger trays and pots. The LCD screen that displays the dishwasher cycle status is one of my favorite features.

I’m just loving these appliances and would like to thank the kind folks at Cafe (a BIG thank you to Megan who rushed a new range hood to us when I discovered that I ordered the wrong one just days before the big ORC reveal) for entrusting me with this sponsorship. I am very grateful. I’ll be back next week to give you guys all the deets on the range and range hood because those babies deserve their own post…heck, they deserve a song written about them!

The New Kid in Town…Aka Our New Sectional

This post is sponsored by Rove Concepts

Whew…now that the One Room Challenge has wrapped up, I’m so excited to give you guys some more details about the some of the products and companies that I was SO lucky to partner with to make this massive project come to life. I’ve been busy putting in a lot of sofa time (jk…not busy at all) since we finished up the ORC last week…I swear, it feels like I haven’t sat down in six weeks! After breaking in our new sectional for the past week, I feel confident that I can give you guys an honest opinion of the sofa, how the ordering experience was, and what I thought of it in person! Am I the only one who gets nervous about ordering a sofa online when you can’t see it in person or sit on the cushions? Eek!

We have had a fabric sectional for years, and I felt like it was a good time to switch things up! So, I started considering leathers for the new sectional. When I started poking around the Rove Concepts website, I found the Luca Sectional and it was love at first sight. It comes in three shades of leather and countless fabric/velvet options, as well. I went with the Palermo Caramel leather. It is a dream!

Right away, I was struck by the sleek, mid-century inspired lines of the legs and sofa. Something about a mid-century inspired sofa that feels so classic. I am confident that even as trends in furniture and decor change, this sofa will never go out of style.

Rove Concepts also allows you to customize your sectional, and add a chaise on whichever side works best for your living space. I wanted the chaise to be on the left side (between the dining space and living space) as it would allow me to add a couple of extra chairs on the window side of the living room for additional seating. But, every living space is different, so having this option is a big bonus. If you have a keen eye, then you might have noticed the tufting on the seats and the piping around the edges. Just a few of the details that make this sectional feel so special. Another customizing option is the color of leg. I chose their brown option, but you could also select the natural or black colors.

Another great feature about this particular leather is that it has natural color and marking variations that can vary, making each piece of furniture unique. The soft surface will scuff and a beautiful vintage patina will develop over time. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never owned a piece of furniture that actually improves over time! Especially in a house full of kids, like mine.

I was also pleasantly surprised with the customer service at Rove Concepts. If you’ve ever had a bad customer service experience (I know that I have, unfortunately), you know the importance of a company that communicates clearly and stands behind their product. During the ordering process, I received emails letting me know the status of my order, and then again when my order was ready to be shipped. They also provided shipping notifications and set up a time that was convenient for delivery. Since ordering a sectional is a big deal (at least it is for me), I found that these updates were both reassuring and helpful. They even sent a survey after delivery to rate their customer service, and to gauge how I was liking (ummmm LOVING) the new sectional.

In person, this leather is soft and the seat is deep and comfortable. My favorite spot is the chaise at night for cozy TV watching. It smells so good too, and serves as a reminder as to what good quality the leather is. It was also important to me that the sectional didn’t feel overwhelming in our small-ish living space, and I think the low lines of the back gives it a lower profile, which is perfect.

All in all, I’m so happy to have went with a Rove Concepts sectional, and I couldn’t love it more! I’ll be back next week to talk kitchen appliances. I’ve been getting lots of questions about how we like them and I’m gonna dish allll the details for you guys then! But, in the meantime, if you have any questions about our new Luca Sectional or about Rove Concepts, leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to help! See you next week! XOXO

One Room Challenge – Modern Mountain Kitchen and Family Room – The Reveal

OH MY GOSH WE MADE IT! It’s reveal day for the One Room Challenge and I am so excited that I couldn’t even sleep…and I’m one tired lady too! Let’s get right into it, shall we?!

And just in case you’re new here, here are links to Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four, and Week Five so you can catch up on all the craziness that has been my life during these last six weeks.

I am dyyyyyyying to show you all the After pics that I snapped yesterday (nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?), but first, let’s take a walk down memory lane and have a look back at where we started. Here is the moodboard from which I planned the space. Also, peep these before pics…this place has come a long ways, guys.

How about these…

Did I scare you away, yet? We fell in love with this home (even in its very sad state) and hoped that we could turn this home into something that was beautiful and comfortable for our family. Well, here’s how we’re looking now!!!

I couldn’t be happier with how this new kitchen turned out. And did you notice the green? My kitchen at our last house was green as well, and when I was planning this new kitchen, I kept trying to plan something that was different than my last so I could surprise you guys with something fresh and new. But the heart wants what the heart wants!!! Also, don’t you think these green cabinets suit this NW style house???

The kitchen cabinets and countertops are from a local business here in Bend, called Nelson Tile and Stone. We have been planning this kitchen for months and Chris and Jennifer have been there to help us every step of the way. I can’t recommend them enough and would go back to them for any of our future projects. The cabinet hardware is from EMTEK from their Trail Line.

The sink and faucet are both from Krauss and are both beautiful and I loved mixing the white apron sink with a black faucet. Such a cool combo!

The windows are from Sierra Pacific Windows and you guys already know how much I love them as I’ve been gushing about them for weeks.

The appliances are all from CAFE and are amazing! We just discovered last night that we can preheat our oven via voice command. Tech-y type stuff doesn’t usually impress me, but that is just too cool! I love the white, matte finish and the coordinating brush handles. It feels special, almost like jewelry. I’ll be writing a few more blog posts about them in the coming weeks and I will show you guys some more of their cool features!

All of the lighting in the kitchen is by Blue Print Lighting and couldn’t love them more! The flush mount is such a statement maker and gives the kitchen a certain something. And I love the sconces above the open shelving…white and brass have my heart forever.

The barstools and dining chairs are both from Overstock. I love how they coordinate with their black legs and modern lines. The chandelier above the dining table is also by Hudson Valley Lighting and it’s called the Ace….appropriate, huh?

The art in the kitchen is from Minted and adds such a cute touch. I’ll show you some close ups very soon.

The family room didn’t change much with the exception of a fireplace upgrade, some snazzy new cement tiles from Zia Tile, new wood floors, and the most fabulous chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting.

The new gorgeous leather sectional is from Rove Concepts and it is a beaut! I was a little worried about how leather and kids would mix but this sucker is durable and SO wipable…and let’s not forget, so beautiful! The rug is from Loloi and is a part of their Skye collection in grey and apricot color option. LJ Smith came to the rescue with some new stair parts that aren’t quite finished so I will show you guys in a few days, but they are looking SO GOOD!

If I may, I’d like to get personal for a sec and just tell you guys what this has meant to me, personally. There was never a moment during this giant project, where I took this opportunity for granted. I feel so lucky to have had the privilege to work with so many amazing sponsors during this project and will be writing lots of blog posts in the coming weeks about these partnerships, but I wanted to mention how grateful I am to have had this opportunity, and will do my best to make them all proud. I’m not crying, I swear.

On to the thank you’s now…

Thank you so much to all of you who sent messages of encouragement, cheered us on, and followed along throughout this process. Your kindness and support really means the world to me. A big hug and kiss goes out to my mom and dad who came to our house almost every weekend to help…love you, Mom and Dad. And my sister and brother in-law who were also here almost every weekend and kept me calm (sort of calm, anyways). A BIG thank you goes out to Linda for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing event and answering my thousands of questions over email. Finally, an ENORMOUS thank you goes out to all of the sponsors who put their faith in me and this project. We couldn’t have done it without you…really! XOXO

Be sure to check out all the amazing work from the other designers too! So amazing!

 

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

 Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

Room for Tuesday | SG Style | Undecorated Home | Veronica Solomon | Media BH&G | TM by ORC

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge – Modern Mountain Kitchen and Family Room – Week Five

Oh my gosh it’s week five and I can’t believe it! How do we only have one week left until the big reveal? Well, whether I like it or not, we have one week left and I’m gonna finish this dang space up even if it kills me! And it just might! I joke, I joke. For now, lets talk week five and what has been going on during this fuller than full week. But just in case anyone is new here, we are just one week away from finishing our One Room Challenge, a six week challenge where you renovate/re-imagine a space from top to bottom! I was very ambitious this round and committed to a very big, kitchen and family room overhaul. Here’s a visual of the space that I’m planning, to help you picture what this crazy lady is picturing in her head.

A few big things happened this week and LOTS of little things too! The kitchen cabinets are finally installed, thanks to Jennifer and Chris at Nelson Tile & Stone, who came and walked us through the install process when we were struggling. We were supposed to have our cabinets installed and ready to measure for counter tops when they arrived. But since we have been running behind schedule, and instead of leaving us high and dry (like ANY other countertop place would have), they helped us get the cabinets installed and Jennifer even helped me tear out the old carpet on our stairs. Seriously!!! I mentioned in Insta stories the other day, but if you live in Central Oregon and are going to be remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, GO TO THEM! They are the best!

Also this week, I have been busy painting, painting, and painting. After our drywall was finished last week, all the fresh walls and ceilings needed paint. And my black staining project from last week didn’t come out how I had hoped, so I decided to paint it. The stain was shiny in some spots and matte in others and I was just not feeling it. But now it has a fresh coat of black paint and I’m loving it!

That cute face gets me every time I see that pic. And check out the fireplace progress! Here’s what it looked like when we moved in.

And now…after the paneling was replaced with fresh dry wall and everything was coated with bright, white paint.

Now, I just have to tile the hearth with those cute cement tiles from Zia Tile, and install our new fireplace. Cross your fingers that it shows up in time as it’s shipping out of California, and we have been warned that everything is running way behind schedule due to all the fires that have been burning there.

Another fun project that we have been working on this week was updating our scary stairs….seriously this carpet was keeping me up at night. SO BAD! LJ Smith offered to help us do just that, and I am very grateful! Here’s what they looked like before we started.

And here’s how we look after removing the old carpet and stair railing. Look at those gorgeous hickory treads and risers!

We are almost finished with the treads and risers and are set to begin on the railing portion of the project this evening when the hubs is finished with work for the day!  It’s going to make such a big impact on the entire space!

And lastly, instead of writing a very LONG to-do list for the next week, I will just touch on a few of the big items left to take care of.

  • countertops arrive on friday morning
  • tile fireplace hearth
  • tile backsplash in kitchen
  • install appliances
  • open shelving install
  • there are many more but if I keep listing them, then I’m afraid I might have a cardiac episode of sorts, and then I’ll be in the hospital instead of finishing up this project. HA!

Ok….that’s it for now! Cross your fingers for me and send me all the energetic, caffeinated and positive thoughts! XOXO

Ps…don’t forget to check in with the other 19 designers to see what they’ve been up to this week! I linked them below for ya!

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

 Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

Room for Tuesday | SG Style | Undecorated Home | Veronica Solomon | Media BH&G | TM by ORC

One Room Challenge – Modern Mountain Kitchen and Family Room – Week Four

Hi friends! Welcome to week four of the One Room Challenge. This week we’ve been all over the place, and I mean that it in a very literal way. One day I’m painting a wall, the next I’m tiling and the next, I’m off to hunt down slabs of wood for our shelving. I’m all over the place, but It’s finally feeling so bright and fresh in here, and I’m loving it. For weeks, all we did was tear this place apart so it’s nice to see it finally coming back together and starting (just barely) to shine! As always, lets have a look at the vision for the space.

First up, we made the decision last week to hire out our drywall work out, and I’m quite sure that is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Jordan from Summit Drywall of Bend (message me if you would like his contact info. I can’t recommend him enough!) came and transformed this shell of a space into a real house complete with beautifully textured walls and ceilings. He finished everything in just a few days which would have taken Nate and I at least a week to complete and I KNOW our work wouldn’t have the professional look that Jordan delivered.

Before Jordan came

After Jordan worked his magic

Another project that I tackled this week was staining the wood on the half wall that surrounds the loft. It was the same knotty pine that is on the ceiling, and because there is so much of it between the two spaces, I knew this loft wall needed a face lift. My mom suggested that I paint it black and after talking it over in Insta stories, I decided that staining it black would be a better option. It would show the wood grain while masking some of those orange tones. Win Win! I couldn’t be happier with how this one came out!

The other major thing that happened this week was we road tripped up to Sumner, WA to pick up our kitchen cabinets! After going over delivery options with the cabinet company, we discovered that we could have our cabinets 10 to 14 days sooner if we picked them up, vs. having them shipped to our door. So off we went! It was a fun trip and felt so good to get out of the house for a couple of days because it’s been nothing but craziness since we started our big reno, so this mini break was a welcome one. However, we drove into crazy rain (welcome to Oregon) which nearly put me into a catatonic state of panic and despair. After trying our best to cover them with tarps, on a whim, we decided to rent an enclosed u-haul, and spent an extra night at my sisters house in Portland. Actually, it turned out to be quite the fun evening while they calmed my rattled nerves and all the cousins camped out together in sleeping bags.

These next two weeks are going to be crazy as we get down to crunch time! Here’s a list so you can see how much is left –

  1. Cabinet install
  2. Countertop/sink install
  3. Tile – backsplash and fireplace hearth(i know i know…I STILL haven’t tiled the hearth)
  4. Fresh paint for all the newly textured walls and ceilings
  5. Stair demo and install new railing and treads/risers
  6. Open shelving install
  7. Range hood installed
  8. New kitchen appliances installation
  9. New lighting EVERYWHERE
  10. Paint window trim black on the skinny windows in dining room

Ok…here we go! There’s a lot to do, but I’m feeling good at the moment! I better get busy so I’ll be back next week for week five…how is it going so fast?!

Ps…Don’t forget to check out what’s been going this week with the other designers! Things are starting to come together!!!!

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

 Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

Room for Tuesday | SG Style | Undecorated Home | Veronica Solomon | Media BH&G | TM by ORC

One Room Challenge – Modern Mountain Kitchen and Family Room – Week Three

Howdy friends! Welcome to week three of the One Room Challenge and I can’t even believe it! Where is the time going? Let’s get into this, and I will fill you in on allll the happenings around these parts! There are LOTS! For anyone who’s new here, here is my vision for the space, and if you’d like to look back to week two or week one, feel free to clickity click!

Let’s start with windows! Sierra Pacific Windows provided me+ with three of the most glorious, modern, sleek, black windows and to say that I love them would be the understatement of the century. Here is what the above the sink situation looked like before SPW came to the rescue.

And now LOOK!!!!

CAN YOU EVEN?! Guys…I love these windows so much that I could write them a poem about my deep, intense and everlasting love. Just kidding…but only sorta. We spent an entire day installing these bad boys and lucked out big with a Dad who was a commercial glazier for forty years. So he definitely knows his way around a window install. It was so exciting and scary all at the same time! It seems obvious when you think about it, but you have to cut giant holes in the side of your house, and that is NERVE WRACKING! I will write a blog post in the coming weeks to show you guys these beautiful windows up close and personal. Also, they have some pretty cool features!

  Another thing that we worked on this week was giving the fireplace a face lift. This is what the fireplace used to look like in all of its brown glory.

I decided right away that the brick was calling for some bright white paint to freshen it up.

The old pellet stove that has been residing in this spot since 1993 was re-homed with a local family who have a rustic cabin on the river that they rent out to vacationers.  For the hearth, I am going to add a cool cement tile from Zia Tile that will add a pop of pattern. I have mentioned before that my goal is make this house feel alive again, and I think this funky tile addition will help do just that.

Finally, the last bit of demo was completed this weekend because this old pantry is going to house the new refrigerator with a cabinet surround.

The closet that you see on the backside of the pantry will be removed to make room for the refrigerator and additional cabinetry. I was hoping to keep the closet for obvious reasons, but lost that battle so new drywall will be added in its place. And speaking of sheet rock, we decided to hire out some of the drywall/texture work out and I am so excited! We could really use the help, as our list of to-do’s is looking looooong.

Tearing out these two closets brought us to our first major hiccup in our plans as well. We were sure that there wasn’t any plumbing/electrical inside these walls that would get in the way of the refrigerator placement, but we were wrong. SO WRONG. Allow me to introduce our upstairs shower drain pipe. Which is now going to be re-routed to make way for the refrigerator. Not a huge deal…but definitely an unwelcome sight.

Ok…so here’s what’s on the list for this next week.

  1. Finish flooring
  2. Tile hearth
  3. Finish painting walls and any touch ups that need some attention
  4. Paint the ceilings
  5. Rent scaffolding
  6. Install new lighting in family room/dining room

I can’t believe week three marks the half way point! OMGOSH there is so much to do! I’ll be back next week with all the dirty deets for week four and don’t forget to check out all of the other designers to see their progress! Until next week! XOXO

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

 Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

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One Room Challenge – Modern Mountain Kitchen and Family Room – Week Two

Well hellllllllooooo week two! Things have been moving right along over here with this One Room Challenge and I am so excited to finally be able to catch you guys up on all the good progress we have been making! Last week, I mentioned that we have been busy planning and working on this space for the last few months but couldn’t fill you in on all the details in an effort to keep the project documented for you all in a way that makes sense for the timeline. As always, here’s a look back at my vision for the space.

Every time I look at this moodboard…I get butterflies in my stomach. Seriously so excited to see this project come together! But for now, let’s focus on Week Two. The name of the game for this week was all about demo! Here is what the kitchen looked like last week.

And here’s how we look today!

You can see we have been busy tearing this house apart! But, we can’t put it back together until we have a blank slate! One thing to note as well, a lot of things are happening here simultaneously. You might notice that we have brand new wood floors down here that my saint of a husband has been laying during every spare moment he has. The kitchen was totally rewired this weekend to accommodate an entirely new lighting plan. All the walls have been getting fresh coats of white paint. Which was the first time I have ever painted any room white, but this house is screaming for light, bright and fresh. So, I listened to my house and happily hopped on the white band wagon. And lastly, the kitchen window is just propped up there in its original spot, but is being replaced this week after the new windows arrive. Told ya we have lots of stuff going on here at once!

Here are some more shots of us from the demo during the last few weekends.

Thought I would also add this one of my sister because it’s such a cute one.

Being kitchenless hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. Dinners have become pretty simple around these parts, and I’m not the primary cook in our house so it doesn’t bother me one bit. Think lots of cereal and frozen pizzas! We convinced our kids that living without a kitchen is a lot like camping and they love to camp, so they are thinking that this whole thing is rather exciting! Plus, we will have a new kitchen to enjoy when this is all over so I am keeping my head in the game and my eye on the prize!

What’s up next –

Finish floor installation

Touch up paint

Paint fireplace brick and tile hearth

Install new fireplace

CABINET INSTALL

Countertops/sink/faucet install

Tile

Range hood

Shelves

Lighting

Is it me or did it just get hot in here? Deep breaths and one thing at a time, right? Wish me luck this week and watch my Instagram stories for all the reno progress videos and pics. See ya next week!!! XOXO

AND BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE OTHER DESIGNERS THIS WEEK TO SEE WHAT THEY’RE UP TO!

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

 Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

Room for Tuesday | SG Style | Undecorated Home | Veronica Solomon Media BH&G | TM by ORC