Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I just loved shooting with this tiny Lomo camera I have! And the Fuji film turned out great, too ;) Next up, Marseille!

Friday, November 7, 2014

I'm wearing some of my favorite Fall wearables this year all in this one outfit, so I couldn't resist sharing. The Carhartt beanie I found on the free shelf at work, the Zara coat I impulse bought in Paris (I always seem to impulse buy something at a Zara when I'm traveling, I cant help it we dont have it here!), and the jeans are the Madewell Boyjeans that I purchased in a roundabout way from the Rennes yard sale! They fit perfectly. So of course, I've been wearing these all in heavy rotation, among my normal basics. The cardigan, blouse and Swedish Hasbeens are all thrifted.

Happy Fall everyone! Enjoy whats left of it while you can!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Continuing with the house updates, I am very proud to (finally) show you all my finished kitchen remodel! A good, solid month was taken up by my big fat kitchen project, back in February/March (that was allotta tile hey!). Since then, I've been dragging my feet on tiresome little projects, finishing up caulking, replacing hardware, fixing broken things, and various miscellany. I still havent gotten around to changing out all of the doorknobs with period antique hardware in the house. And I still havent decided if I really want an electrician to come in and install another box for a pendant light over the kitchen table (thoughts?) But it's pretty much there! Phew.

Above is one set of comparable before and after pictures for comparison on how far its come since our inspection in July 2012. For more before pictures of the kitchen (and the whole house), you can visit my Flickr album, here!

Especially during this big project, I was getting all kinds of comments and questions on products and techniques I was using. You can always follow my progress on instagram, for those of you who follow me there, where I always try to respond to questions. I update there at least once a day, if not multiple times. Thank you all so much for the love and encouragement during this project you guys, it meant so much! This really has been one of the biggest projects I've undertaken to date (well, aside from the physical labor of installing the patio last year, of course! *shudder*). I am so proud of it and I still get that feeling of awe that I cant believe this is my own kitchen, every time I step foot in it, even now.

Sorry for the extra large photo dump, guys! I just had way too much fun fiddling with a nice camera for once, I made it way too hard to edit down. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for product information and etc!

You'll notice that I did actually forget to grout this column under the counter top (above), so I have to finish that too! Oh, how things stack up... *sigh*

wall paint: Ace Clark & Kensington in Whisper // subway tile: Daltile from Home Depot // sanded grout and caulk in Charcoal from Home Depot // kitchen island pendants: Ranarp pendant lights from IKEA // drawer cup pulls: Martha Stewart collection from Home Depot // vintage table: Craigslist // eamsey vintage swivel chairs: from a friend who was moving! // brass herb drying rack over the sink: made out of brass tubing, s-hooks, and twine from the hardware store // red stripe hand towels: Ikea // b&w chevron hand towels: Target // rug: Nate Berkus for Target // magnetic knife strip, towel bar and utensil racks (spray painted black): IKEA // vintage Kodak darkroom timer: antique store // cutting boards, macrame plant hanger, miscellaneous utensils: thrifted // framed hot dog print by artist Michael Aberman // framed scribble drawing: found (artist unknown)

Friday, October 24, 2014

You know, I feel like maybe I'm experiencing a pattern where every year around this time, the change of seasons, I tend to get a pretty bad case of the wants. It must have to do with new fall lines coming out and Holiday advertising beginning to take hold, but for real guys. I want. Everything that local e-retailer Ship & Shape has to offer. I mean, seriously.

Like this nubby planter!

This funny little dish (actually, all the ceramics!)

Please somebody out there reading this, draw my name for secret santa this year! I want this one of a kind Mountain Ring.

Definitely go check 'em out! Fast!

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