Friday, October 24, 2014

House Tour; Kitchen + Laundry Before & During

Ah the kitchen. The room that I spend a lot of time in, and the room that I have the fanciest, pinterestiest dreams for. Unfortunately, pinterest kitchens are hard to come by where we live and in our budget. We saw a lot of bad ones. So when we found our house, I was very happy - it's a huge kitchen with plenty of room for a big table and maybe an island one day, even if that island is from ikea.

Here's what it looked like when we first saw it:

And here's what it looks like today:

I am not sure if you can tell, the left wall (if you are facing the window) is striped, but it almost looks like sticky tape, I am not a fan though KC is. I would love to paint it, but I have no idea what colour.

My very small collection of cookbooks. I love cookbooks and actually have a few at home that mum has been sending me, and I want to do something cute with them, I'd love a shelf in the kitchen or a cute basket on top of the fridge.

The cabinets are pretty horrible. The previous sellers obviously painted them but from what I can tell, they didn't remove them or do a very good job. It's hard to see, they look better in photos but in real life you can tell - not good at all. Definitely need to redo these, hopefully next summer.

I love these cute little canisters I picked up in Australia in June, at a Salvos (like Goodwill).

And here is our laundry / pantry right off the kitchen:

Warning, it's not pretty. I need Kathy to come over and help me organise my shit.

The laundry / pantry has a lot of potential and we do use it to house a lot of stuff but I just know there has to be a better way. I'm thinking the shelves are too far apart, or maybe I just need to be better at organising and be more pinteresty.

What colour would you paint the kitchen? What else can I do to make this space more fabulous?
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

House Tour; Spare Rooms + Hall Bath Before & During

I'm a little embarrassed to show these rooms. But I'm going to anyway. We haven't painted any of these rooms, they just photographed differently.

Here's what the 'guest' room looked like when we first saw it.

 And this is what it looks like now. We did have friends stay with us back in May, and I swear I took a photo with the bed that we borrowed from my mother in law, but I guess not. This is where I do my workouts & yoga, and obviously we hope to buy a bed one day but there always seems to be something more important to buy. We don't have a lot of people stay over, anyway. The idea is that we are going to buy ourselves a new, adult, big people size Queen bed, and put the full bed in the 'guest room'. It's a really good size room, too bad about the puke coloured walls.

This is what the 'office' looked like when we first saw it.

And this is what it looked like from when we moved in (December) till about August.

Ok, slight exaggeration. That photo was taken when we were re-doing the floors, hence the tv and whatnot. However, even after that this was our 'junk' room for so long, filled with crap we never should have even packed. This is why you should declutter when you move, not just throw everything in boxes because you are really over packing. We eventually cleaned it out and got rid of the dresser turned tv stand we hadn't used since the apartment. And here's what it looks like now:

Yeah we have a faux 'window seat' for the kitties. They love it.

This is our old bookcase, and it holds most of KC's other books that aren't special enough for the living room.

This is our old kitchen table and it's where I do all my million crafts, you know.

Here's what the hall bath looked like when we first saw it:

And here's what it looks like now; very basic but works for now.

I can definitely see that these rooms will get the least attention in the months / years to come. I have big plans, but there is always something else, like travel, or bills to pay.

But clearly I need some help, so hit me with your recommendations!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Book Challenge; Preliminary List!

YAY MORE BOOKS. Check it out

I kinda failed the last challenge. I picked some books just because they fit the categories and then I didn't want to read them - I actually found a few good books that way, so I am still glad I read them, but this time I'm going to make better decisions so I can win this shiz. I have been reading like a fool lately so I think I'll do better on this one - it's easier to stay in and read when it's cold (which is anything under 80 for me...).

The challenge is from November 1st to February 28th. Plenty of time to read 13 books- it's 120 days so a little over a book every 9 days. You don't have to finish the challenge (I didn't last time) it's still a great way to find books and book lovers. Doooo eeet.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.

Hmmm. I imagine I will find something. Wink wink.

10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.

I'm reading the Stephanie Plum series and I'm not even halfway through it. Janet Evanovich has probably published 50 or so books, so one of those will cover this one. I am also passed the ones I have read before, so they aren't re-reads after #10.

10 points: Read a book of short stories

This one really stumped me but then I thought of A Pemberley Medley, which I haven't read yet. Does that count? It's 5 short stories so I think it counts. 210 pages.

10 points: Read a book with a food in the title.

I actually got a copy of All's Fair in Love & Cupcakes via Netgalley, so there you go. 320 pages.

15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you). 

I have had a few people recommend the Selection Series to me, and it was already on my list... I'm totally going to read the whole series though, unless I hate the first book. 336 pages.

15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. 

I had no idea Inkheart was originally published in German, and I watched the movie a couple years ago and remember bits and pieces, so I'm excited to read the book. 548 pages (excuse me?!)

15 points: Read a book written by a local author.

Do you know how many awesome books there are from KY authors? Not a lot, let me tell you. I wanted to make my 'local' Australia but was told I couldn't, boohickey. I found The Queen of Kentucky (375 pages) which sounded mildly interesting.

20 points: Read a "bookish book" (see original post for explanation). 

The Thirteenth Tale (one of the examples) was already on my to read list and it has such great reviews, I can't wait to read it. 406 pages.

20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title.

OMG NORTH AND SOUTH. It's a bit soon for a re-read though, so I will read Northanger Abbey (251 pages) and if that doesn't count, I'lll read Margaret of the North (363 pages). 

25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. 

Honestly, there is a reason I stay away from the genres I don't really read. I love this suggestion, but thinking about a book in a genre I don't usually read makes me go harrummph. I wish I had saved Gone Girl now, no matter, I'll read Sharp Objects because it has pretty good reviews and I did like Flynn's writing.

25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. 

The Girl You Left Behind (one of the examples) was already on my list, so yay! The song is Girl You Left Behind by Pixie Lott.

30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title.

This one was so bloody hard. I had zero books on my to read list with breakfast, lunch or dinner in the titles - there are 500 books on that list! What the shit! Finally I found Breakfast at Darcy's (funnily enough, nothing to do with P&P and 427 pages) and Lunch in Paris (314 pages).

If you are going to do the challenge, here are my suggestions:

Make your 'to read' list work for you. A lot of my books are ones I already had on my list - last time, I just found any book that sounded good and I dragged my feet towards the end because I wasn't feeling it. Obviously that's not always possible, it helps if you use goodreads to keep track of the books you want to read.

Don't rush + have fun. As soon as I started thinking I had to read the books and had to finish them quick smart, the last thing I wanted to do was read. Who cares if you don't finish the challenge? The important thing is that you're reading... and we all know there is no enjoyment like reading!

So? You with me?
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

House Tour; Master Bedroom + Bath Before & During

Ah the master bedroom. For some reason, this is the hardest room for me. I know what I want, but it's hard to find things in my price range and taste, so I just leave it all as is and sulk in a corner. Sigh.

Here's what it looked like when we first saw it:

Very pretty, and oh how I wanted that dresser. Beautiful. But anyway. KC wasn't a huge fan of the purple, and wanted to paint. We painted it the very first night we moved in, which was not the smartest idea because we were tired and it was the first bad snow of the winter and it took KC like 5 hours to get home. Also, not smart was the fact that I let KC pick the colour. What was I thinking?

Here's what it looks like now:

The Disney print was a gift for our wedding.

Ok, I know it's not that bad (or is it?). It's just so blue like nursery blue. And the dressers aren't horrible, but they are KC's from when he was a kid. So, I'm allowed to want my own stuff, 'our' stuff. But like everything, there always seems to be something just a little more important to buy first.

And this is what the master bath looked like when we first saw it:

And here's what it looks like now:

This thing was the first item KC and I bought together for our apartment, and it's from Goodwill holla.

It's very small and outdated, and so gold, but it works for us and I am hoping we can update it a little soon. Baby steps, right?

The master bedroom needs a complete overhaul, in my opinion. Everything. Bed, bedding, walls, furniture, art and whatnot. So I will not be offended if you want to throw all the suggestions at me.
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