Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On Rewards

So far this year I've been focused on getting healthier. Of course when I say focused on I really mean obsessed with (hence the neglect of this poor blog). It's paying off though, I've been doing really well and making progress. Which brings up a problem, how do you reward yourself for a job well done (which I think is important) when food rewards are verboten and new clothes are out? Inspiration struck last weekend at the grocery store: flowers. A small treat for both me and the house, how perfect.

Buying blowers weekly is also a big part of the Apartment Therapy Cure, which I've participated in twice. They see it as an offering to your home, which is a little hokey to me, but it's amazing how some fresh flowers really liven a place up and add a splash of color.

My favorite flowers are daffodils and tulips, which is why these beauties were a no brainer choice. I even like them when they get droopy as pictured below. And with all the snow and ice outside lately, they remind me that spring will come again one day, hopefully tomorrow.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mini-Spruce Up

Sometimes the littlest changes make all the difference. I picked up these curtains at IKEA for the office, but once I got them home I had to try them in the bedroom first. The bedroom looks so different and new to me now. They're definitely staying!

I'm debating getting some black thermal roman blinds to put behind them. I like to block out the light to allow for my favorite bedroom activity: sleeping in. Plus if they block the drafts, even better.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Will 2009 be the Year of the Kitchen?

From the first time I looked at my house, I loved the kitchen. It's bright with natural light from three windows, it is larger than the kitchens in the other houses I was looking at, and it had a decent amount of counter space. After looking more closely however you'll notice that the countertops are hideous (the wood edge - yuk!), the backsplash is fake plastic tile, and the mouldings are cut horribly. Also, due to the obviously added-on extension on the right, there's not enough room for more than three people to eat in my home. It needs some serious help.

Right now I'm still in the dreaming stage. I'm debating doing a smaller DIY remodel and fixing the current cabinets versus replacing everything. With the crappy economy I'm uncomfortable spending too much right now, but dreaming and planning is affordable and there is a ton of inspiration on the net.

Clockwise starting with top left: (1)Dave & Melanie's Craftsman kitchen via
Apartment Therapy (2) Leah's kitchen via More Ways to Waste Time
(3) image by Gerri Williams via Desire to Inspire (4)
BenDen's 1920s Kitchen

There are some things I've already decided on: white vintage-looking cabinets and brushed nickel hardware, grey or black solid surface countertops (marble would be my dream, but I can't take the idea of it getting stained), and white subway tile backsplash. The stainless appliances will stay. I love the idea of keeping my cabinets and sprucing them up with moulding and paint, but when we went to IKEA on Friday I fell in love with the drawers and cabinets that softly close automatically, the organizers, and the pull out drawers. Decisions, decisions.

See more of my favorite kitchen inspiration at my Rate My Space favorites and My Deco File.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Looking Back: Projects Completed in 2008

As any owner of an older home knows, the projects never, ever end. That's why it's even more critical to remember how far you've come, especially when there's still a long way to go. And what better time to track the past year's progress then during the new year? So without further ado, here's what happened this year at min hus.



winter sown Irish Eyes Rudbeckia
So I didn't get done everything on my ambitious 2008 to-do list; there's always next year. It's still an impressive amount of progress when you look at it all together. I'd forgotten just how much we did get done around here over the last 12 months. Here's to an even more productive year in 2009!

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