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Kitchen Scheming

Beebop and I have been talking, and pinning kitchen ideas for Mike and Amy’s kitchen. Last week, Beebop came home from work, and for fun she had been thinking about ways she could update her employers poorly laid out kitchen space.

Here is an idea of how the space is laid out now: The cooking space of the kitchen is set up into a galley. The rest of the room is large open space. There is a random island at the end of the galley kitchen, in the eating space, that you can’t sit at and is removed from the cooking space so you can’t prep food on it either. It’s an over sized catch-all. There’s a pantry that is full of storage, and is smart in theory with shelves that swing out from within, but can’t really close anymore. On the other side of the wall of the galley kitchen section is a narrow, backdoor hallway that is used as the “mudroom” space, on the other side of the back hall is the laundry room. All these spaces being narrowly divided makes each of them difficult to fully function in as more than two people, sometimes not even two people, can easily share the space.

We wanted to work with the main bones of the kitchen, like not moving water lines, but we wanted to eliminate some of the walls so that we could get a more open layout and be able to really use the space. We had a few main thoughts that guided our inspiration pictures we pinned: More open kitchens, U or L shaped with an island in the middle of the space, sink under the window like it is currently, stove top in the island, seating at the island, timeless kitchen elements like subway tiles and farmhouse sink, with contemporary touches to keep it looking fresh and clean.

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Restored Style

White subway tile, counter tops are different from the outer kitchen and island, glass front cabinets mixed with regular cabinet fronts



The grey shaker style cabinets are contemporary but traditional at the same time. White subway tile, white farmhouse style sink. I love the unique touch of the clasp lock cabinet “pulls.”

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Allison Harper Interior Design

I love the farmhouse sink, and the white subway tile and the mix of glass front cabinets and full length cabinets. I also love the contrast the clean, white, cold elements of  the white stone with the the wood eating bar in the right corner.


This image is from Pinterest and doesn’t have an original source with it ūüė¶ From this kitchen I love the pulls, the built in microwave, and the stove top in the island fits our checklist. The main star of this image is the glass front, display cabinet at the end of the island. For Amy’s kitchen this could be a nice place to display cookbooks and serving dishes, it also keeps them in an easily accessible place to grab quickly when prepping for a meal.

You could also do an open cabinet at the end of the island for the same storage purposes. We have open shelves next to our stove, not a cabinet just shelves, at my house and it is a nice place to store small pots and serving bowls that we can grab quickly when were in the middle of cooking or prepping a meal. It helps visually to have the openness and not another closed cabinet.

More ideas from Better Homes and Gardens:

Open shelves at the end of the island 1:BHG 

Glass Front Cabinets  2:BHG

Cook top in the island with range hood over the stove, the open shelves at the end add a nice openness  3:BHG

The multilevel island keeps the cook top separate from the eating area 4: BHG

Part of the kitchen talks involved moving the laundry room to a closet off the kitchen that has the laundry shoot, based on some of the home layout I would guess that the laundry room is planned to go back where it originally was since the shoot is in that closet. There is a storage closet off the kitchen too that would be  a nice space to make into a butler pantry as the hall leads into the dining room.

Beebop mentioned to Mike that we had been playing with some ideas for the kitchen and he was pretty excited about a lot of the ideas we came up with. So, who knows maybe our brainstorming and pinning session might turn into something more.



It’s Pinterest Challenge Time!


Get your thinking cap on and start browsing your Pinterest page for inspiration for a Pinterest project you want to get made or done! Maybe you want to finally make that t-shirt necklace you’ve been eyeing like my sister Kiki, or make a lampshade, or sew something, or cook something, or organize something…

The Pinterest challenge was started by Katie Bower of Bower Power and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love, to get them to stop just pinning awesome projects and start doing them. This time they have linked up with two other lovely bloggers: Megan from The Remodeled Life and Michelle from Decor & The Dog.

The deal is you have a week to take something that you pinned and put your own spin on it.  If you blog about the challenge be sure to follow the rules laid out by the host ladies.  Remember, your project has to be done by next Wednesday Morning, the 27th of February, 2013.

         Image      Giam Yoga Mat

Bee and I have been taking a yoga class on Sunday mornings and both of us just roll our mats and stick them under our arms like the rookie, cheap-o’s we are. Last week after class we discussed how we wish we had a yoga bag or a strap that would hold our mat. So, for the Pinterest challenge Beebop suggested that we actually pin some ideas of yoga mat straps and bags and get them made. Kind-of a “Dude get on that!”¬† like Sherry from Young House Love. I started to pin some ideas, and then Bb and I are going to look them over and discuss which ones we like the best and want to make. They may be the same, they may be different, guess we shall see what we end up with next week!


DIY Lampshade Makeover

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I have been lukewarm about the lampshade in my bedroom for awhile. It has gotten pretty dinged up moving to and from college a couple times; the plain white shade with the dents is not my jam.


Before following through on the bamboo covered shade I had considered some other options before now.

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There’s this sweet little shade that had a Sharpie taken to it over at a little glass box, or this¬†Anthropologie inspired DIY ruffled burlap shade how-to on Tatertots & Jello

A couple nights ago I was on Pinterest and came across a tutorial on House of Fifty by Janell Beals. I was clicking around, browsing through some of her projects when I came across this post where Janell covered a basic, drum shade with bamboo she had spray painted white.


Her tutorial seemed really doable and the texture of the bamboo on the lamp shade is really beautiful. You can see her finished shade on the pendant in the room here.

When I was out running some errands, I stopped by Michael’s craft store to pick up a bundle of bamboo. Once I read House of Fifty’s tutorial I wanted to just follow through on it.


I laid out my pieces on the floor. I didn’t want to cut ones that were too big, or bowed. After I measured how wide I needed my bamboo pieces to be I started by cutting them to size with a saw. The saw was not my friend. I figured if bamboo is about the size of the branches on the bushes in my yard I could use garden clippers to trim the stalks.


I cut a whole bunch of the bamboo stems, until I couldn’t cut anymore. I ran out ūüė¶¬† I got as far as I could with the bamboo I had. I laid out all the pieces I cut to make sure the pieces fit together, which didn’t really help in the long run because gluing them to the lamp was different from having them laid out on a flat surface. Laying them out did help me see the different widths of stalks, or if one had a curve in part of it. It looked like House of Fifty’s bamboo was a little more uniform in shape and size which would make it a bit easier to glue all the pieces in a row next to each other, but I’m not sure where she found her’s, and I was working with what I could find in stores.


So, this is how far I got.


I sent my mother to grab another bundle of bamboo on her way home from work for me so I could finish my shade. So after round two of clipping bamboo and hot-gluing it onto the shade here is what we have:



Here is how the finished shade and lamp base look.


After seeing it on the lamp base I’m not sold. I really like the texture that the bamboo brings to the room. I don’t believe that painting it white would save this pairing either. I think the cool, modern, sleek feel of the lamp base doesn’t jive with bamboo lamp shade. I’m might look into getting a new lamp base from Target or some other store.