Thursday, January 28, 2010

We're getting there...

Here's a peek at the almost finished project, or this part of the kitchen redo, and I'm very happy with the results.   I simply cannot wait to get in there and start dusting, cleaning and getting my home back together. I've decided I'm a much nicer person when things are in their right place!  

Thank you for your input - lighter flooring has made such a difference!!   And when we get the new countertops, the transformation will be complete!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Your opinion ...please.

I need some suggestions!

The old tile in the kitchen floor is gone (thankfully!) and the hardwood floor has been extended from the dining room.  I like the look of the natural wood, or the lighter color of  the natural wood. The guy was here today and sanded the dining room and kitchen floors - what a difference.  So light and airy.  We checked they stains they brought and yuck - didn't match, so more are coming tomorrow.  The kicker is the kitchen cabinets are darker with a reddish tone to them. 

My question is - dare I go with a natural or lighter stain on the floor?  Have any of you seen/done this in your kitchens?   This isn't something a can of paint and a little time will correct if I do it wrong!  

Grrrrrr. decisions, decisions, decisions! 


Thursday, January 21, 2010

I Forgot About the Dust...

We are definitely in the middle of projects......and it does feel good.  That being said, I forgot about the dust involved in taking up tile floors (perhaps because I've never done before!)  Rooms are rearranged, knick-knacks have been packed and moved to a safe location.  Furniture is shoved in the funniest places.

I was setting up a little table last night for computer access and found that I REALLY LIKED this little corner in the living room....feels comfortable and cozy.  More thought needs to be given to the rearranging of the living room (more like a great room).  Then...this morning the dust became a bit to much (and the noise!) so I moved my little table into the bedroom.............and this feels good too. 

So what started out as a simple project (if you can call that simple) feels like more rearranging in other rooms.  Am I the only one who has these moments??

I'll be back - as soon as the dust settles a little more.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Timing is Everything...

For months we have pondered replacing the kitchen flooring, putting in new countertops and sink in the kitchen and redoing the fireplace in our lower level family room.   We've looked at books, leisurely browsed through stores and have taken our time in deciding what we wanted.  I'm not sure what happened, or for that matter, how it happened, but in the last four days everything has come together!

The workers were here this morning chipping away the stone on the fireplace.  The fireplace guys have arrived and are doing their thing.  I received a call yesterday from the flooring company and they will be here Thursday morning.  No problem, we'll just move the stove, refrigerator, etc into room??? 
(Ah, my favorite thing to make - reservations!!!)

(On a nice spring day we could  move everything into the garage - but winter and Michigan weather just doesn't bode well for parking vehicles outside!)  It will only be 3 or 4 days! 

The wonderful  news about all of this is that I'll need to temporarily rearrange my living room out of necessity ...and as long as we are moving things around, it's time for a new look.   Our furniture is big and heavy and I am unable to move it by myself.  Although I am married to the man of my dreams, he just doesn't see the need to move things around -you know, just find a spot and nail it down.  This is going to be fun. (And to give "the sweetie" a fair shake, he will do just about anything I ask!)

Wish me luck. Pictures will be coming and I'll be asking for input and suggestions.

Have a great day ladies!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


If your parents are still with you, please take a moment to hug them, hold them, and tell them how much you love them and how important they have been to you.   Don't wait - there may come a day when they just don't comprehend.  And please say a quiet prayer for those who are facing the loss of life as it was once known.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Best wishes to each of you for a splendid, wonderful, happy, healthy and beautiful New Year. May all of your dreams come true!

Do you make a list of resolutions for the New Year? For me, it's time to get busy exercising, start that "Monday" diet and get back to my regular posts!!

Holidays were filled making memories with the family - it is truly the most wonderful time of year! How I miss miss them when they all leave.

And maybe start thinking about taking down those Christmas decorations...........soon.

Happy New Year!