October 17, 2012

Hunting, Gathering and Painting



I managed to sneak away from the never ending kitchen project to collect some things for our makeover. The pretties are keeping me focused and on task. I already know that my favorite part of this project is going to be displaying all of my colorful things on the open shelving. The image of that is what is getting me through the days right now.


 Aren't these knobs swoony? I first saw them at Anthropologie last week but couldn't justify the cost. Then I went to bed and woke up and somehow I had come to my senses so I went back for them. Most of my regrets in life come from things I didn't buy that I wished I had. I've since come to realize that life's too short for regrets. Plus I only needed 3. I can live with that little splurge.


This is what it looked like as of mid-day yesterday. It has actually come along a fair amount since then. I hit a point yesterday where I was sorry we ever started this project. Then 2 different friends came to see our progress and their reactions really brought me out of my renovation funk and I was able to see the progress rather than just all the work that is yet to be done.


 There's some fun color showing up in this room. It was even my Sweet Man's suggestion. I was totally willing to play it safe here and he said, why not aqua? Why not indeed? I've probably never been more proud of him. Who am I to say no to what he wants, right?


And just to keep it real, here's what the other side of the room looks like. Did I mention that tomorrow I have company coming to stay with us for a few days?

35 comments:

  1. yay jen!!! i'm so glad you splurged.
    they are charming. so you.
    i can't wait to see the finished product but i love that you share your journey to the end with us!

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  2. Can't wait to see how you set up your open shelving. What fun. Have fun hunting & gathering!

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  3. I got a good giggle out the "other half of the room". Blogging definitely allows for the cropping out of reality and the reality of renovation is a mess...somewhere. It is really coming along beautifully. Can't wait to see your vision come to life and of course, if your man says aqua, just smile and say I wish I had thought of that! Enjoy your company.

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  4. The progress is amazing, seriously!! Come do my kitchen! May I ask where the fluted, scalloped nesting bowls are from? Love.

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  5. progress - progress - progress! it's looking good...i'm obsessed with aqua right now myself...you are brave adding company to the mix...i'm too ocd for that!!

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  6. I am already loving your kitchen! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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  7. oh i am swooning already! there better be a really great, lengthy post at the end to tell use every single detail because I am taking notes! omg, it is precious!

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  8. It is looking soooo great in there! I love the ceiling and I so remember that feeling that it would never be finished. Hang in there!

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  9. You guys have such great taste! Love the knobs, love the choices in the kitchen. Enjoy your company. Life is too short, you're right. :)

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  10. Your kitchen already looks amazing. Yes I'm so glad you went back to get those knobs!

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  11. oh jen...it is coming along great. no remorse. i love the cabinet color. what a good man you've got!!

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  12. The kitchen is beautiful, and it looks so big because of the horizontal planks and white color. I do love when a indoor home project is finished, though!

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  13. It's so much fun finding treasures to decorate with! Love those knobs and good for you that you went back and got them! Your kitchen is coming along beautifully, even if the dining area has to hold the overflow. Brave girl for having company! Can't wait to see it all done, I just know it will be wonderful. xx

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  14. I have to say, I am with your visiting friends - it looks awesome!! I can totally see what it will look like - open shelves, all your pretties, just in time for the holidays?
    Awesome!
    xo~Jill

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  15. My dream kitchen. It looks so great. I love the skirt under the sink. I dream of having a table area like you have. Beautiful.

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  16. the picture of yesterday's progress made me gasp aloud. it's going to be so so lovely. and yay for aqua! (i'm coming to stay next!!!) ;)

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  17. Oh my golly, Jen!!! What an amazing job you guys are doing! I am head over heels for it and I can't imagine living through it but I'm so glad you made the effort. What an awesome kitchen you have!! Can I come live with you? Ok...maybe visit for a month? Or two..?

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  18. I have to admit, I didn't even recognize it at first- it looks SO GOOD! I'm swooning over the plank walls and ceiling. It looks so much lighter and brighter. Glad you went back for the knobs!

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  19. Jen, LOVE the knobs! How late are you staying up tonight? ;-)
    Cheryl

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  20. Here's my question- how do you come up with such cute vinyettes for your photos? Did you take a photography class?.. dish us!

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  21. good for you for splurging!! my favorite knobs ever got discontinued before i knew where i wanted to use them, so i missed out and am still bitter. i miss things all. the. time. because i talk myself out of spending the money. but this is your HOUSE. you look at it every day!! if you can't splurge a little there, where can you, i say?? (see how good i am at enabling others? lol) i think your kitchen is coming along beautifully, and i will cheer lead you into the home stretch: go go go!!! and yay for hubby + aqua ... extra kisses for that man!

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  22. love,love,love the smalls! i too love details...the before picture just makes the in the midst pictures sooo much better. i love it already the plank boards and ceiling is to die for. so perfect looks so sorta european/cottage praying you will have a gorgeous fall weekend and know you will be making delicious treats to enjoy! love getting to watch you be you on your blog!

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  23. Looks like you are on your way to getting a beautiful kitchen! Have fun putting your style to it!
    Barbara

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  24. I love, love those knobs too! The kitchen is really coming out beautiful and I can't wait to see the open shelving. Our contractors in Pinehurst are Russ and Travis. You're right to say that when our husbands have a great idea and agree with us we must go with it! Ha!

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  25. I can't wait to see what it look like when it is done. Looks like it will be awesome!
    Have a great weekend.

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  26. You have made some amazing progress! Be encouraged, the light is shining at the end of the tunnel! :)

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  27. You have made some amazing progress! Be encouraged, the light is shining at the end of the tunnel! :)

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  28. I can already tell that your kitchen is going to be gorgeous and worth all the time and effort! I don't blame you for splurging on those cute knobs when you only had to buy 3 of them. Is that the cabinets that are going to be aqua? I love that color! Have fun with your company!

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  29. Can't wait to see it done! Bet you can't either ;-)

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  30. Oh my what a pretty kitchen you will have. I am sooooo like you when it comes to buying things...I just need to buy them when I see them! Love your finds..can't wait to see your kitchen once complete. xoxo

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  31. Oh boy, as soon as I saw those bunny knobs, I went right over and purchased them...a complete splurge as well but I couldn't stop myself. I LOVE bunnies and especially white dreamy ones.

    Lynnie

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  32. oh my, jen. you have got THE MOJO. this is just amazing and when it's completed it will be amazing times a zillion.

    can you come over and help me? half of my house is in a rut!

    hugs and scones

    xo
    elyse

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  33. The kitchen is looking like it's going well. When you get in a funk and see only what's left, do you go back and look at the "before" pictures and see how much you've done? Sometimes remodelling is like children - when you are with them daily it's hard to see the changes until you look at old photos.

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