Friday, January 29, 2010

green kitchen

Two sick kiddos and a mama with a sore back do not go well together! But that was all last week, and I'm happy to report that the kids are no longer sticky, and after a trip to the chiropractor followed by a visit to my acupuncturist, I am back to normal. And apparently that means throwing myself into yet another spontaneous home decorating project. I am currently sanding down kitchen cabinets, re-painting, re-finishing, and generally making a lot of mess and noise. Lonny was so impressed he was convinced I had another bun in the oven. This is no nesting instinct, just the hazards of being married to an artist.

When we bought the house 3 years ago, and up until a few days ago, the kitchen was a hodgepodge of original teak cabinets, cracked tile, wood, and confetti countertops, almond appliances that made a racket, deep raspberry walls and lime green floors. We called it our hippie kitchen, all it needed was a pot plant on the windowsill. Of course we'd LOVE to rip it all out and install one of those immaculate and streamlined Ikea kitchens, but we don't have a spare arm (or a leg for that matter) so we're making do with what we have. Not only is this budget-friendly, but it's sounding rather eco-friendly too. Which makes us terribly trendy (not that there was ever any doubt there of course). I'll keep you updated with photos as we make progress! In the meantime, here's a hint of what is to come:

Gas range from Craigslist, previous owner was upgrading (?!) again. Perhaps she wanted her new stove diamond encrusted? You can see the new paint colour on the walls and lower cabinets, and the birch countertop to replace the scary grout. Lighting is awful in the photo but there was no natural light left!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

noel 2009

Blessings for the new year and hoping you all had a lovely Christmas! We certainly did. Our little house was full full full, as were we after turkey dinner. And the children got spoiled completely rotten as usual.

We started the new year by adding another Greyhound to the family. Apparently it wasn't crazy enough around here. Bella is sweet and gentle and settling in nicely. On the sofa, more specifically, with kids tucked around her. We are madly in love with her and can't possibly imagine life without her.

:: Christmas Baubles ::

:: Same baubles about to be turned into miniature terraniums ::

:: The sun made an appearance for breakfast ::

:: I was quite happy with the results apparently ::

:: Digging in ::

:: Outdoor fun on Christmas Day ::

:: The celebrations continue at the Deggan house a few days later ::