Archives for January 2013

Gather: Goals & Aspirations for 2013

Gather: Goals & Aspirations for 20131. The Mile End Cookbook 2. Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Countertop Spray 3. Rifle Paper Co. Pocket Notebooks
4. Greenroom Recycled File Box 5. Take Note Ceramic Chalkboard 

I‘m working on refining my goals for 2013. I’m not so much thinking about all the specific home project ideas yet (although there are plenty of those running through my mind — I will definitely be sharing a list of those goals soon!), but I’m thinking right now about the way I want to live this year. 

This Gather post features a bit of a ‘visual representation’ of some of the thoughts in my head and how they might ‘come to life’ once I take action! As a visual person, I love collages and inspiration boards! While these types of goals may not appear too lofty, being purposeful about them will definitely will improve the quality of our life at home.  And living an intentional and authentic life matters a lot to me.

A few of my hopes and aspirations for 2013:

::slow down to enjoy more home cooked meals around the table with my family, now that I have my lovely new kitchen I’m kind of excited to use it!
::more puttering, cleaning, tidying and entertaining in my home, now that the distraction of remodeling is almost over, I want to go back to inviting people over and just enjoy the simple daily process of taking care of my home again!
::be more organized and creative with the little details in life (for instance, I have always loved carrying around pretty little notebooks in my purse to write things down so I will remember them later — yes, I have an iPhone but I still love the feel of a real paper notebook!).
::do better with consistent paperwork filing and business organization, so I feel more in control!
::add a new layer of functional and creative details to our home to inspire me and help me to organize our family with greater efficiency, such as strategically placed cute chalk boards and pretty pin boards!

What hopes and aspirations are you gathering for 2013? 

Gather: Goals & Aspirations for 2013

gather is a regular column at the inspired room,
featuring creative inspiration gathered from around the web
by Courtney Michaels, an interior design intern at Maison Luxe in Seattle!

The State of the Home {and Kitchen}

The State of the Home {and Kitchen}

Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Are you all back yet from the holidays? It must be time for another kitchen update, because I’m starting to get lots of emails and questions about when I’m going to reveal the kitchen! I love that at least some of you are very excited about this! HA! Me too. Thanks for being so patient! I’ve also had quite a few people worried they had missed it somehow.

I haven’t revealed it yet because  — it still isn’t done! I know! For being what I originally described as kind of a “small remodel” it sure has taken awhile! Sigh!

While most of my cabinets were finally painted right before Christmas (along with my family room walls and trim and part of the horizontal planking in my little hall) my one “open cabinet” in the kitchen was not able to be painted as it had to have some finishing work done on the inside of it first.

We got the work done on the cabinet and all the cabinet hardware was installed, and then I had to wait for the holidays to be over for my painters to be able to come back and finish the paint! You can see a little peek at the lower cabinets though, if you look at the picture above which I showed in the post about the new wood floors! It’s looking good!

That is how it goes though. One thing always seems to hinge on another, so it can take awhile to get to the finish line.

The State of the Home {and Kitchen}

Good news is my painters will return Tuesday to paint the cabinet in the kitchen and finish filling (caulking) and painting the rest of the wainscoting through the entry over the next week (we didn’t have enough time to paint all that wainscoting before the holidays!).

Sorry for the bad pic of the wainscoting and the lack of update pictures, but you get the idea: there is finishing work and painting still to be done both in the kitchen and with the new wainscoting before those projects will be actually revealed as “done.”

So what is left in the kitchen besides the paint?

–I still haven’t figured out what I want to do with my kitchen island.

I’m a slow thinker with a small budget so I have to reconcile my dream island with using what I have, so I’m still mulling it over. I’m glad I waited to work on it until after the kitchen was painted, though, because I really want to get the right vibe for the island. That means I need to think about the kitchen and even my house as a whole, not just the island by itself.

–I am installing two awesome new ceiling lights in my kitchen. I’m SO excited about them and can’t wait to show you! Maybe this week, I’m optimistic.

–I have blinds for my kitchen and family room windows that are just sitting around ready to be put up. And I am probably going to start looking for curtain panels for my family room to add more layers of warmth and color, plus I am still contemplating furnishings. I’d like to get two new chairs for the family room, but in all likelihood they will have to wait awhile.

Mostly I’m just puttering around with little things right now, which is actually what I love to do the most so I’m enjoying myself.

I actually had planned to get a little more organized, do my Home Goals post (eh hem), set up my command center for the new year (we just rehung it in our little kitchen hall so I’ll show you that maybe later this week too!), and even take some pictures of a few new things I haven’t shown you yet around my house, you know, to kick off the new year. But, alas, I didn’t do those things. I was overly ambitious in my mind.

My son finally went back to school today (such a late break this year!) so I guess I felt like TODAY I’d be off and running with all my plans for the new year. But then I kind of got sidetracked by cleaning, putting away Christmas stuff and leftover remodeling chaos. And, well, let’s be honest. Downton Abbey.

So are you all back to school and back to routines yet after the holidays?
I guess I’ll give myself a little more time to get back in the swing. There is always tomorrow, right?