Recent Work Project

Last week, I was in Dallas for work helping with the install on our most recently finished project. This is my favorite part of my job. It’s so fun to see the it all come to life! I wasn’t the main designer on this one, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos anyway. Enjoy!

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(Don’t you just want to lay in one of those chairs with a good book or magazine?!)photo-7

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I will be helping install several more projects in the coming months and I plan to share some of those photos as well!

 

Summer Read

If you’re looking for a book to read this summer, I have a recommendation for you!

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I just finished this book (finally) and it is really thought-provoking, challenging, and beautifully written. I started it LAST summer, but then life got busy and I stopped reading basically all together for like 9 months. Shame on me!

photo 1-1It is filled with tidbits like this that gave me a new perspective on my faith and the way I can increase in joy and intimacy with Christ even (and especially) in the day-to-day.

Now that I finished this, I don’t want to take another 9 month hiatus. Anyone have any good suggestions for me?

Panzanella Salad

I originally shared this recipe about a year ago, but it is so good I’m posting it again! With better pictures this time 🙂

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Panzanella Salad

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, cut in thin wedges (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (plus an extra splash if you like things vinegar-y) red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 8 oz. fresh bakery or focaccia bread, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Several small fresh basil leaves

1. In large serving bowl combine veggies. In screw-top jar combine 1/4 cup olive oil, the red wine vinegar, mustard, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Cover; shake well to combine. Add to veggie mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight (up to 24 hours).

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow baking pan, toss bread cubes with 1 Tbsp. olive oil to coat. Bake about 10-13 minutes or until toasted, stirring once. Remove and cool on pan.

3. Add basil leaves and croutons to individual bowls of salad (to avoid soggy leftover croutons); toss to coat. Top with shaved white cheddar cheese (optional). Makes a lot.

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Yes, we have a wood stump as a table on our patio. And it’s awesome!

But back to the salad—MAKE IT! You won’t be disappointed. Keep the croutons separate when storing leftovers and it will be even better then next day. Just think, you’ll get plenty of veggies without having to eat lots of lettuce (bonus!).

Oh and if you saw my instagram post the other day of some delish looking chicken, that recipe is coming soon too. I promise this is not turning into a food blog. 😉

Enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Caprese

AKA the perfect summer grilling dish!

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If you’re planning on breaking out the grill this weekend, I highly recommend you make this dish. It is really simple and there is very little clean-up (major plus in my book!). And if you just throw on some veggies with it, you got yourself an entire meal!

I found the recipe on Pinterest, which I pretty much use as my cookbook. You can find the original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Heat grill. Salt and pepper each side of chicken and place on hot grill. Grill chicken for about 7 to 9 minutes on each side or until no longer pink and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile heat balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Vinegar will reduce and become thickened. Be careful not to cook it too long or it will be too thick to pour.
  3. Lightly brush sliced tomatoes with olive oil and place directly on the hot grill. Grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
  4. Once chicken is cooked leave on the grill and place 1 slice of fresh mozzarella on top. Then add grilled tomato and basil.
  5. Place on serving platter and drizzle with balsamic reduction.

The balsamic reduction really does it for me. I love the stuff. Make this for yourself or your guests and no one will be disappointed!

PS- Another simple summery addition to this meal can be found here!

Just to Keep this Blog from Dying

I haven’t posted in forever! I started slowing down on my posting because I didn’t want anything to feel forced and needed a break from putting pressure on myself. I really enjoy posting about our house and what we’re doing to it, but our energy and bank account can’t support enough projects to keep that as my only content. But I don’t want this blog to die completely because I can see myself getting more into it again in the future.

That being said, I may start posting more about different topics. And I may start sharing some of the designs I’m doing at work!

For today, I’ll share some recent life happenings from my instagram (I just upgraded to a smart phone a couple months ago and have been thoroughly enjoying the app 🙂 )

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IMG_0166My best friend from my childhood came to visit me from NYC (check out the fun blog by her and her sisters http://threetwists.squarespace.com/ ), Some of our closest friends here in Denver got married, and I went to the Hospitality Design Conference in Vegas with my boss and coworker!

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IMG_0216Calder and I went to Miami! It was sooo nice. I was sad to see the short vacation end.

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IMG_0246We added some front landscaping (can’t wait to see it grow in!) with the help of my in-laws and we spent Memorial Day hiking a beautiful landscape (the same place we hiked over a year ago).

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And we’ve been enjoying lots of time on our patio with this warmer weather! PS- the chicken pictured above is the perfect summer grilling meal. I’ll share the recipe soon!

Recent Small Updates

So we took the next step in our bedroom make over and bought some new bedding! We added some new Euro pillows for more depth and went with something lighter and closer to our style. Added bonus is there are no holes from our cats! They ripped up our other one when they were kittens.
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Here it was before:

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And I might have gone a little crazy and gotten new towels and a new shower curtain for our bathroom…

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Have a good week everyone!

Adding Some Character with a Bead Board Backsplash

We started this project a few weeks ago, thinking it would be done in one weekend. Sadly, that got drawn out 3 more weeks. But finally we’re done (for now)! It’s the most recent step in several little changes in … Continue reading

Sunny Kitchen

 

 

After much deliberation, the kitchen finally has one uniform color on the walls instead of ugly brown, white, and 10 or so sample paint swatches–the state it has sat in for the past 3 months. Painting the counters opened up some doors color wise as we didn’t have to work around the pink anymore. This room doesn’t get much light so we started thinking a yellow might be fun. It would brighten things up and bring a warm color into our house that is mostly gray right now. The color we decided on is Martha Stewart Yellow Gerbera (color matched to Behr Ultra from Home Depot).

 

To refresh your memory, here are some before pictures:

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Here is what it looks like now:

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It’s definitely brighter! Almost too bright with our harsh lighting. I kinda wish it looked more like this:

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But at this point I’m leaving it as is for a while. We still plan to replace the black outlets with white and take out the blue backsplash and replace that with white beadboard that will wrap around until right before the window. Maybe that will tone it down some…we’ll see! Anyone else have a yellow kitchen or have any painting projects going on?

 

Painted Counters: Update!

A couple weeks ago I posted about how we painted our countertops and how thrilled we were with the results. Well I have to come back and give an honest update that this product is perhaps not as heaven-sent as we thought. We thought the performance would be similar to our laminate counters and it has proved to be not quite as durable. We may not have waited long enough before we started using them, but we quickly learned we need to be cautious as we use them. We had a bowl on the counter that we filled with hot food (the bowl itself wasn’t hot) and it left this mark:

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Then I tried to clean off another mark with the scrubber side of the sponge and it ended up making it worse leaving this mark:

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We have also gotten a few knicks in the paint. That being said, I still DO NOT regret painting them. I mean I only paid $20 for a completely different look to my kitchen. And for $20 I really can’t expect the Taj Mahal. And I would still recommend the product to people with ugly laminate counters that can’t afford to change them out YET with the disclaimer that it shouldn’t be your end goal but rather a means to an end. And that while using them, just be aware that you’ll need to handle with them with care.

I have since touched up those areas that got messed up and now we make sure to never put anything warm/hot directly on them and to not use the scrubber side of the sponge, but only the soft side. As long as we follow those “rules” they work just fine for now! But after singing praises, I didn’t want you all to try out this product misinformed.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bedroom Redo is Rollin’

So I posted a couple weeks ago about my potential plan for our bedroom here. And that I had no idea on the timeline for it to come to fruition. Well looks like it’s starting sooner than later because I found the perfect rugs at a great price and couldn’t pass them up!

I wanted an over-dyed persian looking rug, which can run up to $1000+ which I was not willing to spend. I came upon these synthetic ones that looked really great online.

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They seemed to fit the bill so I went for it. I was holding my breath hoping they were just as good in person…which I’m happy to report that they are! So now we have these in our room and it is nice having a soft/warm surface to step out of bed onto. And our kitties love to attack imaginary mice on them!


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The rest of the process will be slow going, one step at a time. As you may have noticed by the paint swatches hanging on the wall, I think the next step will be to paint. I’m excited to get started on it!

Also, i’m finally painting our kitchen walls today! So look for a post about that shortly!