since i’ve been gone

Here we are a few weeks short of the one year anniversary of this blog and a few days short of my being married for six months.  Time flies when you’re having fun eh?  As you may have noticed, posts have been pretty scarce around here due to my being neck deep in wedding craziness, followed by work craziness with a dash of newlywed bliss craziness, plenty of house project craziness and just overall life craziness.  While the crazy still ensues, it’s about high time I get back to documenting the goings on around these parts.  If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve gotten sneak peeks here and there of updates to the house and recipes I’ve been trying out.  If not, then you’re in luck.  I present to you some snapshots of what I’ve been up to since I’ve been gone, Instagram style:


We’ve cooked a lot of yummy recipes that we’ll definitely be making again and will share some of them here in the near future.

Like these cute Christmas tree cake pops I made for the holidays…

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

and this artichoke soup…

Artichoke Soup

and these chicken enchiladas…

Chicken Enchiladas

and these banana fritters…

Banana Fritters

and these parmesan crusted calamari steaks with lemon caper sauce…

Parmesan Crusted Calamari Steaks in Lemon Caper Sauce

and this farfalle with pistachio cream sauce.

Farfalle with Pistachio Cream Sauce

Guest Room

We painted the guest room in Valspar’s Filtered Shade.

Valspar Filtered Shade

I had some trouble deciding which rug to put in the freshened up space.  Ultimately I went with Genevieve Gorder’s Arabesque rug on the left.

Arabesque Scalloped Fallon Dhurrie Rugs

We took out the bulky bed and added a sofa bed to turn it into a functional TV room when we don’t have house guests.

Ikea Hagalund Sofa Bed White Garden Stool Arabesque Rug

(pre wall art)

I then promptly changed my mind (big surprise) about the throw pillows and switched them out with these black and white ones.

Black White Chevron Pillows

Living Room

We painted our fireplace and re-tiled the hearth with slate in my beloved herringbone pattern.  Okay, more like Devin re-tiled the fireplace, but I directed.  I am super in love with it. (Details to come in a separate post.)

Slate Herringbone Fireplace Hearth

Last August we replaced the old mirror over the fireplace with a reclaimed wood one (sorry for the holiday decorations)…

Reclaimed Wood Mirror Holiday Mercury Glass Mantel Burlap Stockings

then last week I fell in love with this antiqued glass gem mirror (on sale!) at West Elm.

West Elm Gem Mirror

Dining Room

We got a beautiful reclaimed wood farmhouse table for the dining room along with a new rug and Tolix marais chairs…

Reclaimed Wood Farmhouse Table and Marais Chairs

and I finally finally have a chandelier. (Separate before/after post to come.)

Dining Room Crystal Chandelier


I took some baby steps towards my office redux. I still need to paint my beloved campaign desk and dresser, but the filing cabinet looks great in there already.  Here’s a peek of a new print in the room.

The Best is Yet to Come Print

Master Bedroom

Currently we’re concentrating on redecorating the Master Bedroom.  I’m really excited about the beautiful rug that will add a fun pop of color to the room.

West Elm Dhurrie Rust

Here’s a sneak peek of the new dresser and lamp.

West Elm Stria Dresser Honeycomb Lamp

So.  As you can see we’ve been busy.  I’m looking forward to sharing all the details of the above projects with you all!

Also, welcome to all of the new readers who have been popping over from Recipe by Photo.  I’m so happy you’ve all been enjoying my spinach artichoke bites :).

granite shopping, house painting, a feature and my first half marathon

The garage remodel is progressing along nicely thanks in HUGE part to Devin’s dad who has started building the beautiful cabinets for my new laundry and pantry area out there.  The man has some ridiculous woodworking skills, and I am overjoyed at the prospect of all the extra storage space I’ll have!  I’ll show some progress photos soon.  In the meantime, this morning we went shopping for granite for the counter top.  We decided to go with granite since the counter will also double as our bar area when we entertain.  The cabinets are pine and we won’t be painting them (just sealing them) so it was important to find a pattern and color that would compliment the wood.

If you have ever shopped with a significant other who may have slightly (or hugely) different taste then you, then you can understand how I had to steel myself this morning for the battle that I was sure was coming.  Surprisingly, we came out of the experience in one piece, and the wedding is still on :).

Devin wanted something bold with really interesting color and markings whereas I was leaning towards stone that was a little more subtle.  The one thing that we both agreed on at least was that we wanted a leather finish and not polished.  We ended up choosing a granite called Silver Galaxy in leather finish which is gray with touches of white and a muted red.  After going through all of the slabs, we both settled on this piece:

We’ll be cutting it down to the upper right 71″ across and down 20″.  It’s bold enough for Devin, but the markings aren’t too overwhelming for me, especially with the larger white marking towards the left side and the larger expanse of gray in the upper right.  It’s going to look great against the pine, and will also pick up on the red from the bricks of the backend of the fireplace that’ll be directly to the left of the counter.

In other news, I’m both anxious and excited to be running my first half marathon tomorrow morning.  I’ve been training since February, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be okay, but I still can’t help feeling a little nervous.  The race is called the Divas Half Marathon and it’s geared towards women.  I have no goal time…I just want to be able to run the entire time and finish the race.  I may or may not be wearing a hot pink and black running tutu.

I’m just sayin’ :).

Also, we finally decided on colors for the exterior of the house (it only took two years!), and our painter friend has been hard at work this past week.  He should be finished next week so stay tuned for the reveal.  We could’ve painted it ourselves, but all signs pointed to having our friend do it since he’s a pro, is in need of some work and is giving us a huge discount.

Lastly, tonight our bathroom facelift is being featured over at Remodelaholic.  Thank you so much to the wonderfully talented and creative duo of Cassity and Justin for the feature!



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filing cabinet feature on remodelaholic

Just popping in to let you know that our filing cabinet makeover is being featured today over at Remodelaholic.  If you’re not familiar with Justin and Cassity, the amazing duo behind the Remodelaholic blog, then you must be living under a rock!  These two have some amazing tutorials, inspiration and DIY projects on their site.  Justin is a landscape architect and Cassity is an interior designer so you can imagine the incredible DIY projects they come up with.  Please hop on over and say hello…you won’t regret it.

Thanks so much to Cassity and Justin for featuring our little project!

In other exciting news, we finished the bathroom last night and I’m crushing pretty hard on it.  Stay tuned for the “after” photos later this evening :).