Sunday, January 29, 2012

Banishing the Bland for Only $18

Ah, apartment kitchens.... could anything be more ugly and bland?  Particle board cupboards, aging appliances, almond formica countertops all equal a great big Y...A...W...N.  The funny thing is I really love the size and layout of my kitchen.  It's not big, but it's Just Right as Goldilocks would say.  In our house the kitchen was galley style and it had doorways to other parts of the house on both ends!  That was like trying to cook in Grand Central Station!  This kitchen is an awesome little destination U-shape and I love cooking in it.  But it sure wasn't much to look at!  See?
Don't you especially love my vertical blinds?  Yech! 
(But I do loving having a window over my sink!)

Well, I've been researching online some different ways to spiff them up.  In fact, before we moved in I thought I wanted to do the book page treatment to them.  But, as I mentioned recently, I am in serious need of some color!  So then, I found this lovely post about how this gal added fabric to the wall of her laundry room without using glue.  Lightbulb!  I found some amazing Kaufman outdoor fabric at Hancock's for only $6 a yard and I thought, hey- even if this project doesn't pan out, I still like this fabric for pillows and tote bags.

I used The Thriftress' recipe for liquid starch and got to work.  Ready to see it?  (OMG, I love it so much!)

Wait for it.....


Of course I had to do a little re-accessorizing!  I love my pretty new curtains- much better than the ugly blinds!  You're getting the worst of my view- when I'm at the sink I can see trees and lawn.  But can you see how dark it is?  And that's at 1:00 in the afternoon!
So cheerful!  And I love having my Old Mill Stream platter over the stove.

Now, I realize this is not to everyone's taste.  Truly, it's not my dream kitchen (this one is!).  But compared to where it started, I can honestly say it has made me 100% happier to be in the space.  And that my friends, is my $18 priceless kitchen makeover!

I'm joining up at the following parties:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Like This

Success is not to be pursued;
it is to be attracted to the
person we become.

-Jim Rohn
Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Happy Joy Joy

I don't know about anyone else, but I have been craving color lately!  I think it's this apartment- it's north facing, it's on the bottom level, and it is surrounded by tall pine trees.  It's actually a lovely property, but my place feels like a cave.

When we moved in last April, I was really feeling inspired by a vintage, industrial, rustic feel.  I made this pinterest board to collect what I loved.  I still love it, but it's very monochromatic and maybe a little "heavy".  Then I saw this picture and everything changed!
Yes, it's Jonathan Adler- isn't it gorgeous?  So now I've started this pinterest board.  Mind you, I haven't done a thing, but change my intention.  I actually think that everything in my house will work, but needs to be amped up a little.  For one thing, I have to finish slipcovering my couch!

In the spirit of my new happy color excitement, I did paint a sweet little box for Ally, my step granddaughter.  She loves orange so I think she'll like this.  What do you think?

I love it!  I can't wait to get started on my decor!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012

Word for 2012: Order

Happy 2012!  It seems that all the bloggers have chosen a word for the year.  Mine was easy to pick.  I knew my "stuff" was disorganized and in need of purging, but the act of moving from a three bedroom house with a shed and two-car garage into a two bedroom apartment highlighted the problem in bold!  Since starting my new job in November, my stress level has dropped down into normal levels and I feel like I actually have the time and energy to get it together.
Sunday I got started in my closet and the photo above shows the progress.  First of all, I could actually open the door wide enough to even take a picture!  Second, what the photo doesn't show you is the giant load I dropped off at Goodwill Sunday afternoon. 

The lower photo is my file drawer which had been so stuffed I couldn't fit anything in it.  I had receipts and trash going back to 2009!  Shredded!  

So, in addition to this kind of order, I will also be working on internal order.  The kind that will find healthy ways to deal with challenges instead of looking for the nearest drivethru!  

In the months following my separation and before my divorce I wrote a post about "The Land of Stability".  Folks, I think I've arrived!  And I'm ready (at last!) to unpack my bags!