Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How we chose our kitchen layout

Hey y'all! 

We are well underway (waist deep) in the building of our country home. In fact we are a little over 2 months out. There is still so much to do and it can be a bit overwhelming especially since we are building a home we have never seen. Yep, picked out the floor plan online and took it to an architect.   
So every Southerner knows the kitchen is the heart of the home, right? I have been thinking and researching for like ever to find the perfect layout for us. We all have an idea of a perfect kitchen, but I had a list of our must haves. Space was number one! Space to move around, counter space, an island with bar space, pantry space. All of these things plus more are important for us. 

Like I mentioned earlier, we have never seen our floor plan in person or even in pictures. So when we received our first quote for the kitchen and it came with pictures I was jumping for joy. Well, until I saw the pictures. The first thing I noticed was our BIG kitchen looked way too small. The refrigerator needed to be moved to the other end of the counter and the wall oven needed to be moved as well. Having two large appliances so close didn't make sense to me as well as the wall oven in the middle of the counter top. 

In the picture below, you can see the door to the pantry which was all the more reason the layout needed to be changed. Luckily we have not installed insulation as of yet. We were able to move the electrical outlets and plumbing fairly easy. 

These pictures are only renditions. Our floors will not be tile. The door to the pantry will be....yes, you guessed it. Another pocket door. The island will be different from the cabinets. We haven't quite decided. We would like to use a mixture of natural woods on the island and vent hood.

Now I am super excited seeing our plan! For me this is the fun part. The design and of course later, the decorating. I am so grateful for all of the hard work everyone has put forth. I am certainly looking forward to cooking and entertaining in this kitchen. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Classroom Makeover

Hey y'all! So sorry to leave you hanging. I'm sure you are all wondering why we haven't broke ground yet or if you are like me, you are wondering if we are really building a house. 😊 I promise things are still in action. Our appraisal for the land took longer than expected to complete which means our closing has been held up for 2 more weeks. Yep! Two.More.Weeks!

In other news, we have started back to school. For the past few weeks, my friend (and fellow teacher) have been working hard in our classroom.  We started with this great idea to paint our room and then it turned into a complete makeover. You know how that goes!

Here are a couple of BEFORE pictures. The room was yellow and a shade of blue. Neither of which we liked.

Both of the new colors, turquoise and grey we used are by Valspar. I can't remember the name of the turquoise we used, but it is on the coastal color swatch. The grey is Aspen grey.

We moved pretty much everything in the room. We wanted to have a kitchen and play area separated from the puzzles and books. So far it seems to be working. Keep in mind our babies are 2 so it is nearly impossible to keep them in each area

The desk and bookshelves were here before.  Now this space is our kitchen play area (our kids LOVE this space).



We also decided to paint our cubbies.  I have no idea what we were thinking! ;) We like how they turned out and how they look in the room now, but boy, that was some work!

Yes. That is a door behind the cubbies. Our room used to be two rooms. Might have to hang a wreath there to add something cute and take attention away from the door.

Our changing area and tables for snack and lunch. The banner will be used to hang our artwork.

Ready for orientation.

Each classroom has a bulletin board to decorate for first/last day of school and each season. I have to admit. This is probably one of my favorite things to do. Crafty!

I will share that with you all soon!