Closet Makeover 

Happy Tuesday, friends. This weekend, Cory and I had an extra long weekend, so we tackled the first stage of getting the nursery started…a closet makeover. Ironically enough, this really didn’t involve the nursery at all! When we first moved into our house, almost 6 years ago, Cory and I both had a ridiculous amount of clothes, so I took the master closet and dresser and he used the guest bedroom closet, dresser, and chest of drawers. And it’s worked out very well for us.

Now that Hot Pie is planning on making her entrance into the world in a few short months, we plan on using the guest bedroom as her nursery–meaning that Cory’s stuff had to be cleared out! Seeing as how our office has no extra room {maybe I’ll get around to sharing what we’ve done in there sometime in the next year or so}, our only solution was to finally have him move his stuff into our bedroom and I had to give up my big walk-in closet all to myself.

This baby better be cute.

Just kidding.

closet makeover before

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Kitchen Renovation- Unfinished Reveal

I bet you thought this day would never come, didn’t you? I started questioning whether I’d ever do another kitchen renovation update myself. And even though we aren’t finished, I thought I would share some of the progress that we worked so hard on the past six months.

The lighting wasn’t the best but my house was spotless {thanks to Cory’s grandmother!} so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a few pictures before I left for Rwanda.


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Faucet Love



A few weeks ago, I fell in love with this faucet when I came across this pin.  Did you know you could have feelings for kitchen hardware??? I immediately started questioning whether or not I had made the right choice in cabinet color just because I wanted this faucet and hardware so much. That’s what Pinterest is good for, right? Making you question every decision you’ve ever made!



But the more I looked at this kitchen, the more I realized that our style is just not that modern. Not that this kitchen isn’t swoon worthy but my style leans just a little more towards the traditional side.

We had just installed our pendant lights in burnished bronze {which matches the rest of our house} and I thought about having Cory take them down so I could exchange them for something in a champagne bronze. I searched high and low to find kitchens that mixed and matched lights and hardware and all I found were these huge, gorgeous kitchens that all matched and looked absolutely nothing like mine. Feeling discouraged, I almost stayed in my little box and ordered a traditional faucet that matched the rest of the bronze in our house.

Because that’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Never step out, take a risk and do something that is a little out of the ordinary?

But this is my kitchen. I don’t care if others don’t like the mixed bronzes. I’m the one that has to see it every day and I’m the only one who’s opinion matters. {well, Cory’s too, but not in this situation because he didn’t even like the champagne bronze but I was getting this faucet whether he liked it or not!} I knew that if I didn’t order the faucet I loved, I would regret it every single time I walked into the kitchen.

I’m still deciding on hardware for the cabinets simply because I was waiting to see it all together with the granite.  Now that the kitchen is pretty much finished, I’m going to order a knob and a pull in both colors to see which one I like the most. If I decide on oil rubbed bronze for our the cabinets, I’m okay with the faucet being the focal point. She’s definitely pretty enough!

I’m 100% happy that I went with what I like and made my kitchen fit our style rather than what “everyone else does” because the faucet looks gorgeous in our kitchen! I love how sleek it is and that it adds just enough modern for our taste. By the way, when I told Cory how good the faucet looked he said “Heck yeah it does. I was worried about the gold but it turned out good”.


One last thing, after having this post written and in my drafts, I came across this article and what do ya know, it talks about mixing modern and traditional styles. Glad to know my kitchen will still be “trendy” with the design choices I made.