We’ve been busier than a one-legged man in a ass-kicking competition around here. This month has been nothing short of nuts as we’ve zoomed back and forth from the old house to the new house hauling even more stuff. The good news is that the old house is now cleaned out and has been sold, so there won’t be any more stuff coming into our new home. Whew! I swear I got heart palpitations every time we made a haul just thinking “what are we going to do with all this?”
It’s so hard to let go of physical things sometimes, especially when you know those things are worth something. But we had to ask ourselves, is it worth something to us? Is it worth taking up valuable space in our home, at least until we can sell it? Some items got a “yes” and some got a “no.” In the end we feel good about the things we decided to keep, and you’ll see more of those things in the future.
So enough about the move… I’ve been trying to enjoy the past few weeks and pretend it’s still summer around here. In the beginning I had planned to change up my decor according to the seasons, but at this point I say screw it. I’m going to decorate like it’s still summer because it’s light and bright and it makes me happy.
Here’s a peek at a part of the kitchen I’m really enjoying.
The shelving is your basic LACK gloss white shelving from Ikea. I installed them temporarily until I could get shelves made that would span the entire countertop, but now that they’re up I have to say I’m really liking them. The glossiness of the lacquer (sorry you probably can’t see it) is a nice touch in the kitchen and the depth of the shelves is really just perfect for all the stuff I want to keep at arms reach. You may also notice the gold-tone cabinet hardware. Again, Ikea to the rescue. These are the GOTTLÖSA knobs and METRIK handles which I spray painted gold and then used antique gold Rub-N-Buff to give them a brushed gold finished. So far the finish has held up beautifully.
For the most part I’ve wanted to keep all my gold hardware and finishes rather muted or antique, but I decided to step outside the box when it came to my kitchen faucet. It’s brass, it’s lacquered, and it makes absolutely no apologies for it.
This brass faucet had me at hello. I’m not an ultra contemporary kinda gal, but I love the contemporary lines of this fixture. It is made by Kensington Brass and I purchased it through Overstock.com. From what I understand, Kensington no longer makes it (which is why it’s selling on O.co). Unfortunately the collar for the sprayer didn’t work due to the thickness of the hole that was drilled for the builder-grade faucet I replaced, but I’m working on a solution for that.
And do you remember the coffee table and end table I planned on making? Well here’s how they turned out:
Again, I sprayed the bases gold and used antique gold Rub-n-Buff to get that brushed gold finish. After I got the rug down and table bases in place, the good people at Southern Stone delivered two huge slabs of shiny Arctic White quartz for the tops. I love these table so much, I just can’t express how beautiful, shiny and low-maintenance they are. While they do have a tendency to show dust and smudges, the clean up is a breeze. Quartz is a man-made material and is damn near indestructible (“man-proof” as I call it). It doesn’t even need to be sealed. Just wipe that sucker down with Windex, Clorox wipes, baking soda, or whatever good surface cleaner you have on hand. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as the kids say.
Now that I have a big-ass coffee table, I’m gonna need some stuff on it, right? No problemo.
The gold skulls is probably the only halloween decoration you’ll ever see in my home. The gold tone is the only reason it’s it my home, actually. The enameled hot pink tray is from the shop at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia, and the black and white chevron box is from ZGallerie.
So that’s a little peek at how the house is evolving. As we get things put away in their rightful places I’ll be taking more (and hopefully better) photos… just as soon as I find the camera. Happy End of Summer!