Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Coming Up for Air~

I am finally coming up for air.  Between the holidays, then uniforms (still not completely finished, but hope to be this week), sick kiddos, snow/ice, and endless half-finished projects, I thought I'd have to be commited!! The work with the  uniforms (as I mentioned) is almost done, the kids are feeling much better (thank you!), the snow and ice have melted (but are forecasted for tonight), and well...I still have a million half-finished projects on my plate.  Okay...I may be exaggerating a wee bit.

We've spent a lot of time over the past few weeks  just weeding out and paring down.  My motto for this year was "SIMPLIFY"...everything!!  We've thrown out, donated,  and consigned a ton!!!  And, it feels good.  Really good.

I rearranged my kitchen a bit in the process to make it work better for us.  My favorite is our new "Coffee Bar".  We had additional cabinets added to a wall that originally only had a buffet/hutch on it.  Now it houses our extra dishes, glassware, entertainment items and our snack pantry.  We weren't really utilizing the counter in that space since it is on the wall opposite the sink, dishwasher, and microwave/oven.  So, I decided to move our new coffee maker over there along with the things we use daily for our cup of coffee/tea.  Oh, and I am loving our new Breville K-Cup machine (had an older Keurig, but it was so loud...this baby is super quiet).  Now we are utilizing this counter top space, and it freed up space on the other side where I prepare our meals and pack lunches daily.

Coffee Central

K-Cup Heaven!!

Cream, Sugar, Honey or Nutmeg Sprinkles???

I am also giving our downstairs bath a mini-makeover. I was getting bored with the Toile fabric and craving a bit more pattern and color.

Here's the before...

And a sneak peek of the after...

Today was spent at IKEA with my oldest daughter.  I found a new table and lamp for our entry way there.  Yup, another project!  I will hopefully be able to share that one soon.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!!


Anonymous said...

You had me at coffee :) How nice to have the additional space for dishes, etc. Looks great! I'll take a cup.

Sounds like a fun day @ Ikea. Denver is getting one in the Fall. I'm excited! Can't wait to see your bathroom and hall makeover!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Luv a coffee station!! looking good over there.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Yay!! She's back!!! What time should I be over for coffee in the morning??! Can't wait to see the rest of the bathroom. Happy things are settling down a bit for you.

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Ok maybe we need a doggy date AND a coffee date. This looks awesome! So glad things are calming down over your way... and that we're not snowed/iced in today! :)

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

I know this is random, but, I love your backsplash and I am thinking about doing that in my kitchen. Did you use white grout? From this pic it looks like you did. And what size was the grout line? If you know. No big deal. Love the kitchen!