Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kitchen Design Board

Hi, Friends! It's been a while since I've posted here and thought I should bring y'all up to speed since we have been working a lot behind the scenes on our new house. Before we moved in, we installed hardwood in the great room so the first floor would be all wood and then had everything refinished to a nice medium walnut tone. We also had the carpet replaced in the bedrooms and all of the 2nd floor so we would have a nice fresh start. Although expensive, these aren't exactly exciting renovations.. so no fancy before and afters of those but it gave us a great base to get started on the fun improvements! 

We wanted to start with the kitchen because we knew it was going to be the most amount of money spent but also the space which is used the most, not just by us but also for entertaining. 

Here's the before picture of our kitchen when we did the final walk through. It's a nice large size but we knew we wanted a completely different feel and this was our chance to build the kitchen as close to our 'dreams' as possible so all of it had to go!




We ended up taking out everything in this space.. down to the studs, and spent the last 4 months putting it back together. 

I wanted the kitchen to feel classic but fresh and also warm. I've done white kitchens before and while I love them, I knew I'd go with a darker cabinet color this time around. Here's the design board to give you an idea of the space and also the sources we've used. 



We started with Ikea base cabinets and then ordered unfinished shaker style drawers and doors from Semihandmade Doors, which were painted a gray-green color, Benjamin Moore Arctic Shadows. The cabinet hardware is in all different sizes depending on the size of the door and I found them from Build.com. Both the Library Arm Sconce and the island Pendants are from Joss & Main. We chose Carrara Marble (local source) for the perimeter cabinets and a walnut butcher block top for the island. This one from Ikea happened to be exact size we needed. The backsplash are 4x8 white tiles laid in a classic 1/2 offset subway pattern, from Lowe's.

I will have some pictures of our progress to share next!

xoxo,
Amanda

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Festive Dinner Party



A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 30th birthday with some of my closest friends and it was one of my favorite nights of all time. I felt so loved and the entire evening was filled with happiness. We rented out a loft in Detroit, hired a local chef to make us a 5 course dinner, and my best friend and I did all of the flowers, decorations, everything.. it turned out better than I could have imagined!  


When I started planning the decor and feel of the night, this was my inspiration tablescape that I kept coming back to, I just loved the feeling of it and knew I wanted to recreate it all. I'll let the pictures do the talking for now but check out the sources I used at the bottom of the post.



 













Location: The Claddagh Loft  Corktown, Detroit
Private Chef: Golden State Chef Co.
'Naked' Cake: Love & Buttercream

We brought in everything to create the evening and couldn't have done it without the help of our friends Katie and Phillip-thanks again, xoxo!

Linen Napkins: Both Etsy - Striped and Solid 
Napking Rings: Sur La Table in Copper
Zinc Metal Centerpiece Vases: Etsy
Raw Wood Candlestick holders:Woodworks LTD
Silverware: IKEA Ostron
Chargers: Hobby Lobby then spray painted matte black
Tall candles, wine glasses: IKEA
Silver rimmed white plates: Bed, Bath & Beyond (found in store as a set, can't find online)
String lights: Target
Wood Tables: Handmade by my grandfather many years ago
Chairs are mostly Craigslist find and the white ones are IKEA
Watercolor Floral Invitations: Minted 
Garland & Flowers sourced from Trader Joe's and local supermarkets
Kraft Paper Menu was hand drawn by my bestie, Katie

xoxo,
Amanda

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Life Update

Well the last couple of months have been a little insane. After listing our Royal Oak house for sale, within 3 days we had multiple offers and accepted one. Then before leaving for our 2 week trip to South Africa, we bought a new house! One day of looking at 8 houses and the last one we saw, we knew was the one.

Last family photo in front of our old house!


Here's the new house! It's in Rochester Hills with very good schools.  We are very excited to move in (hopefully in a couple weeks) and start making our updates. It has a great layout and a nice yard but definitely needs some work... which is just what we were looking for. We are hoping this will be out 'Forever house' and stay here for many years! :-)


xoxo,
Amanda

Sunday, August 2, 2015

House Tour

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We finally finished our house and have listed it for sale so I thought I would share some pictures for a house tour. 

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Hope you enjoyed it!

xoxo,
Amanda

Monday, July 27, 2015

Main Bathroom Reveal!


We wanted to freshen up our bathroom which is the main one used the most in our house. A few weeks ago, I shared our design plan here.  We are so happy with the outcome.

Take a look at where we started.. (this was the listing photo from when we bought this house). We did add some decor to it when we moved in to make it look/ feel a little better, which you can see here.

After adding wainscoting, painting the walls, new vanity, faucet, toilet, mirror and light:








Side by side Before & After:




xoxo,
Amanda

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cozy Bridal Shower


This past weekend, I helped throw a Bridal Shower for my best friend. The shower guest list was kept small to ensure an intimate and relaxed environment and I have to say, it was the best one I've been to yet! It was held at a restaurant and we were able to order off the normal Brunch menu with lots of yummy drinks. Usually bridal shower games are pretty lame but I still wanted to have something planned to give away a couple of prizes. Details of the games are at bottom of the post if you are interested!





I brought the baby succulent favors which I planted in little glass vases found at Hobby Lobby. The succulents are local from Eastern Market, a weekly Farmers Market held in Detroit.


We bought bunches of flowers from the grocery store and arranged them in tin vases (from Ikea). They turned out better than I expected!


The photo accordions were made from card stock and 3.5 x 5 photos (printed at Target). They were fun conversation pieces. 


 



I didn't realize the table would have backless stools so even though this little banner was made to go on the back of her chair, I actually liked this placement better because everyone could see it. And here is our beautiful bride to be:


Shower Games: 



I don't have a picture of the one I created but the first game we played was a version of 'Pass the Prize' but instead of passing around the actual prize, I created a little book to read the page and pass to the person it described. I couldn't find one that was exactly what I was looking for so I ended up combining a few different verses found online. If you'd like to use this game, you can download the PDF and set it to print 2 slides per page, then cut them out, hole punch and have fun! For a larger shower, you can print one book per table and maybe reduce the number of pages - customize it for your needs.

The other game we played was "How well doe the Bride know the Groom?". I had previously asked the Groom 25 questions and the Bride had to guess how he responded. For each incorrect answer, the Bride had to put 1 piece of bubblegum in her mouth. By the end, it was hilarious as she had quite a mouthful! I wanted to have a winner/prize for this one as well so before the game started, I had everyone write their name down and the number of questions they thought the Bride would get correct. We didn't have an exact match so I just went with the closest number. My plan for a tie breaker was the person with the birthday closest to the wedding date.

Now off to plan the Bachelorette Party!! ;-)
xoxo,
Amanda