Thursday, July 24, 2014

S H E L F   R E F I N I S H

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when the open shelves in the kitchen first went up (what...3 years ago?!!) there was no finish on them...or maybe there was a light matt finish on them...i can't even remember. anyway...it got old fast having to thoroughly dry every glass and dish that came out of the dishwasher before putting them up on the shelves (do dishwashers not dry dishes anymore?) so as not to damage the wood with water. after talking about it for over 2 years the shelves got sanded and coated so they'd be indestructable. yay!





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Monday, June 23, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I N   B L O O M   : J U N E

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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the cats are loving the baby's playmat!


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

I T ' S   O U T !

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last year we were approached by Better Homes & Gardens to have our yard renovation featured in their quarterly publication Refresh Magazine...well it's finally out on newsstands today!
our yard was shot last May...i think i was 3 months pregnant then. look at us now...parents of a 6 month old little girl! 
It's a much bigger article than i had thought! 3 spreads worth! i'm just a little bummed out they didn't mention designsmitten anywhere...i was looking forward to lots of new web traffic...oh well. tell your friends! over all it was such a fun experience...it really got us motivated to make a bunch of updates and really tidy things up in preparation for the shoot (though things have been updated a bit more since!). we got to meet some really fantastic people who were here styling, prepping, shooting...a job well done by all.








here's a few behind the scenes shots from the shoot way back in may 2013




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Monday, May 12, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S :   K I T C H E N

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i wont go too much into how much this kitchen sucked and how awesome it is now, since this is probably the most posted/blogged about room in our house....you can read lots of info about it's transformation over the years right here and over here on design sponge. Believe me when i say that this before picture is actually quite nice compared to what it used to look like when we first moved in...when it was a hell hole.



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Sunday, May 11, 2014

T H E   W A I T I N G...

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....is the hardest part. i'm pretty sure tom petty wrote that song about waiting for his sod to take root...right?
the sod is in, it looks gorgeous, but all we get to do is sit back and watch the sprinkler play on it. for a few weeks at least. if there's one thing the new baby has taught me it's patience. 



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Friday, May 2, 2014

I T ' S   H E R E

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....here as in 'here in the car'. boy did i pack that little fiat trunk full of sod!


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

R E A D Y

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the ground is prepped, ready, and waiting for the sod.




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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S :   L I V I N G   R O O M

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i dont have any 'good' photos of the living room for the 'before'. really the only before shots i have are of when we saw our house when the agent brought us to see it...pre i-phone days. the owners were divorced and battled over selling and an example of how little they cared about selling it: there was a woman in the living room smoking a cigarette while holding a baby. anyway...i'm thinking other people who saw it couldn't envision how awesome it could be...they couldn't see past the filth (or through the cig smoke).


from the middle looking towards the back

from the middle looking towards the front


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

G E T T I N G   G R A S S Y

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now that we have a little one i cant help but think it would be nice to lay around and play in the yard with her....with all of the stone it makes for a not so comfy place for kiddies. our yard is always evolving and it's fairly 'easy' to replace some bluestones with some sod. we're keeping an organic shape just toward the middle of the yard, just pulling up the stone in that area, storing it, and amending the soil  for laying sod. finding sod around here is actually the hardest part. we're stuck with home depot sod since we only need a small amount...it's just hard to get it before it's all gone!

passed over scraps at the HD







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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S :   Y A R D

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here's some pretty scary photos of what our yard looked like when we first saw this house...and the afters. over the next few weeks i'm hoping to post some of the original photos from the open house (you'll see how visionary we really were ;-) and where that space is no. in those early days just cleaning a bit  was a vast improvement. stay tuned!

yard with creepy, sketchy, potentially disease-ridden swimming pool : before

yard with bluestone patio, custom shed, flowering cherry tree, gorgeous plants & shrubs
 and new stained fence : after

horrifying back of the house : before

fresh and clean back of the house : after

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Friday, April 4, 2014

1 0   Y E A R S ?

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hard to believe but this week we celebrate our 10th year in our house! how is that possible?!
in an upcoming post i'll do a little before and after....fun!

our house in 2004 ... probably a month after we had moved in

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Monday, March 24, 2014

T H E   E D G E

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we had our countertop guys from galactic tile come by and redo the edging on our counters. apparently, if caesarstone has too square an edge it will chip. it was especially bad around the sink and dishwasher...the lightest bump from a plate chipped the edge. yes they are tiny, but it made our only 2 year old countertop look pretty beat. looks like new....hope it stays this way!





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N E I G H B O R H O O D   L O V E

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our amazing neighborhood was written up in the sunday nytimes last week. a favorite quote: "a new neighbor asked me a couple of years ago who my landscape architect was, and my Italian neighbor was really rolling his eyes about that.”




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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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too cute los angeles edition




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Sunday, March 16, 2014

R O C K   I T

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saw this cute rocking bird at west elm and thought it would go nicely here with the rest of this rooms' bit of bird theme.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

O L D   F O R   N E W

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this is actually chris's rocking horse from when he was a babe...i love having something old and sentimental in the baby's room which is full of new things. it's a nice tie of our past to our future.




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Thursday, March 13, 2014

L A M P   M A K E O V E R

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this is a vintage lamp we've had for years...i think it even predates OUR relationship...so vintage indeed! to tie it in with the baby's room and add a little splash of 'new', chris swapped out the old black plastic cord for a bright yellow fabric covered one, and it looks great!



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G U E S T   S E A T I N G

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when you're a guest in baby's room you get the pouf to sit on. a nice gray to match the lighter neutral grays everywhere else.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

T O O   C U T E   T U E S D A Y

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willis love following the baby and I around the house and be close.  he even rubbed up and cuddled some new baby toys...which also make great cat toys!


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Friday, March 7, 2014

F I N A L L Y   M O B I L E

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finally got the cute mobile i had my eye on. it needed a bit of modification and the quality's not amazing considering the price tag, but it's super cute. at least it doesn't have that gross plastic arm all the other mass produced mobiles seem to....the wood really warms it up and gives it more of a handmade feel.
the baby likes it and that's all that matters right?




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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A R T ' S   U P

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just put up some new art in the babes room which goes with the circle theme we have going on.
these fit in some simple white frames from the art store to fill the big white wall over the changing table.




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Sunday, March 2, 2014

B R I L L I A N T   B O O K S

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chris came across this brilliant idea on pinterest somewhere. book storage that's made out of
ikea spice racks. it's a great way to have some book storage that doesnt take up too much space out from the wall...and the books act as their own kind of 'art' that can be constantly changed by rotating which books are featured in front.



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