Kitchenspiration

*UPDATE*

While wrestling with comments/feedback (can you tell I’m a blogging newbie?), I missed these emails about my Kitchenspiration post:

‘Watching! :)’ from Darlene

‘I kinda like the white. I think you’ll love it—it won’t show crumbs! Ha!’ from Jamie

‘I would probably choose the Umbo White, it has a lot of interest and sparkle, without competing with your things. However if you don’t want to be as “safe” and if your things are kept on the table, on shelves, or in a cabinet, versus ON the counter itself, then it won’t compete as much to use the Emerald Coast, and may be just the right accent. Either way, they’re both lovely.’ from Marina

and

‘I like the top one. What did you decide on?’ from Glenda

Thanks for your feedback ladies! Very helpful :-). I’m leaning toward Umbo White — as much as I love Emerald Coast, I’m afraid it might limit me in the future. What do you think? What about Emerald Coast for my bathrooms instead, so that it’s in a smaller space? Hmmm, decisions, decisions…

I love, love, LOVE sea glass! And we love the colors and style of the coastal region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Those things are the inspiration for much of the look I hope to achieve for our new/old house. I’m sold on using recycled glass from Vetrazzo for my countertops; now the question is whether to go with Emerald Coast (lots of lovely soft green, and a bit of blue, “float glass”, mixed with oyster shells from the Carolina coast and Georgia white marble) or Umbo White (basically the same without the green/blue glass colors). With that in mind, here’s the color palette I’m planning for my kitchen. Which countertop color would you choose?

Emerald Coast countertop material.
Emerald Coast countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.

Thanksgiving indeed

I’m thankful for this little adventure we’ve gotten ourselves into, and can’t wait to see how it turns out! Demolition of the interior of the house is underway; pictures to come. In the meantime, let’s eat some TURKEY and spend time with family.

Oh, and comments are finally working. Leave one if you feel the urge! If you’ve commented in the past, they didn’t stick — I’d love to hear from you again.

I’ll leave you with Big G showing Ivy the farm. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Big G's farm buddy.
Big G’s farm buddy.

SOLD!

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I had an unexpected afternoon off on Thursday with nothing planned, so I decided to photograph all the junk lounging in my currently unused second floor and post it on Craigslist. My first sale? The horrendously heavy, brokendown old sleeper sofa in the bonus room! It was a little bittersweet, having grown up with my girls and been the scene of countless sleepovers, movie nights, homework all-nighters, convos with best friends, and more. But, it was the first step in preparing to actually MOVE in a few months. And to think, those nice people actually paid ME $25 for the privilege of hauling that behemoth away!!! Work your magic Craigslist; help me unload the rest of my stuff. I’ll be saving the money I make from this project for something special for the cottage.

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Kitchenspiration

I love, love, LOVE sea glass! And we love the colors and style of the coastal region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Those things are the inspiration for much of the look I hope to achieve for our new/old house. I’m sold on using recycled glass from Vetrazzo for my countertops; now the question is whether to go with Emerald Coast (lots of lovely soft green, and a bit of blue, “float glass”, mixed with oyster shells from the Carolina coast and Georgia white marble) or Umbo White (basically the same without the green/blue glass colors). With that in mind, here’s the color palette I’m planning for my kitchen. Which countertop color would you choose?

Emerald Coast countertop material.
Emerald Coast countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.

A bit of before

As promised, a few pictures from Saturday’s work day. Mike has some good (bad?) before photos; I’ll post them when I get them loaded on my computer. These kids — my niece Abbye and my nephew Austin — had a blast playing with the old croquet set they found in the attic after a hard afternoon of helping us clean up. Abbye’s work shots might be posed, just a little ;-). She demanded photo approval; I had very strict guidelines that I had to adhere to. Apologies to Austin for not getting photos of him hard at work loading trash into the truck and hauling stuff out of the attic — next time!

Fireplace corner with lace curtain -- that Abbye took home for her room, and possibly for a future wedding veil
Fireplace corner with lace curtain — that Abbye took home for her room, and possibly for a future wedding veil
Garage cleaning time!
Garage cleaning time!
Guy talk about roofing and foundations and things I'm no good at, so I took pictures instead. Thanks to Doug Mack for his expert advice and to my brother Bobby for his truck!
Guy talk about roofing and foundations and things I’m no good at, so I took pictures instead. Thanks to Doug Mack for his expert advice and to my brother Bobby for his truck!
Croquet, sort of!
Croquet, sort of!

Work day Zero

I want to show you what attracted us to this place: the beautiful area it’s located in. I was so busy working that I forgot to get many shots of the actual labor (I’ll post a couple later, along with some “before” photos), but there’ll be lots of those to come! In the meantime, enjoy Tennessee in the fall…

Down the hill -- next turn is our road!
Down the hill — next turn is our road!
This beautiful field is the first thing you see on our road.
This beautiful field is the first thing you see on our road.
In the middle of the field.
In the middle of the field.
The creek that gives the cottage it's name, as seen from the slab bridge crossing it.
The creek that gives the cottage it’s name, as seen from the slab bridge crossing it.
Glorious fall color.
Glorious fall color.
Next stop, the cottage!
Next stop, the cottage!
We're here!
We’re here!