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01-10-2018

Plans for 2018

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!  I hope all of you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday!  In early December, we hosted our annual holiday soiree, which is always a blast.  This year was our biggest blow out yet, around 70 people, many of whom were kids.  I’m a little Type A and controlling specific about the food and drink so we make almost everything ourselves.  Though I strategically ask a few close friends to bring certain dishes to help out.  They know I’m nuts and love me anyway.  

Here’s a peek at the dining room while we were setting up.

Pioneer Woman’s drip beef
Martha’s mac and cheese x1.5
Blue cheese and black pepper gougeres
Cocktails meatballs
Sauteed hericot verts with shallots, garlic and lemon zest
Fall salad with roast butternut squash, walnuts, apples, blue cheese and maple/mustard dressing
Crudites with green goddess dip
Cold cut platter

Serious Eats’ Pilgrim Punch x2
Lots more…

My attempt at baking.  Not sure I’d use this gingerbread cake recipe again (no eggs in the batter made it super dense) but it sure was pretty.

Needless to say, the party is a ton of work…but totally worth it.  It’s our gift to our friends who give us so much all year and I love hearing that people look forward to it and have a ton of fun.  Music to my ears.  I’ll shred 12 cups of cheese and spend way too much on booze for you fools any day.

After the mayhem of the party, we coasted through the rest of 2017 and had a very chill and lovely Christmas and New Year.  Anyways, now seemed a good time to jump back on the old blog, in part because Blue Host just charged my CC for another year of hosting.  And….I missed you weirdos.  AND we have a ton on the docket for 2018 including a full remodel of our kitchen!!!!  Finally!

Here it is, in all it’s original cabinets with 7 coats of paint glory.

Don’t be fooled – these cabinets are absolute shite.  The upper cabinets are unusually shallow, like around 11 inches, and have a lip in the back that makes them even more shallow.  They’re also a ridiculous 13″ off the counter so it’s impossible to work under them.  But then the bottom cabinets are weirdly deep.  It’s like Narnia, where pots and pans and colanders get lost but somehow I haven’t come across James McAvoy.  (What the smoke show???)

Oh and the cabinets are chipping paint like it’s their job.  You’re all thinking, Jesus you cooked all that food for the party in here?  Gross.  Thanks for the possible lead poisoning.

The stove wall.  That skinny cabinet next to the stove is an IRONING BOARD.  I mean, we all want our freshly laundered clothes to marinate in cooking smells, amirite?  1950 did not play when it came to multi-tasking.

The view the other way.  Hi mudroom – you’re so pretty.

And the final wall….the fridge side.  I hope you like melons and radishes and yellow Disco wallpaper peeking out underneath.  And beneath that are pink painted walls and then yellow painted walls.

Prepare yourselves for an epic level of scary archaeology when we demo this room.  Really the only thing that’ll soothe my nerves is ironing my husband’s dress shirts while frying something on the stove.  That’s my church.

So the plan is….everything, basically.  Soup to nuts.  Ripping up the old floor, laying new hardwood, finishing the hardwood on site.  Getting rid of the old cabinets.  Installing actual lighting, backsplash, open shelves.  And we’re doing all the work ourselves, which is terrifying.  So please send prayers.  And Xanax.  And wine.  And a marriage counselor.

Since I’ve already embarrassed myself with those poorly lit photos, I’ll go a step further and give you a peek at my Powerpoint moodboard for the kitchen.

The main takeaways are:
open shelves on either side of the sink window
an airy stove wall with sconces flanking the hood
vintage pendant over the sink
white, marble, pops of color
green table-like kitchen island

Another spot in the house that I NEED to finish this year (I mean this month) is the upstairs landing.

Lots to be painted.  Aren’t you glad the previous owners painted those 48 balusters a muddy green color?  (insert middle finger emoji)

What else, what else….anyways, lots of little projects and tweaks in 2018, as you would expect.  Though the kitchen will gobble up most (*cough* all) of our house project loot.

Two other big things….our brave and amazing 9 year old daughter applied for a scholarship to go to sleepaway camp for two weeks in the Adirondacks.  Fingers crossed she gets it!

We’re also going to Ogunquit, Maine for a week-long family reunion and I cannot wait.  OGT!

Lots to come in 2018!  Obviously I’ll be documenting the whole kitchen saga on the blog, so we can cry and pull our hair out together.

Stay tuned!

12-18-2015

vintage christmas

I lived with my grandparents growing up and our house was a bit of a time capsule, so it’s no surprise that I love vintage Christmas decorations, music and movies.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s album White Christmas is still one of my favorites.  If I hear the song “Baby what you goin’ to be”, I’m instantly teary-eyed and missing my grandparents so much it hurts.

Somehow we always had the branchiest, most retro-shaped Christmas trees too.  Take a gander at one of ours from the 1980’s.  That’s right, we were still rocking the tinsel which had to be carefully removed each year and saved in an old shoe box.

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Here are the things that make my vintage Christmas heart all happy.

Putz houses

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Pink christmas trees

luellaluella and june

pinktobi fairley

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Winter paint by number scenes

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winteretsy

Faux snow globes

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snowunder the sycamore

Bottlebrush Trees

hulahula seventy

Tinsel….anything

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On Christmas Eve you can find us in front of the fire, wrapping presents and watching It’s a Wonderful Life.  This year I’m hoping to stay awake long enough to see the ending.  What?  I’m old.

Are you guys vintage Christmas fans?  If not, what’s your holiday decorating style?

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10-07-2014

Slightly spooky and New England-y Halloween decor

Since our house is on the market, I didn’t want to go crazy with Halloween or fall decorations this year.  But September – December is our favorite time of year around here and obviously the kids love Halloween, so we pulled the decorations bin out of the attic. I moved some of this stuff around just for the photos because the kids have their own ideas about how this stuff should be arranged.  I’m teaching brainwashing them well.

We don’t have a fireplace so the shelf above the radiator in our dining room serves as a mantel.

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