rounding the corner on our kitchen installation

and some other renovation updates! 



First things first, I wanna talk about Ikea. The magical modular land of everything your home could ever need. Even, a full on kitchen!

We knew from day one of kitchen renovation talk that Ikea cabinets made the most sense for us. After we made a very specific kitchen design, with a lot of modifications to the old layout, and an extra lot of head scratching, using the Ikea cabinet system worked seamlessly for what we needed.

Overall, we are obsessed with how clean and modern everything is looking, but to be the most honest- it's not the easiest process. Robert had his first house-related temper tantrum after his first go around with a 12" cabinet ended with him drilling a screw through the front, and the drawers not lining up at all how they were supposed to. Could this have been avoided? The jury is still out on that one, but we do have some feelings about the process overall. 

In terms of instructions, the diagrams and imagery for the actual cabinet installation was perfect. Literally, no hiccups in that portion occurred. The second/third/fourth steps of the process- which include assembling all the inside organizational units, and cabinet fronts felt overall a little trickier. I'm not sure if it's that they assume you're an old pro by the time you get to assembling the innards of these guys, but the instructions read differently enough, and nuanced enough, that I didn't see a great way to avoid one giant headache at some point during the installation process. These cabinets are endlessly customizable, which I think adds a layer of complication, but on the plus side, we've increased functionality tenfold in this tiny space thanks to their system.

My word to the wise? Do we have some great takeaway? An Ikea hack? Not really. All I can say with confidence from our experience, is trial and error. It is going to take time, and it is certainly going to take a lot of patience, but once you get all of the 9 million pieces in their proper place, it's pretty rewarding to see it come together. Overall I would say if you really like building Ikea furniture to begin with (like Robert does, thankfully) then it's on the low end of overwhelming. If you err on the side of impatient, maybe have a think on if building your own kitchen is the right move for you. At the end of the day for us, everything has been beautifully functional, sturdy, and looks just as we imagined. 

On another note, our appliances made the big leap from our garage, to the kitchen. It's nice to see them in their designated spots, not tucked away in boxes. Our countertops are coming within the next few weeks, and then it'll be time for tile and finish work. 

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All of the hardwoods are *officially* uncovered, and unmistakably beautiful in all of their worn imperfectation. I wrote the little note below on Instagram over the weekend accompanying the photo to the right. I'm mostly planning on ogling these gorgeous floors for the foreseeable future. I've been a real, we'll say stickler, for keeping these floors as close to how they are now as possible. A house built in 1941 has a lot of character, and after redoing and modernizing so much of it, most of that charm from the years past seems to remain here, in these skinny planked pieces of wood. I took a break from staple removing, and noticed that Daisy matches them perfectly. It's these quiet, seemingly insignificant little moments that make my heart go pitter patter, and reinforce that the months of renovating are entirely worth everyone's effort to give this little shoebox of a house a fresh start.

All of the hardwoods are *officially* uncovered, and unmistakably beautiful in all of their worn imperfectation. I wrote the little note below on Instagram over the weekend accompanying the photo to the right.


I'm mostly planning on ogling these gorgeous floors for the foreseeable future. I've been a real, we'll say stickler, for keeping these floors as close to how they are now as possible. A house built in 1941 has a lot of character, and after redoing and modernizing so much of it, most of that charm from the years past seems to remain here, in these skinny planked pieces of wood. I took a break from staple removing, and noticed that Daisy matches them perfectly. It's these quiet, seemingly insignificant little moments that make my heart go pitter patter, and reinforce that the months of renovating are entirely worth everyone's effort to give this little shoebox of a house a fresh start.

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it's all in the details

I type-A'd myself out in a field of marble samples and inevitably, after a lot of back and forth settled on honed carrara marble for our countertops (and yes, I promise that we are *well aware* of how persnickety they are to take care of).  To compliment this, the new kitchen island will be butcher block! 

I type-A'd myself out in a field of marble samples and inevitably, after a lot of back and forth settled on honed carrara marble for our countertops (and yes, I promise that we are *well aware* of how persnickety they are to take care of).  To compliment this, the new kitchen island will be butcher block! 

We chose this Marimekko wallpaper for our side entrance/kitchen entrance! Keeping the theme of black + white wallpaper (we have bunnies going in the bathroom) I'm excited that this will liven up the small hallway as guests enter the kitchen. 

We chose this Marimekko wallpaper for our side entrance/kitchen entrance! Keeping the theme of black + white wallpaper (we have bunnies going in the bathroom) I'm excited that this will liven up the small hallway as guests enter the kitchen. 

I'm obsessed with baths, to a point where I think it sort of freaked Robert out at first, but he totally gets it now. What a gem! So much of a gem, that the bathtub decision was 100% my call, and I was meticulous in my decision making and bathtub testing. 

I'm obsessed with baths, to a point where I think it sort of freaked Robert out at first, but he totally gets it now. What a gem! So much of a gem, that the bathtub decision was 100% my call, and I was meticulous in my decision making and bathtub testing. 

I spent the better part of Sunday scrubbing, sponging, bleaching and making annoyed noises at these windows. I can say in all honesty I don't know if they've ever been washed since they were installed. It took a long time, and I'm still not 100% satisfied with the level of clean that I got them to, but I will say.. each room got about a stop brighter after I finished the deep clean session. 

I spent the better part of Sunday scrubbing, sponging, bleaching and making annoyed noises at these windows. I can say in all honesty I don't know if they've ever been washed since they were installed. It took a long time, and I'm still not 100% satisfied with the level of clean that I got them to, but I will say.. each room got about a stop brighter after I finished the deep clean session. 

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