Monday, August 22, 2011

aqua + red

i decided to step outside of the box this last weekend and paint my home office something other than gray or white.  rob brought home some beautiful cheerful flowers (shown below) a few days ago and it brought just a little life into my office that i decided there needed to be more of.  it took me about 24 hours to digest the colorful change but i'm pretty excited about the direction that this space is now going.  i've always loved the aqua + red combo. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

cabinet update

our refrigerator was looking so sad at the end of our cabinets: slanted (thanks to the settling of the foundation) and lonesome.

i really thought the space around the refrigerator was valuable in our small kitchen, and needed to be used more efficiently.  i designed the cabinet and we hired someone to do the carpentry.  to save a little money on the project, i took on the responsibility of painting the new cabinets and trim after the carpentry portion was complete. 


it's amazing how much storage this added and how much more polished our kitchen looks than before.  the side cubbies are perfect for storing cutting boards, pizza stones, and baking sheets.  the overhead storage works well for large serving platters and small kitchen appliances.

while painting this afternoon, it also gave me the opportunity to clean all the cabinet surfaces, touch up the baseboards, and treat our butcher block counters. things are looking up!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

ordering IKEA in KC

did you happen to see the posts today on design sponge and LGN on the DIY arched bookshelves?  it couldn't have come at a better time for me.  i have been debating bookshelves for my office for several weeks now, trying to decide the best route to take.

jenny took IKEA billy bookshelves and customized them by adding moulding and arches cut out of MDF board.  brilliant.  (i'd expect nothing less of LGN). 

the problem is that kansas city doesn't have an IKEA but thankfully, these shelves are available to order online.  however, my excitement was quickly brought to a halt when i got a shipping quote back of $349. 

i decided to take a chance and do a quick search on craigslist and guess what i discovered?  a local company who specializes in transporting IKEA furniture from the dallas store to kansas city residents at a fraction of the price.  this could be dangerous ...

i'm in the process of placing an order with them, so i'll let you know how it goes.  there is an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on their facebook page which was just the push i needed. 

the little nook in my office will be the perfect spot to achieve this built-in look. 

the larger your order, the smaller the freight, so i couldn't resist in throwing in the kulla ceiling lamp too.

the bookshelves and light fixtures (with freight) are adding up to less than $300.  *happy dance!*

photos from LGN and IKEA