Shine Towards The Sun 

Last week was a pretty busy week I had a dermatologist appointment and had a Vi peel done and not mention I was slammed with allergies! Never suspected that’s what it was since I never had that trouble in the past. But never the less allergy season is upon us and it seems like allergies will be acting up this year is what’s been said! So have your tissues ready! :):) But at least I have plenty to write!

Oh and Happy Earth Day! 🙂

  

I should first begin with updating you on the kitchen remodel! It’s a brand new kitchen! These aren’t the most up to date pictures but I can’t just let it all out at once. Ohh the anticipation! 

 A lot has been done! We are all happy to say the new flooring has been put down. Which was tile! This tile gives a stone appearance with grey and a mix of other light colors. It defently captures stone accurately. This is the look that was wanted because the theme is “cottage” 

When you think of cottage don’t your thoughts bring you back to reading those story books when you were a kid with old cottages? and there you have it. 

 

There is also a dark red AGA oven, black soapstone countertops, white cabinets, and tile back splashes.   

After many tile samples and lots of thought a decision was made! 
You wouldn’t believe all the different types of tiles, patterns, colors and shapes there are out there. It’s pretty amazing how similar tiles can look but until you bring home sample pieces to test them out they can look like something completely different. 

 Here are some tips when choosing to do a tile floor in your kitchen. 

Don’t  jump the gun! Don’t make any quick decisions… And here’s why! 

Take some time to figure out the space you are laying your tile out on. Does the pattern of the tile you want to use make sence for the layout and flow of your kitchen? 

My boyfriend’s parents came up with a great pattern for the tile to follow throughout the room. The pattern incorporates large and smaller cuts of tile. Since the kitchen is a descent sized space the tile pattern fits the flow of the room nicely and also adds a nice funshway. 

Bring home sample pieces and lay them out of the floor. Lighting can be a big game changer on how the tile looks in your kitchen. The lighting in your home and the changes of natural sunlight can affect how the tile is going to look.

Take into consideration how the tile is going to tie in the rest the room and work with the other colors in your kitchen. 

Choosing the right tile for your kitchen can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and atmosphere. 

  

Another important part of tile installation is using the right grout to hold the tile into place. Polyblend was the chosen grout. 

There are a lot of benefits in choosing to use Polyblend grout vs. a cement grout.  Polyblend is durable, produces hard dense joints that resists shrinking, cracking and wear and tear. Polyblend is available in sanded and non-sanded depending on what type of material (and it’s use) you are installing. Polyblend comes is a variety of 48 colors to choose from! #buildgreen #emeraldsystem 

The simple and best explanation in choosing to use Polyblend is it’s high proformance, works better and lasts longer. To find out more information please visit http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/

  

Me personally and I’m sure others may feel the same but, I’m a fan of natural sunlight. 

Not only does the sun play a vital role in all living things everyday lives but it’s also great for energy sufficiency in lighting homes. 

And not to mention what’s better then soaking up those warm rays of sunshine, why not encorperate this into your home?  

Luckily, this house already has plenty of windows all throughout the house. By stepping it up a notch beautiful Andersen glass doors were installed. Adding more natural light and a true charm to the kitchen with the glass detail.  Please click here to find out more about Andersen windows and doors. Here’s how to find out how you can add Andersen to your home. 

http://www.andersenwindows.com
 

Take care xxx Ashley

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What Goes Down Must Come Up

Yes, I know I have Isaac Newton’s law of gravity a bit backwards 🙂 keep in mind though I’m not talking about gravity.

Well I dunno about you but, I’m so ready for spring. Maybe I don’t say it enough but every year I get my early spring itch and I’ll telling ya with this crazy weather I’m ready to say bye bye winter and hello spring! I think there are many of us who feel the same?

I have an appreciation for every season. Each one has it’s own beauty but I have to be honest with you seeing the greenery, plants & flowers blooming and birds chirping plus, not having to leave the house with a million layers on… I’m really so ready. The countdown for spring is on. The first day of spring is on March 20th.

Life is like the changing seasons it never really stays the same. In life we endure highs and lows and we also grow and learn from these experiences. Life is but a grand adventure and we are all trying to find our way.

As of now I’m saying goodbye to apartment life and shifting my attention to other endeavors.

The current theme is kitchen renovation! I can hear all the demo work going on below me as I’m writing to you now. My boyfriend and his family are redoing their kitchen and I’ve been taking little snapshots and pitching in here and there when needed. I can show you the progress they make as each day goes by and everyday is a little different from the last. Watching the transformation and seeing the before and after is all part of the fun.

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I spent one of the days with Jenney packing up the kitchen items into boxes to prepare for the reno. The first day of kitchen renovation was clearing out the kitchen! Out goes the cabinets, counter tops and the stove. So what goes down must come back up 🙂 and it will eventually. The kitchen is already starting to open up. I also wanted to make note that a majority of the items and materials being taken out are being reused! Joy to repurposing and recycling! ((happy dance))

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Now maybe this thought has run across your mind. What the heck do you without a kitchen. Well, it’s called you make do… And a little innovation never hurts either. It’s called the temporary kitchen & coffee breakfast nook station. Now try and say that ten times fast 🙂

So here’s kind of a funny story. For Christmas my dad got me a Nuwave hot plate. I recall opening up my Christmas gift and thinking hmm..when would I be able to use this… Maybe, on a camping trip that would come in pretty handy. What thought did my dad have in mind?? Little did I understand the majestic beauty of what this Nuwave hot plate entailed. The Nuwave has a lot of great features, it’s so easy to use and let me just say this to you.. boiling water will never be the same. Literally, it’s done in the blink of an eye. The moral of this story is you never know when you’ll need a hot plate. I understand. It was a good idea. Thanks dad xxx

The Nuwave and Keurig can be seen on the temporary kitchen & coffee breakfast nook. For meals we have been keeping it simple. Easy to make meals that don’t require a large clean up. Sandwiches, pastas, boiled eggs and salads have been working well. We also have my boyfriends sister who lives next door so, I’m sure she’ll be expecting some visitors 🙂

Here are the links to Nuwave and Keurig to find out more about these products and how they can make a nice addition to your kitchen!

http://www.nuwaveoven.com

http://www.keurig.com

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