Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of coffee and get inspired with

me on this weeks Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a Monday Morning Coffee. I love doing them, so I am excited to start back up at it. It is always so nice to be able to share what has been inspiring me. I always think browsing the internet and Pinterest on Monday morning is such a great way to ease into the work week. I like to take my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online, so take a look at what I’ve been into this morning.

One:As you may know, I announced last week that my husband and I are expecting a little baby coming this summer. We are over the moon excited. Last fall we moved from the East Coast to Ohio, leaving behind my friends and family. Being so far from everyone makes it very hard for my family to plan a surprise baby shower for me. Therefore, I am being involved in some of the planning to make it a little easier on everyone. I found these adorable invitations from MyPrintableArts Etsy shop. I purchased them last week and Helen was amazing to work with. I was able to customize them slightly to include a little more information. I can’t wait for them to arrive! They are just so cute!

Two:Our new house in Ohio has a very pretty screened in porch out back that I’ve done absolutely nothing to.. It has slate floors and a big fireplace just like this pretty inspiration from Linda McDougald via Traditional Home. I love the large outdoor dining table, which is perfect for a nice meal on a beautiful summer night. I just love how soft, inviting and neutral this space feels. Its simply timeless! Maybe I’ll try to tackle the screened in porch in the spring….

Three:Again with the baby fever. I’d say I’m sorry but I honestly can not help myself. I adore this soft pink and grey nursery featured on Inspired By This. Its girly, but not childish- which seems to be the perfect direction for a nursery to me. I am totally stealing the idea to frame family heirloom baby clothing- In fact I’ve already texted my mom and mother-in-law to be on the hunt when doing any spring cleaning!

Four:  Holy cow, guys! Did you know Ikea just launched a new Gift Registry program? New home, wedding, baby or going to college- register with Ikea for anything in the store! Its available at every brick and mortar location as well as online making it super easy. You must be a friends and family member to start one- but that is free and simple to do as well. Happy scanning, people!

Five: Last but not least- how sweet is this “I have a fuzzy Daddy” onesie by House Of Luna Boutique?! My husband takes great pride in his beard, so I had to get this for our little bundle of joy. It came in no time at all and it is great quality. They print on Carter’s brand Onesies, which tend to run small. You might need to size up, but I am loving this shops punny stuff!

That’s all the stuff I’ve been digging this morning. Thanks for looking around and talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Oh Baby! We’re Expecting!

Wow! It has been a while since I’ve been blogging. When I did my last post back in December, I was thinking I’d be signing off for the Holidays.. little did I know what life had in store for us!

After months of trying, countless ovulation tests and a lot of emotions I found out that my body just wasn’t ovulating on a monthly cycle. Finally we made an appointment to see a fertility doctor that can give me medicines to force my body to ovulate every month as it should. At my very first appointment with the fertility doctor to start the treatments, I got some very unexpected news. They told me I was pregnant! We had gotten pregnant on our own and the baby was just a few days old. I called my husband who rushed over to the doctors office. We had a sonogram that day and saw the little bundle of cells that would become our baby.

What a whirl wind experience that day was! A few weeks later we shared our exciting news with our family on Christmas morning and couldn’t be happier. It was so exciting to see my mom and dad’s face as this will be their very first grandbaby! A few sonograms and doctors appointments later we decided to share the news with the rest of our family and friends on Valentine’s Day. My sister-in-law was amazing and came by our house to snap some photos for our announcement while I was 14 weeks along. I am so happy with the results and treasure each and every photo.

I picked up this little chalk board heart in the dollar section of Target. I loved the heart shape as a little ode to our announcement going out on Valentine’s Day! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the little “Oh Baby!”. If you do not have a Cameo, you can order letters similar to ours from here or here. I used the Cameo again to make the t-shirt transfers of the baby’s due date and the “We can’t wait to meet you!”. It was a simple project but made for some great photos! This Etsy store has a similar pre-made one here.

I made our official announcement with Minted.com. They are so easy to use and I love their designs. I have most of my contacts in their system so they pre-address all of my envelopes for me, which is a life saver! I really am always so happy with the quality using Minted. This is the design for you to create your own!

The first trimester was hard. Harder than I expected.. and I wasn’t even that sick. the thing that got me was how TIRED I was. All of the time, everything just took it out of me. I could barely keep up with work and house chores, let alone have enough stamina to write a few blog posts. There was no creative things happening around my house, and I was in bed by 8:00pm every night.

Now that I am in my second trimester, and feeling more like myself, I am so ready to get back into things! I am so sorry for my long break. Get ready for more house posts, some maternity fashion and baby posts coming your way really soon!

Thank you so much for sticking by me and the blog. We are feeling so blessed and excited for this new journey!

Until Next time,

Ashley

 

Back at it!

Good morning!

First and foremost- I’ve missed you! I never intended to take almost two months off from blogging, but sometimes life has other plans for you.

I had all of these plans to share Christmas decor ideas and tips, to show you photos of the progress on our new(ish) house, and tons of fun winter outfit ideas… but we’ve experienced some major life changes that have gotten in the way over the last few weeks. We are not quite ready to share whats been going on but I am ready to start back at it again. While I have been absent in posting, I’ve been working some behind the scenes to fix minor issues on the blog and work towards a slightly updated look. I’ll have some new and great content for you guys soon. Thank you so much for sticking by me and being so patient with me lack of posts. It is really appreciated!

Until Next time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of coffee and get inspired with

me on this weeks rendition of Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Its always a little bit more of a struggle to wake up on a Monday morning for me. I like to ease into my work week by taking my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online. I’ve been thinking- instead of just inspiring me to get moving on the work week, I’d like to start sharing my Monday Morning Coffee routine with you too. So, grab your cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing.. ) and settle in for my new weekly series “MMC”. Plus its Cyber Monday so I am sharing some deals I am cashing in on today too!

One:actually-ashley-erin-fetherstonliving-roomOne King’s Lane is featuring New York City based fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s beautiful and serene home in LA. I am totally loving on the tone-on-tone white and grey color palette. I am also really loving her rug layering! You have to see the rest of this amazing house!

Two:actually-ashley-bar-cart-inspirationI am styling my living room bar cart for the holidays this week and have been browsing around for some inspiration. I am totally loving on this clean and simple styling of this bar cart! I’ve decided to corral all of my booze onto a tray just like this one for my holiday season.

Three:actually-ashley-cyber-monday-it-cosmeticsI have been a long time fan of IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. It is a super light “everyday” sort of foundation that won’t cake and lasts me all day. It also has SPF 50 so it is a win-win! On Cyber Monday IT Cosmetics is offering 20% off all of their online purchases over $35 with promo code ITSHINES35. I’ve also heard amazing things about the Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream and the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. Today is a great chance to stock up on my favorites as well as try some new products!

Four:actually-ashley-wreath-mantel-one-kings-laneCheck out this cute little read about how to incorporate more fresh greenery into your home for the Holidays. I am loving this wreath collage! What a easy and quick way to spice up any wall in your home for very little cost. Love it.

Five:actually-ashley-kelsey-kloset-scarfI know I shared this in my last post, but seriously you guys- I really like this scarf. I’ve teamed up with Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique to give you guys 10% off your entire purchase using coupon code AshleyLovesKKB at checkout. I’ve already purchased two of these blanket scarves in other colors- they should arrive any day now! Kelsey’s Kloset is a small boutique store which offers such cute seasonal items- please help support small business too on Cyber Monday 🙂

 Six:actually-ashley-wayfair-black-fridayLast but not least- Wayfair has some SERIOUS deals going on right now. Like this beautiful Upholstered Headboard for just $165.99 and this AMAZING grey and white mosaic tile (that would make a killer kitchen backsplash or shower tile for $4.27 a square foot! Browse around the rest of Wayfair’s sales for some crazy deals!

What good Cyber Monday deals are you taking advantage of today? Leave a comment so I can join in on the shopping fun too!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

How to style a blanket scarf

 How to style a blanket scarf four different ways plus coupon code to buy one for yourself!


This post was sponsored by Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique, but as always, all opinions are completely my own. As a thank you for reading, we are happy to offer you 10% off of your Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique purchase using coupon code AshleyLovesKKB

Good Morning Lovies!

It has been getting colder and colder here in Ohio. I’ve finally caved in and pulled out all of my winter clothing. I always try to hold onto my summer goods until the absolute last minute, but man, it been so chilly that I finally caved. While I hate giving up on my short sleeves and dresses, I must admit I am excited to get layering!

 I’ve recently found an amazing boutique clothing store in Baltimore, Maryland that has such great pieces called Kelsey’s Kloset. If you’re not in the Baltimore area, have no fear! They have an amazing online store too! Winter clothing is so great because in my opinion the more layers you add, the better the look. One easy layer to add to just about any outfit is a good scarf. Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique sent me one of their brand new blanket scarfs and I am head of heels in love with it. I wanted to share it with you and show you four simple ways I’ve been incorporating it into my winter wardrobe!actually-ashley-blanket-scarft-style-four-ways-coverLook Number One: actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-drape-shawMy first look is a blanket scarf draped over my shoulders like a shawl.  This is by-far the easiest style, and is so simple to do! Simply fold the blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Drape the triangle over your shoulders for a casual look. Another great style tip- try tying the ends in front of your body for a slightly more polished version (this also helps to prevent the scarf from slipping or moving!)

Look Number Two:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-wrapThis second look is a timeless classic. Like the shawl style, fold your blanket scarf in half into a large triangle. Place the center of the triangle at the nape of your neck. Wrap the ends around your neck, and allow them to fall towards the front. I like to “Fluff” my scarf so it lays in a nicer shape. I like to separate the center of the triangle after wrapping it to show more layers.

Look Number Three:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-style-traditional-tuck-ends Like the traditional style before, wrap your large folded triangle around your neck just like look number two. Instead of allowing the ends to flow freely, tuck them under for a more tailored look! You can also loosely tie the ends underneath to prevent them from becoming visible.

Look Number Four:actually-ashley-blanket-scarf-infinity-styleI am a sucker for a good infinity scarf- and you can transform any normal scarf into one! Start this one with the large triangle. Slowly start at the tip and loosely roll until you get to the end. Wrap the scarf around your neck twice. Tie the ends into a small knot to secure. Tuck the knot under the other layers to hide it! Voila- Infinity Scarf!

What do you think! All four ways are so simple but create different looks. Don’t have a blanket scarf? No worries, Kelsey’s Kloset Boutique is offering all of my readers 10% off of their entire purchase. Yes, that is your ENTIRE purchase- not just blanket scarfs! Use the code AshleyLovesKKB at check out! Be sure to check out their other goodies!actually-ashley-kelsey-kloset-coupon-code-bannerHow do you style your blanket scarf? Be sure to share photos of yourself in your scarf on Instagram and tag @actuallyashleyblogs and @kelseysklosetboutique for a chance to be featured this upcoming week!  I can’t wait to see the fun styles you guys come up with!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a big cup of coffee and get some inspiration with

me on this weeks Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Its always a little bit more of a struggle to wake up on a Monday morning for me. I like to ease into my work week by taking my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online. I’ve been thinking- instead of just inspiring me to get moving on the work week, I’d like to start sharing my Monday Morning Coffee routine with you too. So, grab your cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing.. ) and settle in for my new weekly series “MMC”.

One:Actually-Ashley-MMC-Fall-Wood-SignHow adorable is this little sign?! Jessi from Cheerfully Creative makes some pretty adorable things, but this sign is one of my favorites for fall. At just $38 this would make a really sweet (and easy) hostess gift for Thanksgiving! I think this might be perfect for our front porch, I might need to scoop one up! I can’t wait to see more goodies pop up in her etsy shop!

Two:Actually-Ashley-MMC-Xmas-Tree-BlueI know, I know.. Its not even Thanksgiving and I’m sharing Christmas decor! But, I mean, come one! Traditional Home is KILLING IT with this stunning living room.We have a lot of navy blue and white in our new home, and I am struggling to come up with a design plan for Christmas that doesn’t include red. Not that I do not like red for the holidays, but I just do not see it in our house this year. This beautiful home designed by Amy Morris incorporates layers of lavender and blue even for the holiday season.  I’m loving this inspiration!

Three:actually-ashley-mmc-art-one-kings-laneOne King’s Lane shared this really great article about creating art displays and curating art in your own home. The entire article is great and packed full of tips and tricks from the experts but one of my favorite tips was thinking outside of the box when it comes to artwork. Art expert Elizabeth framed some well loved textiles to create unique artwork:

“When I showed Elizabeth all our art, I’d included a gathering of antique Mexican textiles inherited from a very dear cousin who had often traveled through Mexico. These included traditional needlepoint blouses, one of which I’d always passed by on the way into my cousin’s kitchen. Elizabeth suggested framing a pair of these blouses and using them to flank the watercolor in our bedroom. This way, she said, “the textiles will make this a mixed-media wall, so it will have a whole new texture. They won’t compete with the painting, but their colors will highlight its softer colors.” I have some silk scarfs that I collected from travels in Europe when I was younger. I would love to take them out of their box and have them on display in our house- but I’ll need to dust them off first!

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If you’ve been following along with me and the house on Instagram you’d know I had electricians in last week to do some major work. I shared a sneak peak of our new dining room lights on my story- and so many of you reached out wondering where they were from so I thought I’d share with you! Previously I shared my favorite pendant lights and included these beauties with you, but unfortunately they are currently out of stock from Wayfair. However, I did find these similar ones for you here, here and here. If you’re trying to find my exact same ones they are from a company called Mercana and called The Anknoul III Light in natural wood and metal. They are 22″ in diameter and have an adjustable hang height (I hung mine 58″ off of the floor). I could not be happier with them! I’m going to share a lighting update this week so I’ll make sure to update you on everything else then!

Five:actually-ashley-mmc-how-to-hang-a-layered-gallery-wall-6492Last but not least, Alicia from A Burst Of Beautiful shares this surprisingly simple way to create a layered gallery wall. I absolutely love how layering the frames add so much dimension and interest to what would otherwise be a very typical gallery wall. Well done my friends, well done!

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to follow along on Instagram for more house updates!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Professional Design: Majesty West Model

Wow! You have to see this Crisp and Clean Model Home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia


Good Morning! I have such a fun house to share with you today! If you’re new around here, let me fill you in! I work as an interior designer for a large design firm in Washington DC called P[Four]. We design several different types of projects from commercial spaces, multi family, and offices- but our specialty is designing Model Homes for builders along the Eastern Seaboard.  Over the summer I designed this beautiful townhouse built by MI Homes in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. My firm P[Four] really knocked it out of the park with this one. Majesty West is a four story stunner with two roof top patios, beautiful details and crisp white walls. I am so happy with how the project turned out and hope you love it as much as I do! Photographer Maxine Schnitzer took some amazing photos of the Majesty West Model and I’m happy to share them with you now:

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“We like to cook so we like the huge kitchen island and lots of prep space,” she said. The 10-foot-long marble island is designed with the waterfall feature, meaning the marble top falls to the floor. The microwave is hidden behind a cabinet door with a swing-up hinge. Ceiling lights are recessed, and the ceiling is pre-wired for a sound system. A little alcove houses a pantry, utility closet and powder room. Double-hung windows are large and let in lots of natural light. “Even on cloudy days it’s bright inside,” said Pam Swartz, new home consultant with Prime Building Advantage”

I hope you like Maxine Schnitzer’s photos of one of my favorite designs I worked on this year. I can not wait to share some more homes from my professional portfolio soon!

Until Next Time,
Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Drink your cup of coffee and get some inspiration with me on this weeks Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Happy Halloween Friends! I am traveling for work this week which has already been a bit crazy!

Its always a little bit more of a struggle to wake up on a Monday morning for me. I like to ease into my work week buy taking my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online. I’ve been thinking- instead of just inspiring me to get moving on the work week, I’d like to start sharing my Monday Morning Coffee routine with you too. So, grab your cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing.. ) and settle in for my new weekly series “MMC”.

One:navyblushandgoldlivingroombystudiomcgeeStudio McGee has been one to watch for a while. I am constantly oogling their Instagram feed. Shea and Syd are a beautiful couple with two adorable kids and a lot of ambition. They started their own design firm and it has really taken off- for good reason.. I love all of Studio McGee’s designs and find a lot of inspiration from them. They recently launched a new online store which has all kinds of goodies. I just purchased two of their watercolor floral pillows for my living room and absolutely LOVE them. Be sure to check out their site, its so good!

Two:lisa-mendes-traditional-home-show-houseI was flipping though an old copy of Traditional Home Magazine this morning and stumbled upon this beautiful kitchen from the 2015 Junior League of High Point Designer Showhouse. Interior Designer Lisa Mende did this stunning black and white kitchen. That wallpapered ceiling! That oversized hardware! An orchid on a blue and white bowl! Brass accents! There is so much to love in this mix of modern and traditional. Be sure to check out more designs from this fun showhouse too!

Three:37677036_026_bHow cute is this little shelf! It would be darling in a kids bedroom. I really love the little brass details at the bottom of the rope. It is a tad pricy at $108.00 but if you’re feeling crafty I bet you could make a DIY version for way less.

Four:gender-neutral-nursery_plaid_masculine_feminine_modern_graphic_black_white_cream_wood_simple_modern_1500-1024x653I’ve been a big fan of Emily Henderson for a loonnngg time. While her taste is more mid century for me- I respect her as a designer and lets face it, she is funny as hell. I loved watching her show on HGTV (rip) and I read her book Styled from cover to cover. Emily has started a new series on her blog where she is getting down to the nitty-gritty and designing really affordable rooms. Like really affordable. I love this gender neutral nurseryfor under $1,500.00. Thats really good, man! Kudos to Emily!

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davidson-tufted-headboard-52030-746Lastly, I just wanted to share this fun Wayfair find with you! I ordered this tufted wingback headboard for our guest bedroom and it just arrived. Look, for $235 bucks I wasn’t expecting much bit boy am I pleasantly surprised! This headboard is so great and had a really pretty nailhead detail on the sides. It is seriously beautiful! Plus it was easy to put together so that is always a win!

Thanks so stopping by and checking out what has been getting me going this morning! Tune in every Monday for my new inspiration series Monday Morning Coffee- Or follow the hashtag #ActuallyAshleyMMC on Instagram

Until Next Time!

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Drink your cup of joe and get inspired with things that got my attention this week on MMC.


Transitioning from weekend to weekday is hard. Its always a little bit more of a struggle to wake up on a Monday morning for me. I like to ease into my work week buy taking my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online. I’ve been thinking- instead of just inspiring me to get moving on the work week, I’d like to start sharing my Monday Morning Coffee routine with you too. So, grab your cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing.. ) and settle in for my new weekly series “MMC”.

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You have to click through Sean Anderson’s beautiful interior design portfolio. He creates stunning spaces that fuse together layers of textures, natural elements and just­ the right mix of old and new that is timeless. His portfolio seems to have two main styles to it: light and airy spaces or moody masculine rooms.. and I am totally digging both.

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This really playful printable from InstandTreds Etsy store would be so perfect in a bathroom or framed near a makeup vanity. Insert the crying laughing emoji here!

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Check out Julia from Cuckoo4Design’s helpful video on how to create your own DIY abstract artwork! She makes it seem so do-able and easy that this might be on my to-do list this winter!

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I am taking a lesson in pattern mixing and bold color combos from this fun designer portfolio! Sarah Bartholomew combines several different design styles and lots of fun to make a very unique combination that I am really loving!

Thanks for stopping by! Talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Kitchen Update

Good Morning!

Thanks for checking back with me on the progress of our new home. We moved in over a month ago now, I can hardly believe it. September came and went in the blink of an eye.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on the progress of our living room. It is nowhere near done, but it feels so good to see how far it has come over the last month! today I wanted to give you an update on how our kitchen is coming along. Remember, these photos are not going to be cute or pin worthy. Please don’t judge me!

We stayed in our house with the previous owners over the summer for a few days so they could show us around the area. They have been so wonderful to us and so very welcoming. Here is our kitchen before when we stayed with them (Sorry for the humans, they didn’t realize they’d be featured on the blog):

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I knew right off the bat that I wanted to paint the cabinets. The dark wood with the dark counters felt so… dark. It needed to be lightened up a bit. I also hated the bulkheads. Especially the one floating in mid air above the countertop. I knew if we painted the bulkhead and the cabinets the same color throughout the rest of the kitchen it would make the ceilings feel taller without having the cost of buying new cabinets (aka the big bucks). We took on the task of painting these babies ourselves. Huge shoutout to my mom who lost a week of her life painting these with me- I love you, you’re the best. dsc_0562 dsc_0561We started by making a huge mess on the counters removing the doors and drawer fronts. We laid them all out on the porch to sand and paint separately. We sanded each with 220 grit sandpaper then washed them with TSP. We propped the doors up on 2×4 so we could paint the edges. dsc_0593We decided to use the same bonding primer on the cabinets that we used on the walls. It took 3 coats of primer and 2-3 costs of paint to get the dark wood fully covered. dsc_0583 dsc_0585I also took this as my chance to remove said bulkhead above the counter, rip out the cabinets and bulkhead above the stove and take out the backsplash beadboard… and really piss off my husband. We’d decided to paint and not do anything else for a bit. I got ahead of myself on this one.  dsc_0589Its not pretty, but its progress. The kitchen looks amazing with the cabinets painted white and even kept the same hardware. dsc_0612I want to add a decorative range hood over the stove top, with floating shelves on either side to house our every-day-dishes. This is the closest thing I could find that kind of get the idea across:Floating Shelves, Concrete Counters, and Marble Herringbone Backsplash || Studio McGee:

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So now the debate is on to find the right backsplash tile that has the look we want but the price point we can afford. I picked up a few options from Lowe’s and Home Depot. img_8752I love the look of the white/grey marble mosaics but these four options got the boot because they all run from $10-$15 per square foot. We’ve got some ground to cover so that number has to be cut in half, yikes.

dsc_0613These two options are from Floor and Décor. They are between $6-$9 per square foot but are much smaller scale than the pervious options. It hard to tell but the actual individual tiles are less than 2 inches long x .5 inches. It seems so tiny on such a huge wall.

I’ve ordered a few more choices. I’ll hopefully find one that is perfect in both style and price here shortly!So that is where we are at!

We still need to:

  • Build a DIY faux range hood with under mount light. The stove top has a built in fan so we do not need it to be anything more than pretty
  • Find and install the marble mosaic backsplash.
  • Hang new light fixtures. I’ve had two electricians in here this week to get me quotes. I’d like to add some recess lights and hang oversized pendants over the “island”.
  • Find and install a new faucet. I’d like something a little bit more modern-farmhouse style
  • Long term: Replace counter tops and install a farmhouse sink. That will have to wait a few more years.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the progress on the kitchen. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Right?!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

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