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Ikea Kitchens

We’ve officially hit the stressful “oh my gosh how are we going to finish packing all this this” part of moving.  We close on Thursday morning, and although we’ve gotten a lot done, I feel like there is still sooo much left to do.  Yesterday, we literally packed all day.  We set our alarms super early, woke up, started packing, and didn’t do anything besides pack and make trips to our storage unit until about 10pm (at which time, we could hardly make it up the stairs for bed).

Our main goal was to tackle the kitchen, and I just couldn’t believe how much stuff we had in there.  I mean, we’re two people for goodness sake, and we really try not to hang on to things we don’t use regularly.  Regardless, packing up the kitchen was like blowing out a cake full of trick birthday candles – you think you’ve blown them all out, and then much to your despair, one starts to flickr, and before long they’re going strong again.  Yeah, that was us yesterday.  We’d pack one cabinet, only to open the next and be completely overwhelmed by how much more stuff was in that cabinet.

Thankfully, we nearly finished the kitchen, and all of the other rooms are about 80% done.  We know we’ll be able to finish (in reality, we hope to be done by Wednesday so we can clean Wednesday night), we’re both just ready to be done.  It’s also starting to look kind of eerie in here, because our furniture is staying, but most of our decor is gone.  It’s really weird.

On Saturday, we actually took a mini break from packing and popped down to Ikea to take a look at their kitchen cabinets.  I’ve been looking into cabinet options for our new house, and I’ve surprisingly heard a lot of good things about Ikea’s kitchen (which blows my mind because so much from Ikea is so cheaply made).  Well, they were having their semi-annual kitchen sale, where everything was 20%, so I wanted to take a look before it ended in case we wanted to order anything.

Although I was impressed with the actual cabinets themselves (they all have soft close hinges and slides which are amazing) I wasn’t so impressed with their drawers.  The drawers themselves had a metal-like side, which to me, made them feel really cheap.  Noel wasn’t bothered by it at all, and it hasn’t completely swayed my decision not to use them for our cabinets, but I wasn’t too thrilled when I saw it.

Regardless of their drawer situation, look at how gorgeous some of these Ikea kitchens are:

Do any of you have an Ikea kitchen?  What do you think of it if you do?  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

client project: kitchen reveal

I know, I know, I’m a neglectful blogger.  So I’ll try to make it up to you all by giving you something really juicy today: a kitchen reveal!  I haven’t taken “final” photos yet, but you’ll at least be able to see how it all came together.

A few weeks ago, I talked about the progress we were making in this kitchen.  I won’t bore those of you who are faithful readers, so if you missed the post, you can go back and read it here.

In the rest of the house, there are stunning original wood floors.  As you can see in the before picture, there was some pretty ugly linoleum making itself at home in the kitchen before I got there.  So we peeled it back, saw wood floors underneath, crossed our fingers, and hoped for the best.

After ripping up nearly all of the linoleum, right when the homeowners got to the end of the floor, they uncovered a big patch where the hardwood floors were damaged, meaning we wouldn’t be able to save the originals.  
We knew from the beginning we might not be able to save them, and if that was the case, our backup plan had been to just put tile in the kitchen.  We even went to the extent of picking out tile, but right before we pulled the trigger, we decided to look into how much it would cost to have the hardwood floors repaired.  
Because of how they were damaged, it would have cost almost the same amount to repair the floors as it would to just replace them altogether.  So, we decided to switch gears and have new hardwood floors put in.  And let me tell you, they look just like the originals.  We love them.  Are you guys ready for the afters?  Let’s take one more look at the before:
…and after:
At the beginning we were a little apprehensive when it came to running wood floors into the kitchen, as we didn’t want the floors to be too matchy-matchy with the cabinets.  However, once we put rugs in the space, it will help to break up all the wood. 
Here’s one more look at the end result.  I can’t wait to get back there, do some final tweaking/accessorizing, and take final images so I can show you guys the gorgeousness that is the detail of that backsplash.  Up close, it’s absolutely stunning.  


If you live in a small space, furniture arranging can be tricky.  Sometimes, even though the spaces are small, you’re left with large, expansive walls, and when you hang photos on them, they seem to drown. Enter: mirrors.  Putting mirrors on the walls helps to fill the space, and make it feel larger by reflecting light.  Unfortunately, we all know the harsh truth: large mirrors = lots of money.

So, instead of splurging on a huge mirror to fill your space, hit up your local antique shop, buy several smaller mirrors, and create a collage.  I’m obsessed with this idea because the collage will cost WAY less than large mirrors, and it has a fun, eclectic, collected feel.  But don’t take my word for it…see for yourself:

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