kitchen update!!!

You know it pays to have designers as friends.  One of my college friends, Kirsten, works at a tile showroom in Charlotte and has helped me select my backsplash.  I can select tile but it is really the tile showroom designer who does the tile layout and figures out how it all works out.  I mean you have to think about all the little details which is why you keep people like Kirsten in your life to point all these details out to you.  Thanks KK!

In early 2012 I will replace the backsplash to this crackle finish subway tile. It is gorgeous and timeless which is what I am looking for.
Plus I get a friends discount!  Holla!  Now on to the cabinets....

   My in-laws came up the weekend before last and added molding to the top of our cabinets which maybe took 3 hours.  Such a difference {imagine it painted and how it will all look like one piece instead of an add on}. 

 the flat bottom on this type of molding allowed for easy installation
he used a piece of wood to reinforce it
{please excuse the nasty popcorn ceiling!!!}

He also added a piece of wood to the bottom of our cabinets so we can now add under cabinet lighting.  Yay!

 the light is now hidden and wired to a switch.  these pictures are IN PROGRESS.  imagine all of the wood on the cabinets painted gray and a white subway tile backsplash that goes all the way from the countertop to the bottom of the cabinets.

 I also had time to buy my pulls at Restoration Hardware.

After 3 quotes we finally picked our painter. The last quote came from a painter my friend’s company uses and he was by FAR the cheapest. Literally 1/3 of what another quote was.  Only major decision left is paint color.  I will probably spend next week working on this and painting up some poster boards.

So excited!


what's cookin

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So my skanky kitchen cabinets have had its first baby step at a new life.  My Father-in-Law and the Mister added molding to the top of them and I can’t begin to tell you how good it looks...progress pictures to come.  If you are reading this and thinking what in the world is she talking about let me explain.  My cabinets are gross, orange, builder grade cabinets that don’t go to the ceiling which sucks.  If given the choice ALWAYS TAKE YOUR CABINETS to the ceiling!!!  It looks SO much better and will make your room feel taller. 

Exhibit A:

This kitchen looks like they forgot the molding….so gorgeous but that gap would be a bia to dust.

Exhibit B:

These kitchen the cabinets appear to have added molding and wood to make the shorter cabinets go all the way to the ceiling….clever and lookin good

Exhibit C:


Now if you have really tall ceiling of course you can't take them to the ceiling because that would be dumb but at least make them as tall as possible....see below.



it's pretty because i say so

tgif.  what a hell of a week.  not bad, just busy.  looking forward to a weekend of house shiz which will be in full force since my really awesome and handy in-laws are in town.  sweet!
i leave you with these gorgeous photos.

the rug and pink paint makes me really happy.


panera- like baked potato soup recipe

I love Panera.  I could eat there every other day it is so yummy.  If you haven't tried their mac & cheese then you are missing out.  The only bad thing about Panera is the way your clothes smell when you leave....I can't explain it but it stinks.  Anywhoo, I am such a big fan of their soups I decided to google a copy cat and try it out.  This is SO good and cheap!   If sweet baby Jesus handed you a bowl of soup from heaven this would be it.


4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (we used a little more)

1/4 cup minced onion

1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks

Bacon, chives, and cheddar to top with


1. Combine broth, potatoes, onion, and spices.

2. Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender.

3. Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening.

4. Reduce to low heat.

5. Add cream cheese.

6. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts.