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Joss and Main $500 Giveaway

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Spring is finally here and I'm so excited to be partnering with Joss and Main to tell you all about the $500 giveaway they are hosting now through July 1, 2017. 
All you need to do to enter is post an image of your outdoor space on Instagram, tag @jossandmain and use the hashtag #designtheoutdoors. That's it! 







Our New Verona Range and Review

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Most of you have been following this journey we've been on over the past few months of completely remodeling the kitchen in our new home. We turned what was the original dining room and part of the kitchen seen below in to a much more open kitchen area and we are so happy we did. It took a lot of planning and researching the products that we have used in our kitchen space.
(before)
(after) 

One thing that we were sure of was that we wanted a professional oven range and it had to be 36 inches. We also didn't have the square footage to add in built in double ovens so we would have to figure out a way to incorporate that in to the design. The problem that most of you know, is that professional ranges are so expensive and then you throw in a double oven, GULP!
Not to mention, the reviews on most of the more popular mainstream brands leave a lot to be desired. So what to do? I mean in all honesty, we didn't have $8000-$10,000 in our budget for a range and I was weary of spending less on an off brand that seemed to be made in china by the same companies but with a different name on them. We were stuck.
That is until I found the Verona. They are made in Italy and I honestly couldn't find much information about them at first. After lots of time searching the internet for information, I decided to just search Instagram instead. Thankfully, I found quite a few reviews on the range and I was able to see real life photos!! One of the reviews I read was from The Faux Martha. I have followed her for quite some time on Instagram and after her raving review of her own Verona duel fuel range, which means gas stove top and electric oven, I thought this might actually be the one for us and for far less than the other brands I had been researching.
I finally made up my mind and purchased the Verona 36" double oven with dual fuel and 5 burners. Then I crossed my fingers and hoped and prayed I had made the right choice.
We have had the range for a little over 3 months now and we are so happy with it. I'm actually quite blown away with what an incredible range it really is. The front burners are both 12,000 BTU and the back are 6000. The center is between 1000 to 16,000. If you want power then this is it but with the back burners being just right for lower temps and simmering. The other thing that I noticed with a lot of the other pro ranges was they didn't have timers on them. Okay, so I'm not a professional cook and I wanted a clock and a timer. The oven has multiple settings including a defrost setting and for those that wonder just how much you can fit in the larger oven? Well, we fit our 20lb. turkey in there for Thanksgiving without any issues at all.
Like me, you will probably have to buy new cookie sheets because your standard size won't fit but I found the perfect size at Target with no trouble at all. 

Another option with the Verona range is the Chef's Pak.  Watch more about it HERE. The Chef's Pak includes a stainless griddle, spatula, super thick cutting board, electric thermometer, steamer kit, and oven mitt. We love it! The griddle is such a great addition to the range for cooking eggs and I'm sure so much more but if you know me at all, then you know I pretty much want to eat a sunny side up egg on everything these days...Everything!! 




We love the steamer because we steam so many vegetables around here and we love seafood so it has been used quite a lot for both. 
We are so happy that we decided on the Verona! It has been a such a wonderful addition to the kitchen. It's not only beautiful but works perfectly. We have had zero issues with the range and I don't anticipate any to come in the future. Just a little more information about the range is that we chose the 2" backplate that you can see just behind the burners above. An 8" backplate is another option if you have a combustable wall behind the range like we did here below before the soapstone was installed.  You can compare both photos to see the difference. 
I'm hoping this review and information on the Verona Duel Fuel Double Range gave you some of the information you may have been searching for when looking for a new range. I would highly recommend this range and I know that we will continue to use Verona in our homes in the future. I still can't believe that its not as well known in the states yet but hopefully that changes soon. 
I saved the best part of this post for last because Verona Appliances has been so kind to partner with me on a giveaway for you all!! Head over to my Instagram account to enter to win your very own Chef's Pak!! 
You can follow this link HERE to enter!! 







Kitchen Inspiration and Polycor Design

Thursday, January 5, 2017
We have been hard at work on this little kitchen of ours and I am so excited to see it in the final stretch to completion. I thought long and hard about how I wanted this space to feel and even though I now would have done a few things differently, I am so happy with how it is shaping up.
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration for me but one lady in particular that has always been my design spirit animal ( is that really a thing) and in my opinion can do no wrong when it comes to interiors is Ms. Lauren Liess herself.  I have pulled so much inspiration from her past homes and I am doing my best to sprinkle a bit of that magic around this little home of ours starting with the kitchen.
Her use of natural materials is spot on and her design encompasses my passion for a palette of white, black and wood tones with just a bit of nature added in here and there. 
It was through Lauren's design that I fell in love with soapstone. I had always thought of myself as a marble only kind of girl but the warmth of the soapstone seemed to be just the right choice for our new home.  I've had this vision of a warm and cozy european kitchen, the kind you can smell bread baking in just by looking at it.  Old and new elements woven together resulting in exactly the right balance of rustic and modern.
This kitchen, is by far my favorite ever posted anywhere on the inter web, and every time I see it I get all the feels. It wasn't until after I started choosing the items for my new kitchen did I realize it was pretty darn close to this one, and I'm pretty sure influencing all my decision making. This is where I fell in love with Alberene Soapstone from Virgina. Seriously, even the runner is just so good! 
 
 I contemplated going with a more modern white hood for our range but the more I looked at this image I just couldn't decide. That was until I saw this Kate Marker design (2nd image) below and that pretty much sealed the deal for me.
Perfection!
Once I had settled on the look of the kitchen it was time to start working on sourcing all of the  products. Thankfully, I was able to get in touch with Polycor. They own 30 quarries which are mostly based in the USA and I was able to work with them and choose just the right soapstone for our counter tops and backsplash. Now, because I do love some marble, I also decided on a 
White Cherokee marble from Georgia for the top of the island. 

Polycor has been a dream to work with and I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful their stones are. I am also so happy to be using a locally (as close to home as possible) sourced product, mined right here in the United States. 
Polycor sent all of their stone samples for me to choose from, and even though I was sure I wanted to use the Alberene Soapstone and White Cherokee Marble, it was so awesome to see and feel all of the stones and the different finishes they offer.
Now a little peek at the stone that will be gracing my countertops and backsplash in the next coming week!!
Excuse the grainy pictures but c'mon its still so pretty!! 



A toddlers room with Chasing Paper

Sunday, January 1, 2017
You may remember my last collaboration with Chasing Paper back when we made over Emma's room here below. I can't say enough about this wallpaper. The quality is so good. Thick paper with an adhesive backing that basically seems like a giant sticker that is so easy to apply to the wall and comes right off. Trust me I'm no pro when it comes to wallpaper but I was able to apply this so easily and even when I messed up a little, I was able to peel it off and start again. A product that allows do overs....I'm loving that all day long! 

 Last year we received the most adorable personalized sign for Everly from Gingiber and I fell completely in love with this little bunny. So much so, that when I had the opportunity to work with Chasing Paper again this month, I couldn't help but choose the leaping bunnies paper that was created by the founder of Gingiber
 The paper arrived and I got to work. Once again it was a breeze to put up. I think it took me a little less than two hours to do this one wall and thats with multiple mom question interruptions! 
It really is the sweetest design and Everly has even decided to name each and every bunny before she goes to bed at night. Oh my, it takes awhile!
She loves pink so this was the perfect compromise to this mama who loves her white rooms. I have always believed that my kids rooms should show their own personalities so pink it is! Its such a soft and pretty shade and those bunnies are the cutest.



 Because we no longer have a playroom in this house all of her toys are kept in her room. Its pretty wonderful and actually how I grew up. No one had playrooms in the 80's....well not in the town I grew up in anyway, so playing in their rooms seemed like the natural thing for my kids to do. I use a lot of bins and baskets to keep it all neatly tucked away and we also donate all of the old toys to make room for new ones. Besides, I don't know what it is about little girls toys but they are all so teeny tiny I don't need to store any big items. I love that!! 




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Her new little bed has worked out so well. Its wider than a traditional twin bed and has completely stopped the falling out of bed which was happening way too much. Not only that but it also extends to the length of a twin so it will grow with her over time. 

It makes my heart so happy to see her little room coming together and I am so happy to work with Chasing Paper again. This paper is such high quality and at a great price too! I really can't wait to add some more to our home in the near future.....now to decide where?!!

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Christmas Tour 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016
Happy Holidays everyone!

So happy to have you hear and I hope you are just arriving from The DIY Playbook. I'm so happy to once again be taking part in The White Buffalo Styling Co. Tour.  Lindsay is simply the sweetest and so is her adorable home!

So I have to say this year a felt a tad bit of pressure....you know, with this whole unfinished house thing happening and also the fact that my Christmas post from 2015 seems to be popping up everywhere this past week and I felt kind of like it was going to be a hard one to top....the pressure!! Joking of course, well maybe theres a little truth to all of that:)

Once again I kept with my theme of Simplicity. I hope you enjoy my little tour and don't forget to head straight over to Katie Gavigans tour because I know its going to be perfect!
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