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  • Countertop Series, Part 5 – Antiqued Absolute Black Granite & Carrara Marble

    Hello- and welcome to the final installment of my favorite countertops series! Today’s countertop picks are antiqued Absolute Black granite and carrara marble. I have a crush on both of them- so I asked my friend, Kim, if she would … Continue reading

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    Countertop Series, Part 4 – Quartz

    Hi, and welcome to part 4 of my favorite countertops series! If you’re just jumping into the series today, basically, I’ve been featuring my 6 favorite countertop materials this week, strictly based on the way they look. (No cost break … Continue reading

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    Countertop Series, Part 3 – Eco By Cosentino

    …and because I love the look of concrete countertops, I also love Eco by Cosentino in the color Crystal Ash: Their website says, “ECO by Cosentino is an original product manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, … Continue reading

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    Countertop Series, Part 2 – Concrete

    Welcome to part 2 of my favorite countertops series! (Here’s a quick link to part one if you missed it and are interested.) Today’s pick is gray concrete. I love it. I love it. I love it. I know it … Continue reading

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    Countertop Series, Part 1 – Laminate

    …and speaking of kitchens: I got a comment from a reader named Claire the other day that inspired a series of posts about my favorite countertops. Her comment read: “After reading this post last night, I thought about your counter … Continue reading

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    Kitchen Cabinets

    So, remember those cute (Minnesotan) second-cousins I mentioned in my last post? Well, this is their Grandpa Kevin: He’s my uncle, and he owns a cabinet business called Mainstream Cabinets. It’s located in Mapleton, Minnesota and it was so fun … Continue reading

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    Gray Lake and Gray Owl Paint

    Did I say we were leaving for Minnesota yesterday? I meant today! Slight change in plans, but we’re all set to leave this morning now. Yippeeeeee! PS- That’s the view of our Gray Lake paint (in the sunroom, on the … Continue reading

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    Cottage Style Stuff

    It’s been a shuffle-y couple of months around here, but now that the wall paint is dry, we’ve started putting things back into place. There’s still a fireplace to paint (Simply White), and tile to (temporarily) cover up… …but things … Continue reading

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    Painting The Pantry

    I noticed something serendipitous while the paint was going up on the walls in the pantry yesterday. Do you see it there, too? That’s our (50% lightened) Gray Owl paint on the wall space between each shelf, but it almost … Continue reading

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    Country Kitchen Island

    My friend, Lucy, helped us find these old wood corbels earlier this year, and we’re so excited to use them on our soon-to-be country kitchen island: Right now, the island doesn’t reflect our personalities at all, so we’re going to … Continue reading

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    How To Lighten (Or Darken) Paint

    We’re up to our eyeballs in primer today, but since we had a few questions about why we decided to lighten our Gray Owl paint by 50%, and what it meant to lighten paint, I wanted to publish a quick … Continue reading

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    Gray Owl And Simply White

    Before we bought it, our house had been empty for about seven years, and like many foreclosures that were lacking a little love, we walked into a handful of projects that either needed to be finished, or needed to be … Continue reading

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    Kitchen

    Our kitchen is still one big work-in-progress, but we have had fun personalizing it, little by little, over the past few years. It started out pretty builder basic… …but with a little bit of shoestring-style dough, and whole lotta elbow … Continue reading

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    No Day Ever Ends If It Makes A Memory

    Pictures of parents conjured up cherished memories today.¬†Funny how they can just race right across time to find us, again and again… …bringing things with them that haven’t been thought about in ten…fifteen…twenty years. Kevin’s memory bridges back a few … Continue reading

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    Chalkboard Black

    We hosted a birthday party the other night. I had planned to bake — ok, fine- heat up a frozen –¬†blackberry cobbler, but we kicked our nasty, old, malfunctioning stove to the curb when we had the new flooring installed … Continue reading

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