Friday, July 18, 2014

Haven Recap; Kitchen sneaks

I was eager to post my Haven Conference recap early this week, but then I got caught up in trying to install the tile backsplash in the kitchen. Not to mention attempting to get us Alabama driver's licenses.  I've never lived in a place where getting anything done at the DMV was such nightmare.  Welcome to big city living!

So what was Haven like?

It was a fantastic experience. From meeting other bloggers, to taking classes and creating relationships with vendors who want to help bloggers share information about and review their products. I just know all of this will prove to be invaluable to my blog and hopefully to you!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Monday friends.  I returned home from the Haven Conference yesterday and it is a definitely happy day, because I got to come home to my "almost done" dream kitchen!   

Despite being completely mentally exhausted, I'm being a good blogger and sharing our menu for this week.

Remember last week when I said I didn't know how I was going to photograph the chalkboard from the awkward angle in our kitchen?  

Well, my smart daughter just informed me what should do.  Teenagers are good at that aren't they? Especially when they are as clever as she is.

I don't feel too dumb for not figuring it out on my own because we just got said counters on Wednesday, right before I left for the Haven Conference.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The crazy is almost over

I can honestly say, the crazy is almost over around here.  The piles of tools in nearly every room have been cleared, our master bathroom has both hot and cold running water, my many cookbooks have found shelves and today the quartz counters will be installed in the kitchen! Hooray for progress!

It must seem like I moved to Birmingham and fell off the face of the earth.  (In the case of our house, maybe I fell down the driveway! )

Well, not to worry after I return from the Haven Conference next week, I know I'll be less overwhelmed and be more inspired to get back regular posting.

Haven Newbie

I promise have been busy photographing projects along the way, so there's no shortage of information to share.  I couldn't bring myself to write when things were such a mess. And up until recently, none of the projects were completely done or presentable.

Our master bath is almost ready for the Phase 1 reveal.  I didn't mention we were remodeling it the same time as the kitchen did I?

That's when the multi-room-remodeling-overwhelmed feeling started. Once the faucets started to leak, replacing the counters, painting the cabinets became another project that got moved to the top of the priority list.

A great result of that calamity was the partnership I developed with a fantastic company, Premier Surfaces. I was first impressed with their large selection and great prices of remnant stone.  I chose a honed granite for the master bathroom that is stunning and then when I couldn't fit a new stove in the kitchen, we ended up ordering quartz counters for the kitchen.  Please be sure to check the many locations to see if there's one near you. I'm proud to have them as my first local sponsor here in Birmingham!

I'll post more complete photos and details on both of the projects soon, but I wanted to acknowledge them for the fine work they have done so far.

Here's a sneak peak!

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