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December 30, 2009

Kitchen Excitement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 3:30 pm

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the house, and the kitchen sink is the heart of the kitchen.  So… i needed to find a pretty cool sink and faucet!  There is some weirdness with the kitchen sink that is kind of hard to explain but basically the sink and cabinets are REALLY off center from the window above.  As in- the window is like an entire foot too far to the right.  Because we are saving the cabinets and just replacing the tops, we really couldnt do anything about it short of a total kitchen renovation, ripping out the cabinets, etc.  So I made peace with it and am going to try and work with the asymetry rather than hide it.  Sometimes you gotta embrace those things as just “quirky” and move on.  One day I’d like to enlarge the window to make it be centered, but that would be like a 3 years down the road thing.  The debate of having a 2-bowl sink vs a single bowl is a big one amongst homeowners!  I bet some of you have each kind.  i have always had 2-bowl sinks and didnt really like that big stuff like cookie sheets wouldnt lie flat.  This time i decided on the single bowl stainless undermount.  Overstock.com is my new BFF.  I found a sink and a faucet from there.  The goal was to find one that is clean and sophisticated and an adjustable faucet that you can pull out the end.  Here is what i got!

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moving week!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 3:11 pm

This is moving week!  crazy!  Last night Jamie, Monica and Erin came and helped me pack up my ridiculous amount of dining and dishware and party throwing items from the kitchen.  it was the first night of packing that i did not tear up even one single time!  So that was a big step- even bigger than packing up the kitchen.  As far as the house goes, progress has been made, but it doesnt look like it.  haha.  the outside is looking WAY better- not the house but the jungle-ish yard.  we got 10 trees removed (wow!) and had Matt Lawrence build a beautiful 6′ privacy fence, and had a total yard cleanup done by the tree people- trimmed all the hedges, ground all the random stumps, etc.  some hedges went from about 12′ to 4′.  this allowed alot more light into the house too!

Saturday is our maim furniture move, so from now until then i’m doing all the little things.  After i say goodbye to my sweet little first house, i’ll be able to do more and blog more about the new house.  We will be getting high speed internet at the house, so blogging will be more frequent!  Here is our fence!

Some exciting things about the yard- Kyle’s grandpa, the original owner of this house, had a PhD in Horticulture and really loved beautiful plants.  There are several camilia trees that are still there from him and i’m so excited to see them come back to being a focal point in the yard.  Landscaping a ranch style home should be approached differently than that haphazard way cottages are done, so i’m working out a plan for how the yard should look.  one thing is for sure- i’m having a garden!  as in, a vegetable garden.  i’ve always been around gardening and the one big let down about my old house is that there was no sun in the yard, so i had to only use shade plants.  there really arent many food-plants that do well in shade, so look out!!  if you love home grown tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini and bell peppers and broccoli, etc. let me know and you can be on the list of who helps me eat all of it 🙂

December 21, 2009

Kitchen Progress

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 3:47 pm

I have some pics!!  I really am just really happy with the progress.  As you can see, the cabinets are painted and the hardware is installed.  The walls and ceiling are also finished.  Our outstanding items are the wood floors, the new countertops (white quartz), and the white subway tiles for the backsplash.  We are also switching out the appliances for stainless steel.  What do you think??

December 17, 2009

Flooring Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 5:34 pm

I have been STRUGGLING to know what kind of floors to put in the house.  The back of the house has wonderful old cork floors that I want to keep.  The front formal living / dining had pink carpet… oh so beautiful 🙂  The kitchen, living, and basically the whole big main area was a REALLY bad vinyl tile.  This is the room i wanted to paint.  Well, upon further review, I have decided to put a dark wood laminate down in the whole front of the house… formal living/dining and kitchen/big room.  I feel so good after making the decision.  There are some good, bad and ugly things about wood vs wood laminate.  i have always been pretty hard core about the “integrity” of wood floors and that the laminates were knock offs.  i think that was spurred on by the fact that my house now has beautiful old original floors that are 60 years old!  In that house i would NEVER put down laminate.  In the new house, though, the laminate clearly was my best option.  Just for the record, wood is gorgeous and when it is old it is 1000 times more gorgeous.  The down side is that if you choose a dark color, you see scratches pretty badly.  This takes more maintenance… and then there is the refinishing and waxing, etc.  With the laminate you use a dry mop and you are good to go!  I LOVE wood, but for the amount of square footage i was buying, i decided to do laminate.  Ranch homes can take laminate way more easily than an Old Goodwood Cottage.  This dark wood will go into the kitchen as well b/c there is not a good place to transition, so another check int he laminate category!!  Oh… i opened an account with a big flooring dealer here and got the materials for $2.89/square foot!!  A sub-par version was at home depot for $3.75!  YAY!  Kyle and I are installing the floors so wish us luck!  I’ll take pics!

December 14, 2009

Honeymoon Bungalow

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 7:53 pm

Honeymoon Bungalow is an adorable little vintage store on Government Street.  i ran down there at lunch looking for some mid century modern dining chairs and voila!  I found some!!  These chairs are from the 50’s, like the house, and really really geeked me out!  I have wanted to throw in some “native” pieces to that time and so this just really really fit the bill.  Best part about it- they were $50 each!  As opposed to some from Design within Reach which retail for about $1200 PER CHAIR (not a chance)!  I’m a happy camper.  Now, “Operation fabulous funky round 4-top dining table” begins!  I could look for a vintage one but in all honesty i like to mix and match a bit more and would like something unexpected and more refined… like this one from ikea.

Countdown Time!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 3:22 pm

So much has happened since my last entry!  i’ll do bullet points so as to not miss any big ones.

1.  WE SOLD OUR HOUSE!  The closing date is tentatively 1st week of January but all paperwork is done so i do not see any reasons for this falling through.  I absolutely love our buyer.  I knew she was “the one” the second she walked through the door.  She was with her mom because the realtor was stuck in traffic so we got to skip past all the businessy stuff and just be real.  Her exact words were “Oh my gosh!  Its even cuter than it was in the pictures!”  As she walked around and picked out her favorite little things in the house and asked questions like “oh my gosh- werent you SO SAD when Domino magazine went under??”  it was confirmed- this girl is the one.  haha.  She reminded me so much of me when i walked in there almost 5 years ago a little nervous and scared to be buying a house all by myself, but the excitement was even more than the anxiety!  It was my favorite thing ever to get accept her offer.  The appraisal was perfect which lets us know that the price was right on and everyone got a fair shake.

2.  I have been very sad about leaving my house.  I was there a couple of years before Kyle and I were together, and it just represents so much to me (excuse the cheese for a minute).  When I bought the house, i had been single for quite some time, was 27 years old, and did NOT forsee myself meeting anyone and getting serious anytime soon.  I was tired or renting and just wanted to do something big and brave for myself.  Therein started the search for a perfect little tiny house that i could paint and decorate and lanscape!  I got Belle (my lab) a week after i got the house, and life was just so much fun!  Emily, my best friend, moved in as well.  I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed my time there.  It has been absolutely some of the best years of my life.  Those early single years were so great, and THEN…. drumroll…. in walks Mr. Kyle Hawthorne!  He was a friend  whom I fell head over heels in love with, and shortly after that he fell in love with me 🙂 !  yeah, had a major crush but totally played it cool until he realized this was the real deal 🙂  when we got engaged and were talking about where to live, it was just the greatest thing in the world us to live in my tiny little wonderful house!  The funny thing is that he didnt really bring anything except some clothes and a deer head 🙂  It fit perfectly.  All of his stuff is still at the old house!

3.  We have been working constantly on the new house but progress seems slow to me.  it probably is NOT slow but it seems slow because there is just so much left to be done.  I accepted (with tears) that we are just going to have a whole lot to do after we move in and that is ok!!!  it is ok!  Big things we have done are below:

-Had SEVEN really tall shaky, unstable, half dead pine trees removed.  This was a huge deal and has taken a very long time.  It caused us to be without electricity so progress was delayed like on the HGTV shows!

-Are currently having additional yard work done to clean up some of the shabbiness that we cannot do ourselves (stump grinding, etc).

-The wood fence is set to begin this week!!!  Yay Matt Lawrence!

-The kitchen cabinets are PAINTED!!!  Yes!  I am in the process of putting in the hardware.

-the main big kitchen/living is painted!  Trim is almost finished and ceiling is almost finished.

-Kyle’s mom gave me a cow hyde rug!  It is PERFECT!

-I bought this couch and chair (in a beautiful paprika-orangy-red)!  2 of these chandeliers!  and this coffee table!

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