Entries from May 31st, 2012

my style: feather jeans & leather jacket

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So I couldn’t help myself but buy those feather printed jeans after featuring them on a “Pattern Spy” post here and this is how I am wearing them…

Feather Printed Jeans: Free People, Silk Blouse: Anthropologie, Leather Jacket: Zara, Gold Boots: Seychelles

progress: kitchen cabinets


So now that all the boxes are sorted and organized, it’s assembly time. Having received them flat packed, (ikea style) we were able to save money by assembling them ourselves, but with RTA we didn’t have to sacrifice the quality. The cabinets are made with solid birch and even have the soft-close drawers, unlike our swedish friends. Not to knock you Ikea… we did get our countertops and our sink from you (which I love)!


Here is a peek at our kitchen starting to come together. To see what the kitchen originally looked like look here.

progress: kitchen design


So here is how I designed our little kitchen from across the country. I laid out the walls in Adobe Illustrator using a 1 mm to 1 inch scale and with the RTA cabinet catalogue in hand I started drawing up the kitchen, picking and choosing which cabinets fit where. I started with items like the sink cabinet, the range, and the refrigerator since they don’t have as many size and placement options and then placed cabinets around them. This drawing was also very handy when the bazillion flat packed boxes got delivered to the cabin so that we could easily sort which cabinet went where.

progress: new ceiling

Here is another look at the raw sagging plywood that was the ceiling when we first bought the place. It is also the first thing that we tackled when we arrived this trip. I picked out some 1x4s from good ole menards that we cut to size and then we trimmed out, caulked, and painted the ceiling.


Oh, and we also happily said goodbye to that not so attractive track lighting.



from the weekend: michigan to la


This weekend we spent our time making our way from our cabin in Michigan back to our home in LA. Above shows me taking the last stroll of the trip along Lake Michigan and Rupert waiting outside of Wurstküche.

Images from my Instagram feed.

the calm before the storm


This photo was definitely the calm before the storm and in more then one way! After arriving late Saturday, Sunday we did a few things around the cabin like painting the patio doors and caulking some trim on the ceiling but we also had the chance to relax a bit and enjoy our place. Our friends Andrea and Dan brought their family over along with thai food for dinner that we all enjoyed out on the deck and then after we watched the kids play in the lake and the stream that runs into it, where I took this picture of Lennix chasing after Layla. Around 9pm the winds started picking up so we headed back up to the house to watch the most amazing thunder/lighting storm roll in while the sun was setting and while there was also the solar eclipse! Living in LA we haven’t seen much lighting in about 5 years so it was an extra treat seeing it from across the lake. So that was storm 1.

Storm 2 came the next day when my parents arrived and we worked and worked and worked some more. Basically every muscle, bone, and tendon in my body is sore. Starting at 6:30am until we dropped at 10pm I was reminded yet again that my Dad at twice my age has at least 5 times more stamina then me. We painted, we finished up the plumbing, we scraped the fireplace, we built kitchen cabinets, we put up trim, we tore up the old tile floor, we laid the new floor, and then we painted some more. We made so much progress that it is hardly recognizable as the same place from just 2 days ago. I can’t wait to share some progress pictures as soon as I get to take a break and can feel my hands again.

Image by Sarah