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Living Space

I’m finally getting around to posting some more pictures of the house.  I used white for all the walls, trim and cabinets to keep it basic and very neutral.  I then went nuts and added every color in the spectrum to make it bright and fun.  I wanted the house to be eclectic and bohemian but still really clean.  I’m really happy with how it turned out.

 

^^^ We took down the wall separating the living room from the dining room and made it one big open space.

^^^ We made that opening on the left and turned it from the garage into a movie room/ playroom.






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Summer lovin’

We ended up in California for the 4th.  I was worried about the crowds but it wasn’t busy at all.  We had a blast!  We watched fireworks from the golf course at our hotel.  I love starting new traditions.  We planned on staying until Monday, heading home for a week and coming back the week after.  I decided to just stay for the next two weeks instead of battling that long drive three more times.  Ivan went home and flew back for the last week.  He ended up surprising me and coming three days early.  I love surprises and that was one of the best!  We lived at the beach all day and the kids slept so good at night.  The older kids are so brave they love the ocean, they could never leave and Jack is a dream at the beach.  He wanders around like a little drunk man falling in the sand.  I can’t believe summers almost over.  School’s around the corner.  I’m not ready.

^^^ Lost my sunglasses in a killer wave
^^^ Shake Shack, a favorite
^^^Cousin time
^^^I put the same sunscreen on these two
^^^We missed him
^^^Ragin Cajun from Big Belly Deli
^^^I love her free spirit
^^^Balboa
^^^Lucha Libre in San Diego
^^^Visited friends in San Elijo
^^^Disneyland
^^^Henri’s sunflower, hes so creative
^^^Sleeping on the beach
^^^First frozen banana
^^^Santa Barbara.  La Super-Rica Taqueria. Get the #16.  The best Mexican food I’ve found in California to date.
^^^Our last night.  One of the best nights I’ve had.  We made a last minute stop at the beach right after sunset.  The weather was beautiful, we had the beach to ourselves. These crazies went for a swim and had the time of their life.  Summers been good.
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Hall bathroom and Jack’s room

I tried to keep everything in the house neutral and use accessories for pops of color.  That way if I change my mind I can easily get rid of that color and move on to the next.  My kids call this house the “white house” in a very wahhh wahhh voice.  Like its the worst thing ever.  I’m so happy I went with all white.  I think in a small space white makes it look so much bigger and less like the dungeon.  I used the same cabinets and marble throughout the whole house.  I kept everything simple and clean.  I’m becoming a professional on minimalism.  I’ll post on that another day.  You really can live with less and be really happy about it.  Less clutter in your house = less clutter in your head.  I promise.

Ive already posted a few pictures of Jack’s room but here’s the whole thing.  I got rid of all the noisy, annoying toys and narrowed it down to those two baskets and a shelf full of books.  I once had a giant playroom overflowing with toys and kids who thought they had nothing to do.  Minimizing the clutter actually makes them able to see the toys they have and be content with only a few things.

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Kitchen Remodel

Remember this really old really gross kitchen?  Well we finally completed the remodel.  I’m still on the hunt for cabinet pulls and knobs but everything else is done!  We kept all the appliances in the same spot, just updated everything.
Here it is!  I’m pretty in love.  We took out the soffit above the cabinets to raise up the ceiling.  We also straightened out the island.  The previous owner had it at an angle.
^^^ Initially when I told Ivan I was putting the microwave in the island he said I was nuts.  I don’t love the look of a microwave and rarely use it.  So this is the perfect spot for it.  He likes it now too.
I went back and forth with where to stop the back splash.  I decided to take it all the way to the ceiling above the window and continued it on the whole wall going above the door.
We used a dutch door for our front door and I love it so much I got one for our back door too.
Big shout out to my husband!!  He let me do what I wanted with the kitchen with little complaint.  And come on, his work is pretty dang awesome!!
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