Friday, May 20, 2011

Party Envy

Good afternoon peeps!  I am getting my party on! 
Don't miss out on the fun. 
C’mon over and join in! 

If you are visiting, stay awhile, look around, and become a follower.  

Somewhat Simple

Transformation Thursday


living green & easy,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

House Envy* Kitchen Reveal

Hey y'all!  If you like our old kitchen, then you will love our Beach House Remodel.  Life is good!

Please visit our progress at  
House Envy* The Beach House
and let us know what you think. 

The Kitchen Reveal 

Here is what we had to work with during this kitchen project.  The cabinets needed to be white but even the most magical white paint was not going to cover up the Dixie May western finish on these babies. 

Q:  What's a girl to do?

A:   Brainstorm with your incredibly ingenious husband. 
Ding, ding, ding. 

Dixie May, I would like you to meet your more attractive cousin. 
Oh, by the way, we won't be seeing you anymore. 
(oh, and don't let the door hit you on the way out!)

We decided to recycle our old cabinets by adding beadboard and framing the doors.

Here is a side by side comparison of before and after.  We love the results!


  subway tile
(My favorite and the favorite of everyone who has any sense at all!)

butcher block countertops 

We came in under $2000 on this project by recycling our cabinets and being selective with the products we used.  Yeah, us! 

Now, without further adieu,
here is the kitchen! 

Living green (literally),


Friday, May 13, 2011

a snail's pace

Hey y'all!  If you like this, then you will love our Beach House Remodel.  Life is good!

Please visit our progress at  
House Envy* The Beach House
and let us know what you think.     

  My obsession with (ahem!) love of all things house and home began roughly 20 years ago while watching the "Father of the Bride".  That house! 
Awww! (*sigh*)
Give it to me!  Pleeeaaase! 

   It wanted to live in that house, on that street, and in that beautiful California town.  It was the main character of the movie, it was the Quan, the Shiznit.....the MacDaddy, if you will. 

Ok, you get it.   



...oh yeah, and that kitchen. 

And then along came another movie....
"Something's Gotta Give". 
That house.....THAT KITCHEN!  *swoon*

Time out.
What's that you say? 
I'm not the first person to fall in love with that house or THAT KITCHEN??
Yes, Bloglanders, I drank the kool-aid and even tapped the bottom of the cup on that one.  You could even say that I have been around the block a time or two. 
Yes, I get it, probably the most recognizable kitchen in Blogland
(ok, I won't even get started on "It's Complicated").  
 Doesn't mean I can't LOVE it. *pout*

I have a point and I am getting to it. 

The evolution of our kitchen.   Months of blog-stalking and magazine ENVY* inspired me and I decided I could easily complete a simple cabinet painting project. 

What I lacked in square footage, I would make up in STYLE

*Cue inspirational music.*
 For your viewing pleasure:

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Cottage Living

Cottage Living

Southern Living

Southern Accents

Southern Accents

 I began emptying the cabinets in preparation for my weekend project.  I figured I would be completely done and two glasses deep in the vino by the end of day.

Snap!  Reality. 

     My weekend project of simply painting the cabinets was haulted, flipped on it's a$$, kicked and body slammed when it was decided that simply painting the cabinets and updating the counters would not be the answer.  

*Cue EGO crusher.*

(stay tuned)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

chalk it up to envy*

Coastal Living

Cottage Living

a laundry room with an awesome view*

Cottage Living

knowles ps

Pottery Barn

Living green,