One Room Challenge - The Kitchen Reveal~

Hello Lovelies!

It's the final week of the One Room Challenge and I'm so excited to reveal my kitchen 
makeover today!

As you may recall, this is how my kitchen looked BEFORE...


Ever since I bought Hydeaway Cottage 2 years ago, I've wanted to paint the kitchen cabinets and  to add a back splash.  And I couldn't be happier with how it turned out...



I kept the same granite.  Replacing it was definitely not in the budget, and since it has a lot of gray in it, I knew it work beautifully.

I feel like the best decision I made was to extend the back splash all the way to the ceiling on 
the sink wall.

I also really love the pop of color that is offered by the new rug.


  • The paint on the cabinets is a paint match to the white that was already painted on the island
  • The backplash is Calacatta marble
  • The rug is the Catriona Rug from Joss and Main
  • The granite is Verde Tunas
  • The bar stools are from Walmart (yes, really)



One Room Challenge: Week 5~

Hello Lovelies!

It's week 5 of the One Room Challenge!

I'm excited that the big reveal is getting so close!  I can hardly wait until next week, so I can show you the changes in my kitchen!

This week has been a week of dramatic progress.  The cabinets are being painted!  You'll have to forgive the grainy iPhone photo below...the changes are happening quickly, and I had to hurry and snap a photo of the primed cabinets when I got home from work.  Even though they're just primed in this photo, the difference is amazing!

The rug arrived and is currently laying in the living room "uncurling".  It's even prettier than I expected and the color is going to look lovely in the kitchen.

The cabinets will be finished Friday, and I'll be photographing the kitchen this weekend.  Make sure you join me next week to see the finished product!




Make Room For What You Love~

Hello Lovelies!

I'm so glad you're here!

Today I'm sharing a wonderful new book by my friend, Melissa Michaels, called Make Room For What You Love by taking part in a blogger tour sharing ideas on how to simplify your home and life.

One of my passions is simplifying.  I have been talking a lot on the blog lately about what I call "Honest Decorating" or making our homes havens without spending a fortune and without trying to follow all of the trends.  I believe with my whole heart that our homes should be sanctuaries for our families.  And one of the things that has been key for me in following my philosophy of Honest Decorating and making our homes sanctuaries is de-cluttering. (Which is pretty much what Melissa thinks too - great minds think alike.)

My living room...I always try and keep this room clean and organized. (Try being the key word).

I wrote a post all about my feelings on de-cluttering here.

But I thought it would be nice to share a couple of those ideas with you in this post...

First of all, I chose two quotes that I wanted to use as guiding principles for de-cluttering my house.


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
- William Morris


Be a ruthless editor of what you allow into your home.  Ask  yourselves, "What does this object mean to me?"
-Nate Berkus

Using the criteria that things should be useful, beautiful or meaningful as reasons to keep them allows for memorabilia, collections, and other possessions (that might otherwise be considered clutter) to remain.

Read more after the break...