Wednesday, February 23, 2011

inspirations to get me through the day...

It's only been 6 short months since its happened, but boy did I fall hard ... fell hard in L-O-V-E that is ... I feel like it's grade school all over again ... my first crush & that anxious, sweaty all over feeling just doesn't seem to want to go away ... spending sleepless nights & lazy afternoons daydreaming and making plans ... is it just me or am i crazy in love with marble?

Hahaha yeah me & my insane marble talk again ... it's finally happening ... we went marble shopping today and officially put 3 GORGEOUS, beautifully veined, white Calcutta Oro marble slabs on hold!  Now that we're finally moving along in the process, I'm starting to get serious doubts and that scary, twisted, butterflies in your tummy feeling ... Why is it always like that, as soon as you get something that you want ... you're not sure if you want it anymore ... Don't get me wrong, I can't get enough of marble in my house but I think all those warnings and lectures that we've been getting from our manufacturer, sales clerks, friends & family, and online forums are finally getting to me ... But you know what, I gotta stay consistent with my last post and just go with it!

After months & months of research I think we're ready to handle anything these countertops throw at us lol ... so here's some pretties from our shopping trip.  Won't tell you which one we chose, but it's definintely one of these ... or maybe I'm just indecisive and waiting to actually pay for and pick them up before knowing that they're officially ours ... either way, we'll see on Saturday!

And as always ... what is a post about marble without gorgeous eye candy to get me through the day ...

Love the gray shelving and cabinets with the white marble ... but too late now ... already got my white cabinets installed ... either way white is more classic and never goes out of style so it's a win-win situation!

 Is it ok to admit that I have a huge crush on these barstools?

A little too modern for my taste but still ohh so gorgeous ... that view ... don't get me started!

The perfect inspiration for my open shelving ... not necessarily lovin' the color for my kitchen in particular ... but definintely the concept is amazing!  I would love to get my hands on some funky wall paper to put inside my cabinets ... and white dishware ... yes please!

Hopefully I'll have time this week to actually bring my camera during the day to take some real pictures of our progress ... we're soo close that I can taste it ... 2 more weeks and we'll hopefully be in!

Monday, February 21, 2011


This quote by Benjamin Franklin {currently hanging in my cube at work} is quickly turning into my new life motto ... in more ways than one!

Lets start with the most obvious ... On Monday I just randomly decided to dye all my hair back to brunette {turned out a little darker than expected ... looks almost black!}  Don't know what I was thinking .. but I guess just been itching for a change and it was time to try something new.  Can't really say that I hate it ... but definintely been missing the blond.  Still getting weird looks in the halls at work lol ... so hopefully this week everyone will finally get over it!

Both hubby & I have been sick on and off again all last week so not too much remodeling progress to speak of ... we pretty much took most of the week off, which gave me tons of time to reflect on everything we've done up until now!  I've realized just how much of an influence different people have been in our design choices throughout the house ... & I think it's time to quit my indecisiveness and stand by my decisions {even if sometimes they do end up being failures}

I know our friends and family only have our best interest at heart but they are not US and definintely won't be the ones living in OUR house ... So who cares if I want a glass staircase, or marble countertops in the kitchen, or the white leather couch that I'm still thinking about.  My point is ... all the compromises that I've made so far, left me with regrets ... so from now on, as long as the hubster is on board ... we're going all out and being as "different" as we want to be!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

{sweet} surprises

Valentine's Day came a little early this year ... and what a sweet chocolate covered surprise it was!

My hubby and a bunch of our guy friends have been planning a Valentine's Day surprise for the wifeys since New Years ... they rented a restaurant ... decorated their hearts out ... & gave us the sweetest compliments ever.  It turned out great and we all had a ton of fun ... so glad we all have such amazing hubbys & so much to be thankful for!

Some pics from our night out ...

Just got this cute skirt from Forever 21 ... I am totally in LOVE with flowery prints right now ... makes me feel so summery ... although the forecast for tomorrow is rain & more rain for the rest of the week ... sooo tired of cold weather and can't wait to finally be able to wear shorts and minis every day!  Hopefully this will be the last storm for the season ... although winter went by way too quickly this year ... with all of this house work, we haven't even had a chance to go to the snow this year {secretly hoping I can talk my hubby into a quick getaway to Tahoe this week}