In the kitchen lately..
Roasted Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup. So good guys. I no longer tilt my head in disapproval of squash.
I dug in and painted the kitchen cabinets. One coat of primer and two coats of paint on 30 kitchen doors and drawers + frames nearly did me in. But, the tedious work paid off and they turned out better than expected. We added some door hardware and are still looking for drawer pulls. We’d like to address the pantry yet, add a backsplash, some open shelving, and crown moulding to the upper cabinets. The biggest update has been the cabinets, so it’s a big old so-long yellow-orange oak in my book! I utilized a large wall in the kitchen for hanging some photography from our wedding and my trip to Italy. It felt good to step back and feel satisfied with that area of the kitchen. Plus, it’s interchangeable so I’ll never feel stuck in a rut with it. Cheers to that! And yes, the giant Oscar the Grouch trash can lives on!
The N banner is from a boutique in Gulf Shores, AL, the frames are a mixture of Ikea and Marshall’s finds, the dark wood frame is from 3 Weird Sisters, and the vintage wine crates are from our old house. They make a great home for my orchids.
In the dining and living room lately..
I’m still tweaking and decorating as we continue to figure out how we use each space. A month ago we hit up a warehouse in Cincinnati called Bargains & Buyouts for a couch and dining chairs. If you can make quick decisions on large pieces of furniture and are willing to bargain, go here. We bought a sectional and ten dining chairs in the first 15 minutes we were there. And then Danny shouted, “This is how it’s done, folks!” Touche. It was worth the adventure if that’s your thing.
Two years after the original dinner party in our last home, we’re looking forward to doing it again in April with the same gang + a couple more. Different house, different city, but the same sweet souls under one roof. Making memories together is what makes life the sweet adventure that it is.
The Mr. & Mrs. lately..
We’re happy, healthy and grateful. Life is full right now. On top of busy 8-5’s, Danny is a Buckeye getting his masters degree, and as time allows, I’m working on The Olivine. We had a chance to get away last weekend for a little trip down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to visit Danny’s parents. The warm weather and relaxation did us good.
In The Olivine Design Studio lately..
This has become something special. It seemed so far-fetched not too long ago, but I recently received my LLC paperwork from the State of Ohio. Family, friends and strangers have blown me away with encouragement, inquiries and most exciting of all.. business!
For my designer friends that love buying fabric, but are completely overwhelmed by the selection process, check out this incredible collection of options curated by Emily Henderson & Co.
A few other inspiring finds: Six Degrees Cafe, Shed, The Gourmet Tea, Shell Pavillion, Handsome Cycles, MidCentury, LabGate, LV & Kusama, Magazine 36, Bon Appetit Kitchen, Sun68
I found this short video on the perfect abandoned European home to be fascinating.
And lastly, help yourself out and move!
Have a great weekend everyone.