Archives For Wishing & Hoping

I don’t have many good pictures of my kitchen. I don’t like the color and the lighting is awkward. These two are oldies from my house tour page (note to self: get your house clean enough to take updated pictures for the house tour page!).

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Since those photos were taken I’ve made several changes in the adjoining laundry room, but the only thing I’ve done to the kitchen is replace the miniblinds with yarn block cafe curtains. I really really want to paint the kitchen walls. The color is just way too fleshy-beige for me and it’s got to go. I cannot handle the pink undertones. The big thing holding me back, besides my hatred of cutting in, is that from our front door you can see through the living room, dining room, kitchen, all the way to the laundry room. I’m really keeping it real with this photo, y’all. I took it this morning without doing any tidying beforehand.

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The dining room is a nice taupe. It’s the darkest room in the house and a little cave-like at times, but I don’t mind it enough to paint. The laundry room is now white. I feel like the kitchen needs to bridge the two, or at least look nice with both colors. If I had my druthers I’d paint it white (less worry about cutting in, since the trim and cabinets are also white), but I feel like two white rooms right next to each other is just a bit much. I need something that sorts of lands midway between the two in terms of saturation.

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So I’ve narrowed the prospective wall color down to three options: light gray, cream, or pale blue.

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Caitlyn Wilson

This is similar to the color we painted Jack’s room, and I likes it. I think it would look really nice against the white cabinets, but I’m not so sure about the taupe dining room walls.

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The master bedroom and downstairs bath were both painted a creamy off-white when we bought our house and it’s surprisingly delightful. It’s neutral without being WHITE and I think it would definitely play nicely with both the dining room and the laundry.

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the handmade home

Every time I’ve ever painted a room anything but a neutral I’ve lived to regret it but man is this tempting. This kitchen even has the same beigey tile floors as mine they look great together! But I can just imagine those blue walls starting to close in on me after a few months and then I’d be stuck either living with it or cutting in around all those edges again. As I’m writing this post I’m really sort of leaning towards cream walls. Maybe I’ll stop by the Benjamin Moore store today and pick up some swatches? I feel bad that I use their colors but I never buy their paint. It’s just so expensive!

So, thoughts? I have literally been mentally debating this topic for months. I hate to paint, so whatever goes up on those walls needs to stand the test of time.

Wow, thank you all so much for your positive feedback on yesterday’s post! It’s obvious that the sentiment really resonated with many of you. I’m so glad to hear many of you giving yourselves permission to be imperfect and to follow your own bliss. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Moving on, it sureĀ looks like spring outside here in south Louisiana, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it this week! It’s been just a tad too chilly for my taste, but every time I look out the window I get excited for the warm days to come. And I’ve been daydreaming about what Jack and I will be up to this summer. I’m envisioning visits to the pool and lots of time spent playing under the shade of our oak tree.

Jack already has two swimsuits thanks to my friend Anne who loaned me her son’s from last summer. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’ll ever be pulling on a bikini again so a new suit is in order for me. I am super cheap about clothes and usually wear the same 1-2 suits for years and years so this is a major investment. Happily, I realized that I can save a few bucks by just getting a tankini top to pair with my old black bikini bottom.


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It’s HOT here in the summer and pool time is a must. I’ve got a couple of resources in mind for water play: Nick’s parents’ pool (an hour away), our friend Jane’s apartment complex (right down the street!), a galvanized tub filled with water in the backyard, and trips to the splashpad at a public park across town. I’m not sure how much sunbathing I’ll be doing (I guess that’ll depend on how mobile Jack is), but how perfect would this be for toting all the accoutrements needed to obtain a proper mama-tan?

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Moda Bake Shop

I’ve been thinking of dryer days as well, and in fact I just ordered a wooden baby swing to hang from the oak tree out front. I can’t wait until it comes in! I’ve also been thinking of craigslisting the rarely-used rocking chairs on our front porch to make room for some outdoor toys for Jack. We don’t have a garage or carport to store a bunch of big bulky toys, but one or two favorites could be tucked in a corner of the porch–maybe a mini basketball goal or a toddler play gym, depending on his interests and abilities when his June birthday rolls around.

Spring and summer are my absolute favorite times of the year. I could happily spend the whole day outside basking in the fresh air and sunshine. I’m so so so excited to get to experience it with Jack this year! Isn’t it funny that pretty much everything I’m excited about has to do with motherhood? Although I’ve gotta say I’m looking forward to some refreshing summertime beverages as well. Maybe I’ll whip up some more of my fruity ice cubes–they can turn a glass of wine into instant sangria, or just perk up some iced tea or gingerale if I’m feeling tame. And hopefully sooner rather than later I’ll get some veggies planted in my garden–nothing like homegrown tomatoes! I hope those of you still seeing snow on the ground aren’t too jealous, and maybe all these thoughts of summer will get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, haha. Happy Thursday!

Since I’m planning on replacing the miniblinds in the laundry room with bamboo or matchstick shades soon, my eye has also wandered to the basic white blinds in the kitchen. They’re not my favorite thing.

Our neighbor’s house is really close on this side so we definitely need something for privacy, but anytime that I raise the blinds I’m amazed by how much lovely light floods in. I’d love to be able to cover just the lower half and leave the top open. I always thought cafe curtains were a little too country for me, but these two I spotted on Pinterest are actually sort of my jam.




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I think the punchy colors and distinctive lack of any chickens are what make them feel more my style. Since this window is only a few feet away from my floral laundry room skirt I think it would be fun to use a more geometric pattern to compliment it. Bonus–geometrics are totally DIYable! I’ve got some stuff that makes any acrylic paint fabric-friendly so maybe I’ll try my hand at textile design (yarn block printing, perhaps?). And if I can knock it out with some scrap fabric I already have on hand then the only expense will be a tension rod. That’s a big plus since even though I’ve gotten a lot of bang for my buck in my recent laundry room/butler’s nook projects I’ve still spent about $100 so far (and I still want to add shelves, attractive pet food storage, and window shades). El Cheapo I’m married to is getting a little twitchy about it.

Speaking of Nick, I wanted to share with y’all that this has been a pretty huge week for him. He got a promotion at work and is now the manager of a brand new location. It’s something he’s been working toward for a while and he’s really excited about it. If you’re local and need a rental car go see him at Hertz in Denham Springs. Or just wish him luck from afar! I’m so so proud of him and excited to see him succeed. Go Nick!

Welcome to the ugliest spot in my house.

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This is the far right corner of the laundry room. It’s right off the kitchen, and it’s where we stow all of our pet accoutrements. The litter box, dog and cat food, a large crate, etc. It’s my least favorite part of the house. Below you can see it from a little further back. This is right before I painted the laundry room walls white.

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It’s basically a nook that’s about three feet deep and five feet wide, and for the longest time I’ve dreamed of turning it into the world’s tiniest half bath (it’s just large enough to meet local building codes). The main bath downstairs is accessible only through bedrooms, so I thought adding a powder room that was more conveniently located for guests would be a good move for resale. But bathrooms are expensive and I never figured out where I would move the displaced litter box.

So then I started thinking about how to improve the existing function of the space. A skirted table over the litter box would obscure it from view and provide a surface area for pet food in nice looking canisters. I thought maybe I could place a piece of painted plywood atop two small filing cabinets, then hang fabric from a tension rod across the front. But the more I mulled it over in my mind, the more I thought maybe I should go for something a little more built in. Like this:


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The photo above encompasses nearly everything that’s been swirling around in my mind. The wood counter, skirted front, shelves above. I don’t think I’ll be going for something as bold as those stripes, but I do feel inspired to use a patterned fabric for the skirt. And instead of a sink the counter will be solid. I think I might copy those shelves exactly because I hadn’t quite figured out how to work around the window until I saw this photo. It’ll be like a butler’s pantry of sorts, but if we get an electrician to drop an outlet over there down the line it could also be used as a desk or sewing nook.

I’ve found several tutorials online for DIYing wood countertops, and since I’d only need a section about five feet long, with no cutouts or anything, I think I can handle it. Glue a couple of boards together, stain and seal, and mount the whole operation to the wall. Voila, wood countertop.

So what do you think? Should I go for it? I figure even if it’s a massive flop I’m out only about $30 in lumber and some wasted time.