Sometimes I almost forget how much our lives have changed since our move, until I have my girlfriends - who live in Boston - come out for a weekend getaway. It's hard to compare our little town's hot spots (as great as they are!) with the thrill of the City, but I think that's part of the charm. Oh, but then there are moments like when I visit my brother in law's beautiful chickens, and I have no trouble remembering where we are.
I love New England Summers. (I mean it's what makes our long snowy winters worthwhile right?) We have really been enjoying our first Summer living by the sea so when we had family in town recently we just had to take them on a tour of our area. We ended the afternoon with oysters and lobster rolls overlooking the water at a local favorite.
Renovation on a budget is all about prioritizing. Since we put so much of our financial resources in to our new roof, new bathroom, and other general must-be-done repairs, our kitchen is the biggest temporary DIY make over. Truth be told, I had NO hopes of resurrecting our kitchen. It was awful and I wanted to tear every single thing out as soon as we could. But as everyone knows kitchens are crazy expensive. So we got out the paint, sanded and repainted every.single.surface and upgraded the little details.
I replaced all the knobs with decorative glass pulls from anthropologie and my husband installed a brand new light fixture from Ballard Designs along with a shiny new Moen faucet. We embraced the quirks (like the missing doors) and I'm displaying all my white dishware. Hey, open shelving is country classic right? There are still a few to-do's like removing the oversized wood stove, and doing something about those bright red counters - but for now, It's been a pretty welcome change. Best of all - the elements we did upgrade, are all pieces we will be happy to see stay when we do get around to a full kitchen remodel.
A while back I mentioned we were considering leaving the urban life for a move to Massachusetts' coastal south shore. Well, I'm excited to share that we have officially bought our dream home by the sea in a small town called Scituate! We found a charming 1816 antique cape with loads of potential but is in desperate need of some serious TLC and renovations. It's going to be a long and fun journey that I hope to share bits and pieces of along the way!