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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Get Inspired | Home Coffee Stations

After we have finally installed our kitchen backsplash, I am so inspired of dressing up the kitchen.  Being a coffee & tea drinker myself and The Mr. as well, first on my list is to create a home coffee station.

So I am so busy looking for inspiration in the www and these are my favorites.
1 - I am so inlove with this coffee station from Only Deco Love, she's so smart to move her coffee away from her kitchen and just used everything she already have.
2 - Now this one from Hi Sugarplum! is easy & accessible.  I like that she's got the teaspoons right on there ready for use.
3 - Also this from Honey We're Home is what I'm talking about! Who doesn't want to have fresh coffee while looking at those fresh flowers?  And the tray!
4 - Love the pull-out style of this coffee station from In Detail Interiors.  It is an organizers' dream to just easily tuck away everything and close the cabinet doors when it's not in use.
5 - Hello sunshine! It makes me excited to see those yellow coffee mugs and that's what I always need every morning! Emily & Meeko are so lucky to wake up every morning with this.
6 - What a functional use of space from DIY Remodel Home, I like those coffee cups ready for use while the coffee, sugar, etc are on the second shelf.
7 - Now, if I had a corner like this on my kitchen, I would definitely create this look from HGTV.
8 - My favorite is the framed chalkboard print that Design Improvised scored from Goodwill.  Isn't it lovely?  Might make something similar to that.
9 - This is the ultimate home coffee station from HGTV's Fixer Upper that I am looking for! Look at that, love the chalkboard on the wall, what a statement! What else can you ask for? 
10 - My favorite on this coffee station from The Vintage Wren is that cup holder and additional storage space above it.  It really maximized it's vertical space.

Now that I have 10 Stylish Home Coffee Stations to inspire me, let's see if I ever get something done to show you my very own home coffee station.
Until then...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[Petites Fashion] White & Polka Dots

But what this post is - all about real people(that's me) fashion, that are petite but not so skinny.  Outfits that I actually wore to work or go somewhere.
I love wearing white, it makes me feel sophisticated and effortless.  This Calvin Klein top top I bought it from Dillards (but you can also get it here) and I love how it feels on my skin - so soft.

It is intricately decorated with rhinestones on the shoulders.
Paired it with a polka dot capri, similar here, and a black peep toe pumps to kind of give it an uhmpf.  In terms of capris, I'd like to wear the skinny ones because it doesn't make my legs shorter, instead of the regular straight capris.  
Then I wore a very simple white with gray chevron earrings to complete the look.
I hope you enjoyed my petites fashion post for the today!  Until then...
 
You may shop below for the items or similar items that I'm wearing on this post.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Our Kitchen Backsplash is Finally Installed

As you may know we have three other backsplash inspiration but after almost two months of waiting since we purchased our backsplash of choice, last weekend we  were finally able to do the grouting to finish off the kitchen backsplash installation.   

We (The Mr. and I) wanted to tackle this project when both of us have at least two days off.  We started it two weeks ago with the mortar and tile installation.  

We are so happy with the result.
It is very important to turn off all the electrical power of all the outlets before starting.
Luckily for us, the wet tile saw and some of the tools, we were able to borrow from friend and family.  So that really saved us a lot of money.  You might want to check out from family and friends if you can borrow some of these tools.

I may not be going to include a step by step instruction on how we did this because we basically followed Amy Matthews's video tutorial below on how to do it.  

It is the most detailed instruction that we have found when we were researching on the www.  But you will see my DIY'ers Tips for this project based on our experience on this post.
Plus I was not able to take photos during the process of installation because we were too busy arguing, lol!

I actually kidded my husband that we have surpassed the biggest test to our relationship.  My advise: If you guys want to know if you're relationship is strong enough.  Do a project together.  If at the end of the project you did not decide on getting a divorce, then your relationship is strong. lol!

Really, in all seriousness, at the beginning of the installation, The Mr. and I were arguing so much because we haven't established our process who's gonna do what.  

DIY'er's Tip:  It is better to install the tiles with two sets of hands because while the other set of hands hold the tiles using float trowel to adhere it, the other set of hands can start the measurements for the next tile.

But after about a couple of tiles installed, we decided that while he cuts the tile to fit around the outlet, I will be putting the mortar on the wall just enough to attach the mosaic tile.

DIY'er's Tip:  Mortar dries very fast, so apply only on the wall that will approximately will adhere the size of your tile or your mosaic tile.  
On the tutorial video above, it was mentioned to start the tiling in the center and work out, but we did not do that on ours.  We started on the spot where we thought is the most difficult to work on with and hard to reach - and that is the middle corner, see photo below.
The Mr. cut the tile straight so we can easily install it on the corner then we work our way out. 

And because we were able to establish what works for us, the rest was pretty much faster and smoother.  

The next challenge was to work around an outlet.  For whatever reason when we decided on how many outlets we wanted on the kitchen when this house was built, we have 8 outlets that we have to work around with.  That was a challenge!
DIY'er's Tip:  When it comes to working your way around an outlet, we just made sure that switch plate will completely cover the tile.  It wasn't a big deal if it was straight or not as long as it will be eventually covered by the switch plates.

We decided to change the color of our switch plates to make it more dramatic and contemporary.

When we finally got to the end of the kitchen wall where we want our backsplash to end, we measured our statement piece that we haven't installed yet but don't worry you will see it here pretty soon, then bordered the bottom with vertical tile.
We waited for a week, then we grouted last weekend to finally finish this project off.

DIY'ers Tip:  When mixing your grout, start with a small amount of powder estimating to cover at least a feet of your backsplash.  That way you only have enough grout to last for 10-20 minutes because after that, the grout can be very difficult to apply as it may start to dry up and harden a little bit.

DIY'ers Tip:  While the other set of two hands is applying the grout, after 10 minutes from when the grout was first applied, the other set of hands should start wiping off the grout clean using the sponge.

And there we have our newly installed kitchen backsplash!!!
The best thing about this project is that when I'm doing the dishes, it doesn't make me want to cry anymore.  Remember my post about how the wall against the sink look like?
It actually makes me want to sing and dance while doing the dishes!!!

And how it used to look like before the backsplash is now part of the past.
Because I am super happy with the result!  So thankful also for The Mr.!!
If you want to purchase the tools and supplies that are similar to what I used on this project, below are the suggested links:

Until then...
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