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Real Life: What’s on Our Kitchen Counters

We’ve done a tour of what’s inside all of our kitchen cabinets (way back here), and although you’re probably used to catching peeks at what we keep on our kitchen counter, I thought it would be fun to give you more of a detailed impromptu tour! After all, what we leave on our kitchen counters is what we likely use the most or like to have at arm’s reach. A friend had just dropped off some flowers for Greta after her surgery and besides throwing the mail from the island to the adjacent dining room table, these photos aren’t staged (I’m really wishing I would have plucked Greta’s play tea cup from next to the cookbooks among a few other things). Just from a random day last week when the sun was shining on our kitchen. (I linked the products under each photo for easy reference.) On the far left counter,…

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A Night In the Kitchen (Plus, our favorite gluten free dessert recipe)

This A Night In is sponsored by Anolon. Welcome to the second installment of A Night In where we rally a few of our favorite bloggers together to share a space in their home after that photogenic afternoon light goes down. It’s intimate. It’s real. And in my opinion, it’s incredibly cozy. Nothing is better than when the sun goes down and your home can start shining from the inside. This time, everyone is sharing their kitchens at night! Most of our readers know we like to entertain and have people over for dinner–a large reason why we installed two ranges side by side in here. We usually have people over for dinner 2-3 times a week, but recently, with all of the projects we’ve be undertaking, it’s been a difficult time commitment to swing. That hasn’t stopped us or our passion for welcoming friends inside our home. Our friends had the brilliant idea of having…

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Hanging Herbs in the Kitchen

The nights are starting to get cold and in the next town over, they had frost one evening so we knew it was time to get the last of our basil and rosemary from the garden inside to extend their use even longer. We thought about freezing the the leaves (this post has great tips about doing that), but we loved the idea of repotting them indoors so we could enjoy the freshness and fragrance, and nothing is prettier than fresh herbs in the kitchen right? While in years past, we simply put them in a pot on the counter, our rosemary was especially robust this year and we decided hanging them to keep the counters free would be best. We found these beautiful Terracotta planters with leather straps at Target for $19 (!!) and knew they’d be perfect for the task. Besides the planters, for this quick project you’ll need ceiling…

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Behind the scenes of our Food Network Magazine Shoot!

Pinch me! We’re in September’s issue of Food Network Magazine, on stands now. Earlier this year, Food Network Magazine contacted us about featuring us in our kitchen after seeing it on Instagram. Chris’s sister gifted us a year’s subscription to Food Network Magazine for Christmas five years ago and we haven’t missed an issue since. So, needless to say, we were a big-fat-YES and the experience has been one of the highlights of our year thus far. The shoot day was way back in early April, but I haven’t been allowed to say anything until the spread came out. It was such a fun, surreal day and I’m so grateful my friend Whitney was able to snap some behind-the-scenes shots for us. Prior to the photographers coming, we spent a few days making sure the kitchen was spotless; light shades clear of dust and film, the stovetop looking like new, the kitchen linens ironed…

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Art Parade On The Range Hood

I’ve been thinking for some time it might be nice to have a piece of art hanging on the range hood cover we DIYed last year. It’s a large, 60″ wide hood that we added some slim, pencil trim to, but other than that it’s pretty simple. On one hand, I don’t think everything needs something on it. A place for eyes to rest in a room is welcomed, in my opinion. However, I’ve been casually looking and gathering up all of my favorite pieces the last few weeks and now I’ve narrowed it down to six options, with the seventh option being leaving it bare. Here they are in a gold-framed, GIF parade on the hood for you to get a visual. one / two / three / four / five / six As you can see, I am drawn to landscapes for this spot. Even five is an…

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A Budget Breakdown of the Pittsburgh Kitchen

Last week, we shared all the before and afters of the Pittsburgh kitchen we did with Frigidaire Professional right here. We also shared a fun, behind-the-scenes video (okay, I cried) of the 6-day renovation process right here. Since we shared those, we’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about how much did it all cost?! So, today, let’s talk about that. Frigidaire Professional was the headline sponsor for this renovation, but we had a few of our other favorite brands, like Rejuvenation, Wayfair and Semihandmade, pitch in some product too. And then there were a lot of materials, tools and decor that we purchased for the kitchen ourselves. But for the sake of an accurate budget breakdown, for those that want to recreate the look, I’m putting the true costs of everything in this post. Some would call this a save and splurge kitchen, but even the splurges were budget conscious. We were very…

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How Much Did the Kitchen Cost?

It came as a big surprise to us that the number one search on our site is “kitchen cost.” We never planned on breaking down the total kitchen cost in its own post, since we did share costs of projects and purchases as we went and also a complete source list.  But also, there are a lot of factors that come into play that won’t be the same depending on what part of the country or world you live in like gas lines or construction costs. But after enough inquiries, and our budget post last week, we decided to lay it all out on the table. So how much did our kitchen renovation actually cost? In short, about $28,000. For reference, the kitchen is about 13×11. That is not including the walk-in pantry we added or the recessed portion where our new fridge, microwave and cabinets surrounding those are (add another 2′…

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