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100 year old home gets a 3 Day Kitchen Makeover for less than $5K!

Back in February, we went through more than 2600 applications that poured in over 48 hours for a makeover, sponsored by Lowe’s. It was our second time traveling anywhere in the country making over one of your spaces in a weekend, although this year was a little different. Last time we ended up on Long Island, transforming an entry/sitting area, but the stakes were a little higher this year as all of the entries were bathrooms and kitchens. The decision was not easy or quick, and included a lot of discussion around, “Could we really do this in 3 days?!” but we found ourselves enamored with a small, early 1900s kitchen in a Baltimore row house and knew that it was the perfect candidate for our weekend refresh. Over the weeks that followed, we spent hours upon hours designing the space, collecting measurements, picking out and ordering everything from Lowe’s and Skyping with the homeowners to try…

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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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Our Kitchen: One Year Later

It’s been a whole year since we finished our kitchen renovation (how!?) so we thought it would be fun to share how it looks today (not all that different) and how it has been wearing, as well as, some additions we’ve made and things we’re thinking about changing or would do differently. 1. What’s new? There have only been a few additions since completing the kitchen a year ago, and maybe that’s a good sign. We added hanging herb planters a few weeks ago that instantly added life to the kitchen. We also ended up buying a second over-the-counter cutting board from Ikea. Initially we bought it to replace our current one for when it was worn, but we ended up putting it on the other side of the ranges and it just stayed there. It’s so convenient to have a couple chopping stations “built in” and they are only around $10 each….

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Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things – Blending Styles In Your Home

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things – Blending Styles In Your Home Game: Taboo Show Notes: In this episode, Chris and Julia celebrate one year in their new kitchen by revisiting some of the things they love most about it, as well as sharing a few recent additions they’ve completed. They also talk about blending styles and give some advice on how to make that work in your home, and how to choose which styles you should/could blend. CLJ posts mentioned: It’s Done! The Full Kitchen Reveal. East Idaho Parade of Homes Highlights Other items mentioned: The Flavor Bible Episode Sponsored by:         Visit Blinds.com today and receive 20% off your entire order with the code CLJPODCAST – Offer ends 9-30-16 Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire How to Listen (iPhone): 1….

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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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Before and After: A Small, Pittsburgh Kitchen Gets A Complete Makeover in 6 Days

My aunt and uncle’s home in Pittsburgh is more than 90 years old and full of character, but the kitchen, like so many other kitchens, definitely had its fair share of challenges: the small 9×9 footprint, the outdated electrical, the radiator in the corner, no dishwasher, the in-swinging door that hindered so much usable space, the lack of counter space–and if all that wasn’t looming over us, we were given just 6 days to tackle the complete gut job renovation. We spilled a lot of our plans in this post, but as a reminder, here’s the before: And six days later, here’s the after! Of course there was a lot that happened in those six days. My sister, Andrea, documented the whole renovation process via video so we’ll cover a lot of those details when we release that footage later, along with a couple other videos she did for the project–including the reveal…

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How to Renovate a Kitchen in 6 days + All the Details

It’s crazy to think about leaving for Pittsburgh in just 3 days! We take off Friday to renovate an entire kitchen for Frigidaire Professional, on camera, in a handful of days (read more about how that came to be here). We did our own kitchen renovation in 7 weeks, which felt good and fast and something to be proud of. But we’ll be doing this one in 6 days and, really, we’re just crossing our toes and holding our breath and preparing ourselves for little sleep and a lot of fun. Honestly, we have spent every waking minute planning the details of this kitchen for the last 3 months and now that it’s just about here, we thought it would be fun to share the plans of how Chris and I mapped out exactly how we plan to tackle an entire gut kitchen renovation in a short amount of time. But first!…

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