Been so busy with the renovations. Kitchen is finally done! I love this before and after shot. I can’t believe this is our kitchen 🙂 good bye old 80s kitchen!
When my girl moved out to Arizona with her fiance we decided to go visit them plus I always wanted to go. They ended up moving back to NY and breaking up but that was a year later. I wanted to stay at a Kimpton but when I saw a cute house for rent just a few miles from Scottsdale I decided on this house instead. Then my mom decided to come and meet us out there. I loved scottsdale so much, it’s one of the places we are strongly considering moving to when we’re older and retired (like 30 years from now lol) I loved the area, the food, everything. When my mom met up with us we made dinner in the house and I’m blaming that for the horrible food poisoning I got. Seriously I felt like death for 2 whole days. I couldn’t eat, all I did was sleep, drink ginger ale, and it was just the worst. It cut our trip in half and I barely saw my mom. I was definitely happy we had rented a house instead of a hotel room since I slept most of the time and it would have been worse just being in a small room, screaming at my hubs to shut up at 1 in the afternoon lol. Luckily the last day I started feeling better and since we had a red eye flight we hopped in the car and took the drive to go see the grand canyon. I just wish I hadn’t gotten sick and was able to enjoy it more, and show my mom around. I loved the house we rented and it really inspired me to do grey in our own home. I also was introduced to an omelette with goat cheese which is now one of my favorite things 🙂 It’s the little things. It was at this place called the breakfast club which I still remember till this day because of the movie with the same name. Also omg the truffle fries at Zinc Bistro, I loved them so much we went back a 2nd time (very rare). We almost have those same curtains in our bedroom now. This house just proves how much rental houses, hotels, have inspired me for our own home. The grand canyon is something I will never forget and I’m so happy I was able to go see it. This was the first time we used Airbnb too. Usually we use Homeaway or VRBO.
A few years ago every year we’d all go up to Woodstock and rent a huge house every year. As everyone got older, people now have kids and yeah no more. I still went up a few times with just my husband, the last time we went up was with our friend and her now ex fiance. We rented a cute house right in town with a creek in our backyard. We also went hiking and yeah that was the best trip up there I’d say. Small house, food in town, right by town, and hiking a mountain. Oh yeah and we went to a haunted house 🙂 When I was a kid we would go up to the catskills every year, so that’s what made me when older want to go back up there. It’s so different now besides Woodstock most of the area up there is pretty empty. Definitely not how it was back in the day! The cabins we stayed at when I was a kid are all abandoned and the place is closed now. No idea how somewhere that close to NYC could fail but I guess it happens. I guess more people go to Lake George?
After our wedding since my parents paid for it, we thought we’d take them on a trip to Los Angeles as a thank you. We rented a cute cottage in West Hollywood. My mom ended up not coming because we wouldn’t allow her husband at the time to come (long story). I’m sure she regrets her decision now! Anyway my dad still came and it was a great time. We ate all over LA which though I even lived there years ago for a summer I never really did.Also finally went to Santa Monica! Which again had never done. I’m only sad we never made it over to Malibu even though I’ve been there as a kid I barely remember it. My hubs also didn’t get to see Venice Beach. I loved sitting outside Urth Cafe having hot chocolate being a huge Entourage fan that I am (they were always there on the show). I made sure to look all celeb like putting my sunglasses on and my hair looked amazing lol. I also took a random selfie before heading to Santa Monica, and another picture my hubs took of me in Beverly hills at Villa Blanca which are still two of my favorite pics. The cottage we rented was a huge inspiration for our renovated home, seriously our kitchen will look very similar! Also the best part of our trip was going on the Dearly Departed tour! I love horror and am obsessed with all things like serial killers, murders, deaths, etc so obviously I loved it. Anyway Los Angeles is great if not superficial as hell. I’m happy I got to share one of my favorite places with my hubs.
I never usually get flowers since I am the worst and I end up killing them since I don’t take care of them lol so I just get gifts. This year I got a Fendi 2jours that I talked about in another post that was 50% off then I used discover and got 10% off 🙂 go me. People might think it’s weird if I pick out my own gifts but I think most girls do. If my hubs knew the purse to get me I’d be um suspicious lol. Plus it’s not like he would have ever found this I randomly saw it it on sale at Neiman Marcus in November after seeing it months before and wanted it. Anyway I’m off to shower, then get my hair done, and dinner later! I can’t wait to try my new Kylie’s lip glosses, kit, etc.
I know lots of people hate snooki and okay hate her but these slippers are the best! She wore them on the show and I remember thinking they looked so comfy. I have the regular leopard and I got pink to wear on my wedding day. These are seriously the best slippers ever. http://www.snookislippers.com/ years ago my hubs well boyfriend at the time bought them for me at Kohls but I don’t think they are sold there anymore. I still wear these on cold days, I just love them so much. I never really liked slippers before these things. Plus they are adorable. I also found a pair of jets slippers for my hubs like these. These are perfect on cold days like today (at least in ny it’s cold, my mom always brags how it’s like 70 by her in the south)
A few years ago we had this weird pinkish/maroonish color I hated and thought to cover up with yellow. Not realizing I basically hate the color yellow lol. For the longest time I wanted to do gray but it’s such a pain to paint. Taking everything down, moving everything, etc, blah blah blah. Finally over the summer we went for it and I couldn’t be happier. I love the grey so much I basically want it in every room of the house now. It opened up the space and just looks so much nicer/modern. I also painted our stairs white when they used to be fully brown. My dad had to argue for days why would you paint white just leave it alone? Yeah they look so much better now! We also used to have dark blue on the stairs and the grey really opened that space up compared to that dark blue. ICK. Also updated all the lighting 🙂 our wedding canvas art was done by our photographer since I didn’t want just the regular photos on the wall. I’m going to say where we got everything so read on if you want to know! Our curtains and pillows are West Elm. The couch is Macys. All the paint now (not the yellow or blue) are Sherwin Williams Repose gray (best color ever) the lights are from Pottery Barn. The Mirror is from pottery barn, the bar Crate & barrel. The tray is from West elm, both of them. Mercury bottles West elm along with the mercury candle, the other candle is Pier 1 imports. Front door is from home depot. Prada canvas is Oliver Gal art and I got that from Zgallerie. The big Paris book is from Z gallerie also which hides all our remotes, etc. Our sphere is from there too I joke it’s like a weapon that thing 🙂 books amazon. In front of the window is a skull, candles, and globe on a console table from Pottery Barn. Skull & globe z gallerie. Candles & holders Pier 1 imports. Not sure how big this photo is but the 2nd shelf if you can see is customized dog art done of our dogs from etsy (yes I’m that person) next to it is candle holders/vase from west elm. Bottom shelf are the ming boxes from Z gallerie, then our wedding album done by our photographer. If you can see the other table that has a lamp on it, it has a cool retro phone from pottery barn 🙂 Inside our wall unit is a purple teapot from CB2 that I had to get (love purple), next to heirloom bottles from z gallerie. The bottom is basically things from all our vacations along with an hour glass from pier 1 imports (how little time oh how clever) I think that’s it. I really need to check out homegoods but I love looking at things in stores and ordering online! It helps so I don’t overdo it all the time lol. To see what I spend etc instead of sitting at a counter oh put this back, etc. Which I’d never do and I’d honestly just spend to much lol. Can’t see it but we have a huge wall unit from Bob’s furniture with a 65″ tv perfect for walking dead on Sundays or super bowl. My hubs loves technology so we also have surround sound and a great HDMI cable. When we put a fireplace on our tv from netflix everyone who saw the photo thought it was a real fireplace lol. I think from cool vacation rentals, to Kimpton hotels, it helped me or inspired me to do our home very similarly. I also don’t like to be to matchy (made up word)