Simply Cait plans a KITCHEN! (the before pictures)

Let’s just move right on past the fact that I haven’t posted since October and focus on the real excitement: We are finally remodeling our kitchen!!! When we bought our home 2.5 years ago, we knew we’d want to remodel it eventually.  It has a number of not so redeeming qualities: a cream colored refrigerator with a faux wood grain handle, black stove, and a portable dishwasher (we actually do not dislike this nearly as much as we thought we would).  “Those are just appliances!” you say.  Well, let me introduce you to 70 year old cabinets and a gorgeous beige, laminate counter top along with some orangey cream colored linoleum.  If you could hear the weird screech that the faucet makes when you run hot water, you’d give us high fives and major props for waiting this long to tackle the project!

#simplycaitskitchen | Before |

Look at those beauties! {insert whistle here}

Look at those beauties! {insert whistle here}

Can I also mention that there is a ceiling fan in our kitchen.  This has to be a man’s design decision.  Any woman I mention this to is equally as horrified as I am at the idea of that dust flying around an area where you prepare food… and I won’t get started on the dog hair from our “non shedding” dog that somehow gets up there.  Hence the reason why it has been turned on approximately once.  That would be the very first time when we realized it is a terrible idea. 😉

Simply Cait's Kitchen | Before |

Here’s the view from the dining room to give you an idea of the layout.

View into Kitchen | Before |

As I post these pictures, I can look at the kitchen objectively and acknowledge that it needs a facelift really bad.  Maybe even more than I realized.  Sometimes you can live in your home so long that you don’t even notice the uglies.  And when your home is filled with laughter and love, who the heck cares anyway?  I struggle with interior design, because I love it and it’s my absolute passion, but when I take a step back I know that it isn’t what really matters.  There are so many things that should (and have) come before it.  But now I’m looking at those pictures up on the screen and I know it’s time.  This kitchen needs it.  It needs it bad.  And so we’ll begin!

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The backyard plan, stan


#simplycaitsbackyard | the plan |


Minnesota started to pretend to warm up a month or so ago, and I am finally thawing out.  This winter seemed like the longest one ever and I’ve been craving time in the sun.  There’s no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy an adult beverage or two than your own backyard.  It’s time for a makeover to whip ours into the oasis I know it can be.


We bought our house a year and a half ago, so this will be our second summer in our home.  With my MBA graduation, a trip to Spain, and seven weddings last year, we didn’t have a ton of time (or money!) to spend on sprucing up the backyard.  I’m also a firm believer in not rushing major projects when you don’t have a vision, and since it was our first summer at the house we needed to see what we were working with first. (We bought in December, so we had no idea what our yard looked like without snow!)  Luckily, we didn’t have a whole ton of plants in the yard.  Removing plants and trees from a yard is a lot of work and/or expensive so I was happy to start with a fairly blank slate.  There is some minor landscaping along our side door and a few peony bushes (my favorite!), but other than that it’s open to our imagination.


Here’s what we’re working with and a rough idea of my vision:


#simplycaitsbackyard | before |


#simplycaitsbackyard | before |


#simplycaitsbackyard | before |

And there are a few surprises I didn’t mention… because no backyard is complete without a fire and a water feature am I right?

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