Category: Around The House

2016 – Year of the Kitchen

This is what my kitchen looked like right after Christmas so as you might imagine, I haven’t cooked beyond heating things up in the microwave or toaster oven for a few weeks now. I’ve finally taken the plunge and decided to get my kitchen remodel rocking and rolling. When we bought our house almost seven years ago I didn’t think it would take us this long to get it going but in a way I’m glad we waited. My tastes and sensibility has evolved a lot since then and when committing thousands of pounds of materials to a project, you want to get it right the first time. Food blogger and writer that I am though, I chose colors, materials, and lighting elements that would work best for photographing food and that we’ll be able to live with til the end of time. I’m already plotting on a huge post full of pictures and resources when it’s complete (hopefully!!) towards the end of January. For now, here’s a shot of my work of art, aka...

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So…

It may be slightly obvious that I’ve been half in, half out here on this blog, but I haven’t stopped writing. I’ve used this, my social media presence, and these tools to basically create something out of nothing. I started blogging to find a writing voice that I hadn’t used in a while and I was desperate at the time to find a public relations or writing job. At the least, I just wanted to get some freelance writing work. A few years later, I’ve achieved both of those goals and so much more. I now (finally) have an awesome public relations job, multiple streams of freelance for fantastic publications, and a story to tell those who think that there isn’t any way to get out of the job or life that they can’t believe they are stuck in. Don’t worry, this sounds like a farewell post, but no way! I might post here less, but I do want to keep doing this because it’s mine, it’s where I started and its a good creative outlet. But it IS so easy to think, “Ehh, I could write this, or take on another paying project.” I’m using this to recommit to posting at least once a week, about life, my projects around the house and in the kitchen, and just keeping this as a way to remember the moments of...

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Night Standing

The thing about having annoyingly specific tastes is that it takes a while to find what you’re looking for. The reward though, is that split second, gut-reaction feeling that comes when you know you’ve found it. After I found and refinished my dresser, a boring brown IKEA Malm was no longer cutting it, so I launched a concentrated mission to find a close as possible match of a nightstand. This below was not it. So I kept up on my search. One Sunday when I was trolling the Old Mill Antique Shop (one of my favorites, check it out sometime, on State Street) I stopped by the Plant Shop right next to it and was speaking with the gentleman behind the counter, asking for his advice on where to locate another item and he suggested that I check out ATOP #1 Antique Mall on Highway 1 between the flea market and I-20. As soon as I could I headed out there and at first was disappointed in this little room full of mismatched stuff until a woman sent me down a small, crowded hallway that let to the most glorious sight- an entire warehouse full of antiques and odd and ends of all sorts. After making if nearly three fourths of the way through the space with my eyes laser focused on the signature mid century modern legs, I...

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A Mini Organizing Spree

You know how after you watch an episode of Hoarders you just feel this pressing urge to clean something, anything, immediately? I recently checked out The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster from the library and within the first chapter of her describing her path to organization nirvana, I suddenly had to stop. And organize. Something. Anything, in my own house. My mind wandered to a task that I’ve been needing to work on for quite a while, my shoe closet organization. If you’ve been reading for a while you might remember when I repainted it when I was reeling in the emotional aftermath of losing my grandfather. I literally woke up, made a cup of coffee, and started tearing into this closet project. And that’s how it remained until this past week. You see, I have devolved into wearing only one pair of black flip flops all summer that I bought at a sidewalk sale at Salty’s. Spongy Sanuks for $13? Yes, please! But I have a pretty substantial collection of shoes in my closet, mostly heels that I can’t wear to work anymore. I have a half mile hike from the parking lot to my office, and while I see some women making the trek in tall ones I just can’t bring myself to do it. But the problem is that I do wear some of these...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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