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Weekend in New Orleans Part 3

Thursday, August 11, 2016

During our last day in New Orleans, we went to The Pharmacy Museum. It was very interesting!
new orleans pharmacy museum

new orleans pharmacy museum

new orleans pharmacy museum

new orleans pharmacy museum

new orleans pharmacy museum

Our next stop was the World War II Museum. We got there late in the afternoon, so we didn't have time to see everything, but we covered the highlights. Seeing the museum pique our interest in learning more, so after returning home, we watched Ken Burns The War.
new orleans world war II museum

new orleans world war II museum

new orleans world war II museum
The Victory Garden was tucked away, and I think other visitors missed it. I found it fascinating!

Before driving home, we had a few hours to spend in the city, so we went on a carriage ride. I always wanted to do this!

Antoine's New Orleans
We had brunch at Antoine's, the oldest family owned restaurant in the US.

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Link Roundup #10

Friday, August 5, 2016

History A desperate effort to save children from the Holocaust - Mashable. "Within days, the Refugee Children’s Movement and other groups sent representatives to Germany and Austria to organize the relocation of the children most at risk of persecution. The effort was informally dubbed the Kindertransport. The BBC broadcast a call for foster homes"

The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: 100 Years of Polar Mystery - Brain Pickings

The society of late night readers - Reading Rainbow. "I’d whisper goodnight then get into my own bed with a book and my own quiet time. I liked knowing that only my mom and I were the only ones awake, that I was a member of our household’s unofficial Society of Late Night Readers."

Play the woman card and reap these rewards - Washington Post. "It is great. It entitles you to a sizable discount on your earnings everywhere you go (average 21 percent, but can be anywhere from 9 percent to 37 percent, depending on what study you’re reading and what edition of the Woman Card you have.) If you shop with the Woman Card at the grocery, you will get to pay 11 percent more for all the same products as men, but now they are pink."

Would you call someone a girl boss - Cup of Jo. “Girl Boss” is not the phrase we should tout if we want to be powerful or successful. Female-run businesses are not adorable. Women don’t need to justify their abilities and intellect by making it cute."

I'll take care of the bills - Forbes. “It’s a tactic to maintain power and control over somebody,” says Nathaniel Fields, president and CEO of the Urban Resource Institute, which provides services to empower victims of domestic violence. “It’s another form of abuse and domestic violence — when one person in a relationship takes control of another person’s economic resources to control that person.”

Why You Might Actually Want a Budget and Not Just Need One - A Practical Wedding. "When you hear the word budget, you probably think about spreadsheets and accounting (egads!). You think about restriction or denial. Let those stereotypes go. Your budget is your priorities, all laid out. So you can reach them."

Inside a bold orange and blue house - House Beautiful.


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Weekend in New Orleans Part 2

Thursday, August 4, 2016

I blogged about our trip to New Orleans back in April and I forgot to blog about the rest of the trip. Whoops!

We only spent two days in New Orleans, but we packed a lot in! In the afternoon, we toured the Beauregard-Keyes House.
The home was built in 1826, and our tour focused on the two more famous owners: General Beauregard and Frances Keyes.

General Beauregard never actually owned 1113 Chartres; however upon his return from the Civil War in late 1865 he, along with his two sons, rented the entire house from Dominique Lanata. His second wife, Caroline Deslonde, passed away while he was away at war and her family mansion on Esplanade Avenue which the two had shared prior to the war was sold at auction by her heirs. 

Frances Keyes lived in the house from 1945-1970. She was an American author who restored the home and gardens.

For dinner we ate at The Chophouse, a gift card was included in our vacation package.

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Our Master Bathroom Design

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I really hate our bathroom! Green is my favorite color, but 1980's green is not my favorite. Before we moved into our house, Sam and I discussed whether we would want to gut and redo the kitchen or bathroom first. We both agreed on the bathroom. (Yesterday, I blogged about our kitchen updates but we consider those to be temporary. It wasn't a gut job.)

For months I've been researching products for our master bathroom. Here's how I design a space for myself - I find a finish or product (usually fabric) that I LOVE and build the room around that. I research how much things cost, come up with a budget, and save up money.

Right now I'm in the saving money stage. I've picked out most of the finishes that I like, and now I'm finalizing and tweaking and making final selections.
I've decided to approach this bathroom project in two different phases. Phase One will be the vanity area (left photo) and Phase Two will be the shower area (right photo) plus flooring. By doing the project in two phases, we can start on the vanity area while still saving up money for the shower area, which will be more expensive.

The first thing we'll do is paint the existing cabinets Sherwin Williams Retreat. We already have the paint, so we could really start this any time.
sw retreat paint

This cabinets in the kitchen below were painted Retreat, and I love how it turned out!
retreat cabinet color

I really like the hardware we have on our kitchen cabinets, and I want to use the same ones in the bathroom, just in a different finish. From House of Antique Hardware. Knobs here. Pulls here.

I was looking at countertop selections on PlumbTile website (they carry so many product lines!), and I just love this quartz counter from DalTile, it can be purchased through PlumbTile bath showroom. I'm going to look around town at remnant pieces (probably this weekend), but this is my backup in case I can't find anything big enough.
daltile quartz

We currently have a biscuit colored sink, and I want to replace it with a simple white sink, like this Toto sink. I'm also going with a widespread 8" faucet instead of the centerset because I think it's a higher end look. To me, centerset looks builder grade. Another step to prevent your bathroom or kitchen from looking builder grade is to mix finishes. I'm going with antique brass on the cabinet hardware and the lighting and polished chrome for the mirror, faucet, and towel rods. Sigma 400 Lexington from PlumbTile.

Instead of the huge mirror that is currently in the bathroom, I'm going to replace it with two mirrors from Z Gallery.
zgallery mirror

Sam and I don't agree on the light fixtures, but here are some that I'm considering.
Sam doesn't like this one because he says it doesn't look like it belongs in a bathroom.

This one is probably my favorite, but I change my mind everyday. From Hudson Valley.
Maybe too contemporary? From Hudson Valley.
I'm really stumped on the lighting! Any suggestions?
This is my favorite feature of the bathroom design - wallpaper! I searched for months for the perfect pattern and finally found it from Stark. I only plan to have wallpaper in the vanity area and paint in the shower area since steamy showers and wallpaper don't mix.

Here's the mood board for the vanity. I included a photo of the marble basket weave flooring (lower right), but the flooring won't be included in Phase One.
Any suggestions about the light fixture? Have you done a bathroom remodel?

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1980's Kitchen Update

Monday, August 1, 2016

1980's kitchen
 When we bought our house, this is what it looked like. I hated pretty much everything.

1980's kitchen update
Two months after closing, our kitchen looked like this. Here's what we did in the kitchen before moving in:
  • scraped the popcorn ceilings 
  • removed the chair rail
  • painted the walls and trim
  • replaced the floors
  • bought a new dishwasher and refrigerator
  • replaced the light fixtures
I wanted to paint the cabinets, get new hardware, and cut off that weird fence/molding thing at the top of the wall cabinets. Other projects ended up taking priority, and we didn't start on painting the cabinets until June.

painting kitchen cabinets
 In June we sanded and primed the cabinets doors, and then stopped. We had a lot of Netflix to watch, and we got lazy.

painting kitchen cabinets
 In July we got back to work and started on the drawers.

painting kitchen cabinets

 We piled our kitchen stuff in the dining room, but thankfully we only had to live like this for about a week.

painting kitchen cabinets
 After the cabinets doors and drawers were complete, we started on the cabinet boxes. This took us a weekend. We used two different sanders - Sam used the orbital sander and I used the mouse sander.

painting kitchen cabinets
 After sanding, Sam cut off that weird fence trim pieces. Yay! Then we primed. We tried a new primer for this project - Glidden Gripper. We primed two coats.

painting kitchen cabinets
 The next day we started adding color! My favorite part! The color is Sherwin Williams Gallery Green.

painting kitchen cabinets

painting kitchen cabinets
 Here it is all finished! Eventually I want to get a new range and microwave, but that's not in the budget right now.

painted green kitchen cabinets
 The hardware is from House of Antique Hardware. Knobs here. Pulls here.

painted green kitchen cabinets
 The wall color is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee.

1980's kitchen update
I'm pleased with the results. Eventually I want to replace the cabinets, but this is a good update in the interim.
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