The Cherry Blossoms This Year…

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DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 7 resized… like year’s past, they’re still pretty as ever. (Photos from 2013 and 2014. As for last year, apparently I wasn’t on my A-game.)

Not only was last Saturday peak bloom for the Cherry Blossoms, but the weather was gorgeous!

After I convinced myself that braving the crowds would be totally worth it (thankfully this year I had a family friend in town to entice me to go), I was almost immediately reminded that the view is something else – a view I definitely take for granted more than I should.

Here’s a few photos from the day …DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 6 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 5 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 2 Resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 4 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 1 resized DC Cherry Blossoms 2016 3 resizedAll the photos were taken with my iPhone 6s and edited with A Color Story.


What I’m Loving Wednesdays…

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What I'm Loving Wednesday 10… this week, it’s the first signs of spring (↑) – plus a few other things that caught my eye:

The weekend will be here soon enough, right? 🙂 Happy hump day!

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Kitchen Coffee Bar and Open Shelving …

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Kitchen Coffee Bar and Open Shelving… extra storage, an excuse to go shopping for new decor and a little extra personality added to the kitchen, what’s not to love about that? And of course, I have Pinterest to thank, because how else would I have known I needed open shelving in the first place. 🙂

Quick reminder, this is what we started with (↓) before we painted and hung the new shelvesKitchen Midway Renovations 2If it wasn’t obvious, we’ve recently formed somewhat of a coffee and tea obsession (not the cheapest habit), so we wanted the shelves to not only be decorative, but functional. Additionally, we were able to free up some of our (limited) cabinet space by hanging our coffee mugs off the shelves.

Let’s take a closer look at the new decor, shall we?
Kitchen Open Shelves 6 resizedKitchen Opening Shelving Kitchen Open Shelves 1 resizeFirst off, that vintage carafe (↑), I swoon over it daily. I found that and the tarnished creamer on an Instagram shop that curates vintage finds. There Wednesday auctions are not good for my bank account.

The shelves and coffee mug hooks are from Ikea … naturally.

I found both the prints, here and here.

In case you missed it, Jeff painted the tea tins with chalkboard paint – a little DIY tutorial here.

As for the cookbooks, which I use ALL the time 😉 – I finally have a place to display my signed copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Like many people blog lovers out there, she was the first blog I read religiously.

As for the “Simmons Family Recipes,” sorry folks, that’s one of a kind. 😉

The little green teapot (short and stout) was an Amazon find, here.

Lastly, all the glass canisters, including the one holding the peaches (how could you possibly tell they’re fake?) are from Crate & Barrel. Kitchen Open Shelves 10 resizedI think I got most of our finds, but if you have any other questions, send them my way!


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