- Published on Saturday, 11 May 2013
What better time to show you the baby’s nursery than Mother’s Day weekend? Since our families both live so far away it is important to us to incorporate items and memories of them into the baby’s room.
The nursery used to be our home office. It also served as a make-shift kitchen during our kitchen remodel. The baby came early and...
Life’s a Beach…
- Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Another beautiful Southern California day. A little girl and her corgi drawn carriage.
Kitchen Sneak Peek
- Published on Thursday, 04 April 2013
Our kitchen is 95% done. We still have some small things left to do like install the outlet covers and touch up the paint, so no Before & After reveal just yet. But, the kitchen is functional.
I have to say it is absolutely wonderful and I have no idea why we waited so long to remodel the kitchen. Kitchen before…yeah, I...
Welcome to the World Little One
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013
Meet Juliet Mira Ferguson Chiu.
Our daughter was born February 5th, weighing 5lbs 3oz. and 19 inches long. My whole pregnancy I had been picturing an Asian baby who takes after my husband. She surprised everyone by being born with red hair and blue eyes like her Mommy.
I went to the hospital for a fetal stress test at the end of...
Kitchen Cabinet Installation
- Published on Friday, 01 February 2013
Note: This post was added after the fact.
A slew of texts messages and images fly back forth from my hospital bed, where I am strapped to a fetal heart monitor 24 hours a day, and from David who is overseeing the installation of our kitchen cabinets. I get asked lots of questions…where is the cabinet hardware, how thick should...
- Published on Friday, 25 January 2013
The shining spot in the midst of the house remodel craziness is the kindness of strangers! Jen, from the blog Jen Spends – a truly wonderful blog, you really should check it out if you haven’t already, reached out to Farrow & Ball on our behalf. This got things rolling.
Two hours later Rob Murray from Farrow &...
In a State…
- Published on Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Does this kitchen look like it will be done in 3 weeks to you? Me neither.
Juan, our contractor, who has done tons of work on our house and who we love, is really letting us down. He has been working on our kitchen what I can only call part-time since the week after Thanksgiving. I found out he is also on another job. Normally, I...
Progress to Report
- Published on Tuesday, 15 January 2013
I feel like I can breathe. All the boxes filled with cupboard pullouts, pantries and blind corners that have filled the dining room for the past 3 months have been picked up and taken to the cabinetmaker’s shop. We can actually walk through the dining room now. It really is the little things. Being able to see the dining room floor...
Cost-Saving Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
- Published on Wednesday, 09 January 2013
We faced the unexpected cost of rewiring the entire downstairs of our house, blowing our remodeling budget out of the water. We needed to make some drastic cuts to our kitchen remodel to have any chance of the project cost coming in anywhere near our original budget.
One major place to save is on the cost of cabinetry. We are...
- Published on Monday, 07 January 2013
I LOVE marble countertops. Based on looks alone marble is my first choice. The sad truth is we aren’t marble people. I know marble countertops have lasted hundreds of years in European kitchens, but I don’t think they would last 6 weeks with us! Maybe we are just more messy or careless than all those European chefs?
We have a...