Thursday, June 19, 2014


It appears to have been a little while and I could say things that bloggers say like sorry and I missed it but meh, let's get down to it. 

So what's been happening lately? 
 Well, for starters, M and I finally tackled one item from our spring to do list and painted the front of the house. 
As you'll recall it looked like this before:
I'll acknowledge it's not terribly offensive... but it was time to go. 
We talked in the original post about painting the entire exterior grey and then doing dark navy or dark grey accents with white trim. 
Then when I started to contemplate how much work painting the ENTIRE house would be I thought up a solution that involved only half the effort- let's start out and paint the trim white, the window boxes and triangle navy, and then add some navy shutters and see if the brown doesn't suck so hard. 
And wouldn't ya know, it did the trick: 

We got quite a few comments from neighbors during this project that led me to believe the red was not well liked. We left the door red because it's a really nice contrast when it's closed..and it sort of accidentally looks patriotic but not too chintzy (or so I hope).

If I took a photo of the side or back of the house or the garage you'd see our secret: so far we've only painted the front. It's easy to ignore the rest for now when the curb appeal looks so much better.

What else, I've been eating some insanely delicious (and easy) meals (click photos for recipes):

and lastly, but probably most excitingly, M and I have booked trips to these places:

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so. freakin'. excited.

Needless to say things have been pretty good lately, overall.
Now, if you don't mind, I have a super needy kitty to snuggle, a hotel in Seattle to book, and some trashy TV to watch while listening to the rain.


  1. Wow! Your house looks awesome! Total transformation! Nice work.

  2. Love how the house looks! Want to come paint mine now that you're a pro? :)

    And OMG your trips! SO FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. SO so jealous of all of your upcoming travels!!!!!!

  4. So jealous of the trips! You guys will have a blast!

  5. The house looks GREAT, Kelly! :) Nice work!

  6. Kelli, the house looks fantastic!!! Isn't it crazy how a few small changes (Ok, I'm sure it doesn't seem small to you since you were the one painting) can make such a radical difference?!?!?! Red is one of my favorite colors, so I'm glad you kept the door red. :-)
    Seattle was one of my favorite cities that Steve and I went to. It's CLEAN, architecturally beautiful, and the people are NICE! SUPER NICE! Although, you're from MN, so I'm sure the people are nice, too. I'm from Philly, where sometimes we step over the homeless to get to our Starbucks more quickly… lol
    And Florence and Rome. I can't begin to tell you how jealous I am!

  7. Ok, I've got SO much to say. 1) The house looks great! I love me some semi-patriotic color themes!!

    And woohoo for amazing trips!! Color me way jealous.

  8. Your house is so cute (the blue adds a little something for sure)! Those trips sounds amazing- ROME, seriously!
    Happy Monday!

  9. I love the house. Good choice to take the easy route :) I want to travel somewhere, anywhere so badly!! Sounds like you have a lot of fun planned.

  10. First, your house is the most adorable. I love it! Second, those trips?! How freaking amazing. My favorite city in the world is Florence... which may sounds ridiculous because obviously I haven't been to every city in the world, but honestly, the best place ever. Can't wait to hear about it!