Something Decorative in the Kitchen

2 08 2012

068. Get overhead cupboards installed in my kitchen [more info

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Okay, so these aren’t exactly cupboards, just to state the obvious. After looking at our finances and thinking about what we wanted to add to our kitchen on a smaller scale, we instead decided with simple shelving (thank you IKEA!). Matt put up the three shelves above the sink and the stainless steel rack (with hooks) next to the rangehood. We thought it was odd when we moved into this apartment that there was a random rangehood and no overhead cupboards (but then again, our carpet is nicer than the other apartments in the building, so go figure?). This is what it looked like originally:

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So it isn’t a huge change, but definitely a functional one for us. We’re thinking of selling up next year, so didn’t want to invest too much money into the kitchen as the new owners might decide on changing it up themselves (presumably with cupboards). What I’m liking about the new shelves is being able to have some of my baking implements (spoons, measuring cups, whisk etc) at my fingertips instead of in a drawer. Also, above the rack is a great place to put baked goods, bread, tea and the like. I hadn’t considered putting FOOD there until Matt suggested it, now it’s really handy to have things on hand instead of in the locked cupboards below – another childproofing mechanism!





Something Decorative in the Bedroom

2 08 2012

074. Add something decorative to my bedroom wall [more info]

When I set this goal, I was thinking more along the lines of a painted feature wall or decals, but we ended up with simple shelving instead – mainly coming about as a result of trying to get things out of reach of a certain toddler! 😉

There are two shelves set above our bed, and a picture railing in the bedroom ‘nook’ (where our computer currently is), which houses some of my trinkets. Even though I am posting this today, it all happened a couple of months ago but I forgot to record it in here as a completed goal until now.

Here is the picture railing:

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Image(little hands like to get into my Vaseline and jewellery when they get the chance…!)

Here are the shelves above our bed:

These shelves are still kind of a work-in-progress. One shelf contains Rowan’s bedtime books (since we read to him in our room before he goes to bed). The stone giraffe bookends were an excellent find at an antique store in a rural town a little while back. The other shelf has a few trinkets on it and may change at some point (photo frames etc).