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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Updating the Bar Area

We have this great area in our home between the dining room and kitchen that is perfect for entertaining- equipped with a sink and wine fridge.  It’s where Jimmy makes his famous margaritas!!  It’s also where our china, wine and champagne glasses are stored, along with serving platters/trays, table cloths, placemats, napkins, napkin rings, various vases, vase fillers, and candles.  When we designed our home, I knew we needed extra storage in a central location for those types of things that were previously stored in various places around our townhouse.  I’m so thankful for this space! Makes an organization nut like me very happy!

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(we’re still working on our wine collection- pitiful empty wine rack!)

So, although the space is very functional, I wanted to liven it up a little, and figured a mirrored backsplash would be perfect.  I tried looking around for a mirror or two that I could purchase but the space is just too long and skinny.  I called a couple local hardware stores, but they didn’t cut mirrors.

Then I remembered the awesome company that I ordered all the custom mirrors for the house from before we moved in, Cut Rite Glass, a husband and wife owned and operated company in Houston.  I called Cheryl and explained what I wanted and she sent they guys out to measure the space to get a perfect measurement.  About a week later, they came back and installed the mirror:) 

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To make a long, boring story short, we moved the far left outlet up under the cabinet (cost $45 for the electrician to come out and do that) and had a hole cut for the far right outlet and a mirrored plate added.  (I had the hole cut in the mirror before I knew that outlets could be moved fairly easily and cheaply- otherwise I would have moved both!)

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The cost of the mirror and installation (with the outlet cut and mirrored plate) was $216.  It would’ve been about $170 if they didn’t have to make the cut for the outlet and provide the plate.  Also, a beveled mirror would’ve been about twice as expensive.

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I love how the mirror reflects the curved staircase from this angle!

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Then we played dress-up . . .

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When the guys were over measuring the area, they admired my mirrored tray ($40 at Target) and couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was- they said for them to custom make it would cost about $400 (because of all the small, beveled pieces)!

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And what I’ve learned over the last two weeks is that outlets and thermostats can be moved people!  We’re still waiting for the replacement wireless thermostat, but I can’t wait to get it off of my art wall:)

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I’m sharing this post with Sarah

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Houston Bloggers

Last week I announced that we were planning a little get together for Houston bloggers and I’m so excited to hear that some new friends are planning to come!

For those of you going, or even if you're not, I thought it would be great to get acquainted with each other before the meet up.  Here’s the line-up so far:)

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Amy’s blog is currently inactive.

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If you are interested in meeting up in Houston on Saturday, April 30, please email me:

honeywerehomeblog@gmail.com

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yay for Spring!

Just as I was thinking it was time to start adding some Spring and Easter decor to our home, I came across Centsational Girl’s invitation to join in her blog party “Fair Weather Forum: Spring Decorating and Cleaning” Perfect timing!   At our home, some things just say “Spring”:

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I pulled out these little Hobby Lobby pails and added hay, decorated eggs, and “Happy Easter” toppers for a festive, casual display on our breakfast table.

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DSC_0120  imageI fell in love with this first little guy last year at Hobby Lobby.  I think he’s just precious with his big ‘ole ears, little hands tucked under his chin, and giant feet:)  He’s made his home on a shelf in our media center this season.imageAnd can you believe West Elm was selling this sequined bunny for $30 at Christmas, but come spring, he’s marked down to $5?!  Bling, bling little bunny!  He’s pretty comfortable on the kitchen counter.

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Of course, nothing says Spring like fresh flowers!  My personal favorite is yellow, and this bunch adds a dose of cheer to our dining room buffet.  I’m thinking that pot might meet some chalkboard paint in the near future:)

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Thanks for the party Kate!

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