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A Patio Makeover // Morning & Night

When we came to our house for the very first time, it was snowing. Everything was dormant outside & the backyard was a complete jungle. We knew it had tons of potential and couldn’t wait to give it a refresh over the Summer. Today we are excited to be teaming up with Arhaus, one of one of our favorite places to go for home décor & furniture, to share our before & after of our back patio!

I thought It would be fun to show how we use our patio in the evening & again in the morning. We love to sit out here under the string lights after the girls are in bed with a cocktail & some good music! In the mornings, this is the perfect spot for coffee & breakfast before it gets too hot!

Since we spend a ton of time on our patio, we knew we wanted some super comfy seating. We chose the Arhaus sofa & coffee table, which are not only gorgeous but super practical. The cushions have slipcovers that are easy to wash, although using a leaf blower has taken care of anything that has gotten on them so far! The coffee table is on wheels, so we can move it around depending on what we are doing, and it has a hidden drawer for the cushions or other pillows/blankets that we bring outside. We seriously could not be happier with it and love how it brings such a cozy element to the patio!

Ok and here’s the most EXCITING part!!!! Arhaus is giving away a $200 gift card to one lucky winner!!! To enter, visit the Arhaus site, take a look around and comment back on this post with one item you’d love to have. Winner will be announced in 1 week. Arhaus employees and their family members are not eligible.

Shop the products from the post & a few more of our favorites below!

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This post was sponsored by Arhaus, thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

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Our Kitchen Renovation Before & After

I can’t believe we finally get to share with you the complete kitchen renovation before & after!!!!!

I remember standing right here in this kitchen, middle of January, snow falling and just walking around this old house imagining our family here. The doorknobs and old built ins totally stole my heart, I could see our exterior painted white with the glass backboard basketball hoop, all the father of the bride vibes. I could picture us cozied up in front of the fireplace in the family room, kids playing in their sunny upstairs playroom & all the backyard hangs under the string lights.

The kitchen was going to be our biggest project ever. I twas daunting, but we really could see the possibilities, right from the beginning.

The day we moved to Kansas City, we walked into this space half gutted, smelling like paint and dust. We could barely breathe, some of that from the fumes, some of that from the gut feeling of “what have we done.” We lived in a hotel for a week watching our house get destroyed as they did new electrical, then lived with my parents for over a month as they rebuilt the entire thing, and then, for the last three months, we lived here with half of the existing kitchen & through the renovation while we dreamed up all the possibilities of what we wanted to do with this space.

We raised the ceilings by taking out the old soffits, we removed lots of upper cabinets for a more open, airy look. We chose inset shaker cabinets, antique brass fixtures, carrera marble for our countertops, and a little bit of shiplap just for fun.

We cannot wait for all the meals, gatherings & holidays in this space!!!

Sources: Faucet // Light above Sink // Farmhouse Sink // Glass Pulls // Antique Brass Cabinet Latches // Round Tray on Island // White Latte Bowls // Glass Canisters // The World is Your Oyster Print // Copper Utensils // Hoppy Beer Glasses // White Cake Stands

Books: Magnolia Table // Prune // Sweet Laurel // Home Baked // Healthyish // Thrilby // Love & Lemons // Nourish // The Year of Cozy

We still have a few finishing touches to add & lots of touch ups, but are so excited to have come this far!! You can see some of the progress posts here & here. Thank you all for following along this project & for reading, as always! XO

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Kitchen Remodel Update

We are on week three of our kitchen remodel and it is actually already wrapping up before the 4th of July!! I cannot wait to bake a festive pie in this kitchen and fill it with summery flowers!!!

This has been a huge undertaking (you can see before pictures here!), but has actually been one of the quickest projects in the house. Mostly because the kitchen required minimal demo since we had to already tear out a lot of it and redo the walls after the electrical upgrade, but also, the cabinets were all built offsite in the few weeks prior! So they were able to come right in, tear out the existing few cabinets & install only a few days later. We worked with an amazing local design/build company, who took our drawings and brought them to life. We went with inset shaker style cabinets that mimic the style of the original built-ins that we have upstairs, all of the cabinets will be painted white & the island will have a dark stain/wax. Choosing a backsplash this time was super hard, I actually loved our herringbone subway tile from the last house and almost did it again, but really felt like shiplap would keep it super simple to let the countertops have the spotlight! I am on pins & needles watching it all come together!!

Two weeks ago we got to go pick out our slabs for the kitchen, we went with carrera marble with lots of sparkly grey veining. I am most excited to see what it looks like on the dark stained island, plus we have something fun up our sleeves for a backsplash behind the sink! We went with these latches for the cupboards, and these glass knobs for the drawers. Picking out these final small details always feels like the hardest design decision.

And the most exciting part so far, this week we peeked through all the plastic and saw the cabinets were primed & ready for paint!!

I can’t wait to share more updates as we go over on my Instagram stories, and hopefully a full finished kitchen less than two weeks from now! That’s all for now, we are off to enjoy this 70 degree day (even if it is a little rainy!) and get started on some other small weekend projects! Happy Friday, friends!!! XO

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