Updating the Kitchen


It’s been quiet around here lately simply due to life – but the handmade and home decor projects keep on going in the background, even if I haven’t blogged about it in a while! However, today you’re in luck! I’m excited to share a little about our kitchen re-fresh.

When we moved in, I loved the off-white cabinets, granite countertops and the wide wooden trim. In an ideal world, I’d probably have an entirely white kitchen with white trim, a big white farmhouse sink and marble or quartz countertops. But it’s not an ideal world, so I decided to update the kitchen in stages, based on what was easy to tackle and in our budget. To start, I painted the taupe walls Cream by Sherwin Williams. After some thought, I decided to keep the wooden trim as is – it’s a historic part of our 1920s home and I’ve fallen in love with the unique feeling it gives the space.

To help the white paint shine, I’ll be incorporating pops of color and sewing new pillows for our island stools using one of my favorite Waverly prints.

Here are a few photos of what the kitchen looked like before (these are the photos from the real estate listing.)

Come back later this week to see the AFTER pictures!

Punta Cana 2015

Karl and I spent the first 10 days of 2015 vacationing in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with our friends Karin and Corey. It was a fantastic time to escape Minnesota; we lucked out and avoided the coldest days of winter!

We had never been to the DR before, but I can’t wait to go back! The weather was warm and sunny, the ocean was a bright turquoise blue and everyone was so friendly. I enjoyed a chance to practice a bit of my Spanish (perhaps more accurately described as Spanglish) and had fun remembering all sorts of vocabulary words and phrases.

We rented a condo from VRBO in the Cap Cana area of Punta Cana and explored the beachfront and various resorts from the speedy comfort of an Electric golf cart. The boys had the most fun with the cart – including a few late night escapades! The rest of our evenings were spent playing cards (I’m now an experienced Hearts player), reading books (Karl downloaded Marley & Me because he missed Tembo so much!) and watching a bit of America Idol and The Bachelor. It’s always funny to me to watch American TV in other countries.

Traveling with friends is a great way to vacation…it’s always fun to have people to share your adventures with. We’re already planning our next trip with Karin and Corey…hopefully to Montana or Yellowstone in the fall. Can’t wait!

Here are a few photos of our trip:

Cheers to 4 years!



Today Karl and I are celebrating our 4th anniversary! Hard to believe it’s already been 4 years – we’ve certainly grown up from those young 24 year olds we were back in 2010.  Life thus far has brought us several new jobs, graduate programs and degrees, 2 rental houses, a flooded basement, 1 house of our own, a puppy who we’re obsessed with (!), 2 nephews and 1 niece, a few road trips and tropical vacations, new friends and awesome neighbors, plus the required handful of squabbles and sassyness along the way. (it’s not always sunshine and roses right?) But as Karl likes to say, married life is good, most days. I’m thankful to be on this adventure of life with him by my side. Together, it feels like we can do anything.


*The above photo was taken this summer, while celebrating the wedding of dear friends in TN.

About A Midwestern Belle


Southern girl loving life in the Midwest. Meeting and event planner, handmade creator and crafter, lover of interior design and fresh blooms. Wife to a cute male nurse, puppy mama and constantly inspired.

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