I need light to get me going. Once the sunshine hits, I'm off and running. Inside and out.
On the weekends lately, SM and I usually have had HGTV or DIY on as background noise first thing in the morning. I'm usually doing housework since it's still frosty outside and SM is usually sipping coffee trying to his own engine started.
It's easy to get distracted by these remodeling shows. We know it's a "sales job" for this new item or that but it's fun to see what people decide to do with their homes. Most of the time we're horrified with how much they actually spend.
Either that or we're just freaken cheap!
Lately, we've been getting sucked into some of these "Crasher" type shows that they have on. Yard, bathroom, kitchen...it's a quick "hit and run" type of remodel. Most of the time it's not a good remodel either but we treat them like they're a sporting event. SM and I cheer the good decisions and Boo the bad ones.
They had on a kitchen "crash" a few weeks ago. They ripped out some of the upper cabinets of this gal's kitchen and tiled the wall up to the ceiling with that "mosaic" tile that's so popular now. Kinda like this stuff...
Then they installed some "open" shelving because "everyone likes the feeling of openness and you can display stuff in your kitchen."
OK...I mean this looks nice but I can't imagine trying to keep it organized and looking this way.
My dishes are a wild eclectic assortment of whatever we liked at the time and I've got a mad disarray of food stuffs that I really want to hide behind my cabinet doors. Don't even get me started on the pile of crap SM has on "his" counter let alone the pile of bills and papers I've got wodged on another.
And of course they tossed in new stainless steel appliances. Ya gotta have that. Then everyone stands back and oo's and ah's about it.
The thing is, it's all subjective. It's really easy to say I want an "open concept" home or "I have to have granite counters." But until you live in it day after day how do you know that it was a smart decision or that you just ended up following the latest trend?
I can't imagine how tough it would be to sell your home these days without all the latest hot buttons.
"Hey...there's a reason why my kitchen looks so 80's. It's because that's when it was built!" (I guess this is why we won't be moving anytime soon.)
All I could think of when I saw those mosaic tiles going up is that someday soon you are going to hate the look of them and then what? You're gonna have to rip them all out again. What a mess!
I suppose that's one reason why I don't have a tile backsplash. Hey, paint is cheap. My kitchen used to be green. Now I'm loving the yellow. Who knows what might be next?
It's easy to look around and start to dislike something about your home. There's always something that needs improving. But why be negative?
What do I love about my kitchen?
I happen to love the color. The curtains. The rug. Even the 1980's oak cabinets. Somehow, over the years, it all just came together.
I love this sink and faucet. I love the Hobby Lobby wall décor above it. I love the Formica countertop that I don't have to worry about when I cut something on it or spill cherry Jello and stain it.
I don't love the stove but it'll do for now. I do love my All Clad griddle that SM bought me around ten years ago. That puppy sit there and acts as a shelf for hot pots and pans when I'm finished cooking or baking. Maybe I'll flip it over and make some quesadilla's later.
I especially love The Nook.
My plants and books and laptop. And my view.
Especially my view.
Maybe I'll do this kind of post with other parts of my house.
Goodness knows it ain't the Taj Mahal but there must be a reason why I love it so.