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  1. Joanna
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    I can’t wait to live through every agonizing decision with you! I’m not even being sarcastic, I seriously can’t wait!


  2. Dee
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    I got on Instagram because my blog template had an icon for it and I didn’t know how to get rid of it. I’m an Instagram fail because the only time I remember I have an Instagram account is when I’m eating. Add half-eaten plates of food to your repertoire. It opens up all new photo ops when you are unmanicured, unbangled, dressed in yoga pants, and need a haircut.


  3. Jayne Z
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    Have you thought about adding a large deck off the french doors so you wouldn’t have to go up or down stairs to barbecue or entertain, etc. It looks like it would be more than wide enough if you took it to the edge of the original house for a table, lounge chairs or chaises. I would wrap it around the other wall part way and use that space for the barbecue station. If you did this, you could cover up the brick step. You could do smaller blue stone patio below. If you added the deck, could square off the room without any demolition (might have to add a little more concrete or support for squared off portion of walls. Whatever you decide I know it will be wonderful!


  4. shirley trevo
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    I love seeing other peoples’ mess.
    Btw; just a co-inkydink, I just followed you yesterday on Instagram.
    I reactivated mine to do #the100dayproject


  5. Lynn
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    Of COURSE you’d get your island! Duh. Like anyone who knows you would ever think you wouldn’t get it! Maybe it just took being on instagram? Also, if you’re seeing bangles and bad manis, you’re following the wrong people.


  6. CanadianMango
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:55 am

    I love the roof line and I envy you the high ceiling. However, I do hope the sunflower yellow walls will get evicted, too.


  7. Kristin
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    You nailed it with what you need to post on Instagram. But, do not forget the cat. Ohhh, the mighty cat pictures on Instagram. Ohhh, AND, check out so you can get a handle on which hashtags are best.


  8. Vancouvervixen
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    As a fellow owner of ancient and gorgeous Douglas Fir floors which squeak more than the myriad ghost mice living in my basement and are also prone to poking holes in my socks with nails that have suddenly given up the ghost, I spit my morning tea all over my iPad in a sudden burst of hilarity reading your description of the floor boards. You inspire me.


  9. Kate
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    You forgot “floppy boho hat” and maybe “statement red lipstick”, I think? I’m *supposed* to be a photographer “on the side” and I’m not even on Instagram… ! (?) Maybe I’ll take the plunge again now that I know I can follow you! haha. Love your blog and can’t wait to see more kitchen updates!


  10. Garden, Home and Party
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

    This is exciting news on so many levels. First and foremost, it means you’ll be post more often since you’ll have great subject matter and second, I know it (your new kitchen) will be fabulous!


  11. Marielle
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    Macrons! Sheesh. If you can’t take photos do Macrons and your feet at least twice a week, don’t bother. Like blogging, it also helps if you’re LDS.


  12. Karol
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

    Well I’m just gobsmacked that you didn’t like the picture of my feet in ironically hideous footwear!!! But seriously, I’m thrilled that your now on instagram and I’m following you.


  13. janet
    April 7, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    How exciting. Since I am another decade and a half older than you that makes me officially a sloppy recluse with no plans to join pinterest or twitter or instagram. FaceBook already eats up enough precious time to live my own life, but I’m glad that I can click over and see your island photo anyway.

    Enjoy the process! I just leafed through the blog I did of our kitchen remodel 10 years ago. It took six months and we two managed pretty well with the laundry sink, camp stove, toaster oven and electric fry pan. I still have recipes I want to try in that thing, like pineapple upside down cake! Hope you can salvage some of those gorgeous floor boards for another place. I’m still sorry to hear the 1/2 bathroom is getting evicted, maybe since I don’t know how far your outdoor guests will have to go from your bbq deck party to use the facilities. No doubt you’ve got that wired into your master plan. LOL! I’m still trying to figure out how to ADD a half-bath close to the guest bedroom so friends don’t have to tromp through the whole house to get to it.


  14. Amber
    April 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

    so excited to see your island and the kitchen re-do! also, that is the most accurate summary of Instagram ever! LOL


  15. Amy
    April 7, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    Make sure to follow lots of accounts including cats. It makes having to scroll past the thigh gaps worth it.


  16. Kay
    April 7, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

    It’s the bending over to wash dishes in a tub that I couldn’t handle. Too hard on the knees and back. We had a double laundry sink to do dishes in. I made real meals in the basement using a commercial induction cooker I had spent $400 on so I could temper chocolate for dipping truffles. (Crazy, I know, but cheaper than the cheapest home tempering machine, and more versatile.) I used my cast iron pan to make steaks and fish and all kinds of things, and the microwave to cook vegetables and the occasional baked potato. We ate sitting at our old kitchen table and stored our cook and tableware in our old kitchen cabinets, which we had our contractor move down and hang in various places, thus giving us basement storage we had never had. We even saved the counter with a run of lowers so I had a prep location. Oh, and we put our old refrigerator in the garage, so all I had to do was open the door connecting the basement and garage, and the fridge door was right there I was rather proud of our makeshift kitchen and had fun cooking down there–for a while. Even such a good setup gets old when your kitchen reno goes on for months. I used to muse on how a third world family would think they had died and gone to heaven if they could live in our basement (which is heated and also has a large bedroom and full bath), when it was set up to cook and eat in. And we live in a modest house–nothing fancy about our basement.

    Speaking of fancy, the Versailles pic has me panting with eagerness to see your acquisition. Don’t make us wait too long!


  17. Kate S.
    April 7, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

    ” . . . awkwardly position thigh gap.”

    Thank you for that. I thought I was the only person who noticed (and, obviously, ADMIRED) such things.


  18. Donna Andal
    April 7, 2015 @ 7:22 pm

    Yours is the 1st blog I’ve felt compelled to comment on. New and different – I’m excited to see your island and the kitchen. In fact your whole house! I very much enjoy your blog, your humour and your decorating adventures. 🙂 you go girl!!!!


  19. Sally
    April 7, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

    I hope you don’t stp using your blog. I can’t wait to see what you have come up with….but I don’t do Instagram or all this Tech stuff. It ticks me off that you have to sign up, become a member, get an ID just to say hello, or someone did a really great job! Maybe I’m an old fart….don’t care about that either….but I do, do my nails if that counts….


  20. Carri Gicker
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

    You guys are not getting to the right places on Instagram. There are so many cool, not silly fashion, people to follow. I’m a grandma and totally addicted.
    Love the Versailles, I’m sure it will be fabulous!


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