Friday! Hurray! Hurray!

Howdy,

Happy Friday! I probably shouldn’t say anything, but I think my mom might be coming out to NJ this weekend! It’s not a for sure thing, and it’s very spur of the moment, but I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving, and it would be so nice to spend some time with her, so she can see my home and where we live. I hope it happens!

What are your weekend plans? Will you do anything exciting?  Brendan and I found basically our dream home the other day, and will be attending an open house on Sunday.  Of course, we can’t get this house until I have a job, but it just went on the market in February, hopefully I can find something *anything* so that we could at least entertain the idea.  I feel like it would be a wonderful place to live and raise a family (but that’s waaaaaay down the line).

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie

The Room no one Talks About

Our house is a four bedroom two bathroom house.  So far I have only shown you two of the four… One is Brendan’s (cough messy cough cough) man cave office space, the other, well.. It looks like this.

This room, which we have been calling the book room, is currently book-free because I’m planning to paint it.  I have a nice grey that might be good, but I’m still thinking about it, and anyway, I still need to choose a color for the inside.   Anyway, this is the only furniture we have in there… This is a big house, and we have very little furniture.  I like that we have just enough furniture in our guest bedroom, our living room , and our kitchen.  There’s no clutter… But I have to say, the lone bookshelf is just a tad too minimalistic pour moi.

Brendan and I envision having a really calm space with a seriously comfy chair for reading in there, but  I think it’s going to take a while to really make that happen.  I’ll be posting a concept board soon!

That’s all for now!

xoxo,

Katie

 

The Problem With Renting: The Stove

Howdy,

Sometimes it can be hard to make a nice home in a space that is not yours.  In my experience, little touches can greatly improve a lack-luster space, because let’s face it, sometimes no amount of scrubbing and cleaning can fix something like this:

Here’s a close up: brace yourselves, folks.

I’m pretty sure that these drip pans have been there for years.  I have spent a lot of time scrubbing these with little improvement.  So we decided to do something about it.  Last weekend we went to Lowes and picked up some drip pans.  It is important to note that there are a lot of places that sell drip pans, like Target and Ace hardware, but they were all too expensive.  We got four drip pans at Lowes for twelve dollars, whereas at Target, they were selling two drip bowls four nine or so dollars.

I should also mention that there are different drip bowls for different over types.  Our oven is a  Frigidaire, so we picked out our drip pans accordingly.  The packages of drip bowls will be labeled clearly, so you will be able to easily chose the correct kind for you oven.

When I removed the burner and the drip bowl I cleaned the stove top thoroughly, then put in the drip bowls and burners.

Doesn’t it look so much better!?

So, there’s one way to improve your rented space!

That’s all for now.

xoxo,

Katie