Fave Fall Boots

September 16th, 2014

Y’all it’s fall boot season! This is the footwear I get most excited about and yesterday I fell down the rabbit hole otherwise known as “online fall boot shopping”. It’s still too hot here for wearing fall boots but those cooler days are coming, and I just couldn’t wait, I lined up all my favorites in my closet yesterday in anticipation and treated myself to these sassy platform ankle boots for autumn. Yeow!

fall boots

image via Spool 72 (sadly, sold out)

I love them sassy and stylish – most of these babies are under $100, all are under $150. 

ankle heel boots

 

snakeskin / camel buckle / grey suede cutout / black platform / beige leather

flat and combat boots

blue suede / lace up plaid / tan combat / white bowling booties / black and tan canvas

knee high boots

 black buckle / gray buckle / cognac strap / cream suede / navy zip up 

 

waterproof boots

 

white suede waterproof / green rain boot / ombre rainboot / leopard ankle / edinburg plaid

 

Have you splurged on any fall boots yet?  Which ones?

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Remodeling Grandma’s Kitchen

September 15th, 2014

Matt’s grandmother passed away in January at the age of 104, she was a lovely woman who lived a full life and we miss her very much. Her small home that she shared with Matt’s grandfather needs to be sold, so we are evaluating the task of remodeling the kitchen before it’s placed on the market.

It’s a small kitchen with a nice L shaped layout that receives natural light from an adjacent courtyard. The location of the appliances makes sense so we have no plans to alter the configuration. We want to stick to a budget and not over improve the space, so we’re looking at affordable upgrades like laminate countertops instead of stone, and cabinets from IKEA or another similar brand that offers quality at good prices.

The remainder of this 1,100 square foot home is in good condition but the kitchen cabinets and appliances are dated and could hinder the sale. We stopped by over the weekend to take measurements and wrap our heads around what needs to be done to upgrade the space.

grandmas kitchen before

The cabinets are not horrible or bad looking but they are very old and layers of paint have left them sticky in places and dingy on the inside and upon inspection not appealing to a future buyer. The Formica countertops and appliances? Same issue, old and funky.

grandmas kitchen appliances

One of the debates we’re having is about this cooktop. We believe it was lowered decades ago before his grandparents moved in to accommodate a wheelchair bound person but to us it looks odd as it is.

lower cooktop

With any other remodel, we wouldn’t hesitate to raise it up but this home is in an age restricted 55+ community, so the issue remains whether to keep it at this height or raise it up to a standard countertop height.

sink cooktop

The sink and oven are a standard height, but not the cooktop, so we don’t really see the rationale of the lowered placement which makes us want to raise it up to a standard height for consistency but then again, is there value in having it lower in a retirement community? I welcome any insight you may have on the issue !      

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