Summer Pinterest Challenge: X Base Table!

July 10th, 2012

Hello hello, the day has come, it’s time for the Pinterest Challenge friends!  We issued this Summer Edition challenge last week and we can’t wait to see what you’ve created!  There are link parties galore going on today, hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power, Ten June, and also right here, so it’s time to show us what you got with a link to your Pinterest inspired project below!

pinterest challenge summer

pinterest challenge summer edition

What inspired me for this round?  Well, I’ll tell ya!  I’m working on a makeover in the kids’ playroom space, turning it into a study, since they’re in elementary school now.  It’s a space for them to read, to do homework, or just chill with their friends.  We had a circular table in the space (seen here) but with the new window seat we built from IKEA cabinets, that table was looking disproportionally small, so I imagined a larger chunkier more substantial rustic table in that space to give cool contrast to all the white.  Time to flex my DIY power tools muscles and build a brand new table, booyah!   

Here’s our new X base table Matt and I built for this space! 

x base rustic table cg

 

It’s a gorgeous handmade table made of kiln dried Douglas fir that we bought from a local lumber supply company.  This is the first piece of furniture we’ve ever built together, and it’s customized for this space.  We used these five tables as our “Pinspiration” !   

the pinspiration

 

Pins: 1/2/3/4/5   

Sources:   Frances table; X Base Farmhouse table planstable under window; hooker table; dark stained X base table

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms + BBQ Link Party

July 9th, 2012

We had a great weekend, did you?  We invited some friends over, fired up the barbeque, made a lot of good eats, shared some wine and talked until it was late – the very best kind of summer evening.

One of my favorite appetizers to make in the summer are these cheesy, tasty wonderful grilled portobello (or ‘portabella’) mushrooms.  They’ve got everything inside: protein, vegetables, and a little bit of carbs.  Mini meals all wrapped up in one delicious package!

grilled portobello mushrooms

 

 

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