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Dressed Up French Doors

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by America’s trusted lock brand, Schlage.

Our oldest daughter (my stepdaughter) is 22 and she is graduating from college in June – she will be moving home for a year to work and get some experience in her medical field before continuing her education the following year. We’re all excited around here, it means she’ll be living with us again while she works locally at her new job. We have a little studio above our garage she will be moving into when she returns home in June from UC San Diego and I’m getting it ready for her arrival in 6 short weeks!

One of the things I wanted to do was spruce up the entry to that studio. There are two French doors on the balcony that lead to the unit, so when Schlage asked me to participate in their “Dress Up Your Doors” campaign, I said “Sure, perfect timing!”

balcony french doors

A few plants and an outdoor rug were also added to freshen for spring and summer.

potted plants on balcony

These doors are a few steps away from our balcony’s sitting area, the accents on the other side of the balcony are blue so I continued the palette here.

balcony before and after

 

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5 Reasons to Choose Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

With all the options out there for kitchen remodels, most people are eyeing smooth surface countertops for their beauty and practicality. The choices are numerous from high end stone products that come from a quarry to wood and recycled materials to the budget friendly laminates. Laminate has gotten a bad rap for a lot of the products from the past decades, but times have changed. I’m a fan of laminate countertops in kitchens for these five reasons.

1. Low Maintenance & Easy to Clean.  When we were growing up my mom had ceramic tile countertops and I remember her saying she couldn’t wait for the day to rip them out. I also remember her scrubbing (and making us scrub!) the grout to keep it clean and bright. Laminate offers an easy to clean solution with a household cleaner, a sponge, and some hot water, cleaning them is a breeze and maintaining them is a cinch since you don’t need to seal them.

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Wilsonart Perla Piazza installed in this kitchen

 

2. Budget Friendly.  Compared to stone and other solid surface countertops, laminate wins in the price war. Starting as low as $15 per square foot, they are far more affordable than quartz, marble, or granite which are often $50 to $100 per square foot depending on the material. You do have to be careful of sharp objects, abrasive cleaners, or extremely high heat. Here is a brief and interesting read about how laminates are made.

3. Stylish. Laminate countertops are looking so good! The new patterns complement dark and light, painted and wood cabinets, but do you notice how they’re installed?

wilsonart laminate kitchen counter

wilsonart laminate counter

wilsonart laminate dark cabinets

 

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