5 Brilliant Kitchen Organization Ideas that Make Life Easier!

Life is hard enough. So why not make life in the kitchen as easy as possible? We're full of kitchen organization ideas, and today we're sharing 5 that have made life easier for us. (One reason being that they're 5 of our most-used areas!) PS: We've also put together this unique tool to help you organize your kitchen fast + smart! KITCHEN ORGANIZATION IDEAS #5: Upright Stove Utensil Drawer First, let's talk about the two…

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The 3 Bonus Cabinet Storage Ideas Every Kitchen Needs.

Today we're sharing three of the best creative cabinet storage ideas that we used in our kitchen remodel. But why? If you've read our post on why we installed all lower kitchen drawers instead of cabinets, then you know about our die-hard love for drawers all day long. But what about when drawers are impossible? (Such as in high spaces 6 feet above the ground; you couldn't see inside.) We can't put drawers everywhere. So…

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5+ Ways We Made Our Kitchen Look Bigger!

In our kitchen remodel, we did a lot to make it not just physically larger—but to also look and feel bigger! Our new layout is like a large galley kitchen but with massive kitchen islands. Today we're walking you through our galley kitchen remodel before and afters with the three biggest changes we made to get to this new layout and bigger space! Galley Kitchen Remodel with Islands Visual Extension Tactic #1: Wall Removal Before:…

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That Time They Blatantly Demolished Our New Kitchen.

So, there we were, freshly moved in and right after the surprise discovery in our fixer upper's kitchen. We hadn't even unpacked all our moving boxes yet, and they were ripping out our sink and our cabinets. And that was just the beginning. We suddenly (and unexpectedly) went from this view... ...to this view. Why we ripped out our new-to-us kitchen! Nope! No más sink! We tried to stay positive. Maybe they could still salvage…

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Why We Ripped Out Our New Kitchen.

When we moved into our new-to-us house, the kitchen wasn't too bad. It had been (mostly) updated at some point by one of the previous homeowners, and while it wasn't our style, it was totally functional. Here's the kitchen during painting (before we moved in). Have your own emergency remodel? We got you! Sure, it still had its original 1980s double ovens and a non-functioning trash compactor, but we weren't fussed about the aesthetics. We…

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We Shamelessly Downsized Our Dining Room Table & Got Closer As a Family.

When Matt and I were first married, we bought a large rectangular dining room table. Envisioning a large family in our future, plus years of Thanksgivings and entertaining, it seemed the logical choice. Years later, after selling our first house and moving to New Zealand, we had moved to California and started our next house search. When we first toured our current fixer upper's downstairs, Matt and I decided we'd make the fireplace room, right…

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7 Smart Reasons We Ditched Our Dining Room Table.

For years, I thought we needed a giant rectangular dining table instead of a round dining table. That's what's in the Rockwell pictures, right? You know, with everyone seated for Thanksgiving around one of those looooooong tables with two people designated to sit at "the head" of each end. It looks so full and warm and we love that! And so, when Matt and I were first married (over 15 years ago! goodness knows we've…

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Easy Breezy: The Simplest Way To Convert to a Gas Fireplace!

Do you hate storing wood, lugging it inside, trying to keep it dry, and dealing with smoke? Well, we sure did! Those are just a few of the reasons we decided to go with converting to a gas fireplace from our wood-burning one. See all the reasons why we converted to a gas fireplace here, and how we chose the perfect, most realistic-looking fire logs. After a few years of buying wood, trying to keep it from…

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Playhouse Planning: Mud Hut or Mansion?

Let me tell you the tale of a woman who started out with simple, humble plans for her children's playhouse...and yet, they quickly skyrocketed into something much larger and more substantial. Yes yes, surprise surprise—that woman is me. Kids Playhouse Ideas: Phase 1 When I first decided I wanted to build our daughters a playhouse (and when I say I we all know I mean Matt), it really started out quite simple. I showed the…

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Non Slip Shower Floor: DIYing Our Own Tile

After finalizing our solid shower walls, we then had to address the shower floor tile. We wanted a tile small enough that we could have a non-slip shower floor, but big enough to have as few grout lines as possible. I don't know how to explain what I'm about to tell you—maybe I had a terrible fall as a young child—but I somehow have a fear of hydroplaning while standing on tile. Even just writing…

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