radio silence

January 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

So. It’s almost been a year since I’ve blogged. That’s pretty much the worst. I will try to explain myself, but excuses are excuses are excuses and I still could have done better. If you’ve stuck with me, thanks and I’m sorry a million times over. Follow along and after I explain myself, I’ll let you know what I’m up to now.

Here we go.

1. We stopped doing stuff to the house.
This reason is pretty legit, if I do say so myself. After we finished the bathroom, we really just didn’t have the funds to do any sort of renos. Sure, we bought couches for the lower level (a recovering project for the future!) and a new entertainment system for the living room. And don’t even get me started on all the speakers that have been inserted into my life. Being married to an audiophile is a blessing and a curse.

So all that being said, I didn’t have anything to tell all of you out there. Not even any inspiration boards! I’m shaking my head at myself.

2. I had a crazy 2012 when it came to my career.
I started 2012 deeply unhappy in the job I was in. Sure, I was designing. But the office environment and politics were abysmal and I was constantly stressed and upset. Enter March when I said au revoir and started a new position with another start up. This job I really loved, but it was essentially blogging all day long. Which was great and I learned so much and made wonderful friends! But it left me no time or desire to blog even more. Couple that with reason one, and well, you get silence.

I have since left that position for a design position for the library and while I am so happy, I miss writing and thankfully I now have the time (and desire) to write again. Three jobs in one year? Told you it was a crazy year.

3. I didn’t know what I wanted to say.
I love reading other blogs, but when you’re just starting out as a blogger, it’s a little intimidating. They’re so great and you want to do this and this and this and say all the things! I’m not gonna lie, this scared me a little and I lost my voice.

Which brings me to what I’m doing now.

In the few years that I’ve (intermittently) kept this blog, I’ve been the only one who’s written, even though it clearly says “adventures of kt AND e.” Also, it started as our wedding website for goodness sakes! No one cares anymore about when we went to go try cake! In other words, I’ve outgrown this happy little home and think it’s time to move it on up.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to shut this site down completely, but I’m sad to say, I will no longer be writing here. Instead, you can find me writing about design and our house and books and music and everything else over at Nerdy Girl Writes. I’m soooo excited to get started! You can read a shortened version of this post here to really get the gist of what I’m really going to be up to.

I hope that you will join me in my new adventure and excuse my silence these last few months. I am truly sorry and I’m not going to let it happen again (the fact that I paid for this new site should help with that…).

See ya soon!



kt + e diy: the bathroom reveal

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Finally! It seems we’re not only lazy with the actual reno process…I’m lazy with posting too. Sorry!

It is incredibly difficult to take pics in a bathroom. Such a small space…Also, this color is impossible. The picture above is the closest to real life. The wall color is really a coral-orange, but is reading more red in these photos and I don’t want to spend hours in Photoshop color correcting. C’est la vie.

The first step in this process was putting up the chair rail. This was intimidating on so many levels, but it is totally do-able. As long as you have a miter saw and a trusty level, anyone can do it. Caulk covers a lot of mistakes. Trust me. Besides painting and hanging everything on the walls, the only other real projects were installing the new faucet (see below) and the hardware on the vanity cabinet. When we moved into our house, none of the cabinets had hardware. Kitchen? No. Bathrooms? No. So strange to me. It’s the jewelry of a room. But I’d rather have to put up new than replace something nasty.

But I digress. I found this very difficult, but it’s probably because I didn’t really follow a process and ended up trying to put the drawer fronts on the wrong drawers…the installation of hardware itself is actually quite simple once you do the math. Yay math! #ilovesarcasm

The new light is an outdoor lantern and has a cute, cottage-y feel, which goes along with the mix of modern and vintage in the room. Outdoor lights are surprisingly much less expensive than interior light fixtures, Who would have thought? The mirror is an antique that my mom and I found YEARS ago and never did anything with. The actual mirror needs to be replaced, but that is something we can tackle in a few months when renovation funds rebuild. I really love the unique shape of the mirror and think it is so whimsical hung with the modern floating shelves.

I have been obsessed with the idea of a small stool with a wire basket and rolled up towels for what seems like forever. It is perfect for the small space and adds a little bit of storage that this bathroom desperately needed. On the wall above are two hooks so guests can hang their towels up to dry. I love this option because it took up less space and used the height of the wall better than a standard towel bar. Plus, hanging a towel on a hook is way easier than folding it over a towel bar. I mentioned we were lazy right?

All of the soaps and canisters and decorations on the shelves are from Home Goods, a great store to spend hours of time and hundreds of dollars. Seriously, it’s like Target. Try to get out of there for under $100.

The new faucet is adorable, but unless you know someone with plumbing skills (like my awesome dad!) this is a nightmare. It was sort of a nightmare even with someone with skills. The only saving grace is that it really looks beautiful and that makes the days – yes, days – of work worth it. The “hot” and “cold” written on the handles just kill me.

All in all, I am so pleased with how this room turned out. It is exactly how I pictured it, which hasn’t happened in any of the other rooms we’ve worked on. It is also the most complete of any room in the house, so maybe that’s why. The work was most definitely worth it and it really brings a smile to my face every time I walk past the door.

I’m not sure what we’ll tackle next…probably the lower level. I think we both need a break and doing this room next will give us time to recover, plan, and save money. This was a relatively cheap and easy cosmetic makeover. The lower level will not be. Also, our yard is going to need some serious work this summer (I think we have to paint the deck…ugh). Who knows, maybe we’ll win the lottery and I can redo all the things!

bathroom sneak peek

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

This bathroom reno is taking forever, A 30 minute HGTV makeover this is not. The extended timeline comes down to two factors: 1) we are not handy and 2) we only are making time to do things on the weekend. We are so unmotivated to work on this room during the week. Laziness? Maybe. Ok, probably. It’s sort of our MO when it comes to household chores and projects…

Anyway, here’s a sneak peek. I hope to have more to share with you after this weekend!

Pretty drastic, non?

kt + e diy: surprise!

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

While taking down the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, look what we found!

Shudder. Any guesses on the decade this is from?

I just love that they took down the wallpaper all around the mirror. Who knows what will be behind the light!

kt + e diy: bathroom before

January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

This weekend E and I have begun a remodel of our horrid hall bathroom. While this is a supposedly quick fix (meaning we’re not touching the floors or tile or vanity…those are, uh, a little out of budget currently) it seems to be taking forever already.

Backing up, I will explain how horrible this room was. It was just so bad. Sure it was functional and clean (once we replaced the nasty cushioned toilet seat,) but it was so plain and full of stock materials. Example A:

Stock vanity with no hardware, gross stained faucet, poorly painted white walls, curved medicine cabinet and coordinating light fixture…seriously? Someone thought it was a good idea to make that?!? In addition, the attempts at details were either ugly or in disrepair. Example B:

Brass and chrome? Ugh.

So we’re redoing it. We started by putting up some chair rail. Or attempting to. We’re not very good at being handy. Next comes tearing everything off the walls and painting. I am most excited about this step. We’re pretty big risk takers when it comes to painting. Our living room and dining room are bright turquoise! So it should be no surprise that we’re going big in this makeover. Examples:

Stay tuned!

happy new year!

January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a great end to 2011 and is looking forward to a joyful and love-filled 2012.

E and I started our night at Music Hall to see E’s dad play with the CSO. Every year they do a concert and special gala and since I started listening to the classical station in the car (short story: I hate all of Cincinnati’s radio stations, thus I listen to classical because there are no commercials and occasionally I learn something about animals from the ’90 second naturalist’ segment’) I knew all about the concert, but never thought E would go. But it was so fun! They played a few pieces from operas and operettas (not my favorite) and ended with several jazz numbers (my favorite). I think we saw E’s dad play in about two of the songs. I guess it was an easy gig!

Music Hall is so pretty and it was a nice date. Even nicer was the people watching. Whoa. Because of the gala, you can see people in anything and everything. Fur. Ball gowns. Tuxes. We were nowhere that dressed up, but maybe someday. What girl doesn’t want an excuse to get all dolled up?

We then went to a friend’s party and proceeded to have too much food and drink…per usual for new years! Needless to say, today has been laaaaazy. The only time we’ve been out of the house was when I took Nico on a walk. It’s been like a mini vacation for a day.

As for 2012 resolutions? Last year I made a whole list of goals that never really were achieved except for saving money and keeping the house cleaner. This year, instead of trying to force things to happen, I want to relax and focus on creating balance in all parts of our life.

That pretty much sums it up completely. I want more out of 2012. Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We hope your holiday is full of love, light, laughter, and cheer.
-kt, e, + nico