In it’s never ending quest to give us shows we didn’t know we needed, Netflix launched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo earlier this month. Was it a coincidence that a show geared toward keeping your home clean debuted in unison with your new year’s resolution to get your life in order? I’m gonna go ahead and say that the folks at Netflix planned that one pretty carefully.
Have you ever seen The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? If not, here's an overview: It's a dating show where the the entire season leads up to the star of the show, an attractive single person who just hasn't found love yet, proposing to another attractive single person who just hasn't found love yet. What's interesting about it, other than the drama created when a bunch of strangers are cut off from the world and offered free booze, is that we've seen a lot of marriage proposals. And almost all are pretty much what you'd expect them to be - "I've loved going on this adventure with you. I'm so happy when we're together. I love how smart and funny you are. I can't imagine my life without you. Will you marry me?"
Before popping the question, a list is given. The star of the show tells their soon-to-be fiancee all the reasons why they've fallen for them, and then asks the question we've been waiting 11 episodes to hear.
Wouldn't it be weird to just start with the proposal? "Hey thanks for coming, wanna get hitched?" In remodeling though, this is kind of the way most people do it.
Happy New Year!
The new year brings with it change. We all resolve to do things differently than we did last year - to grow. The busiest month at the gym is January, right? But why isn't April as busy, or July, or October? One reason is that change is hard. Another might be because the change isn't for you. Did you join the gym because you really, deep down, wanted to? Or is it because you feel like you probably should because that's what other people do?
Nobody can actually live a minimalist life, right? The practicality of daily chores just gets in the way - especially around the sink. You need a convenient place for soap, and scrubbers, and paper towels. The clutter is inevitable, so you should just resign yourself to living with it, right?
We're making progress...here's just one picture of the kitchen:
When The Clash wrote the song, they must have been talking about real estate, right? If you own a house, I’m guessing you’ve asked yourself this more than once. Based on the number of TV shows dedicated to the topic, I’m guessing almost everyone has. In a vacuum, it’s a nearly impossible question to answer. There are just too many variables. So let’s try to break it down to help decide if you’re going to renovate or move.
Do you remember that commercial from a bunch of years ago? You know the one where the couple is walking through a huge, fancy studio listening to a pretentious architect talk about his accolades. Then they get to his office, he says, "So what can I, do for you (the I is dripping with condescension). They say...
In case you can’t tell, the dapper gentleman in the clip art is reviewing a contract to remodel his kitchen. He’s never remodeled before, but is excited about the potential. At the same time though, he’s nervous; he is making a large investment that will impact how he lives in his home, and potentially how and when he can sell it. However, he doesn't know enough about the remodeling process to know what to ask. Luckily for you, you’ll never be like that guy because you have me.
A couple months back, we toured our nursery in the first ever Designed Happy house tour. Now that Pancake and I have decided to sell our house, there may not be much time left for additional tours (insert sad face emoji here). As such, I wanted to give you a tour of our modern take on a traditional farmhouse kitchen.
Happy New Year!!
I'm not much in to resolutions...why choose some arbitrary day of the year to start doing something good? If it's good or is something that needs to happen, start doing it today - like right now.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the first phase of a remodeling project; that initial step that that gets you from the house you have now to the house you've always wanted.