Inspiring Tips For Gardens

Thank you to everyone who linked up to Inspire Me Monday, so much talent! Today I have 5 fabulous gardening tips I know you will love, enjoy!

Head over to The Creativity Exchange and find out how to make your back yard clipping into a gorgeous table setting.

Mix different sizes of vases for yard clippings for a pretty summer arrangement.  The Creativity Exchange

I have been eyeing these pallet gardens!  Stop over to Kent Heartsrings to see how she made this gorgeous Pallet Succulent Garden!

Pallet header

Twelve O Eight has some amazing tips on how to grow some incredible house plants. 

Grandparent’s Plus is sharing her Hostas Garden. They are so pretty, hearty and grow pretty much anywhere!

Hosta Garden 050p Hosta Haven

Looking to find the perfect way to DIY a colorful herb pot?  Look no further, DIY Homework has you covered.

Lifestyle Crafts Herb Pot via homework - carolynshomework (11)

 Thank you for stopping in today, can’t wait to see you this Monday! Have a great rest of your weekend.

Painted Kitchen Island

Can I tell you how excited I am to have the task of painting the kitchen island behind us!  If you have been following along on Facebook you know it has been somewhat of a nightmare trying to find the perfect color!

Kitchen Island Painted

Kitchen Island Close up DIY Painted

The old island was perfectly fine but the black was just a little too stark for the space. I decided to paint it a light grey that seemed like it had a warmth to it, oh was I wrong, it looked awful once painted. I used the 4th one in from the left, looks pretty right?

island 2 WRONG island

Thank goodness for my awesome readers for all the support and helping me find the perfect color!  I went with the Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, it is the one right in the middle in-between all those neutral and warm colors, exactly what I needed!

Iron Mountain Benjamin Moore

My husband and I painted the island just like we did when we painted all of our old kitchen cabinets.

How to paint a kitchen island

Remove all the hardware and hinges.

If your cabinets have gaps or dings fill them with wood filler.

Degrease all the doors, draws and frames. Tsp is a great degreaser as is vinegar and hot water.

Sand everything I used an electric sander with medium grit (80 or 100).

Prime with an oil based primer. Foam rollers will give you the look as though your cabinets have been sprayed.

Lightly sand

Paint your desired color using a foam roller and a really good brush

Replace your doors and add your hardware.  We went with a flat black contemporary pull from D Lawless Hardware, my favorite place for knobs and pulls!

Kitchen Island D Lawless Hardware

So much better, right?

If you missed my hubby’s handy work, you can see how he installed a DIY pull out trashcan.

Kitchen Island DIY Pull Out Trashcan Kitchen Island how to paint

I’m loving how it all came together, next project is to install the backsplash behind the stove.  Thank you again for all your help and suggestions!

Oh and if you missed our project a few years ago, you can find out how we turned our island into a custom piece.

How to make a kitchen island custom

~Thanks so much for stopping in today~

If you are new here, you can find out why we had to gut our old kitchen under the project gallery under Kitchen Renovation.

Inspire Me Monday #17

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday Link party everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! If you follow me on Facebook you know I have been working my tail off trying to paint the kitchen island and it was a complete disaster.  Today, I’m going to get more paint samples and see if I can find the perfect color.

Did you catch Friday’s features from last week’s party? Sand & Sisal has some wonderful Summer Gardening Tips.

5 Summer Gardening Tips & How to's

Sweet C Designs is sharing yummy recipe’s that all include fruit and vegetables.

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Domestically Speaking has 6 wonderful weekend projects.

6 Inspiring DIY Weekend Projects

I couldn’t decide on a theme this week since the links were all so beautiful so you will find 5 amazing projects I know you will love.  Like this DIY Pendant Banner out of Christmas lights.


Did you know Inspire Me Monday is 4 blogs + 1 linky  which means awesome exposure & creative inspiration. A chance to be featured on 4 blogs each Friday. And lastly, A chance to have your original post pinned to our NEW *Inspiring DIY, Decor, & More* Pinterest Board.  Can’t wait to see what you have been working on!


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In Home Coffee Bar

We are coffee lovers at heart in our home so it only makes sense to have a little in home coffee bar, right? I love the smell and taste of coffee and take my coffee completely black. My hubby on the other hand has to have his vanilla creamer every morning.

coffee bar on the kitchen counter

 I used a simple white plater as my tray, things always seem to look tidier when contained on a tray, I seem to have tray’s or baskets in every room of our home. I am using a ceramic measuring cup to hold my single servings and found a gorgeous sugar bowl at Pier 1.  Although the owl salt and pepper shakers have nothing to do with coffee, they are a perfect addition to this little area.

Coffee bar

I will admit I’m a little picky when it comes to coffee makers.  We originally had the Keurig which seemed to break down way too much so we switched to a Cuisinart.  I wasn’t a huge fan as the coffee never seemed to come out hot enough.  So when our new cabinets were installed and our coffee maker no longer fit I did a little research and came across this Hamilton Beach coffee maker.  I love that it has a single serve option as well as a carafe, perfect for when the hubby is traveling and It’s just me.  The best part, the coffee comes out super hot!

Coffee Maker Hamilton Beach

 This little area is perfect for our hectic mornings and even better when it’s the weekend and I get to sit back, relax and catch up on my favorite blogs!

Coffee Bar full view

Even a bigger bonus, making your coffee at home can save you big bucks!  How about you, are you a coffee drinker?

Inspiring Feature Friday

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!

We are definitely enjoying our days of Summer around here with beach days, hikes, sleepovers, family get togethers, swim days and being a tourist in beautiful San Diego.  The boys have loved having their Grandpa here for the past 2 weeks so it will be sad to see him go back home to day.  However him and my husband have been working so hard on my in-laws house, I can’t wait to share with you.

I loved all of Monday’s links, no theme today just pure fabulousness!

Ever wanted to build your own coffee table?  Head on over to That’s My Letter for the full tutorial.


 I am loving this idea from Creatively Living! She made a DIY Pendant Banner out of Christmas lights, this would be perfect for our outdoor area!


WIth a little inspiration from BHG, Carissa Miss gave her farmhouse table a complete transformation.


 Love Grows Wild is giving us a tour of her gorgeous living room makeover.


The Thinking Closet has some wonderful tips on styling a desk!


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Kawasaki Foundation, it truly warms my heart.  You can get all the details here and don’t forget, Balmsam hill is matching the funds and you receive a free ornament with a $25 donation, how cool is that!

Christmas in July~Kawasaki Disease~

~Hi Friends~

Today I am pretty excited to share something so near and dear to my heart that still gets me teared up every time I think about it.   If you remember, last year in March we had one of the most horrific experiences of our lives happen to us.  Grayson, our youngest, had been sick for days, we had been in and out of the ER multiple times and wrongly diagnosed and sent home.

After receiving a call from a wonderful friend who saw my posts on FB  she told us to go back to children’s hospital, she was certain he had Kawasaki Disease, her son had been diagnosed the year before.   Kawasaki Disease

When we walked through the doors of the ER, Grayson’s fever was 107 and he was slowly slipping away from us. He was rushed back, met with specialists and given the correct diagnosis, this happened 9 days after he first became sick.  The thing is, there is a 10 day window in which you have to get treatment in order to save the child’s heart, we were one of the fortunate ones.

As frightening as this was, it was a relief to have a diagnosis’s and start his IVIG treatment. Grayson was touch and go and we were rushed to ICU were he stayed for 3 days. Once the second dose of IVIG, steroids and remicade infusions stabilized him we were moved out of ICU and watched as Grayson got better each and every day. 1 year later Grayson is healthy and happy with his coronary arteries back to normal size, he has not suffered from any aneurysms or heart attacks, he is extremely lucky, not everyone has this outcome.

You might ask where I am going with all of this?  I have been given an incredible opportunity to team up with Balsam Hill to raise money for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.  Not only am I able to shine light on this frightening and horrible disease, but I get to help raise money so they can come up with a diagnostic test.  This test would help save little lives and give doctors a much faster and easier way of diagnosing Kawasaki Disease.  Sadly, if Kawasaki disease is not treated, it can lead to serious heart problems and death.

Balsam Hill is celebrating Christmas in July in a very special way!

For every $5 you donate you will be entered to win a beautiful set of Mistletoe and Holly Christmas ornaments.

Anyone who donates $25 will receive one exclusive ornament from the Mistletoe & Holly Collection!  This is a fabulous opportunity to give but also receive.

The best part, Balsam Hill is matching the amount I raise, up to $1,000!

balsam hill

All you have to do is Click Here to donate.  Whether you give $1, $5, or $25, every bit counts and you will be saving little hearts all over the world!

Thank you so very much, It really means the world to me. Thank you to my readers for being here for us through one of the hardest times of our lives, each and everyone one of you touched us like no other!


Kristin and Ray