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New Home. Newer Kitchen

I bought my house five months ago. It’s a small bungalow built in 1946. It sits across a park in the cutest part of Ferndale just walking distance from downtown. When I was looking at houses, I knew I wanted an open-concept kitchen; however, all the houses with open-concept kitchens were either out of my price range or out of my preferred color range. I decided to buy a fixer upper. This way, I could make it my own instead of feeling guilty for re-doing a perfectly OK kitchen. The kitchen was closed off to the living room and dining area. It was small and blocked off most of the natural light. Oh- and there wasn’t a  microwave or dishwasher. I can hand-wash here and there but come on, I NEEDED a dishwasher. I received quotes from three different contractors. At the end, it didn’t come down to the lowest price but the comfort I had with them and their ability to do the job before Christmas. I hired Rick Guay (DG Installation). My realtor suggested him and I would recommend …

How To Host a Bomb Friendsgiving

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wanted to share some of the highlights of the Friendsgiving I hosted just a few weeks ago. I’m late- I know, but as I begin to clean my house and prepare for the actual thing, I can’t help but look back on the amazing time I had hosting eleven of my closest friends for an evening with the greatest food, music, sangria and a little more sangria. Want to throw your own Friendsgiving and don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered: First, put together your invite list. Have your crafty, retired mother make invitations. Homemade cards will never go out of style.Pick a date that works for you and your BIFFS. The other friends will fall in line and have to choose between you and uninvited friends. (A.K.A. the Ultimate Friendship Test). Mine happened to fall the weekend right after Halloween resulting in me keeping my super-cool-Halloween decorations up. Like this one:And if you live in your grandparent’s house with historically old family photos hanging up, …