Kitchen Upgrades

When we moved, Jon and I knew we wanted to do some upgrades to the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home! We decided to add granite (Giallo Ornamental), farmhouse sink, stainless steel appliances, and have the cabinets “refaced.” For those of you unfamiliar with refacing, it’s a great option if the layout and structure of your existing cabinetry is fine (and a fraction of the cost). Here’s what they did: added new vinyl finish/trim to the existing cabinets, replaced all the doors, and added new hardware. We also opted for crown moulding, which completely changed the look of the cabinets! We went with a darker wood-look to match the new floors throughout the rest of the house. It all came together so well, and we’re very pleased with the finished product! Now we just need to choose a backsplash. I’m thinking glass tile? Here’s a before & after—what a difference!1531670_10103908137223557_2774792529879643168_o1975223_10103907754490557_1811103309672035817_n

New House Makeover [[exterior]]


So this was our new house “BEFORE” From what you can see on the outside, we’ve added concrete landscape edging, a real garden, a new mailbox, a RED DOOR, and a fence and fire pit. Phew! And that’s just the outside!IMG_6524And here is our red door up close. We went with POSH RED by Valspar. I love the color, I think it’s the perfect hue. Not too bright, but very much red. In my opinion, it changed the entire house! We still need a couple more coats.

IMG_6532IMG_6529There was actually no mailbox when we moved in, so that was our first real “project” at the new house. We looked at a bunch of different options, but opted for a basic wooden post. Not only was it cheaper, but I think it looks more natural as well. We painted it white, added a box and some modern numbering, and I planted some pansies around the bottom. It’s the little things!IMG_6526We have a beautiful backyard! Our property is 1 acre, but much of it sits on “Protected Wetlands.” We have a little creek that goes through our backyard when it rains. We opted to go for a black chain-link across the backyard to preserve the beautiful view of the woods, which we thinned and cleared out the underbrush shortly after moving in. It probably gave us about 15 extra feet of yard inside the fence! It was very overgrown.IMG_6780We also added a fire pit. We’ve only used it a couple times, but I love it already! And Bennett thinks it’s his own personal playground, he loves to throw the pebbles back inside. =)


Dana P. - January 8, 2015 - 11:36 am

Your house is so cute! I especially love your red door. A colored door is on my must-do list for our house. Happy to see you guys settling in nicely. Hope everything else is well!

Angie - January 8, 2015 - 3:41 pm

It looks amazing Nicole! Love the red door :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 11, 2015 - 11:32 am

Thank you!

Better late than never? Halloween recap 2014.

So I JUST emptied my “nice” camera from Halloween. It was pretty fun! We’re used to Wisconsin Halloweens—meaning, it’s usually too chilly to stay out long. Not in North Carolina, it was about 60 degrees and nicehalloween collage1

Daddy sat outside with Bennett in his little Robot costume and handed out candy, while I walked with the neighbors and our big kids. The subdivision was packed and it was a great time! McKenzie’s bag was overflowing by the time we got home. She’s only been allowed to have 1 candy per day, so she still has a few left. =)IMG_6427IMG_6450

Happy New Year 2015!


My sister and her family came for a last-minute visit over New Years. It was just a few days, but it was so nice to get to spend some time with them. Baby Mark and Abbey are getting so big! Kenzie and Abbey had a blast—fewer fights than usual! Maybe it’s because they’re getting older, but we weren’t complaining. We also painted pottery, got cupcakes, and ate some yummy Hibachi and local North Carolina fare.NECollage2

We gave Dan & Jessica a “date night” for Christmas, so we had the kiddos one evening. And Abbey also lost her 3rd tooth while she was here! It is currently MIA, unfortunately.


And Abbey and McKenzie put on a karaoke show—it was pretty wonderful. Lots of Frozen and Taylor Swift songs! They even prepared handmade tickets, and made a guest list. =)


And I took some family photos for their lovely family. I think these are my favorite ones that I’ve done for them, the light was wonderful.


Overall, it was a great visit filled with tasty food, good company, and lots of Cards Against Humanity! The girls have resolved to become pen pals. ♥

Jesse - January 3, 2015 - 5:39 pm

<3 We had a blast! I LOVE the pictures.

Angie - January 3, 2015 - 8:13 pm

What a fun visit! How fun that the girls are fighting less and being so creative :)

Angie - January 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

just realized I used “fun” twice in that comment…whoops