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Kitchen Before and After

When we bought this house every room was like a blank canvas. Builder grade to the core. We live in a small town, in a small house but I wanted people to be transported to a farmhouse cottage the moment they walk in the door. My home is designed from the heart and my heart loves white, shiplap, subway tile and open shelving. So of course when we gained the budget to renovate the kitchen, we let the heart lead.

And After…

We removed the wall between the kitchen and the dining room to create an open concept feel. We also completely changed the layout of the kitchen to better suit our needs. I needed the kitchen sink facing the bay window into the backyard so I could clean and keep an eye on the littles. We also had to build a pantry since we had no upper cabinets or storage to store food and cleaning products. Our pantry has a sliding barn door (that my husband built), and a chalkboard door for grocery lists and scheduling. The island was also a diy that held our microwave and baking pans. The island, however, now resides in our garden as a potting bench.

Our kitchen still is incomplete with the unfinished beam exposed, baseboards and trim not yet installed and the ceiling soon to be raised and possibly exposed as well.

The concrete countertops (that we created with molds from Z-CounterForm) were possibly the hardest part of the kitchen because it was our first time pouring concrete, but it was surely a fun learning experience. I wanted the countertops to look raw and natural… like as if we ripped up sidewalk and plopped them onto our lower cabinets. They are imperfect and rough in some spots but so beautiful. Best part about them are their durability. We can spill anything, cut anything, even drop anything on them without a scratch that you most certainly would have from any other type of countertop. Of course we have a wonderful sealant provided by Z-CounterForm, Concrete Countertop Solutions. And yes, I know our drawer pulls are crooked LOL! I never had them fixed because we are getting ready to replace them with something new.

Our sink is probably my favorite thing in the kitchen. I wanted an apron farmhouse sink but our lower cabinet just didn’t suit the shape so we went with this beautiful Kohler drop in that is just as big and just as useful. From bathing babies and puppies to taming all of my cray diy project messes, our sink sure has seen its fair share of action. Our countertops have too…

Thanks for stopping by!!

 

 

 

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Hello Autumn

Life has been crazy and of course my blog has to be put on the bottom of the priority list, but now I have the opportunity to change that. With the kids back to school and our household settled into our new routine, I finally have time to set aside for my “business”, blog, and Instagram. I have a shopping cart all ready to go to finally open my shop online and though it will be through a different source than I originally wanted, it’s coming along and I’ve waited a very long time to make this happen. Finally! Until it’s 100% completed and full of products ready to be sold, I have been getting products ready for the local Harvest Festival we hold in town. It’s only the second year and last year was a blast to be apart of with some really talented people sharing their passions. Hopefully this year is more successful and any left over products will be sold here for cheaper prices! I’m so excited for what the next few months and remainder of the year have in store for our brand. Welcoming Fall with open arms over here!! 😊

 

Xoxo

Ashley

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Spring has Sprung, Time to Get Stuff Done!

Warning: I may ramble…just a bit. 😉 Scroll past the giant paragraph if you want to get straight to “business”.

Hi there! I hope you are having a fantastic and productive Spring! April is almost over and I haven’t blogged here in quite a while. I have been so busy keeping up with orders for local customers, juggling a family of four children (3 of which are of school age), building a larger audience with my Instagram account (We reached over 1o thousand followers!!), and all while trying to continue making our house the home of our dreams. It may not seem like much to some, but it can sure be overwhelming at times. I need to develop a system to organize my life. If you know of any great books or have tips to help me in that department (other than hiring an assistant, which I simply can not afford to do at this time). One day, right? A girl can dream! I have also been actively expanding my inventory for my shop which will include found items such as vintage decor and antiques but also new “trendy” decor such as the infamous Rae Dunn which has quickly taken over my home HAHA! I am overly obsessed if that is even possible. I have been collecting since November of 2016 and it has grown into quite the collection but I just can’t seem to stop looking for them. I guess I fell into that craze. Who am I kidding? I dove head first, swam to the bottom and haven’t come up for breath…but I plan on reselling majority of it. (No, not quadruple the price like you see on eBay!) I am so excited to share my love of home decor with all of you! I am hoping to help you love the home you have through DIYs, tutorials, decor and much more in the upcoming months as I have sworn to myself to make good of my New Years resolution of actively posting on my blog and expanding my business.

April/May Plans: (some in progress & not in any particular order)

  1. To SPRING CLEAN my entire home. Not just the basement and closets.
  2. Switch around the bedrooms.. My husband and I are taking the biggest room in our home and switching the children’s rooms around to accommodate a better environment for our two eldest boys whom are currently sharing a bedroom.
  3. Complete kitchen renovation plans. We are creating a new layout and knocking down walls to create an open concept kitchen/dining room in our home. (This will begin hopefully at the end of May, beginning of June. I will have posts about this project on my blog, Instagram, and personal Facebook.)
  4. Paint all the bedrooms. (This project will continue into the month of May.)
  5. Obtain LLC. and contracts to make the Fowler Cottage Shop official and create a shopping cart!
  6. Begin planning for craft shows & booths for summer/fall months ahead.
  7. Finish upstairs bathroom makeover and powder room makeover. (Faux Shiplap tutorials to be included!)
  8. Install & paint a new front door.
  9. Orders, orders, orders. I am, currently working on 33 orders which include everything from canvas/wooden signs, shelves, coffee & dining tables, a custom coffee bar, blanket ladders, wooden candle holders, chalkboards, tiered trays, benches, and much more. Some of these items will also be available in my shop once it is open. I will have some available for purchase through Facebook for local customers only in the months ahead.

Thank You for your patience! Family will always come first!

Best Wishes & Happy DIYing!