Are you wondering how I was fortunate enough to take a dream vacation to Alaska? It is all thanks to my Mom and Dad. It was supposed to be their 60th wedding anniversary present to each other last year but my Dad passed away a couple months before the trip was taken, so my Mom invited my sisters and I to go in memory of him. The trip was fourteen days- seven days relaxing on a cruise ship and then spending seven days in the wild,(kind of wild- not as luxurious as the cruise, haha). Here is a photo of me, my Mom and sisters in Juneau Bay:
I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from our trip for those thinking of taking the trip to Alaska. Glacier Bay was breathtaking:
The water was a beautiful turquoise color. Just like in the Caribbean.Read More
This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.
They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:
Step One for the Kitchen:
As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique: