Open Shelvin' In The Kitchen & Other Rental Kitchen Ideas


No baby yet guys, we've got exactly a week till' our due date and it looks like we'll be making it there, at least.  Baby seems perfectly content to chill a little longer in the womb while Mamma redecorates.
I've been working on my dining/kitchen/weird breakfast nook turned pantry space for a while now and it {finally} seems to be falling together.  While scrolling through my saved kitchen inspo pictures today I realized I really have a thing for open shelving instead of upper cupboards in the kitchen.  I love the feeling of openness it gives while showing off all your pretty dishes (why hide them away?)
Although I certainly can't tear out the cabinets in my present rental, I think I can semi create the look.  I may even remove come cupboard doors to open up my teeny tiny galley kitchen visually. I've already gotten my husband to build me some simple open shelves and plan to add a few more to display pottery, glassware and hang pots and pans. I just love kitchens where you can see all the lovely cooking instruments. It makes it look so much more inviting and kitcheny. Why accept that we have to have perfectly matching and expensive floor to ceiling kitchens in a box? I prefer to think outside the cupboard ;)






I also plan on creating a "backsplash" behind the shelf above the sink (and possibly in the back of the upper cupboards as well) with some rental friendly removable paper. Cost Plus World market has some gorgeous gift wrap options that can be mounted on a removable panel with mod podge.  For mega cheap, you can have plenty of impact and could even switch them out as often as your heart desires.
Back soon with updates! Come to think of it, in our last place we added open shelving as well and I loved it! Here's a picture I found of them in our Creole Cottage kitchen in New Orleans below. Kinda cute huh?




That Summer Feelin'


   I've been a very bad little blogger as of late- I know. But! With a babe on the way in 3 weeks or so I have an excuse okay.  I'm in lunatic nesting mode, redecorating, organizing and cleaning every inch of our space. Updating and stocking my ETSY shop so it can autopilot for a few weeks. While at the same time trying to wrap my head around the cloth diapering thing, preparing some healthy whole foods to freeze, making a point of staying fit and getting all the sweet little baby necessities on the ready. I plan on being the most prepared Mamma possible for downtime with our new snugglebug when she gets here.

   So, I'm keeping y'all inspired with this pretty little board of tropical color. No-I'm not ready to let Summer go. One reason being, Summer is SO not over yet here in Houston and the other being, I feel like I've missed most of it.  My only complaint of my entire pregnancy is that I can't stand the heat. I'm normally a lover of the heat, the hotter the better, but lately I just can't hack it. So now that it's cooled down to 85-90 degrees as opposed to 100 degrees plus- I plan on taking advantage of that Summa Feelin' while I can. Maybe we'll even squeeze one last trip to the beach in before the chill sets in.  

  In other news, we decided to take the plunge and buy a juicer. We've been drinking watermelon juice all Summer long made in the blender (see how here) with watermelons from our Rawfully Organic Food Co-op, so we decided to take the next step. Fresh juices are oh so good for the bod and delicious too. Once I have figured out some yummy concoctions I will definitely share. 

  Whew, I feel like I have a million things to do now! Off to get some of it done and hopefully I will slow down and take some pictures along the way for ya'll :)

Hasta Luego



Tiny Home In Topanga Canyon~Fab Craigslist Find!

  I have always had a thing for tiny houses, so when I came across this listing for a 140 sqft tiny home on wheels for sale in LA I had to share.  I'm no where near LA but this tiny home for sale in Topanga Canyon sparked my inspiration in a major way.  It's amazing how such a tiny house can be so functional and peaceful.  It has everything one might need on a day to day basis and the added bonus of no huge mortgage payment...which means no slaving at a 9-5 to pay for it.  WIN-WIN.  You can take it anywhere you like, or keep it parked on this lovely piece of land... Dreamy non?
Not sure if it's still up for grabs, but here's the listing link on Craigslist.  Read the description, it gets even better...

" Two artists re-locating and selling our tiny home on wheels! This is a cabin built on a 7x20 ft trailer bed. You can tow it with a truck and do not need a special permit to tow it. Great for someone looking to downsize their lives, or for those who would like to use it for rental income, a guest house, or for camping. 
OR...we currently rent the land it's on for $700/mo including electric & water. If you were interested in buying the cabin from us then keeping the set-up and renting the spot from our landlord, we could introduce you to him before purchasing. In which case, we could just leave everything as it is and you could move right in. It's a little slice of heaven here. An LA paradise. Very private with a big yard. Located right in the canyon, but close to the beach and everything the city has to offer.
Similar to a tumbleweed tiny house (, but it's hand built with eco friendly, re-claimed materials and costs much less. Has a big kitchen sink, a beautiful talavera vessel bowl bathroom sink, nice sized shower with a wonderful Rinnai propane water heater, washer, and good sized fridge. (We use a counter top hot plate and convection oven for food preparation, but also have a small stove/oven that would fit if you're interested in that). There are two lofts, one for sleeping and one for storage. The house is well insulated and it doesn't take much at all to heat and cool it. The window air conditioner is included. We use an electric-run SunMar compost toilet, but moved it to an outdoor structure because it has a fan that runs 24/7 and we didn't like hearing the fan noise all the time. You could have the compost toilet, or have a regular toilet put in.
It's a very cozy place with rustic elegance. If you were to rent it out you could make a nice monthly income off of it (especially in Topanga!). It's a creative alternative to a traditional RV, too.
Please e-mail if seriously interested. We are asking $34,000 for the house or best offer.
In the photos, you will notice there is an outdoor living room area off the side of the house. That is just something we built off of the house, but it is not portable and would have to be detached if moving the house. If you wanted to reconstruct it, we could give you the materials for you to do so. "