Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Holiday season! I have been lounging around the past few days, dreaming of all the wonderful updates I want to do to my house. Since starting design school, I feel like a new woman. I feel inspired, alive, and full of joy. To be completely honest, I wish I would have made this decision much sooner. I had no idea how much it would affect my life so quickly.

Anywho, the reason for this post today is to update you all on my new vision. This post might be all over the place, but bear with me.

As previously stated, my husband and I currently live outside of a small town in Iowa on an acreage in a house that was originally a school house. It’s about 1200 square feet with a great room (living room and kitchen are one huge room), 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a currently unfinished basement (due to flooding). For the past 3 years, I have been attempting to figure out my personal design style. It’s gone from crazy and funky, to more generic, and now I feel like I’ve finally gotten it down to mature, sophisticated, but not stuffy. However, things just haven’t really felt exactly right in certain areas. That’s because all of this time, I was focusing on me, and not on the house. The house is a schoolhouse/farmhouse and that’s what the house wants to be. Now, we all know that farmhouse style is all the rage right now. So honestly, I’m a little nervous to be going with the trend, but I really believe that our house’s identity will just make the energy feel right. Is this a little to woo-woo for you? I hope not. If it is, just continue listening to me ramble.

I have always been surrounded by antiques since my parents are huge junkers and flea market lovers. I absolutely love pieces with character and history. So this fits perfectly with the farmhouse theme. I do, however, want to continue adding in pieces with sophistication, such as my cozy faux leather couch and chair. This is where I am going to veer off the typical farmhouse path a bit. Not EVERYTHING is going to be white/cream. I do still love deep colors like navy blue, olive green, and deep red. But along with these things, I am going to attempt farmhouse style.

In my last post, I mentioned that our bathroom remodel is on the back burner until my husband’s back issues subside. I have no idea when it will get done…of course, I prefer it be sooner rather than later since my 6 foot bathtub and new toilet are sitting in our living room. I am still so excited and inspired, though, that I have to complete a project soon or I’m going to explode.

So, I decided to start on the kitchen! My husband won’t let me paint the cabinets since they are still in really great shape, soย the kitchen remodel will consist of: new counter tops, new sink, new faucet, a subway tile back splash, and a new light. I have a general idea of how I want it to look, but have a few tough choices to make like:

Carerra marble counter tops

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or White Ice Granite Counter tops

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As well as:

Two bowl

sink 2

or one bowl sinks

sink 1

Since I adore oil-rubbed bronze, of course I purchased a new faucet in this finish.


I’m also going to be adding in some new farmhouse decor, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

I am attempting to keep the budget around $700 total for the remodel, including counter tops, sink, faucet, light, decor and also new cabinet pulls for our cabinets since we don’t have any!

I am so excited to be able to complete a project, especially since I will mostly be doing it by myself.

In the comments below, make sure to let me know if you like carerra marble or white ice granite counter tops better and if you think I should get a one or two bowl sink! I am going to need some help with these decisions!


3 thoughts on “INSPIRED!

  1. Shelley Anderson

    Love the faucet LaRae- same finish as the one I picked out last year! Your post got me thinking about my kitchen and how I might like to try a single bowl sink. Maybe I’ll let you test it out first and wait for your recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think you can go wrong with either of those counter tops, they are gorgeous! So exciting- and if you can finish your remodel near your budget, then I might need your help with mine…

    1. La Rae Awakened Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Shelley!! I am SO TORN on the one or two bowl sink thing!!! We really don’t wash dishes by hand and I never have wash water in one and rinse water in the other anyways, so I don’t think I really NEED a two bowl. And I would LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE to help you with a kitchen remodel! I will of course keep you posted on my progress and budget ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Mindy

    I love the farmhouse kitchen look, and how perfect for your house! Personally, I like the two sinks, but I kind of like the ones that are two sizes, a big and a smaller one. I think it’s handy because sometimes you have dishes in the sink and have to rinse some veggies or something, hence the smaller side. I loved in a place with this style before and I loved it. The one sink is pretty, but not as practical in my experience.

    Those countertops are both gorgeous! Which one will be more durable? I cook and bake a lot, so practicality is big in my book. I love the gorgeous marble, but would be so upset if I stained it with spaghetti sauce or something, you know?

    Good luck deciding! Keep us posted!


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