Author Archives: Katie Buckley

Books that Go Bump in the Night

October is by far the creepiest month of the year. And, Halloween plays only a little part to that. People are often blinded by this fact; too engrossed in apple picking, pumpkin latte drinking, and leaf peeping activities to realize just how ominous October is. The gorgeous leaves in their harvest hues- is just nature dying and submitting to winter. The warm days fade away and we are left with nips and chills in the other. The nights become longer and heavy fog rolls in. And, the October sunsets always seem a little unnaturally red…

Now that being said, I love October. One, the clothes are to die for- boots, light jackets, subtle plaid accents… adorbs! And, the sounds of summer- summer traffic, summer pool parties, summer kids out of school playing summer games, all fade away and you’re left with calm and quiet. And, what better things to do when the nights get cold and dark, the world goes silent, except for the sound of squeaky doors and footsteps on crisp leaves, then to grab a blanket and tea and curl up with a book that will make you want to fall asleep with the lights on.
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Stainless Steel- In a Can!

Apparently my Refrigerator is ‘Almond Color’, I translate this as Dingy White. Mostly because I’m pretty sure my parent’s have Almond in their Kitchen, but their refrigerator looks clean. Where as mine looks dirty all the time. I knew I didn’t want to buy a new fridge-  it was not an expense I had budgeted for. And, also I plan on eventually redoing the kitchen (like 5 years down the road) and I would get all new appliances at that point.

Anyways, I went to Home Depot (because once you buy a house it becomes your second residence) and looked at the appliance paint. White, White, or White. So naturally I asked where was the Stainless Steel paint. They guy give me a look like I just asked to see a Unicorn.

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Hunting Down Hardware

So in sprucing up my cabinets I was very excited to pick up new hardware. Picking out knobs and pulls is a lot of fun. There are tons to choose from and they certainly change the look to a kitchen. In fact, does your kitchen feel dated or just need a little facelift? Before you decide to do anything too time consuming like painting the cabinets or changing the floor- Swap out your hardware. Continue reading


DIY- Counter tops

I like to follow trends among the design world. Which mostly means that I browse my New England Home/Home and Gardens/Beautiful Home magazines and think ‘Boy, if I had a million dollars my kitchen would look just like that’.

Fact: I don’t have a million dollars. So my Kitchen will never look like those in the glossy magazines pages. Continue reading


Intro to my Kitchen

In the wake of me buying my house I would pull up it’s profile on zillow and, with pride, show people my new home-to-be. I always got some interesting comments when people scrolled by the kitchen pictures. Comments include:

“It reminds me of the Brady Bunch home, does it come with an Alice?”

“You’re going to keep the Orange counters, right?”

“You actually bought this house?” said in a completely serious tone – This one actually hurt a little.

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New Floors

As you already know, from this post, I struck out when it came to unearthing beautiful floors in my farmhouse. So New Floors were now added to my already very long shopping list. I spent the most on hardwood floors for the main living areas, where there would be the most traffic. And, then I spent a fraction of that for the rooms upstairs.

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Wallpaper, the Devil’s Creation.

I never hated wallpaper. I have seen some really nice quality wallpaper. In fact, at one time I had a sample book of Farrow and Ball wallpaper. You could run your fingers down the pattern and feel all the different layers of paint that were used to create the image. No my friends that was no mass produced Wallpaper, instead it was almost a little work of art.

So no, I never hated wallpaper.


…past tense.

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The Wood Floor’s That Weren’t

Prior to actually owning my house all I knew was that every room was covered in heinous carpet. Which was fine. I wasn’t about to rock a hideous shag carpet, because I knew that underneath the God awful flooring could be nice wood floors. Wood floors that once refinished could shine like a diamond in the rough. There was one room on the 2nd floor where you could pull up the carpet and see wide wood planks. So I was optimistic. Sure it would probably be a softwood like Pine or Fir, but that was fine with me. My whole motto during this adventure has been I’m not looking for good, just good enough.

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