Five things on Pinterest for #joshandkatebuildahouse, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I skipped a Friday post last week for the first time since launching ink. and I felt badly about it. A friend, and fellow blogger, asked why I didn’t have one scheduled and ready to go, and that friend pretty much understands nothing about what my schedule looks like in the weeks leading up to a production. Another friend who’s not a blogger but does read ink. told me that she would have written “Kudos to myself for surviving the last two weeks” and posted that as the only thing on the page. Neither of those things is really the point of ink. I rarely schedule my Friday posts more than a day or two in advance because I need to know who to give kudos to that week. Also, I will probably never kudos myself. If ink. is going to be true to my experiences, then that means being part of the experience that says, blogging isn’t happening this week because life is crazy. Everyone can relate to this. It’s a real thing that happens.

The week after any big project or production wraps up is amazing. The feeling is like Christmas morning, or a snow day. There’s still 24 hours in a day, but with those once scheduled hours now freed up, the possibilities seem endless. This week I practiced piano. I rehearsed with the choir and enjoyed a renewed focus on one project at a time. I journaled. I blogged. I cleaned my fish tank. I had a girls’ night. I made dinner for my husband. I finished a book. I worked out. It felt great!

It’s also in these moments of newly rediscovered free time that I begin to realize how many little things soak up seemingly insignificant moments and minutes from the day, that end up amounting in substantial time in the long run. One of the things I had been doing in earnest this fall was scrolling Pinterest looking at ideas for our new house. Since I already know that I’m not going to like all the decision-making parts of new home construction, Josh told me that I could find Pinterest ideas that he could use as a template to start filling in some of the big picture. I know that choosing a picture online and saying, “build that!” is really going to work for every aspect of the project, but it’s a good place to start. I have an excellent and well-organized “The House” section on my Pinterest page. You can follow me @ink. To get the full experience. But for today, I’ve pulled five highlights of things planned for the new house, which you can feel free to either tell me you love or hate!

Let’s talk kitchen…

Kitchens sell houses! One tip for making yours most attractive is to have all the appliances match. Stainless is still HUGE and no longer costs more. Second tip, don't advertise that you don't have enough storage space...get your cereal boxes off the refrigerator and unnecessary appliances off the counters.

Yes to the white subway tile! Yes to the dark brown, mission style cabinetry. Yes to the stainless appliances. No to the tile floor. I’m a hardwood kind of gal.

Let’s talk bathroom…

Leaky fixtures and water damage got the heave-ho, while the entire bathroom got a crisp new look in line with the home's style

Wanted…someone who has wainscoting in their bathroom to tell me if this is a good or bad idea? A pain to clean? Get’s dirty easily? It looks really classic and is definitely in the style of our home. We will have zero bathrooms this tiny, but I like the look…potentially!

Let’s talk fireplace…

Anybody else a fan of a good, chunky fireplace mantel? I even like the teal tile inset on this one, though I tend to think we won’t end up doing it on our own. Give me a good mantel though…and some candles in jars…and a good garland at Christmas time!

Let’s talk about paint colors…

Although this stony-tone palette's charcoal and ash grays read as cool, reddish undertones heat up the cocoa brown, cream, and khaki hues to create a perfectly balanced mix of warm and cold temperatures. Try this palette in rooms outfitted with naturally warm-stained cabinets, flooring, and furniture./

So the colors that I would have normally been attracted to paint a house, happen to be colors that are really on trend right now as part of the whole “farm-house” style. All that really means is that people will think I picked my paint colors because Joanna Gaines told me to, and not because they are the colors I would have chosen anyways. **Shrug**

Let’s talk about front doors…

Rustic style fiberglass entry doors with sidelights

I have a serious thing for craftsman front doors. And those cute little shelves they have, those are called dentil shelves! Adding one to your front door can add an extra $150-$300 to the bill, which seems excessive because I think a front door should cost somewhere between $150 and $300. I’m learning these expectations are not realistic! I also just learned that we acquired a front door frame that has sidelights, so that’s a bonus I didn’t know we were getting to add some character to the door and dentil shelf, which I’m just going to have to suck it up and pay for!

Friday kudos to…

  • The cast and crew of The Giver, who deserve all the praise in the world, and though I won’t kudos myself, really made me proud and brought everything I envisioned in my head since last February to life!
  • Do you remember that commercial where the little girl was texting all the time and the mom asked her who she needed to talk to all the time and she said, “IDK, my BFF Jill!” I feel like I like this sometimes in my own life but I’d respond, “IDK, my BFF Kim” who this week texted me a bajillion times because SHE GOT US BACKSTREET BOYS TICKETS which as any child of the late 90s knows, is a big deal!
  • My grandma went to Door County and brought me wine as a celebratory souvenir for performance weekend. Flowers are always amazing, but the wine was par excellance!

Wine for your weekend

Christmas-Market-Thumbnail-11-1-18-min-(1).pngI’m not recommending a wine so much this weekend as making you aware of a wine, one that I’m headed up to try for the first time this weekend because they’ve only uncorked the first bottle of it yesterday! Pepin Nouveau is this year’s first new Villa Bellezza wine, made from the first grapes of the harvest, and brought to table within weeks of the fermentation process. They release this wine on the third Thursday in November, a tradition that mirrors similar celebrations that take place in Italy and France on the same day. What do I know about this wine? Absolutely nothing! So that makes it exciting. The release is being celebrated all weekend, so if you’re looking for something to do and are relatively local to the SE Minnesota, NW Wisconsin region, you may consider going to the first pour of this special 2018 vintage release, just in time to stock up for the holidays!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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