Now the hard work begins #meanderingdesignchallenge


I'm changing up this hashtag because someone else started using the other hashtag! So if you want to follow along or have questions feel free to tag #meanderingdesignchallenge and follow along on instagram

This last week I've spent dreaming about what type of kitchen I would like, well within the constraints of my actual kitchen! Looking over my pinterest board I can see some themes. 

I'm drawn to natural materials, such as wood, plants and ceramics (good thing I'm taking a pottery class!). I love some of the styling moments I found, but I also don't like a lot of clutter on the countertops. 

My kitchen summary.jpeg

I want to bring in some hanging plants, clear off the counters of clutter, have a few styled moments on the counter that are functional and pretty. I want a place for my kitchen utensils that I use frequently, for my oil can and my salt and pepper. I'd like to have at hand the things I use often. My inspiration is definitely things handmade and natural. The first step is to go through my kitchen and see what I have that will fit those needs. Then I'll make a list of the things I want.

I also made a list of things to do. There are quite a few things that need to be fixed in my kitchen, some things that need to work better and the list of pretty things I want. 

To do list: 

  • Clean out and declutter all of the cabinets (more on this later)
  • Hang window film in window
  • Hem curtain
  • Get plants (I'm making a few hanging plant holders in my pottery class). I'll need to figure out what plants will work in little light. 
  • Get new kitchen stoppers (mine are broken)
  • Get a garbage can and recycling bin combo that fit in the space. My garbage can is too big for the kitchen. I can't open the pantry door without moving it and I have to have a brown paper bag for all the recycling items. I'd like to find something smaller that fits the space and can hold both recycling and garbage. 
  • Maybe paint....
  • Get better under the cabinet lights for over the sink. 
  • Look at lighting options (this may be outside of my budget but I'd like to see if I could get more light in this room). 
  • Get a soap dispenser for the dish soap 
  • Style the counters with useful and pretty items
  • Add art to the kitchen

Phew that's a lot. The biggest item on this list is to clear out all of the cabinets. I remember as a kid that every year we would go to my grandparents summer place and take everything out of the cabinets, wash the cabinets inside and out and then wash everything before putting it back in its place. Now, you don't necessarily need to do this every year but I recommend doing it every few years because kitchens get messy and it helps you see what you have in your home. 

I recommend starting at one end of the kitchen and doing a cabinet a day. It takes 20-30 minutes per cabinet and saving it all up for one day can be exhausting. Take everything out of the cabinets, wash everything and when you go to put it all back reevaluate if you need it. Also, make sure the items are working where you have them. I currently have my tupperware tucked in among my dishes and it is not working for me so I want to find a better home for them. 

For the next couple of weeks I'm going to be focused on cleaning out my kitchen. I'm going to save my pantry for after this month because it is going to need a design challenge of its own. 


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Dreaming #myhomechallenge

Brady's Kitchen Image via Emily Henderson

Brady's Kitchen Image via Emily Henderson

For the next four weeks I will be redesigning my kitchen. I'm working on cleaning it up, fixing the things that are broken and adding some style. 

Here's more about the #myhomechallenge and here's my kitchen in its current state (shudder). 

There are two tasks for this week. 

Daydream. I want you to wander around the internet and search to your hearts delight for dream kitchens. Feel free to pull other images that appeal to you because maybe it's a color from a bedroom or a chandelier from a living room that calls to you. I recommend using Pinterest, Houzz or going old school and pulling images from magazines. Heck, you can even do both. There are going to be things about your kitchen that you can't change but there are going to be things that you can make prettier or even hide. So dream big! You'll start to see certain elements will keep popping up through this exercise. Those are the things you want to keep an eye out for. 

Make a List. Go through your kitchen and make a list of all the things that need to be fixed. 

That's it! Make sure you follow along on Instagram and make sure you tag #myhomechallenge so I can see what you are up to! 



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My Kitchen Before for the #myhomechallenge

Image via Emily Henderson

Image via Emily Henderson

You guys I have dreams! Dreams of a kitchen that doesn't feel so dark, dreary and soulless. One that you walk into and are inspired to cook. Sadly, that is not the kitchen I have today. 

I'm about to share pictures of my sad kitchen on the internet. It feels a bit like standing in front of an open window in my underwear. 

Starting with looking in from the dining room into the kitchen. Do you see the color difference?! My dining room is a lovely light shade of grey and my kitchen has horrific dark lighting and is painted yellow. 

Check out last week's blog post to read more about the #myhomechallenge

galley kitchen before
Galley kitchen before
Galley kitchen before
Galley kitchen layout


  • The layout is super functional
  • I have enough space for everything
  • I love my gas stove
  • I have nice cabinets, counters and appliances
  • It opens onto a nice size back porch
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  • There is no space really for guests to hang out with me in the kitchen
  • Certain things don't fit, like the rug or the garbage can. They are both too big
  • The lighting. Oh god the lighting!
  • The window opens onto the porch and the staircase to the second floor, which my neighbors use. That means they can see right in my apartment. 
  • It's kind of bland. The rest of my apartment has so much personality and this room is seriously lacking. 
  • I hate blinds. 
  • I also really hate granite countertops and that backsplash.

There are a lot of things I can't change about this kitchen because I rent. That means I am going to change what I can and inject some color and life into this bedraggled kitchen. I tried to take good pictures, but it is so dark in there that it is very difficult to do so! 

Stay tuned because next I'll share my Inspiration and Master Project List. 


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Take the #myhomechallenge to Refresh and Revitalize Your Home

Image via One Kings Lane

Image via One Kings Lane

One Month to Refresh Your Kitchen

I'm proposing is a month long challenge to refresh your space. We'll design, clean, organize and make it look fantastic. All you need to do is follow along, well, and get the work done! I'm combining all of my favorite things-minimalism, spring cleaning and interior design. I'll walk you through how to create a design plan, tips and tricks to decluttering and organizing, styling your space and maybe we'll even do some cooking along the way. I've left plenty of time for cleaning, as you can see in the outline below. 

  • Week One-The Design Plan

Grab some magazines, Houzz or Pinterest and dive into your inspiration. I often pin elements of something that I like even if the whole kitchen won't work for me. Draft your plan. Make a list of all the things that need to get done. 

  • Week Two-Clear it All Out

When's the last time you cleaned out your cupboards? Are you able to to pull out a pot or pan without the whole pile tumbling to the ground? Do you know what is in your junk drawer? Well, it's time to clean it out. We'll go through all of our cabinets and clean and rearrange. 

  • Week Three- Organize and Start Putting it Together

Week two and three will overlap a little. I tend to organize as I go, but some people like to pull it all out and then organize later. This is the week you'll also make any repairs that you may have added to your list. 

  • Week Four-Finish It! 

in my mind I hear the voice from Mortal Kombat going FINISH HIM!

This is the final stretch and I know you can do it. 

Want to join me on this journey? Then follow Meandering Design on Instagram and keep an eye out for the  #myhousechallenge tag. I'll be posting each Monday morning with instructions, but there will be more details on instagram. 

We will be starting on January 29th, which I realize is an odd date, but I didn't want to start January 1st because everyone was working on their New Year's resolutions (how are those going for you?).  Let's do this thing. 

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The 2018 Interior Design To Do List

Interior Design

Or, what needs to be done in my home

Last year I revealed my interior design to do list. Man, was it long! Let's see what I managed to get done.  I started this list because I kept feeling overwhelmed and scattered. I admit that once I did the brain dump it felt like I started moving forward on things.


  • Standing light for by the chair and lamp for workbench.
  • DONE! New Curtain Rods (mine actually broke)
  • DONE! I went with different curtains though. Sheer Curtains to layer under curtains (I tend to leave the curtains open and it would be nice to have some privacy)
  • DONE! Art- I moved most of the art to my office and bedroom
  • Refinish dining table- I got it on Craigslist and it just needs to be sanded down a bit and re-stained.
  • Style the workbench- It's this huge expanse of empty space. I don't want it to be cluttered, but it definitely needs some fun stuff.
  • Sell and replace dining room chairs-I have a pair of Philippe Starck La Marie chairs in Orange, but want white. I'd like to replace them with something that has a similar low profile to the Bertoia wire chairs I have. 


    • DONE! Paint Hallway
    • softer more comfortable chairs
    • DONE! Except, now I want new curtains! New curtain rod
    • hang plants
    • change up the coffee table? (I've had the same coffee table for over ten years and I like it but it may be time for something new...maybe)


    • Clean and organize 
    • Paint it teal
    • Clean out and put more shelves in the pantry closet (I'm scared to open the door!)
    • Get a new soap dispenser
    • Style the counter tops
    • Hang film on windows (this room gets almost no light and I'd like to top part to be open, but my neighbors can see in when they walk down the back stairs)
    • Small lights for over sink
    • Rewire small lamp


    • Clean and declutter
    • DONE! Rug
    • Plant
    • DONE! Another piece of art
    • Added: Hang driftwood jewelry storage piece


    • Make a slipcover for the chaise 
    • sew pillow cover

    What's on your list? 

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