February 2011 - Rachel Teodoro

Large Kitchen with Cherry Cabinets

I thought I would join with Love Stitched on her kitchen home tour. I blogged about the kitchen in our old home here. This time, I thought I would show you the kitchen in our new house.


It's an amazingly large kitchen with more cabinet space than I could ever dream of!

The granite is the same granite that we put in our old kitchen. It's called Giallo Santa Cecilia. It's great at hiding crumbs and bread clips. I swear we lose those little clips that are on the bread bag every time we open a bag!

I got used to my undermount sink at the old house, so I am thankful that there is one at the new house too.

I also have two fancy glass corner cabinets. This one usually has another glass vase in it that's being used right now, so it looks a bit bare now.

I love the kitchen island. Especially the fact that it has bar seating at the end. Perfect for little hands that want to help in the kitchen.

It also has this great vegetable sink complete with disposal so it makes food prep a breeze.

Want to know my favorite thing?

This Viking gas range and stove. It's amazing! I had never used a gas stove before moving here and was a bit apprehensive. In no time, I was cooking like a pro with it though! The convection oven is another story. Still trying to figure that out!

Did you notice that I have not one, but two kitchen aid mixers? We got one as a wedding gift from my in-laws (the only thing my husband wanted!) and I couldn't pass up the larger size mixer at a garage sale for only $35! They come in quite handy when I am doing a lot of baking/cooking.

And because so many of the cabinets are so high (and I am so short), we use this library kick stool all the time. A purchase that I made at a garage sale for a few bucks.

Still not sure what was supposed to be above the fridge (cabinets maybe?). Any suggestions there? If you peek around the corner and through the hall (see the arched doorway), you can see my utility closet. It's great for keeping our recycle bin and cleaning tools inside.

We've hosted several large dinner parties in our new home, and this massive island is perfect for laying the food out.

Remember how I said I have loads and loads of cabinets and drawers? I have so many that I even have a drawer for plastic flatware and cups!

The two corners of the kitchen have the lazy susan shelves, again, with not much to fill them (yet!).

Another feature that is so simple but yet so practical? The upright cabinet with the divider to store my dish washing rack as well as my cookie sheets.

Did I mention the miles and miles of counter space?

I also have my very own mom work station.

It's tucked right next to the pantry. Want to know what's in the cabinet above my desk? The candy jar of course!

Thanks for taking a tour of my new kitchen with me. Isn't it great?! What do you love about your kitchen?

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Dining room in a Custom Home

I hate to paint. Don't get me wrong, I love paint. I love how it can instantly transform a room for less than $25, but I hate the actual process of painting. Which is why, even though I don't necessarily love this orange accent wall in our new house, I am working with it.


I found three identical paintings at TJ Maxx for $19.99 a piece. The colors were perfect for this room. Orange accents to match the accent wall, and yellow undertones to match the rest of the house.

One of my favorite things is fresh flowers and I don't really need too much of an excuse to buy them, but my daughter was baptized this weekend, so I picked up some carnations for the event. I love carnations. They are cheap and they last a long time.

I was at Pottery Barn last week (the closest store is nearly an hour away, so I only make it there once a year or so) and picked up these decorative berries. I got three boxes for .79 cents a box. Marked down from $16 each! Score! I put a smaller vase inside a larger vase so that I don't need as much filler. Again, the colors match the colors in the room and work perfectly, even if they are a bit fall ish.

And speaking of fall...the snow is falling. Bring it!
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Every Girl needs a Chandelier

Ever since we moved into our house, we felt like this two story room of my daughters needed a chandelier. It just had this boring old light before. Nice, but not special.

I've spent lots of time scouring the internet for just the right light, in just the right price range (man, they can be expensive!). We've had a lot of rain lately and one place we can get our new puppy some exercise is at our local home improvement stores (Lowe's and Home Depot are super pet friendly!) so my daughter and I headed there one night to walk the aisles and guess what we found?

A new chandelier! I did a double take when I grabbed the box. It looked more like a large shoe box than a huge chandelier. Of course, some assembly was required!


Isn't it beautiful?!

It makes my daughter Isabella's room feel very special.

What makes you feel special?

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12 hour dog

Before we got out new puppy, we thought we were interested in a rescue dog. So we scoured Craigslist and the animal shelters looking for the right fit for our family and on the first night in our new home, we got a call about a dog. Her name was Mia and when we met her, she was very slow to warm up. Something her owners told us was part of her charm. My husband felt like something was a little off about her, but we brought her home with the hopes of her warming up to us, but with the intention of bringing her back if she didn't. Well, she didn't warm up. In fact, she turned psycho in the middle of the night and was dying to get out of our house so badly that she scratched the living daylights out of my front door.


That did not make me happy on our first day in our new home! Needless to say, Mia went back home with her owners and we went a different route to find a puppy for our family.

It took me a few weeks, but I finally got around to fixing the front door. I just used some oil based paint (the same paint I used for this ) and mineral spirits and rubbed it into the wood making it look as good as new.

My foyer still looks a little bare. I promise to work on that! Stay tuned.
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Make Your Own Candy Buttons

Make Your Own Candy Buttons


Did you know you could make your own candy dots? I didn't until I ran across this post at Be Different Act Normal



I love them all lined up in these hearts . Wouldn't they make fun Valentine's day gifts for the kids?

I had all of the supplies on hand so I mixed up the recipe and left the kids in charge of making some dots. Super fun times and easy enough for a five year old to do.
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How to Wrap a Box for a Baby Shower

This weekend I attended a baby shower celebrating a friend from church as she prepares to welcome her third baby and her first girl. I'm not very detail oriented, so when a project comes to completion usually I forget about making it pretty, but not this time!


This time I wrapped up a super cute box with a few handmade hair bows (yep, that's a no slip hair bow on top!) and a hand stamped initial necklace for the mama to be. Beautiful!

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Using Vinyl to Create a Scripture Verse Above Your Door Molding

I just love molding in a house, don't you? I think it gives it such character. All of our windows in the new house have this extra chunk of molding on the top and I love it. This is our breakfast nook in the kitchen with these great french doors. When we had our inspection we were getting a rare snowfall and when the inspector opened the doors up wide, I just fell in love with the beautiful view! I can't wait to have some warm weather and just be able to open up the doors and let the warm sun in.


In the meantime though, I was left with this blank space, an idea and a silhouette machine with a new roll of vinyl! One of my favorite blogs to read is Emily over at Jones Design Company and she did a little verse reminder on a chalkboard wall . I loved it and of course, had to make it work in my space.



It says be joyful always. pray continually. give thanks in all circumstances.


I think it's a great reminder above our kitchen table don't you?
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It's not Valentine's day in elementary school without a mailbox!

First off, let me introduce you to my newest assistant Sophie. She usually sits just like this whenever I am working on the computer. Not sure how much longer she will be able to fit under there though. She's growing so fast you can practically watch her grow!


And now to share with you the latest project that my 5 year old and I worked on.

A Valentine's day mailbox. The rules were that the mailbox had to be from a shoebox, and it had to have a hole on top for the Valentine's and for the lid to be able to open.

Owen came up with the idea of making a monster truck and I just helped him put his ideas into motion.

He really just wanted an excuse to have flames on something.

Bonus: he really likes it!
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