OK, I'm going to just pretend that I didn't hear Diane's whining, because honestly, I think the only pics I've EVER seen of her house are of her bathroom shower curtain or something. So I don't feel the LEAST bit obligated to post pics on HER behalf. (Hear that, Diane? I think you should start your blog now--quid pro quo!)
Below please observe my fabulous new kitchen shelves, made by yours truly. I just bought the brackets at Lowes, and put 1 x 8 boards on them and painted 'em white. The little spice shelf underneath is just a 1 x 3 that I screwed in from the sides of the brackets. I LOVE having my spices out from behind closed doors under my built-in cabinet. Now I can reach them when I'm cooking! Can you see my fresh garlic from the farmers' market too? :) Please excuse my lack of staging. I'm seeing my mojito mix on the counter, and a bag of potatoes, along with my old green dish towels. Whatever. This isn't a magazine. It's my house, right?!
Oh, and P.S. those tomatoes on the windowsill came from my garden!
I built this bench over my radiator, because I couldn't stand looking at the radiator any more! It also reminds me of when I was a kid, and I used to hang out on top of our warm radiators and talk on the phone for HOURS.
I just used a leftover piece of plywood from a cornice project I had done, added the wood legs that my friend Kelly had picked up at a salvage sale, and mounted the back of the plywood board to a 1 x 2 at the back edge of the wall, so the board wouldn't be putting pressure on the radiator when you sit on it. Then of course I had to make a cushion for the whole thing.
And pillows, of course. Kathleen sits here pretty much every morning and eats her breakfast before school. I've strategically left the table out of the photo, because it has been recently requisitioned for my wireless printer, and is collecting paperwork like crazy. Again, this is real life, folks. I need an office. Bad. I'll put that on my list right next to "needs a second bathroom."