Where to Go this Summer on Vacation

I love to travel, so I have planned to get a little traveling in before the end of the year. Being cooped up during the winter months isn’t ideal but I guess it is necessary given the weather conditions for that time of year. I guess if you live in warm places like Hawaii, California, Arizona or Florida, you can enjoy ideal temperatures year round. But for the rest of us, it seems like we go through our cold spells.

Travel in Brazil

My idea to travel this summer comes from reading some really interesting travel blogs and also some books related to peoples travel essays. I have narrowed down a few places to visit and would welcome any new thoughts or ideas:

If you could choose between these places, which would you prefer to go during your summer break? Do you have any good planning resources or sites that you would recommend?

Rustic Design Ideas for your Kitchen

Now that spring is finally here, I wanted to spend some time writing more about what has been on my mind during these past winter (cold) months. The redesign of my kitchen occupies my every thought.

Since moving into my small cottage looking home a few years ago, I haven’t been able spend the time I wanted to make-over the house as it deserves. So this summer, I will be focused and determined to see progress in that area.

rustic kitchen designs

My Plans

More than anything, I want to keep the rustic feel of the cottage, and not go crazy with the whole modern look that I have tried before on my other places. This simple, yet classy look goes a long way.

Appliances

The appliances will be brand new, but there are several models out there such as the stove and refrigerator that can have that antique appearance (usually means that they will be stainless steel though).

kettle antique on stove

Okay, so with that, what should you have in your rustic kitchen. First, despite having a kitchen that looks old style in many ways, you’ll still need some essentials like a garbage disposal. It’s the other things like lighting, backsplashes, paint and cabinets that keep that rough but cool look. Some of the smaller appliances can also be functional and old looking like a coffee maker or french press.

Paint

Paint can transform a room like nothing else. My friend just remodeled their kitchen and the first thing I noticed was the paint they chose for their cabinets. He used an airless paint sprayer to create a base layer then took a soft sponge to make the a darker weather look.

Accessories

Simple but unique accessories are also going to add a lot to the room. I’ll start by getting some cabinet handles on the cheap from Home Depot. That will save me a little money, but surprisingly their selection is pretty good.

Overall, I’m thrilled to be doing something new and unique. Plus it gives me something to do during the warm summer months. More about this in future blog posts.