LIFE

CAPITALS PAINTINGS

I have had a great time lately painting a series of fifteen portraits to be hung at the bar at Circa in Chinatown, right next to Capital One Arena. Six of the portraits requested were of Washington Capitals players, which is amazing because I am a huge fan and they won the Stanley Cup just two months ago!

Bryan filmed timelapse videos of me painting the Caps, breaking down about six to eight hours of painting into thirty seconds or a minute, and the reaction has been awesome. People really love seeing their Stanley Cup champions committed to canvas!

I have been flooded with questions about whether I am selling those paintings or if I will be making prints, and I want to let everybody know that I do plan to release a series of Caps paintings and prints for sale in the near future. The best way to get your own Caps painting, or any other painting, is to contact me about a commission. I love working with people to create exactly the one-of-a-kind painting they want.

If you are interested in commissioning a painting, please click here to fill out a brief form, and I will get back to you quickly with details on pricing and availability. Enjoy the videos!

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ENGRAVED WOODEN WATCH

We just returned home after being in the Caribbean for four weeks and I'm already counting down the hours until we head out again. We are spending Valentine's Day in Florida and I can't wait! I've mentioned to Bryan several times that I want to start wearing a watch for when we travel (when I don't have my phone) but mostly just in general (so I don't have an excuse to look at my phone whenever I need the time). When I laid my eyes on this wooden watch by Jord, I was instantly drawn to it. When it comes to accessories, I'm very lazy. I wear my wedding ring, a few special rings from my travels, and my very special 'Bjorn' necklace. This wooden watch goes with everything (score) and is very classic and simple (another score). Oh yeah, and the best part is, my initials TKO are engraved on the back! That is Bryan's favorite part. ;) It was my Valentine's Day gift to myself (you're off the hook Bry). I always count down the hours to our next adventure and now I can do it in style!

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My initials engraved on the back! I'm obsessed!!!

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You can shop this watch here! There are also tons of different styles and colors available. SHOW ME NOW!

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If we aren't traveling around, you will most likely find us cuddled up on the couch or in bed with snacks and our shows (aka It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on repeat).

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SHOP JORD WATCHES! 

There are a ton of different styles for both men and women, and the wooden box they come in is so cool! It's Bryan's birthday next month, I might have to get him one as well. ;)

MY WATCH

WOMENS WATCHES

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GIVEAWAY!

Click here for a chance to win a $100 gift code to use on any Jord watch of your choice! One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth 10% off once the contest is over. Good luck!

XO TKO

Our Kitchen Renovation

Hello friends! I have been meaning to do this blog post for quite some time now. Last August, Bryan and I closed on our first townhouse together. This isn't your typical soulless townhouse either. It was designed by Charles Goodman and built in 1965. It is seriously one of the coolest townhouse designs I have ever been in, and we knew it was meant to be ours the second we walked into it.

Before they sold it, the previous owners did a lot of work. They made the kitchen open concept, got rid of the popcorn ceilings, polished up the original hardwood floors throughout, and cleaned up the backyard (which we also changed completely - that post will be coming soon).

Back to the kitchen - since this is the kitchen post. The kitchen was brand new when we moved in, but after walking through the house, Bryan and I both agreed that we were going to have to rip most of it out to fit our needs and just make it more "us". We ripped about half of the kitchen out the day we moved in. It took us about a month to complete the whole project (we got some help with the heavy lifting from my sister and her boyfriend) but other than that it was all Bryan and I. My favorite part was laying all the tile, it was so satisfying! Check out the BEFORE and AFTER pictures below! I also linked everything we bought at the end of the post.

As you can see, the kitchen didn't look THAT bad. But we knew we had to change it up a bit. We removed all of the upper cabinets (which were weird and tiny, and replaced with with larger ones that matched the lower cabinets. We decided to leave the lower cabinets because we loved the grey granite counter tops that were already there and it would have been way over our budget to change. The appliances were all new but were of "flipping" quality, so we replaced them with nicer ones, changed the pendants, painted the walls white, and added white subway tile with dark grout throughout. I'm IN LOVE with how it turned out.

We did not want the microwave to have the place of honor in our kitchen, and had always loved large tile walls, so we changed out the microwave for a recirculating vent. Bryan HATED the look of the previous range with the knobs on the back, and I agree that the new one is a huge improvement. We lucked out because the appliances had never been used, and the contractor who installed them agreed to buy them back from us at nearly full price, which went a long way towards paying for the upgrade. 

Magnetic knife storage saves counter space AND looks awesome!

The previous owner went a very "interesting" direction with the upper cabinets....

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this home renovation post. We had so much fun working on this together and making our home feel like home. We have been working on a ton of other projects and I can't wait to share more!