notes from the brown couch

good morning! it's been a while. i'll jump right in.

ben and i spent this past week with his family visiting lovely sanibel island, florida. we couldn't have asked for better weather—it was sunny and in the seventies almost every day!

family, food, and good reading. what a great way to spend a trip! i'd like to recommend one book in particular: notes from the tilt-a-whirl: wide-eyed wonder in God's spoken world by n. d. wilson. my brother gave it to my husband for Christmas. ben was sitting directly in front of me on the plane, and when he finished it, he just handed it straight back to me. i opened it up right away. before too long, i had laughed out loud (likely startling the passengers on either side of me) and shed a few tears (although that isn't saying much for me).

it is unlike any book i've ever read. it's the author's thoughts—at first they seem random, but after one read, i can see how calculated he was. i'm sure i'll understanding more after another time through it. wilson focuses on God's creation as His Word...He spoke, He is still speaking. he discusses art, philosophy, ants, good vs. evil, fuzzy kittens, raging seas, and hell. it weaves the Gospel throughout and ends with our final conversation with the One who spoke us into being. [side note: looks like n. d. wilson also writes children's fiction. he's incredibly pleasant to read.]

that's it for now! ben and i are planning to purge our bedroom closet today. then church and a love-cars show. yippee!


i was scrolling through the blog and realized that thus far, the pictures have been REAL ugly. like poor lighting, lots of dust, and power tools galore.

so, in the effort toward beautifying the blog, i'd like to change my tune and talk about what we'd like the kitchen to look like. i've been trying to hold back the inner decorator until we have walls in place, but it's good to think ahead, no?

(plus, a special friend named kaylee gave me this fantastic domino book last week for inspiration. squeal!)

but first, i have to do a "materials list" for those interested. when ben and i decided to buy this house, a huge plus (in my eyes!) was that the kitchen would have to be redone. there was no salvaging it. it was a total bust.

i love white kitchens. for the new kitchen, there was never a question in my mind about what color of cabinetry to choose. it was all white, all the way. i'm so picky about wood - i only like really dark or really light, but that is for the time being. i'm too nervous to commit to either of those. so while white cabinets were my first choice, they were also a safe choice, making it a win-win situation.

the door style was pretty easy, too. nothing fancy, nothing ornate. straight lines. simple. not too modern, but not too country, either. these shaker-style doors are just right. and ben and i could agree! these aren't the exact cabinets, but they are pretty close. we've been in touch with a place called designed cabinets, and they've given us some very reasonable estimates. we'll likely order maple cabinets and have them painted white.

our condo had laminate countertops. not inherently evil, but they had this dark brown granite-like pattern. my real beef with them was that it was very hard to tell when they were dirty. i had to lean down to get the light just right, then i could see where there were spills and such. no fun.

again, my love of all things white played into our countertop decision. i want white countertops. call me crazy! they always look clean, and they will always be somewhat current. i really liked marble countertops like these:

but marble is way out of our budget, and very porous to boot. ben's parents have corian countertops. i really like how they look. no, they are not the trendiest option. but they are both classic and current looking, which is what we are going for in the kitchen - a kitchen that we will like five, ten, and even twenty years down the road.

i pulled this image from domino's web site before it shut down. i think it is what sold me on corian.

love it! it looks so clean...which wasn't the case with our dark brown speckled laminate ones. so that is what we have chosen so far: white, shaker-style cabinets and pristine white corian countertops. ben has put a veto on the all-white kitchen, so i'll have to decide on some paint/textile colors to keep things looking punchy. i'll leave you, dear reader, with some serious kitchen eye candy.