First up is Miss Aimee from Mostly Mod. I love the chaos which seems to reign at Miss Aimee's home, where there always seems to be lots going on, including the ascent of an eight year-old rock star and a great Christmas tradition of having a party for kids to decorate cookies, which they then took to an old people's home. The party even has widespread reknown, as I also read about it here. Thanks Miss Aimee for taking part!
Style resolutions: Miss Aimee
I was flattered to be asked to take part, and anxious to see what I could put together for Lynne for her Resolution Project. My Blog is Mostly Mod, and I am Miss Aimee. I am a full-time photographer, who works from home with my wonderfully supportive husband and three kids under eight.
Q. What was your favourite design find or achievement for 2008?
A. I would have to say without a doubt our kitchen.
We bought a foreclosure less than 2 years ago and my husband and I had many visions most people would have a very hard time imagining, considering that we bought the ugliest house in our area, which had been sitting on the market uncared for for two years (you can only imagine right?!)
So, last year we gutted the kitchen, and all the walls downstairs to create an open floor plan. We added hardwood floors, created a few walls and thanks to my husband's kitchen design we were able to spend less money using Ikea cabinets, but spent more on the Sile stone, and mosaic tiles imported from Spain. We used the existing oven and dishwasher to keep within our budget and brought our previous fridge from the last house.
The faucet was from Ikea and as soon as I saw it, I knew that would complete the look we were going for! In retrospect we would have made the island bigger, but it fits our family of 5 just perfectly, and happens to be where we spend all our time.
This wine rack was custom built over our fridge, it fits 39 wine bottles, and is the greatest new Christmas addition! We had our annual Ho-Ho-Ho party this year and sadly the rack was full less then a month ago!
Q. What are your style resolutions for 2009?
A. I am working on a coffee table book, and would have to say it is taking the top of my 2009 list. I am also trying to down on shopping and fashion for '09 as I am working on a family budget (spent way too much on this last year). By shopping I mean: buying endless impulsive Etsy buys or that 3rd letterpress calendar that I just have to have, or buying the kids gifts for no reason (we are trying to strictly limit to holidays only-which is sometimes hard with 3 screaming children).
Q. What style/design blogs will you be reading in 2009?