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Friday Faves: Kitchens and Mirrors

I hope you all enjoyed our first full house tour that I posted to the blog earlier this week. I’m sharing more details in Instagram Stories so be sure to check these stories out over the next few days. One of the main takeaways is how horrible our kitchen is so it’s no surprise that I’m constantly thinking of ways to renovate it and upgrade it. Therefore, a lot of today’s Friday Faves focuses on kitchens.

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House Tour: Two and a Half Years In

Our cozy cottage has gone through a lot the past two and a half years yet not enough, in my opinion. There are rooms that we did right away and rooms we haven’t even touched yet. There are rooms that are likely to get redone either through little touch ups and minor changes or through major renovation. And then there are rooms (maybe only just one) that just need one minor fix. So here’s the first house tour that I’ve done on The 256 Project to show befores and afters of what we’ve done so far and show you rooms you’ve never seen before (and for good reason!). Scroll down for the house tour and swipe through for the before and after of each room (or just the before, in some instances).

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Clienting: Kitchen Backsplash for #ProjectPauli

The 256 Project was recently contacted by a lovely lady named Pauli, who owns a condo in Chicago and is looking into putting up backsplash in her kitchen. Pauli asked, “What do you think about backsplashes??? I’d really like a grey, but I’m not sure if that’s out of style now. My cabinets are cherry, appliances chrome and countertop is black granite with some specs of green and silver/white in there.”

Yeah!! I love a fun project with beautiful results! And so #ProjectPauli commenced. Here is the e-design process we went through.

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Budget Neutral Kitchen Backsplashes

I recently was contacted about helping someone with a kitchen backsplash project. She said she searched for “kitchen” on The 256 Project and only got hungry thanks to all of the Kreyol Kitchen photos. What she didn’t find, though, was anything related to actual kitchen renovation projects or ideas. Which brings me to this: my first kitchen post! Her kitchen backsplash needs are specific in that she wants to DIY the backsplash on a budget and was looking for something gray. I hope to be able to show you the process of her backsplash project at some point. In the meantime, here’s my brain on budget neutral kitchen backsplashes.*

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Sardines au Parmesan

Sardines au parmesan is tasty, easy to make and works well as a party appetizer or snack.

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Kreyol Kitchen

One summer break during elementary school, my grandmother, my father’s mother, came from Haiti to stay with us. While she was there, my parents asked her to write down all the recipes she had memorized in a notebook. Over the course of the summer, she wrote down in her script handwriting every recipe, from marinades to desserts, she could remember. I’ve thought for a while of making every recipe in the book as a way of connecting with my grandmother and of learning more about my Haitian culinary roots. Now that we have our own house, I thought it time to start the Kreyol Kitchen. In addition to documenting how we, as first time homeowners, are tackling making our house a home, I’ll document on this blog how I tackle these recipes, from the easy to the hard, and share those recipes with you. Stay tuned for deliciousness!