My Love for Grove

Hiiii friends!!! If you are here to claim the free dish towel, fall scent dish and hand soap AND candle click HERE!!!!!

For more information about Grove, the offers, and my love for fall keep reading 🙂

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Ever since one evening below 50 degrees, I’ve been dreaming about boots and cozy sweaters and the sound of crunching leaves.

That means I’ve also been thinking about getting our home ready for fall — even if the weather outside is still sunny and warm!

I mentioned this offer at the beginning, but here it is again now- I’m getting a head start with this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer’s fall soaps + candle + pretty kitchen towel from Grove Collaborative!

Even if you’re not looking forward to fall as much as I am, Mrs. Meyer’s lovely Mum and Apple Cider scents will get you in the spirit.

I’ve been looking forward to their Mum scent all year (and love the beautiful purple bottle). In fact, I loved it so much I stockpiled several bottles of hand soap. I’m using them in my bathrooms right now, so I thought the FREE seasonal scent would be a great time to try out the Mum scent!

I’m so glad I did! The Mum scent smells like a walk through a crisp fall garden. Not to mention, I’m crushing on this beautiful packaging — it’s the same color as the mums on my front porch!

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When you place your first order of $20, you’ll get the fall set in your choice of scents — you can even mix and match if you like:

  • Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
  • Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  • Free Fall Seasonal Mrs. Meyer’s candle
  • Free Grove kitchen towel
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

Click this link here to get this offer!!

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If you’re already a Grove customer we haven’t forgotten about you!  You’ll get a free set of Grove walnut scrubbers here!

The Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap, and candle come in matching scents so you can fill your entire home with your favorite fall scent. All the products are non-toxic and made with plant- derived ingredients, so I feel good about using them with my family.

The set also includes a lovely Grove Collaborative kitchen towel in my photos above! These are not your run-of-the-mill dish cloths — they’re thick, soft, and bigger than a standard kitchen towel. I always keep one nearby when I’m cooking for grabbing hot handles, wiping up spills, and drying dishes.

This set is a perfect example of why I love Grove: They offer an amazing selection of the best natural household products from both their house brand and favorites like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, and Caldrea. Plus, they remember what you like and ship it to your doorstep, on your schedule. There’s no fee to join — you only pay for the products you buy (and the prices are always lower than my local grocery store).

If you’re on the fence about trying Grove Collaborative, this is your opportunity! When you sign up using my link, you’ll get the FREE fall set + free shipping + free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales, and personal service.

What are you waiting for? Grab your FREE fall seasonal set now:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the fall seasonal set for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order 🙂

Thank you all again for stopping by, and hoping you all have a lovely day and week!!

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The Kitchen

THE UGLY BEFORE-

Hi friends!  So this may look a little confusing.  But this is the very very before kitchen! This was it when we moved in.  Low ceilings, that funky chair rail on top, formica and wallpaper!  Yuck right?!

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I had to put a fake tin backsplash up a year after moving in with formica over the old old nasty formica.  Just someeethingggg to help until we saved and saved and saved for a new kitchen!

This photo is random, but I must show you where the chimney was; behind that pink stuff!

And for those who have asked if our chimney has always looked that way.. HA!!!

Here are just a few before photos.  I always think back, why didn’t I take more or why didn’t I show the reaaallll ugly befores?!  But it was just SO gross!!!

Sooo enough of that ulgy here are some after photos!!!  🙂

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CABINETS-

I have soooo much to say I don’t even know where to begin!?!   First off, the biggest decision to go custom was because I haaaddd to have inset doors, and I am SO glad I did!  Inset doors are a total pain, let me tell you.  Getting the seams just right is not one for the perfectionists (which I am totally not!).  I had them built by a family owned and operated company Personal Choice Cabinetry.  I shopped around and went from showroom to showroom and something just didn’t feel right.  Then I found this “hole in the wall” so to speak and knew this was the place.  Tara is the “designer” and her father Larry builds the cabinets.  She brought me in the back to see what he was working on and then I knew this was it!   (P.S. those little details under the feet you can see in that last picture was all Larry 🙂  He put those on and asked me if I liked them.  I love them!  Great job Larry!)

LIGHT-

The beautiful light fixture about the sink is from School House Electric called the Factory Modern No. 6 Outdoor Sconce.  I had my eye on that light for months before I finally pulled the trigger, and I am not the bit disappointed 🙂

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Processed with VSCO with a6 preset(Beautiful candle handmade by Wax and Wool.  It is just a lovely welcoming touch!)

Tara spent countless hours with me getting the kitchen juuusstt right.  Then I went ahead and made more changes.  O.M.G., Tara, I am still apologizing for being such a pain in your- you know :P.  I kept telling you, “you are almost done with working with me.. just a little longer…”  I made my biggest change of all last minute after the cabinets where already being built to remove the upper cabinets next to the window and put that large glass front cabinet sitting on the counter.  I was grocery shopping, when it hit me- I need to do this change!  Again, poor Tara.  And this is my biggest advice of all; get the layout that will work best for you.  If I hadn’t made that last minute decision, I don’t think I would be nearly as in love with this kitchen as I am now!

PAINT-

Paint color choices were another hurdle.  Don’t. Get. Me. Started.  We ( I mean, I, who am I kidding.  I could have shown the husband blush pink and he would have said, “Sure looks great honey!”  Insert eye rolling emoji here.)  So I chose Clunch, by Farrow and Ball.  We went with an exterior satin finish as recommended by an amazing and talented friend Rhiannon with J Smith Woodwork.  They build dreammyyy handmade cabinets  I fell in love with, but too bad they are over seas!  The reason they advised me to go with an exterior satin finish because it provides the best wear while still being able to provide touchups if ever needed down the road.

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STOVE-

Now for what you all have been waiting for… THE STOVE!! This one is made by Verona Appliances and is a dual-fuel, double-oven 36in stove in white.  (Say that three times fast :P)   I couldn’t be happier with this choice!  I emailed Nikki from Verona Appliances a total of 55 times before we decided on this oven.  Talk about customer service!  This oven can still fit a 9×13 in pan and up to a 25 lb turkey on the left, so lets just say it does it all.  And dual fuel is the most economical.  I had never cooked on gas before this stove either, but I will NEVER go back to an electric stove.  If you are wondering why gas is so much better than an electric stove- google it.

SINK-

This is my second farmhouse sink, and I think I learned a lot from our last to know what we needed.  I went with a double basin instead of the single because as much as I love to use our dishwasher, there are still times when I just want to wash a plate or glass and set it aside to drain. This one is called the Whitehaven sink from Kohler.

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FAUCET-

The faucet is from Kohler as well, and is called Artifacts Bridge Bar faucet in polished Chrome.  LOVE.

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COUNTERS-

Now, the counters were such a struggle!  I went to three different warehouses and all had fantastic finds.  I ended up purchasing our stone from Dwyer Marble and Stone, and am SO thankful I did!  They tagged a white quartz stone called Epitome for me, but then I changed my mind last minute.  (Sounds familiar?) Ryan from West MI Granite came over to measure the counters and when I asked him what his thoughts were he basically said well that’s a no brainer go with soapstone!  But in a totally nice friendly way with his expert opinion of course!

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HARDWARE-

Quality Bath was super helpful and in my eyes and had better quality pulls than I chose, but I was set on having an aged brass finish (rolling eyes emoji here).  So I found the pulls I chose from the Basement store on 28st in Grand Rapids, MI.

The cabinet latches are from CabinetParts.com.  I think they are also called Matchbox latches.  I love the quality as they are a solid brass (be careful don’t buy the cheap ones that aren’t solid metal!)

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TILE-

The tile was from Lowe’s and is called Elida white ceramic tile.  Annnddd we love it!  This was a last minute decision when the husband stopped on his way home and from work and took a few photos and sent them to me on his phone and said. “you pick.”  But by that, he means decide now, please 😉 (Like no really, hurry up! :P)  I had my eye out for handmade tiles, but contacted a company who makes them and they were totally out of budget.  Even for the little bit of tile we needed!   Also, I had no idea if we should use white or charcoal grout.  I know many of you chimed in and said “grey,” but let me tell you a secret- I hate grey! Omg, there, I said it.  But I love how the white makes the tile blend in instead of being the center of attention. So I think we chose well?!

And lastly, we just finished this kitchen just in time for Woodrow’s six month photos!  I am so thankful for Amy Carroll to come capture these precious moments <3.

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For just a few more shout-outs and friendly mentions- My dress is hand made from the cutest etsy shop called Not Perfect Linen (I love it!)  Along with the table cloth photographed and matching dish towel on the sink.

And the center of attention in this all goes out to the vintage rug I fell head over heals for months and months ago from Mesa Vintage.  I saved it tucked away as the inspiration to the entire room!

Thank you all so much for stopping by!  Email me with any questions!