Author: jentertaining

things are finally cookin’

What a week! Where do I even begin? My parents arrived and we quickly made our way up to the Cottage.  I had a laundry list of projects I had hoped to tackle while they were in town. As you can see, the biggest project was the kitchen. Here’s a recap of what we did, what I learned, and what we used. I will be following up on the floors in a later post (I’m saving that for the big dining room reveal) THE BACKSTORY/ VISION: As you know, I am a big fan of white. It’s an easy way to instantly make any space feel fresh and updated (and boy did the kitchen need it.) I had already painted the kitchen cabinets last summer when I first bought the place and have been dreaming of taking down the ugly wallpaper and weird fake stone panels that adorned the main wall and backsplash ever since.  I wanted something classic and clean, and not too country. This was a DIY project from start to finish, and …

Parental Invasion

As we speak, my loving parents are on a flight out from California to spend the next ten days with their favorite (and only) daughter. On the agenda? you guessed it, Cottage projects galore!!!! From tiling the kitchen to finally removing the remaining linoleum in the kitchen and master bedroom (That’s right, there is linoleum in the bedroom).  Sprinkling in plenty of baking and some gardening out front, the next week is going to be an adventure to say the least. I will be introducing Ken and Sally to snapchat, so be sure to pop over to see the progress. snapchat: jentertaining I posed the kitchen tile question on Facebook and Instagram – skinny or wide charcoal grey grout? and the winner was def the wide. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The summer calendar has filled up quickly with projects and friend visits and I can’t wait to get back to late nights by the fire pit with a glass of rose. Cheers!  

Where do we go from here?

LIFE: It definitely isn’t all perfect. I’ve gone quite for a couple of months, as my personal life needed some attention. Going back and reading my last post, I find it actually perfectly aligned to what was about to happen, but at the time, I was willing to just go with the flow. The result –  I’m single again – in fact, I’ve been single for most of the last two months. It’s a story and a relationship not worth divulging, but the silver lining has been,  that drive, that push, that fire, that feeling I could be doing so much more is back. What does that mean exactly? I’m a believer in putting things out into the world, and by doing so, it will help drive to make them actually happen. SOOOO, I have am starting to work on a plan to bring the elements of entertaining at home to life. I want to make things, I want to make products that deliver on the notion that every gathering, every meal, every conversation deserves that personal touch. …