The fall colors popped a little later than usual this year so Abby’s family lucked out during their session. We thought we’d miss prime leaf-changing but Mother Nature surprised us! Dear Abby’s session (get it? hehe!) turned out to have some of the best color of all my Fall sessions. And Abby’s gorgeous coloring was just the icing on the gold and orange cake!
It was definitely the coldest morning of the Fall season and I was struggling through a terrible flu/double ear infection/cough-thing, but I couldn’t let this four-pack of poodles down. Their session had already been rained out once, so this brisk November morning was going to happen. And I’m so glad it did! With some delicious tea from their fur-mom, we powered through the cold. Woohoo!
First to get photographed was October Rust, aka, Rusty. This tall girl was born without a ball-and-socket joint in her front leg. She has a little limp but gets by just fine! She loves to explore her big backyard and find sticks to run around with and chew on.
Ok. Ok. Ok. I’m so freakin excited to share our latest renovation with everyone!!!! I know I said this when I shared our guest bedroom reno…this has nothing to do with pet photography. Well, actually, Teton (surprise!!!) is in some of these pictures. He doesn’t leave my side. So there. Pet photography! ;)
To give you an idea of the dining room/kitchen space when we moved in, I screen-grabbed these images from the listing. As you can see, we had very little storage, horrible and outdated appliances (actually, the refrigerator didn’t work), and gross, worn out cabinets (luckily you can’t see the sticky grime that was permanently attached to them). We knew before we bought the place that we were going to redo the kitchen pretty quickly.
This was a slow process that pretty much started as soon as we moved in. As I mentioned, the fridge, aka the big black monster, didn’t work so it was replaced right away. While we waited over a week for delivery, we had to use a cooler filled with ice. It was great! Haha! We went with a counter-depth fridge to give us more walking space.
The island was a very, very huge challenge. I wanted it to look free floating without seeing the pony wall that was originally there. However, if we removed the pony wall, floors were going to be missing. Since those weren’t going to be redone for quite some time, we had to leave most of it. We removed one of the pony wall sides and were able to put in bigger cabinets…drawers actually. The bigger cabinetry covered up the missing floors. Yippee! We wrapped the island in a waterfall quartz countertop and added a cover panel on the bar side. My dreams of having a waterfall counter were finally fulfilled (after many confused looks)!!!
Oh, and on the right you can see the new glass subway tile, drawers, and convection microwave. And no, we don’t have an oven. None of these units do. We originally thought we’d add one, but, after living a year without one, the convection microwave was really all we needed. So we decided just to upgrade ours. It’s pretty cool living in a small space and really sitting down and analyzing what you truly need. :)
Dining Room cabinets – Besta cabinets from Ikea
Chandelier – Crate & Barrel (added with a recessed light conversion kit from Home Depot)
Curtains – Ikea (our ceilings are 10-feet tall so we were glad to find these beasts)
Curtain rod – a DIY project
Kitchen cabinets – Ikea
Counters – Quartz counters from Home Depot
Tile Backsplash – Lowes
Sink – Lowes
Faucet – Lowes
Bar Pendants – Home Depot (super-cool ones that screw into recessed lights)
Track light – Lowes (just a temporary fix…not in love with it)
Paint – Martha Stewart from Home Depot and chalkboard paint from Lowes
Charlotte Skyline Print – Etsy (they have other cities too)
gosh…the only thing we kept were the garbage disposal and cooktop!
Let me know if you have questions or want to know more!!! :)
Escher, Petey and Odin are a trio of amazing rescued pups with a mom that has a heart of gold. Her love for dogs, friends, and family runs deep. So much so, in fact, a special someone (or someones?) gifted her with a session for her three babies…(I will never tell!). Just their special way of saying thanks for being such a wonderful person and furmom. :)
We spent a lovely evening in and around their Mount Holly neighborhood. The leaves were just past prime but we still succeeded in finding some wonderful color and a gorgeous field (that I fell in love with).
I introduce Petey, the shy but so, so sweet white Boxer/Hound/Bulldog mix; Odin, the little Chi/Jack Russell mix that loves his big brothers; and Escher, the goofy big Dane/Lab/Boxer guy that was our comic relief. :)