Brown(e) Vacation 2014 : Seaside Accommodations

Truman House

Welcome back! I hope you’re ready to dive in to all the goodness Seaside, FL has to offer. Today we’re going to focus on where to stay. There is absolutely no shortage of options for where to stay in or around Seaside, Florida. You won’t find many hotels, motels, or B & B’s. What you [...]

Little Big Meal for Breakfast!

Ginger Carrot Cake flapjack stack

So The Fresh Market, a regional food market and premium quality produce store, has this awesome deal on Thursdays now that they call the Little Big Meal where you can get a complete meal to feed a family of four for $20!! They rotate each month and this month is breakfast for dinner. We love [...]

Kitchen Remodel – Design Time – Counter Tops

rocky tops - granite slabs

Shopping for counter tops was also a labor of love and quite surprising. The bargain shopper in me wanted to find a good deal, but the reality set in as I realized that the price for stone is the price for stone. Bummer! The same type of granite or marble was roughly the same price [...]

Brown(e) Vacation 2014 : Why SEASIDE

Seaside - Coleman Pavilion

Welcome welcome my friends to the first installment of our 2014 “family” vacation!. I say “family” because while we are not directly related to Matt & Erin Browne, we share a similar last name and our friendship has evolved into something greater….like a family.  It was only a matter of time before we vacationed together, [...]

The Dodge

Dodger - Pembroke Corgi puppy - 10 weeks old 2

P.S.: please ignore our lovely sub-floors in some of the photos. As some of you all may know, we were in the middle of a floor remodel when we brought the Dodge home. Great timing, right? Actually, better to have an accident there than on new hardwood floors.  We’d been hoping to expand our little family [...]

It’s Not Just a Kitchen

The other day, I was grilling out on the back deck. The contractor working on our kitchen had just left, Kara was sitting in the breakfast room, and the sun was fighting its way through the overcast clouds. All was quiet and a wave of peaceful contentment washed over me.  I closed my eyes, took [...]

Kitchen Remodel – Design Time

Brown Kitchen - island detail

The final design was a collaboration of our custom cabinet maker, Oscar, my husband and myself. As I’ve said before, we were not changing the layout at all – only adding to it and tweaking things. We also came away from the quoting/cabinet search process with a lot of ideas. To give you a frame [...]

Kitchen Remodel – Decision Time – Cabinets

kara brown armstrong

Making design decisions for a vision you have to imagine in your head is way harder than you think it’s going to be. As I said previously, we knew we weren’t really messing with the layout of the kitchen too much, so that helped a lot. The first thing on my wish list where I [...]