house tour ~ part one

and you all thought i was gone for good…..

not yet…..i’m still here.

I’ve been wanting to show you some updated photos of our place here on Kauai……

since it’s been a while…… we’ve done so much in the last year and a half to really make it

more like how we felt a beach home should suit us.

Creating a new style.

A style just for us.

In the last 1.5 years…..since we decided that Kauai was going to be our home for the time being….

i’ve been on the search for pieces that would define my style living on as island but not exactly doing

the whole island theme if you get my drift.

This condo was completely furnished and we are not really allowed to get rid of anything….

and over the last 1.5 years

{creating a style takes patience…..lots and lots of patience }

we’ve pretty much stored and shoved every piece of furniture

{other than the sofa’s and the kitchen chairs which we haven’t changed out yet}

in every single closet in this place and the open loft that is in the boys room…which is stuffed to the gills

with outdated lamps….nightstands….original kitchen table and so on and so forth.

Not an ounce of storage left……

but that is A-ok

because with it out of sight out of mind…..it has given me the push to style this place the way i wanted

and to make it feel like home to us.

Everything we have purchased for the place has either been

thrifted from one of the 5 thrift shops on the island

craigslist…..yard sale…..or gifted to us from friends….or i’ve made.

The only thing i’ve bought online…..were the living room rug and a hand painted sign…..

so with that being said……it is true…..you can furnish your place on a tiny budget and if you

can spare some time….you can do it without hitting any stores;-)

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Our dining room table is the newest piece in the house…..

i’ve been wanting a farm table since the day we moved here.

I found it on Craigslist last week……it was listed for $500 which i thought was a great price for it…..

and considering i had gone into one of the only furniture shops on the island a few weeks ago

and found a farm table for twice the price……i knew i just had to have it.

i called and made an appt……and offered her $300.

She took it…..and the best part was…it came with the glass piece on top.

I had to pay a friends husband to pick it up for me….since it was on the other side of the island…

and now we have our farm table.

I celebrated with vodka.

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That boat captains chair in the corner: yard sale

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IMG_0119I made this hanging lamp out of a fishing net …..
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Sofa table: Craigslist

Books: thrifted and yard sales

Driftwood sailboats: i made

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This hand painted custom sign i had made from Between you and me

I painted the wall a turquoise….and the dresser is Craigslist.

I have yet to decide what color is at all i’m going to paint the dresser which stores

all the kids crapola and art/school supplies.

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The rug below is the one i ordered….i bought it from Serena and lily.

The coffee table is made out of pallets……and hand made my a friend of mine.

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The vintage arm chair in the corner is from a yard sale: $30.

One of the suitcases was given to me the other i found at a thrift shop.

The framed print of sea shells…..thrifted….and i painted the frame.

Plum curtains made for me by a friend.

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The armoire that houses our tele and hides the kids crap…Craigslist….$40…

i kid you not.

I saw it pop up on Craigslist and sent bryan right over asap….

faster than you can say fine boxed wine.

It was listed for $50 but he offered $40……

they even helped him load it in the mini {van not cooper}

I painted it and called it a day.
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This next photo is of our bedroom…..

i’ll be showing that on the next blog post;)

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as well as this loft area which sits upstairs and is used by the kids.

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december

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I’m here. I’m also not.

I lost my voice in this place and right now i’m just living this life without putting it into words

on a page for everyone to read.

My mind is so full of what i need and want to say …..and maybe one day soon i will be back

but till then i am on Instagram.

You can follow me there {i’m under KaseyBuick}

it’s certainly no blog…..but it is day to day photos of the life we are living here still on Kauai.

I miss writing.

I miss this place…..

but till i find my voice again….i just wanted to let you know that life for The Buicks

is rolling right along.

Pumpkin blueberry bread

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Years ago……and in another life….i had previously blogged this perfect Autumn recipe.

This morning we woke up and with the kids being on break from school all of this next week…..

they call it Fall Break around here…..

even though there isn’t a golden colored tree on the island….

this is still is one of our family favorites.

We had a long day yesterday on the south side of the island hanging out at the Hyatt hotel.

{aka: mini water park for the kids}

I aptly named yesterday a “Daycation”

a few well needed cocktails were had

thankyouverymuch.

Anyhoo……back to the bread.

This morning we woke up to rain and an overcast day so it just meant that i was going to make a few loaves

of pumpkin blueberry bread.

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My kids love blueberries….but not necessarily in the pumpkin bread where on the other hand

the mister and i can mow through an entire loaf with blueberries faster than you can say

cloudy with a chance of sun.

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The secret to the pumpkin bread is not the blueberries….

{which are optional of course}

but due to the fact that i use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or canola oil.

Of course if you don’t have coconut oil……you can substitute in what you have in your cupboard…..

but i if you’ve never used coconut oil before then i will warn you that it’s the best oil out there.

It is pricey.

Our costco carries it now……happy dance….but i highly suggest switching your oils if you can.

{healthier too…..so you can pat yourself on the back.

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 p.s. No loaf pans??? Muffins work too. My kids love the mini ones. You can make one loaf and 2 dozen muffins.

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