Author Archives: bkliethermes

Our yard in spring

Spring has been late to Iowa this year, much like in the rest of the country.  As a result, we’re only just now in June seeing many of the flowers that would normally be blooming in May.   I’m enjoying looking … Continue reading

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Sunday in Pella

Pella, Iowa, is known for its Dutch heritage and tulips.  We didn’t go to the Tulip Festival because it was very cold that weekend, so we decided to drive out on a Sunday afternoon  a couple of weeks later so … Continue reading

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Iowa State Capitol

Back in February (I’m a little behind on posting), we visited the Iowa State Capitol while my parents were in town.  Over the years, I’ve managed to visit the capitol building in each state in which we’ve lived.  My only … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 6: My Pantry

It’s funny how a quick side project can become my favorite part of the end result. We still have a small kitchen, so I want to make every space functional. That’s when my eye fell on the wall between the … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 5: Countertops

One contractor we talked to said the words granite at least 50 times during his visit. “If we just get some granite on here” and “Granite will really make the room” and so on. We were focused on function and … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 4: Are we crazy?

Taking on a kitchen remodel is not a small task. More than once on this project I’ve thanked my lucky stars that my husband actually seems to know what he’s doing when it comes to carpentry and just focused on … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel 3: Going Trendy

We were thrilled to reclaim additional space by the chimney in the kitchen by moving the ductwork into the wall, but we had a hard time deciding how to repair the wall.  Removing the old upper cabinet and the tile … Continue reading

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