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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Making Progress.

Yesterday morning came waaaaaay too early, and we were up at 5:30am to take my mom to the airport.  I was so sad to see her go.  :(  We literally never would have made it through the driving, dog transport, cleaning, unpacking, etc. without her.  THANK YOU, MOM!

After we dropped her off, we took advantage of the fact that we were already out driving around and stopped to get some home organization stuff that we needed.  We had zero success at Target, a lot of success at the Container Store, and then headed to this giant Whole Foods up in Arlington because we were staaaaarving. 

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Even though it was only 10am, we had been up since 5 with no food, so lunch sounded like a good idea.  Pretty sure we were the first ones through the hot bar for the day!

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I have been wanting to try their vegan chocolate pudding since the first time I went there back in July.  This stuff was AMAZING!  I’m going to try to recreate it here at home after my next trip to the grocery store.

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Delicious early morning lunch at Whole Foods, while still wearing my pajamas and last night’s makeup.  :) 

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Afterwards, we headed home to assemble and use all of our new organizational purchases!  Our kitchen is absolutely adorable, but it is a LOT smaller than our old one, so it’s taking a little adjusting.  We knew we need a little more storage and counter space, and we got this fabulous rolling car to put on the side wall.

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The top is the coffee maker and radio station…

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And on the bottom, I finally have a place for setting out some of my favorite serving bowls and pieces.  Also a good spot for the fruit basket.  (And a few extra copies of Better Homes and Gardens of course!)

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And on the wall by the door, we hung a few of our shelves, and adorable spice containers. 

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These are just progress pictures – final kitchen tour is coming as soon as we get the rest of the pieces in place!  We still have this wall under the window where we’d like to put a small eat-in table, but we haven’t found the right one quite yet.

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Outside, the patio is coming along.  One side has chaise loungers (that are typically occupied by dogs, not people). 

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And the other side has our comfy sitting chairs.  I absolutely LOVE this outdoor space – it is so quiet and peaceful.  Perfect for reading, blogging, or dining outside.

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This side of the living room is starting to look like people actually live here…

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While the other side remains a disorganized mess.  We also don’t have TV yet – horrors!  MUST have TV service by the Survivor premiere next week.

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Upstairs, our office / guest room is starting to come together too!

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Since we don’t have a d
ining room here in our new house, we came up with a creative solution to be able to still use our (expensive) beautiful dining room table.  We sold our desks and turned it into a double-work station – I LOVE it!  I want to go get a big piece of glass cut to protect the top, but in the meantime we’re just using a lame tablecloth. 

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On the other side of the room, we got this fabulous chaise couch!  Indy wanted to make sure he modeled how comfortable all our couches are.  :) 

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We are looking forward to hopefully having many visitors here in our new fun city, so we wanted to make sure we had a nice spot for people to stay.  We actually got this mini-sectional at IKEA, not typically known for comfortable couches, but this one is pretty great.  Watch how it works.  Two little loops sticking out of the bottom of the cushions…

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Pull them straight out to bring out the drawer…

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Angle up to pop up the cushion…

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Viola!  A full sized bed!  Very cool.  It’s perfect for this room because pulled out it doesn’t really take up any additional space, unlike a traditional pull out couch that comes into the middle of the room. 

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So now we are FINALLY all caught up – wooohooooo!  Hoping to make a lot of progress today so that I can show you some finalized pictures.  Also reaaaally need to find my camera charger.  :(  Headed to the grocery store this afternoon so that I will have a delicious home-cooked meal to share with you tonight – yay! 

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suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]     at 12:49 pm

:) Great idea with the dining room table / joint office table. Your place is really coming together!

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats     at 12:49 pm

Wow – the couch is awesome!! Great use of space :)

That Whole Foods is one of the better ones in the area – it’s amazing how big it is :)

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Pete Reply:

Wow, kind of weird to see my Whole Foods on a blog, haha. It is an awesome one! BTW, Tuesday nights they have cooking demos in the upstairs cafe at 7.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Good to know! Thank you :)

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Michelle (The Runner's Plate)     at 12:51 pm

I love seeing how people decorate and organize their homes! Thanks for sharing!

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R @ Learning As I Chop     at 12:54 pm

A little kitchen cart like that can make all the difference. We got one this weekend as well!

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Jen     at 12:54 pm

LOVE that pull out couch!

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KellyC     at 12:54 pm

I’m going to sound like a mom here, so just know I love keeping up with you on your blog and don’t mean anything mean by this…please, please, please, get a professional to move a giant piece of glass up to your office. We don’t want any bad reports on that day :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Hahaha trust me, we’ve already had that discussion. It WILL be delivered and installed by professionals! :)

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Kelly     at 12:58 pm

Love that couch!!

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JoPo     at 1:05 pm

We have an expensive table that needed extra protection, too. We got a cover for it here: http://www.guardian-tablepad.com/. There are other companies that sell these things, but no matter what, they’re lighter-weight than glass–and foldable!

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Maryann Reply:

Those pads look really great thanks for sharing!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Awesome, I will check it out – thank you!

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Stacy     at 1:06 pm

I absolutely love that mini-sectional! Isn’t IKEA fantastic :) Your new house looks like it is coming together, and becoming a home :) I swear when we moved into our house it took us at least a couple weeks to get settled in, unpacked, and get to the point where we felt like we were “home” and not just visiting ;)

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Victoria     at 1:09 pm

if you’re just looking for a little bistro table or something there is a great “antique” shop on the corner of Washington blvd and Pershing in Arlington. They always seem to have one.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Great – thank you! :)

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Sarah     at 1:15 pm

Heidi Swanson’s Supernatural Cooking has a recipe for “vegan chocolate mousse” which nearly replicates whole food’s chocolate pudding. If you can’t find the recipe, I can send it along later today.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

AWESOME. I will google it – thank you!!

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Dynamics     at 1:16 pm

Love what you have done so far. My office desk is a solid core door ($29.00) that I added beautiful legs. I love the size and the cost was super too.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Such a good idea!

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Anne     at 1:17 pm

I LOVE what you’re doing with the kitchen so far. SOOOO cute :) And I totally have Whole Foods envy! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for tonight’s dinner

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Katie     at 1:19 pm

Haha! Love the couch demo. Can’t WAIT to sleep in it now that we know it has the Indy stamp of approval.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

He was just testing it out for you guys! Come visit :)

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Lee     at 1:19 pm

Looks good!

Did you get that rolling cart at the Container Store? I’ve been looking for something like that for my kitchen. I have waaaaaay too many appliances on the counters right now and need somewhere to store them.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Yes, rolling cart came from the Container Store. It was actually a put it together yourself type piece – we picked out the poles and shelves ourselves. They had a lot of different sizes and options!

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Tina     at 1:31 pm

Love your home! Can’t wait to try out the new sectional bed! This is exciting!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

We can’t wait to have you guys try it out too! :)

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Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)     at 1:33 pm

What an awesome pullout couch, and love the spice rack too!

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)     at 1:39 pm

Yay, things are coming together. The part for me that always has to be done first is the kitchen! Looks like you are getting there!

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Therese     at 1:49 pm

That’s an awesome sectional! Gotta love IKEA for some great ideas, eh?

I do love seeing how people set up their houses! :)

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Jayna @ Healthy Living Bites     at 2:27 pm

Ok, I absolutely adore that couch, and am currently wracking my brain for a real reason we NEED it and a space to put it too!

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kATH     at 2:33 pm

LOVE the tour!! I love houses. Can’t wait to sleep on that bed. And I really love how you turned the IKEA shelves into a TV stand!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Can’t wait to have you up sooooon! The TV stand/bookshelf idea was Casey’s :)

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Evan Thomas     at 2:58 pm

Your kitchen is so organized! Seriously, you’ll find everything in mine shoved under the countertop.

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coco     at 3:10 pm

your new home looks great! :)

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Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 3:25 pm

So jealous of that WF! And that looks like the most comfortable pull-out couch I’ve ever seen! Where is it from?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Ikea!

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Babs     at 3:53 pm

That couch looks uber comfortable

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Mom     at 5:02 pm

I was honored to be the first to sleep on the Ikea pullout and, although I am a strong fan of a mattress I can sink down into, it really was quite comfortable! And the pull out is really lightweight- not a struggle to lift into place like some sofa beds! I did have to fight with Huey to get some space to sit on it however:)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

We miss you already!! xoxo

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Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)     at 5:35 pm

Looks like you are getting settled quite quickly. You’ll be relieved when all the unpacking is done I’m sure!

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Krystina     at 5:59 pm

I LOVE the coffee/radio station – cute idea. Is the pudding tofu based?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Yes, tofu based. I bought some silken tofu tonight to try to recreate it later this week!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog)     at 6:34 pm

wow it is all coming together so nicely!!!

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life     at 6:39 pm

That couch is way too cool! If I can ever get my boyfriend to get rid of his oversized (too big for our livingroom) sectional, something like that would be AWESOME to have!

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Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice     at 7:53 pm

Wow you did make alot of progress. I’m so excited for your dinner post!

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Marie     at 8:04 pm

I love the way you are putting together your kitchen, especially the spice rack, etc.

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Becca@start over from scratch     at 8:28 pm

The house looks like its coming along! I thought of you today! It was the first day of school and it was so amazing! Thanks for everything! Check out my first day on the blog! We made baguettes and whole wheat rolls!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

And I thought of YOU today because I knew it was the first day. Can’t wait to read your post – hope it was wonderful!! :)

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Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly     at 8:53 pm

What a great little shelving cart in the kitchen! I love basic pieces that you can make yours with all the fun things you put on them. :-) That pull-out is by far the neatest couch I’ve ever seen. Love how it’s a sideways full bed instead of the normal intrusive kind.

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emily     at 9:45 pm

Your new kitchen looks wonderful! I can’t wait for a “tour” of the whole place.

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haley     at 9:46 pm

that couch ROCKS! congrats on settling in a little more… I’m excited to see how you like it up there =)

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Ricki     at 10:01 pm

I’m a new reader, found you in a better homes and gardens magazine! Anywho, I’ve been looking for a good blog on cooking and not only did I find you blog to be fantastic for that but with your moving, I found it inspirational for organizing as well! Thanks for sharing!!

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Heather     at 10:09 pm

it’s looking great, I love your little outdoor space!

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Chelsey     at 10:13 pm

That couch is seriously so cool!!! I Love it!!

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Stephanie @ Single in the City     at 10:43 pm

My kitchen table is used as a desk, but not mine. I get to blog from the couch. GREAT sectional! I can’t wait for IKEA to build here in Colorado (coming 2011).

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Ashley     at 11:09 pm

I totalllllly need that kitchen cart!! I need 1 more solid surface to put my vita-mix on + stand mixer. Our cabinets are too low and the vita won’t fit under!! Plus I don’t want all the counter space taken. I am glad to finally have my food processor on the counter though. I think I’ll use it even more now. The couch is awesome. What a genius idea that it doesn’t take up extra space. Love it! Also love the tablecloth ;) Picked up a bunch of the 1/2 gallon mason jars today, yay!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

LOVE that you are doing mason jars too. I’m waiting for Casey to hang the rest of my shelves so that I can unpack the rest!

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Fallon     at 11:21 pm

That couch is awesome!

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Amber K     at 11:30 pm

That couch with the fold-out bed looks awesome! I love the chaise part too. Looks great!

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Lacey     at 12:01 am

Recently found your blog and love how informative your posts are. I love that you’re vegetarian but are still very active! Also wanted to share with you that I gave you an award on my blog – http://wp.me/psZkQ-1dr – because I enjoy yours so much! good luck with getting settled in!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Hi Lacey – so glad you found the blog! Thank you SO much for the award – you are too sweet. :)

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Pure2raw twins     at 12:18 am

Your place is looking great! I just love how organized you are…wish you could come help us.

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Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean     at 3:46 am

Your new pull out couch/bed is great! i want!! that HUGE wholefoods looks amazing! tres tres jealous!!
your new pad is starting to come together nicely!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels     at 7:25 am

I love the rolling cart and the spice containers are too cute! :) Everything looks great!

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Kristy     at 8:21 am

Lovin the spice rack situation!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 9:21 am

Come back to Charlotte!! I’ll pay you to come design my kitchen! Your’s looks SO CUTE— I love it!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Ahhh no way. :) Unless you let me play in your lake!

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Laurab @ foodsnobstl     at 1:19 pm

Where did you get that amazing spice rack?!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Got the shelves and jars all at IKEA!

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Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner     at 3:48 pm

Love the spice holder and little coffee station! Great way to use every space you have.

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Elli D.     at 6:00 pm

Hey, the kitchen accessories are absolutely awesome! I like the style. Overall, your house looks pretty good and clean considering you have just moved there very recently. Btw, the patio is my favorite place to relax at home, you are gonna love it, I’m sure!

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debby     at 8:58 am

GOsh I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Whole Food and I Like your blog too :D

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Home Makeover: The Office Moves Upstairs. | Daily Garnish     at 10:38 pm

[...] OFFICE after!!  Our office also doubles as our guest room (the couch totally transforms into a bed!) and I think the third floor will be much more spacious and private for our visiting [...]

Erin     at 7:14 am

I have that EXACT same couch in the khaki color. I love it! The storage area is one of my favorite features. I keep mine out as a bed all of the time since I have an elderly shih tzu that falls over alot and has never understood the fact that the couch goes in 2 different directions, so the more space there is, the less I have to worry.

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