Plaid Pants

by Koko on February 25, 2015 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


I try to be a “hip” teacher. Is that even possible? I found these cute plaid pants on Lands End and have incorporated them into my teaching wardrobe. PS obviously I don’t wear heels to work, that would be crazy! But on the occasional night where Q and I go out to eat after work, I slip some on. (PS the pants are on SUPER sale!)


Pants: Lands End (on super sale) $30

Sweater: J. Crew $60

Heels: J. Crew Marbella $268

Purse: Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace: J. Crew (similar)


Gelson’s Turkey Chili

by Koko on February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Recipe, Soups & Chilis

gelson's chili

I like to call this chili “man chili” aka the opposite of “Koko chili.” “Koko chili” consists of lots of beans, broth, tomatoes, and then some meat thrown in. Examples of my kind of chili are Spicy Slow Cooker Chili or Easy Weeknight Black Bean and Turkey Chili- yes they have meat, but they have so much MORE. On the other hand, “man chili” is mainly meat, some beans and not a whole lot of broth. Yes, you can spice it up with some avocado, cheese and sour cream, but at its heart, it is man food.

For the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, I decided to make Q his “man chili” aka this Gelson’s Turkey Chili. I served it over brown rice and with some homemade corn bread. And Q could not stop talking about the fact that THIS is what chili should be like.



The Blanket Scarf

by Koko on February 18, 2015 · 2 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


It is currently 31 degrees in Georgia, which has prompted me to take out my blanket scarf. Yes it’s an enormous scarf that is basically the size of a blanket. And I love it. Warm, cozy, plaid, I was sold at first glance. I paired it with my all time favorite plain t (thank you Everlane) and J. Crew toothpick jeans. Bring it on 31 degrees.


Scarf: Acacia Scarves $40

Blazer: J. Crew Regent Blazer $230

Shirt: Everlane $15

Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick $115

Heels: J. Crew Marbella $268

Purse: Balenciaga (gift from an awesomely generous friend)





Folks, it is HERE. The kitchen of our dreams is here. It is 99.9% done minus some painting and picture hanging. And we are SO happy to share it with you. To see the remodel process here it is: Post 1 (day 0)/ Post 2 (day 30)/ Post 3 (day 58). From start to finish it took about 6 months, but honestly the last 2 months have just been the final touches (crown molding, base boards, painting).


For our beautiful 8 foot island, Q sourced a walnut slab from J. Aaron in Atlanta. We ordered the wood unfinished, drove up, picked it up and then Q sanded and stained it himself. We placed it on top of Ikea countertops to make our  island.



For our dining room table, we bought this real wood Ikea table and Q removed the top and created his own with planks of wood and a dark stain. There is an Ikea bench against the back wall, which we also painted and stained. Our awesome chandelier is from West Elm (it is sold out in gold, but this is it in white). The gold frames on the wall are one of our first DIY projects found here.




Out cabinets are all Ikea! We saved a ton of money by buying them during their kitchen event where we got 20% off. We also saved a ton of money by having Q build and install them himself. We got our Ikea cabinets before they moved over to the new Sektion system, so our cabinets are the Akurum base system and Ramsjo fronts, which Q hand painted so that they didn’t have a pink tint. The most similar new fronts are the Bodbyn style. 






Our awesome globe pendant lights are from West Elm. We used four small over the island and one large over the sink.


Bahler Kitchen Cheat Sheet:

Contractor: Carver Contracting. Even though Q did most of the work himself, we used an amazing contractor to help with our vision and for all of our framing, flooring, plumbing and electrical needs. He also happens to be our next door neighbor and is AWESOME.

Walnut Slab used in the island: J. Aaron.

Lighting: West Elm globe pendants and capize chandelier.

Rug: Home Decorator’s Newport Area Rug 

Cabinets: Ikea Akurum bases and Ramsjo fronts, most similar to the new Bodbyn fronts. Q did spray paint them bright white as they had a pink tint to them.

Sink: Kraus 30 inch Undermount Single Bowl (from Amazon)

Faucet: Kohler K-560-VS Bellera Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, Vibrant Stainless Steel (from Amazon)

Stools and Island Chairs: Ikea

Dining Room Table: Ikea base with handmade top.

Quartz Countertops: Amazon Stone. Amazing quality and customer service. *The quartz is LG Viaterra Minuet.

Backsplash: The Builder Depot in Atlanta. We saved money by picking these up and installing them ourselves.