My newest kitchen inspiration images seem to have a theme.
Can you believe it snowed this weekend?! We still don’t have heat until the part for our broken boiler comes in. I’m sitting here with my seventeen year old cat on my lap because she’s trying to keep warm, although I’d like to think that she just wants to snuggle. Either way, I’m taking what I can get.
This weekend was a lazy one that included leftovers from Friday’s Halloween party (more on that later) and scanning my thousands of inspiration images I’ve pulled from magazines over the past year. This living room is from a modern cabin that I think I could live in forever. I love the modern sofa, vintage chairs, and rustic fireplace.
Doesn’t it just feel so cozy?
Ryan’s been saying that he’s in the mood to watch a scary movie. So with last nights crisp chill in the air, it was the perfect night to snuggle up in bed and watch one of the best historical thrillers. It’s hard to believe The Shining is over 30 years old. The interiors are still so modern and classic, I was more interested in the set design then the creepy twins at the end of the hall.
My newest inspiration images have a theme. Can you guess what it is?
I recently started a new design project and spent the afternoon getting inspired by photos I’ve collected. Although the project doesn’t include children’s rooms, these spaces are so sophisticated they can easily inspire any room in the house. I especially love the grey and yellow color scheme!
I love everything about this photo of Portland based coffee shop, Cortola! The Asian-modern wallpaper compliments the black wood, white marble, and striking red fabric so perfectly. Oregon is quickly becoming higher on my list for my go-to vacation list!
(via lovely happenings.)
This “glass tub” idea is so simple, but I’ve never seen anything like it. Everything about this image, from the mosaic tiles to the little rubber ducky is perfect!
(via apartment therapy.)
The living area is a long, somewhat narrow space which makes it awkward to lay out furniture. I wish I took a before-the-before-picture photo because it doesn’t give the full sense of everything that has been done. There were leprechaun knick nacks on the wall, a mirror with garland above the fireplace and a very green oriental rug. Oh, and that recliner! It’s only in the picture because we were waiting for bulk trash day.
This first photo is taken from what we’re calling the living room looking into where we’re putting the dining table. Because the room is so large, we’re creating more of a “great” room and having a dining and living room together. (Don’t worry, we’ll have the TV in a seperate family room space.) The wood staircase is one of my favorite things about this house and it’s sad that for all 12 years I’ve known the owners, it was hidden with a large screen TV.
This above photo is looking back into the “living area” with the front door on the left hand side. We still haven’t fully decided how we’re going to decorate the faux fireplace, but right now we’re leaning towards eventually installing a gas line for a gas fireplace. I haven’t decided if I think that’s too “corny” yet.
Right now this room is empty, even though Ryan tried to convince me that the recliner was good for his back. Yup, so is working out. So, pick that baby up and put it on the curb.
This is probably the room I’m most excited for: my first official office. It’s a sweet little “nook” that is 6′ x 12′, surrounded by windows and is the perfect size for a desk overlooking the garden. Right now I’ve been working at my kitchen table or sitting on my couch, so it goes without saying that my tush will appreciate an official office chair.
This room used to be a playroom so I’m trying to overlook the bright green paint. No, I lied. It still drives me crazy. We painted the trim Benjamin Moore “white” and painted the walls Benjamin Moore “weimaraner”. This taupey-grey color is the weirdest color I have ever painted, and I haven’t decided if I love it yet. It looks purple, brown, or grey depending on the lighting so I’m excited to see how it looks with new curtains and the furniture.
Nothing about this entry screams, “Welcome!”. If anything, I’d want to put on an extra pair of shoes on because it looks so… dirty. Luckily Ryan and I can see the beauty in a project even when it’s covered in dirt, blue industrial carpeting, and 300 staples.
I didn’t get a chance to take a photo when it was carpeted, but I’m sure you get the idea. Yesterday I seriously ripped out an obscene amount of staples and hooks from the wall and it already looks different. When I head over there this afternoon I’ll be painting the walls and molding to give it a fresh little face lift. After all, this is the first thing that people see when they come over.
Once it’s painted, we’re going to get four of these IKEA mats to completely carpet the front porch. They are the perfect durability for snow boots and exterior debris. And, the price isn’t half bad either.
Oh, and we’re getting a new door this week too! There’s something about this one that makes me think it’s in a jail cell. Just enough glass to peak in to see what’s going on in there.
I couldn’t leave the before shots on my blog for too long without giving updates. The before is just too bad to leave you hanging. (Again, sorry Danielle.) :)
Because the homeowners are moving to a much smaller home in Vermont, they left behind a lot of… stuff. A good portion of last week we were throwing things out, moving furniture into the (incredibly hot) attic, organizing, and prepping the walls for paint. Just clearing out the room made such a huge difference and started to make it feel more like our place, and not someone elses. I guess this is pretty obvious.
The brown rug was literally from the 70′s and smelled so bad of their (super sweet) golden retriever. Because we have a cat who may try to mark her territory, and because the rug itself was just gross, I needed to get that rug out as soon as I could. Once it was out on the curb, I felt a huge sigh of relief. It was the perfect way to start the holiday weekend.
We have amazing family and friends who helped us the entire holiday weekend allowing us to get way more done than anticipated. My parents got MVP’s (most valuable painters) for painting every surface of trim in the house. Isn’t it such a huge difference?
The colors for the house were inspired by my best friends weimaraner. I have literally brought my Benjamin Moore fan deck to their house to color match her fur because it is just so beautiful. The in this photo don’t do it justice buts it’s amazing how warm, and homey the house is starting to feel.
I can’t wait for this upcoming week – we’re having all of the floors sanded and restained! It’s going to make such a HUGE difference because all of the floors have paint drips and stains. I also kind of hate the ceiling fans, but since it’s not our house I don’t want to spend too much money. Can you believe how different it looks already?!
I don’t even know how to start this post.
You may remember that Ryan and I were trying to sell our condo, but since we’ve listed it we’ve had limited interest and our neighbor is selling theirs for $50k less than we’re asking. Seriously?! Ryan and I can be competitive, so that obviously just frustrated us. (I’d like to use more colorful language, but I’m being a lady.) With that said, Ryan and I are going to rent out our condo instead of selling it. Since we obviously need a place to live, we’re going to rent Ryan’s brother-in-law’s parents house since they can’t sell theirs either. In one week, it went from doom and gloom, to the best case scenario.
It’s funny because since I started dating Ryan 12 years ago, we’ve been very close with his sister’s in-laws. And every time we went over their house, I was DYING to rearrange their furniture and paint their walls and trim. (You’ll see what I mean in future posts.) So, when they told us we’re the only people they trust living in their house, I jumped at this very generous offer.
Fast forward two weeks, and we’re here. The keys are on our keychains and we have a brand new place to live. Instead of living in a studio apartment, we’ll be living in a 3 bedroom charming colonial with blooming hydrangeas in the yard. But, this is putting it nicely. The house wasn’t cared for properly and needs a lot of work. (Danielle, if you ever learn how to use the internet, and read my blog I’m sorry and I love you!)
I started this post with the master bedroom because I feel it’s going to have the greatest shock and awe. It’s a large space, with a walk in closet and hardwood floors. We already got rid of all that furniture, ripped up the 70′s brown carpet, and painted the molding and wall color. We’ve already gotten a lot of work done, but I’m behind in posting photos. With working on the house, and working on my business I haven’t had any time! Please keep checking back to see the very dramatic updates!
That garland terrifies me. Which is why I ripped it down first.
Please note the sneak peak of “Smurf Blue” trim paint in the hallway.
My walk-in closet that I can’t wait to organize.
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I look at furniture and design all day, every day. And now that I need to buy furniture for myself, I can’t decide on a single piece that I actually want to purchase. That is until I saw this Luna Credenza from White Furniture for only $900. I was always a fan of the original Lake Credenza by BDDW, but what twenty something interior designer has $10k to spend on a credenza? I sure don’t. I thought by showing Ryan both options and what a “bargain” the $900 White option is compared to the BDDW option, he may consider it. But his response was, “What about that furniture I saw on craigslist for free, or that other credenza for $50?”. Mmm Hmm. This one’s going to be a challenge, but I’m eventually going to own this beauty.
There’s something about this bathroom that gives me butterflies! It could be the classic white marble, the mixture of old and new, or the warm wood in a typically cold space. These photos are definitely going in my “dream bathroom” inspiration folder!
(photos via lake jane.)
This Folded tile designed by Raw Edges for Stone Source is so interesting! The design team wanted Folded to have a “surreal effect in interiors, such as having a steamy hot shower surrounded by “paper tiles”, stepping with bare, wet feet on delicate “folded floor”.” Isn’t it beautiful?!
Speaking of selling our condo, I recently took some updated photos and figured I’d share them with you. The lighting in here makes it complicated to take photos, but I think these gives a good sense of our space. We’ve made a few minor changes since our apartment therapy tour years ago, and when I said we have sneaky storage solutions I wasn’t kidding.
See that floor mirror? Our ironing board, floor steamer, and a folding chair is hidden behind there. Behind the sofa? There are 3 painting canvases and wrapping paper. Under the media cabinet? Ryan’s video game collection in a CD holder, and two guitar hero guitars (which I must say, haven’t been used in years). Inside that side table? Our extensive board game collection. And that’s just the living area.
Living in a studio has been a challenge (to say the least), and it may even be more of a challenge to sell our home in such a difficult real estate market. We’re hoping that it sells pretty quickly, but we’re willing to wait it out. For now I’ll just have to daydream about how I’ll design our next dream place.
I am in lust with these bathrooms! Both wall applications are unique and add an incredible amount of warmth to each soaking room. I am a huge fan of bubble baths and wouldn’t mind listening to my embarrassing Yanni bath time playlist in either of these spaces!
I was catching up on Kelly Wearsler’s blog and noticed her photo of this vintage bowl. I couldn’t help but get excited because not that long ago I suggested this exact piece for a client in the city. It is absolutely stunning in person, and it just reminds me what great taste Kelly has! :)
I’m always on the hunt for photos of clever studio apartments layouts and A Life More Fabulous never fails me when it comes to inspiring me! (I’m also loving this apartment tour!) Having lived in a studio for the past 3 years, I understand the challenges all too well. Honestly, I am not worried about any challenges that Ryan and I might encounter, because if we can live in a studio together, all while being laid off looking for jobs… well, than we can get through anything. Right? But that’s besides the point.
How stylish is this space? It’s important not to use too much color when decorating a small space. If you use several colors in one space it doesn’t allow you eyes time to rest, but this chic studio apartment is the perfect balance of using calm neutrals infused with color! I also love the untraditional living area layout with the chaise in front of the media cabinet. I wouldn’t mind living here!
The bright blue skies and white architecture of this resort in Greece are making me anxious for Summer to get here! Imagine curling up with a book (and margarita) on that outdoor sofa! Is it me (or my pretzel snack) or can you almost taste the salt in the air?
How beautiful is this renovated Tuscan estate among the olive groves and vineyards?! The interior is the perfect balance of history and modern architecture and makes my heart pitter patter!
photos via knstrct
I recently came across some school projects I have stored at my parents house. I’m so glad my parents didn’t let me throw them out a few years ago. Sometimes each project would take up to 30 hours to paint, or render and it was nice to take a little trip down memory lane. It’s funny to see how much I’ve advanced in just a few years.
When I’m able to steal the remote from Ryan and his football games, I enjoy spending my time watching cooking shows. Just watching the chef chop onions and herbs is incredibly relaxing to me. Lately, I can’t get enough of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa with her homestyle, simple recipes and beautiful kitchen. Her barn, where she films her Food Network show, was inspired by Belgian homes with its laid back family friendly design. Her kitchen is designed more as a living space, rather than just a place where food is prepared.
(All photos via House Beautiful.)
Did you know that Ina’s Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons was featured in Something’s Gotta Give? (It’s closed since the movie was released) Also, see Ina’s tour of her 2009 kitchen of the year here.
I’m not one to keep books after reading them. I usually give them to my friends, sister, or whoever will take them. But, my design books are a different story. After tagging my favorite rooms with post-it’s, I often find myself referring back to them for inspiration. These books are currently on my design library wish list.