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Reality Kitchen

I rarely watch television but when I do find the time, I enjoy this educational documentary called Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Have you heard of it? ;) You either love them or hate them, but I love to see their homes, wardrobes, and makeup. As much as people hate them, you have to admit they are trendsetters. I was watching an episode recently and paid way more attention to Kourtney’s kitchen. I’ve been doing a lot of white kitchens lately (giving the people what they want!) but I really love this light greyish wood with the white counter tops. It’s super modern in comparison to the tumbled flooring and wood beams. Love.

 

Her old house had some questionable rooms (kitchen included) so I’m loving what she did in her new space. I should be embarassed that I watch trash TV, but whatever inspires me, right?!

 

Does anyone want to hire me so I can replicate this design for their kitchen?! Anyone?


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The Intern

Last week I went to the movies with my girlfriends to see the The Intern and it was exactly what I needed. I haven’t see a feel-good chick-flick in a long time, and this one hit home for a lot of different reasons. It made me laugh and cry, and I fell in love with Robert Deniro’s character and especially Anne Hathaway (again). Did you know she’s a Jersey girl, and grew up in Short Hills? Her career started at the Papermill Playhouse. That’s my fun fact for the day. :)

Anyway… aside from the adorable story line, and Jules’ wardrobe, I loved the incredible set design by Director Nancy Meyers. It’s no wonder why I loved it so much because she also directed The Holiday, a movie I confessed my love for here, here and here, and Somethings Gotta Give, a movie which inspired my career in interior design.

In The Intern, I loved the dark gray cabinets and old wood floors that made the house seem so warm and family friendly. The dark, masculine bedroom is also a room that I could definitely see myself living in… my friend even whispered that to me as soon as the room came on screen. :) I really loved this movie and recommend you see it, if you haven’t already!

Photos are from House Beautiful, where you can also read more about the design process.

The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)

The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)

THE INTERN

The Intern, Jules' house, Brooklyn NY  (Warner Bros.)

The Intern, Jules’ house, Brooklyn NY (Warner Bros.)

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This modern, industrial space is so gorgeous with a hint of femininity. I am gearing up to finish my basement to make that my office and I got a ton of inspiration from their space!

Get The Look!

Dining Room

One of the most important rooms of the home is the dining room, so give it some style!

Whether you’re entertaining friends or just enjoying a weekday meal with the family, you should design the space so that it’s somewhere people want to stick around. Whenever Ryan and I have dinner parties (though, it’s been a while since having the babe), we always end up sitting around the table for hours drinking wine instead of cozying up on the sofa.

This space in the inspiration photo is spot on. While it features glam elements, it’s still comfortable and spacious. The dark wood-tones keep it grounded, while the monochrome palette creates a classic aesthetic.

Get this look:

1. Chandelier via Lamps Plus
2. Decanter via Crate & Barrel
3. Decanter via Crate & Barrel
4. Tray via ZGallerie
5. Dining Table via Zinc Door
6. Sconce via Lamps Plus
7. Dining Chair via Zinc Door
8. Mirror via ZGallerie
9. Sideboard via Wayfair
Inspiration image via Mix & Chic

Lighting Effects

Just a normal day, perusing Pinterest while I ate my second breakfast. :) I usually eat a small breakfast with Cole in the morning, but then get distracted and have to eat something small after I drop him off at daycare… when I finally get a chance to breathe. This was one of those fun mornings, drinking coffee for the first time in what felt like ages, where I was finding a clear pattern with each scroll…

Pendant Inspiration
I found so many rooms with perfect lighting! It’s amazing what a huge impact one pendant can have on a room. Just take a look at these four very different spaces above. No matter which room of the house, lighting is so important, for both style and function. Naturally, I had to do some on-line window shopping and here’s what I found.

Pendants
1. Ulysses Pendant via Dwell Studio
2. Canopy 1 Lighting Pendant via AllModern
3. Mirror Ball Pendant via YLighting
4. Dewdrop Chandelier via Anthropologie
5. Heracleum II Small Pendant via YLighting
6. Cosmo Pendant Light via Crate & Barrel
7. Marcello Penant via Zinc Door
8. Glass Jar Pendant via West Elm
9. Skygarden Pendant via Hive
10. Factory Satellite 2 Pendant via Schoolhouse Electric
11. Etch Pendant via AllModern

Brooklyn Brownstone Kitchen

You probably recognize this kitchen from your favorite blogs and/or pinterest from the famous Jenna Lyons Brooklyn brownstone.   I personally have referred back to this home several times, and used this very kitchen as inspiration for current projects. So when I came across this blog post mentioning that the brownstone sold, and the new owners hired Roman and Williams to redesign the spaces I was so surprised! Don’t get me wrong, Roman and Williams is one of my favorite designers… but the spaces were so perfect! I’m not sure which I like better. I love how bright and airy the Jenna Lyons kitchen, but I so admire that every Roman and Williams design screams their name.

lyons kitchen beforeJenna Lyons Kitchen “Before”

lyons kitchen afterRoman and Williams kitchen “After”

Which do you like better? They are both so beautiful! Take a look at Domain to see the other interior photos of the spaces.

The Dean Hotel

I’ve never been to Rhode Island, other than traveling through on a train, but The Dean Hotel is making me want to plan a trip soon! Each room has a mixture of vintage furniture adding incredible warmth to the spaces. I am also loving the brass in the bathroom, the wainscoting in the bedrooms, and the black doors! This hotel is proof that modern and neutral spaces can be cozy and inviting.

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via Habitually Chic

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