Can I just say how much I love this kitchen? It is an awesome example of great design. The white backdrop allows the brass and wood elements to shine! And can I just say how much I love that counter-top! The wood apron that cuts off where the wood naturally ends is such an unexpected element. It provides a natural contrast to the glossy white cabinets and the brass hood and light. Can we just take a minute to appreciate that brass hood as well? I love unexpected design elements that leaving us saying, “why didn’t I think of that” instead of “whoa, what were they thinking”! Here’s to bringing back the wood and brass of the seventies in a way that’s modern and fresh!
I noticed a couple of kitchens that I liked this week and I thought I would share them with you. They all have a common theme- wooden vent hoods. I like the mix of the wood with other elements so it doesn’t look like part of the other cabinets.
While this kitchen has a hood that’s the same wood and tone as the cabinets, it stands alone between the cabinets. I like that it is not built in. I also like the contrast of the black matte subway tile with the lighter wood cabinets. Those colors carry through to the eating area making a very cohesive design.
This wood hood contrasts nicely with the other finishes and brings the tone of the floor up onto the wall. I like that hood spans that whole built in oven area. The walls and cabinets are all cream so the wood adds an extra contrasting element to the space and adds some natural warmth.
This kitchen also has a wood hood that helps bring in another natural element to the space and works nicely with the wood floors. It also makes the eye stop at the oven for a little longer.
If you like rustic elements and have white or colored cabinets, you may want to consider adding a wooden hood vent cover to help bring in an earthy element.
Sometimes you come across a design idea that just makes you think… wow that is so smart. That is exactly what I thought when I saw this kitchen in a cabinet (that’s just my nickname for it). It is an awesome use of space and allows you to have a kitchen that can travel with you from place to place. This is great for a small space as it does not take up a lot of floor space but has the essentials of a kitchenette. While you can’t exactly close up an oven in there, the microwave and toaster allow you to heat up items, while the bar sink allows for easy clean-up. This would be great in a basement guest space or hang out room. You could also specialize this cabinet and make it an espresso bar if you just wanted to add something to an existing kitchen or sitting area. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this with you. I hope it inspires you to add some functionality to your home.
So I’ve had a couple posts in the past about White rooms and I figured with all the white stuff headed our way in the next day I would feature some white rooms that make us feel good! Instead of dreading the white invasion our environment is sending us, I want to celebrate the beauty white can bring to inside our homes. Enjoy the colorless feast!
This room just makes me want to cuddle in and enjoy the snowfall from the luxury of my very comfy bed. White is so crisp and gives a fresh feeling in a room. Mixed with light neutrals, there’s minimal contrast for a calming feeling.
There’s nothing that feels cleaner than a white kitchen. The gloss of the cabinets is a nice contrast to the matte wood floors and the classic chevron marble tile.
And finally, this is where I really wish I was, instead of holed up inside my home preparing for yet another snowfall in the double digits. A calm oasis by the sea!
It feels good to be back to normal after a week filled with sickness and stress! I was looking for a worthy topic for this week as I was feeling a little writer’s block and I saw this picture I saved from a while ago. It made me realize how much I like the intimacy that is created when you use chairs in a sitting area instead of a sofa. It forces you to be engaged with the person or people in the circle. I like the idea of looking at someone’s face as you’re speaking instead of that awkward turn that you have to do while sitting next to them on the sofa.
This arrangement is especially great in a small space or an extra seating area where you plan to entertain guests instead of just watching tv. I also love the luxurious feeling of these chairs. They make you want to settle in and have some tea and reminisce.
Here are a couple more rooms that utilize this circle of chairs design idea.
These comfy chairs definitely make you want to take up residence near the fireplace!
So… I am anything but a Monday person, and well honestly, I am usually not a morning person either. On this Monday morning I thought I would share a little something I found to help perk you up on those days you are feeling less than stellar. It’s an article, aptly named “10 Things to do If You Wake Up Feeling Like a Grouch”.
Click on the image to get to the original article. My favorite tips are to turn on some music and dress for the day you want to have. I know when I wake up feeling like a grump that last thing I want to do is put on a dress or skirt, but sometimes taking that extra step to dress up really does improve my mood. If I look in the mirror and think, wow I look great today, that’s a much better start to my day instead of putting on my favorite comfy pants and thinking “well it’s good enough.” Also, once I get into the car it’s so easy to succumb to all of the stressors that are running through my mind… instead I turn on Pandora on a dance station and have a dance party on the way into work, or my new favorite is to listen to some upbeat classical music. It’s soothing and helps my nerves get to that relaxed spot so I can enjoy the drive and my morning cup of coffee. So, if this Monday morning, or any morning for that matter, you wake up feeling like Oscar the Grouch, follow one or all of these tips and turn that frown upside down!!
I have to say that I just love a shared bedroom. Growing up I shared a room with my brother for a while until he needed his own room and the age gap was just too much. I love the idea of two twin beds in a guest room as well. I am sure most kids do not want to share with their siblings, but in my delusional idealistic world these shared rooms provide the perfect sibling hideaway.
This turquoise room is one of my favorites. It has a healthy dose of color that is balanced by the crispness of the white bedding and nightstand.
Here is another girls’ room that is as adorable as it is stylish. This space could easily be used for guests with a switch of linens, but the blue and pink print is perfect for a sophisticated girls’ space.
This nautical inspired space has the beds pushed up against the wall, creating more usable floor space. The light and airy color scheme is perfect for a guest room or a boys’ room. The patterns help keep it from being overly masculine and the grass cloth adds nice texture to the space.
I love this space for two little boys to share. The pictures on the wall identify their “sides” of the room and add a personal touch to the space. The oversize dresser between the beds adds lots of storage for those trucks and rubber snakes. The texture of the bedding and the carpet help keep the room from feeling too plain.
Finally, another colorful space for all of you color junkies! This room uses pattern to create visual interest, but the differing scales of the fabric patterns keep the room from being too busy. The light wall color allows the beds to be the focus of this delightful bedroom.
For more examples of shared spaces and designs made for kids check out my Pinterest board- For the Kiddos.
While lately I’ve been making a big tadoo about color, sometimes you see an image that just strikes and chord with your soul and this lonely house made me stop for a minute and take an extra look.
I love the composition of this photo. The light blue of the sky and earthy green and beige of the grass, and the weathered gray of the house just speak to me and seem to be calling my name. I found a couple of rooms that I think evoke that same feeling within me. It’s like a calm before a storm, you just want to treasure it as long as possible.
This bedroom gives me that same feeling. I love the white of the walls that has a subtle blue undertone to it, like when you wash your white undershirts with your dark denim. The headboard has that weathered wood look with the driftwood carving above and the faux fur blanket on the bed draws me in and makes me want to snuggle up and wait for the storm.
I really love this bedroom. There is a little more color in this room but the tones are deep and draw you in. The headboard and chairs have that same beige quality as the tips of the grass in the photo above. The white walls and subtle contrast of the wood beams adds that natural element that I love. I also love the natural light that both of these rooms have. I love being inside and feeling like I am outside in the light of the day.
Sometimes I need a little extra inspiration to get my creative juices flowing. Or sometimes I just get so bogged down with all the creative things I want to do that I don’t even get started. If you are struggling to find your creative mojo, check out this post on Greatist.com. It lists 36 ways you can boost your creativity without spending any money.
Some of my favorite tips are getting outside, listening to music and having some booze- who doesn’t like an excuse to enjoy a glass of wine (or two).
I am a lover of neutrals, but every now and then your mood needs a lift! I thought what better day than a Monday… so here is a literal rainbow of rooms. I went through a found a little ROYGBIV on the internet and thought I would share it with you. Hope the dose of color cheers you up, especially since the temperature continues to drop and honestly, I am sick of all this white!!!