Greens and blues are killing it lately. I just want to spray pant every surface in my house with them, except Andy said I am not allowed to spray paint in the house anymore.
Not a fan of the backsplash or the floors but I dig the vibe they were throwin out there. I probably would have done the marble just on the perimeter counters. On the island I would put a 3" thick butcher block top in walnut as the counter. The style of the island is so open, and airy with the exposed legs, it would be nice to see something visually heavy (like a dark wood top) to designate the space. The warm tones of the wood top on the island would keep the palette from being one note and soften some of the hard lines.
Love! This is two-tone done right! Notice the high profile counter on the island, good call on that one, it immediately makes the island the focal point, as it should be, I mean look at how gorgeous that is! I also like the open shelves that bridge across the windows, I would do that in my home if I wasn't convinced they will fill up with crap. I am not sure how I feel about the hardware on the island, it seems out of place.
Everything about this is amazing, the fireplace mantel, the light, and the paint color in that minty green seems historical like it has always been there. Those stacks of books remind me of the random stacks all over my personal house. I would've liked more of a mix of modern furniture. Instead of the frenchie chairs maybe some Le Corbusier ones in a caramel or army green leather.
FINGERPRINTS, but I would gladly windex this kitchen everyday if I had it. I think not having a toekick on the perimeter cabinets seems like a cleaning nightmare. Imagine cleaning under those with a swifer. The highgloss (what seems like acrylic cabinets) blue is really doing it for me. The color is very pretty, and I like the panels on either side of the wall cabinets that extend down to the countertop like a old school hutch would do. The island makes me think of a 1989 nightclub but, I liked the 80s, I wouldn't mix the blue with the mirrored though. I would do a contrast island in a more traditional look with a dark wood and maybe a little distressing. I love a well done contrast in styles.
This kitchen is lovely, who says small cannot be fabulous. I would've done a different hardware something a little more substantial. Extending the marble up the backsplash was the best thing they could have done, too many things in a small space can make the kitchen seem messy.
Cute, the mirror over the sink is darling. I notice they do not have many cups, or bowls, or plates. Storage is not something they need obviously, I find that 80% of the kitchens I have redesigned, storage was the number one complaint and reason for the redesign. Storage, like lighting is harder to add after the fact.
How do you open the cabinet doors at the bottom of the bookshelves without moving the sofa out of the way? In either case I love the sconces, people should do more hardwired sconces.
I have had a bad case of bloggers block and since you all have become my virtual therapists I thought I would share the reason's why I thought this was the case:
1. Every project around my house over the last few weeks has been boring. All I have done is tape various wallpaper samples all over the walls in a fit of indecisive behavior (because I love them all), attempted drywall patching, failed, and then hired someone, and sealed up the crawlspace.
2. All the cool things I find online I just want to hoard for myself in virtual shopping carts all over the web, I am surprised Amazon has not cut me off yet. I never buy any of the items I just gaze at them lovingly, get tired of them, delete them, and then add more items to my fake cart.
Andy asked me today why I don't just post a quickie, a "bloggette" if you will. So I decided to tell you beautiful people about the awesome sale RUGS USA is having! Fall promos to make you want to do wall to wall rugs all over your house, your ceilings, or the inside of your car! They have 55, 60, 70, and 80% off promo codes that show up once the item is in your cart. I have twelve rugs in my cart currently for no reason at all other than to tell you what a slammin deal this is!
People, thank me later by inviting me over so that we may lounge upon your glorious rug and talk about what geniuses we are.
Here are the rugs in my cart: Remember the price it shows online does not have the discount applied until you use the promo code at checkout.
Cowhide anyone that owns this rug has every right to brag about it constantly.
Scoping the Craig as I do every week because I can't help myself, and found some things that I thought a few of you may want.
Some bookshelves: the only ones I could find that didn't look like crap. $50-$75
These are in great shape, and would do amazing in a kids room or wall to wall in a dining room or living room. They have several of them due to a bookstore closing. They are sort of thin though and would require being bolted to the wall so they didn't tip over. Solid plywood, call me crazy but I like the look of plywood it's industrial, and not much of it would show once books were in them. I am thinking a quick coat of poly and these would be modern and clean.
Mid Century Shell Chairs: $50 each or $125 for all three.
These are is decent shape for their age, minor chipping on the feet but they look to be pretty white, normally when I see chairs like this the fiberglass shells have yellowed or gotten yucky. Super cute for a kitchen eating area around a bistro table.
Brown velvet chrome chairs: little high in price $300 but you get 6 of them, meaning they are $50 each. The upholstery looks decent and the chrome looks great. These would be so rad with a chunky wood dining table. I think chrome will make a big come back personally. Imagine upholstering (these look easy to reupholster on the DIY front) in a leopard print or an ikat fabric. Andy would be mad at me if I brought home more chairs (I sort of have an orphan chair hoarding problem), but I secretly want these for myself.
Gold french settee: $425 I know, it's high in price but this thing is worth way more. Fabulously placed at the end of a bed or at a dining room table, lord have mercy I love this thing. Definitely needs new upholstery but, in a stripe or a modern fabric it would look like a million bucks. It has been on Craig for awhile now so it makes me wonder if it may be wobbly. The only way to know is to go look at it.
Pair of brass cantilever barstools $50 for the pair: brass is so hot right now I see it everywhere in the design blogs. Oh, if only I had a cool bar area where I needed seating and I could have all my dreams come true when I found these. These chairs make me want to build a bar area just so I can buy them and throw fabulous parties where people fight over who is going to recline in my fabulous barstools. This brass looks good, if you have a small bar area, buy these, redo the fabric, and make me jealous.
Vintage traffic light: $165, because why not? You will not find one that is vintage for any cheaper, kids room? Game room?
If anyone wants the links to these gems hit me up in the comments section.
Ohhhh nothing...just prepping the RR living room for my new rug, which still has not gotten here!!!!
I know, patience isn't my strong suit but seriously! I was promised the 11th and look what day it is! I'm not mad, I'm just excited. I am sure the poor UPS man is backed up from all the blasted snow we had last month so I can't hate...but that doesn't stop me from staring out my window every chance I get looking to see if he has arrived, or from asking Andy every hour if he has seen him yet.
So to keep myself busy, while I wait, while I painfully wait, I am doing little projects.
So the new rug has got a little pink and blue in it and I have always felt there was just a tiny bit too much orange in my living room. I love orange I really do but when I brought in my vintage orange sofa I felt it was a little too much of the same color, especially with the orange rotating coffee table...yes, it rotates. I have plans for a paint job on that little beaut of a coffee table but Ill talk about that later.
I wanted to introduce some other colors into the space that coordinated with the orange but also opened up the possibility of introducing new color schemes, so I wasn't locked into only using warm tones, like the orange. So the best way to do that besides pillows and rugs, is wall art.
I got these brass frames from a guy on Craigslist and at first I was just thinking he only had one. So when he emailed me asking how many I wanted I was like, "um, how many do you have?" I bought five of them, knowing I would break at least one (which I did) when trying to re- frame the new art. The glass in those custom frames is not tempered and it's very thin so cracking it is easy if you don't watch what your doing and you try to talk on the phone, while balancing the screwdriver in one hand, while trying not to get paint on your tights... like I did today.
I used canvas paper because it doesn't get all crinkly and wavy when you paint on it like regular paper, you can buy it at any art supply store. The frames were $5 each.
I'll most likely be adjusting these bad boys for a month getting them straight but, I am very happy with the results.
The brass ended up being a little more, well, brassy, then I wanted so I took a 220 grit sandpaper block and roughed them up to be more of a soft gold rather than a yellow brass. They still have shine but it is softer now and I like it.
I hung them higher and more spread apart because I want my ceilings to look high.
Now that I have thrown in some other colors I feel the rug with fit right in.
Leave it to your animals to assume every photo shoot is about them. Pose for mommy!
So here she is, I've made a lot of progress but there is so much more to go. I decided I owe it to you guys to see where she is now and what she looks like on a normal day. I tried to take pictures without styling even if they were dirty or junky. The most honest pictures.
I painted her pink to be silly but, notice the island is gone
The old Island was essentially where the rug is in this picture. The rug is covering a giant hole in the linoleum floor that is just plywood right now.
The pink cabinets are original to the house (besides the fact that I painted them) The cream ones were added to make a temporary "L" shape to the kitchen. You can see the old doorway I walled up in this picture behind the cream cabinets. I got those cream cabinets in a scratch and dent warehouse. I put wood butcher block counter on top of them.
I put old bookshelves on the counters to act as temporary storage for all my crap until I can build a pantry.
The Stove is not exactly int he correct spot it needed to be 18" more to the left but, that will get fixed this weekend.
Glamour shot of my sandwich and my wood counter.
I still hate this kitchen, but I hate it a lot less now that the layout is set in stone.
I moved the french liquor cabinet to a new location since this picture was taken.
The new pantry I plan on building will go there on that wall as a built in.
There were overhead cabinets here at one point that I ripped down in a fit of design rage. That pipe hanging out of the ceiling was the old vent hood because that is where the stove used to be (in the island). That recently got moved to where the stove currently is.
The ugly swag light that serves no purpose, I guess the people that lived here in the past had there kitchen table there, but I wanted the whole room to be open so I broke up the seating pockets so it was one long room for entertaining. I recently ripped that sucker down too, I was so happy to see it gone. Pics to follow on that lighting changes I made.
One day I will own some matching chairs. In the meantime this is our dining table.
Andy and I had that lips decal laying around for years and because we don't have the money to get what we really want in our kitchen we are making what we have appealing to ourselves until we save up enough to replace it. So if you can't have what you want at least try to like what you got.
This doorway is what was recently cut into the space. I try to do as much DIY as I can but this kind of stuff requires a professional, you don't want to accidentally cut a wire or realize you knocked a hole in a load bearing wall. Get a pro to at least look at it before you knock it down.
I love the new doorway because it really opens the space up and when I host dinner parties people usually move around and circulate much more fluidly than they did before.
On my 100 page list of things to do, styling the bar is one of them.
I took the supports down since this picture on the fireplace, and I lit a fire!
I got this tulip table as a Christmas present from my mom. I have been wanting one for years and finally found an affordable one on LexMod. They sent me the wrong one initially after a two week lead time, but within a week they sent the correct replacement so I can't complain too much.
I love the table, it is sturdy and perfect for this space.
You can see the original yellow linoleum mixed with the brown vinyl floor here, I hate it so much.
We have a lot of books
The dogs are not impressed with the photo shoot.
I am leaning towards wallpaper for in here and a new white porcelain tile floor.
One day I will gut you.
There it is, slow process, doing things on the cheap, and in stages. I'm so used to working with clients that want a remodel to take no more than three weeks, so letting my remodel go for the duration of a year is KILLING me, but it makes me appreciate the process and love my home even more.