Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Coming Soon!!!!

We've been working on the kitchen re-do and I have a before and after post coming soon! I am just waiting on the electrical outlets to be changed in the kitchen.

Also, have you read the new issue of High Gloss Magazine? I loved it!! It is by far my favorite online magazine in circulation right now. I've been reading Paloma's, Erin's, and Kyle's blogs for a while now and this is just the best of all of them put together. This kitchen image below inspired me to put an oriental style rug in the kitchen and I'm using the wine rack on the far wall as a model for one in my own kitchen. PS. check out the amazing floors!!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kitchen Design

Now that it seems the kitchen re-do may be in the near future, rather than the distant future, I've been trying to nail down some specifics on what I want. Here is my inspiration file for now.
First up I just got a pair of almost these exact um thingies (what do you call these?) to support the extension of granite I want to do on the island. I already knew I wanted these and when my father in law offered them to me in a garage clean out I happily swooped them up.

Two things in this photo are inspiring to me. One is the skinny wine rack wall divider. I'm wondering if I can somehow incorporate that into the new design. This picture falls into my lighting category too. I love lanterns and the one above in particular. We have canned recessed lighting right now but I would like to have something hung above the island- size will be a consideration though since it's a small island in a pretty small kitchen. Also, I am in love with the floors. However, I don't think it will work for me since my kitchen adjoins my dining room that connects to the hall. Currently it is carpeted (with the kitchen in linoleum) but eventually I would like to have wood flooring throughout. The husband disagrees with the practicality of wood flooring in the kitchen, but I am not sure if the above floor is really a compromise.
Above is my paint color inspiration. In the photo the lower cabinet's are Farrow and Ball's "Mouse's Back". I ordered a sample from them to try to match, since their paint is $125 a gallon. Not happening.
I am planning on doing the upper cabinets in white, but I'm wondering what color white, as silly as that sounds. Which brings me to the next photo. (But also note the WOOD floors above- just sayin)

I would like some of the doors to be glass and some not to be. I like the style of these cabinet doors and also the ones in the second photo. Also, there is a big gap between the top of the fridge and the cabinet, and it just looks awkward in general. I would really like to try to re-arrange that space if possible to get a better cohesion to the area.
Next up, range hoods and backsplashes. I'm pretty set on white subway tile in the backsplash department. I think it's classic, clean, and will add good resale value in the future. The range hood is a problem because the circular pipe on top of our range hood goes through the cabinet above it to the attic. Not really sure of the logistics in this area to change it.

 Lastly, I think, is that I would like a space in the kitchen for my cookbooks and some extra counter space. There is a blank wall in the kitchen that could be a great space for some extra cabinets and countertop.
I believe that is the end of the wishlist. I suppose it would be helpful if I took some pictures of the current state of things, which might help with suggestions or comments. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!!

Holiday Silver

How gorgeous is this picture from the second issue of Rue Magazine? I love the tufted silver chair and the silver tea table is perfect. On closer inspection, I also noticed the coordinating lavender pillow, books, and flowers. The perfect place for an afternoon read with a cup of tea, or glass of champagne, whichever suits you.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Holiday Table Decor

Unfortunately the batteries died on my camera after taking only one picture, but here is my dining room before our Halloween party. It's hard to see, but there is skull and spider confetti on the table. Hope everyone else had a great Halloween also!

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so here's my current table setting.

And at long last, the sarch for the bar cart has ended. I found this cute little cart at an antique store for $20. It has a neat map painted on the top glass. I need to get another piece of glass cut for the bottom tier, so it is more functional, but overall I am very pleased. On top of the cart is a champagne bucket I scored at another antique store for $10 and a little brass tray from a thrift store that I spraypainted white.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Backsplash Tile

How pretty is this beveled Arabesque backsplash? It's from Mission Stone & Tile in Nashville.
Here's a closer look.
I'm planning on submitting a price quote after I calculate square footage, so let's hope it is reasonable.
Well I'm off to paint the bedroom this weekend so I should have before and after pictures soon. Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, October 18, 2010

An Addiction

Well, I have a confession to make. I have an addiction. It is chairs. You may laugh, but it's a serious problem. And, like a junkie, I have done it again and committed to buy a chair I just found on craigslist. I can't back out now (step one rationalize) because that would be rude to the seller. It's a great price and it will look good with the brown sofas and chairs already in the living room. Now I'm beginning to wonder if the style will fly with someone else who will hopefully not see this before I can kidnap him into picking up this chair with me.
What are your thoughts on the chair? Too modern to go with a traditional look that I'm trying to achieve?

My ultimate living room belongs to Kyle of Knight Moves (you need to check out her house if you haven't yet).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Thursday!

How gorgeous is this bathroom from designer Lee Ann Thornton? I am in love with the mirror. It resembles this mirror below.....Is it the same one? And where can I get it?

Although impractical, it appeals to me to use a beautiful mirror in a bathroom rather than a medicine cabinet. The wallpaper is also gorgeous! Does anyone know the manufacturer? And don't even get me started on the sconce....

On an unrelated subject, isn't this what everyone wears while strolling through the market?

Well I'm off for an early weekend camping trip tomorrow .....Enjoy your day!