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Kitchens with Vaulted Ceilings

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I recently noticed kitchen spaces where the opportunity was seized and the resources were there to expand the kitchen space and reach for greater heights in a cathedral or vaulted ceiling. You may find that you love kitchens with vaulted ceilings too, once you really dissect the examples to try and figure why it is that you like the room so much in the first place.                                            

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

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I have found quite a bit of inspiration in the designs of Jenny Wolf Interiors but I wasn’t properly identifying the source until recently. There are so many spaces and vignettes that people pin sometimes without the source identified and that’s why I wasn’t aware of my appreciation for JWI but now I know where to properly direct my kudos and so do you. I love Wolf’s work for moments and spaces like these,                                

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Our Most Popular Pins

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We are always so honored to see our work on your Pinterest boards. It gives us a thrill each and every time. So, we thought we’d take a little look into the most popular pins from TEOT projects that you guys have saved on Pinterest. You can follow Sarah here and Betsy right here on Pinterest.   I love a nook, you love a nook and we all love it when you take an awkward and unused space in an old house and turn it in to something functional and cool like this cabinet in the May bath renovation. One of the things you love to pin the most is the right neutral paint colors, so we did this little roundup and you liked it, you really liked it…   I think you guys were in agreement with my color palette on the interior of the Indiana renovation! Continued interest in paint color choices takes us…

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Patterns of Josef Frank

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I often survey the undecorated spaces in my home, my dining room being a space that is front and center on that list mostly because I can see it from the sofa. I lean toward casual inspiration for this space, a dining room that gets everyday use. When I review inspiration for my dining room, I often think about this one featured in Domino a few years ago, The drapes and chair cushions are in a Josef Frank pattern called Vegetable Tree. Josef Frank was an Austrian born architect that lived most of his adult life in Sweden where he was the most prestigious designer for a Stockholm firm called Svenkst Tenn (Swedish Pewter). Frank not only lent his vision to buildings but also to vibrant and modern textiles that have a certain Alice in Wonderland essence. Designer Katie Ridder is certainly a fan of Frank’s patterns, they show up in many…

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Decorating with Yellow

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All you need is a dollop, a splash, a pop—of yellow. I don’t have any personal desire to paint an entire room yellow or a house but yellow is a fantastic accent and it makes me happy to see the perfect execution of a yellow accent in a room. Case in point,           It certainly went well with yellow on the Indiana project, My favorite yellow accent is a stool. In a quiet, white kitchen–yellow barstools scream at you. But it’s a joyful, playful scream.   I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’d like to do a yellow wishbone stool in our home office makeover but I know I want a yellow accent and while I’m deciding enjoy the yellow roundup,   1. West Elm Ikat Bowl | 2. Dot & Bo Get to the Point Stool | 3. Schoolhouse Electric Studio Desk Lamp | 4. Fine Mod Yellow Shell…

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Renovation Trends: Hex Tile

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By now you’ve probably noticed hexagonal tile appearing in bathrooms and kitchens galore, here are 7 examples of  some of our favorite hexagon tile applications. Marble hex lives happily ever after with a modern floating vanity, I love simple shower accent walls that look good for a lifetime. This can be pulled off with some hex, a white pencil and some 4×4 tiles.   The snowflake hex tile and Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue vanity made for an interesting combo in Sarah’s Grout Cottage renovation, Hex with a classic border with a lime green wall sink for a twist. We can still tile kitchen floors just maybe not in 12×12 squares if we can avoid it. This European kitchen is tiled in large hex tiles. A classic bathroom clad in a greek key border and hexagonal floor tile.   Small marble hexagonal tiles are great for recessed shower niches, For the…

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Bennett Kitchen: Shop the Look

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We revealed the Bennett Kitchen renovation last week and I thought it would be nice to chat for a minute about the design process and that final layer, the one where all of the living and working comes into play. I’ve been living in an old house that needs the kind of renovation that I offer my clients regularly. I have been feeling particularly fed up with the downsides of age, so for this kitchen, I really keyed up the the crisp finishes. We ended up with a really strong modern take on a cottage kitchen with classic bones. After beefing up the architectural elements of the space (applying quintessential Craftsman millwork on the doors and window frames and heightening the cabinets with a shaker style front, we finished the backsplash, counter tops and flooring in modern slate floor tiles, crisp subway tile and a quartz counter top. This makes…

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Bennett Kitchen: The Final Reveal

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The Bennett kitchen renovation is ready for its debut. There’s no two ways about it the Bennett kitchen was one sick puppy but now it’s a charming southern cottage kitchen with a splash of SoCal. Let’s take a look at that renovation, It’s really gratifying to see the plan come to life and I love it to pieces. While I didn’t need to change the footprint of the room I did need to move the appliances around to create a layout that functioned more efficiently. The refrigerator and stove changed position, we added a dishwasher and put the microwave on a shelf freeing up valuable counter space. The fridge was just sitting on a blank wall by itself. We needed to nestle that in and put that blank wall to work. This is what became of that blank wall, A custom range hood with shaker panels, a classic white subway…

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Sarah’s Backyard Makeover

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We are starting basically from scratch here in my backyard except for the old Water Oak standing solid in the middle. Everything else could go and it has for the most part. I have a decent plan that I’ve been adding to here and there…pretty much since I moved in. Progress seems to crawl at a snail’s pace around here and we’ve mostly just started the process of removing the overgrowth. When you buy an older home in Southern Pines that requires renovation, you typically get a random pile of bricks somewhere on the property and vines–wisteria mostly, choking the life out of the nearest long leaf pine. So we’ve been clearing and we put up the fence we discussed here not long ago. From here I’m proposing that we take some smaller steps in manageable phases to eventually end up with a landscaped backyard that is irrigated, has an established…

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Weekend

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Here’s hoping that you’re taking a drive with your squeeze this summer weekend. Betsy shall return soon from the UK and return to blogger town, home from rockstar town. We’ll be dropping the reveal on the Bennett kitchen renovation soon, which I’m fairly sure you’re gonna love. If you follow us on Instagram you saw a little teaser. Hasta Luego.

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Mi Favorito

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Sometimes the style of spaces that I love is so varied and other times consistent. Do you often see trends in the interiors that inspire you? Do you try to identify them? This is what I’m loving on now. Josef Frank fabric I like purple and indigo together in my art I dream of putting l-shaped additions on to traditional ranches,       cocktails with St. Germaine Elderflower   I think about work spaces in the home that are both masculine and artful   anytime someone wants to mix heavy wood with white and then toss in a Serge Mouille count me in          

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Trends: Pot Rails in Kitchen

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I really want to hang white shelving with a curved white brackets in my kitchen but it will block the line of sight through the kitchen. So….I think the alternative is to install some rails to hang pots and other things on. This will free up drawer space, utilize the wall space in a small kitchen lacking in storage and get a little splash of that industrial kitchen look all for a minimal investment. Not surprising, hanging pots happens a lot in small spaces and apartment kitchens.       Schoolhouse Electric Brass Rail Hey lady, way to choose a faucet! Now this is a workable idea, produce in hanging wire baskets. I like the combination of a little basket, some cook ware, maybe an oven mit or a colander IKEA Fintorp Rail But then there’s the ultimate, lots o’ pots over the sink and in front of the window–which…

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Kitchen Essentials: Bread Boards

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So maybe you don’t bake bread, chances are excellent that you don’t. You’ll be surprised to know that the fact that you don’t make your own bread does not in any way diminish your need for a bread board. Bread boards are in every kitchen, take a spin through your kitchen Pinterest board or the pages of Elle Decor, House Beautiful etc. and you’ll see them there propped on the counter top. They warm up those white kitchens we love so much, they add some rustic to our modern and they don’t just accessorize they are functional because they are…cutting and serving boards. Do you need one? Yes. Should you have two? Probably. Lean them against your subway tile backsplash. Stack them in a huge antique basket. Serve up something beautiful. Here are a few choices if you’re in the market, 1. On Our Table slab 2. General Store cutting…

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Catalog Buys

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Great finds from the catalogs of big retailers stuffed in your mailbox every week. What do we learn in this installment of catalog buys, the Land of Nod catalog isn’t just for kids. Viva Terra Settle In rattan lounger | CB2 Go Cart Mint Desk| Wisteria Lacquer Side Table| West Elm Batik Pom Pom Curtains (on sale!)| Land of Nod Canopy Bed| CB2 Plank Wall Shelves

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Trestle Desks

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I have some telecommuting friends and one of these friends has a new work from home gig and needs to carve out a work space. I’m thinking she should consider a trestle desk because well it’s kind of simple– they are affordable, timeless and chic. Case in point,   My favorite example. It’s all about accessorizing, customizing and adding great art. Shelving won’t hurt either.       How is everyone putting these together? Mostly with IKEA’s Klimpen system, which you can customize with different finishes on the top and the legs. Here’s a little roundup with some other trestle options, some with a little more storage. Target trestle desk/ PB Teen Storage Trestle Desk/ PB Teen Project Trestle Desk/ IKEA Klimpen Desk  

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