Bennett Kitchen Before After

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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Formal Dining Rooms Turn Casual

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How many people do you know that say, “we never use our dining room,” “It’s the lowest on the decorating priority list,” “We only use it on holidays,” “My parents gave us their old dining room set and so we stuck that in there” I’ve heard all of these excuses. It’s obvious how this room functions, but when you think more specifically about what kind of experiences you have in your home, it can bring you closer to turning an unused room around. No matter how you use it, we need to send boring, matched dining room sets and heavy draperies out with the next purge and go casual, with style of course. Questions to ask yourself about your forgotten dining room: What kind of food do you cook? Do your family or guests tend to linger at the table, engage in friendly or unfriendly debates, have too much wine and…

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Vintage Rattan Settee 3 Ways

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It all starts with our vintage rattan settee. Not sure where to go from there? Allow us…here are three suggestions to jump start you in to creating your own look with our settee. Source it out below.     Modern Calypso St. Barth Sheepskin/Kaya Kilims Menay/The Estate of Things white African mudcloth pillow/ The Estate of Things black African mudcloth pillow/ Serena & Lily Cooper Stool / Crate & Barrel Rex Floor Lamp Bohemian Chic Maroc Tribal Carpets Beni Ourain/ The Estate of Things Indigo Mudcloth Pillows/ Tshaj Hmong Stripe Pillow/ The Estate of Things Hmong Lumbar Pillow/ Jayson Soud Cloth/ Anthropologie Marble Top Table/ Crate & Barrel Lapel Floor Lamp Feminine Traditional Ballard Designs Seagrass Rug/ SparkModern Peter Dunham Rajmata pillow/ Whitlock & Co. spring botanical pillow/ Lulu & Georgia Nautine throw/ WS Home Cane Garden Seat/ Dwell Studio Albert Floor Lamp

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White Place: A pocket neighborhood?

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In the late 1800s, S.R. White platted 38 acres of what would become White Place in Bloomington, Illinois. Why is this interesting? Well… because when we stumbled upon White Place off University Avenue I immediately thought– pocket neighborhood and I’m fascinated with pocket neighborhoods. I recently visited Bloomington IL, a moderately sized midwestern town but certainly bigger than my own southern home. A two and half hour ride from Chicago, Bloomington is home to State Farm, Illionois State University, Illinois Wesleyan and had he not been assassinated maybe Abraham Lincoln’s post-presidential home. The downtown area of Bloomington is a renovator/house flipper’s Graceland. Prices stay low (for now), the streets are lush and green (for now) and the potential is high. The streets are lined with Queen Annes, craftsman bungalows and prairie style houses. I’m not sure why anyone would want to live anywhere else in Bloomington but in a downtown…

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A Quick Paint Fix

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A little cottage dining room recently required some quick updating.. Getting rid of the dated paint colors was first and foremost on the list and what resulted is just further confirmation that paint will go a long way. Tan walls be gone, We used Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue to brighten up the dining room. We also replaced the existing light fixture with an easy Allen + Roth drum pendant from Lowe’s. How fresh is that?! We also sent pouty Laney to the pool, so we don’t have to hear “Mom I don’t want to go see any more houses”

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Spring Hill Project: Gallery Wall

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It’s been a while since I shared anything about the Spring Hill Project but that’s only because the kitchen renovation was delayed. Things are still happening just at a relatively slow pace. Though recently, I put together a little gallery wall for the living area. Since the beginning I thought that one of Jennifer Ament’s prints would be fitting for the space and the client’s style. Here’s how I chose the artwork for the complimentary gallery wall.     Art is subjective right but I wanted to bring in some elements that can be taken and translated in to your own combination of art. The key elements I used in this grouping are: A print or work with words, a phrase or some kind of typeface, Pretty Chic Love A landscape, Yao Cheng Forest in Indigo An abstract, Clare Elsaesser Decisions Flora in black and white, Domino Botanical Sumi Ink Fauna…

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Serge Mouille Lighting

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It’s that damn light fixture and I still want one. The Serge Mouille 3 Arm Ceiling Lamp which is probably the most recognizable of their offerings is what I have a yearning for. Serge Mouille began designing light fixtures in 1953 and is known for his black painted metal, discrete and sculptural designs that people loved then and still do today. Production of Mouille’s original fixtures stopped in 1961 but reproductions of the original designs are available. I’m guessing your first reaction is, oh that’s so modern and yeah it is. But maybe I’ll surprise you a little if you see it in some more traditional interiors for the ultimate mix up. It’s iconic, artful and can transform a space in a flash.     Serge, persian and french chairs,   light your art collection with more art,   minimalist and classic,           in a nursery? well hell yes,…

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Pipe Down

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There are many trends that I am absolutely, whole heartedly in support of and I’m really carrying the torch for. This post is not about those, this is about my distaste for pipe furniture. I think I’ve had my fill of furniture built from pipes. There are other ways in which we can express our love of modern, industrial style. Those ways are not as obvious as metal piping and while I’m at it… factory cart wheels. Instead, let’s explore a mix of light fixtures, upholstery, furniture and accessories that embody the industrial age — without screaming it. Let’s avoid being Captain Obvious, in decorating, and in life. Some examples of pipe furniture that should take the long nap, take the final exit, buy the farm, push daisies, fall off the perch…  and some examples of the industrial vibe that we can dig! Round Iron Mirror with Leather Strap  |  Nautical mini-pendant  | Rustic Industrial Coffee Table…

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