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White Appliances on a Comeback?

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Speaking of a comeback, have you watched or are already a dedicated viewer of The Comeback on HBO? We recently watched 2 or 3 episodes and it was almost entirely too painful and awkward to watch. But Val is a train wreck and you have to return to see if she ever gets a break. I’m working on two kitchen remodels right now, the Spring Hill kitchen and the Bennett kitchen. We are keeping our gaze firmly locked on a budget for both projects but more so for the Bennett kitchen. Because we’re keeping a budget-minded approach here, a more economical choice would be to re-use the existing gas range because it isn’t that old and is still in good working order. The existing range is white, as are the other existing appliances. We will need: a new fridge add a dishwasher We will be re-using existing: microwave range For…

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Green Kitchen Cabinets

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Certainly blue, in different shades like navy and blue/grey, is having it’s moment for kitchen islands and lower cabinets but green–green is pretty happening too. Do any of these images set your wheels spinning? One person who pinned this kitchen said, I can’t get Bailey McCarthy’s kitchen out of my head, it’s fairly easy to see why she can’t–cause that is kelly and it’s high gloss. McCarthy’s kitchen was featured in Southern Living.   Another designer who chose to go green in her own kitchen is Erika Powell from Urban Grace. Erika had her cabinets painted a couple of years ago. I wonder if Erika ever considered painting the open shelving white?   Betsy and I are big fans of CA designer Kishani Perera, like the McCarthy design above this is also pretty freakin’ bold     You could go more on the camo, Army side of green which I whole heartedly support,…

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Spring Hill Kitchen: Inspiration

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I’m starting a new project; the Spring Hill Kitchen project. I’ll be helping the client with remodeling and adding some character to a little house that’s only about ten years old. Important things to know about the client – likes to stay organized and tidy not afraid of DIY projects, taking on parts of the project to cut costs enjoys cooking & baking (a good kitchen is kind of important) likes the farmhouse/industrial style The lady of the house is ready to kiss her honey oak cabinets, black appliances and popcorn ceiling goodbye. Also-there’s no love lost over the laminate countertops and electric range. Builder grade kitchen be gone. It’s time to press the classic white kitchen in to service (when is it not time?) with max storage, a banquette and some cottage style spernkled on top. Let’s see what we’re working with,   This is just the start of things that we’d like to change,   After…

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Lamps in the Kitchen

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This post is written mostly for my lovely, patient and gentle mother-in-law. My in-laws recently moved in to a new home and they have an abundance of counter space in their kitchen, including a long bar section of the counter that separates the kitchen from the living area where they line their grandchildren up to eat when they visit. All of these counters and a straight line of cabinetry make for a lot of straight lines. I’ve suggested that she place a pair of lamps on each end of the bar. It creates an extra level of lighting (ambient) and it breaks that long bar up by varying height and giving it more dimension.  To illustrate my point I offer you these images, I’m leading off with one of the most well-known examples, Ina Garten’s kitchen,         I know you love the kitchen below, traditional warm furnishings mixed with…

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Recessed Lights No More

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For a while now I’ve been thinking very seriously about this whole not using recessed can lighting in kitchens and baths. Some designers utilize it with more frequency. I’d like to attempt it but the right opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet. Here’s a little exercise–go in to your kitchen, if you have recessed lighting in the ceiling, imagine they are all small flushmount fixtures. It is in the numbers and the scale but the trickiest part I think is getting all of those smaller fixtures to make sense with pendants over an island. Things could get busy in a hurry. Have you put any consideration in to this course of action?   Really simple enameled base with a retro bulb, pendant heavy in a beautiful white kitchen, Food 52 apartment kitchen reno on a budget, all images via Pinterest

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Trends: Patterned Tile

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Have you ever demo’d any of those 80s or 90s patterned backsplashes and tiled countertops? Patterned tile is coming on, but it’s not the ivy borders of the early 1990s. The mosaic tiles installed now are most likely imported and have a Moroccan or Mediterranean lean. Patterned tile appeared on my radar as I began gathering inspiration for a small kitchen remodel we are planning for a friend. See the beginnings of that project on the Pinterest board. I was cruising through Domino and saw the revisit of this kitchen, Marrakesh Imports And that pretty much got the wheels turning and I quickly found my images of this kitchen initially featured in Cottage Living and revisited by Design Sponge. The whole house tour there is a treat, I recommend checking it out. This is by far my favorite application of patterned tile as a kitchen backsplash, Ann Sacks is showing…

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Dining Room or Library?

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Couldn’t it be both—a dining room and a library? I say, uh-yeayer. I really, really like this concept. It feels like a warmer space among those books, much more conversational, made for hang out time. And in a smaller home like mine for instance, combined spaces only makes the best of sense.  all images via Pinterest

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a Quick Bath Upgrade

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Before I officially listed my previous home for sale one of the things on the punch list was to give the master bath a quick upgrade without remodeling the entire thing. Out of necessity we had the entire shower re-tiled months before. The whole story about the mystery leak is here. I previously posted the before of this bathroom and talked about the plans I had for the upgrade. I needed a fix that stayed consistent with the overall style of the house and a look that would be pleasing to most. Here’s what I set out to do with this quick fix-up: upgrade cabinetry replace existing mirror with 2 framed mirrors eliminate recessed lighting and replace with sconces paint walls & ceiling replace window install new hardware install new vent fan The cabinets were clearly the biggest eye sore in the room. They were vinyl coated, particle board cabinets…

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Rachel Bilson’s Home in Lonny

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Sarah and I were having a little texty chat about blending the masculine and the feminine today, when she pointed me to this Lonny feature of Rachel Bilson’s home. I love it when Sarah recommends that I look up a specific design. It’s like getting a music recommendation from KCRW’s Anne Litt, or having the Pope pray for your healing. It just doesn’t get much more spot on. So, she laid this link on me, and the choir sang, lights all that. It’s that BLUE VELVET couch that I haven’t been able to shut up in my head. She even suggested that I place my parsons table up in the window like that along w/ some lamps, which is a really good idea if we had the space. My room is too narrow for dreams like that. Oh, and Heffe… look. No window treatments. I wonder if she and her…

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Ashley Putman again and again…

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Graphic designer Ashley Putman’s Houston home has been tweaked slightly and featured this time in Paper City. I’m always inspired by Ashley’s homes. Her house is collected and the edge doesn’t feel contrived. As always you can tell that Ashley and her husband are voracious art collectors.  

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Get the Look: Modern Rustic Bath

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I’m guessing that most of you like this bath because of the contrast of the dark wall and the metal of the mirror and barn sconce…and let’s not forget the white shiplap. Am I totally off base here? Let’s see if we can get the look of Atlanta designer Kim Winkler’s rustic master bath that was featured in the 2011 issue of Tradhome. jars / sconce / mirror / soap dish / baskets / vase / faucet / vanity  

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Ashley Putman in Hey Billie

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Come on don’t tell me you’ve forgotten Ashley Putman. She’s the freelance graphic designer from TX that’s had homes featured in Domino, then Lonny and now the fam has a country house in Hey Billie magazine. Seems they fell in love with a dilapidated farmhouse near Round Top, TX. I like all of the spaces Ashley has created for herself and her family, the mix is so good. And I’ve gushed over her before here and put the previous two featured spaces together. I’m wondering when Ashley will crossover and join the interior design world? Quick review of Ashley- First in Domino, Then in Lonny, And now she’s gone country in Hey Billie magazine-           and my desire to find a white farmhouse grows…

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Vanities in Color

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Colored bath vanities, in bold or neutral hues are whats happening and I’d like to get one of my very own sooner rather than later. Case in point-the greens,   the grays,   the blues, a lone black one or maybe its charcoal, Plans have been made for a colored vanity at the Grout Cottage. I went to Pittsburgh Paints and ordered a tinted gallon of a product called Breakthrough, it acts like a lacquer, wipe-able and is water based. Sounds like a dream coating. I’ll report back on it’s durability. all images via Pinterest

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Grout Cottage: Bathroom Choices

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Look what came in the mail, snowflake tile for the Grout Cottage. I ordered this because I’m about to do this, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams house in NC only in a bathroom sort of way with a painted vanity. Right now I’ve got my eye on Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue or Brewster Gray. They look totally different in the actual bathroom of the Grout Cottage but you get the idea. images via Pinterest

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