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Jenna Lyons New SoHo Loft

Do you guys remember Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn living room from 2008. We’ve referenced here on this blog ten if not a hundred times and from what I’m reading online today, it’s on the most pinned interiors in Pinterest history. It looked like this:

 

Well, in new news…. her 2017 SoHo loft is every bit as Parisian and pinnable. I fully expect to see it copied en masse moving forward. Feast your eyes below and read all about it (and get more pics) at NYT.

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A Different Kind of Bathtub

In my house we have two 1940s (maybe older, maybe not) white cast iron tubs and one very average fiberglass tub. Our tubs see a decent amount of use from the adults and children in the household. Many people though, never get in their big old garden tub and it’s just a dust collector.

Talking about tubs, reminds me of that time when the neighbor at the Indiana project visited the project while I wasn’t there and proclaimed that I had made a big mistake by omitting the tub in the master bath. I disagreed, I was right and everything worked out great because so many people would rather have that space for things like a bigger shower etc.

If you have the dough a free-standing soaking tub is the ticket but here are some alternative or extraordinary tubs. So light a Boy Smells candle, put The Pretender on and grab a towel and let’s check these crazy and beautiful tubs out.

the cereal bowl tub looks fantastic,

imagine this,

This is the Viques bath by Agape, comes in dark grey and white. It is steel.

If you like galvanized steel stock tank pools then you’re really going to like the bathtub concept,

What is that? A basket tub? Ummm yeah, that’s what it appears to be.

Fancy barrel-style in Bette Midler’s apartment

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Bathroom Mirrors Over Windows

Yep, you read that right, bathroom mirrors hung over the window. You’re thinking that sounds risky but don’t weigh in with heavy skepticism until you see the visual portion of my presentation.

One of my favorite bathrooms on my bath Pinterest board which btw contains lots of drool-worthy bathrooms uses this concept and its waaay cool.

 

Maybe you like a smaller, more subtle use of the decorative mirror over the window,

 

 

 

I think that’s an IKEA Grundtal mirror below and if I’m right I used the same mirror in a little bathroom redo in an office space and that $40 mirror worked out so perfectly there. And trough sinks well… they are just dreamy aren’t they. Move over apron front.

 

 

 

Care to comment on my observation?

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the Coffee Bar

Have you noticed the addition of the coffee bar in a kitchen? I’ve recently been in to two renovated kitchens here in my little town of Southern Pines that both had a coffee station. A few years ago, I visited a local friend and during a tour of the house, saw a small coffee station upstairs in the hall just off the master, what a retreat.

Instead of just adding the coffee maker to the other countertop appliances and putting the mugs away in the cabinet with the rest of the glasses, it can have a dedicated space all it’s own. It’s a solid way to put an unused area in the kitchen to work. Maybe it’s trading the bar cart in for the coffee bar, maybe you have both.

 

I’m not sure about the Flavor Flav wall clock but I love that espresso machine and the warm wood of those cabinets.

A traditional coffee station with a pretty tiled backsplash, although there is a lot being stored here, there’s a good composition happening,

An iteration of the barn door, the sliding cabinet door would be a fantastic way to conceal your coffee bar or coffee supplies that maybe aren’t as good-looking as the mugs and shiny stainless espresso machine

My favorite example of the coffee bar is in Heather Bullard’s kitchen. It’s an area with open shelving to the right of that beautiful sub zero. BTW- Heather is a fantastic stylist and her site is chockfull of images that will make you go hmmmm.

Coffee bar elegance, velvety dove gray. The machinery takes center stage here.

Sleek and modern coffee station,

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Office De-Lite

A friend of mine has recently been hitting me up for a little advice on her home office because she spends 40 hours+ a week in that space. Most recently, she was quizzing me on desks.

So it got me thinking about home offices.

I like a touch of ambiance when I find myself say… sorting and organizing receipts for hours in my office.

My advice is this–light a candle, surround yourself with inspiring art or images or a giant pinboard, get a comfortable chair, get the right lighting–multiple levels if possible.

Maybe include a rug that is a work of art on it’s own.

Put some music on and work it.

 

RUG | LETTER ORGANIZER | BASKET | VINTAGE DESK | DESK CHAIR | VANQUISH PRINT | HUGO ARMCHAIR | POWERPUFF GIRLS | DO IT ANYWAY PRINT| TOBACCO CANDLE

 

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Kitchen Decor Ideas: Pot Rails in Kitchen

Here’s an idea! Install kitchen pot rails.

Hanging pots, baskets and using S-hooks for ladles and servers provides a lovely yet utilitarian aspect to your kitchen shelving. Kitchen pot rails are where it’s at!

I really want to hang white shelving with a curved white brackets in mine, 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.

So, I started digging around and looking for some ideas.

Not surprising, hanging pots happens a lot in small spaces and apartment kitchens. Here are a few that I found.

Kitchen Pot Rails small kitchen

Ikea has options that are worth a look.

Kitchen Pot Rails rail galley kitchen

A nice addition to a narrow galley kitchen.

 

Kitchen Pot Rails rail lots of pots

The mix of metals is nice.

 

Kitchen Pot Rails schoolhousevia Schoolhouse Electric Brass Rail

We like it in brass.

Kitchen Pot Rails - nice faucet

Hey lady, way to choose a faucet!

Kitchen Pot Rails- mix brass

Kitchen Pot Rails - onions

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

Kitchen Pot Rails ikeaIKEA Fintorp Rail

Kitchen Pot Rails ultimate pots

But then there’s the ultimate, lots o’ pots over the sink and in front of the window–which I love just as much

Kitchen Pot Rails - over sink

 

 

We stock some very serious brass S-hooks from one of our favorite vendors, SIR|MADAM. These hooks will help to achieve this utilitarian aspect in your kitchen with some beauty.

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