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A Subway Tile Alternative

Pinterest knows that I’m working on a kitchen, a modern and relatively simple kitchen because of algorithms and such.

So what begins to get threaded through is a lot of those types of kitchens, what a little helper. And I started seeing this tile,

Granted it’s a little forced because of the algorithms but I also began taking notice on Instagram too and before you know it, I’m thinking are we inching away ever so slowly from subway or do we just need a break now and then.

If you’re looking for a break from subway, maybe folding those corners down or giving a slight exotic twist still holds you to the timelessness of the subway rectangle while still creating a little modern edge.

What other solid color shapes are you thinking about lately for your kitchen backsplash?

Walker Zanger
picket tile, Fireclay
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The Return of the Wooden Kitchen Cabinet

I’ve been pinning and dreaming and saving kitchen inspirations ever since we moved into the new place over two years ago and I’ve begun to notice something in my inspiration images that you have probably already caught onto as well.

The Wooden Kitchen Cabinet is back.

It’s better than ever though, here are a few examples to enjoy.

 

via Domino Mag

via Emily Berry

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via Domino Magazine

via Amber

I’m not sure what this means for my particular kitchen. I have some lovely wide plank oak floors that bring in plenty of the natural wood grain that I love. So my guess is that we won’t be springing for wood on top of wood when we do take the cabinet leap.

But I sure do like what I’m seeing out there on the internets! How bout y’all?

 

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Jenna Lyons New SoHo Loft

Do you guys remember Jenna Lyons loft in Brooklyn 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:

We loved it because of it’s Frech influence, and that bright yellow English Roll Arm is the English Roll Arm that launched a thousand ships. We have tried since to locate the perfect example of this British furniture staple and designer classic

 

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. Keep your eye out for the same Zebra rug!

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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. My friend said that her coffee maker was wifi and i could start it up anywhere from my phone! I went and looked up these wifi coffee makers reviews here, and I am going to get my own soon.

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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