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Kitchens with Vaulted Ceilings

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.




































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.

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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.

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Do you need one? Yes. Should you have two? Probably.

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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,

bread board roundup1. On Our Table slab 2. General Store cutting board 3. The Estate of Things antique bread board 4. Terrain Marble & Wood serving board 5. Early American Shop Artisan bread board 6. Wood and Table cutting board



Trestle Desks

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.

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Target trestle desk/ PB Teen Storage Trestle Desk/ PB Teen Project Trestle Desk/ IKEA Klimpen Desk



Formal Dining Rooms Turn Casual

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 divulge?

Do you have dinner parties? Entertain?

Do you want to be able to mix cocktails here? Music?

Is the dining room open to living area?

How big is the dining space?

Do you have china or a finer set of dishes or serving ware separate from the everyday?

Do you kids, How do your kids use the space at this age?

And now to illustrate, here are some casual dining rooms that I’m all about:














Are you noticing any trends yet?

I seem to like books in the dining room and I gravitate toward both dark enveloping dining rooms as well as light filled rooms.

















Choosing Kitchen Faucets

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If you’ve taken on a kitchen renovation project on your own or just want to make some affordable upgrades the time will come when you have to select a faucet. All of the design details like faucets, hardware and tile join together to make a unique kitchen that is personal and functional. Some homeowners wait until they are prompted by the builder or plumber to get the faucet and are pressed for time while others are prepared and already have all of their fixtures ordered ahead of time. After choosing several for my own projects and some for clients I think I’ve got the process down.

First let’s get familiar with the common faucet styles,

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Not every faucet is created equal and whether you’re remodeling or upgrading your kitchen, consider the style of the space before you buy just any old faucet. Bridge faucets look just as fantastic in brownstone kitchens as they do in a Birmingham farmhouse but carefully consider what fits your kitchen and what will be most functional for your lifestyle and habits in the kitchen. Look at the lines of the faucet and consider whether or not you’ll still like it in 10-15 years.


Do you want to be a part of the brass resurgence or are you like me and think it’s pretty to look at for now…and then everyone will return again to their silver finishes whether it be polished chrome or nickel? Some manufactures offer more finish choices than others. Waterworks has just over a dozen different metal finishes while Kohler offers only five finishes for it’s popular Purist bridge faucet. Also consider whether or not you’re open to mixing metals in the kitchen or if you want all fixtures and hardware to coordinate.


Let me upgrade ya’. There are a few things to consider before deciding to upgrade an existing faucet; like how many holes are drilled in to the existing countertop or what is the depth between the sink and the window sill or backsplash. It’s a good idea to consult a plumber on the logistics of installation or a designer who has experience in renovating or kitchen design.






The House Diaries Kitchen

I really appreciate the renovation effort in Nicole’s kitchen chronicled in her blog The House Diaries. I’m guessing you’ll like many other spots in Nicole’s house too. Their house underwent the kind of renovation I enjoy–a big one.

I like the great vintage scores in the dining nook like the pair of gray chalk painted dressers and the large chalkboard. I also love that Nicole asked the builder to wrap the wall with ship lap, I like that she chose furniture style legs for the cabinets and that they reach for the ceiling and my most favorite choice–the rustic shelves mounted under the cabinets. A beautiful, functional and personal space is what patience and careful planning will get you when renovating. It will come people but it takes time.

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