img_1484In fairness to the folks that posted, designed and photographed these beautiful kitchens, I’m not trimming and editing out the information captured when I screen shot these images.  I encourage you to seek these folks out, follow them, and support those who deserve credit for the pretty kitchens. img_1481img_1482img_1483img_1524

You all know by now that I’m a BIG fan of white kitchens… select White Kitchens in the cloud to the right to see years of posts on them, the do’s and don’ts and what it takes to really make them work. For today I’m just posting a few recent favorites, a few pretty kitchens… be inspired!

 

houseLet’s get one thing straight… I am by no means “ready” for Christmas.  I feel like it was Thanksgiving yesterday and now suddenly there are 8 – EIGHT! – shopping days til Christmas. WTF?!  Anyway, I’m wrapping garland, lighting trees, hanging wreaths and decking the frapping halls as fast as I can. Thank heaven I have a giant attic filled with years of Christmas hoarding, if there were a trap door I’d just shove it all through, but there isn’t so I’m getting my exercise which is good cause it’s Mac Cheese Season.  So this year we went for Laurel Leaf Garland, it’s a nice change from all the pine you see this time of year.  No snow yet, and I’m still debating lights on the garland.. yes? or No?

wreathThe Front Door area is also still unresolved, Love my wreath, but the bittersweet and the big berries in the wreath are not jiving for me, there’s a disconnect with these elements.  I’m thinking fill planters with bright green moss and swap redder berries in the trees.  smalltreeThis is what were calling the little tree (it’s 4 or 5 feet) I like to have a home-spun tree in the Library, near the fireplace that holds the ornaments we have collected and have been given over the years, you know the sentimental stuff.  My Mom is coming out in just a few days to spend Christmas with us so I’m hold off on decorating this tree until she gets here.  I also have a stash of photo albums under the ottoman to reminisce over while we trim the tree.

graveI’m including this image because the holidays are a time when we most miss those who are no longer with us.  It’s a time of deep reflection and can be difficult for some.  We lost someone dear to us this year, so we make sure to honor their passing and to tell stories and remember them to keep their memory alive.  The season is truly about love, compassion and giving so we think of those we have lost and hold close those still near us and take care of those who need more, or suffer this time of year.

candlesI love a scented candle.  Seriously I do… these are my top three right now. Icy Blue Pine by Votivo and Vermont Wood and Wassail by Farm House Pottery… both available locally at Surroundings.  All have the freshness of the season without being to powerful, I love these candles, seriously. napkinsSpeaking of Surroundings, a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift is a cocktail or hand towel and we carry Caspari because  they have so many great styles.  This is a holiday appropriate gift that has a purpose and fills a need & it also gets used and goes away so you’re not giving clutter or a nic-nack that the receiver might not want to have to keep around.  Hey, so is a scented candle… see how I did that.  Anyways, don’t be surprised (if I know you) if you get a package of pretty napkins in your stocking.

santaLast but not least, there’s SANTA.  My vintage Santa collection is growing but I have become more particular in recent years because I don’t want duplicates.  I find a lot of the rubber faced Santas of the 50’s and 60’s.  My heat melts for paper faced Santas with cottony beards and the wooden Santas of Scandinavia are also favorites. No matter what makes you happy this time of year, no matter how or what you celebrate, I hope you have a magical holiday season surrounded by Family, or friends or both.  xoxo

 

 

a PENNY for your thoughts

September 9, 2016

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Penny Round Tiles have been around for more than a century but they feel more mid-century than they do turn of the century.  They certainly have a fresh look for todays Bathrooms, Kitchens, Foyers and Mud Rooms.  Originally sold in face-mounted paper sheets and set into a sand-and-cement mortar that also served as the grout, easy-to-clean unglazed porcelain circles debuted in bathrooms and kitchens in the early 1900s.

Regarded as a great no-slip surface, penny tile is now available in ceramic ( now mesh-mounted or joined with glue dots for easy installation) porcelain (fired multiple times for better durability in high traffic areas) and natural stone.  Make a splash with penny rounds as back-splashes, shower walls, and fireplace surrounds.

Obviously, these little beauties are pretty transformable and suit looks from modern to traditional.  I think they are a nice counter point to large slabs of natural stone and the scale of their movement, and they soften square and rectangular tiles with their happy round edges.  I’m leaning toward using them on the floor in a bathroom remodel I’m planning.  What do you think? …a penny for your thoughts.

white, White, WHITE!

March 26, 2016

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Ok first things first… the above image is the beautiful, thoughtful interiors at the Old Homestead in Provincetown Ma.  I’ve not yet had the pleasure of seeing the interiors first hand, but I intend to correct that in the very near future.  As you can see the eye on this project is/was impeccable.  Serious inspiration for a small kitchen/bathroom project in my near future.  If you intend to visit Provincetown, check out the Old Homestead.  one word Chic!  Don’t make me list the things I love: Shiplap, appliances, stools, rafters, lights….

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I’m in the market for a new kitchen and bathroom, and these images are my inspiration.  A great way to get your head around the look you want for a new space is to pull images of rooms you like.  The pictures don’t have to be exactly what you think you want, or the same configuration you have to design, they are meant to borrow ideas from, to fine tune your likes and hobble together your own style by picking and choosing elements that speak to  you. imageimageimageimageClearly, I like a goose neck faucet with a “Chicago style” above counter valve.  These images also suggest I’m headed to a slab backsplash (swoon) and white cabinets with inset doors.  There many other details to iron out, but thats a good start.image

Nice doors! and, shot doesn’t love a footed vanity? image

This Floor is to die for!image

I’m not sure this sink is for me, but theres a lot here I like. image

That sink again… it’s still a no, I need a counter top.

Its not the first time, and I promise it won’t be the last time I blog about white kitchens and bathrooms…  whats not to like?!?  But, I will leave it there for now.  Happy decorating!

Take a Seat

February 28, 2016

imageThere is nothing like a comfortable place to relax, be it a fresh white kitchen or a dark sexy den… the one thing that remains constant is the comfort of a welt built, well proportioned piece of upholstery. I love a built-in banquette, they are cozy and allow for the comfort and long lounging we all crave in places like a kitchen.  I’d be sitting in one right now with a cup of coffee wring this blog, if I had a banquette.  image Read the rest of this entry »

Let them (me) eat CAKE!

January 16, 2016

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Who doesn’t love cake? Always They festive cakes are only made better by adding sprinkles.  Happy & sweet, sprinkles harken back to a simpler time, they are an old-timey decoration that is back with a vengeance.  I’m just going to put it out there that 1. I’m on a diet, so of course I’m obsessing about Cake (and all the other things I shouldn’t be eating) and 2. I have a big birthday is coming up this summer so I’ve started to think about what the celebration might look like… And it looks like CAKE! Cake with sprinkles that is. I love Cake. A lot.

I feel like a big birthday is the perfect time to go way over the top. Weddings have to be classy but birthdays should be festive.  So I’m going to plan out the cake of all cakes! I definitely going with a multi tiered cake. But first, the interior: One should have multi-colored cake layers, this will be for the guests.  I’d like one with sprinkles in the cake (for leftovers) and maybe the top tier chocolate. I’ll take the top tier as my own personal mini cake please! Could you put a Barbie in it?!

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So there definitely has to be a Sprinkles layer like this one!  Arn’t they fun? Next, because it would balance the other tiers, a white layer with flowers – because cakes have flowers on them.  And then a frosted layer, with a design of some sort like the zig zag inspired by Missoni or maybe a paisley motif. Thats four tiers so maybe there should be a Red Velvet  tier, because the color would be so good with all the other colors.

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Now, all I have to do is hope my husband see’s this post and remembers it in time to order it up for me.  Don’t worry I’ll be sure to remind him : )  I’m also not above ordering my own cake.

White Kitchens

January 13, 2016

I’m still a fan.  I love white kitchens.  I am convinced that in time we will look back on what is trending now (grey cabinets, brass pulls and faucets especially) and remark at how “Two Thousand Teens” they look.  Stained cabinetry has certainly had it’s fair share of stepping in and out of the spot light over the last several decades, our on again off again love affair with stained cabinets is always fleeting or coming back… I prefer it stay in the past.  The kitchen should feel clean, bright crisp and fresh.  If you want to feel like your in a wood paneled den… GO IN THE DEN.          f59f6025a4ca81f95c6cd64ff8194efeWhite kitchens with Carrera Marble is a classic combination.  Is the over use and the seemingly endless love affair going to die?  I’m going to say No!  Subway tile on the other hand and the overuse of bead-board has to have a shelf life and I for one think were due for a surge toward something different, something new, something fresh.  I am a fan of slab backsplash.  I love the clean unfussy, monolithic approach to a functional and clean environment.

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I know this last one isn’t a kitchen… but it’s cute.  And, I will admit this blog post feels a bit cautionary toward not falling into the trappings of what is trending so posting shiplap or horizontal boards is a bit contradictory.  It is peaking RIGHT NOW, I promise you that… But it’s a great look.  d31387195cc5fa66055881bd82a10396