Crushing on….

As we usher in Fall, I find myself drawn to updated interiors with warm, rustic elements. This blend of old and new is approachable and comforting. Want to achieve this look? Try warm wood moments, worn rugs, brass and vintage lighting. Take a peek at this of the moment look…

This island and that wall (below)! 
I adore everything about this

via Studio McGee
Get the look for yourself!

Command Central

We all know how crazy life can get, throw a few kids into the mix and it is pure insanity. The appointments, games, parties and paper work alone can make your head spin.
If you don’t have the space to create a super organized desk area in the kitchen similar to the three pictured here, you will need to carve out a smaller (or tiny) area in your kitchen to house all this “stuff” neatly. 
Here I’ve shared some inspiration and below is my little area that I plan to transform. My words of advice would be to keep it as simple as possible. Often when an area is over designed and too complicated it tends to get disorganized quickly. A tack board, message area, calendar, some pins and possibly an “in box” for mail should do the trick! I also like to keep items and a place to store push pins, staples, pens and paper clips close by.

Here is a picture of the sad little corner in my kitchen that I am going to turn into an area to organize my children’s monthly calendar of events, appointments, artwork, invites, recipes, etc. I’ll be sure to show the after photo. Below are some ideas and thoughts of where to purchase what you need.  I also like See Jane Work for items.
I find Pottery Barn has a good selection of wall organizers and pin boards. Purchase this here

This is similar to mine in the image above.
Purchase here

Framed cork board. (one piece)
Purchase here

Thoughts on home…Kitchen Update

Hello, hello..So I’ve put together a kitchen board. This pulls together my thoughts for the space. My goal was to incorporate both classic and modern elements. I prefer clean looking but functional kitchens!

The back splash tiles are in! Next up, is ordering and having the lighting installed!
I’m very happy with the Carrara marble and my faucet so far.
Here’s are the deets on the rest..

1. + 3.  I retained the cabinet boxes and am having new drawers and cabinet door fronts made. I went with a simple shaker style front and am going to use brass pulls. I was contemplating campaign style pulls (photo below) but I like to cook and move around the kitchen pretty quickly so I don’t think they’d be all that practical. Hardware source.

2. This is the faucet design I went with. I chose something classic. Mine is by Dado, but I can’t find it anywhere online. It looks almost exactly like this but it’s a little taller.

4. I chose honed Carrara marble for the countertops. It is not the most practical choice but so far I’m loving the look. I’m just sure not to keep my bottle of red wine on the counter top anymore!

5. Oops, that tile shifted on me. I went with white subway tile with a beveled edge. The bevel adds a bit more depth to the design and flat surface of the tile. This is where I saved some cash. I picked these up at Lowes for .49 cents each!!

6. I’m pretty sure I’m going with this pretty blown glass fixture. I’m going to place it above my dining table.

7. I’m using simple bamboo blinds and a drape on a brass rod over the sliding glass door. (which I’d eventually like to remove – the sliding glass door that it…)

8. I used a 12 x 24 slate like ceramic tile on the floor. I’m loving that too!

9. I own this white parsons table from West Elm. Unfortunately, they don’t carry “white” anymore.

10. I also own a vintage version of these Chippendale inspired bamboo chairs. I’ll be
spraying them black as soon as it gets warmer out.

11. I painted the inside of a large kitchen cabinet this pretty Emerald color. Clark+Kensington’s, Irish Dance 29D-4 (in stores this Spring). I’m going to have glass doors made for the front.

12. I’m ordering this pretty nickel pendant for over the sink. I know it looks a lot like the Hicks pendant but I keep gravitating towards the simple elegance.

I need new flatware. I think this is my final choice!

Image via (this looks so pretty)

Relaxed Living….

I’ve had a tile installer at my house for the past two days! He finished up my back splash and the little bathroom off of my bedroom. He was efficient as hell and I’m pretty happy with the results. (I’ll be sharing a kitchen design board with you next week!) I need to select the cabinet hardware this weekend. I’m pretty sure I’m going with brass. Speaking of renovations…. I came across this home renovation in Traditional Home yesterday while I was picking up the tiles. I usually use a little more color in my designs but I’m drawn to the relaxed feel and mix of modern and traditional elements. Life can get so chaotic sometimes, I dream of coming home to a finished, beautifully decorated home!
I love this entire dining area!!
I’d also love to powder my nose at this vanity table! Beautiful!

Thoughts on home – kitchen

This week my plan is to budget out my kitchen. I need to make some decisions on this space very soon. I don’t have a huge budget so this isn’t going to be my “dream kitchen” but on the flip side I’m a firm believer that you can make a space or design look amazing without breaking the bank!

Here are a few of my thoughts thus far.

I’m going with classic white cabinets. I figure I won’t tire of them and I am ultimately going for a fresh, clean look. I’m also thinking of adding an area where perhaps I paint the floor with a design in a high gloss finish. I’m not sold on this idea yet but I think it’d be a fun place to add a graphic. I would paint the design in deep charcoal and white. The charcoal shade will pick up the living room wall color next door to this space. I may just keep the bases of the cabinets and outfit them with new door fronts and a small section of drawers. This will save both time and money. I’ll then have them professionally sprayed a white color in a semi-gloss finish.  I also want to add a small bamboo fixture over the sink!

Kitchen by Meredith Heron
I just finished up working with a client on their kitchen design. It turned out beautifully! I’ll share the details when I have it professionally photographed. We used a goose neck faucet, I love how classic and clean they look. So this is a no-brainer decision for me. I’m going with a shiny nickel finish. Here are my favorite options.

Perrin and Rowe

Nickel – by Kohler

Counter Tops:
Simply put, I know Carrara marble counter tops are wildy popular and not overly practical but I just LOVE the way they look and they are not overly expensive. I’m 90% sure I’m going this route!

If you follow my blog than you’ve most likely figured out that I’m big on cohesion but don’t love a perfectly matched abode. That look doesn’t feel evolved enough for my creative brain or aesthetic. My faucet will be shiny nickel but I’m thinking of going with brass hardware. I’m currently loving this campaign style for the drawers. This image is a shot from Christine’s house of Bijou and Boheme blog. Her house is beautiful!!