Feminine living……thoughts on home

As I have mentioned, my goal to finish my home by the holidays.. (or almost finish it anyway). I figured I would take the advice I give to my own clients when they are feeling frazzled by their projects:  “Let’s finish the room(s) that you (or we) have started so you feel as though one space is finished.” This gives you both a clear sense direction and accomplishment!

My bedroom is almost finished. It only needs a few finishing touches so I have decided to wrap that up. The room will be the most feminine one in my home, besides my daughter’s bedroom.

It is a fairly calming space except for a slightly graphic rug. The colors I’ve used so far are shades of navy, pale pink, and white. There are feminine details that I am drawn to in all of these bedrooms and I too have used a oatmeal color linen bed and fairly neutral bedding. 

Thoughts on home…

With Fall approaching, I’m looking forward to focusing some of my energy and time on the inside of my home. Much like the cobbler anecdote, my projects tend to come last. I can’t really bare to spend the gorgeous weekends indoors on “home” projects during the summer months. When the weather turns raw and chilly I enjoy focusing on my house!!

This top image shows what I have done so far on my daughter Emerson’s room. I had custom pillows made along with Pottery Barn Kids bedding.(PB Kids is having a 60% off  Labor Day Sale) The walls are painted light pink in Clark+Kensington’s : Cherry Blossom 03D-1. It is a beautiful pale pink shade. The two images below are of my grandmother’s (we called her Memere) bed. She was a very special person and I’m looking forward to using her bed in my daughter’s room. Emmi and I chatted about her room this morning and we’ve decided to paint the bed a pretty yellow shade. I think the rug will be pink and white. Then all I have left to finish up is the artwork framing and selections. I am also adding two display shelves for her favorite books and accessories. I’ve also relocated an antique pine armoire to her room that didn’t work in mine. 

Inspiration photos
I’ve always had this image in my head. I’ll most likely use a yellow shade much like this! I think it will mix well with the bedding but also work with other shades should we (she) decide to change the color scheme later on. (Funny this picture is from Emerson Fry’s house. I love her clothing and this sweater for the Fall!)

This bed style is similar. I like the pineapple detail on my Memere’s bed though!

Thoughts on home – tiny bathroom!

I wanted to give you an update on my house. The kitchen is still in the works but the drawers are almost done. I have also ordered the lighting that I shared with you and I’m testing out the hardware selection. (It is always a good idea to order one piece of hardware and test out the scale and quality before committing to an entire order).
The tile has been installed in the tiny half bath off of my bedroom. I chose a well priced porcelain. I’ve also shared a couple of pictures of the tired, old space! It had not been updated since the house was built in 1972 – eek. We ripped out the toilet and the sink. I originally thought that I was going to paper this space in Rose Cumming’s : Zebrine but I’ve decided to hold off on the paper. I need to scale back on my expenses and can always add wallpaper at a later date if I’d like!! The next step is to clean up the bathroom, replace the old baseboard, paint the walls and add the items pictured above!
I purchased the simple sink, faucet and toilet. I hope to paint the bathroom next week. I’m going with either pink or navy. I’m leaning towards the pink. Although, I love navy walls I think the pink will feel fresher and more flattering. I’m sure I’ll be primping in this space. 😉
Above are my two design boards and below are the pictures of the space now – UGH!

the new tile 

1. I think I may go with this simple sconce. I’m leaving the existing wiring so it needs to be installed above the mirror.
2. Monogrammed towels add a personal touch
3. I’ve purchased a similar faucet to this classic Kohler one.
4. Small bathrooms and powder rooms look great when you add a one of a kind or unexpected mirror similar to this bamboo one. via Horchow (it’s 30% off today!)
5. Inexpensive pedestal sink via Lowes. (again I need to save $ someplace)
6. I’m adding a colorful piece of art onto the empty wall across from the doorway.

The color chosen will be from Clark+Kensington’s new color line! I’ll share the color name when I make the final choice!

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)

Thoughts on home…..Bar/Dining Area: “before”

The next area in my new home that I’m tackling is this far wall in the kitchen. It is next to the dining table. Right now it is basically a BLANK (boring) slate. I painted the walls Clark + Kensington’s “Illumination” (a new color due out in Spring 2014) it is a warm white shade with pale grey undertones. If you read my blog with any frequency then you’ll recall I painted the main room and hallway a deep charcoal color.  In contrast to that area I wanted the kitchen and sun porch area to be a crisp, light shade.

I’ve decided to hang my over sized tack board on the far left wall. (see inspiration image) It’ll be a great spot for invitations, inspirational photos, a calendar etc. I’m also going to paint the wall under the tack board with chalk board paint. It will create a little contrast but they are also pretty functional. (and fun for the kids). I have two metal bamboo chairs in black (plus six more that need a coat of paint). I’m planning to place those on either side of the marble table pictured above. This is also the area that I’m going to set up my bar. (cause this mama likes a pretty cocktail set up).

Finally, I’ve ordered simple bamboo shades and am contemplating ordering this handblown glass light fixture in shiny nickel. (if I go with the nickel, I’m purchasing brass pulls for the kitchen cabinets)….I’ll be sure to post the after pictures in a few weeks! I can’t share all the details because I may be collaborating with a website/blog to feature a “final” reveal! But I’d love to continue to share some sneak peeks with you!