So sorry for my absenteeism! After arriving back to Dallas from Jackson Hole I was a little overwhelmed with cramming in 10 days of kitchen renovation makeup work before leaving to visit my sisters on Cape Cod.
With the cabinets and trim now in place painting has officially started. Biggest issue was the TYPE of paint to use, I always try to implement green and/or eco-friendly décor options when available but paint is tricky. Low/No-VOC paints are awful options for wood work like trim and cabinets as it can chip and peel after a few years and tends to have a watery runny appearance. When I suggested it, my contractor was all…
So I reluctantly settled with the traditional version of Ben Moore’s Dove White, but wait!! I met a painter while looking at paint samples who suggested I try Ben Moore’s Advance paint, which is low VOC but different from your traditional mix because its waterborne NOT water based. I bought a pint and had the painter whip up a sample and it looked great – even our contractor approved! Fingers crossed it looks ok – will be home in about 2 weeks to check it out myself, will keep you posted.
I was quite happy to leave behind 100+ weather in Dallas to head to the beach. We are staying in my sisters guest house right on the water in the Town of Centerville. Her home has gorgeous views of the ocean and the river – I love sleeping with the windows open and falling asleep to sound of the waves. Her house is a traditional Cape shingle style home with enormous hydrangea bushes in a beautiful Merlot color right out front, neither of which you would see in Dallas. Here are some gorgeous images of Cape homes that I find to be tranquil and traditional, capturing the essence of the architecture down here:
One of the areas most sought after architects, Patrick Ahearn, is responsible for the two gorgeous homes below on the Cape and Islands – his work is exquisite!
A lovely barn by Patrick Ahearn as well….
Do any of you tune in to PlumTV?? We have close family friends who are part of the production team and I happened to find this clip about Patrick Ahearn on a Plum Homes segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuOLKIeWtHE – if you are interested in his style its worth a look!
Hope everyone is having a great week!
We are going to have some extra wall space leading from the kitchen into the family room and I had been toying with hanging up some art work, possibly a decorative plate display but now I have moved on to wallpaper. There is something about the way wallpaper can add a touch of warmth and sophistication to a room that I love.
Now that our color scheme has changed some with the incorporation of gray paint on the island and butlers panty I’m thrown a bit as far what direction I would want to take concerning wallpaper as I am always drawn towards blue. If I was working with straight blue and white picking out a paper would be much easier but now I have to make sure it compliments the gray.
I think Quadrille has some beautiful options for a white and gray kitchen along with options from Katie Ridder and Farrow and Ball.
Here are some kitchens that I think really show case wallpaper well:
I think this Quadrille China Seas print is a fantastic addition to this blue and white kitchen.
This image is from a close friends home here in Dallas, I adore the yellow Clarence House Vases print wallpaper and blue upholstered combo and think along with her decorator she did an amazing job with this space.
Image via House of Fifty.
I love the use of larger prints in kitchens and think this look could be achieved as well with something like Katie Ridders leaf print in gray for our empty wall space.
Tory Burch’s breakfast nook really makes a statement with this strong Quadrille Arbre de Matisse Reverse print in French Blue. It’s a little over the top for me but I do think it’s a great print. Below is a similar more subtle print.
I think the small prints above could look nice as well in our kitchen in lighter shades, either in Quadrilles Lysette (in tan) or Arbre de Matisse Reverse (in white on white):
Here is another nice use of a larger wallpaper print by Farrow and Ball using their popular Lotus print.
I think this print in a light gray would look nice as well.
Although the below look would be way outside the realm of possible with a man in my house I do love this bold bright pink kitchen, I can see it in a little beach bungalow in California.
Over the weekend we went and picked out the marble we will be using for our kitchen countertops and island. I had originally pictured our kitchen all white but after looking at slab after slab of marble I found myself drawn to one that was streaked with a lot of gray called venatino carrara.
Its changed how I see our kitchen and I now think adding in this gray tone will provide some depth to the space. I’m also thinking of painting the island a complementary color gray or even blue to bring out the colors in the marble. Our kitchen island will be pretty basic: sink, trash space, dishwasher and room for counter stools – nothing fancy but from what I have read, seen in person as well as on pinterest (after weeding through a million banana bread recipes, why is everyone obsessed with banana bread on pinterest?) I see that people are stepping up their islands with high-tech water filtration systems, steam drawers, hidden bookshelves and flat screens, etc. I’m open to hearing how we can bring our island to the next level so if anyone has any suggestions let me know!
Here are a few kitchen islands that I think are beautiful as well as a couple that step it up past basic:
I love this kitchen, everything from the honed Calacatta marble to the walnut island countertop and gray painted island keep this kitchen looking interesting.
I like the idea of blue for an island as well, although this might be too light for our space. The gray above is just subtle enough that it makes a statement without screaming for attention.
The above two images show off some space saving examples for kitchens that need some extra storage. I love that antique Italian etagere which stands atop the kitchen island as well as a wine fridge making the most of the space they have.
This is a little too tricked out and I’m pretty sure my husband would be horrified by a flat screen featured like this in an island so I had to include it – of course this is an image from a home here in Dallas (via Traditional Home).
Hope everyone has a great week!
Our house is littered with tiny shabby chic chandeliers with a million crystals courtesy of the old owners. We think at one point there were some nice fixtures up but once they listed the house they switched them out so they didn’t have to negotiate taking them when the house sold… or maybe lighting wasnt a priority…
For a while we lived with the crystals than one day my husband finally had enough and shook the chandeliers until the crystals fell out, well not really but he wasnt exactly graceful about it. So for a while now we have had tiny chandeliers with open holes where the crystals used to be. Not sure which was worse.
First shabby chic chandelier to go is the one in the dining / kitchen eating area room. Since we are going to move forward with more modern dining chairs and keep the farmhouse table I want to find a fixture that reflects this coupling, so something modern with traditional undertones.
Below are a few images of fixtures I have found that might help achieve that vision.
First fixture type is the drum pendant:
I love the look of that first dining area with the farmhouse table, chalk board walls and drum pendants. It’s a nice space yet causal and inviting, perfect for a kid friendly eating area off the kitchen.
Next fixture type is a more modern updated chandelier:
I think the large Bryant chandelier from circa lighting is always a good choice for a more casual eating area, I love its simple clean lines.
I feel the same about Arteriors Auburn chandelier, just wondering without the small shades if the light will be soft enough.
As less safe option would be a glass murano chandelier.
I think murano chandeliers are beautiful just not sure its the right look for our dining room.
Then there is always the good old lantern… I just love Oomph’s palo alto lantern in navy.
Are you drawn to any one of these fixtures more than another? Thankfully I don’t have to make any decisions now, one of the items I can put on the back-burner until our kitchen is complete.
Hope everyone is having a great week!!