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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Open Shelving

See the two floating shelves in our (not quite finished) kitchen?

While my little guy was napping yesterday, I decided it was about time that blank space was filled in!

Not wanting to spend any money on this project, I "shopped" my cupboards for things I had on hand.

It's fun to have a little spot to arrange and rearrange as I please! While this arrangement works for now, there are a few things that I wouldn't mind adding to the shelves someday.

These bowls from West Elm have been on my mind for some time now!

West Elm Modernist Bowls
In the mornings, Cam and I tend to hang out at the counter while eating breakfast and drinking coffee, so these shelves would be a convenient place for a stack of colorful bowls.

Is it strange to read cookbooks like they're a novel? Because I do!
A few that I would love to add to my collection:

Jamie Oliver

Barefoot Contessa 

Barefoot Contessa

For now, I'm happy with having a few things on display in my kitchen. It makes the room feel a little more finished!
Thursday, April 12, 2012

the best

Painting happens frequently around our house, so I can say with experience that Purdy brushes are my favorite! They're the only ones I'll use when cutting in on our walls.

To be frank, they are not cheap. However, if you take good care of them, they will last a really long time.

If you have a large volume of painting to do, or if you're looking for a tool to make the job easier, invest in a couple of these brushes. For cutting in, a nylon/polyester 2 or 2.5 inch brush width works well. I also like the 1.5 inch brush for tight spots. Be aware that certain brushes are intended to be used with particular types of paint.

Here are links to brushes for oil, latex, or both paint types:
-Oil based paints (enamels, stains & varnishes)
-Latex paints
-Oil & latex

Want to know how to make your brush last?  Here are a couple tips:
(Note: these tips are for working with water based paint only. Other paints require different cleaning supplies and procedures.)

NOTE: Opinions are my own, I wasn't paid/sponsored for this post.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

What's not to love?

If I could cut and paste a room right into our house right now, this would be the one.

While in Canada last week, I treated myself to a few of my favorite glossy (Canadian!) magazines. I found myself drawn to this spread in Style At Home featuring designer Meredith Heron's home.

There is just so much to like about it!

What makes this space perfect? A few things stand out:
-A mix of furniture styles: Mid-century chairs next to a traditional sofa and stools.
-The limited color palate: Neutrals allow the navy and coral accent colors to stand out, without competing.
-Layers of pattern: Using fabrics with both large and small scale prints make the room come together.

The master bedroom is equally stunning with the dark walls and pretty accents.

So pretty! It's almost tempting me to try painting our master bedroom a rich dark color like this. It has yet to be painted at all. Would you? What do you love (or not) about these rooms?

What's inspiring you these days?