Kitchen Cabinets and Carrera Marble

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I get restless with my house. I am constantly repainting, rearranging, and trying new things. My latest thing is that I want to change the paint color on our cabinets. We went with the traditional white kitchen with carrera marble counters when we renovated two years ago.

Well... I'm thinking I want the cabinets to have some color. My whole house has a blue-green scheme with hints of peach throughout. Carrera typically has a blue-green undertone, so you want the cabinet paint color to relate.

There are many options, but how perfect is Benjamin Moore's Fieldstone? Sally Wheat's kitchen that went viral a while back has been stuck in my mind!

Look how great it is in these spaces too:

Now, the only question is whether I should tackle this before or after the holidays...

Closet Thoughts

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

We have a small closet. We moved from a house with a walk-in closet and I miss it terribly. We did the best we could with our new small closet and bought a contraption from the Container Store. It's doing the job for now, but a spacious closet is definitely on the "must have" list for our next house.

I came across this picture of a closet by Pheobe Howard and fell in love.

Good natural lighting, lots of different kinds of storage (drawers, cabinets, etc), multiple sections of hanging areas, and a bench for putting on shoes. Perfect.

This led me to looking through my pinterest closet board to continue the dreaming:

This last one is a favorite. So organized!

Well, Hello.

Friday, November 15, 2013

I've been extremely MIA. I've been traveling a lot and very busy. Plus, we are now expecting our second child and I spent the first three months trying to make it through each day without falling over from exhaustion or succumbing to nausea. I'm beginning to get our lives back in order.

Yesterday, I spent some time uploading some new items to the shop. As you will see, I went a little grape crazy in a vintage store, but aren't they gorgeous? It truly is the accessories and details that bring a home together. Of course, that can be said for anything.

Don't you love the way they look in my brass pedestal bowl? (p.s. A pedestal bowl is one of the most versatile pieces you can own - display item, serving piece, vessel for flowers, etc.)

Check out that lovely pink patina. Gorgeous.

This could be a painting!

Sometimes I find things that are hard to give up. These grapes fall under that category. Also under that category is this pair of lamps. I died when I found them and thought about keeping them for our future playroom, but I don't know when that playroom will happen. I love anything striped, and the colors in these lamps make them very playful and fun.

 I can see them in a kid's room, in a colorful living room, at the beach, or in a room that's taking itself too seriously.

Anyway, I have a lot of things I want to share over the next few weeks, so don't give up on me. I'm baaack!

Toddler Bed Thoughts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lou has officially outgrown the crib. She climbed out a couple weeks ago, and she was very proud of it. We woke up to her standing beside our bed at 3am saying, "I climb crib!" You did, sweetie. You did.

I thought we had until Christmas, at the earliest, so I'm a little caught off guard! I originally planned to do a twin bed, and I've been collecting twin headboards over the last two years. Yes, I have three (technically four) headboards - one cane, a pair of bamboo, and one rattan. But, I have since realized that our small bedrooms mean that a twin bed would take out any play space she might have her in room. A toddler bed it is.

I love the look of the traditional Jenny Lind Toddler Bed from Land of Nod, but it's $400 and won't be available until November! Yikes.

And, of course Restoration Hardware has a stunning toddler bed, the Tate, but it's also $400. That's more than I'd like to spend for a temporary solution. But, it sure is pretty, isn't it?

I like the idea of a daybed so it can become a little sofa in her next (hopefully bigger) bedroom, or maybe a playroom down the road.

And then there's the DIY option from Ana White. Isn't it a dead ringer for the Tate bed from Restoration Hardware? Amazing! I'm so impressed by what people build through Ana White. 

I have handy aspirations, but let's just say my carpentry skills are limited, at best. Plus, I don't have the tools I need, which means more cost. 

So, it looks like I'm going the custom route. I have a great carpenter and I'm working on the design. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, does anyone thoughts or affordable ideas? (not Ikea because we don't live close to one, though they do have good options)

All photos on my pinterest page.

Rejuvenation Wall Light Sale

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Here's a PSA folks - Rejuvenation is having a sale on their gorgeous wall lights. I love their classic selection of lights, and I love that you can get them in many different finishes, and often your choice of light shades.

I've been thinking about a new wall light for my kitchen, replacing the sconces in our hall bath, and adding sconces to Lou's big girl room (sniff). I also want to replace our outdoor lights. I need to take advantage of this sale, right?

It's for a limited time. Stress!

New Store

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sorry for the silence, I've been busy setting up a new store for Perry Wade. Did you know we have a store? I hope so!

I moved it from a Big Cartel site to Etsy, mostly for the built-in audience. I'd love to hear any thoughts you have about Big Cartel vs. Etsy. Emily and I love to hunt for vintage items, but we only buy high-quality pieces that we would put in our own home. Etsy has a lot of, well, interesting things on it, but it also has some great finds.

You can find it all of this at our store on Etsy. I add things, including art, lamp finials, furniture, and home accessories, almost daily so keep checking in on it!

Fabric Stash: Alan Campbell for Quadrille's Potalla

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Exciting news from Perry Wade: every now and then, I have leftover fabric for one reason or another. I am a bit of a fabric fanatic so I sometimes hoard the pieces I get, but in the interest of sanity and saving space, I am going to offer you all an opportunity to buy designer fabrics for a fraction of the retail price. I'll call it Fabric Stash. I don't know how often it will happen, but keep your eye out!

First Fabric Stash is Quadrille's Potalla in the Salmon colorway. Remember when I featured it on Fabric Friday? Well, now you can have it!

This fabric would make an amazing settee, daybed, drapes, pillows, kitchen stools, X-benches, or a headboard. I have 7 yards at $65 a yard. Visit our store to buy.

Kitchen of the Week

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Refreshing to see a kitchen that isn't white. I love the green cabinets with the black counters and the black apron sinks. And the detailed glass cabinets? Gorgeous.

Finds: Ikea's Alex

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I joined pinterest a while ago - maybe three years ago? - when it was still in Beta mode. I was invited to join for my old blog, but I primarily used it to organize ideas for the house renovation we were undergoing at the time. This means I have a lot of old pictures, and followers who enjoy renovating. It's always interesting to me to see what people are re-pinning from my collection, and it's especially fun to see an old picture resurface.

This week, a bunch of people randomly re-pinned a picture I collected a couple years ago of the Ikea Alex. It was a timely reminder because organization is on my mind. We are moving my daughter into her big girl room, currently our office/guest room/collection room, and I need to figure out what to do with all the stuff.

The Alex seems like a good way to organize papers, artwork, and other documents, and a lot of people have done so in a stylish way. I might need to go to Ikea sometime soon...


Monday, September 9, 2013

Are you guys on I love it. It's quickly consuming more time than Pinterest. Don't get me wrong, I still love Pinterest, but Keep is a good way to separate inspiration photos from shopping finds. My inspiration photos and recipes stay on Pinterest, but my shopping wants are on Keep. More ways to stay organized? Sign me up!

It's a lot like Pinterest in that you have boards to keep your themed items. I have several boards - accessories, attire, children's clothing, chairs, toys, etc. If you are renovating, I can see this as a good way to keep track of tile or doors or any other purchases you need to make.

Here are some of the things I've "Kept" lately.

Follow me if you are on Keep or decide to join!

All pictures are on my Keep.

Kitchen of the Week

Thursday, September 5, 2013

This kitchen is gorgeous. It's a small kitchen that packs a lot of charm. Of course, I love the butcher block, open shelves, and bridge faucet that you see in so many kitchens, but the artwork and vintage pieces make it special. The propped up art and cutting boards make it feel casual and approachable. I also like the mix of materials - basket, pewter, glass, and pottery. Just gorgeous.

Photo from my pinterest page, via Cote de Texas.

Finds: The Loaded Trunk

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Loaded Trunk is one of my favorite sources for unique items. Roni, the owner of The Loaded Trunk, works with a tremendous network of global artists and craftsman to locate her great items. The artisans either make the item specifically for The Loaded Trunk, or she buys it form a local market.

She sells many of the textiles that are so popular right now - suzanis, kilims, tenangos - but she also stocks unique items that you might not find elsewhere.


Cool collection, huh? This doesn't even skim the surface! It's a great resource for finding unique treasures for your home.