If it weren’t for bloggers and Pinterest I would have absolutely zero clue what style of kitchen I’d want to design for our house. You’d probably see me featured on an HGTV episode giving everyone a good laugh with my home design naivete. Luckily, the internet. Right? Thank you internet for birthing Pinterest, and giving us bloggers a means to share our home interiors and the design processes, start to finish.
I’ve fallen in love with so many (like a ridiculous amount) of kitchens that I feared design paralysis. Instead of letting my love of every single amazing kitchen fog my visions, I thought of a method to narrow down the features I like most in my favorite kitchens. With this post I bring to you the 5 kitchens that most influenced the kitchen we’re designing for our house.
Let’s get to it:
ONE // CABINETRY
I’m a fan of simplicity and the whole idea that ‘less is more’, especially when it comes to a kitchen. I don’t want to regret my decisions 10 years from now, and as much as I love and admire certain trends like bold colored cabinetry or open shelving, in my kitchen, I need to keep things simple and clean.
TWO // COUNTERS
I don’t understand why so many people complain about high maintenance counter tops. I need my kitchen to be functional, but there’s no reason I should compromise function over beauty! If I’m going to spend $xx on counter tops, by George I’m going to take great care of those counter tops! If I have to seal my honed marble counters, I will do so with huge smile on my face because beautiful counters deserve to be taken care of. In all seriousness, even counter tops that are low maintenance require maintenance. In my opinion, if you opt for a counter that requires less maintenance, it will show. A well cared for kitchen lasts longer, honed marble or not! So anyway, I’m going for marble counters, I don’t care what they say.
THREE // SINK
FOUR // ISLAND
We don’t have a huge dining space in our house. We will be getting rid of our current dining table and downsizing to a table that seats 4 and will also incorporate seating at a kitchen island.
FIVE // HARDWARE & FIXTURES
Sarah’s kitchen is my dream kitchen. It’s so well designed and so amazingly executed. My heart skips a beat every time I see those pendant lights and cabinet pulls, so much so that you just might find them in our kitchen!
I love mixing things up with fun pillows, don’t you? Today I’m sharing a pretty cool tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make this chevron pillow from your favorite black and white striped fabric! My bets you have a stash somewhere at home, pull it out and let’s go!
Thank you everyone for all your great comments on the woven bench post! I already have some family members requesting that I make them a bench. It’s very encouraging, although I just might have to invest in a KregJig.
OH. And about that earthquake! Is everyone OK?? My grandpa owns a couple stores in Sonoma which got a little rattled, poor guy had to rally up a team of employees at 3:30 am to clean up before they opened. A friends brother’s garage floor cracked, some keepsakes broke at my Meemaw’s house, and my baby boy slept through the whole darn thing. It definitely woke me up, and motherhood has officially changed my outlook on earthquakes. I used to think they were no big deal, but this was the first time I really felt panicky that I couldn’t protect my baby from something, and I didn’t like that feeling one bit! My husband on the other hand, he just fell right back to sleep (ha!), but it seriously got me thinking that we need to fine tune our evacuation plan.
ANYWAY, back to today’s tutorial! You may have noticed a cute little leather handled tray sitting on that woven bench I made…
Maybe you didn’t, that’s OK! See it there now? So cute, right? Well it just happens to be world’s easiest project I made from my stash of leather scraps. If you remember, I made this pinwheel pillow and this camera strap also from leather scraps! Seriously, don’t toss your leather scraps or fabric remnants, chances are you can easily make something chic and sophisticated with them. I’ll be here all day encouraging you to do so
So anyway, this project started out with a need. I needed a tray of sorts by my bedside to corral all the random things – glass of water, hair clips, baby monitor, etc, you know, all those random things that make your bedside table look a mess? It was getting out of hand and I didn’t need yet another fancy $50 tray. Lo and behold I found this $5 fabric covered tray at Target (I can’t find it on the website, sorry!), and athough it was lovely enough in gray linen, I thought it needed a little dressing up.
Naturally the next thing I did was grab my trusty stash of leather scraps. Then, I measured and cut two 3/4″ x 6″ strips of leather to make two handles.
I cut triangles out of each end so that the handle resembles a little banner.
Using a leather hole punch, I punched one hole on each end of the strap.
I eyeballed where I wanted to place the leather strap on each side of the tray, grabbed my drill and drilled two holes using a bit about the same size diameter of a rivet.
I attached each handle with two rivets, I only had silver rivets on hand but brass rivets would look fantastic here too!
Super cute, right? And so easy? What’s funny is I originally needed this tray at my bedside but now it resides on our coffee table. I’m back at square one with a mess of a bedside table. Tell me, what do you use to corral your bedside randoms??
I love a good hack! I mean, who doesn’t? I saw this woven wrap bench from CB2 and… you know what happened, that thought that plagues all us DIYers danced in my head, ‘hey, I can make that!’ It’s an illness. You’ve got it, I’ve got it. There is no cure. Except money, maybe money is the cure? Sorry CB2, I can’t afford a $400 bench, so.. I’m gonna hack it? Why yes, yes I am.
Now, the take-away for any good hack is to not replicate it exactly. Make it your own in some way. I mean, unless you can hack it so exact it’s like a replica. I know my limitations and there’s no way I could hack those legs, so I took the essence of the wrap bench and made my version. Let’s go!
First, go to the banister/decking section of your home improvement store and get the 2″x2″ pieces of redwood. I tried using the 2″x2″s in the regular wood section before in a different project and they just splintered on me. Do I know what I’m doing? Probably not. What kind of wood is in the regular wood section? Not sure! I am absolutely not a woodsmith, and I’m not going to pretend to be! I’m sure there are fancy tools that I should be using to prevent splitting wood, but alas I’m impatient and I just want to build things with my drill and miter saw. I bought 5 of the 2″x2″s in the decking section. I forget how long they are, 48″?
You will need to cut the following:
2 pieces of 45″ 2″x2″
4 pieces of 16″ 2″x2″
2 pieces of 14″ 2″x2″
Also, grab two bundles of 200ft clothesline. You might think one is enough, it’s not, so save yourself a trip back to the store and grab 2! I also grabbed one spool of neon coral cord, which is in the same section as the clothesline and chain and stuff.
I wanted the legs to be a bit fancy, but I couldn’t figure out how to cut the angle on my miter saw for the life of me, so I measured 5″ up each 16″ leg, then 3/4″ in on the bottom, and cut along this line using my jig saw (see pic below). I followed this step with a light sanding.
Next, and this is where I truly show my lack of woodsmithing skills, I clamped the 16″ legs and 14″ side pieces to my dining table (LOL right?) and drilled them together with wood screws. The correct way to do this would be to use a KregJig or some pocket-hole system, however I don’t have a KregJig, so I just screwed them together from the sides. I would also recommend filling these holes with stainable wood filler, which I obviously didn’t do because I forgot to buy some. I can only take so many trips back to the store for one project.
Once the stain was completely dry, I went right on to weaving the clothesline over and under, back and forth, all the way along the bench. Just make sure you pull very tight! I tied the ends of the clothesline to one another by threading the clothesline that ended at right end of the bench back through to the starting side, if that makes sense. The knot fell somewhere in the middle of the bench.
I LOVE IT! Really! Even though I fail at screwing wood together “properly”, I actually love how this bench turned out. Believe it or not, it does hold my weight! Although I didn’t make this for sitting, I’m showcasing this bench as our coffee table, since our living room has been sans coffee table since we moved in back in April! This bench would also look fab in front of a bed, under a window, or in an entryway!
It’s no secret I like making pillows from scratch. I’m sure it’s the miser in me, I can’t afford to buy new pillows as often as I feel like changing them out, so I make them. I’ve had a few flops, but I’m quite pleased with my latest pillow creation so naturally I have a tutorial for you!
The steps are a cinch, promise!
STEP 1 | Measure and cut yourself a square pattern measuring 20″x20″, preferably from a large piece of paper like Kraft or butcher paper
STEP 2 | Fold your 20″x20″ paper pattern in half corner to corner (AB to EF), then fold in half again, and fold in half one final time to get your single pinwheel triangle pattern
STEP 3 | Trace & cut various fabrics of choice, I chose 2 pieces of leather hide (left over from the project I did with the Leather Hide Store), 2 pieces of metallic gold fabric, and 2 pieces of beige vegan leather. Lay your triangle pieces of fabric out to visualize the layout, like so:
STEP 4 | Sew together each corner quadrant, A & B, C & D, E & F, G & H
STEP 5 | Sew the quadrants together to make two halves, AB & CD, then EF & GH
STEP 6 | Sew the halves together to make your full pillow front, ABCD & EFGH
STEP 7 | Sew your pillow front to the backside fabric of your choice. I chose to do a solid backside from the same beige vegan leather used in the front side. You can choose to add a zipper or not, I chose not to add a zipper. I sewed 3 full sides and the fourth side I left about a 4 inch opening, turned the fabric right side out, stuffed with pillow fluff, and closed the 4-inch opening by running it through my sewing machine.
There you have it! It’s not as complicated as it looks, no? I really loved how this pillow turned out, it looks good almost anywhere in my house!
No joke, I’ve spent approximately 20 hours the last week or so scouring the internets for the perfect wallpaper, so I thought I’d share ten of my favorites! I’m strongly considering something floral for our bedroom, I don’t think my husband knows this yet so shh, don’t tell him!
Well, here they are, clockwise, starting top left:
They’re all so good it’s hard to choose a favorite! I’ll admit, I’m most smitten with the air plant wallpaper, it’s so charming! However I’m leaning towards something classic yet colorfully bold. I haven’t made a decision yet, which would you choose???
Until now all four corners in my living room have been pretty meh. When we moved in I threw a Billy bookcase against a wall and pretty much just unpacked every accessory box we had and used the bookcase as accessory storage. It was messy and looked hoarder-ish at best. The second thing I did, which was a total disaster, was unpack ALL my throw pillows and threw them on the sofa. I’m not kidding, I had like 20 throw pillows on my sofa for almost two months! I did have a reason for it at one point – I was 9 months pregnant and needed to surround myself with pillows in order to be comfortable – but that didn’t last very long because soon I couldn’t sit on the sofa at all and sat mostly on the ground and used the sofa as back support. It’s embarrassing that I let all my pillows take over my living room. We even had company over when our sofa was in that state! I’ve blocked out the memories.
Well, I FINALLY cleared our sofa of said pillows, like all of them. I couldn’t take it anymore so shoved them all in bags and put them in storage. I wanted to start fresh, so I went to the fabric store and bought 2 yards of navy velvet and made two pillow covers. It took a couple days and some strategic nap time planning but I was able to make both covers during one of baby Zano’s naps, which I shamelessly pat myself on the back for accomplishing since sewing velvet is the worst. thing. ever. Have you tried it? It’s dumb.
I firmly believe every sofa needs at least one velvet pillow regardless of season. Velvet is visually stimulating, it’s interesting and warm and photographs really well. If sewing your own velvet pillows stresses you out like it does to me, World Market sells a bunch of velvet pillows at the best prices, I’m talking navy, aqua, coral to name a few.
So far I’m pleased with the progress of our living room, decor wise that is. I just bought some white paint, soon we’ll be saying adios to those beige walls! I can’t wait!
Sources: gold lamp: Land of Nod | portrait: vintage | gold ring display: DIY | “A” bookend: Marshall’s | tripod lamp: gifted, similar here or here | color block pillow: Target | pink ombre pillow: Target (in-store clearance item, couldn’t find on website) | snow leopard chair: reupholstered Craigslist find | faux sheepskin: Ikea | Sofa: Macy’s
Hello! I’m very excited to share with you today our patio redux challenge is officially live on The Home Depot’s The Apron Blog! I was 9 1/2 month’s pregnant when The Home Depot reached out to see if I’d be down for the challenge, obviously I said ‘heck yeah!’ not realizing what it’d be like to tow a 3-week old around. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t bad at all! My husband played with the baby while I got my refresh on. We’re a good team
I can’t help myself, once I finish a space I just gotta put the space to use and show you how we have a good time! It’s officially summer so naturally I threw a s’more party to celebrate the refresh of our patio space we designed last Spring. Check out all the fun pics and details over at The Apron Blog.
Happy Wednesday! Is it me or does it feel like the first few days of the week always pass so quickly?
Anyway, I wanted to share with you a sneak peek into the next installment of The Home Depot Style Challenge! I’m very excited to be a participant again next to some super talents. A full fledged redo wasn’t necessary this time around. The task is to spruce up our spaces that we made over last year. We wanted to answer the questions like ‘how did our patio sets hold up after a year?’ or ‘is painting concrete worth it?’. Of course the answer is – design is always worth it. But really, you’ll have to keep an eye out on The Apron Blog for the reveal of our spruced up patio spaces!
Today is my last day of work! Whaaat!
In celebration of transitioning working from office to home, I put together a few glamorous desk accessories that I’m considering for my home office. ‘Home office’ sounds super fancy, right? In reality it’s just a plain ol’ desk in my bedroom, which I usually never sit at because our couch is sooo much more comfortable for this pregnant girl right here. I’m determined to actually use my desk, and what better method to lure myself then deck it out with these gold accessories?
It totally feels weird that today is my last work day and weird that motherhood is just around the corner. It’s weird that I wont have to think about debits and credits for a while, and that my entire focus will be on a small human being. I’m just so used a long commute, full day’s work, and only caring for my pups, oh and husband of course
I want to make sure we’re clear on blog expectations here! I’m not going to get all ‘mommy blog’ on y’all, but it’s definitely what’s happening to me right now and I can’t help but share these changes with you. I’ll be going thru an entire design and DIY process as we work on the nursery, which will be a ton of fun, so hopefully you’ll stick around!