Sunday, August 23, 2015


It is Sunday, and I am already dreading the work week ahead... I wish I could just design my week away and paint, diy, and stage all over my house.  My husband and I remodeled our kitchen and dining room when we first moved into our current home.  It was a crazy and intense project - I was 8 months pregnant with our second, our first had just started a new school, we were both working full-time and GC'd the entire project ourselves.  Mike and I crack a divorce joke whenever we talk about the project to anyone, and while we laugh about it now, we certainly were not laughing then.  It was h e l l...  As the project neared completion there were a few decisions made out of haste, as well as a very tight budget.  So I am always daydreaming of our possible next kitchen project and what I would do next time.  This is my love for design coming out...I love our kitchen, however, just want to do more and do it again.

This was the inspiration photo for our kitchen.  The Calacatta Gold Marble was a huge wish list item for me.  Unfortunately, it is much harder to find, and therefore much more expensive than Carrara time;).  The Hicks lights...ahhhh.... again next time.

This is another favorite of mine.  I love the uniqueness of the pieces here.  I would bet each piece has it's own story - and that is the kind of decorating I strive to attain with each of my projects.

I love love this chalk wall from Kristin at Hunted Interior.  I loved it so much - I did a mini version in my own kitchen.

Here is my own chalkboard version:

The marble in this design is pretty much everything.

image found via pinterest
This photo is just perfect in so many ways.  The open shelving, gold hardware, dark cabinets and the butcher block tops all jive in an industrial, chic way.

I was really pulling for the open shelving in our kitchen.  However, to be honest, I just didn't have the guts to go through with it more than a few in our corner that you can see in the above chalkboard pic.  Again next time...;).  Here is a beautiful open shelving concept.


Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week!


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