Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Tunbridge Wells Shaker Kitchen

Today I wanted to show you a Tunbridge Wells Shaker Kitchen that stands out to be a little different than the rest! With most Shaker kitchens, the appliances are hidden behind painted doors to give a simple natural feel to the kitchen, but in this one they are out for all to see. I feel like they did a great job making this one a little different for those who would rather the appliances be out in the open. 

This kitchen is a mix of natural and contemporary but it feels so fresh! 

I am not usually one for open cabinets but these cabinets under the barstool area really make for great home decor as well as extra storage where there normally wouldn't be!

They did a great job maximizing this small space. With a lot of people downgrading on square footage in this economy, keeping it simple and working with the allotted space really makes a difference. 

They did a great job pairing these with great details like the countertop and farmhouse style sink. I also love that the pendant lights don't take away from the rest of the room but they bring a little character at the same time. 

These hand painted cupboards stand out to me, they look amazing! I also love how they almost just blend in with the wall. It makes it feel like they don't take up much space and it looks so clean.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When times get tough...

You know those times in life when you are trying to do so many things at once or get so many things done that you either fail or do poorly on all of them? Well, I'm having one of those week(s) Because you are trying to be a better boss or employee, you ultimately fall short of being the mother you want to be, all while still missing that deadline? Or because you want to be a better runner or yogi you fail at being the best wife you can be, and are still missing the 6 minute mile mark? Ultimately this all comes down to everyone having wayyy to much on your plate, so it's important occasionally to step back and readjust what parts of your life gets more weight. For me, it is always that I work too much, and the stress of that can seep in to and actually make me a not such great person to live with. Some people are good at compartmentalizing and separating work and other obligations from home life, but I'm not good at that, and I think working from home doesn't help either. I'm determined this week not to work after dinner, which is unheard of from me. Is there something you can take off your plate to make you better or at least more "present" for what really matters in your life? In the meantime, imagery of things I love or that have sentimental value to me really help me remember what's important.
The Outer Banks, where I spent many great vacations with my family and beloved dog, Cody- also where my husband and I were engaged!

Golden hour walks - even better with a loved one.
via Andrea & Renata

A silly dog - what better therapy is there?
via Pinterest

Future travel plans, for me, it's a cattle drive.
via Simply Marvelous

via The Bowery Presents
Thinking about the instant I knew I loved my husband.  It was much earlier than I usually love someone, and was during a Drive By Truckers concert at Terminal 5.  Patterson Hood was performing "World Of Hurt," and he shouted out "It's Great To Be Alive!" Chris shouted those lyrics out with him, and that's when I knew :)

Alright, sorry to get so personal on you guys- I just needed to release I guess!
Have a great week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Little Decorating Inspiration

Here are five decorating mantra's to live by that I found off of Pinterest and couldn't resist sharing!

1. The closer something is to your body, the better it should be. This argues for fine sheets and cheap drapes!

2. Surround yourself with quality, not clutter. Buy it once, buy it right!

So simple, clean, a minimalist' dream.

3. Every room needs something living: flowers, goldfish, a pet.

We love a white desk + pops of colors + fresh flowers. #sopretty #dreamdesk #dormify @dormify .

4. Honor the acts of daily living. If it's a habit, make it beautiful!

kvtes: “ explore-everywhere: “ westheritage: “ West Heritage x Sackcloth & Ashes The past couple of weeks, we’ve been in touch with a company from the PNW called Sackcloth & Ashes who makes handmade...

5. Life should sparkle. Every house needs bling!

Do you have any mantra's you live by?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bookshelves aren't just for books!

I love finding a creative way to use new things. In this case, using bookshelves for different purposes! Who wouldn't wan't a bookshelf full of shoes!?

Love this!! Shoes, bags and jewelry would work in this...10 Clever and Easy Ways to Organize Your Shoes

Want an island but don't have room for the traditional size? Grab a bookcase and a wood top! A skinny island that stores necessities so you won't even have to walk away from it while you are cooking!

Have a wood burning stove? Stack your wood and let it be part of the home decor! 

Woodstoves: Keeping You Warm as Leaves and Temperatures Fall

Maybe you are an indoor plant person, this next one will fit in your home for sure! 

Maybe use the metal shelving in the sunroom instead of the basement- use a dark, powdered finish and have nice wood shelves cut to fit. #makeitwork

Mix up your bookshelves and find new uses for them, you might be surprised at what you come up with!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dream Kitchens: Gleaming, Open, and Fully Loaded

One day when hubby and I are living in what we would hope to be our "forever home," I hope to have a kitchen just like one of these...

I don't see them very often but I really like wood counters.

Love the floors and ceiling!

Great for entertaining!

all kitchens by Martha O'Hara Interiors


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