pleasing pantries

September 30th, 2014

Beg your pardon while I pause to peruse these pictures of pleasant pantries :)

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pantry 5

pantry 6

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captivating kitchens

September 16th, 2014

As we continue our tour of sensational spaces, we move from the mudroom to the kitchen.  This is one of the most important rooms in your home – not just for daily function and family time, but as a major selling point for your house.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  durable/easy to clean materials, an efficient work triangle, and several layers of effective lighting.  Other details to consider include quality cabinetry, abundant storage opportunities, desk area for bill paying or homework, and well-suited for conversation/entertaining.

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marvelous mudrooms

September 2nd, 2014

I’ve been wrestling with writers block for months.  So rather than write, let’s explore some fantastic spaces, room by room.

Our adventure begins with what is typically the primary entrance to the home – the mudroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  durable/easy to clean surfaces, oodles of storage, and a strategy to stay organized.  I like a variety of open (shelves or cubbies) and closed storage (i.e. drawers, cabinets or closets) for easy to access items and the flexibility to hide my mess.

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another solid summer

August 19th, 2014

Months have passed since my last post.  I could have backdated this entry and no one would have been the wiser, but my guilt has got the best of me.

June came and went with bittersweet swiftness.  Aside from the customary hiking, kayaking, and household chores, June included an idyllic honeymoon vacation, out-of-state family visitors, and a reunion of monumental proportions (152 relatives, color coded by family - of course).  Sadly, June also marked the sudden passing of a dear friend and mentor.  ”We were but stones…. his light made us stars.”

July, as it so happens, seems to have passed with a unique velocity all it’s own.  It should come as no surprise that mourning a friend, working two jobs, and the brilliant blessing of a new puppy all equate to a month of blurred memories.

And so we find ourselves in August – but it’s not time to throw in the towel just yet.  Despite the early arrival of cooler temperatures, there is still time left to enjoy summer.

carpe diem

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here’s what’s hot – episode 5

June 13th, 2014

Last but not least, metal is also trending strongly these days.   Another classic element to design, metal is great for adding variety, sophistication, and a touch of sparkle to a space.  Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, but be mindful that different finishes may support or conflict with the character or vibe of a room.

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

here’s what’s hot – episode 4

May 23rd, 2014

Another hot trend for 2014 focuses on the beauty of natural wood.  Not only can this trend transition easily between styles, but it has the potential to be truly timeless.  Personally, I’m in love.

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

here’s what’s hot – episode 3

May 6th, 2014

Apparently “Vintage” is in… but was it ever out?  Regardless of whether you consider it vintage or retro, I call it classic.

The wildly popular TV series Mad Men may have increased visibility for vintage fashion and décor in recent years, but many contemporary retailers have delivered this aesthetic all along.  For example,  Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, and Mod Cloth all exemplify a vintage vibe.

pretty and simple

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

here’s what’s hot – episode 2, part 2

April 23rd, 2014

So… I realized my last post on geometric trends was very…  well, pointy.  Here are some other images to help illustrate this trend in greater detail.