Tuesday’s Tips: pedestal sink storage

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Pedestal sinks are nice in small bathrooms because it frees up floor space and doesn’t have the bulk of a cabinet. However you lose needed storage so this post has a few ideas to help make the lack of surface space more functional. You can hang a glass floating shelf for daily needs…

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You can squeeze a shelving unit in the space…
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You can hide baskets or unsightly items behind a skirt…

{Images via House Beautiful, Blair Harris as seen on Elements of Style}

A home and blog with nothing but black and white…

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Color schemes. Well for the most part at least. When I first came across Stylizimo Blog, I literally went page by page in the archives. It’s just that good. I like the poster size art which I’m slowly incorporating in my own home. I like them for the large scale and you can find inexpensive prints at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby…

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Pretty kitchen styling…

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See more shoe storage ideas here..

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**new series** Kitchen Options: Farmhouse Sinks

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I pin so many images to my kitchen pinterest board that I figured I’d start a new series about different options because frankly, there are a ton. First up farmhouse sinks…

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I love the modern look of a slanted front above. Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron fronts because of the exposed frontal part, are typically a single basin. I like them because they flow into all design styles and not just country kitchens. They are very deep and great if you do a lot of cooking and need to scrub tall pots. The depth also reduces water splashes…

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Farmhouse sinks come in a variety of finishes. I personally like copper most but you can also get them in stainless steel, bronze, fireclay, porcelain, cast iron etc. Kohler even carries decorative apron styles…

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The roman shade is a nice classic option for kitchens as well. This area above may be in a butler’s pantry because of the wine cabinets below….

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Tuesday’s Tips: white kitchen problems…

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I like this little kitchen but here’s what I would do to give it more life: if I didn’t want to paint the walls or if this was a rental where painting wasn’t allowed, I would use adhesive temporary wallpaper in a dark color like black where the built-ins are so that the white and clear dishware contrasts. I like the start of adding a bold graphic rug, and I would carry that into any towels. Even setting a hand towel on the counter under a decorative chopping board could help in adding color to a white space. I would also use black blinds or have some sort of a valance to tie it all together. I would add a clear vase on the shelf with black sand from a craft store and put some green faux suscselents in it. Adding greenery and plants liven any home or area. If I wanted more color, I would swap out some of the gadgets and buy a bold tea kettle, or paint the wood handles on the knives. Using colorful jars to store utensils like spatulas or dishbrushes can bring the color you need. Lastly there appears to be enough wall space to add a small colorful framed print.

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Nautical Industrial Living Room Design

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’ve been thinking about nautical design in a non beachy way. Something more masculine and industrial in a color scheme you typically don’t see. You don’t see navys or red hues or aqua and tan instead gunmetal, charcoal gray, black and white is the palette. I wanted to mix metals & steel with chrome elements to give that warehouse vibe but also bring in sealife decor for the sofa (love the octapus and crab pillows) and bookcase. The caged light pendants and tripod spotlight is very urban. I also wanted some natural wood and rope textures to tie in the nautical look. This would be a nice design for a loft overlooking a shoreline somewhere. What do you think?

{pillows, caged light pendant, bar cart, anchor, metal lamp, rope handled tray}

Monday Morning Inspiration 6.9.14

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I have been beating myself up because I haven’t been as productive as I should. Nice weather kind of trumps getting anything done but this week I am not going to allow myself time for leisure until I cross off some main things from my task list. One thing that has slacked is my blogging. I will get it back together one of these days. I still have to share the sweet sixteen party I styled a few weeks ago. Anyhoo, cheers to a productive week!

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All images with the exception of the quote came from the tumblr page of Neiman Marcus showcasing their products.


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Bathroom virtual design…

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I know….another bathroom post for the week. My friend in Atlanta wanted a virtual design for her guest bathroom. She already purchased this vanity and a matching cabinet. After consulting with her and finding out the light fixture she purchased was in bronze,  I came up with these options to choose from. I wanted the rest of the fixture and hardware options to be in the same metal as the light. I gave her three potential color schemes to go with. I also advised her to remove the builder basic mirror and replace with a decorative mirror. You can find some sizeable mirrors at Marshalls, Tjmaxx and Homegoods for as low as $24. I also gave her some tile options. Did you know Home Depot has adhesive tile that has an easy installation and can be removed with a hair dryer? The subway tile and mosaic tile in the last design are adhesive. It’s great mess-free update for those who rent and can’t do anything permanent. To help aide in her decision I gave her sources, paint colors and some drawings to show her how to style it. Which design would you pick?

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Bathrooms with black walls….

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You know black is my favorite color and though I wouldn’t want the walls of a lone bathroom black, I wouldn’t mind having one if I had several bathrooms to design. There is something so dramatic about a powder room that’s moody and bold in dark walls or wallpaper. Whether paint or tile, you will see the boldness is in full bathrooms in this post.

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