Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bring the outdoor in: sun-filled kitchens

If I had a beautiful view from my kitchen maybe I'd take the extra time to clean up after supper- or maybe not! But one thing is for sure, I'd enjoy sipping my coffee while staring out the window:)
Last weekend we went to a friend's new country place and the water access in the backyard made me drool. However while sitting at the kitchen table I realized that the house doesn't capitalize on the beautiful water view. There is a window above the sink that looks onto the water but the view is minimally visible from the rest of the kitchen. This got me thinking about what could be done to capitalize on the view- fellow renovation addicts will know the feeling of walking into someone's home and planning entire renovation projects for them- without them even asking!

Here are some inspirational kitchens that bring the outdoor in:

Now wipe the drool off your chin!


Monday, September 10, 2012

A passion for blue and white decor


One of my very favorite color schemes is blue and white. My office, dressing room and bathroom are predominantly decorated in blue and white- I had to stop myself from using this color scheme throughout the entire house! But I haven't been able to bring myself to paint a dark blue wall as in the third picture- isn't it stunning!
I think what attracts me is that the colors are timeless and classy and work with almost any style: modern, country, traditional, etc. Even the first image above with the modern patterned wallpaper won't go out of style because of the color combination. I'm not the only one loving this color combo, check out Carolyne Roehm's  dreamy book, A Passion for Blue & White.

My very favorite from the above images is the blue and white bathroom- stunning! Which is your favorite? 


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Which would you pick??? Area rug choices for our living room

There are so many area rugs I love! I just can't pick the style, pattern, or color for our living room rug. There are so many things to consider- the rug has to be able to mask baby spit up, dirty dog paws, and my husbands size 12 shoe prints!

Here are the finalists I'm considering. Which would you choose???
Radiante Hearts Beige Rug- USA rigs

Treasures Light Blue/Ivory Rog-

Tuscan Senele Tiles Seafoam Rug- USA rugs

Tuscon Trellis Grey Rug- USA Rugs
This rug is available at Home Sense- picture taken on my Ipod, which explains the poor quality.

Of course you'd need to know what my living room looks like before you make your choice, so here are some pictures of the space:

So all you decor lovers out there, which rug to you think would work best in my living room? any suggestions are greatly appreciated. 


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