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Fireplace Wall Design Ideas

August 10, 2019

Mike and I are in the fireplace wall design stage for the new home. I like to get a few ideas together to show Mike to help narrow down our final decision. (There is no way he is going to stand there and look at all the different photos I look at!). Although I loved our NH fireplace:

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I think I want something clean and minimal like the rest of the house will be. Although, a stone fireplace is beautiful:

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So many different colors and textures of stone!:Read More

Inspiring Ideas For Kitchen Counter Styling

August 3, 2019

Looking for a fresh look in your kitchen? Sometimes just mixing things up and rearranging items on the counters can make a huge difference:

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Start by taking EVERYTHING off of your counter tops. Then add your appliances you need to keep out and then style it pretty!

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Accessories such as chairs in a wood grain is a beautiful textural element in the kitchen especially if it is all-white kitchen. Also use wooden cutting boards in various shapes and sizes for a beautiful look:

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And a simple tray works well corralling in your smaller items. I posted about kitchen decorating with trays here and here:

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You can bring life into any kitchen by adding a potted plant or fresh flowers to your counter:

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Or succulents:

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Or a little herb garden:

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My best tip when styling is to be sure not to add so much that the counter top looks cluttered. Love this simplicity, don’t you?:

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It allows you to have room and space to spread things out to cook and work on.

Cookbooks can be a great way to bring a little bit of color into your kitchen too!

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A collection of vases at varying heights is an easy and inexpensive way to make a statement. They look so nice with a mix of flowers in the kitchen, (and everywhere else too!)

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Another great way to bring softness into the space along with window treatments is with pretty kitchen tea towels:

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Hope this gave you a few inspirational ideas to use in your home. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, make it beautiful for you!

And yes, I do use affiliate links at times and if you purchase anything, I make a little profit. A win-win for both of us!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

A Beautiful Exterior Transformation With Before & After Photos

July 27, 2019

It has been a busy season for me with exterior paint color consultations and I really enjoy helping with color questions.  I especially love when the client sends me AFTER photos! Like my new friend Bethany who wrote asking if I would help her select paint colors for her home’s exterior:

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Beth first wrote that she found me on Pinterest. She was ready to paint over the brick and needed a little color help. I told her that it is always harder to choose color for your own home! Isn’t that so true? She was actually getting her home ready to sell and wanted to brighten it up a bit. Here is the before:Read More

Pendant Lighting

July 13, 2019

Hey everyone! Mike and I have been busy moving forward with plans on our new home. We are now working on electrical and lighting. There are ALOT of lights we have to choose! We decided to start looking for lights for the kitchen first and  I thought over the island would be a good place to start.  Here are a few of my favorite pendant lights I found.

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Shades of Light:

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Or this:

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I have noticed more kitchens displaying two larger lights instead of the traditional  three:Read More

Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

June 22, 2019

I have noticed a growing trend in darker exterior trim paint colors.  More often than not, instead of the usual  question of which white to use for trim, now everyone wants the darker colors for their trim.

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I think it adds character and charm when painting your window trim and architectural details in a darker contrasting accent color.

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So cute! I think they nailed the color combo perfectly in this photo above.

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Dark colored trim also make a house look more substantial, more detailed, more interesting.

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The darker trim colors  are usually a dark gray or dark brown, or a dark gray/brown such as SW 7048 Urbane Bronze. A beautiful color:

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And I have also seen dark blue trim:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on using darker trim colors for contrast:

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Have a great summer weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Inspirational Ideas for Breakfast Nook

June 8, 2019

Hey everyone! I have been wanting to post but have been super busy lately with client color/decorating consultations and planning our new home! We have so many decisions that have to be made, interior and exterior. Everything from interior doors, stone on the outside, pantry room, lighting, facets, tile, countertops, hardwood flooring, appliances, and so much more. Fun and exciting but stressful too!

One of my dream requests for the new house, is that I would love a sunny, bright breakfast area. A place to enjoy sitting in the morning and during the day. So that is what I am working on right now, (although the contractor thinks I am planning where to put light switches! haha

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On our house plans,  the breakfast nook area is 13’ x 10’. It is part of the kitchen with windows all around. I haven’t decided for sure if I am putting in a bench along the window:

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Strike that last thought- I would love a bench against the back window!

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We decided against having a dining room because it just would not get used very often so why take up the space. We are more kitchen hang-out people.

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Here is another great idea- how about wall papering the inside between the windows? How pretty it looks:

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This space below is so perfect to me. I think I found my inspiration for my dream breakfast nook:

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I have a whole Pinterest board here on kitchen nook ideas if you would like to see more inspirational photos!

Do you have a breakfast nook? Do you love it? If not, why?

Thanks everyone! Until next time. I hope you have a wonderful, sunny weekend!

 

Kelly

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