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Kitchen Remodel

We’ve been in our house for over a year now and there’s still so much work to be done until I feel it really captures our style (okay, mostly mine but The Husband’s totally okay with all my cutesy decor as long as I make sure to include some baseball stuff. And I have, voluntarily.) and feels more updated.

The biggest eyesore is our 1950s kitchen enveloped in knotty pine. It couldn’t be more outdated than if I were taking a horse and carriage to work.

Check out Interior Designer, Erinn Valencich’s Kitchen. (I also discussed Erinn here).

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We both live in the same area and her kitchen layout was identical to mine until she made some changes.

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Sometimes people have a difficult time envisioning what our kitchen would look like sanding away the knotty pine, but these images should help a ton.

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So much brighter and cheerier. If you look closer you can see the before picture up on the top right.

And to find out how Erinn approached this remodel, visit her blog here.

 

xx,

Irene

 

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Friday You're So Inspired by Color

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I’m quickly finding out that one of the elements that inspires me most is color. I look for unique color schemes everywhere I go and often find them in their natural form when walking, driving or traveling. I find some random color coincidentally mixed in with some other colors and say to myself, “I bet I could design a room based off these hues.”

If I would’ve been the designer behind this kitchen, perhaps my inspiration derived from a present packaged in deep, blue wrapping paper, white bow and orange tag.

Once my room is complete, I stand back and create an outfit.

Be on the lookout for appealing color schemes, apply them to your home, floral arrangements, or clothing and everyone will think you’re a color genius.

Happy Weekend,

Irene

images via Table Tonic, Zara and Chloe

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Friday You’re So Inspired by Color

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I’m quickly finding out that one of the elements that inspires me most is color. I look for unique color schemes everywhere I go and often find them in their natural form when walking, driving or traveling. I find some random color coincidentally mixed in with some other colors and say to myself, “I bet I could design a room based off these hues.”

If I would’ve been the designer behind this kitchen, perhaps my inspiration derived from a present packaged in deep, blue wrapping paper, white bow and orange tag.

Once my room is complete, I stand back and create an outfit.

Be on the lookout for appealing color schemes, apply them to your home, floral arrangements, or clothing and everyone will think you’re a color genius.

Happy Weekend,

Irene

images via Table Tonic, Zara and Chloe

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Kitchen Love

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As much as I’ve tried, I haven’t managed to dream of a white kitchen. Instead, I distract myself by daydreaming of one.  It’s always filled with white cabinetry and marble countertops.  The one pictured took my distraction to new heights. Turquoise has been my favorite color for almost a year now, so it’s no surprise this kitchen took my breath away. While trying to retrieve it, I looked for an area rug that I felt this kitchen needed. It’s too big for the space and probably not meant to be used in such a high traffic, greasy location but I love this rug so much, it’s been my go-to solution for most daydreaming spaces. And wouldn’t some bugambilia look just as pretty on the window sill as the ones pictured? I think so too.

What are YOU daydreaming about?

-Irene Lovett

room image via decorpad

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I Think I Need a New Sink

I’ve always washed my dishes by hand even though I have a dishwasher. I used to find this chore therapeutic, until recently. I blame our abnormally small kitchen sink. It fills up rather fast and dirty dishes quickly begin to invade my counter space. The overflow becomes really annoying after I’ve made dinner. The worst is when I’ve made a dinner that utilizes several pots and pans. And we don’t even have kids yet! I suppose I should start using the dishwasher. But nah, I think a bigger sink will solve the problem.

Here are some pics to remind me of how much a bigger sink would be useful.

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Ahhh, dish-less counter tops. The sink is so freaking deep, I bet the pots and pans are in there hiding.

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Now we’re talking. A cutting board too. I need you.

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Uh, is this a tub or a sink?

I think I can wash my entire kitchen in this sink. No really, my entire kitchen would fit in this sink.

In all seriousness, I like that this one doesn’t have that center divider.

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This kitchen has two sinks. I’m jealous.

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Undermount sinks are sleek, making it easier to clean up water spillage.

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Hello, removable strainer.

See. Don’t  you want a new sink now, too?

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