Obsess Much: Pinterest

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that “lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.” It’s such a simple concept and an amazing site that it blows my mind that someone didn’t think of this before. Obviously, Pinterest is a great way to view pretty pictures, save/bookmark resources, and get an idea of what’s going on in different design fields. But what I love the most about the site is looking through my Pinterest account every once in a while to look back at what I’ve pinned. It’s fun to identify themes and obsessions when I had no idea that I was interested in a certain motif.

Evidently, I’m super obsessed with curvy and ornate headboards right now.

Mirrored trim headboard…yes please!

As I’ve designed my kitchen, I’ve found my Kitchens board to be invaluable. By looking through the pins, I identified the designs I liked most. But more importantly, I was able to make notes of the accessories, cabinet interiors, etc. that I would have likely forgotten about if not for the pins. I use the pins from this virtual pinboard to create my inspiration board that is the foundation for my kitchen design. I refer to this board as I make almost every decision and it’s super helpful.

If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, you should try it out. If you need one, just click here. If you already have a Pinterest account, I would definitely suggest you go back and look at what you’ve pinned. You might be surprised at what you really like. 🙂

Renovation Crazy: Kitchen Inspiration and Design Elements

As promised, let’s talk about the new kitchen inspiration and design elements.  I haven’t finalized any of the details that will make the room fun and interesting but I’ve decided on a few key components: floorplan, cabinets, colors, and floors.

Here are my inspiration images (which I’m sure you remember from the Colored Cabinets Obsessions post):

Navy cabinets with butcher block countertop and brass pulls. Wall of interesting tile.

Navy base cabinets, white uppers, and great bar setup area.

Navy lower cabinets, white upper cabinets, subway tile, and brass pulls.

So obviously, I’m going for navy lower cabinets and white upper cabinets with brass pulls.  I haven’t figured the tile yet but I’m hoping it will make a big impact and provide more interest in the room.  To help visualize it, here are a few quick-and-dirty renderings I’ve compiled:

I’ll be spending some time working on the details about the finishes including handles, lighting, tile, etc.  I hope to be able to share some updated images next week!

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Obsess Much: Entry Foyer

I’ve never lived in a house/apartment that had a true entry foyer/area.  For the most part, I’ve always walked straight into my living area.  In my next house, I hope to have an entry foyer if only to use some of the ideas presented in these inspiration images:

Great ornate floor mirror and graphic x-benches.

Ceilings, Console, Lighting Fixtures…oh my!

Love the floor and the light fixture. Feels very open and inviting.

This is compact but stylish and functional.

Hopefully if you ever come to visit, I’ll be able to greet you with a wonderful entry hall. 🙂

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Obsess Much: Colored Kitchen Cabinets

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about kitchen cabinets and my ideal kitchen. Our kitchen on Joy Street and the kitchen in our rental in Long Beach contained the same shaker style maple cabinets with darker granite counters.

Long Beach Kitchen

These cabinets are perfectly fine but I am a little tired of blond cabinets and speckled granite. I’m dreaming of something with a little more individual character and I definitely want white stone counter tops.

In general, I’ve never been the biggest fan of white kitchens. I know that most people love white kitchens and I understand that there is something serene about an all-white space.  However, I find that all-white kitchens often lack personality and result in a fairly boring room. (Interestingly enough, I’d take an all-white bathroom in a minute. I’m weird.)

Great kitchen but don’t you feel like you’ve seen it a million times (without that amazing chandelier).

This kitchen has more interest with the marble backsplash and gorgeous pendants but still doesn’t resonate with me personally.

I think it helps considerably when wood is added to the mix in a white kitchen. It warms up the space and creates more visual interest.

Gorgeous kitchen by Kate Prevedello

Wood accents provide warmth in an otherwise stark white space.

I’ve also considered darker wood cabinets. There is no denying how a kitchen with dark wood cabinets looks sophisticated and traditional. My biggest concern with dark cabinets is that the kitchen will feel heavy and dark without a ton of natural light.

Gorgeous wood cabinets with an interesting tile accent wall and picture window. By Artistic Designs for Living.

Good mix of dark wood and white cabinets.

So in thinking about other options, I’ve become increasingly obsessed with cabinets that are painted a unique color. These images are just so dreamy:

Dark navy cabinets

Navy blue lower cabinets with a mix of white upper cabinets. Love!

Gray lower cabinets. (I wonder if my love of this kitchen has more to do with the lovely large window.)

Colored cabinets look great when paired with white cabinets. I think it’s also important that the colors used are neutral in nature – navy blue and gray are considered neutrals and can be mixed with almost any color – as opposed to a red or teal kitchen that would probably annoy you after a few years.

So now it looks like I’ll be spending some time looking into Los Angeles resources for professionally painting cabinets. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make this obsession happen in my own home soon!

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Obsess Much: Herringbone Hardwood Floors

My current obsession is herringbone hardwood floors.  Herringbone floors are composed of pieces of wood of equal size arranged in a zig-zag pattern.  They are fairly traditional in Europe but are used less rarely in the U.S.  The key to the beauty of these floors is the fact that they are installed piece-by-piece in various configurations.  The size of the boards can vary and can be stained any color (or multiple colors).  I think they look better when stained a medium to dark tone.

Light modern version of herringbone floors

Wider planks, darker, and more rustic

Dark and rich herringbone floors

Alternating colors in a chevron pattern (a variation on herringbone pattern)

Given the difficulty in installing these floors, they are considerably more expensive than simple hardwood floor planks.  The likelihood of having this anytime soon in my house is slim…but  a girl can dream.

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