House Tour: Michelle Smith

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 I liked Michelle Smith immediately when I saw her on One Kings Lane — and not just because of her fabulous home or status as native Southerner.

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She, like I, spent about half her childhood at Home Depot with her mother in the midst of one renovation or another.

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Things We Love: Stacked Kitchen Cabinets

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Fite Shavell and Associates

We don’t know about you, but whenever we start thinking about kitchen decorating ideas, it’s those kitchen cabinets that are always at the forefront of our mind.

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Terra Cotta Properties

Maybe it’s because cabinets take up the majority of the square footage of the kitchen, but we think they are on of the elements that, if not implemented properly can really ruin the look of a beautiful remodel.

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Things We Love: Bespoke Kitchen Design

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Holloways of Ludlow

 

If there’s one room in the house that gets tons of attention these days, it’s the kitchen. 
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Holloway of Ludlow

It seems like has just finished or is in the midst of a kitchen remodel — and the more customized the better!
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Holloways of Ludlow

 

And that makes sense, really. Because we all do something a little bit different in our kitchen. We love the idea of one oven and extra room for a wine fridge. But that’s because we never use that bottom oven anyone! It’s sort of like a decoration…
Plain English Kitchen

 

One of our favorite kitchen styles combines elements of the rustic, English kitchen with sleek and modern finishes. It’s charming yet very functional.
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Martin Moore and Company

 

If you caught our post on concealed refrigerators last week, you know we definitely think they have their place. And, while this stunning kitchen wouldn’t have looked bad with a regular refrigerator, the lever of customization of hiding it is so chic! 
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deVOL Kitchens

 

Farmhouse sinks are fabulous in any kitchen. But the feel of this one is so wonderfully authentic. Love!
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Martin Moore and Company

 

We’re assuming the fridge is hidden inside one of these armoires. So clever!
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Martin Moore and Company

 

Who needs to go out when your latte is right at your fingertips? This would be good for me, so I could make it just the way I want it. Although, the Starbuck’s baristas are incredibly good about not rolling their eyes at my ridiculous latte order… I guess they’ve heard it all!
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

Islands are undoubtedly super useful — and very trendy. And they are so very versatile. This is a very unique use of the island space, plenty of storage but also room for the pretty!
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Holloway of Ludlow

 

Where are the appliances?! This is the kind of kitchen we’d love to eat in. Sparse, white and oh-so-clean! (Although we’d probably forget where the dishwasher was if it was ours…)
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

These pin lights are so useful (and pretty!) for keeping an eye on whatever’s on the stove and making sure it’s perfectly cooked.
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

Having a sink directly behind the stove is incredibly useful. And we adore those pendants! They add just enough contrast.
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Martin Moore and Company

 

Why pick just one cabinet finish when the world is your oyster?! Mixing and matching styles and colors is great — especially if you’re a little indecisive!
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Holloways of Ludlow

 

We’re always torn between open shelving and cabinets. This kitchen offers the best of both worlds. We actually like keeping the pots and pans in plain view. They’re sort of like jewelry… Why have it if you’re just going to keep it locked in the safe?
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

There are coffee stations and then there are coffee stations. These folding doors are so amazing for tucking away the display when you’re finished brewing your morning cup.
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Tom Howley Bespoke Kitchens

 

One of the things that we think makes the single biggest difference in a kitchen (though we’re not totally sure why) is under-cabinet lighting. It takes the customization up a notch and makes everything look so elegant. Those skylights are great too for letting in the natural light.
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Martin Moore and Company

 

Drooling over the stove… And that is such a great use of open shelving. Beautiful!
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Holloways of Ludlow

 

We think this amazing kitchen looks like a gorgeous little cafe. What could be better than frequenting it every day? 
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Vintage logo for The Bespoke Kitchen
Sure, you can call it custom. But we think bespoke is way cooler! What would your bespoke kitchen look like?
Happy Thursday, sweet friends… And happy kitchen dreaming!
 

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Kitchen Organization

O’Brien Harris
I spent my afternoon yesterday cleaning out closets. And man, oh man, did it feel good! When you’re as… um… organizationally challenged as I am, you have to do Spring and Fall cleaning. And maybe a few other times along the way. I literally feel like I lost ten pounds — no diet necessary! When I get on a spree like this, there’s no stopping me! I’m looking for a little inspiration to get my kitchen back tip top shape… We hope it inspires you to a little kitchen organization of your own!
Plain English
Hands down, my favorite kitchen organizational essential is my hermetic glass jars. Opening the door and seeing row after row of gorgeous, clean, streamlined glass is wonderful! And, as a bonus, it’s a great a great way to eat clean. Who wants to cram that perfect pantry full of cookies when all those beans and grains look so very lovely! (Okay, there’s usually a glass jar of a cookie or two too…)
O’Brien Harris
Organizing is like dressing. If you don’t have a great foundation, it’s over before it began. That’s why great shelving is totally crucial to a perfectly organized kitchen. (And it’s ALL 25% off at the Container Store… I literally am in love with that place!)
Artickoke, ltd
Drawers with custom organization are phenomenal. But, if you’re like us, the world was not that kind to you. We think our bamboo cutlery trays and drawer organizers, with all those little customizable compartments are pretty close to the real thing. There’s nothing like opening that gorgeously organized drawer.
Artichoke, ltd
We don’t know about you, but we absolutely adore huge drawers for organizing absolutely everything. Wonderful!
Tom Howley
Now this is a coffee station. For those of us who don’t have a massive, built-in espresso machine, there are always other options… Since we are sans gorgeous coffee cabinet, we got sick of big coffee makers taking up valuable counter space.  Enter: Bialetti (like those pretty silver coffee makers in the cabinet.) Fill it with water, scoop in the coffee, pop it on the stove. And put it away when you’re finished. Plus, it’s super yummy!
Tom Howley
A perfectly organized wine fridge is such a kitchen essential. You can be ready for a party at a moment’s notice — and the bubbly is already cold!
Tom Howley
Matching spices are THE BEST! We think we would cook more if we had a drawer like this…
Tom Howley
Separate spaces for trash and recycling is such a simple concept but so incredibly useful… especially for the person taking out the trash! 
Jojo Interiors
Wow! Talk about an organized refrigerator! We would adore having all of our drinks separate from our food.
O’Brien Harris
This recessed space is one of the best kitchen ideas we’ve seen yet. All the essentials are right at hand but still don’t take up valuable counter space.
Kristin Crestin
What a fantastic use of those awkward corner spaces! We’re feeling more organized already. How about you?
Thanks for inviting us into your (very organized?) home today!
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Monday Musings: Beaufort Update

 It has been awhile since we gave an update on the Beaufort place, and we’ve made great progress! That awful mantle in the dining room is in the process of being revamped — wish we could say the same for the tile! And the new paint looks amazing! We don’t miss the pea soup green even a little bit.
 Here’s another view of the dining room paint and the molding. It’s so fresh!

 Delicious fresh paint in the living room as well. One day that tile will be gone…
 The first coat of the stain has been put on the kitchen floors, and the paint looks great too. The new cabinets should be in later this week. Woo hoo!

 Here’s another view of the floors.
 The first coat is on the new floors in Mom and Dad’s bath…
And their room and bath are the most soothing blue! We think we’re four for five on paint colors, which really isn’t bad.
 A little more blue with the pretty gray grout and fresh, clean tile.
 A couple of the fixtures are set in our upstairs master.

And the bathtub has been framed.
This pretty egg and dart molding matches the molding on the stairs.
In the most exciting news…
 The third floor construction has begun!!
 Here’s the little window in the third floor…
 Which is going to be replaced with this huge new window!
 Here’s the new entrance to the third floor…
And the affectionately named stairway to heaven! Oh how we’ve waited for you…
In other news, Will’s sound system is wired up and looking good. Here’s an example speaker.
The floors outside of little Will’s bathroom are finished. They look way shinier here than they are.
So that’s where we are… The upstairs floors are finished, (but we haven’t seen yet so no photos) the kitchen cabinets will be here this week, and we’re making progress slowly but surely. We hope we have a lot more to show soon! If you want to go back to the very beginning, it’s here and here. Sometimes it makes us feel better to see how far we’ve come!
We hope you all have a wonderful day. Thank you for visiting us today!

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House Tour: Beaufort Update!

 So, you know we’re dedicating our Wednesdays to house tours. We thought this Wednesday might be a good time to give you a little update on the Beaufort house! If you’re thinking What? This is PROGRESS! check out our before pictures here and here. Obviously, this is only primer on the walls and a couple of spindles have been painted white to test. But it’s amazing how big of a difference just a little white paint can make!
 Our original plan was to rip out this fireplace and start over. As it turns out, it was going to be a major structural deal, so we’re experimenting with other options. It’s amazing what an eyesore it was before and how much better just this little tester paint looks! 
 Dark half bath door primed! 
 The upstairs master bath is painted, and I am obsessed with this color. It’s one of the only times in my life I walked into a room and thought, “Yup. Nailed that paint choice.”

Here’s another view.
 The floors up here were painted brown, so we’re exploring some options. They might possibly be able to be sanded and refinished, but we’re trying a little white paint just in case it doesn’t work. We love it! It’s so fresh. 
 The bathroom has been painted too. And, no, this fabulous chair isn’t staying… We’ll auction it off to the highest bidder 🙂

Untold baths are going to happen here, just admiring the view out the window!
 Little Will’s bathroom tile is finished as well!
 We think the gray grout looks great!
 Laundry room! It’s small for a reason, people.
 The lighting is clearly not finished in Will’s room. Sorry for the horrible pictures.
 We might seal these window frames off and leave them looking rustic. We think it would pair well with the built-in ships beds. This is one of those times, like normal, where we walked in and thought: “We picked that color…”
The blue lines in the hall wall are the site of the future third floor demo, affectionately named the “stairway to heaven.” And, let us tell you, when you get out on that widow’s walk, you feel pretty close to it! We’re hoping to bust that ceiling out this week.
The floors in the kitchen/mudroom are down. We can’t wait to see this place with a pair of chaises!
We’ve come a long way, baby. 
As a reminder, here’s the old kitchen. Ahhh, memories!
The upstairs guest room with shiny, new paint! Is it weird that I miss the pink walls?
Mom and Dad’s bathroom floor is down and the tub and tile — sans grout — are in! 
Shew! We can’t wait to show you even more progress in a week or two when we go back to check on things. 
We’ve still got a ways to go, but it’s safe to say that this project will be finished one day… Thanks for visiting us today. We hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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