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Kitchens to Envy

August 9, 2017

Well, I clearly haven’t been posting every week – it’s amazing how difficult it is to find time to post! Between working, kids and general house stuff, I basically only find time after 10pm to get on the computer, and at that point, you can bet I have fallen asleep on the couch. SO, since I am on vacation this week, I figured I could find SOME time in between biking, rafting, swimming and drinking beer, to talk about some of my favorite kitchens.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I love a kitchen with some color. As beautiful and clean a white kitchen can be, I find them a bit boring. The kitchen is where you spend lots of time in, where people gather, and where you can invest lots of money in to make your “dream kitchen”. In my opinion, (and this is only my opinion, so don’t be offended) white kitchens are too sterile, and eventually feel tired.

There are so many ways to add color to a kitchen, even if you have already invested in an all white kitchen.

Here are some kitchens that I think utilize color in the best way!

Here is a perfect example of a white kitchen that adds just a bit of color to break up the sterile white. I LOVE this idea, and of course the color used! Anna Bode did a great job making this white kitchen have some warmth to it.

 open shelving white kitchen with green cabinets

Source : Anna Bode

I recently posted this kitchen on my instagram feed, and got the most likes for any post so far…..clearly this kitchen by Joanna and Chip Gaines is a winner with many people. It’s amazing to me that they can’t seem to do anything wrong! The color on these cabinets with the beautiful marble counter tops is a perfect pairing. Those benches really pull all the warmth together.

Kitchen, AFTER

Source: HGTV

One of my favorite kitchen sources for inspiration and color is DeVol Kitchens. They too can’t do anything wrong. Their kitchens are HANDS DOWN the most amazing kitchens I have ever seen. They have such a range of designs and clearly have some impressive designers with great ideas. I love the next two images where they’ve created these bright, beautiful spaces while incorporating such dark and dramatic colors.

Source: DeVol Kitchens

Source: DeVol Kitchens

Amber Interiors has this amazing ability to create that cool, California vibe in all her spaces. This kitchen below is one that I have seen blogged many times, which I think is due to Amber’s amazing color use. The color on the cabinets paired with the rug and the marble counter tops is a perfect example of having a bright white kitchen while still bringing in some color.

Source: Amber Interiors

The next two kitchens show how adding some interesting tile to the kitchen floor can be the color focal point. One of my all time favorite kitchens and spaces is this one below. I love how the tile ties back in with everything, and how bright the kitchen still feels. The brass accents also pull it all together.

Black and white kitchen

Source: 100layercake

 Kitchen

Source: Jhinteriordesign.com

Studio McGee as perfected the use of color in the kitchens they do. I am pretty sure they feel my feels about needing just a little color in the kitchen. This one is a perfect example of having an almost totally white kitchen but just a POP of color on that island. It makes for a nice breakup of what is pretty much an all white kitchen.

Kitchen Styling

Source: Studio McGee

Sarah Sherman Samuel combined this beautiful sage cabinet color with her all white kitchen that I just love. The lower cabinets break up the monotony of all white, and add warmth to the room. And who doesn’t love that gold hardware!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuel

Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

If you are not a white kitchen lover to begin with, then here is a great combo with wood cabinets. This room is soooo beautiful! That Marble back splash is mesmerizing!

Source: Pinterest

So as you can see, there are so many ways to tie in some color to a kitchen and breakup that all white sterile feeling. It can be as easy as painting your island, walls, or lower cabinets, adding some colorful chairs, putting colorful tile on the floor or back splash, or minimally adding some interesting artwork! I know it’s not in everyone’s budget to redo their kitchen, but a little paint can definitely go a long way!

Don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for more interesting kitchen ideas!

xx

Ash

Home Decor, Interior Design

Entryway Envy

July 10, 2017

Of all the places in our house to decorate, I have struggled with our entryway.  It is a bit small, dark, and doesn’t get enough light for most plants to survive (thank god for great faux plants!). I feel like I am ALWAYS looking at ways to improve our entryway, and eyeballing entryways that I envy for their light, feel and space.

Since an entryway is the first impression someone has when they walk into your home, you want it to be a good starting point for the vibe of the rest of the house; however, it can also be a place to do something fun and bold, and take a little risk since it tends to be a smaller space and generally more contained. This can be done by using fun patterns, wallpaper, tile, or a bold color on the walls or ceiling. It can really be that simple? Paint a wall? Sure!

In my entryway, I felt I couldn’t put too much pattern or color on the walls because it opens up into our formal living room which is a big white space, and they are not very separated. The edges of the walls all bleed together.

One thing I felt the space did need was some kind of a mirror to make it seem bigger, and I also wanted something a bit decorative to distract from the ugly boring wall, oddly placed light switch, and closet door. I found a great mirror at Overstock, and although I love the mirror…..I do wish it was slightly bigger……

I couldn’t find a console table that I loved, was the right size, and wasn’t a million dollars. Since we tend to take our shoes off in the house, I felt a bench would be more conducive for people to use than a table. So I searched for a good bench and settled on one from Target.

I gave my try at a few real plants in the corner, but they all started to die since the space hardly gets any natural light, so I settled on this pretty decent faux palm. (also from Target)

Overall, the entryway is still a work in progress, it is the one space I feel I can update as colors change or as patterns change, but with limited space, this works pretty well!

In my quest to always improve the entryway, I cam across a number of great ideas to incorporate pattern and color.

Here are a few bold entryways done with wallpaper that I have serious envy over:

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Source: Rue Magazine

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Source: Pierce and Ward (I die over this one!)

But sometimes, just a little color will make a world of difference, like these beauties below:

Source: Tiny House Giant Life (I just love this entry!)

A Minimal Modern Entryway Makeover from White Walls to Dark Drama

Source: Paper & Stitch

Source: The Design Files

black wall trim

Source: pinterest

If you aren’t into the bold colors or patterned wallpaper, sometimes the best method is to make sure you have good composition in your space. Here are a few great, yet simple entryways that still make a bold statement.

 

Mudroom

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Source: Pinterest

modern rustic living room makeover // sarah sherman samuel

Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

And lastly, if you want to really do something wild and crazy, (“hey you guuuuyys!”), you can go with making your floor or ceiling become the interest in the entry. Here are a few I think have that magic touch.

Source: Elle Decor

Gravity Home: Location Home in London

Source: 1st Option

Source: Pinterest

Source: Apartment Therapy

That last image puts the finishing touches on what I say is an all around beautiful entry. The textures, patterns, and colors are amazing, and I would die to have an entry large enough to withstand some color! Maybe one day…..I might just have to test some out.

xx

Ash