I immediately fell in love with this West Philadelphia dining room. How lovely are those floor-to-ceiling bay windows? Unless you have a private yard, it might be a little too revealing at nighttime, but I would love to have a lazy breakfast at that table, looking out at all the flowers and foliage. What about you?
Q: I need to buy a new dining table to accommodate three small children as well as the informal dinner parties I frequently host. Our home has a mid-century modern vibe and a long rectangular living room/dining room, so I have been contemplating using benches for the long sides of the new table.
How charming is this teaspoon wallpaper? Designed by Studio Ditte, the wallpaper "tells a tale of elegant spoons, forks for posh cakes and old keys of forgotten rooms." From far away it looks just like an interesting, colorful pattern, but up close you can see the intricate spoon and fork designs. A little shabby chic, but oh so pretty. See a close-up photo below:
I've explained our big kitchen project, shown you the demolition, and shared our financing, and now it's time to get down to business. The bones of a kitchen are the cabinets and their layout, and we knew from the get-go that we wanted to use IKEA's cabinet system. Here are some things we learned along the way.
I've been sharing my kitchen renovation with you (sorry for the unexpected hiatus last week!). Now, before I let you in on the IKEA plans and the nitty-gritty of the reno itself, let's talk money. It's the giant stompin' elephant in the room when planning a kitchen renovation. Money is also a fast trigger to emotions and judgment, so it makes me a bit nervous to talk about it. There are so many different approaches to improving one's home, and everyone has a different set of priorities in how money fits into that.
Having said all that, the goals of this post are to open up, as much as I can, how my husband and I thought about investing in our home project, and how we made it happen, as well as why I called it "budget luxe." For us, it all came down to this wonderful little thing called a construction loan. (And if you're just dying for a pictorial update, I'm illustrating this post with photos of our kitchen addition going up!)
Multi-purpose wire organizers are cheap and easy to come by. You may even have one right now sitting on your desk or holding up books in your child's room. This idea brings that organizer into the kitchen and turns it on its head... well, on its side, actually.
We love being on the front end of a long 3-day weekend. Do you have plans for Monday? Any projects you're going to finally tackle? If cleaning and organizing your pantry is on the list, allow us to inspire you: could this pantry you see here be any more awesome? It's actually a relatively small space, but every inch is accounted for and optimized, from the labeled containers to the neatly lined-up flour on the bottom shelf. A place for everything and everything in its place.