Dream Kitchen Inspiration

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Do you remember last month when I shared Great Room Inspiration? That was such a big hit that I decided to bring it back this month and share my kitchen inspiration. I think you’ll notice a lot of similarities between the two aesthetically. I definitely know what I like! Being in this industry certainly immerses me in many different styles so I’ve grown to know what I personally lean toward in my own home. Here are a few of the major things I look for in my dream kitchen.

Waterfall Edge

No matter what, I’m definitely going to need a large gorgeous island with a waterfall edge countertop. It’s non-negotiable at this point. I’m so glad my hubby is on board with this look because, to me, nothing looks more luxurious than a waterfall edge.

Dark Hues

Dark floors and dark cabinets. I love them both. Why pick between the two when I can have both? I love the crisp and edgy look it gives the kitchen. With the proper lighting, it won’t look dreary and dark. I’m partial to the Calcutta marble looking countertops so that will be the source of brightness to bounce light around the kitchen.

Bold Backsplashes

Since most of my tastes are more simplistic and plain, I love the idea of adding a pop of accent to the backsplash. There are so many great metallic tiles out there that I’m in love with. Only time will tell which backsplash I can convince my hubby into getting!

Modern Fixtures

From sink faucets to the light fixtures and all the way down to the cabinet hardware. Modern everything! By no means am I a traditional kind of girl. I love my modern touches.

I hope you liked a little inside look on my dream kitchen. Leave a comment below of something you want in your dream kitchen!
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My Current Obsession

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I’ve always been a blue girl since the day I was born! When I was a young girl I had baby blue walls in my bedroom, throughout middle and high school you couldn’t find me without a pair of blue jeans, in college I decked out my dorm room with a bright turquoise, and now today I’m obsessing over the color navy!

I’ve been on a big navy kick for the past few months and I’m not quite sure what sparked it. For my avid readers, you know that when it comes to decorating my home I stray away from color. However, when you saw my living room set up in my Tips And Tricks For Creating Your Dream Living Room, I’ve splurged on a few navy items. The first incorporation of navy in my home were the navy and gold pillows. I saw them at Target and couldn’t resist! Then when I ran across this canvas at Homemakers, ugh. There was no way I could pass that up.

I’ve been noticing myself sway more towards this navy trend in clothing as well. I’ve found myself sorting through sites by that color alone. There’s just something about that color that I think looks so flattering. Probably because, let’s be honest, it’s so close to black. My ultimate go-to color for wardrobe, decorating, and life in general.

As I said, I have no idea what sparked this navy obsession but I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon! What are you guys currently obsessing over? Let me know in the comments below!

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Great Room Inspiration

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As an interior designer by profession, I see a lot of different styles and design for many different high end clients. I’d like to think that being a designer makes it easy to design my own home; but, the truth is that my tastes change all the time since I’m surrounded with so many different styles. It’s hard for me to choose exactly what I would like in my own home but I do have a pretty good idea of what elements I prefer. Since there are so many different areas of a home, I decided to focus on one room, the living room. This is where most of my time is spent currently and I have a pretty good understanding of what I need/want in that space.

Deep Hues

Deep, dark colors in both furniture and wall color. I love the aesthetic of a well-designed dark space. There’s a way to design a beautiful dark space without making it look like a cave.

Luxe Items

Brining in luxe glam items in places like the coffee tables and end tables will help lighten up the place and give it a more feminine touch. I love the mix and grunge and glam in a space.

Accent Lighting

I would love to have a large feature piece like a chandelier or a beautiful set of accent pendants. A dark space needs more than one layer of light to help with ambiance during all times of the day. Simply lamps or recessed lighting won’t do the trick as the only source of light.

Texture

If you’ve seen my bedroom tour, you know I love texture as opposed to color. I’d love to bring in different textures with wood flooring, tiled fireplaces, mirrored accent pieces, metal lighting, and a plethora of fabric types.

The mixture of all of these will create the perfect dark glam space that I envision as my dream great room. I can’t wait to own my own property where I am allowed to make changes like these to create my dream space. What does your dream living room look like? I would love to know!

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Creating Your Personal Oasis

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My favorite room in a home is the bedroom because it is the place where you start your day and also where you end it. It sets the tone for the day and helps you wind down at the end of the day. It should be your personal oasis that your mind can feel relaxed and peaceful. I have never been in more love with my bedroom than I am now. There are several ways I like transform my bedroom into a sanctuary.

  1. Pillows, pillows, pillows. Yes, they make the process of making your bed 20x longer every day but they are SO worth the hassle. Adding plenty of accent pillows to your bed can add your personal style in a comfy pleasing way. I love adding pillows with different textures and subtle patterns rather than overloading on color and being too overstimulating.
  2. Window treatments are another great touch to add to your bedroom. Not only for the purpose that they serve to help block outsider’s gaze into your home, but also to add dimension, texture, color, really anything you want. Now that I’ve been thrown into the adult world and my body is accustomed to a 8-5, I have chosen a sheer white curtain to let light in around the time I wake up everyday. I love the softness they add to the otherwise harsh blinds. Also, going for sheer ties into another one of my key points: light.
  3. Lighting is so very important in every room of your home. In the bedroom, I love using my sheer curtain to let in light 24/7. Getting the sunlight in my room in the morning really helps get me out of bed and natural light creates the perfect ambiance. However, after the sun sets and I have to switch to using artificial light, I like to keep a dimmer warmer toned bulb in my lamps. Anything too bright or an LED with a high lumen count isn’t as easy on tired eyes.
  4. Florals are a great way to add life into a home and add a pop of color. As more of a minimalist with color, I selected a faux succulent. (Yes I said faux, I would kill any living plant. Sometimes I wonder how I keep myself alive!) Succulents are a huge trend right now and they offer the option to have a floral without too much color.
  5. Candles are a secret addiction of mine. The one you see in my bedroom, I found at Home Goods. The smell is to DIE for. However, I’m too much of a perfectionist to light it and damage the wick. Even without lighting it, it gives off such a strong smell that I often mistake it for lit. Another option is to add a Scentsy. (I keep one in my kitchen to eliminate nasty food smells.) Smell is a great way to help us ease our minds and get relaxed at the end of the day, which is why I always have a candle next to my bedside.
  6. Texture is my go-to in the bedroom to avoid overstimulating color. I love the mixture of linens, furs, and wood. No one can deny a big fuzzy blanket! Same as no one can deny that freshly washed sheets are always the comfiest. Touch is one powerful sense and one of the most important when diving into your bed after a long day. So, keep your sense of touch on its toes and switch up materials and textures in the bedroom.

*My headboard is a DIY project I did about a year ago. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see step by step instructions on how to get this amazing rustic headboard for CHEAP!

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