Tuesday, April 24, 2012


It's that time of the week again! Today we will be taking a look at IKAT (ē-ˌkät) , quite frequently pronounced incorrectly, is a fabric, similar to the look of tie-dye, but actually made in the opposite way. Ikat is made by dying the treads first in the desired patterns and colors and then weaving them together to form the fabric (you may click on the "IKAT" title above for a more in depth definition). I personally love it and think it will be a well deserved trend for awhile! If you can't afford a true Ikat, there are so many affordable prints out there. Enjoy the pics!

IKAT process

IKAT tile in chevron pattern

Be Still Shop on Etsy

Circa Who
LOVE Ikat headboards!
Steven Gambrel
abc carpet
Pottery Barn


Sunday, April 22, 2012


Hi all! So I've been working on redoing our kitchen and had planned to just do one post once I was completely done so you all could see the whole thing in one sitting, but I'm getting excited with the progress, tho its been very slow, the end result is starting to take shape. My desire to have a new kitchen has been my dream for a long while. The one problem was budget. And keep in mind my cabinets were new, actually brand new - installed when the condo was built - but I hated them! Not my style at all, they felt like they should have been in a break room in an office, they didn't feel homey at all. But what I hated the most was actually the doors and draw fronts - they were the problem - the cabinets themselves were fine and in good shape and considering our kitchen is tiny and how the condo is set up there isn't much alternative to the placement of were they currently were. First I checked out how much it would be to replace the doors and draw fronts by the same manufacturer - too much! Then I looked into cabinet refacing - way too much! And finally I looked into just replacing everything - still way too much and I didn't want to go through all that. So what did I finally decide to do?! I contacted my cousin and asked him if he would be able to make me new cabinet doors and draw fronts, which I would then paint! And the new cabinets doors/draws my most talented cousin made, are beautiful!! I'll show you those in a minute. Before I show you some before pics and in progress pics, I'll give you an idea where I am at and where I want the kitchen to be. The cabinets themselves have all been primed and ready for paint. All of the draws and doors have also been primed and some painted. The upper cabinets are going to be white and the lower cabinets black :) and both with brass hardware, which has yet to be selected. Its been a long road and I still feel like I have so much more to do, and can't wait to be able to show you the final product! Enjoy the pics below! The first few a just a bit of inspiration for what I am dreaming of...

okay enough dreaming...
here are some before pics of our very ugly kitchen


Oh how I dislike the hardware!
And now...drum roll...my beautiful new cabinet doors...

lower cabinet doors/drawers back side primed
upper cabinet doors first coat of paint (backside shown)
cabinet boxes primed and ready for paint!
final layers of paint for cabinet boxes...yay! sorry about the messy kitchen lol

close up
final coat on upper cabinet doors
first coat of black paint on lower doors/drawers
first coat close up of bottom cabinet doors
So that's it so far! The white upper cabinets are all done and as we speak the final coats for the bottom cabinet doors and drawers are drying. Stayed tuned for when they are finally hung! Can't wait!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


It seems you see chevron everywhere lately. Maybe a little too much?? It can be beautiful if this trend is attempted correctly, but it can be very easily over done. Do I think the trend is over? Not quite. Do I think the trend should be over? Not quite. I think in certain statement pieces it can be beautiful, like a rug, or window treatments, even as a kitchen back splash (I LOVE the second to last pic), but painting it on vase or on every accent you have - maybe not so much...chevron also doesn't have to be a bold colored print, it can simply just be a pattern - how you lay your wood floor (I also LOVE the pics of the parquet) or your tile...here are some chevron examples below, let me know what you think! How would you chevron?


West Elm


renaissance parquet
renaissance parquet
renaissance parquet
West Elm

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


today's trendy tuesday...and sorry its a little late, its almost 9pm here in Boston, so I am sure most of you will be reading "trendy tuesday" on wednesday...is chalkboards. I know you seem to see them everywhere now, and tons of pics on Pinterest. Have they lost their glory? I don't think yet, because, well I still love them, and am currently painting a small chalkboard wall in my kitchen (I will give you the diy tutorial after I am finished with it). Take a look at how some have incorporated them in their homes. What do you think? Would you use classic black or colored chalkboard? Would you paint a whole wall or frame it and hang it on the wall?




little blue deer