4.28.2016

Kitchen Renovation Inspiration

{Sugar & Cloth}
That's right, a kitchen renovation! Though it's not going to happen until later this summer, it's never too early to start planning and dreaming, right? I'm also hoping that y'all will chime in with your two cents on kitchen renos. I'm all ears!

Nothing is set in stone yet, but let's start with a few facts about the direction we're headed and then I'll get to the pretty stuff. :)

We're planning:

  • Modern white cabinets (who's surprised there?)
  • Marble-like quartz countertops
  • Brass hardware
  • Dark floors
  • Stainless steel appliances

We'll pretty much be starting from scratch while basically keeping the same layout. The one lone survivor in the demo phase will be the dishwasher (we bought it when we moved in since the house didn't have one). For cabinets, we're 90% sure we'll be using IKEA Sektion system with VEDDINGE fronts, so lots of cabinet building will be happening over here! I can't wait to get started. 

Here are a few kitchens I've found that I love that echo the style/look we're going for:

{Annabode via Design Sponge}
{Sita Montgomery Interiors via Style Me Pretty}
{Francois et Moi}
{Oh Happy Day}
{Nicole Davis Interiors}
{Burke Decor}
{House Updated}
Get the idea? ;)

Of course I'll be sharing all the nitty gritty details from the planning phase all the way through to the reveal, so get ready for lots of kitchen happenings soon!

For reference, here's what our kitchen looks like now:


I can't wait to get rid of the green laminate countertops and that seen-better-days stainless sink!

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4.20.2016

Make It: DIY Sputnik-Style Light Fixture

*Psst! Thanks to everyone who entered Mix & Match Design Company's e-design giveaway! I'm hard at work going through the submissions and it's going to be SO hard to choose just one. Y'all have such awesome homes and I can't wait to work with one of you!



If you saw my Instagram from last week, you'll know I've been working on a fun little DIY light fixture for my office. It's been way too long since I've DIY'd something and shared it here, so I figured it was high time to get 'er done to show y'all!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEHbwwQyWE7/?taken-by=mayricherfullerbe

I've been a fan of Sputnik-style light fixtures for awhile now. They're modern, kinda funky and fixtures with exposed bulbs are definitely "in" right now. I needed a ceiling fixture to replace a sad-looking fan in my office, but wasn't ready to commit to spending the big bucks on a new fixture just yet.

Then on Pinterest (of course!) I spotted Little Green Notebook's DIY branch light and I thought a variation on that would be the perfect thing! I made a couple of modifications to make it work for my space and the step-by-step is below in case you want to make one yourself.

Supplies needed: (* Denotes an affiliate link. That means I get a tiny commission when you purchase through my link. There's no cost to you - thanks for supporting this little blog. :))



Putting this light together is a little bit like building with legos - it's super straightforward and you really can't mess up. You get to be as creative as you want!

Start with the 3-in-1 socket adapter and screw a Y socket splitter into each end.


Keep adding additional Y socket splitters to open ends until you get to the look you want. I ended up using 15 and gave it a pretty symmetrical look. What can I say - I like balance!


Once you finish attaching the Y splitters in a pattern you like, add lightbulbs to the remaining open sockets. You'll take these out to paint the fixture (unless you want to leave it white, which is pretty too!), but I liked seeing how it would look in its final form before heading to that step.


Finally, screw on the flexible extender and outlet box mount to finish the assembly before painting. Here it is before I got my spray paint on.


Before taking it out to paint, I installed it temporarily to make sure I was really happy with the scale and amount of light it gave out. My office isn't huge, but I found that with my original design, it wasn't quite bright enough. No big deal - I just added a few more Y splitters and bulbs to increase the amount of light.


Onto the painting!

But, here's one other pre-painting step that's very important!! Make sure to stuff the sockets with some newspaper to protect the light bulb contacts. It would be a shame to finish painting, screw in those bulbs, and then have the fixture not work!


I decided to spray my fixture metallic coppery-gold and since it was a tricky fixture to paint, I used a cardboard box as a makeshift paint shed - it worked perfectly to prevent overspray from getting on the concrete and helped it stand up for painting and drying purposes. I made sure to use multiple light and even coats and rotated the fixture several times to make sure all surfaces were well-covered.



(Side note: for those who are wondering about priming prior to spraying the metallic paint...I skipped that step. Should I have? Probably not, but since this fixture is installed on the ceiling, durability isn't an issue and I decided to be a total rebel and not prime. Many of these pieces are plastic though, so it will chip if you scratch at it. So far so good though!)

Now let's get to the good part - seeing it after installation! (Outlet mount boxes are super easy to install - just follow the directions in the box. If you don't feel comfortable with that, definitely hire an electrician!)


I added a ceiling medallion to really finish it off around the outlet box and I think it looks great. Here's how it looks with my office area in the background:


Love all those fun bulbs!




I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It brings such unexpected personality to the room!


Hooray for successful DIY projects! What have you been DIYing lately?



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4.13.2016

Must-Have Decor: Round Brass Mirrors

{via Amber Interiors}
Round brass mirrors are definitely one of the most versatile decor items you can have in your home. Its clean lines and warm metal finish make it a classic that fits just about every style: mid-century modern, boho, traditional, hollywood glam and more. And, bonus, there's a place for one in most any room in your house. You can't say that for many pieces of decor, can you?!

To show you how pretty and versatile these mirrors are, I pulled the best examples I could find from around the web. I hope you enjoy browsing these, and if you make it to the end of the post, I've got a little surprise for you in the form of a very affordable option that I just purchased for our house!  

{via Becki Owens}
Mirrors have the ability to make a room look bigger and brighter, especially when there aren't any windows nearby. The living room above and entryway below are great examples of that.

{via Architectural Digest}
They also work well as a nice, polished touch of decor over beds. How fun are they in this twin bedroom below?

{via Birmingham Home and Garden}
{via West Elm}
Mantles are another piece of prime real estate for these mirrors. The roundness balances out and softens the sharp edges and angles of the mantle nicely.

{via Maggie Stephens Interiors}
{via A House in the Hills}
So what do you think? Are you sold on adding one of these to your home? Or do you already have one? Where?

Alright friends - hooray! You made it to the end of the post, and here's your promised surprise: Target recently came out with 28" round brass mirror for - wait for it - $49.99. If you're not on the hunt for mirrors regularly, just know that's a crazy good deal (especially for a good sized mirror). For comparison, the next cheapest option I've found is $249. Run, don't walk, to Target for this one! #targetdoesitagain

Check it out below:

{via Target*}

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4.11.2016

Featured Designer on Roomhints

Hey y'all! Happy Monday! I hope you all had great weekends. I wanted to pop in and let you know about a fun opportunity I have this week to be the featured designer for Roomhints.

{via Roomhints}

So what's Roomhints? Well, it's a free app you can use to get ideas for your home. You have the option to chat with a real live interior designer (that's me for this week!) who can help you solve your design dilemmas by giving you "hints" and sharing furniture and decor pieces you can often buy directly from the app. You can think of this as a more basic service than the e-design services I offer through Mix & Match Design Company. If you end up liking the hints you're getting from the app, but want some more comprehensive design help, stepping up to e-design may be a good option for you!

Here's how Roomhints works:
  • Download the app.
  • Upload a picture of your room. 
  • Use the Roomhints color-matching technology to find products that match with your furniture. 
  • Select what you are looking for - save the products you like or click "buy" to purchase the product on the vendors site.
  • Click the "designer chat" option and a real interior designer will take a look at your room, answer your questions and send you products ("hints") for your room.
Give it a try and let me know how I can help you with your home! :)

{via Roomhints}


*And don't forget, if you're local to Philadelphia or DC, you can enter the e-design giveaway that's open until the end of this week (April 15th). The submissions I've received so far are awesome - it's going to be really hard to choose just one!


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3.31.2016

April 2016 iPhone + Desktop Wallpapers


Well, my friends? It appears that March has come and gone and tomorrow we'll say hello to April! Is anyone planning any good April fools pranks? I don't have anything up my sleeve, but I do appreciate a good prank as long as it's not too mean-spirited. ;)

For today, I've treat for you - new iPhone and desktop wallpapers! This month's round is full of punchy graphic hexagons in two different colorways.  They have a springy vibe (fingers crossed that April brings some more *consistent* spring weather!) with their lighter colors.

You can grab one with or without the April calendar. Click the link underneath the one you'd like to download. It will take you to Dropbox so you can download the full-size version.

Enjoy!











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