Monday, November 7, 2011

11.07.11 House Updates

A lot of exciting things have been happening around here lately.  First off we've been working our bums off all weekend to get the kitchen backsplash done.  So far have most of the tile up and just a few pieces left to go.  Planning on maybe even starting the grouting today, and hopefully have the range hood up by Friday!!!

In other news, our family room is finally starting to come together ... well at least in my mind.  We haven't actually purchased any new furniture yet, but we did put in an order on saturday for this leather studded bad boy

We had to take a drive down all the way to the Room Service Store in SF, but it was well worth the drive considering we'll probably have our custom sofa sometime at the end of this month.  I am in l-o-v-e with all of their furniture, which btw can be custom made to fit any room!  Can't wait to get my sofa and finally order some fun winter pillows that I've been eyeing for quite some time now.  The great thing about this sofa is that it's very deep and comfortable so the more pillows the better!

Here's a few rooms that I've been inspired by lately!

Love how white and airy this room is except for the bright pillows and lamps!

And here's a few more pictures from Nuevo Estillo.  Love the soft grey colors with black and gold accents!

 And a little more ... been trying to figure out the furniture placement for the family room so will be needing all the inspiration I can get!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Visits from the Mailmain

The mailman had a special delivery for us last week, and not just 1 but 2 very special deliveries.  We started off the week with a fabulous Crema Marfil Trellis gracing our kitchen backsplash.  As soon as the FedEx guy left, I rushed to rip the boxes apart and throw together a sneak peak of what the tiles will potentially look like once installed.

I know I went back and forth with the backsplash decision for more months than I want to count ... but once it was ordered, I never looked back.  I'm glad that I went with a big statement that hopefully I can love for many more years to come!

And to finish off this productive week, FedEx decided to stop by again ... this time with a gorgeous black Bertazzoni range hood!

This wasn't my original choice & I was totally freaked out at the thought of ordering a breakin-my-bank range hood just from a single picture I've seen online... But no regrets here whatsoever!

The backsplash is going up tonight so hopefully more pics to come!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Vintage Finds

I have been doing a lot of craigslist/estate sale/consignment store shopping lately ... and have been finding quite a variety of interesting treasures.  I just bought this adorable vintage tea cart from a lady on craiglist, she was moving out of state and wanted to get rid of it for only $20!  Lately I have seen many similar carts for $150-$250 so I think I got a pretty awesome deal ... just need to spend a little more time accessorizing and deciding where it's going to stay.  Tea/bar carts are very versatile and can pretty much work in any room ... I'm considering using it as extra storage in my office, or maybe a side table in the family room if it doesn't work out in the dining room.

Just last week I discovered an amazing consignment store in my area ... I know I must have drove past it at least 100 times without ever thinking to stop by but last Friday driving home after a doctor's appointment just seemed like the right time ... I found so many interesting options but nothing really jumped out at me.  The only thing I ended up buying was an art deco/hollywood regency magazine stand, which at a $25 price tag I just couldn't resist.  And again with this piece too, I think it's pretty versatile and can look good in any setting ... as of right now I just threw together a couple of accessories and left it in our living room.

I'm thinking to do some estate sale shopping tomorrow morning, so hopefully I can score a few more interesting pieces and come back with some  house updates and pictures from our Hawaii vacation!

Friday, August 5, 2011

State Fair

Going to the state fair has become an annual tradition for us .. and this year was no exception!  We went with our friends Tim and Alena and had a blast checking out the animal exhibits, braving the state fair rides, and getting a little exotic with the food!

Although I was not really impressed with the fried Snickers and oreos ... I am completely in LOVE with their baked potatoes ... haha I must sound like a big fatty ... but actually I've been really good for the past maybe month and 1/2 and lost 7 lbs!  I haven't been doing any crazy dieting or exercising daily ... Just been trying to make smarter food choices, eating smaller portions, and doing 2-3 jogs a week.  Hopefully I can keep it up, because with all the stress of remodeling a house, working 40 hours, and trying to fit everything else in between ... I've been gaining and need to finally get back in control!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Backsplash Bold?

I've been having a dilemma over our kitchen backsplash for over 2 months now and I'm here to admit that I still haven't decided on anything for sure.  Incase you forgot, this is what my kitchen currently looks like .... It's very white, clean and airy ... which is not necessarily bad, but I do want to add a little more interest and pattern to the mix.  Recently we added some grey stripes to our breakfast nook and will eventually be adding either brown or black bench seating around the window.  We sort of decided on our hood and will probably going with this viking range hood.

Now the last major thing left and probably the biggest statement piece in our kitchen is the backsplash!

I originally wanted to go with all Calcutta marble so that the counters would continue into the backsplash like these inspiration pics.  I love that the marble is both very graphic and calming at the same time, but it just seemed a little too overdone for our kitchen and would probably end up more expensive than planned.

The second option that I really considered was a herringbone pattern ... something that always makes me happy when I see it in design!  I was especially inspired by these images from deco pad that look very sophisticated and well traveled.

While browsing at many tile stores, I have seen various versions of the herringbone pattern, but nothing exactly like this.  The color and beautiful texture is exactly what was missing from my kitchen.  So on a late Saturday afternoon, hours and hours into my quest to find the perfect herringbone, I found long limestone strips that are usually used for exteriors and decided to buy a 1 sq ft sample.

I knew it would be loooooooooong and agonizing process to create a herringbone pattern with these tiles, but I was willing to do whatever it took to get the look that I was going for.  After all the trouble it took to temporarily tape these suckers to my kitchen wall, I think I am a little over them.  They are very textured, maybe a little more than I'd like, and just seem way too rustic for my kitchen.  Maybe I am wrong ... I am open to suggestions.

Currently the tile that I am stuck on is a very patterned and bold trellis pattern.

I know that the trellis pattern is very overdone in the blogging community and may just become a trend that will be over in a few years.  To me however, it seems like a classic, beautifully symmetric lines that will never go out of style.

Mission Stone Tile
Personally, I have never seen the trellis pattern in a REAL home, so I think it will definitely be the wow factor in my kitchen and will hopefully make me smile every time I walk by.  I still haven't decided whether I prefer the cream and white or the brown and white for my kitchen.  I know that my hubby likes the toned down cream version, which if we go with, I will probably have to pair with a dark maybe faux wood wallpaper in the open cabinetry to add a little contrast.  The brown will add a ton of contrast and extra interest to our kitchen, but I don't know if it will be soo much that I will get tired of it in a few years.  Please help, any suggestions welcome!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Cabana Summer

We've been having beautiful weather for the past few days ... making me wish that summer lasted forever!  I'm especially enjoying the extra sunshine in our secret garden-esque backyard - which seems like it was perfectly designed for those long lazy summer days!  From our sparkling pool to the serene atmosphere of lush bushes and trees ... it's almost perfect expect for the small eye sore of a spot around the corner of the left side of our house.

Our house came with quite a surprise - a built-in wooden pergola with an above ground spa jacuzzi hidden inside ... what's wrong with that you may say ... I guess not much other than a probably disease infected 15 year old jacuzzi and a rotting deck underneath ... Once removed, it's actually the perfect spot for my dream cabana oasis!

All of our resources are 100% dedicated to the interior of our home ... so for now a little dreaming will have to go a long way ....

Can you think of a more perfect way to spend a summer afternoon than taking a mid-day nap underneath a whimsical canopy? ... did I mention warm fuzzy kittens included?

What could be more fun that having brunch or some afternoon drinks with your favorite people in this ultra sexy coral oasis!

Although these rainbow cabanas are breath taking ... I think I would prefer the simple sophistication of white and black for my own backyard!

In particular, I've had my eye on this bold black & white stripped beauty from ZGallerie -although the pattern is very in your face ... it's still very classic and would go well with any color palette.