Woot woot the kitchen flooring is going and will soon be gone. There were layers of ceramic tile, cement board, and linoleum that had to be removed so that when we lace in the new wood flooring the kitchen will be the same level as the dining room. So, no more tripping my way into the kitchen (well, I guess there is no guarantee that my clumsiness won’t still find a way to trip up, but at least the odds will be better).
330 // my style: fall neutrals
Even though autumn in LA is usually the best weather of the year, there is something about the ushering in of the fall that has me reaching for darker colors and soft textures like suede, silk, & wool.
Shopping guide: 1: Hat from Skylark find similar here 2: Shirt from Club Monaco (old, find similar here) 3: Jeans by Paige 4: Ring by K/ller (gorgeous matching Bangle here) 5: Shoes by Joe’s Jeans (also in Black here) 6: Necklace by Loren Stewart 7: Bag by Madewell
329 // from the weekend: road trip
This weekend I headed back from Palm Springs with one of my best gals after a little retreat called designer vaca (more on that later). On the route back we stopped at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard specifically for their banana-date shake and that prompted us to make another stop for a batch of in-and-out french fries. I gotta have that mix of salty with sweet, which is why I thought to bring my house guest to Tasting Kitchen the next morning for my favorite breakfast of chicken & waffles. Seriously delicious.
Hope you indulged a little this weekend too!
Images by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)
328 // interior color palette
While the dirty work is underway, I’ve started planning the direction that I’d like to take the interior, starting with the color palette. This is roughly what I have in mind for the living, dining, and kitchen area.
Since the rooms will all be open into each other I want to pull from the same palette, and all of these images together have a a beautiful mix of muted neutrals as well as pops of pink, coral, green & blue so there will be plenty of different combinations to choose from (and a healthy mix of feminine and masculine). I tend to gravitate towards a slightly more masculine aesthetic in my interiors so I am pushing myself a little bit with the introduction of pink… but I’m liking it already.
Image sources: 1: I pulled this from the Instagram feed of Jesse Webster (aka @sweetthingblog). I mean those colors!??! perfection.
2: Clutches by Nada Sawaya 3: Image from Les Garcons des Glasgow 4: Peony painting by Pratt Creek Art 5: Flying Flamingo Photograph By Sharon Montrose
327 // home progress: plans & demo
When we were searching for a house we saw so many where the kitchen was its own separate tiny room in the very back of the house that we thought we were just going to have to settle for that and be oh so sad. But then… we walked into this house where the kitchen was only separated by a silly little wall. With just a little easy demo (we hope) the space will become that more open and inclusive kitchen, living, & dining space that we weren’t ready to fully give up on.
So here we go!
S*#& is flying over here as the demo is in full swing in both the kitchen and the living / family room. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when we were doing all this for the cabin (Is renovation addiction a real thing? I think I’ve got it).
See all of the progress so far and our plans after the jump.
While we’ve started work on the kitchen we are happily using it as an excuse to try out all the restaurants that we haven’t gotten around to before. This weekend while we weren’t eating, we were going through boxes, doing more furniture shopping, and making plans for the garden. This is my first time having a yard, outside of my parents house when I was growing up, so it is kind of exciting thinking of all the possibilities while wandering around a nursery.
Hope you had a nice weekend.
325 // in my bag: palm springs
I’m already planning my wardrobe for a Palm Springs retreat next week. I’ll be heading there with a big group of talented ladies for some fun in the sun. My bags are packed and I’m ready for a weekend in the desert heat.
1: chambray crop top from topshop 2: Dress from Free People 3: Sweater from Topshop 4: Bracelet by Jules Smith 5: Fold over clutch by Clare Vivier 6: Color Block Sandals by VPL 7: Denim Shorts from Asos 8: Sandals by K. Jacques 9: Bikini by Mara Hoffman
324 // bedroom inspiration
Here are some bedrooms that I’ve been swooning over lately. I seem to be really drawn to pops of color in a mostly white room as all of these fall into that category. Our last bedroom was full of color and I was right at home there, however I still do love a monochromatic space like the ones below (especially when pattern on pattern comes to play).
Luckily we have two bedrooms in this house, so maybe I’ll just do one of each? Although, I’m pretty sure I’ll want to sleep in the room with color. :)
Which do you prefer?
To see more of my bedroom inspiration follow me along on pinterest.
323 // home before tour: bedrooms
Continuing on with the “before” tour are the bedrooms. Basically there are two identical bedrooms (one’s just a bit smaller) and they are both a little yellow box with two windows each.
As you can probably see, these rooms are tiny and there is no way in heck we are fitting our king bed in here, and a queen would still be really pushing it (well, actually right now we do have our king bed in here and we can’t open the closet all the way even with the bed pushed against the wall). After the jump you will notice that a crib is basically the only bed fitting into this room at this size.
So, the plan here is to extend one of the bedrooms into the backyard. We don’t want to cut too far into the backyard, so we will only be adding a few feet to the bedroom (as well as a new bathroom). The main idea is that once we are finished we will at least have room to fit a nightstand on each side of a bed.
One thing we will be keeping for sure are the doors and the trim. I love the simple three panels on the doors and think they suit the house just right.
A peek at the back of the house (its yellow too!) and the bedroom, how we first saw it, is after the jump…