February 8, 2016

Z Gallerie Art

hi friends how was your weekend? winter decided to make an appearance here in new england and we got actual snow on friday. i almost forgot what it looked like! ;) we finally introduced the boys to the joys of sledding and while it's a lot of work for us, it's worth it to see the pure elation on their faces. we're supposed to get more this week. now now february, you were behaving so nicely. don't go all 2015 on us!

i got the new z gallerie catalog in the mail and actually took a second to flip through it. they have some amazing art!! and in particular oversize art that isn't a million dollars. check it.




i think this one is my favorite - horses and it's giant (almost 65" wide). plus it has a pretty white floater frame.


moody grays just waiting to make a statement somewhere!



more horses :)


i don't know why i like this one but i do. it would be all wrong in my house but in a formal space it could be really good.


they also have a whole bunch of original art too (at much heftier prices). what are your faves?

February 5, 2016

Project Update: Master Bedroom

next up in the home updates - our master bedroom! you've been seeing snippets of this room for a while but never the full picture (ha no pun intended ;). it's a funny thing about master bedrooms. they are often the last room to be "done" or even thought about, especially for those of us with young kiddos. and we have been no different until now. i always made an effort to have it look nice but it was never great. previously our room was a mishmash of furniture from different houses/apartments that had been replaced in a totally piecemeal way or not replaced at all. until about 2 months ago, you would have looked at our dresser and seriously questioned my design sense. it was from my first apartment after college and it had been moved approximately 800 times. it was this terrible orange-wood tone but it was fine and we had no real reason to replace it.

the orange dresser and other randomness had finally begun to bug me enough that i decided to make our room a focus and give it the same attention that i have given to other rooms. another big part was that we had planned on adding storage in there and i knew it would drive me crazy if we spent a good chunk of change on new built ins and the rest of the room still looked just meh.

the hardest part was getting my wonderful husband on board but i promised him no more bright aqua walls (a paint mistake i would rather forget than talk about!). the concept for the space was calm and peaceful with a touch of california cool. here's where we ended up!

*all photos by kate renyi of ker photography*


i chose classic gray by benjamin moore for the walls which created the most soothing backdrop.


the built ins have made such a huge difference not only in terms of storage but also coziness. they are painted dove white by benjamin moore. hardware is from schoolhouse electric, one of my very faves.


we added sconces above each dresser and put them on a dimmer so they give off great ambient light.


i used the same linen for the bench seat cushion as for the bed and had the seamstress do a french seam for a less tailored look. i love how it came out!


across from the built ins we created a seating area with these awesome banana leaf chairs, serena & lily pillows, and beach photography by artist christine flynn who i found on one king's lane.


i love how the bed and nightstands came together. the bed i wanted was from restoration hardware but even the lowest headboard height was too high for the window above. covering it up seemed awkward so i opted for the custom route. i found this guy, jordan, in arizona who make exact replicas of the RH beds (and any other one you might want) in custom sizes. score! the company is called custom beds and headboards, straight forward enough! ;) honestly his pricing is fantastic - no more than buying it from RH including shipping and tax. so i quickly scooped up some greige linen fabric and sent it to him to do his magic.


the tufting is well done and the thing is sturdy. i also had a giant 4 foot lumbar pillow made from boho pillow on etsy. the shades and duvet cover were pretty much the only things left over from the old room.


the side tables are from wisteria (as well as the bench) and the lamps are from one king's lane. okl actually featured a snap of mine on instagram of this lamp and our bed and it got just shy of 3,500 likes!!


so there you have it! and because i like to keep it real and i'm not perfect...things i would have done differently and/or things left to do:

1. i should have made the bench seat at the window deeper. it's tough to sit there. but i realized too late and decided to live with it as opposed to ripping out what was already installed.

2. the room needs more art. i kind of love how simple and uncluttered it is but it may be too bare.

3. i have a white duvet from west elm that i totally forgot to put on the bed for this photoshoot. we don't use it because stanley our dog likes to cuddle in bed in the mornings and i don't care what happens to the old duvet. but man i wish i had remembered for the pics!!

4. oh and the rug is nothing exciting but in the end there wasn't to budget to swap it out.

thanks so much for following along! this was a long one. have the best weekend!!

February 4, 2016

Real Estate: New Build

time for another real estate listing post! i've been watching this one since they poured the foundation because it's on a road that i take a lot to get around town. i love how it came out and i'm not always a fan of builder style. but this one they really were careful with. 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths and 6,300 sf. all yours for $2.6M!

love the farmhouse style. and you can't see back there on the left but that's a three car garage.



the entry.


gray and white kitchen with some actually interesting pendants.



cute butler's pantry with chicken wire door fronts. not my personal taste but still cute.


family room with loads of built ins.


nice landing upstairs and not a boob light in sight!


lots of marble and that tub es muy bueno.


i'd take it! you? :)

February 3, 2016

Girlie Room

i would design kids bedrooms all day if i could!! and if i was four years old, i think i could be very happy in this room. plus that rug - is there anything cuter?!


part of designing a kids room is making sure that the big investment pieces can grow along with your kiddo. i think a 14 year old would still like this bed and the nightstands. the dresser knobs could be changed out (hard to see but they are pink) and with different art, you could have a fun teenage room!

p.s. the pendant and acrylic chair are for a little built in desk area - seems random if you don't know about that piece!

February 1, 2016

Project Update: Powder Room

the weekends lately have been busy and short. anyone else feel that way? we have a vacation coming up and i'm praying i can make it!! so i feel like this is the longest time coming but i can finally start sharing our home updates and improvements that we made last fall. yay!! i'll kick it off with the smallest space, our powder room which has undergone a few transformations.

when we moved in there wasn't even a mirror and i immediately hated the sink and cabinet. there was no room to put anything on the (non-existent) counter and the sink was so shallow, water just sprayed out of it. washing little hands was kind of disastrous.


then i added some hot pink wallpaper which was a total mistake (and blogged about here).


ouch hurts your eyes right?! so then i changed the wallpaper and now finally updated the vanity (plus mirror and lighting). i love it so much.

i decided to choose a custom cabinet to fit the space. i wanted a clean look so i went with inset cabinetry and a white quartz top. i had the fabricator miter a 2" edge which is a good trick and way to fake a thicker counter. i also decided to have no overhang on the counter so it fits the cabinet base cleanly.

*all photography by the fab kate renyi*


the mirror is from restoration hardware and i love the super simple rounded corners. i went with brass for the lighting, mirror, and knobs and chrome for the faucet. the mix of finishes make it feel more interesting and i love the non-matchy matchy look.


the huge black and white photo makes the space look so much bigger.



sources:
cabinet paint: white dove, benjamin moore
knobs: schoolhouse electric
faucet: purist by kohler
mirror: restoration hardware
sconce: pottery barn
art: one kings lane
trash can: pottery barn
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