* friday thoughts on things *

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1 // Been jamming out to the new Alt-J record. The whole album is swell, but I have “Every Other Freckle” on repeat.

2// X-mas decorations…already? Is it just me or does christmas seem to pop up earlier and earlier each year?? Good thing this is my FAVE time of year, and I am a shop-aholic, so these gorgeous ornaments from OKL don’t bother me one bit!

3// THIS Little tote is calling my name, and who am I to deny its desire to be my new fall bag? C’mon, that would just be rude.

4//Different day, different bootie. THESE bad boys are about as great as they get.

5// I did a little interview with L.A. Magazine !! Apparently I am making the valley “chic”. If you live in LA you know this is quite the feat, but I am trying my darndest, and taking my new title seriously!

6// One of my fave design firms Commune just popped out a little book full of eye candy. The cover is perf for your coffee table!

7//Hair Scrub?? What the hell is hair scrub? This is what I asked exactly, and then bought it….and now I ask myself , hey hair scrub, where have you been all my life?

8// Stumbled on these 15 slow cooker soup recipes, and as soon as this inferno know as Souther California cools down, i’ll be getting my soup on!

Happy Halloween Lovers. Be safe out there in the land of spooksters!

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Nona’s Cottage Kitchen Remodel

Hi!

Everyone who know me knows I LOVE me a kitchen remodel. Its the most gratifying thing to knock crusty old cabinets down, and modernize the space with new layout, new tile, appliances, colors etc.  Since we are renting at the moment while we search for the perfect next house, I have made it a habit to remodel everyone else’s kitchens so I could get my fix!

You may remember when I worked with Lowes on my Moms (or G’s Nona) backyard a couple months ago. Well, because Lowe’s is amazing and we got along swimingly, when I showed them a picture of the inside of the house, they decided it was only fair that I re-do  my Mom’s dated kitchen and whip it in to shape.  Both my Mom and I could not be more grateful and excited to knock out the old dingy yuck box that was this cottage kitchen, and build a new shiny and bright cottage inspired kitchen.

Here is what I am working with and the grand master plan!!

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So as you can see. D. I. N. G. Y

The house itself has a cute little cottage style about it. So when I sat down with my Mom to ask her what she wanted her new kitchen to look like, she was into the modern country vibe. Think shaker style cabinets, white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze hardware, and some butcher block. We made a Pinterest board to help coral all of our thoughts and ideas.
Here is some highlights of what we pinned…
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When coming up with the design scheme it was easy to find a LOT of the items in stock at Lowe’s which made the process like 2 million times easier. Plus Lowe’s had tons of samples of tile, and countertops etc. in store that we could easily shop from.
So here is the layout we were working with. I wanted to give the appearance that the fridge was built in and move the stove to where my mom had some counter space to spread out and cook.  We also needed to add an area to sit and grub, so I extended the cabinetry to the floor so that we could create a little built-in banquette nook.  The corner where I put the banquette was a little dark so we are adding a window to let in more natural light and help balance out that long wall with the front of the house.
There is a lot to do , and besides the countertops and floors, my Mom and Grandpa are tackling all the labor. Which is so admirable and I love the fact that there is literally blood sweat and tears in this project.
I will be giving you some progress shots next and then the obvious big fat “after” reveal.
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before & after// Dr. Client Clients!!

Holy WOW brown cow now now, its that time!

What time you say??  THE TIME!! 

 The time for the best part about this blog.  The magic show we all know as the Before & After post!! The post where we can scrutinize the before and then “ooooh and awwwwww” at the after.

I think I do better when I don’t try to intro to much and let the pics do the talking.

so without any more jibber jabber

::LIVING ROOM BEFORE::

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::LIVING ROOM AFTER ::

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:: MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE ::

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:: MASTER BEDROOM AFTER ::

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:: BEFORE MASTER BATHROOM ::

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:: AFTER MASTER BATHROOM ::

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:: NURSERY BEFORE ::

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:: NURSERY AFTER ::

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:: OFFICE BEFORE ::

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:: OFFICE AFTER ::

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all after photos by Tessa Neustadt

Pretty dramatic, no???

So much was changed and I could not be happier with the way it turned out!

And, if you missed it and want to read a little more about the project, it was featured over on Domaine yesterday.

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+ life according to my iPhone +

Its been a while since I checked what was going on in my life, via my phone. That is pretty much the only way I can keep track of all the whirlwind weeks that seem to fly by. Wake, Mom, Work, Mom, Sleep, Wake, Mom, Work, Sleep, make this lady a happy but forgetful lady.

Lets peep the scene through my iPhone screen

OK so first up, I finally got around to having Dr. Client Clients house shot by a pro photographer and I was lucky enough to work with Ms. Tessa Neustadt. She is a magical wizard worker behind the lens and I couldn’t be more happy with the photos. I plan on posting a full reveal “before and after”real soon! Like maybe today on Domaine Home (wink wink)

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Then I went and visited a bunch of  my job sites and the running theme is ridiculously awesome doors!

Client Awesome got some

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and Client Sandy Castles is getting some.

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BTW I realize I have yet to properly introduce you all to Client Sandy Castles. We are still designing away and have little to show yet, however I am lucky enough to be working with the crazy talent architect Eric Olson. He is an amazingly talented fella and I can’t wait to show you this pretty project in its entirety…

Client Freaking Fabulous is not quite done yet. We delivered her enormous and beautiful custom couch AND laid out some bathroom Tile for her guest bathroom!!

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Then I went shopping for clients galore because everyone is a winner in this situation.

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And since the Duck has been out of town for the past 10 days, I have been relishing in my quality time with G. MAN I love her so much and it’s a love that officially gets deeper and deeper everyday.

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she rock climbs, and trampoline bungee jumps….because she is a freakin bad ass!

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Well, there ya have it!

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:: designer quick tip ::

Its been a while since I broke down a room and talked some quick tips!

Lets start this monday off right dudes, since I know this is critical life  information folks.

LIFE CHANGING, HEAD SPINNING, MIND BLOWING INFORMATION!

in other news..back to work today from a long weekend of working.

I can hear the tiny violins playing loudly .

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affordable art round up

I could totally say sorry for the lack of  posting, or apologize for my apologies…but I believe that can get old really fast, and instead i’ll carry right on. Its been a while since I rounded up some affordable art for you, so let’s have at it lovers.

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/1/  AURORA /2/ BEN GILES “TEARS” /3/ BUSHES & A BENCH  / 4 / TREES IN GLENDALE

/ 5 / LADIES / 6 / EGYPTIAN MOONS / 7 / POTTED PLANT

 

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Noteworthy: Barcelona Eclectic

Well how the hell are you Monday people?? The good news is no one I know has Ebola. The bad news is G baby has the flu from hell and I feel like it’s coming my way next. It’s seriously inevitable in our house that as soon as it drops a degree or two we all get sick. Its baloney! But it could be much much worse, so I am happy that the flu is the extent of our health issues. Anywwhoooooooo y’all know I love geeking out on a killer pad. this house tour I am about to show you did not disappoint. Its modern, and a bit country chic, and eclectically bohemian all under one roof and I dig it. There is a fine line between too much “stuff” and just the right amount of “stuff” and this house has the right amount in my book.  There are definitely a few things I would remove from the walls (like the art above the sofa in the Living room)but for the most part i’ll take it. In fact I plan on buying a ticket to Barcelona (pronounced Barth-Elona) and drawing the owners out waving a red cloak, and then squatting in the house until they light it on fire and smoke me out.

Yep….just like that.

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// friday thoughts on things //

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1//This Brass Light  as well as all the other lighting available on this website is gorgeous!.

2// I am addicted to coffee. I stumbled on this coffee drank recipe and now my life is complete. Its B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

3//  Always looking for a new scent…this one is apparently the BOMB.COM.  I ordered, and I will let you all know how it goes!

4// Side Table Tray

5// You must read this article about a couple of Australian ex-pats that are rebuilding a french country château. Seriously, not only is this literally a dream of mine, but this specific château is blowing my mind. Read the article HERE and follow their Instagram account HERE

6// Domaine home wrapped up a sweet collection of 18 beautiful and tiny bedrooms worth taking a look at!

7// These fancy flats are perfectly embellished. They are part of my fall wardrobe now. Wearing it with THIS sweater and THESE jeans.

8// Pinterest showed me the way to this list of Top 10 free fonts with the best ampersands. Who doesn’t love an Ampersand??

Happy Weekend Lovers!

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++ 5 DIY’s I’d like to try ++

With Halloween fast approaching and then Turkey Day and Christmas, I love getting my crafty craft on. Making a list of projects that give me an excuse to head to Michaels or Lowe’s brings me nothing but joy.  Anyone else think the smell of a glue gun reminds you of the Holiday season??  Of course the chances of me actually doing said projects is slim to none..but making the list at least gets my wheels going and gives me an A for effort.

#1

DIY DOGGY BOWL OR FELINE FEEDER

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WOOD AND LEATHER HAT RACK

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DIY TOWEL RING

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COPPER TRIPOD LAMP

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HANGING LOUNGE CHAIR

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any awesome DIY’s I missed?

LMK

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Sales Sales Sales…

Its Columbus day which means no school. Lucky me, I get to have G at the office all day long!! Seriously, it’s my favorite thing ever having my girl around at work. Her little energy brightens my mood and although I have a really hard time focusing, I feel at ease when she is near.  What’s even more awesome is when she asks questions about what I am doing, and if she can help. I wonder ALL THE TIME about what she will choose to do when she grows up. If she will take a liking to the family business, or if she will have zero interest in what I do and want to be a race car driver or something. Anyone else out there spend way more time than normal thinking about what their offspring will be like in 2 months, 4 years, 16 years, etc…??

Anyways, what the hell am I blubbering on about this morning??  Surely you don’t want to talk about anything more than what sale items  I want to purchase currently…. obvs.

Lets get to celebrating Captain Columbus and his bounty of sales shall we..

saleroundup TARGET: 1 // 2 // 3  USE CODE: HOME15

MADEWELL: 1// 2// 3// USE CODE: OHFALL

JCREW: 1// 2// 3// USE CODE: WEEKENDPLANS

PIPERLIME: 1// 2// 3// USE CODE: FALL20

NEED SUPPLY: 1// 2// 3// USE CODE: PICKYOURHEROES

 

 

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