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New Kitchen Inspiration

As many of you know, we purchased a 1940s colonial style fixer upper. We’ve tackled several rooms already including the foyer and master bath. Our next big project is renovating a retro kitchen and opening up several smaller rooms to create an open great room. Over the last several months we’ve been to finalizing the plan and obtaining the building permit. Now we are demoing the space, so there is no going back!

I’d like the kitchen to feel light, modern with natural elements. Here are a few kitchens that I’m drawn to and have helped me hone in on what we want.

farm sink + windows // kitchenmodern neutral kitchenwhite modern kitchen // amber interiorswhite kitchen // brass accentsspanish minimal // open kitchen & dining

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

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Read full story By on June 7, 2016 in interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, mid-century modern

Book Review :: Patina Farm

When I started blogging back in 2009, there were a few hundred decor bloggers out there. Now there are thousands and it’s been really hard to keep up with all my favorites because the list just gets longer and longer. One blog that I’ve followed from the very beginning is Velvet & Linen by interior decorator, Brooke Giannetti.  We quickly bonded on interior design, being moms and raising backyard chickens. At the time, Brooke and her world-renown architect husband, Steve were living in a lovely home in suburban Santa Monica, California. I’ll never forget her decision (which she shared on her blog) to leave the bustling, star-studded Los Angeles community for the quite, serene oasis of Ojai Valley – situated just south of Santa Barbara. I was inspired by her bravery to move her school aged children, build her dream home and follow her heart to spend her free time in nature.

Patina Farm // Book Review // via @simplifiedbee

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve watched Brooke and Steve’s dream unfold and was thrilled to hear that they were going to give us a tour in their just released book, Patina Farm . Through 150 stunning images and beautiful sketches by Steve, the book delivers a detailed account of inspirations, architectural elements, and various influences the designing couple encountered throughout the process. I found it interesting that the number one influence in their home’s footprint was sunlight. To achieve their goal of maximizing sunlight in and outside the home, they situated the house so that the back faces south. They also balanced the light in rooms by adding windows to two or three sides allowing for natural light for greater lengths of time. The connection of the indoor and outdoor spaces just flows in this house – allowing the family to reach their goal of of being surrounded by nature.

front gate // Patina Farm

The mix of materials used throughout Patina Farm was heavily influenced by French, Spanish and Belgium design and included galvanized steel, terra-cotta roof tiles, limestone, glass steel doors, and reclaimed barn doors to name a few. The Giannettis wanted their home to feel as it was built over time this mix helps them achieve that look. The result is a home that’s stunning from every angle. It’s superbly elegant, yet inviting and unpretentious. Brooke and Steve make it look effortless.

farm sink kitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmkitchen // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farm

One of the main reasons we built Patina Farm was to show our children the power of a dream. – Steve & Brooke Giannetti, Patina Farm

breakfast area // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmliving room // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farmmaster bedroom // Patina Farm // Book Reviewmaster bedroom chaise // steve and brooke giannetti // patina farm

This one of the loveliest decor books I’ve read and I’m amazed at how intimate it is. From the first page, Brooke and Steve welcome you into their home in the most down-to-earth, personal way. I highly recommend taking a tour of Patina Farm for yourself!

*photographs by Lisa Romerein from Patina Farm by Brooke Giannetti and Steve Giannetti, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith

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Read full story By on March 8, 2016 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, Features, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, outdoor living, Uncategorized

Design Crush :: Maggie Pierson Design

Comfortable sophistication. That’s what homeowner, jewelry designer, and founder of Dogeared Jewelry, Marcia Maizel-Clarke was seeking when re-designing her Malibu, California home. She hired interior designer and friend, Maggie Pierson to execute her vision of an inviting home that flowed and was well suited for entertaining. The result, as featured in MyDomaine is light & airy, approachable & open, and chic & relaxed. Love, love, love!

white contemporary kitchen // maggie piersonmarble kitchen // pendant lighting // maggie pierson designwhite marble kitchen // maggie piersonboho living room design // maggie pierson designLOVE sign // boho living room // maggie piersonnavy tufted sofa // family room // maggie pierson designround brass coffee table // seating area // maggie piersonwhite laundry room with wooden floors // maggie pierson designcontemporary california bathroom // maggie piersoncustom walk-in closet // maggie pierson designsquare marble tiled shower // maggie piersonsocal patio // maggie pierson design

There are even more beautiful images of this stunning home here.

*photo credit Tessa Neustadt

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Read full story By on August 26, 2015 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Closets, contemporary decor, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, laundry room, laundry rooms, Living Room, living rooms, mid-century modern, Organization, outdoor living, patio furniture

Design Trend :: Copper Home Decor Accents

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copper pendants // kitchen // lonny

Move over brass — copper is back! This warm, rustic metallic element is trending. Whether used in sinks, lighting fixtures, hardware or home accessories, copper accents bring a sophisticated glamour to a space and are perfect paired with neutral palettes. Here are a few of my current copper favorites.

2015 Design Trends // Copper Home Accents

product links:

1 // pendant lighting

2 // baskets

3 // candle

4 // monogrammed shot glasses

5 // chair

6 // channels wallpaper

7 // whistling tea kettle

8 // monogrammed tray

If you are digging the copper home decor trend, you’ll have to check out my latest ideabook on Houzz!

happy decorating,


*image source via Lonny



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Read full story By on January 26, 2015 in chairs, color, copper, design trends, Features, home accessories, houzz, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, wallpaper