Hot Lips In The Kitchen

Hot lips in the kitchen, say what?! I’m referring to a Benjamin Moore paint color, folks! Yes, I’m prepared to show you something all kinds of hot pink, and delicious. But first I’m sharing a photo of my amazing family from Halloween-because, well, look at them! We DIY’d the Katy Perry costume for Ava for about $30, and my lovely Sadie was such a sassy 1920’s flapper.  Had to share! Also since it shows part of my dining room I figured it was a nice segue for me to tell you that It is being featured on Cutting Edge Stencils blog.  So go check it out! 
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Now, since I went an entire week without a post (again), I figured I better share something pretty fantastic with you.  I may be a little biased, but how can a pink kitchen be a bad thing?

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The paint color is “hot lips” by Benjamin Moore, I think it is very reminiscent of this foyer featured in House Beautiful, painted in their razzle dazzle shade. The kitchen used to be black, but it just wasn’t working. Even though the space gets an amazing amount of light, the dark color sucked the energy out of the room.  I didn’t like the black kitchen juxtaposed with the purple ikat dining room either.  Now the space is vibrant, and fun, and it just sort of glows from every angle.  

DSC02027The stove wasn’t always in this location, but after we put in a dishwasher and added counter space, this was only place for it to go.  I refuse to give up my breakfast nook to make room for a larger kitchen, so I’ve gotten comfortable with this arrangement.  Here is a before of the kitchen redo in progress:

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I gained so much counter space by switching the stove to the opposite side, and removing the cabinet that the old hood was attached to, only helped to open the space up.  When I was a teenager my mom removed every cabinet in our kitchen, opting instead for open shelving, the she skirted the bottom portion of would be cabinets in a floral Ralph Lauren fabric.  Yeah, traditional kitchens ain’t our thang.

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I did keep some black in the kitchen by way of a chalkboard refrigerator:

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And the hot pink peg board?! I adore it. In a smallish kitchen it helps to have things on hand.

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Lastly, Is a glimpse of the breakfast nook before it undergoes some transformation.  We are planning to do a built in bench seat on all three sides to cozy up the space, and maybe a few sconce lights, because I am not a fan of overhead lighting.

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I have some fun Christmas projects to share, and a chic (very simple) Ikea table redo, so stay tuned! 

XO-Tara

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Wingbacks & Paint Decks

Hey Guys!

I neglected the good Ol’ blog last week, but I did manage to find two great wingback chairs for a reasonable price ($70 for the pair).  They are in amazing condition, very sturdy, near perfect upholstery, and the feminine shape I prefer.  I am definitely going forward with painting them. I’ve read nearly every tutorial on the subject, and feel confident that It will give me the custom look I want, with a price tag I can actually afford.  

wordI busted out our my moms trusty Benjamin Moore paint deck to start the process of choosing a paint color for these gems.  I am leaning towards kelly green/emerald-green, but tomorrow I could be dead set on lavender!  I’m not shy when it comes to color, if you haven’t noticed.  I have a lavender living room, dark purple ikat dining room, hot pink kitchen, and turquoise breakfast nook.  It sounds like crazy town, but I promise you it works!  I know it sounds like I choose colors on whim, but it’s very intentional, and a lot of time is spent lugging these heavy ass paint decks around trying to decide on the perfect color.  

I welcome your input as to what the color of these chairs should be! 

In other news, we will probably get started making the benches in a few weeks.  I cannot wait!  The wingback chairs take up more visual weight, so having three chairs on each side is too cluttered for my liking.  The simplicity of the benches will allow the wingback chairs to bask in the spotlight.  

I’m still deciding on fabric options for the window seat and pillows, and also trying to decide if I can spruce up the buffet enough to warrant keeping it.  It has a sort of medieval vibe-largely due to the hardware, so a simple swap might suffice.  I was also thinking of painting it to match the wingback chairs-for consistencies sake.

OK-I really must go and make the corn chowder I promised my children for dinner

(Deborah Madison’s recipe-It’s fantastic!)

XO-Tara

 

Change…

IMG_0695 I have a problem.  Have you heard those stories about crazy ladies who rearrange their furniture while their husbands are at work, and then their husbands come home at night, tripping and falling all over the lack of familiarity?  That’s me.

An entrance to my home is often followed by a long pause, a survey of what has since been changed.  I suppose it’s a rather inherent quality, OK I guess its more of a hindrance than an actually quality per say, but who’s keeping track.

The inoperable (for now) fireplace has been an issue since we moved into this 1920’s bungalow two years ago.  It was always the nerdy kid in the corner  watching everyone else enjoy the party.  With the door being just feet away, flanking chairs seemed bulky and awkward, but it was apparent that we needed something to fill the space.  We had always talked about built in bookcases, but aren’t things much more fun when done on a whim! So here’s the story about how my mom said, “You should do those built-ins by the fireplace,” and so we did…that weekend.  It all started with a trip to Ikea for some Billy bookcases.  Ohhh, did I forget to mention that these bookcases are totally removable, and for all intents and purposes, FAKE?! I know what your thinking, I’m a total genius, I absolutely agree. After another trip to Lowes for a sheet of MDF, and some trim pieces, the engineering began.  Well at least it did for my husband.  I come up with the brilliant ideas, he makes it happen.  That’s our system, however unfair it may be.  He has his gifts, I have mine, it just so happens mine involve a lot less physical labor.  So basically you sit the bookcase in your opening until you have a proportionate amount on each side.  We pulled ours closer to the front of the fireplace, to give the illusion of more depth. Then you box it in using your MDF for the sides and top, and add trim/molding pieces to give it a more finished look.

bookcases no ceilingThe great thing is that the top is totally removable, allowing access to the outlets behind that we did want to re-route, and should I ever one day tire of these fantastical beauties, all I have to do is slide them out.  All of the MDF, and molding is secured directly to the bookcase, making it one continuous piece.  Amazeballs, I know.  Obviously, I added new sconces,  roman shades, and did something a little traditional with the mantle styling, and the hot pink magazine files from Target are totally killing it, but more on that later.  In closing I would like to address that little white Spackle blob above the  right sconce.  I would love it if every time I shared a photo on our blog, it was this perfect flawless image.  But lets face it, everyone’s life is in need of a little Spackle, both literally and metaphorically.  So there.

Signed,

Keeping it real in Ohio.