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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Ikat Dining Room

Bonjour!

It’s a gloomy day in my neck of the woods, so I thought it would be fun to show you some photos of my vibrant dining room! 

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When we bought our house the dining room was a big white box.  A blank slate is great except that the whole “possibilities are endless” thing can really wear on a person over time.  I had concrete ideas about what I wanted for our dining room.  A dining room/library combo, a huge  table, a window seat, and stenciled walls.  I had the idea to stencil the walls right from the beginning. A stencil is the perfect option for someone who loves wallpaper but either cannot afford it, or is afraid of the commitment. Why purple ikat? I have always adored everything from Madeline Weinrib, especially this purple ikat fabric, and I wanted something that replicated that rich design.  I used the Samarkand stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, and the paint color is byzantine purple by Olympic.  My husband has a B.F.A. with a concentration in printmaking so naturally I made him do the stencil.  It took roughly two days to complete, and it was absolutely worth it, because it really couldn’t have turned out more perfect.

Once the window seat was built, I had the idea to “frame” the little nook with all of our books.  We used sets of L brackets to construct the towers of books.  In each column there are four sets of L brackets.  The books are piled on top of the brackets to create the illusion that they are just casually stacked from the floor up. A shelf painted the same color of the walls (to blend in) spans from one column of books to the other and helps finish that “library” feel we were going for.  I love me some inspiration boards, so the inside of the walls have photos and magazine clippings taped up with washi tape.  I do have to say that I’m ready for a change of pillows, the zebra Waverly print on the euro shams might stay, but the other pillows which are outdoor by Waverly, are too childish for the space.  Also the window seat cushion needs to visit an upholsterer for a snazzy new cover-so I’ve started brainstorming, and fabric searching.  I am also on the hunt for dining room chairs, something much more comfortable than the old things we have now.  I’ve been contemplating benches with thick cushions, but anything with an upholstered seat would be better than what we have now.  So stay tuned for another installment of Tara’s incessant need to change things! 

The photo lampshades were a fun way to personalize the space.  They are Instagram prints (printed using PostalPix) that we covered in adhesive and attached to the lampshades.  F.U.N.

A quick word about our dining table.  It’s this one from Ikea, although ours is the larger one that seats up to 14 people. It comes in three colors- black, brown, and birch.  No Bueno.  I did not want a big honkin black table in this space, but I did want the largest table I could find, and for cheap! So I purchased said table.  Then one nice summer day I proceeded to carry the big honkin table outside and sand the veneer right off of it.  It. took. forever.  Then I stained it, and polyurethaned it.  It’s not exactly rustic, but I don’t mind.  It is extremely sturdy, and for the cost of the table ($300) plus $20 for stain & polyurethane- I have the sort of table I had always dreamed of having, all with a very low price tag.  

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