Friday, March 26, 2010

Mud Room Storage Solution?

Some might ask, what is a mud room? For me, its an irregular space that is part of our kitchen and eat-in area. One of our biggest challenges is the original layout of our house and kitchen. While we are grateful for the large space that is uncommon in 1920's home designs, we've been hitting road blocks with how to divide the space while keeping it functional and aesthetic. Thank goodness for my friends who love, live and eat design like I do. My girlfriend sent me this image as an option for the only remaining original built-in left in our kitchen (the previous owners tore everything out, not us... promise!) which I absolutely love! What are your thoughts on it?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lakeland has become a "brand" name in Home Decor

While researching the web for the ultimate kitchen sink for our remodel, I came across the following sink... Who knew that our small town nestled among the orange groves in Florida would have such an impact on home decor...

Introducing... American Standard's Lakeland 33" Single Bowl Kitchen Sink...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mirror Mirror on the Wall and in the Hall...

Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces
My latest find...
Who doesn't love mirrors? Considered to be one of the  world's oldest accessories, they come in all shapes and sizes. With 3 girls in the house (excluding myself) I have them everywhere! In the 14th Century the invention of the mirror plate was invented which allowed mirror makers to produce flat, colorless glass. And leave it to the French to be the first to create the casting method which later enabled manufacturers to produce mirrors on a larger scale. By the mid 18th century, the mirror became an architectural device as a medium for reflecting light and magnifying space. Set into panelling, ceilings and gesso frames, mirrors became a staple in galleries, balls, banquets and our homes. The most famous example is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles (French:Grande Galerie or Galerie des Glaces), which was copied all over Europe. The principal feature of this famous hall is the seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows that overlook the gardens. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the galerie des glaces (Verlet, 1985a). How many mirrors do you have? What style is your favorite? How are they displayed in your home, office, space? For the record, anyone who lives for decorating like I do, should obviously have the website for Versailles bookmarked. If not, here's a direct link to their website:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Insert Foot Into Mouth!!!

Remember my earlier post about our wonderful kitchen cupboard??? Well, my hubby didn't object but my kitchen layout did! UGH... True to my word, we're keeping the piece but it has found a home in our living room and a new coat of paint as well. I love the "Lincoln Cabinet Black" paint I scooped up from Lowes and I'm almost done painting my entire living room with Dutch Boy Paint's "Cathedral" which is a gray that reminds me of Belgian interiors... Back to the drawing board and once again I'm on the "HUNT" for another fabulous vintage piece for our kitchen.

Breakfast Anyone?

One of our favorite family meals is Breakfast for Dinner. We get in our jammies and make breakfast together. Bella & Sofia love to help and here's  a few pictures of them preparing the eggs. Our kitchen remodel is still underway but we manage to have fun in all of the chaos!