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Sunshine and Countertop

I’m off to L.A. for the long weekend with no kids and no husband, but instead traveling with my dear, Grandma. We are headed to my cousin’s wedding and I’m looking forward to some sunshine and relaxing by the pool kid-free. I’m not sure the last time that happened to me!

Between thinking about sunshine and getting ready for my trip, I also pulled the trigger (finally!) and ordered new countertop.  I went for white macaubas quartzite and here she is in all her beauty!

 

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I’m in love with it, but now I have to make another decision on what color to paint the cabinets. I originally wanted white, but now I’m thinking a soft gray or maybe the upper cabinets (the few I have) white and the island a dark gray. Here are some inspiration shots I’ve been pinning to help me decide on the color.

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Love this kitchen and check out those gorgeous barstools!  They look very similar (if not exact) to these at Restoration Hardware. AND, they’re on sale now. Bringing a little dark wood into my kitchen I think would look great with the white countertop, (possibly)gray cabinets and existing white subway tile backsplash.

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Love these library lights (I know you know we’re obsessed.)  I wouldn’t want this washed look of gray but I like the depth of this color.

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This is my all time favorite kitchen.  I do love the look of the bottom cabinets a dark gray and keeping things on top lighter.  The brass hardware is also gorgeous on the gray cabinets.  This photo inspired me to change out my own hardware.

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Anyone have a good experience picking the perfect gray for your own kitchen cabinets?  Enjoy your long weekend!

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Boo!

Boo is the name given by my children to my new desk chair….

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turns out my family thought it was really funny when I told them I had purchased a ghost chair.

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I’ve been debating about this chair forever and decided to finally pull the trigger.  I have to admit, it was love at first sight!

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The ever-favorite ghost chair originates from Phillipe Starcke for Kartell.  It instantly gives any room a modern update but if you decide to purchase the original design it will set you back $410 dollars.  I recently stumbled upon an alternative version on LexMod and decided to order so I could see quality. Ordering a ghost chair through LexMod will cost you around $100 dollars per chair.  And, just in case you are skeptical about purchasing a knockoff ghost chair, Jackie over at York Avenue summed up all the research you need to know when comparing the real and the knockoff versions.

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There are so many different ways to utilize this chair in your home, whether it be for an office area, dining room table or as an occasional chair in your living room.

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Or consider putting one in an entry way where you don’t have much space.

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 Or as an occasional chair in a living room…

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A ghost chair is always a great fit around a dining room or breakfast table….

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The possibilities are endless!

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Kitchen Hardware

Updating kitchen cupboard hardware is one of those things that people don’t think to do because one, it seems expensive and two there is always something else that takes precedence.  I knew it would be a dramatic difference but I kept putting it off because of cost and I couldn’t commit to a style.    After looking at kitchen pulls and knobs for months, I kept coming back to a few kitchen photos I had in my pinterest account starting with this one:

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I love this hardware…so simple and industrial looking.  I also love how they chose not to put any knobs on the lower cabinets and went with all pulls.

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 I love them in polished nickel, too.

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So with those three images stuck in my head, I was on the search for something similar, if not exact.  Here’s where I landed…..the Duluth pulls from Restoration Hardware.

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Duluth Pull-Restoration Hardware

The Duluth Knobs were a little too modern for me (hard to believe, right?) so I went with the Lugarno instead.

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Lugarno Knob-Restoration Hardware

 

Here’s the before:

Not sure if you can tell how ‘cheap’ looking my kitchen hardware was in this before photo.  I think I was so excited to get rid of those pulls and knobs that I didn’t slow down to take a close up photo.

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Here’s the after:

 

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Now I really need to replace the countertop and see if that makes me like my cabinets or do I pull the trigger and paint white?  I’ve only been debating this for four years now!

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