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Clever Kitchen Pantry

Was browsing houzz yesterday and came across this great kitchen idea…

A cabinet, a nice cabinet, but a cabinet nonetheless…geez how interesting, Tessa…

BUT, look what’s actually behind that unassuming cabinet!
When you see a shot of the full kitchen, you can see how brilliant the design was as it perfectly balances the fridge at the other end of the counter. Looks loads better than had they done a traditional door to a pantry–keeps things nice and streamlined.
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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!



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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Kitchen Rugs

We were away in Iowa this past weekend watching my nephew make his first communion.  It was a great weekend and one of my favorite photos is this one:

An awesome pantry!


oh, and let’s not forget to mention Mr. William all dressed up for the big event.  He was happy to have found a door that was just his size.  This mini door leads out to the garage so that they  (my brother and sister in law’s house) can pull up and place grocery bags in the pantry without having to walk through the house lugging all of the grocery bags.  Brilliant!!

Speaking of kitchens…I like using things in unexpected places and the trend of persian (style) rugs in the kitchen is one that I’m loving.

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Terra Cotta Properties

There’s something so unexpected about using a rather traditional rug in more modern kitchens. This rugs brightens up this kitchen and really softens the other elements in the room.  And of course, I love the David Hicks pendants.

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Lauren Grant Blog

 Not only do I love the rug, but I LOVE, LOVE the windows and no upper cabinets.  Kitchens are really becoming a central zone in your house and this one looks like it could blend right in with the adjacent living room.

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via Kikis list blog

 The lime green and blue in this rug are perfect for a kitchen.

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via Pinterest

My only advice to anyone thinking about doing this is to not invest a lot because these rugs tend to be very delicate and it’s best to look at places such as esalerugs.  I recently came across this rug that I want for my kitchen AFTER I paint the cupboards and replace the countertop.Amy Signature

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