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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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Denim-Inspired Interiors

When I can pull myself out of yoga pants, my uniform is jeans and a T-shirt. This spring, I’m partial to a distressed, skinnier fit boyfriend (hoping my stylist friend Jennie approves!) like these ones from 7 For All Mankind which are just about the perfect shade of blue for spring dressing.

I’m also totally into wearing a chambray shirt with jeans! Yup, embracing that trend in full because it makes life easy in the morning. I just throw on a patterned scarf and a cute pair of flats  to break up all the jean. I love pulling denim into home decor as well…

How gorgeous is this front door?

Christopher Maya Inc

Speaking of doors…



Gary McBournie

Gary McBournie

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

If you like the wall treatment above, Home Depot sells a Blue Denim Texture Wallpaper.Or, go literal and bring denim in on furniture

via Casadasamigas


via Pinterest

via Pinterest


I’d mix this look up a bit with some contrasting colors–maybe more white and some yellow, coral and navy in lieu of the purple blue they chose for the lights and duvet cover (I know, completely different look, but just stating my preference!)

Here are a few easy ways to bring a little denim blue into your home…

Bedding from Serena & Lily is some of our favorite (and of course don’t miss those sconces and wallpaper!) and they have some gorgeous blue options right now that remind of a soft, worn pair of jeans

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

S&L also has this Harper Denim Rug

You know I love the Emily and Meritt collection from PB Teen and I love the juxtaposition of classic tufting and contemporary fabric in this Denim Chaise Lounge

The Emily and Meritt Denim Chaise Lounge

Maybe a little much for you? Get a similar look in this Denim Glam Vanity Stool. This would make a great ottoman in front of a modern, clean lined chair or pull up a couple of them to an art table for kids–denim looks even better a little distressed!

Glam Vanity Stool, Denim

It’s also a great option for outdoor furniture this summer like this Highland Patio Lounge Chair

Brown Jordan Patio Furniture. Highland Patio Lounge Chair in Denim with Bazaar Throw Pillow

Home Depot

This simple Square Dye Stripe Kitchen Towel in Denim is only $14 and reminds me of the classic jeans and white t combo and gives you a taste of the look without a commitment!

Square Dye Stripe Kitchen Towel, Denim

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Panels Popping up in Bathrooms

A  trend (a small one, I admit!) that I’ve been seeing is using curtain panels instead of a shower curtain in bathrooms.  While I still prefer the look of glass doors, it’s not always the case for some bathrooms.  And let’s face it, I only have it in me to clean one glass shower door in my house which means my kids get stuck with a shower curtain in their bathroom.  Our kid’s bathroom also serves as our guest bathroom so I think adding curtain panels  would give it a more ‘finished’ look and make them feel like they were staying at a Four Seasons (okay, maybe not!).

Here’s a few inspiration photos that got me thinking about doing it in my own home.

 If you are fortunate enough to have a bathtub nook, I think adding panels makes this feel so serene.

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The pattern of these drapes give this all white bathroom a bit of interest.

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Elegant and classy!  Love the soft colored band on the drapes.

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Love this bathroom design for a boy’s bathroom and those horizontal, striped drapes look great with the bathroom decor. I’m bookmarking this photo–don’t you love the library light sconce?

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These drapes soften the all over look of marble.  What do we think about the artwork hanging over the tub?

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Love the valence which took this ‘average’ bathroom and turned it into a luxurious hideout.


So many things I love about this bathroom, white subway tile with darker grout, black door, dark (slate probably?) tile flooring and the casual feel the drapes add to this room.

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If you’re thinking about trying this look in one of your bathrooms, here are a few drapes that I think would work for a master or kid’s bathroom. Above, they’ve used the Ikat Ogee Curtain from West Elm

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West Elm-Ogee Linen

 At first glance, these look like just drapes with a small blue pattern but….

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Land of Nod-Fish Curtains

look closely….love these Land of Nod Fish Patterned Curtain Panels for a kid’s bathroom and also love the fact that they are pocket rod drapes so you don’t see hooks or grommet holes.

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Land of Nod-Fish Curtains

 Or, these for a simple look…

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Land of Nod-Grey and White Panels

These PB Kids Addison Panelscome in three different colors but I think the pink ones would look adorable in an all girl’s bathroom.  Or, they would have been great during my single days!


Pottery Barn Kids-Addison Panel

Do you think you will follow this trend?  I’ll keep you updated when I decide to give it a try.  Enjoy your weekend and we will see you back here on Monday!

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