Modern, but Rustic Kitchen Shelves

24 Jan

I saw these shelves on Nest Design Studio’s blog, and they are absolutely what I have been picturing for my kitchen!

These shelves, originally posted on,housetweaking , are just what I've had in mind...

These shelves, originally posted on,housetweaking , are just what I’ve had in mind…

My handy father has a bunch of salvaged barn wood, out of which he crafted this cute shelf to display my vintage inkwell collection.



I love it, but I want a more modern, and cleanable bracket for use in the kitchen.  The shelves from house tweaking use the Ekby Bjarnum bracket  from IKEA, and the look is just what I am after. Time to call my dad with some measurements!

A Dab of Red Will Do

23 Jan

I’ve been feeling quite crafty these days, and have finally snapped back into DIY project mode. A couple of weeks ago, I tackled the reinvention of the sweet little vanity bench I use at my desk. It used to look a bit dinged up and dated- just sort of blended into the neutral surroundings. Now, painted red and recovered with a large scale, turquoise and oatmeal zigzag fabric by Lacefield Designs, it is fresh and happy!

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I simply love how this small project makes such a big statement, but totally works with the rest of the space.

A Bed for Thomas

23 Sep

I just bought this twin bed on craigslist for $15! It needs a little love, but is is just the piece I was looking for! I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do to it, but I just know it’s going to turn out cute.  Any suggestions?

bed 2

bed 1

Bling for Your Kitchen?

8 Jul

Yes please! I just love the new trend of using antique mirror as a kitchen back splash. I think it adds just a hint of sophistication and loads of old world charm, without looking dated. Pair it with modern appliances and sleek cabinets to up the modern-rustic quotient, and I think you’ve got a winning combo. Equally suited for white caesar stone as honed black granite or polished concrete, an aged mirror back splash adds texture and warmth. This glass tile is difficult to source, but Ann Sacks  offers a couple of colorways in their Versailles collection.

Here are a few images that have inspired me.  If I was renovating my kitchen right this moment, I would be right on top of this trend!

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Making Plans

4 Feb

I’m starting to make plans for a few updates in the kitchen.  Here is what I won’t be changing: the floors, the counter tops and the appliances.What else is there, you say? Well, let me just fill you in:

I will be painting the walls, painting the cabinets, painting the buffet, adding hardware, shifting cabinets, bringing in a marble element, changing light fixtures and shelving…. It’s actually A LOT.

I’m on a tight budget and can’t do it all at once either, so the project will be broken down into lots of little tasks, the first of which is to paint the walls. I’d like to share a kitchen renovation from Cottage Living’s December 2008 issue, that has been haunting me for just that long. It’s pretty much exactly what I’d like my kitchen to look like someday. The floor plan is so similar to mine, and all of the changes seem so do-able, and not to expensive. It’s too bad CL has been out of business for the last four years, but thank goodness the photos could still be found online!  Anne Turner Carroll, I admire your classic and cozy style.

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As I said, I am starting with paint, and I’ll update you as I go! Hooray for a new project!


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