I’ve been pinning and dreaming and saving kitchen inspirations ever since we moved into the new place over two years ago and I’ve begun to notice something in my inspiration images that you have probably already caught onto as well.
The Wooden Kitchen Cabinet is back.
It’s better than ever though, here are a few examples to enjoy.
I’m not sure what this means for my particular kitchen. I have some lovely wide plank oak floors that bring in plenty of the natural wood grain that I love. So my guess is that we won’t be springing for wood on top of wood when we do take the cabinet leap.
But I sure do like what I’m seeing out there on the internets! How bout y’all?
Things have progressed in our master bedroom, but the process is still a process and if you’re anything like me, then you’re never really done. (What would be the fun in that?)
But let’s talk about where I am with the Master Bedroom evolution. Here is a little visual journey of of the room since I placed the bed on this wall in the room.
In the early days of committing to this layout, we were quite bare. We lost this particular rug in a puppy accident.
It was a cheapie score from Ebay that I wasn’t too sad to let go.
In this progress pic, we’re rugless and contemplating the Marimekko print for over the bed.
Here, we’re still rugless, still contemplating art for the frames over the nightstands, but we do have 1 partially DIY’d bedside dresser with hardware and we’re trying out some matching reading lamps.
Most recent status. Looking more and more like a real room. Here we have committed to some matching ocean art prints and I’m trying out the Suzani for over the bed.
We finally landed on a great Moroccan rug for this room, and the touch of green is inspiring where we may go next as the room continues to evolve.
The last time you and I spoke here about the bedroom, the dude and I had settled on a bedframe. We chose the drommen from CB2. This bed is aesthetically good looking – but despite upgrading from our casper mattress to a big cushy springy Serta, the bed rails still squawk underneath when we roll over. I’ve read enough reviews to think this may be a problem that we can fix with a new set of bed boards. Looks great though and overall it was a nice compromise between upholstered (me) and wood(him). I’ll never say no to a little midcentury inspired design in the mix, though I’ll admit that I do think more and more lately about swapping it out for something with a bit more stature.
For a really long time, I had paralysis on side tables for this bed. Its beauty lies in the angled wood feature that cradles the headboard. I didn’t want to cover that up. But alas, we need freaking drawers to hide our clutter.
The Bunching Table by Four Hands
27.5W x 27.5D x 15.75H in
I thought real long and hard about the Bunching Table for some time. I still thinkin about it. It’s from Four Hands, a brand that Shop TEOT carries. It’s just the right mix of rustic and modern to suit the decor sweet spot where Heffe and I merge.
Instead, I got Ivar.
31 1/2W x 19 5/8D x 22 1/2H
The Ivar is significantly less sophisticated & special, but also whoa… significantly less pricey. I’m a sucker for an inexpensive DIY project. I always end up springing for the inexpensive option and tell myself its a short-term solution while I continue to belabor thoughts over the investment pieces.
Truth be told. I should put my big girl pants on and buy two of the Bunching Table. And despite all other options that I constantly consider, I really really like them and have for quite some time.
Meanwhile, on the merits of IVAR as a solution, these natural pine babies are just simple dressers from IKEA. They are actually meant to suspend inside of the modular shelving unit that I use downstairs in the TEOT pillow studio. I did attach my own feet, set back to give a floating appearance. And I hilariously fumbled my way through the addition of some matte black drawer pulls.
Moving on to the other wall.
Back in our giant puppy days the wall was bare.
Then we introduced the giant black Television and these white shelves were just wrong.
Eventually, I swapped the furniture out for a homemade tv stand. Now its time to rethink the surrounding art pieces.
Getting a great vintage score on a statement making ceramic lamp usually elicits something like an intense whispered “yesss” from me when it happens. I still have a great vintage ceramic lamp similar to the blue and green one below in the my girls’ playroom/art studio. Vintage or new, I like them for texture, their round oversized scale or their drippy or boldly colored glaze and color.
They are standouts in a supporting role and tag right along with the ceramics trend. I’m on the hunt for just the right one for my living room to replace my ceramic blue and white. Time for a change.
I’m back with some progress and also some news of holy crap, no fast progress.
As a reminder, we are looking to add an addition onto our home on the slope of Rustic Canyon in the Pacific Palisades, CA. The dude and I are also welcoming the addition of our new baby human child into our home. I have passed the halfway mark and I must be in the sweet spot of pregnancy because let me tell you, I LOVE being pregnant. I wanna be pregnant all the time. It’s my favorite way to be. I haven’t felt this good in years. I know all you mama’s are all “just wait for the hell that is your third trimester and then the sleep deprivation of baby time and worry through the teenage years and heartbreak of the empty nest” whatevs. I’m all about all of it at this moment!
These are my two baby purchases so far.
Not long after I published the first look at this new addition at our home, I got a note from our architect. My inquiry was about how long the permitting and design process should take. Since I’m expecting our baby in July and this new addition has everything to do with whether or not she will have her own room, I was curious how I might set my expectations.
You know how pregnant design blogger women like to decorate nurseries and pick out cribs and bedding and mobiles?
The news I got back completely blew my inexperienced mind.
” Optimistically, we’ll have a permit by September or October. “
WHAT? That’s so forever away. And it doesn’t even include the time it will take to actually build the thing! We might be on baby #2 by the time this all comes together.
Not that I had any expectations that the project would be built by July of course. But I didn’t expect the permits to take as long as all that. Perhaps it’s not like this everywhere else in the country but here, particularly with the coastal commission, this is apparently the norm. Here’s how it breaks down as explained by the architect.
Consultants schedules, city reviews and architectural design time can vary greatly. 3 to 4 months to get a submittal together.
The City can do an expedited review in approximately 4 weeks or 6-8 weeks for a regular review schedule. The City’s various departments, Public Works, Fire, Planning, Coastal all must review the project.
Upon receipt of their review, the Architect & Structural Engineer can resubmit within a month.
That totals 7 months. So, optimistically, we will have a permit by September or October.
With that news, we got started immediately in February. Nita (that’s the architect) sent out one of her team members to measure every square inch of the house, and then just a couple days later she had a surveyor team out for topographic and slope analysis. I’ll show you what that survey looks like below.
The Surveyor’s Drawing after a Topographic & Slope Analysis
Now that it’s complete, the architect has full CAD files of the property and the home to begin designing around.
I must admit, that sounds super fun to me!
So far, the only thing I know about the designs to come is that if we are lucky, we can get the city to approve an addition that sizes out at around 20×25 feet. Due to all of the lot requirements, it means we have to push the garage toward the back of the home, taking up what little yard space we do have. But the living space that we get out of the deck on top will make up for that. I sent the below sketch to Sarah and she said it was a bit tough to make out what’s going on. Hoping that it’s a little more clear with the illustration from above – but basically the gist is that its showing us where our addition will be situated on the lot from a bird’s eye view. Flush with the back of the home leaving 18 feet between house and property line for the entire length of the backyard.
A Google Maps view of the home with Architect’s notes for new garage placement. Hoping to get approved for 20×25 feet of addition
I realize that this progress report isn’t quite as exciting as say, a design plan… but my understanding is that a design plan is what is coming next. I can’t wait to see what the professional pulls together for our new living space and garage addition.
Sarah and I texted back and forth excitedly over which Block Shop Textiles scarf we choose for ourselves, so I thought you might wanna chime in too!. Her number one is currently out of stock. I impulse purchased 2 in Fountain with plans to hang as a pair.
But before I wax about our fantasy plans with these scarfs, have a look below at the images that caught our fancy over the past few weeks. It seems they have suddenly exploded in popularity and I’m loving every application!
Sarah Sherman Samuel teamed up with Bri Emery for her dining makeover and introduced me to the graphic art through her use of the textile.
via Lonny Mag
The TEMPLE design looks great hung as a pair.
via Domino Mag These art prints caught Sarah’s eye a little ways back for a project she was working on with her mom.
For a lovely introduction to the designers behind the artful scarves, I strongly encourage you to pop on over to this interview where like me, you will fall in love with the ladies and the story behind Block Shop Textiles.
You know we’re always keeping our eyes peeled and ears to the ground on what’s what happening in the home decor scene, pulling in the best of what catches us for SHOP TEOT. It’s this thrill of the hunt and the discovery process that has long fueled the dream of opening up our own retail spot.
Lately we’re loving Velvet Ikats from Uzbekistan and so we brought a few in to introduce to you.
The latest addition to the collection is in store now and we think you might recognize them due to their sister friend, the silk ikat. Silk ikat pillows have long been an eclectic favorite. The strong graphic patterns in vibrant colors appeal to pattern lovers and global textiles collector alike.
You may already know that many different cultures weave an ikat. The ancient process refers to the practice of weaving dyed threads into the pattern on the loom. The pattern can be created by dying the strings of the weft or the warp. Each has its prominence in various regions, and each requires a different of skills and precision. Making it a handicraft that has long been desired due to its craft.
If you are curious about the recent fascination with Uzbek textiles I’ll tell you what I learned recently myself. The country that is now Uzbekistan was once part of the Soviet Union and was home to the silk road, an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. There are three main cities in Uzbekistan that were once must-stops for anyone traveling and trading along the route. Those cities are Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. I did a little bit of reading about what it’s like to visit these cities today and it gave me a little case of the wanties.
But I don’t see me strapping my new baby onto my back and hitting a foreign country for a textiles dig anytime in the next little bit. I’ll leave that to the more adventurous of you hippiewanderlusties out there. I can dream from here, via the internet!
I can also dream about pretty interiors with ikat pillows. Come dream with me!
Lately I’ve stumbled upon a few things that I’m into. Maybe you will be into them too!
Custom dye your bedding to any color you desire. Holy cow, you can just punch in a Pantone Number. I’ll take a new set in the perfect shade of Olive Green please. And peachy blush, and marigold and mustard and navy and all the 2018 colors.
Rhye - Please - YouTube
Rhye has a new album. It’s been a while since I’ve actually been into an album enough to share it, but this one is a solid choice for background worky music. I have to be careful to mind my energy and background music can affect that in a major way. So I usually choose a very smooth and calming mix. This album was on repeat all week and helped me keep my cool.
Velvet Ikat together with Kilim. We think they are on to something.
We have some new stuff in at Shop TEOT and while that’s exciting every single time, its especially so right now. The velvet ikat pillows are a graphic staple in a luxe silky velvet that is sure to add some punch to your mix, and I’ve noticed that a bit more mix in the mix on your sofa cushions is a good thing lately.
Additionally, it has come to my attention that the Turkish Kilim pillow is cool again. Maybe it was just me that fell off the kilim bandwagon for a bit, but I have a few scattered throughout my home from a deep dive a few years ago and frankly I had gotten over them. The fam doesn’t like to use them on the sofa b/c they are too scratchy and just as I was gently phasing them all out of rotation, its apparently time for me to reinvest myself in the idea. I have a little group in purples and pinks headed toward my house now, but you can shop the shop for what’s out there for you here.
The change that occurs when these two teens are on the lam… I loved it.
Um… Sarah and I occasionally like to dip our toes into some dark storytelling. We share a love for My Favorite Murder, among many other true crime podcasts – but she’s always gone a bit deeper than me, following stories like the West Memphis 3 with ardent concentration since we were in college. So when she told me that The End of the F-ing World was a little too bleak for her to continue watching, I should have known better… But let me tell you that I made it all the way to the end and holy crap! While I wandered around about how to feel throughout, I definitely was emotionally invested by the end and it simply slayed me. Reminding you that I’m pregnant, I told my baby doctor what happened to me when the show ended and she officially swore me off of highly dramatic television for the rest of pregnancy. So, let that guide your decision making. If you like to have your heart torn out from time to time, this one might do it for you. Fair warning, I full on hyperventilated when it ended.
I found some pink shoes at Target. They aren’t fancy or perfect by any stretch, but I’ve been wearing them happily. They are blush pink suede loafers with a collapsible heel. I tried not to collapse the heel, but I think by design that’s really their intent, so after trying for a few days to keep them on, I’m done and they are mules. I’m into it.
The master bedroom at my house is coming along. The pic here is outdated by a couple of lamps, a rug, some new art and I finally changed up the dreadful TV situation a bit. Eventually it will feel done, if only for a moment. More on that for another day.
And as we close, this airstream makeover made its way into my face just after I spent some time on a phone call with my dear friend Bregan. She has two airstreams that she is working on for a complete renovation to AirBnB on her Texas ranch property near Austin, TX. She was coming at me with some really cool ideas to follow her personal aesthetic but to incorporate some more fashion forwards design ideas, a different direction from the palatable rustic/boho combos we have been seeing in camper renovations for the past couple of years. So when this pickle green Airstream popped up I paid extra close attention. The duo that took on this project did a good job of pulling in personal style in a way that I appreciate. It’s homey and realistic and while maybe not my personal aesthetic leanings, I like that its theirs.
That’s it. That’s what I’ve been into here lately.
The blog world is rife with predictions for 2018 right about now and a friend asked me what I thought was coming down the trend pipeline. I appreciate that she was interested in my own leanings and so I gave it some real thought.
Some of my list items were just things that I was personally into, but many of them were list items that I was seeing reoccur on the many lists that pop up all over the internet at the new year!
2018 Colors & Vibes
We’ve been slowly trading up the cool, bright whites of 2016-17 that feature pops of vibrant color (think Emily Henderson) for rich warmth, colorful backdrops and moody hues. Less cool grey, more warm greige, less bright white, more aged ivory, less dark as night black lacquer and more matte faded blackish brown. We will still see plenty of neutral rooms, as SoCal Minimalism is going strong, but people are going to begin feeling an itch for warmth, and when they do, I think these colors are going to be there to scratch.
Blue & Green Velvets This wasn’t really news in 2017 and isn’t for 2018 either, in fact these velvet hues have been at play for a number of years now, but they topped many a list at the beginning of 2017 as a trend for the year. I expect to see more in 2018, as interiors move from light, bright and happy to rich, layered and aged. Velvets in “jewel tones,” words that are music to my ears. I must have been bitten by the velvet bug myself, as Sarah and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a number of solid velvets and we’ve already added velvet ikats to the TEOT pillow collection.
This is the 2016 way. A nice pop of sapphire blue against all white walls.
This is the 2018 way that popped up in my IG feed this week, still utilizing some of the same game plan.
Getting a bit moodier.
Black had a huge come uppance in interiors and exteriors alike in 2017. To think that my black frame windows at my own home felt like such a risk when I moved in 2015, it is almost laughable now. Every new build that is going up in my Pacific Palisades neighborhood is going in with black window frames. Also, black finishes in kitchens, lighting, trims and furniture is a must for all of these modern rustic interiors and is something we kept our eye on all year, and expect to see more of in 2018.
Speaking of The Natural & Organic
Rope, Hemp, Fur, Handwoven textiles, Baskets, Rattan Furniture, Leather, Nubby Neutrals, Plants galore, all of these elements combine together for a strong organic 70s vibe. Betsy likes to call it California Nomad which I like and whole heartedly endorse. Knit turtlenecks, 10″ minimum inseam on my jeans, indian paisley wrap skirts, plants and lots of earthy speckled ceramics. These layers may seem well lived in and totally naturally occurring, but they are best executed in restrained, well edited and blended environments, which in simpler terms means no themed rooms, i.e. this is our Jetsons house, we looove mid century modern and nothing is permitted here that was made after 1965.
Erica Reitman‘s One Room Challenge from 2017 went totally neutral with an emphasis on organic textures.
This fits the bill and still going strong in 2018, the 70s vibe is strong here
Rustic Pottery Glazes The Seventies produced a ton of arts and crafts style elements into homes across the nation. We’ve seen the onslaught of renewed interest in crafty projects like macrame, but we’re also seeing tons of Seventies pottery glaze trends sneaking their way onto modern planters, candles, kitchen tableware and more. I think this speaks to the appreciation for earthy layers in the home.
Hand dyed and hand woven still reigns the high end, artisan and indie design markets, making more and more of an impact on mass retailers. We watched indigo as well as mud cloth patterns and motifs make their way into every mail order catalog and even the aisles of Target. We expect this interest to began to wane now. Keep an eye on block prints from India which we think will surge again.
This tropical foliage pattern suits the sensibilities of the traditional, the themed and the bohemian. While I do enjoy a solid application, I’m not putting it in my own house anytime soon. I prefer my tropical foliage to be outside my window. I’m sure we’ll continue to see this kind of pattern play throughout at least the spring of 2018, as we carry on our nationwide obsession with greenery and plant life. My favorite applications lean commercial, like Leo’s Oysters. The palm leaf print harkens an eighties era Golden Girls.
Gosh, this happened in 2015… but Emily Henderson applied this maddening wallpaper to blogger Nicolette Mason’s living room and I guess I was still thinking it was gonna happen some more around the 2017 mark.
The A-frames you knew from the 70s and 80s or your adolescence at the lake or maybe in small mountain towns visited on family trips to New Hampshire could be one of your next Airbnb stays or maybe even your vacation hideaway investment.
We have some great a-frames right here where I live in NC, in a local lake community called Seven Lakes. I toured a 70s a-frame house last winter, it had a free-standing wood stove in the living area with a stack that went up through the wood plank ceiling…good stuff.
The imagery of this post could literally scroll for ages but at some point I’ll cut it off. But how bad do you want one of these things? Imagine solid windows on one end with a view, wow. I know a couple of people who might want to build simple cabins with a river view, huh?
There are so, so many good ones, but I like this one because Mama a-frame has a baby a-frame.
Platform a-frame with balconies and a dormer,
Because people are a-buzz about black exteriors, will you say you like the black a-frames the most?