Black Beauty.

As you know, I just renovated my kitchen two years ago and it is awesome. But that doesn’t mean I don’t fantasize about OTHER kitchens. Lately I’ve been totally obsessed with fancy, vintage styled black ranges seen in glorious homes the world over.  I don’t think this is our forever house (I still harbor dreams of renovating a truly antique homes somewhere I can have  baby pygmy goats) and I like to think by then perhaps one of these ranges would be involved in said country house. :)

Take a peek for some yummy inspiration….
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Trending Now: Black Kitchens

While white kitchens will always be the most classic choice for cabinetry, black cabinetry is having a BIG moment right now. A little bolder than the popular gray, black is still traditional but with an edge.  This choice works especially well in bright, open kitchens, but can also make small kitchens feel more special and interesting.  One thing I wish I had done with my own kitchen renovation is be braver with the lower cabinet color- I went with a light/medium grey when I REALLY wanted to go charcoal.  But I was scared and went the safer route, since my kitchen is small and on the dark side.  Perhaps in a couple years I’ll repaint the lowers if I still like the idea.  In the meantime, take a peek at these inspiration images utilizing black cabinetry in big and small ways and let me know what you think about black cabinetry in kitchens!

These windows are so fantastic and made the focal point by the black cabinetry.
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Another shot of the kitchen above, I adore this space! The high ceilings keep the black from being overwhelming.

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OscarPRGirl’s Colorful Cottage

I was flipping through my Elle Decor last night when I was stopped dead in my tracks by a spread on one of fashion’s most popular social media stars, OscarPRGirl, also known as Erika Bearman.  Her Southampton home, designed by none other than Miles Redd, is quite an exercise in bold doses of color mixed with a heavy dose of white.

Speaking of bold- how about this high gloss green living room?

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This entry slays me. Love the paper paired with the stripe ceiling!

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A black and white bathroom speaks to my monochromatic sensibilities.

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More my style- the kitchen with the black grouted subway tile and custom hood.

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That polka dot tablecloth is so darn cute.

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A pink and navy guest room any girl would love to stay in.

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Although this one is more my speed in turquoise and yellow…. that floor is one bold choice.

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The only space I’m not hot on is the master- it’s more the styling than anything else- those red accessories don’t work for me (and I’m 99.9% sure they were brought in for the shoot and not how the room looks everyday).  If it were me I would have added a woven seagrass bench or for something more bold a pair of white leather and chrome Barcelona ottomans at the foot of the bed.

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The master bath certainly is more bold fun. Miles doesn’t do understated.

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peaking of color, a special thanks to Jaime Meares and the Furbish Studio team for a fun feature on styling an colorful and functional entry! Check it out HERE!

 

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Kitchen Accessories

As my kitchen slowly but surely comes together I have been thinking that I cannot just clutter it up with all my old, crusty kitchen accessories! Heavens, no! It would be offensive to all the money and time we’ve spent planning, designing and crafting this new beauty, right?  Not that I have any money left to buy fun new kitchen items, but if I could these would be on my list:

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1. I have knives from my wedding registry, and they are still great but this block from West Elm would be SO pretty on my counter!

2. Considering how many striped shirts I have, you can see why I was drawn to this pitcher- perfect for ice water, lemonade or sangria!

3. My favorite soap for the sink.

4. A new whistling tea kettle to brew while I prepare to watch my new addiction, Downton Abbey!

5. Canisters for flour, sugar and Splenda (because we buy that stuff by the case!)

6. Some new monogrammed kitchen towels- proper and crisp, not from a discount store.

7. New cooking tools- I have black plastic ones and they depress me.

8. I DIE DIE DIE for this matte gold flatware for my new dining table (coming in two weeks!)

9. My mom has her mother’s seasoned cast iron skillets and I tell you- cooking with those puts all other pans to shame.  This one is not seasoned with decades of cooking, but it would do.

10. I still need a couple of these bottle stoppers- they are just SO GOOD.

11. A pretty walnut cutting board that would look nice with my new floor color!

12. A simple, but pretty, paper towel holder.

13. I never ever need kitchen string, but this little thing would just be too cute on the shelf!

14. Gorgeous champagne glasses to toast our new kitchen with!!!!

15. I know the VItamix is best, but I cannot fathom spending $600 on a blender. I just can’t.  I like my Breville juicer a lot, so I think they probably make a good blender too. :)

Counters go in tomorrow! They are my favorite thing in the kitchen and I can’t wait to show you!

Now I just have to learn how to be a good cook.

Sponsor Welcome: Quality Bath

A great looking bathroom is SO important in a home, as it can serve as a spa-like sanctuary for those of us not lucky enough to frequent Bliss or the like on a weekly basis.  I love helping people pick out fixtures for their renovated bathrooms and so am really thrilled to have Quality Bath be a sponsor of EOS!  They have so fantastic products that would certainly increase the value (and pleasure of use) of anyone bathroom- big or small.  Here are some of my favorites!

Bathtubs:

A deep soaker:

A classic claw foot:

A modern marvel:

A country beauty:

Vanities:

Sleek and simple:

Antiqued and awesome:

Classic and bright:

Faucets:

Modern single hole:

Gorgeous bridge:

Classic and modern widespread:

Lighting:

A GREAT Empire chandelier:

Turned wood and iron beauty:

Retro glam:

Kitchen sinks:

Classic farmhouse:

Copper farmhouse: