Hi Guys- Sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit- Henry and I hit a speedbump (a painful one called mastitis) and it really rocked my world in a bad way. I have not been able to do anything but try to feel better and take care of him so posts may be spotty. Thankfully I have this awesome one from Lindsey, my longtime right-hand and project manager about the kitchen renovation she’s doing in the house she and her husband bought! Follow along! I miss you. -Erin
Hi EOS readers! I’m super excited to share some of my renovation with you while Erin’s out on maternity leave. My husband Eric and I spent about 9 months searching, which means we looked at a lot of houses. We knew the general area we wanted to be in and that it had to be cute (my requirement) and have as much outdoor space as possible. And from the start we were looking for a project – something we could attack with our DIY skills and transform over time. Finally we decided on this 3 bed, 1.5 bath cape in a town north of Boston close to where we both grew up. Don’t let her pretty exterior fool you! She needs a ton of work (including significant structural repairs thanks to old termite damage, which had been ignored for many years).
For kitchen backsplashes, nothing beats a good, classic white subway tile in my book. There are so many varieties- beveled, small, narrow, crackly glazed, hand-formed- but even so, sometimes you want to use something a little different without making a huge statement. That’s why all of the sudden I am swooning for kitchens with shiplap backsplashes (entire rooms done in the stuff, frankly) instead of tile. Yes, it’s the term you can play a drinking game with while watching Fixer Upper, but it’s used constantly for the same reason subway is- its just good, classic design!
This kitchen by former Boston (now Nashville) designer Stephanie Sabbe is simple and amazing!
Nancy Meyers is as known for her set decoration as she is her movies- I mean, the sets kind of MAKE the movies for me- they are like another character! In this month’s Tradtional Home I spotted a sneak peek of the set design of her new film, The Intern, and the kitchen may be one of her best yet! She based the Brooklyn townhome of Anne Hathaway’s character on Jenna Lyons’ previous and furiously blogged home. But this kitchen looks better than Jenna’s for sure!
The other night I was in the mood to watch something light set in France. But for some crazy, unknown reason, no streaming service has French Kiss, one of my favorite “lay in bed and do nothing” movies. It’s a tragedy, I tell you. So instead I made Andrew watch Chocolat, which he was less than thrilled with, but I was into since I hadn’t seen in in many years. I forgot how amazingly charming the little chocolate shop is- and it immediately had me thinking of designing a kitchen based on the details in it!
The perfect light blue-green walls, the wood shelves, the patterned concrete tile floors? Oh yes, this is the PERFECT inspiration.
I came across this ADORABLE tiny Manhattan kitchen that stylists Zio & Sons gave one heck of a makeover. Proof positive that you don’t need a brand new, huge kitchen to have style! In a tiny space like this you can make big impact with the right materials and accessories.