Making Over Your Kitchen and Bath with Home Depot!

Today I’ve partnered with Home Depot to show you the vast array of amazing decorative building supplies for kitchens and baths they have and how you can create a high-end designer look in your home by simply taking a trip to the home of the orange apron!

We recently used some of Home Depot’s amazing Martha Stewart hardware on a project and I was so impressed I made it the jumping off point for this kitchen design.  If you aren’t in the market for new cabinets and counters, consider just swapping out your hardware for a quick update.  I used two different types of Martha Stewart cabinetry here as a base, doing the lowers (and island) in the cerused wood tone and the uppers in a nice white Shaker style.  A simple elongated subway tile with contrast grout makes for a simple and timeless backsplash, while the counters are done in a tough-as-nails quartz that looks a whole lot like Calacatta Gold marble, which is great for those of us with messy kids.  A pair of stylish pendant lights and a brass finish faucet add the finishing touch to the space.  Lets not forget the ground level of a showstopping star patterned tile made of ceramic but that looks like cement– so maintenance is a breeze, but you get that old world charm look as well!

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Huston & Company: Custom Tables of All Sizes and Styles

Huston & Company is a father and son run small business based in Kennebunkport, Maine and I’ve talked about them a bunch because we’ve done a lot of work with them– from tables for my own home and office to many variations of tables for our clients as well.  Dining tables are one of the top items I always encourage my clients to spend a good chunk of money on. You can save on chairs – after all, they get spills on them and you can get a decent quality chair for not a ton of money.  However, a dining table should be solidly made, enough so that it can last a lifetime or three.  The quality of their tables falls squarely in the “heirloom” category. You can see these being passed down to your kids after a lifetime of growing up eating at the same table.

This is the round version of the Newton table, which was a design we came up with when creating a table for my office.  I love this table, it’s the perfect blend of modern and traditional and the brass accents are just incredible.

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ACK-spirational Living: Hawthorne Park

Nantucket happens to be one of my favorite places in the world. I always refer to it as Disneyland for adults–it’s almost too perfect and cute to be real.  The design inspiration I pull from the island and the insanely gorgeous homes, new and old, that populate the island.  Today I get to share with you a GORGEOUS new development of homes on the island that I am pretty obsessed with (mark this down as LIFE GOALS, y’all).

Hawthorne Park is a one of a kind project of 17 homes set around a private three acre park, improved with walking paths, sitting areas, and fabulous common amenities including a gym, pool, spa and yoga deck. Four different home types (Barn, Cottage, Farmhouse, Homestead– see more below for illustrations) and architectural landscaping were informed by a Malibu surf meets Nantucket farm inspiration. The goal behind the project was not to deliver just another set of homes but rather to capture and accentuate a lifestyle. I think they were very successful in meeting that goal!

This is a design collaboration between Blue Flag Development & Award-Winning Architect Workshop/APD. Blue Flag Development has a reputation for building high-caliber homes with an intense focus on all of the design details.  Their past projects (Tidewater Cottages & Union Lights) showcase their thoughtful work.  

This development is out towards the highly desirable area of Cisco on Nantucket.  Easy access to town or the brewery, Bartlett’s Farm, Miacomet golf course and some of the best beaches on the island.  There are 17 homes available and 3 have already been purchased.

The development is being listed by Jennifer Shalley & Erin Wilson at Fisher Real Estate on the island.  More information can be found on the site HERE (or please email them directly with questions: jen@FisherNantucket.com & erin@fishernantucket.com) ​​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

THE COTTAGE:

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Introducing West Elm Baby + Kids!

Busy mom shopping West Elm’s new collection— until Henry hijacked my laptop!

The day after Mother’s Day seems like an appropriate time to share the news that West Elm has introduced a baby and kids line in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids!  I love the modern take they have on kids decor, which includes cribs, changers, art, wallpaper (removable!) and bedding– among other things.  And the prices are great (a gorgeous crib for $399 can’t be beat!).  I’m finishing up my second book which focuses on designing a home for the whole family that everyone can enjoy, be proud of and live in comfortably.  Kids furniture with great style is a huge part of creating a home that looks gorgeous but also functions well for a busy family.  These pieces are a great example of how to accomplish both of those goals!

I pulled some items for a darling girls nursery– blush and grey but with fun modern touches.  The removable wallpaper would go on the crib wall and acts as art without nervously hanging a framed piece above the crib.

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