Adding Warmth in the Kitchen

Our rental home kitchen has had me a bit baffled. It is very different from our old home. Our old kitchen was open to the rest of the house and was more pretty than anything else. This kitchen is much more utilitarian which makes perfect sense in a 1931 home. It was made for function. I do LOVE that, but at times it feels cold especially with the washer and dryer being part of the space. Don't get me wrong I am beyond grateful that I have so many appliances. Not sure how I would function without a washer, dryer, dishwasher and the like. I am also finding that having a microwave on our limited counter space drives me a bit nuts. Never mind our kitchenaid, vitamix {early birthday present from the Mr}, cake plates ect have no where to go but on the countertop. So after much thought and kitchen gazing I think I want to add a bookshelf. I think it will add warmth to the space and free up some countertop space for things like actual cooking. Even if I just moved the microwave here along with the cakeplates, mixing bowls, and maybe add a few baskets for pantry items it may help this kitchen feel more homey and function better for the way we live. The bookcase will go where this bench sits now. Oh, and I finally found school house lights that were oversized and short enough! I shared them on instagram, but will be sure to share here too soon. Do any of you have a bookcase in your kitchen? Do you like it? To me it feels somewhat European for some reason and who wouldn't want that! HA.

Contenders... ONE & TWO


An Inspired Shoot

I had the pleasure of shooting Tiffany at The Optimist in Atlanta last weekend. It was by far one of my favorite shoots ever. The light filled space plus working with one the most beautiful people I know, inside and out, makes for the perfect pairing. The Optimist has some of the best food hands down. The design of the space inspires me like no other. It really was quite a wonderful day to say the least.

Ellie also makes for the best test lighting subject. She came along for the shoot and a little shopping after. Ellie is also becoming quite the photographer herself. She snapped this pic of Tiffany with an iPhone. I mean really. I love her composition.

Tiffany is sharing more on her blog today!


Love List

trench | art | votive holder | boots | towel ring | rolling pin | handbag

A few things have been catching my eye lately and lo and behold it seems I am loving a nude color palette as of late. I just purchased this towel ring and am crossing my fingers it works for the bath. This piece of art speaks to me. I think it is because it reminds me of my late grandmother. This trench could be a perfect fall staple. I have been saying for years now that I need a rolling pin. A votive candle that could dress up a pile of books. I nice small handbag is something my wardrobe currently lacks. Last year I switched to wearing low boots and I may never go back to the high ones. These are pretty amazing.


The Kids Bath 

This bath was made for kids. It is petite in everyway. The Mr even has to duck in the door. This space has gone through some simple changes. The most apparent is that now it's clean! Ha. You can see the before here. We painted the walls talc by Martha Stewart just like the rest of the house. Took down the bath cabinet and I swear it makes this space feel 100% bigger. Changed out the mirror and light fixture. Added a simple roman from Home Depot for texture. The shower curtain was a bit of a splurge, but it was the feel I was wanting. Not too kiddie, but still fun in everyway without being too girlie or too boy oriented. The sign I had in the kids old bath. The stool and bath mat were Home Goods finds. The basket used to be in KJ's room but now serves as a laundry basket. The hooks are West Elm. Looking at this photo I guess the back wall could use a piece of art, but the door mostly stays open so maybe not. The only wish I have for this bath is that the floors were not white tile. They are slippery when wet and show EVERYTHING. It's a constant battle trying to make it look clean.Besides that I am quite pleased with the way it turned out!

shower curtain | mirror | stripe towels old ikea | embroidered towel | stool Home Goods {like this one more} | light fixture | hamper {similar} | red hooks west elm | copper cup tj maxx {similar if not the same} | Brush your Teeth sign {similar}


A Big Day

Today was our first day at our new school. Ellie is going into 3rd and KJ 2nd. They were so excited! I can tear up at a drop of a hat currently, but I am truly overjoyed with our new adventure. It was a God given plan that we were not expecting, but seeing it come to fruition is kind of sweet. Our old school was small and the people felt like family. The Mr even worked in the same building. Now they are off on to new experiences like having free dress, a library, music class, and the like. I am grateful for this new season and grateful I got to experience the old. Now to get KJ to read.

Ellie: Dress | shoes | and I swear by these for all her dresses

KJ: shorts | shoes | tee {osh kosh outlet}