Art Goes in the Kitchen

April 13, 2014

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Home of interior designer/watercolorist Ruthie Sommers. Photographed by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful.

Are your tears from chopping onions or does your kitchen decor just bore you to tears? Your kitchen doesn’t have to be that sad place where the only decor is a magnet on the refrigerator and a rooster statue in the corner.

One top objective for most people when decorating any living space is to dress up a lot of the blank space with objects that fit their aesthetic. Art fills this void. A piece on the wall or in the corner of every other room is common, but a variety of color and character isn’t always in the kitchen. Every room deserves some design, and a kitchen can take on plenty of personality with the right details.

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Photo by Lisa Romerein (via Country Living) / Austin, TX studio of Mary Lee, photo by Chris Perez (via Apartment Therapy)

The question of what to hang in the kitchen is a fun one to explore. Options stretch pretty far – letters that spell out any saying that fits the atmosphere (EAT or YUM, most likely?), prints with themed art of food quotes, color-coordinated wall décor and kitchen utensils, strategically arranged cookbooks with beautiful binds, unique mugs on display – just a few ideas for a kitchen with some wow-factor, pizzazz, elegance, neat touches or some FUN, to put it simply. Even hanging up simple prints that profess your life truths such as “cupcakes are happiness with icing on top” and “caffeine is a food group” are sure to bring smiles.

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Kitchen of Greg and Ashley Brown from Seventh House on the Left.
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Photo by Yvonne Eijkenduijn of The Yvestown Blog / Cathrineholm Mid Century modern coffee print, via Etsy
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Apartment kitchen of art enthusiast Rida Berri, photo by Sif Meincke (via Bolig Magasinet)

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Photo by Brooke Holm (via The Design Files)

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Photo from Better Homes and Gardens

To Like About Spring

March 20, 2014

It’s first day of spring. Yippee! It took a lot to get that “yippee” out of me – I’m not naturally a flip flops and short-shorts kind of girl, preferring my boots and scarves instead. To look at the changing season in a more positive light, I came up with a short list of things to like about spring. Now you could say I’m getting excited!

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Photo by Kendi Everyday / Festival photo /Striped Gap loafers, floral J.Cew flats, Joie sandals / Iced coffee from Kitchen Simplicity / H&M polka dot dress

Into It: Grid Print

November 24, 2013

As a lover of all things black and white and simple, the grid print (also referred to this season as windowpane or even “the new plaid”) struck a cord with me immediately. It has become my favorite print to see right now and is being produced at rapid speed in dresses, sweaters, and especially pants. It’s everywhere and I don’t mind.

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Top, left to right: Gala Gonzalez of Amlul, Paris Fashion Week street style shot by Vanity Fair Italy, Jackie of Little J Style.
Bottom, left to right: Annabelle of VivaLuxury, Mariann of Cashmere in Style, Jenny of Crazy Style Love.

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Top, left to right: Banana Republic ankle pants, Anthropologie sweater jacket, Banana Republic peplum sweater.
Bottom, left to right: BB Dakota sweater, Need Supply dress, Piperlime sequin tank.