Friday, November 20, 2015

Gorgeous Contemporary Kitchens

When I am working with a client, one of my goals is to push them slightly out of their comfort zone. I might suggest a backsplash that is a little edgy, a wall color that is outside the norm or a furniture arrangement that goes against convention.

It is rare then, that I am the one being pushed outside my comfort zone when it comes to design however, I am currently working on a project that is doing just that. One of my current projects is to flip a high rise condo in the city. It has amazing views of Lake Michigan and is a gorgeous space. Since this is a flip, my general rule of thumb is to go transitional in the design. 

Transitional is a mix of traditional and modern and generally appeals to most buyers. However, the developer on this project wants to go contemporary. While I appreciate contemporary design, I would not say it is something I would usually do in my own home. In the process of trying to come up with a design plan, I have begun to rethink the whole idea of contemporary. I am drawn to its clean lines and uncluttered look. This is especially true for kitchens. Clean lines and simple uncluttered aesthetic are very appealing in a kitchen where things can get chaotic.

Here are some beautiful examples of modern kitchens that show that less really can be more.

46 Marvelous Designs of Masculine Kitchen
via Architecture Art Designs

Contemporary kitchen ideas | interior design, home decor, luxury kitchen, luxe. More ideas at
via Architecture Art Designs

via Apartment Therapy

via Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC

Contemporary Kitchen. Contemporary Industrial Kitchen Design. #ContemporaryKitchen #IndustrialKitchen #MasculineKitchen:
via Home Bunch

Ikea cabinets were customized with Semihandmade doors. White quartz countertops fabricated locally by Colucci Tile & Marble wrap the working...:
via Jason Snyder

What do you think? Do you love or hate these contemporary spaces? Let me know, I would love to here from you.

Happy decorating!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Stylish DIY Christmas Wreaths

Crafting is a regular activity in our house. My children and I love to make things throughout the year. Whether it is for Easter, Thanksgiving, a birthday, or just any old day, there is usually some type of crafting going on.  

The holidays are an especially crafty time. The kids like making ornaments or other decorations to hang around the house. I really like the idea of making a wreath for the front door. Generally, I hang a real pine wreath on the door that I have purchased through a fundraiser however, I have been longing to sink my teeth into a holiday wreath. I have rounded up a few of my favorites. 

This snowman made from grapevines wreaths makes a cute, stylish and welcoming display. For a tutorial, click here.

The Best DIY and Decor Place For You: I love this snowman for the front door for Christmas:
Via Add a Pinch

White berry sprigs attached to a wire form and adorned with a stenciled initial, look gorgeous when hung from a gold ribbon.

Personalized Wreath-... Isn't this great??~ I think I need to make one for our door!:
via Just Imagine

I love the new spin on an old classic. Swap the wreath for a red painted frame. Add some green and red ornaments hung from pretty ribbon and your initial for a festive and modern take on the traditional wreath.

Christmas door decoration | Christmas. Could also be painted & changed out for the different holidays/seasons!:
via J Harshman

Pine cones sprayed with faux snow and wired to a wreath form look amazing with pops of red ornaments and faux cardinals.

via BHG

Simple flat wood rounds, and a spray of pine cones and berries paired with a burlap ribbon, create a rustic and chic decoration.

Wooden Wreath
via The Wow Style

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Great Host/Hostess Gifts under $30

Hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about holiday parties and get togethers. It is always nice to arrive at an event with a gift for the host. Great host/hostess gifts are ones that don't require work on the part of the host/hostess. If you want to bring flowers, make sure you bring them in a vase to avoid the host/hostess having to hunt down something to put them in. Wine is always nice too but if you want to stand out from the crowd here are some great ideas that won't break the bank.

Host/Hostess Gifts under $30

Monday, November 16, 2015

Stylish Bar Cart Essentials

It's that time of year again. Time for holiday parties, and visiting friends and family. It all adds up to non-stop entertaining. The key to any successful party is making sure everything is accessible not only to your guests, but to you as well (so you don't have to miss out on any of the fun).

One item that I have been longing to purchase is a bar cart. It's uses are endless. As well as being a place to serve drinks (inside or out), it can also serve as a craft station, mail organizer, homework station or nightstand. So, when Chairish, an online marketplace for vintage and used furniture, approached me to do a blog on bar carts I was flattered, and excited. 

Setting up a bar cart for entertaining can be easy if you stock it with the right things. First, it is important to choose the right bar cart. Having one on wheels with lipped shelves are key. The wheels allow it to be easily transported where you need it, and the lipped shelves prevent items from falling off.

In addition to the right style of cart, you need some great accessories to get the party going. A stylish set of bar tools, an eye catching ice bucket, a beautiful shaker and a unique bottle opener are all key ingredients to a well styled bar cart. Any well stocked cart should have a bartenders guide to making drinks, however, for some real fun try a mixology game that will help you concoct your own unique libation. Don't forget to add some statement bar glasses as well as some coasters for setting down your drink. Last but not least, equip your bar cart with a tray to corral items or serve drinks, and a bar themed tea towel for wiping up spills.

Check out these great finds to make any bar cart the hit of the party.

Bar Cart Styling

Bar Cart Styling by dawn-brazier featuring bar tools

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Bar Cart

Happy Entertaining!

*All opinions are my own

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Get Guest Ready

Well the holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and the Christmas holidays are not far behind. This year my mother and mother-in-law will be joining us for the holidays. Time to dust off the guest room and get it guest ready.

I always like creating a space for our guests that feels homey and inviting. I want my guests to feel like they have their own space and are relaxed. Not feeling like an intruder. To accomplish this, there are a few things I feel, are necessities for making guests feel at home. Depending on the guest, here are some of my favorites.

1. Bottles of water and a few snacks (to satisfy those late night, early morning cravings).
2. The wi-fi password on a cute notecard.
3. Extra pillows and blankets so they can decide their level of comfort.
4. A good reading lamp to give sufficient light to ready, sew or do the crossword puzzle.
5. A small basket of toiletry essentials such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor or feminine hygiene products (so your guests don't have to ask).

In addition to these five things, it is also important to me that the room look decorated so it does not look like an afterthought. Coordinating, comfortable linens, are just the start. Here are some great guest room ideas I would like to recreate in my home.

Layered linens give your guests options for warmth. Layered window treatments also provide light control options.

via Stone Gable

A few magazines or novels are a nice addition to any guest space. Perfect for night owls or early risers.
I love the desk in this space as it has many uses. A space to park a laptop and catch up on emails or surf the web, or add a mirror to create an instant makeup vanity or a place to  sit and put on shoes.

Welcoming guest bedroom wall colors ideas
via Decorative Bedroom

A simple basket outfitted with water, snacks and an extra pair of sunglasses is a great way to make your guests feel welcome.

10-Ways to "Hotel-ify" Your Guest Bedroom by The Everyday Home / #10Waysto...
via Everyday Home 

I love the cozy feel of this space. The bench at the end of the bed is a great place for guests to set their luggage while unpacking, drop clothes or put on shoes.

via Fox Hollow Cottage

A divided basket and extra toiletries make a welcome addition to any guest space and make your guests feel pampered.

via Living the Anthropologie Way of Life

I better get working on my guest room. The holidays will be here before I know it. Hope I have inspired you to make your guest space extra special.

Happy visiting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Warm Up Your Entry

Yesterday I wrote about my favorite fall finds. Today I am tackling the front entry. I usually try to dress up my porch for every season. I swap out my doormat, add a different wreath or decoration to the door and add seasonal flowers or decor. 

To me, decorating the entry to your home is just as important as decorating the inside. It not only makes your home more inviting but adds interest as well. I

To help spark my creative juices I have compiled some great fall decorating ideas from around the web. Need some inspiration? Look no further than these amazing displays.

A simple stenciled sign and branches bring a warm welcome to this entry.

barnwood harvest sign
via The Magic Brush

A fall inspired wreath and a few pumpkins provide a delightful fall welcome.

via All things Heart and Home

Flowers displayed in a pumpkin and surrounded by gourds make a striking fall statement.

Autumn Porch | Indeed Decor
via Indeed Decor

An adorable pillow and color fall flowers look perfect when paired with a leaf garland.

via Tracy's Trinkets & Treasures

A simple lantern displayed on an upturned wood crate look great alongside a pretty welcome mat and a mini pumpkin.

via The Crafting Chicks

Swap out more formal flower pots for bushel baskets to make a rustic and cozy fall display.

via Joy of Autumn

Happy decorating!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fall for Fall

Crisp air and warm sweaters have arrived in my area. Frost is on the ground and you can see your breath in the air. Time for hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace and snuggling up with a cozy blanket.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love earthy colors and textures. Chunky knits, velvets and hues of orange and browns make my heart sing.

Here are some of my favorite items for fall.

Blog Template

Blog Template by dawn-brazier featuring wood furniture

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Happy fall!