The first stop on our trip to Napa was one night in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. We always love kicking around some of the great neighborhoods … Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights … grabbing some breakfast, popping in the little local shops. This time, on my to-do list was checking out the new Serena & Lily Design Shop on Sacramento Street.
So, it has taken me awhile, but I finally have pictures for you of my kitchen makeover! I have debated waiting until I get our new bar stools, but I just found out they won’t be in until June … and who wants to wait until June? I am also really wanting to get two new pendants for over the island … but that is a future project and I still haven’t decided on the ones I want yet. (More on that later.)
Anyway, let’s start with a before picture. Here’s a picture I shared on my blog before.
Our kitchen is a great size and the cabinets are well made. We’ve got neutral granite counter tops and an ivory subway tile back splash. My problem has always been the color of the cabinets. It is just too much brown with the dark hardwood floors. And on sunny days, they took on a reddish hue that I wasn’t fond of.
|(Most of the photography is from the brochure we were given, done by Dave Burk Photography. Because there were so many people in each room for the event, it was difficult to get many of our own pictures … some rooms were very crowded with admirers!)|
Here is my little snapshot … I cropped out some of the people …
I want this refrigerator!
Ok, so I am not trying to be a Debbie Downer. It’s just that I have a folder of black rooms saved on my computer. I’ve been saving them for awhile. Maybe it’s because I’d like to work up the courage to paint a room black in my own house and I feel like I need to look at these every once in a while to work up the courage to do it.
On a cold blustery day like today these rooms seem perfect … cocoon like. One of my favorites is a picture I saved several years ago of Jenna Lyon’s bedroom in her lovely Brooklyn townhouse. Perhaps you remember it from the cover of Domino.
|both images found on pinterest|
|via design dump|
|via isabella and max rooms|
Up until two nights ago, we did not have a rug under our kitchen table. I’ve gone back and forth on it for a long time. Of course, I thought it would look better with a rug, but since I spend inordinate amounts of time on my hands and knees wiping up what seems like half a meal after each breakfast/lunch/dinner, I have been afraid to put a rug down in fear of what it might look like after just a few meals.
Then I thought that perhaps if I found one that wasn’t too expensive, I wouldn’t feel so bad about it if it didn’t hold up for very long. Several fine candidates crossed my path.
First there was Mr. Nate Berkus Rug. It was love at first sight when I saw it on the set of his daytime talk show when it first aired. (Swoon.)
At the time, I didn’t even know that he was selling it on HSN.com. Sadly, by the time I figured it out, they were all sold out in the size I needed.
2)PETS: Great for pets. Like I said, these things eat your dirt so they just sort of suck up the hair & you can vacuum it off.
3) SOFTNESS FACTOR: There are a lot of jute-chenille blends that are actually very soft but full jute isn’t as soft. Jute is thicker than sisal & seagrass and also softer, but still not super-soft unless it’s a blend. Ours is full jute and it is more like a foot-massager (which I love to walk on) but I wouldn’t recommend it for a kids’ play area or somewhere that you want to hang out on the floor.