7 Inspiring Kitchens

Now that the house plans have been approved by the design review board and things are moving forward, I’ve started day dreaming and thinking about the various design ideas I have for the interior of our home. Between paint colors, trim colors and lighting, I’ve starting doing some major pinning.

7 Inspiring Kitchens

One of the rooms that seems to have the most options and decisions to make is the kitchen. Whether to have the sink in the island or a cooktop on top of the island instead. Should we go with a double oven built-in, or a slide in range with hood? There’s also the cabinet color, backsplash tile, lighting and wall color to decide on. I realize I have some time before I have to make all those decisions, but today I thought I would show you some kitchens that have caught my eye and that I hope to use as inspiration for our new kitchen.

I definitely want to go with a neutral color scheme of sorts for the kitchen. I love the look of these cabinets. Almost a white-washed wood color with creamy walls. I also like the small amount of open shelving next to the hood to display some fun kitchen accessories.

Atlanta Homes Kitchen

{Source: Atlanta Homes Magazine}

I like the idea of having a few glass-pane cabinets for displaying pretty dishes. It might not be super practical though since it forces you to keep them looking pretty and polished. I’m also dying to put some wood elements in our home like these wood ceiling beams and archway. We’ll have to see if that fits in the budget though. Something we could always do a few years down the line.

cedar hill kitchen

{Source: Cedar Hill Farmhouse}

As you can tell I gravitate towards white cabinets. It just feels so crisp and clean. I love the pendants hanging over the island and the combination of a light granite countertop and dark wood countertop.

classic white kitchen

{Source: Home Bunch}

Another beautiful kitchen with wood beam accents and dark wood countertops. Love these pendants too and the industrial barstools. In general, I love the idea of combining rustic with elegant features.

industrial kitchen

{Source: Modern Hepburn}

I know it’s common to do a different color paint for the island. While I do like that idea, I don’t necessarily like the idea of going with a color that is such a stark contrast with the rest of the cabinet colors. I love the color used on this kitchen island. Adds a bit of color to the space, but it blends really nicely with the rest of the neutral palette.

white kitchen

{Source: Home Bunch}

My dream has always been to have a farmhouse sink, so we will definitely be making it happen in our new home. I also love the idea of incorporating beadboard or wide planks in our house, whether in the kitchen like they do in this backsplash and ceiling or in other areas like bathrooms or hallways.

farmhouse kitchen

{Source: For the Love of a House}

In our kitchen island I would love to incorporate some shelving on one side, like the below kitchen, to store commonly used things like cookbooks or small appliances to avoid crowding the kitchen counters.

 

If you recently renovated or custom built your home, what’s one piece of advice you would give when it comes to designing the kitchen?

 

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Rustic Farm Wedding at Yesterday Spaces

I got my wedding pictures back the week of Thanksgiving, and I am finally getting around to blogging them! I love love love how they turned out and I have continued to look at them over and over.

Today I thought I would just show you a few of my favorite pictures. I’ll do another post with detail shots and tell you how I made some of the decor or where it was bought from.

Sit back with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate and {hopefully} enjoy perusing.

Wedding- Getting Ready

Black and White Getting Ready

Yesterday Spaces Wedding Ceremony

Neutral Fall Bridal Bouquet

Yesterday Spaces Wedding Portraits

Rustic Farm Reception at Yesterday Spaces

Rustic Farm Wedding- Lawn Games

Rustic Farm Wedding at Yesterday Spaces- First Dance

Rustic Farm Wedding- Getaway

Venue: Yesterday Spaces // Photographer: Chris Isham // Florist: Flora // Event Planner: Verge Events // Makeup: Wendy Ballance from Blush // Hair: Amanda from The Secret Spa // Cake & Cupcakes: Tiffany’s Baking Co // Catering & Mini Pies: Dining Innovations // Grooms’ Suits: Men’s Warehouse // Wedding Dress: The Bride Room // Bridesmaid Dresses: Aria

Our wedding day was amazing in part because of our amazing vendors. Each and every one of them went above and beyond to make our wedding day truly special. So a special thanks to them and all the family and friends that helped us celebrate this very important day in our lives.

You can check out some of my favorite detail shots and details for where I got some of the decor here.

Also, the lovely folks at Southern Weddings have featured our wedding on their blog. Be sure to head on over to check out some additional photos from our big day!

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Empire State Building Wedding Inspiration with RedEnvelope

One of my favorite things about wedding planning was being able to create an event and wedding that was ‘us.’ Pulling together elements, colors, and decor that were inspirational and personal to us. I also loved the freedom of being able to pull inspiration from all kinds of places to create a vision for what I wanted and actually turn that vision into a reality.

The lovely folks over at RedEnvelope recently asked me if I would like to put together an inspiration board for an Empire State wedding.  RedEnvelope along with ProFlowers is partnering with the Empire State Building to give three lucky couples the chance to have their dream wedding at the iconic building.

I loved the idea of being able to pull together inspiration and ideas that were completely different from my own wedding so I jumped at the chance.

When you think of the empire state building, you think classy, glamorous and grandiose. Choosing a few RedEnvelope’s wedding gifts as my inspiration, I pulled together an inspiration board that features an elegant black and gold theme with elements that say regal, without being too formal.

black and gold empire state wedding

Empire State Building Wedding Inspiration

Invitation // Placesettings // Sign // Seating // Wedding Cake // Wine Bucket 

Even though I didn’t personally do a specific color theme, I’m loving the idea of black and gold for a venue like the Empire State Building.

The deadline for couples to submit their love story is December 5th. If you would like the chance to win your dream wedding, visit their Facebook page for more details about the contest.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by RedEnvelope in any way for this post. I was just excited to pull together some wedding inspiration for someone else’s dream wedding.

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Interior Design Inspiration and Tips

Hope everyone had a good weekend. I had my last bridal shower this past weekend with family. We are officially 20 days away from the big day. I can’t believe it! There’s still a lot to do but I’m determined to get a ton done this week and weekend to avoid any last minute stress.

I know the blog has been quiet lately. I promise that will change in the near future once things die down a little. Did you know I help write and contribute to another blog though {that is updated on a consistent basis}.

In addition to writing {or lately lack of writing} for Megan Brooke Handmade, I also help create content and help manage a blog for my 9-5 job.

I work at Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home, an interior design company and home furnishings boutique. I do a variety of things, but one of the things I’ve been doing is helping to manage their blog. The blog includes all sorts of interior design inspiration and a variety of posts that provide practical decorating tips.

Today I thought I would feature a small round-up of some of my favorite posts for a little interior design inspiration on this Monday.

Learn  some tips and suggestions on the best lighting plan and how to select proper lighting for your home.

How to Select Proper Lighting

Learn ways you can prepare your home for fall and how to embrace the new season in your interior spaces.

How to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Providing a little space planning 101 to provide you with some guidance on how to create the most stylish and functional space possible.

Space Planning 101

There are things that can help with the overall look and design of your home, but there are also things to avoid. We’ve rounded up ten of the most common interior design mistakes and how you can avoid making them.

Ten Interior Design Blunders

And last but not least, a little neutral inspiration and reasons why neutral doesn’t have to mean boring.

Neutral Inspiration

 Happy Monday friends!

 

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10 Unique Fall Tables

School is back in session and cooler temperatures are around the corner. Can you feel it? Fall is almost in the air. Now, typically I’m not a fan of this season change. I’m a summer girl who loves the hot weather. Cooler temperatures don’t excite me. However, I’m excited about it being fall this year. We’re getting married at the end of October so fall this year=wedding and I couldn’t be more excited!

So this year I say bring on the colorful and crunchy leaves, the pumpkins, boots and scarves. This girl is ready for October!

Since I’m getting married in the fall, I’m looking to incorporate some fall elements into the decor and the table settings. But, I’m not one who loves all the bright orange and dark brown combo that is typical of fall decor. I like subtlety and the more earthy elements that encompass fall.  So for some inspiration today, I’ve rounded up 10 unique fall tables that incorporate some of the natural elements I love.

10 Unique Fall Tables

Pumpkins are great fall decor, but sometimes bright orange pumpkins aren’t ideal. White pumpkins are a great alternative. They offer that crisp and clean feel and go with almost any color scheme. I love the use of white pumpkins on this table along with grain sack, nuts and dried hydrangeas. Very simple. Sometimes simplistic can be the most beautiful.

Humble Fall Table

{Source: Craftberry Bush}

Using seasonal fruit is another natural element you can incorporate into your fall table. Apples are a staple fall fruit. On this fall table, the apples not only add a touch of fall but also add a punch of color to an otherwise neutral color scheme.

Autumn Table

{Source: Inspiring Pretty}

Purple isn’t a color that I would normally gravitate towards, but I love this purple fall table. The color ties in great with the maple leaves used on each place setting and the color definitely goes with autumn.

Fall Table

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This table could actually fit in with any season, but the natural elements like the wood chargers and brown place cards make me think of fall. The flower centerpieces incorporate some of the brown and orange hues typical of fall, but still incorporate additional colors that help brighten the table.

Fall Table

{Source: Style Me Pretty}

I mentioned that I love white pumpkins. I also love green cinderella pumpkins and I love how this table incorporates these fun pumpkins into the centerpiece along with gourds. The color scheme is so soothing and different than your typical fall arrangement.

Fall Table

{Source: Julie Blanner}

This next table has a very similar soothing feel with the burlap runner, white pumpkins and teal ceramics. But, in addition to the pumpkins, there is another subtle hint of fall with the wheat bundles on each place setting. Great way to use everyday items and create a fall table with only a few minor natural element additions.

Fall Table

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I love all the deep greens and browns used in this table. The sprig of basil for the place setting is a great way to incorporate some natural elements for your fall table.

Fall Table

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What screams fall more than pinecones? Love the use of bundled pinecones mixed with white flowers for this table’s centerpiece.

Fall Table

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Moss is another great addition to a fall table. This fall table incorporates not only moss but also birch placemats and brown cloth napkins that provide the perfect place setting for a fall dinner party.

Fall Table

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While this table could fit in with any season, the rustic wood plank and addition of acorns adds the perfect rustic touch that is needed for a perfect fall table.

Fall Table

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What type of fall tables do you love? Do you prefer lots of color, or do you like more natural color schemes?

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