Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Things I Love Today: White on White

Hey there! I'm Jenn and I write for Design Shuffle, a popular social media/networking site that chronicles interior designs and decorating ideas from around the world. I've been writing about home decor for over a decade and love everything about bedroom design, den design, kitchen design, and more. The web has always been a source of inspiration, and it's great sites like The Design Junkie that get my creative juices flowing. Thanks for letting me guest post here today Chrissa as part of your regular "Things I Love Today" series.

Interior designs for white on white wide open spaces are always airy and fresh - a monochromatic colour palette allows for an endless array of decorating ideas. Modern or traditional and used coast to coast by New York interior designers as well as Los Angeles interior designers, white on white wide open spaces are always "in," and these eight incredible spaces will demonstrate why this is a popular trend.

A white den design

White On White Rooms

This uncomplicated great room, which includes a kitchen, eating area, and sitting room, looks streamlined in white. The black-framed prints on the walls break up the starkness.

White living room design ideas

White On White Rooms
Just a dash of butter yellow and soft brown are the only colours in this living room design, and with the linen furniture and curtains as well as the architectural detailing, it's all that's needed.

A touch of cream

White On White Rooms
The white walls along with the sheer fabrics of the shades and mod lighting fixture all come together beautifully in this living room design.

All-purpose flower

White On White Rooms
There's no shortage of interesting pieces in this white on white open space - from the daybed to the busy entertainment unit, it's the high ceilings of this airy room that keeps it from feeling cluttered.

A workspace for two

White On White Rooms
Everything is white in this home office: desks, chairs, shelving, even the folders and other office supplies. The long configuration of the room gives it an inviting feeling.

White on white great room

White On White Rooms

The white slatted roof and minimalist living room design make this space take on a look that is both classic as well as contemporary.

For the new baby

White on white great room
A white on white nursery in an open space such as this looks sweet and soothing - the only colour in the room is the two-toned crib, a pretty detail.

White on white bedroom design

White on white great room
This cozy white bed still stands out against the stark backdrop - even the shiny tiled white fireplace is gorgeous. The addition of the brown chair gives the space more dimension.
Images ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )

Thanks Jenn for visiting!

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xo, Chrissa

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I need this kitchen so I'm making it...

...kind of.

So this winter I'm doing a teensy-weensy renovation to my kitchen. We're talking low, low, low budget stuff here. Of course this means a special Pinboard for the project, but also that I need to track down some things.

My inspiration:

My formula is pretty simple:
  • Replace my stove and dishwasher with gently used "newish" ones from The Habitat From Humanity ReStore (this will involve a tiny bit of planning), 
  • Paint all of my cabinets white (taking huge ques from Marion aka Miss Mustard Seed)
  • Cover my counter tops with a stainless steel laminate that a friend is hooking me up with
  • Add the hardware you see above
  •  Replace my sink with a bib sink (if I can find one with a lip on it) 
  • Swap out some cupboards for open shelving
  • Add subway tile backsplash 
  • Paint my current fridge chalk board paint black because I've wanted to do it ever since I saw this by Lauren Leiss of Pure Style Home
image via Pure Style Home

(I wish the open-rafter ceilings were an option, but any noise from upstairs would sound thunderous if I tried to do that so no dice)

Most importantly:



In the meantime, I'm doing this:

But, I think we can agree it's not nearly the awesomesauce that it could be. 

I'd love to do this for my countertops, but I doubt I can afford it and I'm trying to keep the elbow grease to a dull roar. But aren't they pretty?

I usually hate dark wood, but I love just about anything paired with white

I really want THIS sink, but have been told by my pseudo-contractor that I have to have a lip on my sink or it won't work with my pre-existing cabinets

image via Pinterest 
(and the pinner hit my pet-peeve: they didn't pin from the website but from the opened image. Grr)

So I guess now I'm looking for this:

I love the open shelving from this kitchen so that's on the list. 

I really hope to start this Winter. It depends on a lot, and I have a very, very tiny budget. We'll see how it goes. 

In the mean time, I need to find that sink. And those TINS.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I love antlers as much as the next guy.


Nearly $1,000 for a pair? Listen guys, you send me a grand, I'll totally mount those bad boys, gold-leaf them and even ship em' priority overnight. Granted, it won't be 22 carat gold-leaf, but who gives a shit? That's crazytalk.

I'm just saying.