Kitchen Style: White cabinets + Navy Island

So I was watching Bravo last week (obviously) and the Cyrus vs Cyrus show came on. While I wasn’t too crazy about the style I saw, I ended up watching the entire episode and having one good take away. Other than these amazing beams that were installed into this vaulted ceiling (seriously stunning!), I really loved the kitchen cabinet style they did – white cabinets (both upper & lower) with a navy island. Because the kitchen is so large, the gray really warmed up the space and kept it from feeling too sterile. They ended up changing the color last minute to gray but I actually prefer the navy…

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the original proposal – they ended up with all white cabinets & gray island

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I found some real-life spaces with a similar cabinet color style. Again, the white cabinetry mixed with dark island color provides contrast, warmth & brings some character to the space. Just make sure the counters are the same (or complimentary) and keep all finishes/hardware identical. The key is having a smooth flow in the space.

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Wow, aren’t they all so stunning? I lean towards polished chrome finishes versus gold (think it looks more classic/less trendy) so the first picture is my favorite one.

Which is your favorite?

Life Lately, Vol. 6

Happy Friday! My favorite part about a long weekend is the short work week after. This one flew by! We don’t have any major plans this weekend which is perfect because we’re dog sitting a friend’s golden, still unpacking/doing laundry, getting our home in order & preparing for our upcoming bachelor & bachelorette parties (mine is next weekend!)

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Writing: Iceland travel guides! So far I’m working on 2 excursions (tour companies, sites, etc.), Iceland tips & what to wear. Trust me, there’s a lot to know before you go. Anything else you’d like to see?

Cooking: Well, pickling. It ain’t your grandma’s hobby anymore. I made a batch of pickled red onions a couple of weeks ago and we are obsessed! One of my favorite spring salads is arugula, pickled red onion, sliced apple, walnuts & goat cheese. If you haven’t tried it, get on this! Next up I’d love to try pickled beets & asparagus – any tips?

Desperately wanting: a new sofa. When T & I moved in together, we did the classic combination of items, so naturally we have 2 random sofas. Our living room space is pretty large, so I’ve been wanting to sell both of ours and buy a new sofa & two arm chairs. While I typically prefer ivory/cream colored sofas, we’ll likely switch to a gray one due to our dog’s (black) shedding hair. The hard part is that we may be moving in a few months, so I’m debating do I wait or do I pull the trigger? Below are a few styles I like…

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Reading: My french book. Omg y’all French is so dang hard! I’ve got the classroom work book, an app & a CD that I’ve been working with but it’s really difficult. It’s basically the opposite of Spanish (pronunciation styles), which I studied in school, making it extra difficult. Wish I had started this younger!

Craving: The ocean. Now I realize that I we just came home from vacation; however, I crave warm sun & ocean water (it’s in my Southern blood) and I’ve got the itch real bad. I desperately NEED to lay on a beach, read a book & fall asleep with my toes in the sand. I’m hoping it will be warm in Boston the next few weekends so we can squeeze in a beach day! Fingers crossed.

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Β In case you missed it:

May in Numbers

Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

May in Numbers

Wow, it’s June 1st?!

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May absolutely FLEW by! All year, I’ve known that May would be my busiest as we had so many plans. I’m not sure what makes May the month that I always want to cram it all into. Maybe it’s the turn of the weather or the flowers blooming or the first official summer holiday. Whatever the reason, it was a busy month filled with love & laughter, family & friends.

Here’s how my May looked:

10 blog posts

2 wedding showers (for us!)

25+ Crate & Barrel gift boxes to open

2 countries, 6 states & 6 plane rides

1 surprise vacation

…and miraculously, only 2 vacation days used.

WOW! To say we were busy was an understatement. Somehow we survived & here we are in June… 8 weeks away from the wedding, 2 bachelor(ette) parties to go and countless small projects to be completed. Luckily there are no major plans, so weekends can be spent relaxing, working out, spending time with friends, finalizing wedding details & cooking at home (after all, I have to fit into this dress!)

What was your May in numbers?

Any 2-month out wedding advice for me?!

Life Lately Vol. 5

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already here…Memorial Day Weekend. AKA the kickoff to summer! Unfortunately, it’s been in the 50’s and raining the past week here in Boston so it doesn’t feel like summer. I just heard on the Today Show that this is expected to be the busiest travel weekend in over ten years! I think that’s amazing – as they say…

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Currently Planning: Or should I say, finishing up planning….a surprise trip to Iceland! I’ll give more recaps next week but follow me in Instagram & Snapchat to follow my journey.

Currently Shopping: So many great sales happening right now:

The Nordstrom semi-annual 40% off sale. Now is the perfect time to scoop up a new cute summer dress, a gift for Father’s Day, or some new sandals. I’ve got my eye on this dress, this top and these sandals.

Anthropologie is also having an extra 40% off of sale items. Love this cute apron, this napkin set & these candle holders.

Currently Reading: In search of the perfect summer book. Jenna suggested “All the Missing Girls” as a fun thriller.Β  I need to peruse this Elle list, this Cosmo list & this Real Simple list – they all suggest “top books for summer”. There’s nothing I love more than an easy beach read.

Currently Searching For: Special ways to display our baby pictures & travel photos at our rehearsal dinner. It’s hard to find something that’s (a) not cheesy (b) not tacky and (c) unique! I wanted to do a slide show but unfortunately we won’t have access to a television or computer. Anyone have ideas?!

In Case You Missed It:

Rattan Roundup

5 Favorite Paris AirBnBs

What are your Memorial Day Weekend plans? Any favorite summer reads you’d suggest?

5 Favorite Paris AirBnbs

When this picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed today, I immediately smiled…

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How has it already been 1 year since we were in Paris?

As a throwback to my one of my favorite cities in the world, I want to share 5 of my favorite Air BnBs that I’ve found in the City of Lights. Or is it City of Love? I say both!

If You Want Cozy + Modern + Affordable

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This 1 bedroom charming flat is under $175/night and located in the Latin Quarter, near great restaurants & nightlife. The location is perfect and it’s got all you need if you’re in Paris for a few days. The apartment looks clean, updated and bright! Look at all of the natural light coming in. An excellent, budget-friendly choice.

If You Want a Tres Chic Place With A View of the Eiffel Towel

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While having this view comes with a price, this place is sooo Parisian! From the chevron hardwood floors to the french doors leading to balconies, this will have you feeling like a local in no time. Bonus: it’s two bedroom so this would be great for a group of friends, family or two couples. And let’s be honest, you can’t beat that view…

If You Want to Splurge on Luxury

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By far the most expensive on my list, this rental is luxurious bordering on gaudy…and I love it. The silk sheets, the ornate crown molding, the over-the-top decor, it’s super luxurious. Located in Saint-Germain, this place is a dream come true if you can afford it. To me, it feels like a posh French hotel but you have the space of an apartment. I mean, look at that kitchen!

If You’re Traveling Solo

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This 1 bed studio is perfectly tucked away in La Marais, arguably my favorite neighborhood in all of Paris. It’s got charming touches, old French architecture, and all you need to feel comfortable for a few days…all within walking distance to the best shops, restaurants & sights.

If You Want Amenities & Local Interaction

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With a hidden grotto in the lower level, this apartment is very unique. In addition to the pool, this rental boasts a home gym, sauna and a stylish courtyard to spend your mornings sipping coffee on. With 2 bedrooms, it’s the perfect place for a group that wants to spend time at their rental. The owners are likely to interact with you, so be sure to brush up on your French!

Rattan Roundup

Happy Monday y’all! How was your weekend? Mine was full of wedding planning (including a delicious BBQ tasting…details to come!), outdoor drinks with friends & squeezing in a workout or two (which was beyond necessary after that bbq!).

Right now is the perfect time to get your sunroom and porch spruced up and looking sharp for summer. After all, Memorial Day is right around the corner! Depending on your price point and weather conditions, you’ve got quite a few material options when shopping for outdoor furniture: teak, bamboo, iron, rattan & more. Rattan gives a bit more of a garden/beachy look but I think when used properly, it can be a great option.

Here are a few of my favorite spaces with rattan:

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Rattan pieces are just perfect for outdoor spaces & screened in porches! I’ve helped you get started by pulling a few great pieces that are currently for sale…

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Life Lately Vol. 4

Happy Friday! This week in one word? BUSY. We arrived back in town late Monday after an incredible weekend of being spoiled rotten with not one, but two wedding showers! We basically got to see all of our favorite people, celebrate mothers day & my dads birthday and leave with a fully stocked kitchen. Now if only we actually had a kitchen to put all of our goodies in!

Currently looking at: all of this on my desk…

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I’m so honored to be helping a friend design a nursery for her sweet baby boy, due in Oct! We’ve got 20+ swatches and are getting a custom glider and daybed made, as well as some roman shades and throw pillows. This room is going to be seriously adorable. I’ll be sure to share the finished product once we’re there!

Currently eating: all of the fresh fruits & veggies! I’m gung-ho “must lose 5lbs before the wedding” mode and this is truly the perfect time to do it. Temps in Boston rose from 50 to 91 overnight so we’ve had fresh fruit galore lately! I bought my first round of sweet cherries earlier at TJs and I can’t wait to dig in. TheyΒ  may be my favorite fruit snack.

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Currently cooking: Speaking of the health kick above, we’re heading to a friends house to cook out and we’re bringing a summer salad. This field pea saladfield pea salad & minty watermelon salad both look delicious!

Currently shopping for: Still on the perfect dress hunt. Surprisingly, Banana Republic is killing it now – I’m seeing a ton of cute stuff online so I need to pop in this weekend and try some cute dresses on!

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Currently watching: Below Deck Mediterranean! OMG y’all….this yacht!!! Admittedly, I watch it 80% for the scenery, 20% for the drama but it’s totally worth it. I basically spend the whole hour drooling over these unbelievable locations and then want to cry after because I’ll never be able to afford a week on a yacht (I heard this one ranges upwards of $175,000/week)

On that note…HAPPY FRIDAY πŸ™‚