KBIS 2017

Still in a "pinch me" moment that I am joining such a talented group headed to Orlando!  Thank you Modenus!  And our sponsors ... Lixil Brands (DXV, American Standard, Grohe), Thermador, Wilsonart, Wellborn, Metrie and Mohawk and last but not least KBIS!  I am excited to see what all is new in their world!

Today I am "leaving ... on a jet plane!" (did you start singing??) to my first Kitchen and Bath Show!  I hope you will follow along as I will be posting on IG, FB and more to keep you in tune to all the new, classics that always please, trends and more in the Kitchen and Bath world!  Also follow #KBIS2017 and #DesignHounds to get the scoop from all the BlogTour participants.  Should be a wild and wonderful ride!

Kitchens and Bathrooms remain the top rooms that people want to update in their homes. Updating these two spaces do help for resale, but also are the spaces that see the most use and let's face it ... if we are living in a space, might as well spruce up where we spend most of our time.  There are so many choices and a range (ha ha ... pun intended!) that can fit into any budget.

If you have any questions about an update ... shoot me a note and I'll find the answer for you while at the show!  Let's all learn together!

xokim

Junior League of Boston Showhouse. The Kitchen.

Spring is ShowHouse Season and I am thrilled that the Junior League of Boston chose to participate this year with the Nathaniel Allen House in Newton.  Lucky for you Emily O'Brien took some amazing photos and I get to use them here to share the beauty with you.  We also have Beth Daigle of the Lifestyle Blog, 3 Olives and a Twist chiming in about her favorites!  Hop over to each of these ladies posts to follow along while we each dish about our favorites!

First up ... This stunning kitchen by Vani Sayeed Studios.  SERIOUSLY STUNNING.

When I walked in the door I first noticed Vani's interpretation of built in cabinets with open shelving.  Not quite as trendy as the pure open shelf look, her version gives a fresh look while keeping with the traditional feel of the house and New England lifestyle.

And, then ... Literally ... I gasped.  In awe.  The ceiling height gave Vani the perfect place to wow us.  And SHE DID.  With the amazing RED vinyl wallpaper (perfectly suited for a kitchen) that looked like a hide.  And the rustic beams on the ceiling the perfect humbling moment against such punch.  I felt like a child trying on a princess costume, I just stood in the middle of this kitchen and twirled slowly around looking up trying to take it all in.  Oh, and the chandelier.  Yes.

The 12 X 24 tiles laid out to create a beautiful "parquet" floor gives a visual balance to the ceiling and walls. 

I loved her mix of texture, glamour, traditional and modern all in one swoop.  Notice the long subway tile next to the marble backdrop over the stove. 

The ShowHouse is going on through June 5th and you can purchase tickets at www.BostonShowHouse.org  What a beautiful and inspiring renovation this historic home has undergone!  More on Emily's, Beth's and my favorite rooms ... and why ... stay tuned!

xokim

#madforplaid

Happy Fall Monday!  The temps took a dive this weekend, boots and cashmere sweaters have made their way back to my closet ... I am entering this cool zone very skeptically!  Praying for a little less Winter than we had last year!

Back to #madforplaid ... When our family first moved into #ProjectDownsize, now almost 2 years ago! We tackled our little kitchen first.  It's where we spend the majority of our time ... Small enough for Don and I to be comfortable when it's just the two of us and big enough to pile our family of six plus friends in on a special occasion!

The "banquette" was a formal sofa in our previous home and the two dining chairs were from my dining table growing up, loved what a coat of black paint could do for them!

The GP&J Baker Chinoiserie linen brought in another element to help keep the plaid from feeling too "country" for me.

I am so excited to share that this Fall's edition of New England Fine Living featured our #madforplaid kitchen!  

I am working on our laundry room to tie in the colors of the kitchen ... our Cape house is what my Grandmother referred to as a "shotgun" house ... yep you could shoot a shotgun through the front door and it would go straight through the house out the back door!  And that my friends is where my laundry room ... more like a "laundry passthrough" is stationed.  I've been working on this for awhile so putting on the finishing touches now and will keep you updated!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.

xokim