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Pretty Plantation Shutters + Giveaway

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

*This post is a partnership with Smith & Noble window treatments.

I’m headed home to California today after a long work weekend, whew! We had the kitchen floor tile patched in preparation for kitchen cabinets and I’m almost finished with the master bedroom. I’ll share more about those in progress spaces in a few weeks.

One of the most exciting upgrades that happened over the weekend was the installation of the plantation shutters in two rooms. I’d planned on using them in the home but was putting it off until next year but then Smith and Noble contacted me with an offer I couldn’t refuse… the opportunity to work with their Holiday Guarantee window treatment campaign. I ordered custom sheer roman shades for our entry many years ago from Smith and Noble so I was excited to work with their products again. “Let’s do this!” I replied and some shutter samples arrived in the mail a few days later.

 samples

There were size, color, and material options, my final choice was the 2 ½” Durawood in White so I measured my windows and sent along this image of the space from last month to their Inside Design Consultant. No window is ever straight (of course) but to solve that problem Smith and Noble uses a trim kit with shims so the shutters will fit precisely.

 window measurements for shutters

This is the first room you see when you walk in the front door, but one thing we hated about it was the “view” from the front door of the pool equipment and air conditioner from the window. Really?  Don’t get me started on whoever decided to put it there blocking the view of the pool in the backyard instead of placing the equipment on the side of the house. We debated moving it all and got a quote from a few specialists but ugh it was so expensive so it had to stay put.

palm tree pool equipment.

Plantation shutters were the perfect solution for this living room because they block that unsightly pool equipment and A/C unit, plus the filtered natural light is sooooo nice in this space.

smith and noble plantation shutters

Simple and elegant, they make such a great first impression. I LOVE the simplicity of the clean lines and classic style of white shutters. (Find the details on the furnishings from yesterday’s post).

navy gray white living room front door view

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The Prettiest Baker’s Rack

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

I was going to title this post How We Plan to Survive Living Without a Kitchen For Three Months but instead I shortened it to what it really is, the prettiest baker’s rack ever. We are starting on the kitchen remodel in the Nevada house in a few weeks (more details on that soon) which includes a total floor to ceiling demo so I came up with a solution for where to store our plates, bowls, and glassware so when we’re staying there we can eat and drink even while we are kitchenless until December.

I bought this Ceylon Baker’s Rack from Ballard Designs when it popped up on sale over the summer for two reasons 1) It was love at first sight: whitewash finish and fretwork doors! 2) It’s a versatile piece that will work anywhere, think bar in a living room, stylish display in a home office, storage in a breakfast nook, etc.

We will have a functioning refrigerator for the fall but no working appliances so we will be eating a lot of cereal and sushi and takeout while in town and paying visits down the street to my Mom and Dad’s house for hot meals. Right now the baker’s rack sits in the breakfast nook and I had some fun styling it in the space.

whitewashed bakers rack

ceylon whitewashed bakers rack

 

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