Weekend Reading

May 1st, 2015

I’ve got my hands full this weekend and next week since my 2 year old nephew Ronan is staying in our home while my brother works during the day. His mom is traveling with her sisters to visit Switzerland for 10 days, such a dream destination, have you been? It’s one of my top five favorite countries I’ve visited. I’m excited to have little feet in the house again but I’ll be busy keeping him entertained, two year olds are so curious and have so much energy, wish me luck!

summer home


And the favorite links of the week

Scenes from 25 stylish summer homes.

Also this beautiful coastal home on Sullivan’s Island.

This houseboat is so stunning.

Tropical print wallpapers, so fun!

Get the look of encaustic cement tile for less.

How to decorate around a charcoal sofa.

I pinned so many images from this portfolio of homes.

Shaunna filmed a pilot for HGTV, looks like a great show! 

20 basic cooking techniques any home chef should master.


Have a great weekend!

Big Comeback: Brass Kitchen Hardware

April 29th, 2015

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen and looks wonderful in silver and gold tones, also glass and bronze. The use of brass hardware in kitchens is on the rise and to be expected since we’ve all been giddy for gold in the past few years.

For the kitchen remodel I’m featuring next week I chose polished chrome hardware (these gorgeous knobs and these beautiful pulls) and they are so yummy. However, I’m just as crazy about the brass hardware that’s popping up in many a magazine and blogger kitchen remodel, the golden tones of brass against cooler hues in painted gray, green, or blue cabinets is a beautiful medley and of course white and gold is a timeless combination.

gray cabinets brass hardware

martha stewart

blue cabinets brass hardware

k marshall design

brass kitchen pulls

sophie burke design

gold hardware white kitchen

owens + davis

emily henderson brass hardware in kitchen

emily henderson

Brass hardware is especially striking with deep blue cabinets.

navy cabinets brass hardware

via domaine home

blue cabinets brass hardware sarah richardson

sarah richardson design, hgtv

How lovely to see kitchens that aren’t matchy matchy, the cabinet colors are different and the mix of brass and stainless steel appliances totally works. Yes, you can mix your metals!

kitchen makeover smittenstudio

smitten studio

brass hardware charcoal cabinets brittanymakes

brittany makes

white cabinets brass pulls stainless appliances

love joy designs

Like anything that comes full circle in design, the look of brass hardware again has modern appeal. The house I grew up in in the 80s had all lacquered brass faucets, fixtures and hardware and as a result gold hardware was a turn off to me for years. Yet the newer looks in brass kitchen hardware feel very fresh with their clean lines and matte satin finish. Are you a fan?