Eclectic Kitchen

Many of you will remember that I sold my home last fall. My family has since transitioned to a much smaller apartment, which is proving to be the perfect place for us. We've got around 1000 square feet - which is plenty for a family of four, a wheelchair and a dog.

I'm so grateful for the smaller space. My housework-load has diminished exponentially and the cost of upkeep for our 2,600 square foot ranch house has disappeared. The other benefit is that we have access to a pool, a private gym, and a lovely dog park, all of which I do not have to maintain. Heaven.

But this morning, I'm missing my kitchen stove a bit. It was a beautiful 5-gas burning stove and I loved cooking on it. My current kitchen, while bigger and certainly upgraded, does not have the charm of my previous kitchen. So today, I'm sharing photos of dreamy eclectic kitchens. These homey spaces remind me that I need to add a few more personal touches to my cookie cutter apartment kitchen.










The Well-Appointed Kitchen

I've been loving these white kitchens with wood accents. Best of all, these spaces aren't huge ostentatious kitchens. They are well appointment, human spaces. Each space is poised to make a meal and seat a family. Perfection.

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Houzz Tour | Jason & Amy Moore

I'm so excited to share my latest home tour on Houzz.com. Jason and Amy Moore are my good friends and have been more than generous in helping my family navigate our son's special needs. Their own son, Wyatt, also faces huge medical challenges. The Moore Family has been an enormous support for us and it was my honor to cover their recent remodel for Houzz.com. Click through to the article and find out why.

From the article:

Jason and Amy Moore were well aware that their Dallas house in the tree-lined neighborhood of Lake Highlands was not working for their family, especially when it came to accommodating the special needs of their 8-year-old son, Wyatt. In 2013 the Moores contacted general contractor Christman Fifer of Fifer Renovations for an estimate for a bathroom remodel. “We thought we’d start with the bathroom, since that was our biggest need,” Amy says. “Plus, we knew we couldn’t afford the price tag of a major remodel.” 

 Fifer surveyed the house, realized the scope of Wyatt’s needs and waived his standard contractor fees as well as got the community involved to fundraise for the project. “It was completely overwhelming,” Amy says. “But sometimes you have to let people be kind to you.”

Read the full article HERE.




















Below: Christman Fifer with the Moore Family from left to right, Jason, Wyatt, Amy and Max.


Read the full article HERE!


My Mother's Farm Kitchen Renovation

This week, I wrote an article featuring my mother's newly renovated farm kitchen for Houzz.com. First let me say that my mother wins the prize for the best sport with the most positive outlook. I so admire all of the work she and my step-father have done on their 120 year old farm house in eastern Oregon that I can't help but crow. That's why I keep covering their innovative remodels! (Be sure to check out her BATH remodel if you haven't already.)

But today I want to share their KITCHEN, which is nothing short of amazing when you think that they did it themselves with the help of a few local professionals for the plumbing and electrical. Definitely read the full article, but in the meantime here is my mom and step-dad's beautiful handiwork.

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See it all on Houzz.com by clicking HERE.

Beams in the Kitchen

My mom is in the process of remodeling her kitchen in Eastern Oregon. She and her husband tore out the inner ceilings to reveal not only a vaulted roofline, but also wood beams! I'm so excited to see what she does with the space, but until then, her home improvement projects has me thinking about beamed ceilings in the kitchen.


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And just for fun, here's a shot of my Mom's kitchen under construction!



The Galley Kitchen

I know that its popular to have a big open concept kitchen with an island, but I've always loved galley kitchens. Perhaps its because I've always lived in older homes and apartments that had galleys. I also love the old style of having a small breakfast nook off one end of the kitchen. If you're thinking of remodeling your galley, remember that you don't have to tear out walls. Keep it simpler and less expensive: upgrade your appliances if you must, rearranging them if that's an issue and upgrade your counter tops, cupboard faces and hardware. Even small kitchens can serve up big functionality.

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I'm in love with my sink.


I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest member of our household.  
Readers, meet my kitchen sink.  Isn't she lovely?  



For the past three years, my sink has been hanging on to the counter top for dear life with screws missing, stripped and unable to secure its weight. One serviceman said, "Don't bathe your kid in there, it might fall through."  What?  That's crazy talk, but it was true. Then about a year ago, the faucet started leaking.  The rubber stoppers didn't work and soon we had a constant stream of water leaking through our sink everyday.  We have been living like water criminals.  Its deplorable, really.  But this week, we bit the bullet and replaced our sink and faucet.  Thank you to my dear friend Aubrey for installing this beauty!

Okay, here's what it looked like before -blech.





And now, it looks like THIS!



The drains don't match now, but who the hell cares.  Its a DRAIN.




Aqua Green Tile Backsplash

I keep coming back to these two images.  I'd love to have a large tiled backsplash in my kitchen, especially in one of these blue-green hues. This first image really blows me away because they extended the tile all the way up to the ceiling.  So brilliant. Do you have a tile backsplash?  Do you love it?

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Go Crazy

I've been looking at the photo below for a few days, thinking, "Why do I love this room so much?"  I love it because someone just went crazy.  The said to themselves, "If I love it, it makes the cut."  And they threw it all together in a funky mish-mash of awesomeness and didn't look back.  Its totally unapologetic and perfect.  So feel free to go crazy - if you love it, find a place for it in your home and call it good.

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The Carlisle, NYC

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Chevron Tile

I realize that the chevron pattern is old hat in the design world, but I love it.  I love love love love love it.  My favorite use of this famous, age-old zigzag pattern is when laid down as tile.  If I had the dough, I'd use it in my bathroom on the floor and shower.  It would also be beautiful as a wrap-around back splash in my kitchen or as flooring for our covered back patio. Where would you use it?


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In the Kitchen Today

Today, I'm in the kitchen making a homemade bean soup for my family.  We're battling the winter sickies and its pretty cold outside. I've got two boys feeling under the weather and they'll need something warm and savory to see them through the day.  What is your favorite thing to cook up when the weather turns frigid and immune systems go on strike?

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I saw this cute kitchen conversion table at JPM yesterday and thought I'd share.
I need this reference sheet on my kitchen wall or tucked inside a cabinet door.

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Bold Blue

A little something about me that you might not know: I'm psychic.  And I know what you've been doing.  You have been hemming and hawing for far too long about what color to paint that room.  You know the room I'm talking about.  Want my advice?  Blue.  Bold beautiful blue.  Cobalt for drama.  Or peacock for playfulness. Your choice. 

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Turquoise Pop in the Kitchen

Interior design and decor is all about delighting the senses in one way or another.  And your kitchen, while more utilitarian than most spaces in your home, is the perfect opportunity to create delight.  Of course you have the sight and smell of wonderful food, coffee, etc - but you also have the opportunity to create visual impact and delight with color.  To create a sense of play, humor and delight, I always love a pop of turquoise in the kitchen. 

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A Break in the Weather

After the barrage of 100 degree days we've had this summer in Dallas, the weather finally broke.  For the past few days the evening lows have dropped into the 60's and the mornings have been hovering in the 70's.  Do you know what this means?  First, that there is a merciful God or a higher power who watches over us.  Second, that Autumn is on her way.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the weather, the holidays, the clothes, and most importantly, the quality of light that Fall brings with her.  I'm ready for that slanting, focused light of Autumn to fill my home. 

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Still thinking about my pantry...

Not only to I need do detoxify my pantry and dump all the old, processed, post-date food, I also need to decide what goes back in and how to organize it in a way that makes sense.  I'm starting to round up all the empty containers in my house to corral the loose bits and food items, but I might need a trip to the Container Store.  We'll see.

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Reorganizing my Pantry

I have an enormous task ahead of me.  As many of you know, I started a weight loss program / journey this summer.   I'm cataloging my process on a blog called Smaller Sarah.  One of the components of my weight loss is a huge shift in my diet.  This shift has also signaled a need to re-organize and re-categorize my kitchen, Inglis refrigerator and pantry.  I've been putting it off now for over a month, using Charlie's surgery as an excuse to sit back and ignore the mounting chore of sifting through the old food and creating a healthy detoxed pantry.  So today, I'm taking the first step, which for me is to get inspired by the anal-ness of others.  Let's do a little pantry-gawking, shall we?

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Searching for a Faucet

I've come to a crossroads with my kitchen sink.  The drip drip drip leak from the faucet head has now turned to a slow but steady stream of water.  We are bleeding water out of the house by the gallons right in the middle of the worst drought Texas has seen in years.  The sink is also on its last legs as one of the screws that anchors it to the counter is stripped and rusted through and no amount of caulking can hide it.  So, this week, my husband and I are off to a box store to see if we can find a reasonably priced sink and faucet.  I want it to be 1) aesthetically pleasing, 2) practical and 3) inexpensive.  Do you think there is something out there for me that fits into these three categories? 

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