Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kitchen Details

Hi there!  I am going to do my best to give you a kitchen tour and source the colors and products we used. If I have any advice when it comes to picking colors it's to study lots of different pictures and visit lots of model homes. You will find the perfect combination that works for you, but don't take it lightly. 

There are so many helpful tools out there that I would say to utilize them all.  Go to Pinterest, study other bloggers and don't be afraid to use those ideas.  People post things so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel and there is no shame in trying out the things you find and then tweaking them to fit your style. We call all those ideas INSPIRATION! 

I have wanted a white kitchen since I can remember, so that decision was easy. The difficult part was deciding on what shade of white to use.  I referred to my builder, Pinterest and other blogs, before deciding on Sherman Williams Pure White (SW7005).  My cabinets, trim and ceilings are all painted in this color and I love it.  It is WHITE and there is no creamy tint, which was what I wanted.  I like to think of it as bleached white, it would definitely pass the tissue test if it were teeth! 

We used Sherman Williams Repose Gray (SW7015) on the walls. 

The floors are white oak and are a 5" plank.  We used a local Kansas City company called SVB Wood Floors.  I wanted a natural look, but was a afraid to go without a stain, but they had an actual Natural Stain color and that is what we used. We have two big dogs and so far we have had good luck with it holding up to wear and tear. 

The back splash is a called Dove Gray Diamond Mosiac,  It was the first thing I picked for the kitchen.  It was also the first tile I saw when I walked into the showroom for my first appointment.  I kept walking passed it, because I knew it was going to be out of our budget.  

When you build a home you are told to stay within certain "sticker color" if you want to to stay within budget.  I was supposed to be picking out items with "green stickers." It took about 30 minutes for me to abandon that idea. I had planned to spend more on certain items, but the truth is when you build it will happen time and time again.  This is when the stress starts to set in!

This pot filler never gets used, because I always forget about it!  When I make pasta, I grab the pan, fill it in the sink and then turn around to set it on the stove and see the pot filler. I hope I will start remembering, but even if I forget more times than not, I love how it looks.  This pot filler is in champagne bronze and is by Delta.  

I wanted to do something different for the hood.  I did not want a wall mounted hood, so I just kept searching for different ideas and finally found something on Pinterest that peaked my interest.  I sent a picture to our cabinet maker and he said he could do it, so I was thrilled. That would be my second piece of advice...don't be afraid to ask. It may be too expensive or they might just say no, but it's better than living with the regret of not trying. Eventually I may paint it a different color, but for now I am happy with the white. 

We had quartz counter tops in our old house and I wanted them again, simply because they were so easy to care for.  They are durable, require little care, and I think they look gorgeous. We used the company Legendary Stone and went with Q Quartz in Calcutta Classique, It is very pretty! 

The bar stools were a special order at Nebraska Furniture Mart, but I have also seen them online HERE.

The faucet and accessories are all from the Delta Cassidy Collection and are also in champagne bronze.  

We are loving this Avanti Wine/Beverage Cooler.  It is nice because it has controlled temperatures on both sides.  One side is for soda and water and you can set the other side for either white or red wine. 

The Samsung black stainless steel appliances have been great and don't show smudges too badly. The refrigerator was not my thing, but my husband wanted to be able to watch television on the fridge (can you feel my eyes rolling).  I never use the features in has to offer, because is it nothing but confusing! 

I wanted to use rain glass on the kitchen cabinets, but it was not an option with the cabinet company we used, so I went with bead glass instead.  This was one of those "happy accidents" because I don't think the cabinet lighting would have  been as vibrant through rain glass.  The plates in the top cabinets were not a splurge...I got them HERE and I love the black orchid print. 

This table was a surprise.  It was not on my radar.  I looked at so many wood tables and none of them were working.  I even returned two tables, because they were not complimenting the space.  My husband picked this one out and we nearly got in argument over it, because it was not wood, but after going home and considering his opinion I realized he was right.  The table and chairs are both made by Four Hands Furniture, but we purchased them at Nebraska Furniture Mart.  Currently the chairs on sale HERE.

My biggest dilemma in the kitchen was picking lights.  I don't know why, but this was challenging for me and I still am not 100% satisfied.  I see stuff all the time (online) that I like more. The only explanation I have is that the lights were one of the last things picked and by then I was broke and tired!  I changed my mind four times and I am pretty sure I drove the lady crazy. In the end I went with simple lights for the island and something within budget above the table (thinking I can change it out eventually). We used Wilson Lighting in Overland Park, Kansas.  

That pretty much covers the kitchen.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great day!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Loving World Market

I have been digging World Market lately.  Every time I have gone to purchase wine, I have walked out with something for the house.  I can only imagine the damage I would do if I drank the wine before entering!  Hope you guys find some inspiration too.  

Fell in love with this Barcelona Vase and ended buying two.

Here is another view of the VASE,
This 3-Section Caddy is perfect for entertaining. You could showcase something besides flatware, but I found this cute plastic silverware and displayed for a party.
This Wood Pedestal Bowl is super cute.  I picked up a package of decorative vase fillers at T.J. Maxx for $3.99
This 2-Tiered Stand stand has multiple uses.  My favorite display would be cupcakes, but for daily use I started displaying my tea cups, which are easy to grab each morning.

The accessories above are all from the Edin Collection at World Market.  

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Goldilocks of Tees

A shout out to Adela King (Ladies of London) for turning me on to these t-shirts through her Instagram posts. They are the best fitting tees and are flattering for anyone with a bigger chest. 

I have bought multiple tees trying to find "the one."  It has been a frustrating search. Some are too big and look boxy or they too small and pull across my chest, but these are just right!

These Splendid tees are also a great length.  The quality is great too, but I do dry them on delicate simply because the fabric is thin.

Boots are by Dolce Vita and can be found on sale here.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kitchen Island

The kitchen island in our house is good sized.  It looks really plain without anything sitting on it, but the hubs likes it bare. I can't stand it bare, so I added an apothecary jar and began collecting wine corks from special occasions. I have been trying to use a marker to write the date and a brief description about who the bottle was shared with or I where I was (like vacation spots).  It is fun to see them and read things like "Girls Lake Trip 6/17), because it brings up a fun memory or two. The apothecary jar  is from Overstock, but I could not find the exact jar, so I linked a similar one. 

I fell in love with these candle holders when I saw them. I love it when you see something and it just fits your style and there is no indecisiveness.  I feel like I wear myself out sometimes making simple unimportant choices.  The candle holders are from Zgallerie.  They now com in gold, which I would have bought instead if they were available at the time I bought mine. 

Have a great Thursday...the weekend is almost here! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


When we moved I told myself I did not want to start collecting a bunch of stuff that I didn't need and would want to get rid of a year later. I have been trying to take my time picking my "tchotchkes," but I am failing!

I just bought these items for the kitchen counter, but I didn't spend a ton of money, so I am not feeling overly guilty. 

The marble tray is from Target. It is heavy, but the quality is great and love the gold handles. I picked up the wine glasses at World Market, but I could only find the stemless version online. 

I wish I could find a link to the cute bottle of matches. I love them,  because the look adorable and have a strike pad on the side of the bottle.  I found them at Home Goods and the brand is Botanique

 The scented candle is from DW Home. The scent is smoked teakwood & vetiver.  It has a musk smell that I find relaxing.  I am not a fan of fruity or floral scents, so if you feel the same way you'd love this scent. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Kitchen Backsplash

The back splash behind the stove top was looking bare, so I searched  Pinterest for some ideas. The only thing that kept popping up were cutting boards, which I thought were boring until I found this adorable elephant at Anthroplogie.  

The elephant looked lonely sitting up there by himself, so I added this round cutting board,  It is from the the Magnolia  line at Target and has two leather handles. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring Accents

We are so ready for spring around here! Easter is tomorrow and it is a true April Fool's day because we are expecting snow. SNOW...they must be joking!

I added some faux greenery to this vase, hoping to inspire spring to make an appearance.  I purchased some pussy willows from the local shop Petals and Potpourri  and I got the vase from Target.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Instagram Roundup

 I love the leather legging look, but wasn't sure it would work for me. I decided to go for it when I found these vegan leggings at Aritzia. They are a great quality and the sales associate convinced me they would last forever. I don't regret the purchase, but they had hung in my closet since September with the tags still on them. I finally took the risk for a recent holiday party.  

You can purchase them here:  DARIA VEGAN LEATHER

They also come in vegan suede here:  DARIA VEGAN SUEDE

Boots by Guess here: FRAN BOOTIE

Top by Ro and De (sold out), but similar HERE and HERE and HERE

I found these tights at Forever 21. Tights are an easy way to spruce up any outfit. This chevron print took a simple work dress to a more fashion forward level. Such a simple and cheap way to feel a little more fashionable.

I wasn't able to find these exact tights but here are a couple similar pair:

I am a lady of the eighties and I loved to follow the super models of that time. One things that always stuck out to me was that Elle Macpherson always wore diamond studs.I admired the simplistic statement and always thought they looked elegant. I could never afford to by myself any, so I wore faux stones for years and constantly lost them. For our 20th anniversary my husband splurged and bought me the real deal, which I rarely take out for fear of losing! I can't stand to sleep in my jewelry, but my earrings are an exception.  I love them, mostly because they were a gift.

He purchased mine at Zales, but I don't have to tell you that you can get diamond studs anywhere.  My favorite faux versions always came from American Eagle and Express.  Right now you can good real ones for a deal with all the holiday specials running.  

Here are a few deals I found on the internet:





I never get tired of distressed boyfriends...will always be a favorite. 
This pair happens to be extremely distressed and might be too much for some folks, but I use them as my travel jeans (we drive most trips) and they are my most comfortable Joe's jeans (Similar Here). There are so many jeans available at every price point it's easy to find something that fits your style.  

Here are a few of my favorite:

Also...still love my Rebecca Minkoff MOTO SATCHEL


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Look for Less

I would love to own these Valentino boots.  I fell in love with them when I saw India de Beaufort wearing them on Blood and Oil.  I hate that the show was cancelled. It was an evening soap opera for sure, but I grew up in the days of Dallas, Dynasty and Knots Landing, so I was loving it. The boots are perfection, but the price is not.  I cannot bring myself to go into debt over a pair of boots! I hope some day this changes, but in the time being I began searching for a decent knock off. 

$1375  is a large chunk of change.  

It wasn't easy, but I finally found a boot that is similar and doesn't look cheap. They're not an exact match, but they are similar for a fraction of the price. They are great quality and look much better in person, honestly this picture does not do them justice. They look great!


Saturday, November 7, 2015


Still working on the art of perfecting a selfie...this will never happen, because I feel absolutely stupid taking them.  I prefer the ones that show my outfit and leave my head cut off.  There is a heavy narcissistic vibe when I post these photos and that feels uncomfortable.  I love clothes, there is no denying that, so if I am going to do a blog about clothing I have to figure out a way to post without feeling silly.

Went to Nashville for a birthday celebration. The city had a great vibe, but unfortunately this didn't turn out to be one of our better trips.  I'll spare you the details, but it was all on us (marriage has it's moments), not the awesome city of Nashville.

Bought these awesome boots while we were in Nashville.

Good news (if you like them)...they're on sale HERE and budget friendly HERE
Jacket also on sale HERE

My mom got me a fun birthday make over.  I was laying down when I took this picture, thinking this might be the key to selfie taking in your 40's! Everything falls back...fake advertising at it's best.

Bobby Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum (Medium) HERE
Bobby Brown Bronzing Powder (Golden Light)  HERE
Bobby Brown Luxe Lip Color (Parisian Red) HERE

Loving flannels this fall.  I have a few, but this is the newest edition and I love it!

Buffalo Plaid Flannel similar HERE and HERE
Steve Madden boots  HERE  and similar  HERE
Joe's Jeans HERE

Beautiful flowers I found on my desk for my birthday.  My friend is a gardener and does an amazing job brightening our days.  She even wrote a grant to create a butterfly garden on our school grounds.  

Kansas City Royals parade in downtown Kansas City.  We got the day off from school and I took advantage of the day off and attended the parade with a good friend.  Great day to be a Kansas City native! 

What I wore to the parade.  Another flannel, but this is from last season.

Similar HERE and HERE
Kansas City Royals shirt (old), but similar HERE and HERE

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Instagram Posts

I love this sweater.  It's a chunky cable knit without being too hot or bulky.  
Picked it up HERE for less than $25.  
Jeans are comfy boyfriends that I wear too often HERE.  
Grey t-shirt is flattering and super soft HERE
 Boots are constantly on repeat HERE.  
The necklace is very versatile and affordable HERE.

Joe's jeans are the most flattering for my body shape.  
I own several pairs and they work well for jeans days at work, because they have no holes.  Jeans HERE.  
Scarf sold out, but similar HERE and HERE
Boots HERE
Shirt HERE 

 Rag and Bone Jeans HERE
BP. Boots HERE
Military Shirt HERE
Raglan t-shirt HERE
Rebecca Minkoff Bag HERE
Lucky Brand Necklace is old, but similar HERE

 H&M jersey top HERE
Citizens of Humanity Jeans HERE
American Rag denim vest old, but similar HERE and HERE
BP. Boots HERE

David Yurman "Oval" link bracelet HERE
David Yurman "Cable Classic" bracelet HERE
Tag Heuer  (similar) HERE