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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 6.27

white studio alcove nook bed // swedish interiors

Recently, I’ve been daydreaming a bit about relocating…  and I’m quite aware that along with that will likely come a smaller apartment! So, whenever I come across studios that are making a good use of space, I try and tuck them away for future reference – and this one definitely made the inspiration file… Granted, […]

17 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 6.27

  1. Ali

    WOW! I live in a studio downtown in a major city and this is huge compared to what I am used to for space. I have 475 sq. feet, but its gorgeous!

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  2. Rebecca Reynolds

    Kelly, After almost 40 years in CT. I too am looking to relocate and will be “downsizing” a bit, but community and a sense of place and just loving where you live is sooo much more important than a BIG pad. As designers its hard because we’re always picking up just one more piece and before you know it…. too much “stuff” Good luck. WOuld love to know where you’re considering. I’m narrowed down to about 6 places. Good luck

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  3. beth

    this is amazing apartment inspiration. as always, your posts are the most relevant and beautiful around!! xoxo

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PAINT IT UP :: A LITTLE MAKEOVER

coco+kelley sherwin williams painted console DIY_1

Good Monday Morning, friends!! I love when I get to kick the week off with a colorful, inspiring posts, and today is a serious dose of both. I mentioned last week that I had been working on a painting project with Sherwin-Williams as a part of National Painting Week, and today I get to finally share my […]

35 responses on “PAINT IT UP :: A LITTLE MAKEOVER

  1. Kristin M.

    Ok…that is simply fabulous! I am so inspired to transform my console table (a boring brown … I’m so over brown!) into our bar “cart” as well actually. Love, Love, Love. Great work!

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  2. Dani

    Well, this post makes it look so easy…

    I have always wanted to re-do a piece of furniture with an update to color but have yet to be brave enough. Perhaps it is time to jump in and try.

    Dani // andbubblegum.com

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  3. Rebecca Beaumont

    I love your new little bar!
    I’m so into green at the moment! By you painting it has turned a plain, simple, run-of-the-mill, brown piece of furniture into something that looks unique, fun and very much a designer statement piece of furniture!
    Love it!

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 3.28

suzanne dimma house and home cottage

I have a secret wish that I don’t think many people know about. That one day I’ll be able to afford a little patch of land in the San Juan Islands and make it my escape from the city. If you’ve never been, you may not understand the power of that ferry ride or seaplane […]

8 responses on “ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 3.28

  1. Angeline

    My favorite element is that the window frames the “art”/is the art in the room…thanks for sharing!

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  2. andreas

    Thank you for sharing this. Her wedding was incredible, with 30+ family and closest friends over for the weekend. Boat access only posed some challenges, but the wedding was amazing, the food was incredible and the cottage..you really need to experience it first hand ..it’s a modern home made of warm materials..it’s really quite amazing.

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  3. Heidi | The Rustic Modernist

    Oh my. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about with the magic of the San Juan’s. My husband is from Seattle and we went to a wedding on San Juan Island this summer. I fell in love and, sure enough, have been dreaming about having a plot of land there since we left. That place is pure heaven.

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A LITTLE (KITCHEN) NOOKIE

tobi tobin breakfast nook

I’m always impressed with spaces that manage to make the most of a tight situation, but these two bring a whole new definition to the term ‘breakfast nook’… I love the sunlit corner at the end of this kitchen. The fact that it’s carpeted makes it extra cozy, (although I’m curious if it extends through the […]

14 responses on “A LITTLE (KITCHEN) NOOKIE

  1. Yana

    I really prefer the first one. It seems like more of a nook space versus an addition to the kitchen like the second one. They’re both really nice. The first one has awesome natural light, perfect for making you feel alive. I love that about light. :)

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  2. Margaret

    The first set up would be dangerous for me… a stack of books and I would never leave.

    The second set up would be convenient, one would not need dish ware, from the table you can reach into the pan with a fork!

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  3. rcwillman

    i prefer the first nook but I wonder if the second kitchen table is on wheels? therefore the tablel and chairs could be moved back against the banquette when the cook is alone and working?

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  4. Chichi Furniture

    The first option definitely gets my vote, I love it and the extra counter. Its beautifully designed with a perfect balance of colour and texture. The dark table and window seat covers contrast against the ‘all’ white room and then the baskets and 2 stunning chairs soften up the mix and add real character and charm. I could sit there all day drinking coffee :O)

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  5. Lisa | Happy By

    Although the design in the second case is spotless and perfect, I fell in love with the first one immediately. The light from the corner big windows and the shelf above make it a dream space.

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HALFWAY THERE…

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I’ve been promising an update on the apartment for weeks (maybe even months?) now, and it’s about time for me to deliver! So here’s the story: I’m about halfway through with the design which means all the big pieces have been ordered, and I’m still waiting on them to arrive. Usually this is part where […]

23 responses on “HALFWAY THERE…

  1. Gawgus things...

    This is the bit where patience is a virtue! I think I would go for a huge piece of artwork for the wall to the right of the window and put the mirror over the buffet. Love the chandelier you’ve chosen!
    Emma x

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  2. Kristin Peake Interiors

    I adore this! Not only the beautiful pieces, but I love how you put this blog together. Fab!

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  3. Sensy~Style

    Hey Cassandra (or is it? LoL, I never know who is writing unless they sign their name).

    This is such an insightful post, especially since I am in the process of moving into my VERY FIRST home!Somehow, reading through this was like I was having a dialogue with a friend, sharing my experience. I love how you thought of nooking the smaller dining piece to the left for a cozy atmosphere. I had the exact thought in mind for my ‘to be’ home: a smaller dining at a corner next to the window.Only for me I envision peeking out of the window as I type through my laptop while sipping some tea and getting inspired, like an old novelist, you know?

    Another strange coincidence is the choice of a chandelier for the main lighting, AND the the stand alone lamps. I am thinking of incorporating the Exact theme for my living room/dining room (its a small house) and reading this piece was sort of like a sign that I was in the right design direction; being a novice in interior design. Had to laugh cos I too am contemplating substituting the axis lamps for the b/room (someone say great minds.

    All in all, I can only encourage you (and Pray, for my sake) that e get regular updates of the new developments of the house. You are not alone in this journey, and your insights are really valuable to me both as a new home owner and an aspiring interior designer.

    S.S!

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  4. Peak Rainey

    Hi! Looks like you are off to a great start… I think a mirror over the buffet and art next to the window would be best.. LOVE the table with those lamps – don’t move them to your bedroom! I have been eyeing these two mirrors from Target.. talk about budget friendly… check them out. They are a little smaller than what you have, but they are so much cheaper that you could even do 2. The symmetry of 2 lamps and 2 mirrors could be pretty fab. Here are the links:

    http://www.target.com/p/Oversized-Gold-Sunburst-Mirror-24/-/A-10771118?reco=Rec|pdp|10771118|ClickCP|item_page.adjacency

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  5. molly @thewaffler

    Art is so tricky; I was just asking my readers whether to go for one big piece or many small…their consensus seemed to be many small…but also that you have to love the piece (or pieces).

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  6. null

    First of all, I love your blog! That been said, I love the chandelier you chose, and the table, but aren´t your current chairs HUGE?? I´m guessing their also a problem right now for you to move around in there… And my vote is for big artwork.
    K.

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  7. Carla Aston

    Do the mirror over the buffet. It will reflect all that lovely natural light from your windows. Can’t wait to see the finished room.

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  8. null

    Love what you are doing with your room-the chandelier is going to be amazing. I would opt for a vintage mirror-but that is just me. I like old and new. It is going to be chic regardless. Can’t wait to see the end result.

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  9. cassandra @ coco kelley

    loving all of your ideas!!

    anon – i don’t know if the chairs are huge, but yes they are large! i’m so in love with the color of the leather, however, that i can’t imagine any other chairs in here… for now. we’ll see how things shake out when the dining table arrives!

    and i agree with many of you regarding the placement of the mirror over the buffet. i will have larger artwork over the sofa (another post to come!) so i’m thinking a selection of smaller pieces might be the end result on that blank wall next to the windows…

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  10. Naomi@DesignManifest

    Looking lovely! the chairs are diving and I bet the chandy will be such a fun pop.

    Definitely agree with the mirror over the buffet, and how about black and white art on the back wall? I tend to favor a single black and white photograph to groupings, but I’m sure whatever you do will be chic.

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  11. Maggie Rose

    Still in love with the chairs. I also vote mirror over the buffet and a BAM colorful big piece of art next to the window. Something to contrast with the chandelier. Undecided on the lamps – I have other ideas ;) Depends on how big they are.

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  12. null

    Firstly, may i just say how much i enjoy looking at your beautiful website every day.
    If this were my room, i would either A) Have one large piece of art on the wall to the right of the window. Personally i think it would look better balanced against the window than smaller pieces…or
    B) I would put a very narrow built in bookcase from floor to ceiling on that wall. On this could be beautiful interesting objects and books all tying together with the colour scheme of the aqua chandelier, maybe touches of Hermes orange, and the warmth of your beautiful tan/nude chairs.

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  13. kelly@refresheddesigns.

    Your blog is wonderful and I always get loads of inspiration. I agree with most above with going with the mirror over the buffet. My thought would be to go with neutral artwork on the wall so as not to detract from the brilliant chandelier. That will be the focal point! Looking forward to seeing the result.

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  14. bykristine

    I love the chairs you have there! Always fun when furniture arrive! Yes, you do finally see what’s missing, but at least it gets you in that decoration ‘mode’. :) I would hang a picture on the right of the window. How fun it will be to see what you decide to do!

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  15. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    Shut up!! You got that amazing chandelier? Ohhh maaan! Can’t wait to see it hanging so beautifully in your dining room! (and to see YOUR place decorated in RUE ;)

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  16. Katie Hackworth

    Lookin’ good! My vote is for mirror above the buffet and a really large piece of art to the right of the window. Maybe a huge Michelle Armas canvas? But since that can be pricey (large artwork, that is), I’m always a fan of a collection of pieces. Good luck!

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  17. Design is... All in the Detail

    What an amazing project – love how you put it all together for us! And the lighting is beautiful! Great job… I can’t wait to see the update! Thanks for sharing – Jalon

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