Trend Alert: Wood Cabinets

Wood Cabinets are back people! They went out during the “paint everything white” years and then during the “smokey” cabinet year and a half, and now they are coming back into kitchens with a drama all of their own. Observe:

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Wood Cabinets are veering modern AND traditional these days paired with lots of B&W, and open shelving, with a rustic/minimalist vibe. I am loving this trend because wood has so much warmth and texture to it, that it can hold its own in a minimalist setting, and still keep everything cozy.

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I admit freely that I am much more drawn to this contemporary, modern iteration of wooden cabinets, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any wood cabinet hopes for you traditional people, and I actually really really love these: 

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A common element of all of these wood cabinet kitchens is the presence of a heavy dose of B&W as well as a simplicity in all the other elements of the kitchen. The idea here is to let the wood tones be the focal point of the kitchen, without everything feeling super heavy and “decorative”  

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I would do these in my kitchen in a heart beat, which is actually saying a lot because normally I am a lot more cautions about trends, but I think this is one that will stand the test of time and will always feel classic. And if you do it in this neutral, natural tone of wood, it will go with anything! 

Build A Room Reveals!

Happy Friday everyone! Is it just me or did this week crawl by at a molasses slow rate?

Today we have two Build A Rooms to reveal! I’ve decided to reveal these here periodically rather than every week in order to have more to reveal in each post!

This method of connecting on Instagram is one of my favorites and I highly encourage you to enter in the polls that are on my stories every day!

First up is the kitchen. This one ran for a long time! I guess there are a lot more things to choose in a kitchen!

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Cabinet, Black splash, Flooring, Flooring, Countertop, Hardware, Hardware, Hardware, Hardware, Faucet, Faucet, Pendant, Sconce, Pendant, Sconce, Art, Art, Runner, Runner, Stool, Stool

Ta Da! When you are talking about kitchen design, there are a lot fewer furnishings like pillows, rugs, and lamps, and a lot more decisions about materials like marble, brass, navy, and wood stains. Someone commented at the conclusion of this board that the darker, bolder items seem to always get picked! Because of that the alternate board came out VERY light:

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I am really jiving with all the blond wood tones in this board…But honestly I can’t pick a favorite! Here is a little gif of the board coming together:

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Next up the bedroom:

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ArtSide Table, Light, BedRug, Chair, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow

I really love all of the copper tones we see here (I’m a little bit obsessed with that chair from crate and barrel) Shoutout to Allison James for her amazing art here! The more I see of her stuff the move I love it! And she just put out a bunch of new ones…

I don’t have an alternate for this one because none of those copper tones went with the other option for the portrait of the red lady, and It came out all weird.

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For this one I wanted to work backwards and pick the art first so that we could build off of that! This is to illustrate how you can build a room off of any starting point, you don’t have to start with the big ticket items!

8 Go-To’s for Online Shopping

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth like that! The flu had me down for a full week (Literally – I could barely lift my head!) It has settled into a lovely hacking-cough. Fellow survivors of this hell tell me it doesn’t go away for a loooong time. *sigh. But enough complaining! (I have felt like such a complainer lately!) Time for shopping!

When I am putzing around on the internet I tend to gravitate towards a few reliable sources. These aren’t the cheapest options (that is another post for another day!) but they have reliable collections and great aesthetics! Today I have pulled together (in no particular order) some of my favorites and why.

World Market:

One of the things I love most about World Market is their range! They have almost everything decor related that you could think of, and all in a very reasonable price range. As the name might suggest they have a lot in the Global and Boho styles which are great for layering into pretty much every other style!

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Sofa Rug Ottoman Plant Art Bookshelf Basket Chair Vases Wardrobe


CB2 is definitely one of my favorites overall. Their aesthetic is clean, modern, and high end with a hint of drama. While some of their prices for things like dining chairs are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, most of it is very reasonably priced. Almost everything I design has something from them. When I think about CB2 the first thing I think is: not boring.

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Dining Table Curtain Chair Art Plant Dishes Napkin Silverware


Article is most known for their incredible sofas but the rest of their products are stellar too! They are experts in MCM and sell high end furniture. The prices are in the mid to high range. (the art is from OKL, Article doesn’t have any wall art)

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Bed Bench Rug Sconce Floor Lamp Pouf Planter Side Table Pillow


Rejuvenation has a really reliable collection of traditional and high end products and it is my favorite place to go for mirrors, hardware, lighting, and art. Their art game is phenomenal if you are looking for something traditional but still on trend. The price tags are on the higher end and for good reason! Rejuvenation’s products have an incredible range. They can be focal pieces or supporting characters.

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Faucet Sink Rug Pendant Towel Bowl Art Art Plant


For a while I felt kind of foolish for not knowing that H&M had a home goods section. I was always a fan of their clothes (still am!) but I was utterly blown away by their collection and especially by the price! They haven’t moved into any big furniture but their textiles and accessories are killer! They have a soft, Scandinavian quality with lots of pops of black and fun, modern, patterns. I cannot stress this enough: the price is unbeatable. Luckily they are always adding to their collection, so there is always something new!

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Basket, Mirror, Bathrobe, Towel, Curtain, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow, Pillow, Vase, Vase, Vase, Candle, FrameCandlesticks, Salt and Pepper Dish, Egg Stand, Bowl, Glass, Salad Server, Plate, Teacup


Chairish is really special because it is an online resource for one-of-a-kind vintage finds! This solves the problem of online design – heart. Because most designers will tell you that having something vintage in a room gives a sense of history and soul. As with most vintage, the price range is extremely varied. Some things are dirt cheap and others are astronomical. This is a great place to go for something eclectic or zany!

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Sofa, Art, Bar Cart, Chair, Art, Rug, Coffee Table, Vintage Helicopter (plants ar

Blu Dot:

Blu Dot is a contemporary home decor company that provides truly stunning original designs. They have a modern, airy aesthetic, and a high price range. Their products are stellar and they are the perfect place to go for a sleek statement.

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Art, RugLamp, Side Table, Sofa, Pillow, ChairCandlesticks


Ikea had to be included on this list. We all know Ikea! It is very familiar, reliable, and incredibly affordable. What I love about their style is that they don’t carry any items that are loud focal points. Their pieces are all supporting characters that can take center stage, but mostly help along other pieces. That doesn’t mean they are boring! The “filler” pieces are really beautiful and delicate as is characteristic of scandi design.

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Bed, Side Table, Table Lamp, Dresser, Pendant, Art, Plant, Rug, Chair, Rug, Vases, Lantern, Candle, Blanket

Obviously I shop at a lot more places than just this, but these are some of my go-to places where I know I will find what I need. I am always looking to expand my list of sources so please comment with your favorite online shop!