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We are two house-loving DIYers now onto our second house. One of us has vision...and one has actual skills.
Design and working on our home are our major hobbies, whenever we have a few moments of free time not devoted to our daughter or jobs. We are hoping to share our ideas, triumphs and mistakes to help other DIYers and get new ideas from all of you!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Accessories hunt

The look we are going for is a blend of modern and vintage.  We love the feel of vintage, and want to stay true to our home's age, AND we want to keep lines clean, the space feeling airy, but not cold, and welcoming.

I think our faucet is a perfect example of what we like - a vintage bridge style, but with really clean lines.

Given our pretty cool color palet with the whites and greys, which REALLY open the space up, but can be cold, we will be relying on accessories to really take our kitchen to the feel we are hoping for.

The first step in warming up the space was the flooring choice.  By continuing the red oak that is throughout our house into the kitchen, we hope that it will feel incorporated.  The wood also warms up the space more than a tile or slate floor would.

We also chose a soothing, but decidedly not white or grey paint color in allen + roth's Bay Area.

The next layer is in our textiles - rug and curtains.

I really think that the vibrant, but not overpowering splash of green along the very grey and white long counter/backsplash will go a long way in making the space feel welcoming and lived in.

I really love the tile feeling of the rug - a rather current choice, but at less than $30, easily changed out when we want something else.

I'm also trying to incorporate a vintage feel in the countertop accessories - a mix of luxury and vintage industrial.

This is where the bargain hunting gets fun...

I love the scale and rough texture of the ceramic on the left - and it was $0.70 on clearance at TJ Maxx...Looks pretty good where it is at the moment in the bookcase (can see it behind Brent in the picture above).  The wire encased candle holders were also from TJ Maxx - less than twenty bucks for the pair. The little green bud vase was on sale at West Elm for $4.

I also picked up a mercury glass soap dispenser and small vase at Target.

The pendant is somewhat modern in its shape, but has a vintage feel in the seeded glass and clear bulb.

I'm also on the hunt for some wire baskets for the bottom shelf of the island...

These from Ballard Designs are lovely, but $59 for the 3 of them...we've been hunting at TJ, but so far no luck.

I think the chicken wire style will tie in nicely with the wire on the glass candle holders from TJ.  I also want the dark metal to be repeated in the accessories - from our new counter stools, to the candle holders, to the baskets, and perhaps some other accessories I find.

 I don't want it all shiny and new - like our stainless steel appliances... faucet.... pulls/knobs,

and current island top.  Balance.... :)  I'm always looking for ideas, so send any inspiration pics that you think will match my vibe my way!

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