Rustic/industrial/farmhouse kitchen makeover

I am super excited to say that we are going ahead with our rustic/industrial/farmhouse cottage kitchen update this fall…wow that was a mouthful. I’ve been such a busy bee getting all the items chosen, sourced and ordered that I haven’t even had any time to blog!

It’s so exciting! I’ve been dreaming of redoing this kitchen ever since I saw it.  This is how it looked when we originally purchased the home. (This is the realtor photo)


And how the kitchen looks now:

DSC_0194So you can see that I painted the side panel in blackboard paint (which I love and I’m leaving as is). I added the hanging pendants, due entirely to my hubby’s cleverness.  The white knobs were exchanged for the black square knobs and cup handles.  And the wood shutters were removed from the windows, they banged into the cupboards and generally, just drove me crazy.

Now, we will be doing a much bigger change to the kitchen, but it is still not a total gut.  We are leaving the footprint the same, since it’s a log home, any floor plan or lighting changes are a challenge.  I’m okay with the layout, so I’m just doing some fine tuning.  But, can I tell you how happy I am to be finally rid of those white track lights, they are definitely on their way out! More on the layout and all the details in another post.

But I will leave you with the kitchen’s mood board.  As you can see it has a rustic/industrial/farm house aesthetic together with some blue, of course!



Stay tuned for progress reports!


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Kips Bay Show House 2015

The last day of my NYC trip was spent exploring the Kips Bay Show House for the Boys and Girls Club. And what a beauty it is!

Here’s just a few pics of the gorgeousness!

Starting at the Foyer (done by Drake Design Associates) I fell in love with these light fixtures that looked like clouds against the stunning polished sky blue ceiling.


And who could forget that staircase! (Done by Ronald J. Bricke)


THIS FLOOR! (Done by Peter J. Sinnott IV – Home Works)



And yet another gorgeous bathroom. (Done by Clive Christian Interiors)  The wall covering was absolutely luminous!

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And yes, an exterior bath set up high! (Done by Greener by Design)



A masculine and sexy bar tucked in a small corner. (Done by Alan Tanksley, Inc.)


I was really taken with this bedroom. I am loving the tartan fabric on the walls.  (David Pheonix, Inc.)


And last but definitely not least…the kitchen! (Done by Christopher Peacock)

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And a little garden retreat on the main floor. (Done by Janice Parker Landscape Architects)


So that’s the end of my little tour.  Which room is your favourite? I have to say the bathrooms were outstanding! So hard to pick my favourite.

I have tried to be accurate with my design credits, but if I’ve made a mistake, please let me know and I’ll correct it asap!


A motion sensing dream via Adorne Sensaswitch

I have been meaning to post about one of the Adorne SensaSwitch that I had installed in the winter at my cottage, for so, so, so, long now, as it is SUCH a pleasure to have it.  But life just got in the way, but finally I’ve gotten around to it.

Just take a peek at this little marvel at the end of a long, with very minimal natural light hallway.  It’s the perfect switch for this spot! And it looks beautiful, to boot!


Here’s a look at the before, below.


Here’s how it’s described on Adorne’s website:

“The Auto-ON/Auto-OFF SensaSwitch includes motion-sensing technology, automatically turning lights on when you enter a room and off when you leave. Perfect for garages and pantries.”

It may not seem like a big thing, but let me tell you, when your “very well used cottage”, has a main floor powder room that is located around the corner, down a dark corridor, having a motion operated light switch is a God send.  No more, having to accompany guests to show them where the powder room is or where the light switches are for the hall.

Just like a little mini miracle, every time, as soon as someone is near the beginning of the corridor, the light at the end of the hall switches on.  So now I just say, follow the light, the bathroom is the first door on the right.

Obviously, I choose the white switch and matched it with the Mirror white plate.  I wanted it to blend in seamlessly and just look how great it does that.


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To check out my previous update with Adorne switches, click here.



ICFF 2015 Inspiration

Well, I’m still recovering, after a whirlwind long weekend in NYC.  But, the TBBs and I certainly had a blast.

We spent Sunday at ICFF and here’s some highlights from that visit. Tons of inspiration to be found.  I especially noticed all the woven pieces of furniture this year.  70’s here we go again!

There was still tons of gorgeous wood around, on walls, floors and furniture.




Walking on Wood



Immersion Design

This amazingly creative design murphy style bunk bed/desk combo was so well thought and executed.  Just so you know, that desk area pulls down to reveal a double bed and the desk area also pulls out to reveal hidden storage and electrical outlets (which you can see a bit of on the left).  Just lovely!

Fabulously detailed sinks and tubs.







The insert on the farmhouse style sink above is inter changeable, brilliant!

And of course, there were tiles!



Country Floors

I’m seriously lusting after these hand painted beauties above, for my cottage backsplash……pitter…patter.



Some beautiful and interesting pieces of furniture.


Umbra Shift

These may be seen soon at a TBBs’ home near you!

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Loop de Loop

These woven chairs were soooooo comfy!

And of course, how I couldn’t leave out the lighting.

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Daniel Latorre Cruz


Ridgely Studio Works


Brendan Ravenhill


Loved these whimsical book lights below…for when books fly!


Ali Siavoski (

There was tons more of course, but this gives you an idea of what was there.

Next up, the Kips Bay Show Home – 2015.

PS. I thought I had gotten all the sources, but it appears I’ve missed some. If you know them, I’ll be happy to correct the ones I’ve missed.