We are completely head over heels for this Aspen wall light. At only $210, you can't go wrong. We think this looks like it came from the renowned high-end showroom, Holly Hunt (but at a fraction of the cost!). Pick one up at www.ryanbrownstyle.com.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of living under the Tuscan sun, Italian Rustic is the next best thing—a step-by-step guide to recreating the romance and appeal of the weathered Italian farmhouse. This nuts-and-bolts guide to Italian style walks the reader through all the elements that make the rustic Italian home so unique, from the hand-laid stone walls to the artisanal stucco wall finishes.
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The kitchen is often the heart of the home and a place where friends and family seem to gravitate. But for many, the space just isn't large enough. We have compiled a few easy tips to help your kitchen look and feel larger.
Create Open Shelving:
An easy way to make your small kitchen feel larger is by removing your upper cabinets and adding floating open shelves. This still allows for storage but really opens up the space. When placing items on these shelves, we recommend grouping by color and also keeping the color very minimal.
Natural light will always make a space feel
larger. If creating more natural light isn't an option, adding ample
lighting to your kitchen through the use of directional cans or
under-counter lighting is a good alternative.
Just as with your closets, make cleaning out your kitchen an annual occurrence. (Take advantage of being able to get rid of those annoying containers without lids) Getting your kitchen organized is one of the easiest ways to revamp your kitchen space.
Free Up Counter Space:
If you want to create a more
inviting and open space, it's important to keep your kitchen free of
clutter. If you have a lot of appliances, try to store the ones you
don't use everyday in cabinets. You can also install under-counter
microwaves, spice racks, etc.
Use Soft Colors:
Using lighter colors when designing your kitchen is another point to keep in mind when working with a smaller space. Dark colors can close your kitchen in.
One of our latest projects is a never been renovated, 1980's condo overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica. The client is the fashion editor of a high profile magazine. The condo consists of a kitchen, living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms,
and 3 bathrooms. We will be replacing all surfaces -- flooring,
counter tops, fireplace stone, etc. She'd like an understated, chic look that will remain timeless, staying with a neutral and tonal color palette while avoiding shades of gray. As you can see by the "before" images below, the space is going to need quite a bit of work to achieve the desired end result.
Here are some of our early concepts. Shown in the image below are some of the materials that have been selected.
We have also included preliminary sketches of the living / dining floorplan and fireplace concept. As you can see, we will be building custom bookcases and plan to furnish with several pieces of vintage and custom furniture.
Because this space will be undergoing a dramatic transformation, it is going to be fun to see the end result. Keep an eye out as we will post updates on the progress of this project.