The Bungalow Kitchen Refresh – Missing the Mark

Hi Everyone!

So I was starting to get the itch, friends.  The itch for something fresh and different.  For a little bit of a change in our home and this time it was directed at the kitchen.  If you guys have been with me for a while, you know I get the itch to change things up every few years because I have a nomadic spirit. Since we aren’t moving anytime soon, something has to give.

We’ve been in our little bungalow coming up on 3 years in August (how in the heck did that happen!), so I’ve been looking around and thinking of areas where I can freshen things up. I’d been wanting to change up the kitchen cabinet color for a while. Since we will FINALLY be installing our new floor tiles soon, I figured now is the perfect time to do so.  I’ve enjoyed having the black cabinets, but I knew when we got ready to put in the black floors I wanted to change up the color.  There was a tonal difference between the black of our cabinets and the black of the tiles that drove me BANANAS.

After coming across the most gorgeous emerald green kitchen EVER almost a year ago I’ve had my heart set on going green in our kitchen:

Sooooo freakin good, right? Immediately, I fell in love and was so inspired by it.  I knew I wanted green, but emerald was out of the question for us so I thought to go the way of olive green.  That color direction felt much more my speed…..earthy/moody/a little more boho than glam or traditional.  And once I saw some pretty amazing inspiration kitchens, I was even more in love with the idea.

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After swatching what felt like a million olive samples, I finally decided on Dark Olive by Benjamin Moore. You’ll have to excuse the fact that I was a bad blogger and forgot to take real pics of this process.  I just have cell phone pics to share.  After getting the first coat on I loved it, but  I felt like the color was reading quite grey and the olive got a bit lost… especially during certain times of the day.

So I decided to take the color back to BM and have it adjusted just a bit.  I amped up the green, deepened it and made some of the grey disappear.  The result was a gorgeous, deep, ultra moody olive green I absolutely LOVED.  I snapped a couple shots during different times of the day.

You guys.  This color was sooooo good. I loved it. Like genuinely loved it.  My problem with it is it felt confusing IN THIS SPACE.  Especially once I laid down a few of the new floor tiles.

The tiles and the cabinets got totally lost within each other, especially when seeing and being in the space in person…. which just felt weird. I don’t mind the floor sorta blending into the cabinets, but the undertone or something was off.  I just had this nagging feeling like this was NOT the way to go here.  And boy, did that feeling suck!  For multiple reasons.

First, as a designer and creative, you hate to have to see your vision NOT play out the way you thought and hoped it would.  And second, it sucked because I had just gone through all the work of painting them and knew I was most likely going to have to do it all over again!!  uggggghhh.  Thankfully our kitchen is really small and we only have 5 cabinets, so the expense and time necessary to redo them wasn’t too big an issue at all.

 

It’s Just Paint…

You guys should know that I’m a very very color confident person.  I have zero fear when it comes to using color, or with going big and bold with it. RARELY do I second guess myself. But after living with them for a couple of days I KNEW I was going to have to change them. I had missed the mark and it just wasn’t working, so I started thinking about things from a different perspective.

The overall goal for the space is for it to feel moody/earthy/boho.  I also knew I wanted green cabinets, but not necessarily that they HAD TO BE olive. And also, the floors are non negotiable.  Once I regrouped and looped back to those facts, I started to consider a green with a bit more of an intense, richer tone. I thought something in the hunter green or more jewel tone family may be the better choice here. Also, I just happened to come across this kitchen the same day and was immediately sold…

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I mean COME ON…. right!!  Literally EVERY element of this space is my forever home kitchen goals.  I’ll be tucking this into the files and referring to it years from now when we get to that point, for sure.  I love the depth of this color against the light wood countertops, and the mix of copper (which is already happening in our kitchen) is just an absolute delight.  It’s a little bluer that I wanna go, but this is definitely the feel I’m going for.

Feeling much more focused and refreshed and inspired, I grabbed a few more samples and chose a color I’m just freakin CRAZY about.  I spent the weekend repainting the cabinets and they are curing up now.  I can’t wait to pull the kitchen back together again and share the finished results.  In the meantime if you follow me on IG, you’ll get some peeks in my stories.

 

THE Primer

Also if you’ve been looking for a primer that covers literally almost EVERY surface, including Ikea laminate cabinet boxes and doors, you NEEEEED to get Stix by Inslx.  It was a game changer for me.  Zinsser’s  Cover Stain and BIN 123 have always been my go-to for primer, but this stuff right here though…… I’ll never use another primer ever again.  It’s a Benjamin Moore brand so my trust radar was way high, but once I tried it for myself, I realized it was just freakin good.  The combo of that primer plus my fav Benjamin Moore Advance paint means this finish will last and won’t be chipping or peeling… even off of laminate.

Ok, so thanks for sticking with me here guys.  This was a long one.  But I really wanted to share with you guys the process and show that we don’t always get it right the first time. You’re not alone, it happens to the best of us. You just gotta refocus, go back to what the main goal is, and keep pushing.  You’ll get it right in the end.  And remember…. it’s just paint!!

Until next time friends….

Xo-Shavonda

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What I Wore: Ripped Jeans and High Lows

Hi Everyone!

Here’s the deal guys. I work  in a very corporate environment which means suits, blazers, buttons up tops, and sensible shoes on a pretty much daily for me so when Im not at work my wardrobe runs the spectrum between pretty boho and super relaxed. 

Any chance I get to throw on the most ripped up jeans possible and super cute heels,  im takin it!  Also my favorite silhouette is high/low so anytime I find a cute top in that cut Im grabin it.  I found this really cute one from Zara a while back and paired it with my most ripped pair of jeans, chunky velvet heels, and the the softest, most indulgent leather clutch.

Guys this clutch is so good.  Its made by girl boss and small business owner: Tree Fairfax, and Im obsessed.  I love the half moon shape, the gorgeous honey/camel color , and its soft feel in hand.  She makes the most decadent handmade leather goods…from clutches to totes, and shes even embarking on leather homegoods!  You can imagine on super excited about that. You have to check her out guys.  Go follow her on IG and support her beautiful craft.

Until next time friends…

Xo-Shavonda

Sources

Top: Zara

Jeans: Express Girlfriend Jeans

Shoes: Steve Madden

Clutch: Tree Fairfax

what’s in my hospital bag

while i’m very afraid that i’m totally going to be delivering a human any day now, today i’m just focusing on what my hospital bag essentials are. (i’ve never even spent the night in a hospital before, so i’m really a wimp with all this stuff)

but i’ve read countless lists and we’ve taken labor classes and i think our hospital bag is pretty properly packed — hopefully without too much excess crap we don’t need. we live 5 minutes from the hospital, so i’m not worried about under packing, but we’ll see what we end up using. from what i’ve read, i’m going to focus more on what i can take home with me from the hospital versus bringing enough for a week (the mesh underwear, diapers, peribottle…)

for laboR

i put everything for labor in a large pouch i’ve packed within the suitcase, right on top. this includes tennis balls in a sock which gid massaged me with in labor class and it was pretty cool.

aromatherapy spray i love the way this smells and if there’s any chance i need to try to relax, i’d be happy to have this on me.

portable hand fan i’ve been running hot during this whole pregnancy thing, so this seemed like it might be useful.

bluetooth speaker if all goes well, we decided to play music during labor. not sure if we’re gonna do my music or just do some spa music to keep the vibe relaxed, but either way we liked the idea of there being something besides my screaming to listen to.

camera self explanatory — we packed our travel digital camera and our instant camera (but i might remove the instant because i’m trying to keep this thing minimal!)

for me

pillows like i said, i’ve never spent the night in a hospital before, so i’m planning to bring some comfier pillows from home to help me sleep. bring them in non-white pillowcases so you don’t mix them up with hospital ones!

robe / slippers / nightgown i’m bringing a lightweight robe which isn’t my favorite one (just in case), and these super comfy nightgowns i only discovered in my third trimester and now can’t live without.

nursing bra i’ve struggled with finding the right nursing/maternity bras that are not only comfortable but also flattering under a shirt. this one has definitely been my favorite.

nursing pillow we just threw this into my trunk to bring with us.

lanolin i’m bringing a bottle of lanolin but i’m also bringing these silver cups that my night nurse swears by. i can keep you posted if you’d like.

dry shampoo / hair brush / mascara / face wipes / evian spray / basic toiletries while maybe getting myself decent looking will be my last concern, during my least comfortable days of pregnancy, it’s been really nice to put on some makeup and feel a little less disgusting.

phone charger bringing multiples!

for husband

swimsuit we heard this will be crucial if he needs to assist me in the shower or anything like that.

pajama pants / thick sweater clothes wise we’re not packing much for him besides this, underwear and socks.

change for vending machines we might toss in a couple of granola bars too, but we have a little pouch full of change for him if he wants something late night.

for baby

going home outfit i originally had like 4 adorable little outfits in the bag, but went back in and removed them all after i realized that was a waste of space. more likely we’re just gonna get him dressed to go home right?

swaddle blanket i also just packed one swaddle, don’t know if we’ll need this but it’s nice to have a soft cloth with us right? i also put a small burp cloth in there so we can rub it all over the baby and maybe have my brother take it home to have the cats smell it.

car seat we [properly] installed our car seat a couple of weeks ago to make sure they’d let us leave with our baby in tow. no idea how to put a baby in one of those though… or how to remove the car seat, or how to attach it to the stroller… oh jeez.


that’s it! very minimal, especially for me who always always overpacks for everything. hopefully i’m not missing anything vital, what’d you pack in yours/wish you didn’t/wish you did?

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The Bungalow Kitchen Refresh-Missing the Mark

Hi Everyone!

So i was starting to get the itch friends.  The itch for something fresh and different.  For a little bit of a change in our home and this time it was directed at the kitchen.  If you guys have been with me for a while you know I get the itch to change things up every few years because I have a nomadic spirit and since we arent moving anytime soon, something has to give.

We’ve been in our little bungalow coming up on 3 years in August (how in the heck did that happen!) so I’ve been looking around and thinking of areas where I can  freshen things up. Id been wanting to change up the kitchen cabinet color for a while and since we will FINALLY be installing our new floor tiles soon I figured now is the perfect time to do so.  I’ve enjoyed having the black cabinets, but I knew when we got ready to put in the black floors I wanted to change up the color.  There was a tonal difference between the black of our cabinets and the black of the tiles that drove me BANANAS.

After coming across the most gorgeous emerald green kitchen EVER almost a year ago I’ve had my heart set on going green in our kitchen:

Sooooo freakin good, right? I immediately fell in love and was so inspired by it.  I knew I wanted green, but emerald was out of the question for us so I thought to go the way of olive green.  That color direction felt much more my speed…..earthy/moody/a little more boho than glam or traditional.  And once I saw some pretty amazing inspiration kitchens I was even more in love with the idea.

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After swatching what felt like a million a olive samples I finally decided on Dark Olive by Benjamin Moore. Youll have to excuse the fact that I was a bad blogger and forgot to take real pics of this process.  I just have cell phone pics to share.  After getting the first coat on I loved it, but  I felt like to color was reading quite grey and the olive got a bit lost…especially during certain times of the day.

So I decided to take the color back to BM and have it adjusted just a bit.  I amped up the green, deepened it and made some of the grey disappear.  The result was a gorgeous deep ultra moody olive green I absolutely LOVED.  I snapped a couple shots during different times of the day.

You guys.  This color was sooooo good. I loved it. Like genuinely loved it.  My problem with it is it felt confusing IN THIS SPACE.  Especially once I laid down a few of the new floor tiles.

The tiles and the cabinets got totally lost within each other, especially when seeing and being in the space in person….which just felt weird. I dont mind the floor sorta blending into the cabinets, but the undertone or something was off .  I just had this nagging feeling like this was NOT the way to go here.  And boy did that feeling suck!  For multiple reasons. First, as a designer and creative you hate to have to see your vision NOT play out the way you thought and hoped it would.  And second it sucked because I had just gone through all the work of painting them and knew I was most likely going to have to do it all over again!!  uggggghhh.  Thankfully our kitchen is really small and we only have 5 cabinets, so the expense and time necessary to redo them wasn’t too big an issue at all.

You guys should know that Im a very very color confident person.  I have zero fear when it comes to using color, or with going big and bold with it and I RARELY second guess myself, but after living with them  for a couple of days I KNEW I was going to have to change them. I had missed the mark and it just wasn’t working so I started thinking about things from a different perspective.

The overall goal for the space is for it to feel moody/earthy/boho.  I also know I wanted green cabinets, but not necessarily that they  HAD TO BE olive. And also the floors are non negotiable.  Once I regrouped and looped back to those facts I started to consider a green with a bit more of an intense, richer tone. I thought something in the hunter green or more jewel tone family may be the better choice here. I also just happened to come across this kitchen the same day and was immediately sold…

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I mean COME ON….right!!  Literally EVERY element of this space is my forever home kitchen goals.  Ill be tucking this is the files and referring to it years from now when we get to that point for sure.  I love the depth of this color against the light wood countertops, and the mix of copper (which is already happening in our kitchen) is just an absolute delight.  Its a little bluer that I wanna go, but this is definitely the feel Im going for.

Feeling much more focused and refreshed and inspired I grabbed a few more samples and chose a color Im just freakin CRAZY about.  I spent the weekend re painting them and they are curing up now.  I cant wait to pull the kitchen back together again and share the finished results.  In the meantime if you follow me on IG, youll get some peaks in my stories.

Also if youve been looking for a primer that covers literally almost EVERY surface, including Ikea laminate cabinet boxes and doors, you NEEEEED to get Stix by Inslx.  It was a game changer for me.  Zinsser’s  Cover Stain and BIN 123 have always been my go-to for primer, but this stuff right here though……Ill never use another primer ever again.  Its a Benjamin Moore brand so my trust radar was way high, but once I tried it for myself I realized it was just freakin good.  The combo of that primer plus my fav Benjamin Moore Advance paint means this finish will last and wont be chipping or peeling…even off of laminate.

Ok so thanks for sticking with me here guys.  This was a long one.  But I really wanted to share with you guys the process and show that we don’t always get it right the first time. You’re not alone, it happens to the best of us. You just gotta refocus, go back to what the main goal is, and keep pushing.  You’ll get it right in the end.  And remember….its just paint!!

Until next time friends….

Xo-Shavonda

DIY beaded plant hanger

i loooove a little pop of greenery in a bathroom, as soon as the renovation was done i realized what a huge visual difference a plant in the corner would make when you walk by. i looked online for a cute planter but ultimately realized i could make something in a few minutes that would be better and cheaper and i totally did! 

this DIY literally took 10 minutes. and i love it so much. i had all the supplies on hand besides the bowl, which was the perfect size — you can use any bowl you want, but this one was easy to drill through and meant for plants.

directions

01. drill three holes in your bowl, visualize a peace sign in terms of equal spacing.

02. cut three extra long pieces of your nylon string, depending on how long you want your hanger, and leaving extra for lots of knots. the nylon string can be a pain when it comes to tying tightly, so i did like quadruple knots everywhere.

03. tie your first piece of string onto your bowl, and decide on the bead pattern you like. in retrospect, i maybe would have gone even higher with my beads because the plant is so crazy that you can’t see most of them — could be really dope to go all the way up too. if you have trouble threading your string into your beads, place a piece of scotch tape around the end (like a shoelace) and it helps a ton.

04. repeat on the other sides, and once you’ve strung all your beads, tie all three pieces together. it’s easiest to make sure you like the height but lowering your bowl to the floor and doing this step. tie a big knot on the top, and a loop if you can.

05. fill with a plant and hang onto a hook on your ceiling!

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Decor Obsession: The Light Box

Hi Everyone!

Last week was the last day of school here and Summer has officially begun! Im so happy to welcome the warm lazy days over the next few months and the kids are too. Ive been thinking about summer style in interiors lately and the one element I find myself constantly drawn to are lightboxes. I’m not big on letterboards, but I do love a lightbox! There’s just something so nostalgic about them, and to me they feel like a fresh, fun alternative to a letterboard.  Ive rounded up a few of my favs….

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I just had to have one for our house and I went straight to Brite Lite Tribe for it.  I found them via Instagram, and Lisa’s shop is so cute.  I love that they also do custom neon signage.  I mean how cool is that!  Literally so many fun applications for one of those!

Before I even received it Bry had claimed it for herself so its started off in her room.  Im pretty sure its gonna float around the house though, but in the meantime she’s been having fun leaving little messages for me.

Looks like I know what she’ll be doing all Summer…catching up on sleep!  Freshman year went by incredibly fast.  Its hard to believe she only has 3 more to go….

Happy Summer friends!  Until next time….

Xo=Shavonda