orderliness is soothing to me.
no wonder I'm drawn to these kitchen photos from a Barcelona restaurant
photo source styling INTSIGHT / photos ©Mireia Rodriguez
Alanna posted the above photo on her blog, and I liked Katherine Yaphe's jeans and blue (teal?) shoes so much I had to visit her website to learn more about her. Was smitten with their site the moment I saw the kitchen with that striped rug.
From their About page:
"We love contemporary design. We like beautifully crafted objects that are made with care and speak to us emotionally.
Everything selected for this site has been chosen for just that reason – because we love it. It’s plain and simple. There’s no formula, there’s no secret. We just know in our gut when something fits.
Whether it’s our own collection of hand-made rugs or a design object scouted from a far off corner of the globe, we only offer items that we’d want to fill our own homes (or closets).
Roam around and enjoy. We’re constantly inspired and hope our selection moves you in some way as well."
I'm drawn to this kitchen for so many reasons: the pink chair, the cute tea pot, the red container on the counter, the photo leaning against the wall, the shelf with the cute objects, the pretty light fixtures.... need I go on?
Seeing this kitchen and then keeping the following photos in mind, I may take a meandering trip to IKEA in the morning. I usually go with a friend or family member, but I may go alone this time. I'll take my time driving the 90+ miles, stopping for coffee, arriving at the store in time to peruse the various departments - looking for fabrics, candlesticks, a mirror, a basic clock for my bathroom or maybe some white semi-opaque bins to corral items into the closet.
I have my eye on the fabric above this bed. Would like to find something similar at IKEA. Or there's always this fabric:
I normally go for pinks but there's something about these colors that's got me determined to find a place for it at home.
I may not go to IKEA. There are enough projects at home calling out for my attention - along with a sewing machine my sister in law Maya loaned to me that I have yet to take out of the box. I also saw some pretty yellow prints on a pale fabric on lotta jansdotter's journal that I really want to recreate.
photo via lotta jansdotter
What will you do this weekend?
Loving this scarf display in Katrin's bedroom. And the paint color next to the white wardrobe. And the orderly bookshelves.
I went exploring around Katrin's home on flickr and it's adorable. Just take a look!
Warning: Blonde Moment ahead.
I drive an older Honda Civic called Sophie. (Well, her name is Sophie when the car is tidy on the inside and sparkling blue on the outside. When all is not well, I just pat the dashboard and tell Sophie I'll make it all better soon.)
Meanwhile, aren't these images by Julian Wass gorgeous?!
Anyhoo...Sophie is not doing well and has three oil leaks ....because she's old. She's 13 years in car years this year ...which is the human equivalent of...86?!
I have to diligently keep up with the oil levels in the car because of the three oil leaks.
A couple weeks ago, my car began making this very loud noise - which a car friend supposed was an exhaust manifold problem. Then a coworker saw oil on the front of Sophie's hood and gasped, warning me that my car COULD START ON FIRE. I shrugged and said I'd check with my car guy.
When Philip, the car guy, finally had time to look at my car, we both laughed at what he found. The oil cap was missing - which is what caused the oil to spill all over the engine (very bad, I know, I'm hanging my head in shame) and also the loud noise. The fix was $10 for a new oil cap and a car wash.
Philip then checked the oil. After three weeks of the car spilling oil, the oil levels remained above normal. Another not good thing. I was gently scolded about the importance of checking the oil levels before putting more oil in the car.
I bet if I were driving my dream car of a cherry red toyota rav4, I wouldn't have these stories about sophie!
First of all, these photos are from Si's blog French by Design. Totally worth checking out. (Hi, Si!!). Secondly, how pretty is this Parisian home? I have just finished looking at more than a few blog entries of homes that are filled with matchy-matchy items. I looked at my friend and declared matching items are so not my style. Then I saw these photos of Zoe's home and all was well with the world again!
No upper cabinets. Nice.
all images: by Morten Holtum via French by Design
Sharing this kitchen corner from last year. The colors! It's just charming and adorable.
Okay - seems as if "charming" and "adorable" are my two most-used words on this blog in 2010!
In other news, I'm THRILLED that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series last night. My friend Bobby works for the Giants and I'm sure he's been waiting for this trophy forever and a day! Very happy for him and for my former city! (I've been a Giants fan since my first day living in SF in 1996. I may now live in Brewers-land but my heart truly is in SF.)