Lately: Kitchen Updates, Living Room Tweaks & Some Wonderful Happenings

Hi there friends, can you believe it’s August already? It feels like summer just started but then I say that with every passing season. It’s surely a sign of old age….. Anyway, here’s what’s been happening on the FTRB homefront.

The long awaited kitchen island lights arrived and promptly got installed…..

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It was worth the wait. I feel like I’ve been documenting the whole saga minute by minute but I could not be happier about them. (By the way, do you see the teeny peek of the white cabinets? I’m happy about that too.)

The faucet also got installed…..

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Loving how it looks too. This happened a while back but I think I forgot to mention it here.

Still in the kitchen, I ran into Home Depot the other day just to pick up some spray paint and saw this beauty so naturally, it had to come home with me…..

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I thought my fiddle leaf trees were fine but when I saw this one, I realized they were not fine at all. In fact, they were quite sad. I’m sort of hoping this one will make them jealous and make them up their game but I’m doubtful.

There’s been some shuffling of furniture too. You know how you move one piece from one room to another and that sets off a whole chain reaction? I did some rearranging in the kitchen and family room and….. yadda yadda, the round coffee table has now landed in the living room.

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It works so much better from a practical point of view (plenty of room to spread out books and cocktails) and the shape makes it perfect for the leopard chairs to hug. It was a why-didn’t-I-do-this-years-ago moment.

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I’ve been having fun styling it this way and that…..

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So that’s some of what’s new around the homestead.

Before I leave you for today, I want to tell you about two things.

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As you know, I’m a Northerner currently transplanted in the South and I can tell you that one of the smartest things going on in the South right now is The Bitter Southerner. The world needs this publication; they are telling stories no one else is telling and just killing it, every week. They also happen to be a wonderful group of people and they are launching their inaugural membership drive today! So I hope you will head over, check them out, support them and help spread the word.

 

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Secondly, this Friday, August 8th is Happiness Happens Day from HomeGoods. HomeGoods will be giving away $10,000 in gift cards to participants who share a happy moment on Twitter or Instagram. Very cool, right?

All you have to do is share how you made happiness happen in someone’s life – no matter how big or small – by posting a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #HappinessHappens and #HomeGoodsSweeps. Winners will be chosen randomly and awarded $100 gift cards throughout the day from 9AM to 5PM EST. Visit www.homegoods.com/hhsweeps for official rules.

So go on and make happiness happen for someone and come back next week and I’ll share with you how I did it. I’ll also have a $100 gift card to give away!

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An Explanation/Some Exciting News

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Hi, there, I feel like this post has been a long time coming.

You may have been wondering what the hell is going on around FTRB lately, why I haven’t shown you any of the projects I’ve been working on, if I fell off of the face of the earth, just got flaky or what. And I wouldn’t blame you. Without beating around the bush, here’s the deal. My house is being photographed by a magazine. I am over the moon about it but as I’m sure many of you know, this means not posting photos here (or anywhere) until it is published. I’ve been keeping quiet about it because I wanted to wait until I had some details to share. Those are still being worked out but as more time passed, I felt like I needed to tell you what was going on.

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So I haven’t dropped the ball on the kitchen mini-makover, Project Hallway, the laundry room, etc. that I’ve talked about all year. In fact, all of those spaces are done and I’ve been dying to show you! I’ve also finished the family room and the master bedroom, I’ve redone the guest room and even started a few other projects. I know this is all really annoying to you as a blog reader because let’s face it, you come here for the finished spaces more than anything else, right? I enjoy those posts the most too. But this is where we are so we’ll all have to hang tight a little longer for the big reveals. In the meantime, I’ll continue to share plans for new projects as well as bits and pieces of what is happening. I’m also posting peeks like these on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) as I continue to tweak things around the house.

I know. You’re probably still annoyed. But I hope a little less so now that you know why.

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Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th of July!!! I hope you have a fun and safe weekend. I’m on my way to California to visit family and friends – so look for lots of palm trees, mouthwatering food and swimming pools in my Instagrams! See you when I get back!

(Photo by Virgil Bunao via Domaine)

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Lately: Waiting on Kitchen Island Lights, Searching for a New Dresser, Filming for HLN, and a Pilgrimage to Fallingwater

Good morning! Here are a bunch of little things to catch you up on around here.

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First, it turned out that those Circa lights I wanted for over the kitchen island comes in metal as well as paper so that settled it! I’m so happy with my choice but not so much with the wait time. I ordered them two months ago and it’s going to be another  three weeks. At this point, I’ve waited so long, what’s another three weeks, right? Ugh.

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Next, I’ve been looking for a new dresser for my dressing room. You may remember I have the good ol’ Malm one in there from Ikea and while it has served me well, it’s starting to fall apart and it’s time for an upgrade. I also want to give the room a little makeover while I’m at it. Shocking, I know.

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As for style, I want something either Gustavian or Regency-like (like the two above) so in other words, something fairly feminine. I say “like” because I want a new piece (I’ve seen too many less than pleasant antique and vintage dressers in my day). It also needs to be low, wide, with at least 6 drawers and preferably white or close to white for the new look I have in mind for the whole room.

Horchow’s Phoebe is the closest one I could find that meets all of my requirements…..

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and it happens to be on sale through today. (Pressure, pressure!) I don’t know about the quality though so if anyone has any experience to share about furniture from Horchow, please share!

The second closest one is the Bernhardt Auberge…..

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It’s not white but I do love this color so I could be persuaded. But I’m also not sure about the shape on the top. The style is right on though.

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but I’d need a different finish (or paint it).

For a Regency style, I’m really liking Salon from Bernhardt…..

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I think I’m leaning toward this one the most. So what do you think? Have you seen anything else that might fit the bill?

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Next, my shoot with HLN went really well. We filmed it with Lynn Berry, the new anchor of HLN Weekend Express and she, as well as the producer and the entire crew, could not have been nicer! They were so patient with me. (Who knew it was so hard to speak when cameras are on you?!) But they were just so easy to work with, it was a great experience. There were three camera men and so much equipment – it was fascinating to see how much goes into even such a short segment. I was really happy with how the project and space turned out too. As soon as I find out when it will air, I’ll be sure to let you know!

And this past weekend, I got to check an item off of my bucket list and I’m still reveling in the experience…..

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Fallingwater! Being there in person was so beyond what I had imagined, it’s hard for me to describe. I remember reading about it and studying photos and drawings of it in architectural history class but nothing can really prepare you for how the house feels and how it interacts with the setting. Let me just share a few of the bazillion photos I took…..

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Being there made me 1) really miss my modern house; and 2) want to design and build my own house someday. (The husband may regret ever going on this trip!)

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We stayed the weekend in Pittsburgh and it turned out to be a delightful surprise. We went to the symphony, stumbled on a jazz festival, ate well and visited the Andy Warhol Museum (which I had also been wanting to see). Pittsburgh is a very walkable city (my favorite kind) with a lot going for it. More people should visit!

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Some Changes in the Dining Room

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It wasn’t planned but the dining room got a little facelift this weekend. Nothing drastic (it all probably looks the same to you) but it’s different enough to appease my design ADD. It all started very innocently with wanting to incorporate one new painting into the dining room art wall.

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(The table set for a dinner party this weekend.)

I had also been wanting to try out the farmhouse table from the kitchen in here and this weekend was finally the time because we were having a dinner party and it’s much longer than the table that was in here.

Of course that meant the chairs got swapped out too.

And while we were at it, why not the sideboard?

And why not add that new mirror too?

So I took one painting down, then another, then the entire wall, moved some furniture in, others out, pulled up the rug and the next thing I know, the dining room looked like this…..

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A disaster.

But then I put it all back together…..

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and it’s working for me…..

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Let’s see for how long!

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The dinner party was a lot of fun with great food (if I do say so myself!) but the highlight had to be Nigella’s No Churn Coffee Ice Cream. I made it for the first time and OMG I may never buy ice cream again. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I do love ice cream in the summer and I can see making a whole host of other flavors using the same idea. It is the most delicious ice cream I think I have ever had and it really is no churn – no ice cream maker needed! Go make yourself some this very minute. You can thank me later…..

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