Design Trend: White Kitchen Cabinets

Happy Friday! Today, House Beautiful did a feature on white kitchen cabinets to which I was completely drawn. White kitchens always seem so fresh, clean and crisp to me and would be my first choice should I have the opportunity to choose for myself. Like a little black dress, white cabinets are appropriate almost anywhere, whether your kitchen is sleek and modern or warm and traditional. However, anyone who has ever tried to choose a shade of white, knows that not all white is the same! There are a plethora of choices!

For a contemporary look, use a minimalist profile on the cabinets and use a similar style sleek hardware to complete the look.



A super modern look will use high gloss cabinetry as the focal point of the kitchen.



For a more traditional look, use an off-white glazed or distressed technique to create a more rustic appearance.




The glazing and relief to the cabinets will give them a worn patina look that adds a richness to your design.




You can also break up an all white kitchen by using darker floors, countertops and back splash or even some bright color if you dare!





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Contemporary Luxe Design

Good morning! I have been a little off the radar the past couple days, so today is my first blog post since last Friday! Anyhow, going through my morning emails, I came across this design using Williams Sonoma Home products. This design exudes sophistication and is not too feminine or masculine. I love the monochromatic look and straight lines paired with luxe accents such as tortoise shell and mirror.











Painted Floors

After reading a recent post in House Beautiful, I decided to do a little research on painted floors. At first, the idea of painted floors seemed cheesy and cheap to me and conjured up ideas of a painted garage floor. However, it seemed interesting to me how many well respected designers were using this technique. I must admit, my initial reaction was completely wrong and unfounded as there are some beautiful floors in chevron patterns, faux stone, and stencil – just to name a few. Check out these impressive floors. What are your thoughts?

Alex Papachristidis'A handpainted finish can create the look of inlay. (Alex Papachristidis via Elle Decor)

nick olsen hbA bold graphic pattern completely changed this formerly drab space. (Nick Olsen via House Beautiful)

miles reddThe color king creates a graphic pattern the resembles marble. (Miles Redd via Elle Decor)

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Apartment Envy – Athena Calderone’s Brooklyn Abode

I am such a sucker for an eclectic design scheme. Getting it right is so hard! When it is done correctly, it looks as though the apartment has been curated for years, but if it is done incorrectly, it will be a disastrous mess. I recently came upon a beautifully decorated apartment in New York’s Dumbo neighborhood. Designer and blogger Athena Calderone did an amazing job with the uber chic apartment that she shares with her husband and young son. She truly has a zest in her decor and I am in absolute envy of this apartment. Who wouldn’t be?!

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Looking angelic in a 3.1 Philip Lim gown

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I absolutely adore the tufted velvet sofa paired with the rustic wood console and zebra rug.


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Simple clean lines make this kitchen timeless.

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The lucite stairs are such an amazing touch.

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How cute is she?!

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Top 5 Black and White Decor Schemes

Black and white color schemes exude sophistication and glamor all while staying fresh and clean. A simple color scheme such as this can pack a large punch while staying simple. Contemporary interiors often combine black and white with sleek metals. Rustic or Parisian chic decorating is often set off with this color combination with the use of more traditional patterns such as toile.

If you’re a bit timid of using just black and white, add variety by adding areas of yellow, pink, camel, red, or purple. Keeping black and white prominent, however, preserves the elegant effect.

Here are my top picks for using black and white in decor:

I love the classic black and white tiles laid at an angle and paired with rustic wall finishes and light fixtures.

Dramatic and modern living room with matte black walls is easily brightened up by the light flooring. The way the tailored drapery is hung over the window is the great way of dealing with a bay window.

This is a perfect example of pairing a bit of color with a black and white scheme.

Tailored and chic, this design is timeless.



Need a Personal Stylist? Try one for free!

Over the holidays I was browsing through the massive amount of magazines that I receive and stumbled upon a great website, Keaton Row. Keaton Row is a service to match you with a personalized stylist. When you sign up for the styling service, you must fill out basic information and upload a photo of yourself. From there, you are matched with three stylists. Each stylist has a profile page where you can check out their style and inspiration to help you make your choice. The stylists shop looks for you (at no charge) from retailers such as Nordstrom and Shop Bop. You lookbook gets sent to you and all you have to do is click to purchase the pieces you want! It is so easy! I recently got matched with an awesome stylist named Lilli who created 10 super cute looks for me. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

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bb0195e4af89eded5cdf8241395ec928Loeffler Randall Snakeskin bag

a3650950dffb5469aac602e7f9fe6f6eCitizens of Humanity ‘Racer’ Low Rise Coated Jeans (Black Coated)