Your Ultimate Guide to the Do’s and Don’ts of a Kitchen Remodel

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kitchen remodel

Consider these tips before starting your kitchen remodel. Image: Change & Co

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You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have a dream-worthy kitchen remodel in mind. Most of us long for the day when we’ll finally be able to customize our cooking spaces. However, when that day finally arrives, doing so can feel like a Herculean task. There are so many unknowns: How do you even start something like this? Which improvements will appeal to buyers down the road?

If you’ve been asking yourself similar questions, this post is for you. We’ve compiled the essential do’s and don’ts of a successful kitchen remodel. Consider this your outline while planning your project and keep it on hand once the renovations are underway. Our tips will help you design a space that will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing for years to come.

Think about layout.

Think about how you need your kitchen to function from day to day. Image: Going Home To Roost

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DO: Consider how you’ll use the space

When most people think about a kitchen remodel, they have a similar finished product in mind: professional-grade stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a huge island. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with this vision, it’s important to keep in mind that it isn’t your only option. Rather than just meeting the status quo, consider how your family will actually use the kitchen.

Maybe your kids do their homework there and you’d like a desk to be included in the design? Maybe you entertain often and need a long dining table to accommodate guests? Whatever your personal needs, make sure they’re a part of your design plan.

Consider your budget.

Remember to keep your budget in mind. Image: James Woodford Design

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DON’T: Neglect your budget

This is true for all remodeling projects, but it’s especially important where kitchens are concerned. The average remodel costs thousands, so you need to make sure you’re spending your money wisely. As you design your ideal space, make two lists — a must-have list and a wish list. Then, price out each of your desired projects and compare them to your budget. The lists will give you a clearer idea of where to invest the bulk of your money and where to try and save.

There are many things you can do to make your remodel more affordable. Consider refacing cabinets rather than having them fully replaced or purchasing your appliance package from a wholesale supplier. If you’re working with a truly limited budget, simply replacing drawer pulls and fixtures is often enough to give the room a fresh look.

Double-check the layout.

Double-check the layout before committing to a design. Image: Habitations Residential Design Group

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DO: Pay special attention to the layout

The layout is a crucial element of a kitchen remodel, yet it is one of the most overlooked. It won’t matter how nice your new refrigerator is if you’re unable to open it fully because your countertop gets in the way. To ensure your new space functions the way it’s supposed to, hire a contractor who will help you draw up a working layout.

However, if you’re going the DIY route — or even if you just need a little reassurance — we recommend previewing the layout before committing to any purchases. To do this, collect the measurements of all the design elements you’re hoping to include in the space. Then, set out a corresponding length of string to give yourself an idea of how much room each element will take up. As you’re considering how each piece will fit together, be sure to include extra space for walkways.

Always account for storage. Image: Kitchen Interiors

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DON’T: Forget about storage

Kitchens are often one of the most overstuffed spaces in a home. Between cooking equipment and food storage, homeowners often find that they don’t have enough space to store what they need. If you’re going to spend the money on a remodel, be certain you include storage options that are both functional and stylish.

When undertaking this task, the first thing you’ll need to do is take stock of your current inventory. Be honest with yourself about which items you want on hand and which only get used on special occasions. Then, brainstorm options for how to store these items as effectively as possible. For example, you may want to include a cabinet for pots and pans next to the stove or include a pantry that will allow easy access to after-school snacks.

Remember lighting.

Keep lighting in mind. Image: Margaret Wright Photography

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DO: Make sure there’s enough lighting

There are so many visual components to cooking a meal — chopping up ingredients, measuring them out, reading the stove temperature. The last thing you want is to attempt any of these while squinting for more light. For this reason, kitchen lighting is one occasion where more really is more.

Try to envision yourself working in the space while considering where to add lighting. Of course, you’ll want to include some light by the stove, near the sink and over a kitchen island. Also take into account personal preferences, like where you’ll do the bulk of your ingredient prep or if you have room for an eat-in dining area. If you can, consider adding extras like under-cabinet lighting to make the room a little brighter.

Incorporate visual interest.

Consider incorporating a trend to keep your kitchen interesting. Image: Heidi Caillier Design

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DON’T: Play it too safe

Return on investment, or how much equity you’ll get out of an improvement when you go to sell your house, is a common topic among those considering a kitchen remodel. It’s not hard to see why when you think about how often buyers name an updated kitchen as a top priority. Unfortunately, though, this intense focus often leads homeowners to settle for cookie-cutter designs. We’d argue that choosing a happy medium and adding a little personality will help your finished product stand out from the crowd.

For those who think they may be staying in their home for a while, the sky is the limit. Choose a colorful statement island or patterned tile floor to infuse the space with a little of your personality. Those who intend to hit the real estate market in a few years can still add visual interest through their accessories. Think about adding bold lighting fixtures, patterned rugs or using statement furniture to make your kitchen feel like home.

Plan ahead.

Planning ahead will ensure a successful remodel. Image: Widell + Boschetti

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Remodeling a kitchen can feel like an overwhelming task. Since it’s often one of the most used rooms in a home and one of the most sought-after features for resale potential, it can feel as though every detail needs to be perfect. With a little planning, you can ensure your vision for the space falls into place. Use our tips as a guide to start brainstorming and refer back to them, as needed. They will help you create the necessary framework for a successful finished product.

What do you think of these kitchen remodel tips? Do you have any of your own to add? Share them with us in the comments!

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book smart.

white book stand with gold wall light overhead. / sfgirlbybay

as you’ve probably realized from seeing my built-in bookcases, i’m a bit of a reading fiend. when i have a good book in my hands it takes me away for hours on end. i’ve been known to read into the wee hours of the night and wake up ready to dive in again. so it always saddens me a bit when i hear that perfectly bound books might go by the wayside someday. say it ain’t so! there’s nothing quite like the beauty of a home library and books, even magazines — print, if you will, of all kinds gets my heart rate going. so when i saw this wonderful print, ‘hold me i’m real’ i was reminded how much i love books on display. to me, they’re the makings of a real home, and i love perusing friends’ bookshelves. some of my favorite books lately have been a gentleman in moscow, isaac’s storm (everything i’ve read by erik larson is amazing!), along the infinite sea and edgar & lucy. put your books out there, my friends! be book proud and show it.

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Cozy Accessories for your Autumn-Ready Home

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Today we published an article about some of our favorite ways to make your home feel cozy for the fall season. As a quick reference we gathered together our top products for you to reference in your fall decorating.  The great thing about these products is they are cozy without being overtly fall, meaning you can use them year round.

1. Sage Solid Crochet Pillow

2. Marisa Tipped Faux Fur Throw Blanket

3. Mongolian Lamb Pillow Covers

4. Faux Fur Electronics Storage Bean Bag Chair

5. Mid-Century Walnut Lantern

6. Coziest Throw

7. El Paso Mongolian Sheepskin Faux Fur Pouf

8. Italian Velvet Pillow Cover

9. Areaware Pillar Candle

10. Emerson Hand-Knotted Rug

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Dark Moody Bachelor Pad Design: 2 Single Bedroom L-Shaped Examples [Includes Floor Plans]

Being a young professional in a bachelor time of life calls for a trendy pad. A place to kick back and chill after a fast day of working hard, before the evening of playing hard begins. These two cool bachelor pad interiors have dark and moody decor in common, a color palette of black and gray dominates both. A serious look with a nighttime atmosphere, presenting as a slick office turned nightclub effect. Contributing to the no frills masculine look, industrial style concrete walls can be found throughout the L-shaped apartments. Moments of neon lighting brighten each space and evoke the edgy feel an inner city by night.

Visualizer: Design Rocks  

The first of our two dark bachelor apartment designs has a scheme that incorporates warm moments of taupe, like the modern sectional sofa seen here. The hue softens and lightens the overall look of the room.

A media projector provides a large scale viewing screen without adding any bulk to the wall, in an already limited living space. It can also be retracted out of sight when it’s time to do a little working from home.

The modern sofa is arranged in an L-shape to divide the lounge area from the kitchen. A low level media unit runs the length of the far wall, perfect for keeping a movie DVD collection or games consoles and controllers tucked away out of view.

A projected clock fills up the blank concrete wall when the screen is retracted. A concrete planter on the dual level coffee table ties in with the rooms industrial look.

In the bedroom, a floor lamp stands in place of one bedside table. Further along the headboard wall, a quirky neon sign calls party time. Again, the furniture in this room has been upholstered in a shade of taupe to add a warmer note to the gray concrete surroundings. Smooth wooden flooring brings an additional look of homey comfort to the room.

The blue neon glow from the typographical lamp is repeated around the edge of the floating bedroom storage. Overhead lighting is kept simple and atmospheric with the implementation of just a few recessed spotlights.

Two large copper planters hold a screen of greenery to visually section the sleeping space from the small reading area. Split level flooring also works towards defining the two different areas.

The entryway takes on a locker room look, and offers a glimpse through into the living room via the shutter wall.

The bathroom stands opposite the entryway, accessed from the homes single hallway that runs between the lounge/kitchen and the bedroom.

In the washroom a muted stripe of green picks out the storage cabinets. Under-cabinet lighting brightens the vanity area. A walk-in shower stands to the left, the WC is tucked behind a modesty wall to the right.

Concrete floor slabs run seamlessly with a concrete wall.

The shower room can be accessed directly via a glass door from the bedroom too, acting as an en suite. Though there’s not much privacy during the morning routine should a guest stay over…

A small off-shot from the living room provides a cozy nook in which to enjoy a quiet drink away from the cinema screen. A suspended chair provides a place to swing whilst you sip and take in the views of the bustling metropolis beyond.

An improved flow of space was achieved in the apartment layout by taking down the wall between the original kitchen and living room. The original closed off entryway was opened up at each side to create one adjoining hallway. The bathroom became accessible via two separate doors.

Visualizer: Maxim Nizovkin  

The second bachelor pad interior design is a visualization of an apartment in Moscow. This space was designed with socialising in mind, incorporating a bar and a large sofa to make plenty of room for friends. The apartments owner is an avid fan of cinema and TV, so the home contains paintings and decoration that give a nod to an onscreen favourite, the “True Detective”. Starting in the dark decor of the living room, a deep cushioned blue sofa demands attention. The huge seat is complimented by a large, round unique coffee table.

Behind the lounge, a kitchen bar runs along the back of the blue sofa.

An area rug defines the lounge space from the kitchen-diner in this open plan apartment.

Three overlapping hoops provide overhead lighting.

A trio of copper and black industrial style lighting illuminates another seating area that is accessed via the bedroom.

Whilst this home parades as a party pad, there is also a dedicated work space.

A large shelving unit holds books and decorative items, like this troupe of wooden mannequins.

The look becomes a little dreamier in the bedroom with cloudscape artwork.

Sheer curtains screen the sleep space.

Bedroom pendant lights contrast against an adjacent dark wall. The twinkly tipped Vibia 0917 slim pendants cascade above each of the bedside tables.

Contemporary chandeliers add interest over the dining table.

The dining room pendant lights are hung in a set of three for extra impact.

Indoor herb planters mark the way to the kitchen.

SIx modern dining chairs surround the table. The About A Chair model blends with the contemporary setting.

Do you like the industrial style bachelor pad aesthetic? Then check this out:
How To Design Industrial Style Bachelor Pads: 4 Examples

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14 highly hackable items from the 2018 IKEA Catalogue


The 2018 IKEA Catalogue is chock-full of inspiration and ideas. And it got me thinking (and furiously listing) my favourites and ideas for some possible IKEA hack projects. Not all items below are new products, nevertheless they are things to consider for your next IKEA hack project. And do feel free to chime in on your favourites. I would love to see more possibilities.

VEBERÖD room divider to privacy screen

2018 IKEA Catalogue - VEBERÖD room divider

I love the new VEBERÖD range.  The VEBERÖD room divider has a mesh panel and hooks for hanging up coats and hats. At the base, a bench with “hammock” style storage beneath. Add a piece of fabric or plastic to the mesh and it could serve as a privacy screen for your balcony (like this). Hang up pots of plants to complete the look.

EKET cabinet to cat ladder

2018 IKEA Catalogue - EKET cabinet

The EKET cabinet is a basically a cube. Add legs and it turns into a nightstand. Stack 2 vertically and it becomes a side table. Stagger them and they become a cat ladder or cat cave.

PINNIG coat rack with shoe storage bench to room divider

2018 IKEA Catalogue - Pinnig Coat rack with shoe storage

Place two PINNIG units back to back, sandwiching a plywood panel (or art) and you effectively have a room divider.  Two kids sharing a room will appreciate the PINNIG separating the room into 2. They would each have a bench and storage on his or her side of the room, plus the little bit of extra privacy. Pull a desk in front of the bench and you’ll have a homework space.

NESTTUN bed frame embellished

2018 IKEA Catalogue - NESTTUN bed frame

The NESTTUN looks like a sturdy steel bed that will last forever. The net-patterned headboard creates a light and airy feel but it does look a little bland. The net pattern also makes it easy to embellish. Weave a network of fabrics through for color. Or if you like the tufted headboard look, this is a perfect candidate for it, without having to drill holes.

DYNAN shelving with cabinets to wall to wall unit

2018 IKEA Catalogue - DYNAN shelving

The DYNAN shelving system is designed primarily for the bathroom but it can work in the living room or study too. Build it horizontally for a wall to wall media unit or bookshelf. Opt for the bamboo shelves to warm up the look. If you wish, the white powder coated steel exterior can be spray painted for a dash of colour. Switch out the legs for fancy ones for a less utilitarian look.

YIPPERLIG magazine stand to drinks cart

2018 IKEA Catalogue - YIPPERLIG magazine stand

This item in collaboration with HAY, I imagine, can become a pretty swanky drinks cart. I’m not entirely sure of its dimensions, as it is made as a magazine stand, but it seems doable. The base may need some extra height, perhaps a wooden base with casters. Another thought I had would be to use two on the wall as a shelving unit. Place one right side up and one below the first, up side down, aligning the feet, so you get an “oval-shaped” shelving unit.

LALLERÖD coffee table to pet cage

2018 IKEA Catalogue - LALLEROD coffee table

When I look at this, I see a pet cage for a small furry friend. You think it can work?

KASSEBY display box to jewellery box

2018 IKEA Catalogue - KASSEBY display box

Seems like IKEA finally decides to give us a memory box. But this handy display box also screams jewellery box. Just add 3M command hooks to the back of the box. Stick on a mirror to the front glass panel if you want to or leave it as-is if you wish to see your jewellery.

MYRHEDEN frame to room divider

2018 IKEA Catalogue - MYRHEDEN frame

It was love at first sight for me when I saw the MYRHEDEN brass coloured frame. 12 clips are included and you can pin up photos, fabric swatches, to do lists. Keys and other small things can go on the hooks. You can hack this frame into a room divider too. IKEA shows us how its done.

2018 IKEA Catalogue - MYRHEDEN frame

Hang the top row of MYRHEDEN frame on a curtain rod then hang another frame off the bottom row of hooks. Hang as many as needed. It could serve as a minimalist room divider and inspiration/ vision board for a dorm or craft room.

TVÄRS table lamp to Hot Air Balloon Lamp

2018 IKEA Catalogue - TVARS table lamp

The TVÄRS seems to have replaced the LAMPAN as the cheapest lamp you can find at IKEA. It’s only $2.99 (RM15.90) and super hackable. Turn it upside down, add a REGOLIT paper shade and you have a Hot Air Balloon lamp. See how it’s done here. You could also makeover the plain shade with post-its like this.

LILLABO 50-piece track set to wall decor

2018 IKEA Catalogue - LILLABO track set

These tracks are not only lovely for trains but they work as wall decor too. Use the tracks to create striking graphics for your walls, like this.

FLISAT Children’s desk to LEGO table

2018 IKEA Catalogue - FLISAT children's desk

The FLISAT is adjustable to 3 different heights, has a top that tilts and even a holder for MÅLA drawing paper roll. Below the table top, there are slots that fit TROFAST bins. Which means this table is a great candidate for a LEGO play table hack.

LÅDDAN 6-piece storage board set to jewellery holder

2018 IKEA Catalogue - Laddan 6 piece bathroom set

This cute bathroom set is perfect for when your child wants to learn how to brush their teeth and hair on their own. When they grow up, re-purpose it into an accessories holders. Hang earrings on the peg holes and necklaces around the hooks. Rings can go into the boxes. And there’s already a mirror that comes with it.

STILLHET tealight holder to goblet

2018 IKEA Catalogue - STILLHET tealight holder

As a classy (but small) lamp shade, drill a hole at the base and thread through a LED light. Flip it over, attach the base to an ARV bowl with Sugru and you have a goblet. Or fix it to a plate for a fancy cupcake stand.

And that’s are my thoughts and ideas for possible hack projects. What about you?

Did you spot a hackable item in the 2018 IKEA Catalogue?

Let me know in the comments below.

This post is a collaboration with IKEA Malaysia. However, all opinions are my own. 

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good reads: martha stewart.

modern farmhouse featured in martha stewart. / sfgirlbybay

when i see photos from design*sponge founder grace bonney’s upstate new york house, i often fantasize about what it might be like to live in such a wide open space, surrounded by countryside. and this farmhouse featured in martha stewart got me wondering some more. it’s such a beautiful mix of rustic meets modern and the couple who’ve remodeled the two-story farmhouse have done such an amazing and admirable job of it. the creative couple literally learned the ‘how to’s’ from studying at their local library and teaching themselves how to DIY the renovation — including that beautiful tile backsplash in the kitchen which was made by hand. it’s a most inspiring undertaking and should you like to see the full tour and learn more about how they went about it, visit martha stewart .

rustic meets modern farmhouse featured by martha stewart. / sfgirlbybay

handmade tile backsplash in modern farmhouse. / sfgirlbybay

handmade white tile backsplash. / sfgirlbybay

unique fireplace in rustic meets modern farmhouse. / sfgirlbybay

ceramics studio in modern farmhouse with spiral staircase. / sfgirlbybay

dining nook in farmhouse with long wood table and benches. / sfgirlbybay

greenery and old wood table with ceramics and woven basket. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green sink and circle mirror. / sfgirlbybay

vintage green tub on wood blocks. / sfgirlbybay

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Five Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

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As the sunny, carefree days of summer wind down, we look ahead to the days of apple orchards and colorful leaves. When it comes to fall, one of our favorite things is the feeling it invokes. Crisp mornings, roaring fireplaces and baked goods all say “comfort.” Our desire to reflect these feelings in our homes this fall seems to be a natural next step as we approach the new season.

Transforming your home for the cooler seasons does not have to mean going overboard with your time or budget. Nor does it mean having to showcase pumpkin-shaped-anything or hanging a leaf-covered wreath on your front door. In fact, adding a few specific pieces to your space can create a cozy atmosphere. When it comes to creating a warm and intimate vibe in your home this fall, two of the key players are texture and lighting. Adding one, or even all, of the following features and accessories to your living space can create a relaxing ambiance.

A thick-knit throw is sure to invoke the warm feelings of big sweaters and hot tea. Image: Overstock

1. Comfy throws

A drape of the right throw can make even the chicest and modern of leather couches and chairs look absolutely nap-worthy. Choosing a chunky knit throw or Afghan to adorn your furniture can instantly make a room look more inviting. Opting for warmer colors like light browns or neutral off whites adds season-inspired color accents while remaining neutral enough to be used throughout the year.

There are millions of comfy throws to choose from, but here are a select few of our favorites:


Try pursuing texture from every angle with your area rug. Image: Overstock

2. Textured rugs

Stepping out of bed or into a living room onto a cold tile or hardwood floor is never comfortable. Not to mention hard floors tend to make a room feel draftier. The best home solution for cold feet this fall is a gorgeous area rug. While practicality plays a factor in adding textured rugs for the colder season, we are surely not the first to tell you that a rug can tie a whole room together.

This fall, venture on the side of heavier knits and textures when it comes to area rugs. Don’t be afraid to play around with fringe, bold patterns or even animal prints. Try layering rugs under furniture (like your coffee table or bed) for a tied-together look.

Add any of the following textured rugs to tickle your toes this fall:


A cluster of white candles is a serene addition to a coffee table or side table. Image: Tidbits and Twine

3. Candle arrangements

Arranging candles into bundles or even spacing them out throughout a room is a way to create warm lighting that’s not overbearing. Bundling candles together in a cluster is a great way to emulate a “fireside feel” without the fireplace. If you are doing a bundled arrangement, position several candles of varying height and breadth to keep the arrangement interesting.

If you would rather space out your flickering beauties, use clear glass vases or colored candle holders to take the lighting to the next level. Using glass accessories for your candles not only amplifies the light, but colored glass gives normal candlelight a soft and romantic look.

When lighting several candles in the same place, only one should be scented and the rest should be scentless to avoid overwhelming the room.

Is there anything more cozy than candles in your home?  Here are a few of our favorites:


This textured treasure has all the plushness your fall binge-watching sessions need. Image: Anthropologie

4. Throw pillows galore

Akin to comfy throws, plush pillows are a simple home accessory that invites people to have a seat and stay a while. We love the idea of mixing patterns with fringe and pom-poms to make your pillows the room’s statement piece. Try lining your couch or living room furniture with them or placing a few on the bench in the entry way.

Whether you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday or hosting a viewing party for the upcoming Stranger Things season, these soft touches are something that won’t go unappreciated.

Throw pillows add glamour, creativity and comfort.  Here is a selection of our favorites:


A fur-covered bench is an amazing and elegant addition to any entryway. Image: Home Depot

5. A touch of faux fur  

Featuring faux fur in your home is a glamorous way to warm up a room or sitting area. Believe it or not, channeling the old-fashioned, log-cabin-bear-rug vibe can be easier and more elegant than you think. Try a faux fur seat cover or chair cover in your office space, at the makeup table or even your breakfast nook. We are also crushing hard on the look a faux fur statement rug gives any room.

Here are our favorite faux fur products to add some warmth to your home this season:

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In the season of entertaining and warm feelings, transforming your home into a comfortable abode is a reasonable goal. Making your space feel warmer, more inviting and more like “home” is something done piece by piece through features such as lighting, texture and the creation of the feeling that says “sit and stay a while.”

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Little apartment with a charming decor

Again, we have here something tiny but with a large portion of charm. While the size of this apartment is only 37 square meters its benefit is, that it is being located inside beautiful turn of the century house against a leafy courtyard. Many original elements have been preserved inside, including wood flooring and stuccoes,

From the decoration perspective, there are many things to look at.  Let’s start with the basics, you for sure noticed IKEA’s Karlstad sofa that is located in the living room and accompanied with a nice selection of pattern printed pillows.

I really like the Nordic look of this apartment, where everything is mostly white with a little bit of black.  On this color scheme, it is always very easy yet effective to make a color or tone stand out.
Just like in the case of a beautiful Danish modern chest of drawers or a colorful Hang it all rack.

Another furniture and designer pieces you can spot her are lamp from Verner Panton, String shelf, Ant chair by Jacobsen and always cool Kartell’s Componibili.

While the kitchen is being really tiny, it has a nice look to it. It is strongly supported by the use of a very nice wallpaper and contrasting 70’s lamp.

All in all, a very cute and cozy small apartment!


small Scandinavian apartment, gray Ikea sofa with pattern printed pillows, black Panton lamp, componobili by kartell
small Scandinavian apartment, gray Ikea sofa with pattern printed pillows, black Panton lamp, componobili by kartell
Little swedish interior, string shelf, jacobsen ant chair in white
Gray IKEA sofy inside of a tiny Scandinavian apartment
White scandinavian apartment with nice wall art, danish modern chest and IKEA sofa
White scandinavian apartment with nice wall art, danish modern chest and IKEA sofa
White scandinavian apartment with nice wall art, danish modern chest and IKEA sofa
White kitchen design inside of a small scandinavian interior, pattern wallpaper, red retro lamp
White kitchen design inside of a small scandinavian interior, pattern wallpaper, red retro lamp
Eames hang it all rack


Mini radish tacos with chicken dill salad

This is more of a summer food and one that sustained me thoughout many quick lunches over the summer months. I’d make the chicken salad in a large quantity and slice up one or two radishes which was a quick and ready to eat meal for a few days.

The best radishes for this, in my opinion, are the largest watermelon radishes you can find. Even with a healthy sized radish you’ll easily be able to eat several of these in one sitting. For the filling, here’s what I used:

cooked chicken breast, about 2-3 (or good quality canned chicken if you’re pressed for time)
1/4 cup mayo or plain yogurt
juice from half a pressed lemon
handful of kalamata olives, chopped
1-2 tbsp crumbled feta
1 tsp stone ground mustard
1 cup chopped celery
1/5 cup chopped parsley
1-2 tbsp fresh dill
season with salt and pepper
slivered almonds to garnish
1-2 large watermelon radishes, sliced thinly or with a mandolin

If you give it a try, make sure to let me know! Source:

easy elegance.

curated collection inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

i love a room that’s elegant, but really laid back and easy on the eyes. a kind of uncluttered elegance that’s been paired down and really well-edited. i need to edit more i think, but it’s hard for me since i’m constantly collecting when visiting my favorite local flea markets. but it’s also almost as much fun going and not shopping — just people watching and gathering all that glorious inspiration around me. but now, with my new online shop, super marché, it’s also become part of my job — even if it’s too much fun to ever feel like one. i’m pleasantly surprised that so much has sold out from the shop so quickly, so i’m headed back to france in november to bring back for more vintage treasure. i’ll be on the hunt for uniquely beautiful pieces that create the kind of ambiance you see in these rooms, but if there’s anything you’d like me to keep an eye for, please do let me know!

simple elegant home decor. / sfgirlbybaysimple and elegant home decor. / sfgirlbybay elegant entryway inspiration. / sfgirlbybay natural palm leaf. / sfgirlbybay natural home decor elements. / sfgirlbybay globe light and palms. / sfgirlbybay woven lampshades in dining banquette. / sfgirlbybay white walls and simple, elegant home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay simple vase and flower. / sfgirlbybay simple decor with white walls. / sfgirlbybay dining room with shiplap walls and industrial pendant lamp. / sfgirlbybaywoven modern chair with throw. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: house and leisure; Line Klein studio; @saarmanche; architectural digest espana; LRNCE via miss moss; d. larsson interior; @iwonaludyga; @apieceapart; tres bon hangout; dcw editions; @misterjessejames; @valkommen_nr; elle decoration; randomitus; bemz slipcovers; @wolf_circus; remodelista; via kelsey unger; loft kolasinski; @amy_merrick; bursts of samm; nicole franzen photography; renée kemps photography.

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