Tuesday, August 30, 2011

farmhouse sink therapy

Here she talks about needing therapy because she had to leave her farmhouse sink behind, thus the title of the guest post.

I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for DesignShuffle.com, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers and their work from around the world. My writing focuses on things I'm passionate about: interior design, decorating ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I'm a very lucky girl.

When Pam asked me to write an article entitled “Farmhouse Sink Therapy” I knew there was a story behind the request. In honor of the beautiful farmhouse sink in her Seattle kitchen that Pam left behind, here are 8 tributes to the farmhouse sink. Pam, I have faith you’ll have another farmhouse sink in your life at some point. Until then, I hope these pictures provide some sink therapy.

Farmhouse Sink Houzz (via)

A deep white farmhouse sink is now a classic in the kitchen. Oh how we love the farmhouse sink… let us count the ways… We love a white farmhouse sink paired with white subway tiles

Farmhouse Sink Houzz (via)

We love a farmhouse sink with brass faucets that look antique. A white farmhouse sink looks crisp against pastel colored cabinets and a white marble countertop.

Farmhouse Sink Pinterest (via)

We love a farmhouse sink against grey Shaker style cabinets in a modern farmhouse kitchen. The farmhouse sink can easily work in modern, traditional and farmhouse kitchen designs.

Farmhouse Sink Houzz (via)

We love a copper farmhouse sink paired with dark wood and dark marble in a cream color kitchen.

Farmhouse Sink Pinterest (via)

We love a metal farmhouse sink that looks like it was handcrafted. A single, a double or even a triple farmhouse sink can tackle the biggest pile of dishes.

Farmhouse SinkSweet Nothings (via)

What could be better than a farmhouse sink in the kitchen? Two farmhouse sinks, placed side by side.

Farmhouse SinkPinterest (via)

We love vintage farmhouse sinks rescued and restored. An extra wide vintage farmhouse sink, with a vintage fabric curtain, fits right into the vintage kitchen.

Farmhouse SinkHGTV (via)

And last but not least, we love a farmhouse sink in the kitchen island. Love this one that matches the molding on the cabinets and is set in a dark stone countertop. Love the contrast.

Well, there you are. An ode to the farmhouse sink. Thanks for letting me visit Pixelimpress! I hope you enjoyed it and found some kitchen design ideas to add to your inspiration file! ~Susi

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Monday, August 29, 2011

getting settled

this was the scene infront of our new house in dallas last week. these moving vans are huge. they can fit 3 households on one van. incredible.
as i watched the boxes being unloaded and stacked, i wondered how we had accumulated so much stuff.
and i considered applying to hoarders.after steve and i organized the kitchen, i got to work in the master bath. i found this great drawer liner at wal-mart (my nearest superstore) and lined all the bathroom drawers with it. it resembles grasscloth. love it.
pixel intended to help but fell asleep.here's a shot of one side of the bathroom.
these are some of my favorite pictures. they're antiques. i bought one of them in central pennsylvania last year while on vacation with my mom and sister. last christmas, my sister drove 2 hours to get me another one.
(click to enlarge)
next up... reassembling the pixelimpress office. but pixel and i are having motivation problems....and only feel like doing this.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

we're here!

we carted this face and 2 other four-legged across 6 states, 2000+ miles. from seattle to dallas. and we're still sane.
this is utah. moab i think. utah is beautiful. i must go back.

and now we're off to buy a house! be back soon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

the countdown is on

the countdown to when we take our positions as such. (click on it to enlarge.)

this is us. us being our little family of steve, me, pixel, cali, and beauty. we have 54 hours remaining in seattle until we resume these positions in our nissan xterra for the next 5 days enroute to dallas. steve will most likely do the majority of the driving. i'll backseat drive from the passenger seat. notice steve's smirk and my non smile. that's because he likes to sing jingles until they are stuck in your head and you're left singing them for the next 17 days. he thinks it's funny. pixel will be harnessed to the back seat, lounging on her fluffy memory foam cushion. cali and beauty will reside in their makeshift 1.5 story condo (ie a large dog crate equipped with small litter box). i'll make that half story by stretching a piece of cloth between the top lid and bottom in the back half of the crate to create a hammock. cats love hammocks. hopefully so much so that they'll forget about the fact that they're locked in that crate for the next 5 days. and just in case they don't forget, i've got plenty of cat sedatives to make them forget.

wish us luck!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

adding to to my birthday wish list

with this. giclee print by anne hartwell. so lovely.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

reading nook

i've been mentally decorating our new home for weeks now. actually, since i stepped foot inside of it. here's the floor plan for the 2nd floor. there's a small room off the back. the builders/designers envisioned it as a homework area. you could even have the builder install computer desks in the small room. my initial thought for the space was for a storage area to hold pixelimpress supplies. gosh, how boring is that.

i then spotted this photo from house beautiful. a reading nook. i love this space. then the wheels were turning... what if we made our 2nd floor nook into a reading space?

here's some more inspiration.

this one i love, love, love. our nook even has a window.

what do you think? do you have a reading nook? do you want a reading nook?

photo sources can be found here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

we have landscaping!

steve went out to the new house yesterday and took some photos. the workers had a busy weekend... they landscaped, painted some interior rooms and laid carpet upstairs.

front yard. the little tree off to the back left is a crepe myrtle.
magnolia tree!! in the backyard.
and the kitchen has a fresh coat of dark taupe paint.
and under that brown kraft paper above is beautiful dark handscraped hardwoods.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

where's pixel

scroll to the bottom to play 'where's pixel'. but first you might as well look at some pretty flowers.

this is our backyard yesterday evening. (click on these to enlarge them and get the full effect. things are looking lush. as they usually do in the pacific northwest.
lavender background and some purpley feather-like flowers. steve knows. i forget. honey? honey? name this plant please. i know it start with an "l".
the tall red flowers are crocosmia. and boy do their bright tubular flowers attract the hummingbirds. they're here every evening. lavender in the foreground.
the tall stalk like plant on the right is a stargazer lily. they're just about ready to bloom.
peach astilbe.
agapanthus! he gets an exclamation point because he made me wait 3 years for his appearance.
pretty, pretty pretty lavenders.
cutest puppy in the world. aka pixel.and speaking of pixel. she's in the doghouse right now for causing me some panic this morning. i don't let her out in the backyard unsupervised. i'm either back there with her or at a nearby window. she can't escape from the backyard if she tried. totally fenced in. no holes. but i'm a worrier. so i always panic if i look back and see she's not around. which happened this morning. i gave one sweeping glance and didn't see her immediately. i panicked. i walked right into the adirondack chair, stubbed my toe and hit my ribs on the tall back. cursing ensued. here was my view. do you see her? (click to enlarge)

yep, there she is.
sneaky little sh*t. hiding behind a lavender. she knows she's not even supposed to be in that flower bed. wait til i tell her daddy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

island storage

my new kitchen in dallas is similar to the this style and layout. except i have espresso color cabinets. i've never had a sink in my island before. it'll be a change for me. change is good, right?

see that paper towel holder on the island.

they should have thought ahead and done this. genius. and there's the farmhouse sink i'm leaving behind in seattle. i may never recover from that. seriously. i love my sink. the good news about having a sink in an island is... if you ever want to change out the sink, you only have to replace the granite on the island and not all the perimeter granite. (just thinking ahead, honey... it'll cost less $$ to change the sink than the therapy sessions to get over letting go of my farmhouse sink.)
let's look at some other clever island storage. trays anyone?
fridge drawer.
dishes. below my stovetop will be 2 drawers. i thought about doing something similar to this.
but then i saw this. bingo. linen storage.

last 5 photos via here

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