Welcome to our white kitchen

It feels like the week has just flown by again. It was possibly helped with the lovely long weekend we had. Unfortunately, I haven’t attended to dot dot dash and much as I would have like to this week, but as I said last week, life gets in the way sometimes.

Let’s make an entrance…

FINALLY! All the hard work over the past several weeks is really starting to show! As I’ve mentioned a few times, we’ve been trying to give own flat some much-needed love without breaking the bank.

We bought our first flat a few years ago so that we could get on the property ladder. Our hope was to do very little to it, but over the last year or so we’ve really started to lack in storage and our kitchen was needing a little bit of love.

So a white kitchen, “not so bad, just a little messy” you might say, but we were desperately needing more storage. Our IKEA floating shelves weren’t long enough, and more Ikea hacking to hold our microwave and bins. The stove top/hob had already been replaced before we took photos, but you can only imagine!

Lastly, the timber effect backsplash that runs along the whole kitchen was not useful / not high enough causing some of our favorite meals to start staining the white wall behind.

Inspiration:

The Unexpected Chic

The focus today is color, coming right from the globally recognized color gurus themselves, Pantone. Pantone has chosen a powerful punch of a red-orange for the  Colour of The Year, and it’s called Tangerine Tango!

It’s meant to reflect a revitalizing energy that we all need and crave as we pull out of this tough economic stint. I can’t help but feel a bit peppier when I look at it! According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the shade is “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent

of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

 

Tangerine Tango is definitely a cross-genre trend color that looks as gorgeous in fashion and beauty as it does in interior and industrial design. Try adding a pop of fire to your nails or lips, or a fun accent to your living space.

Simply Fabulous Chic

My love for vintage stuff

 

I’ve really been into vintage things lately… It makes me happy to find that one special thing. It made me wonder the other day why I love it so much. Is it because of my melancholic nature? 😉 Or maybe it’s just because vintage looks great and it gives the right feel in any home, modern, classic or even eclectic?

Today I’ll be showing you my 4 favorite items I love to have for my own home.

Sweet soda crates

I already have an old Coca-Cola crate, filled with old Coke bottles, thanks to friends of us who kindly gave one to me… And since then I’m ever looking for another perfect find to match my coca cola crate. To me it’s eye candy.

And look at how you can also reuse those old crates: put plants in them, use them as a coffee table, etc. Just adorable!

 

Vintage dresser to drool over

Imagine you find a little old dresser somewhere totally unexpected, that is so cute you have to take it home? I still dream of that scenario because I still haven’t found the perfect one for my house.

If I found one like this, I wouldn’t want to change a thing about it! I am totally in love with this one…

Not so scary skeleton keys

Don’t they say that keys are the way to your heart? They’re also the way to your front door of your most treasured home. And I think there’s something special about old keys… Especially skeleton keys. An old man once told me most of them may look the same, but every single one is totally different. They don’t make those keys anymore because it’s too difficult to duplicate one key. Pure craftsmanship. But it’s not only that, it also decorates your home beautifully

 

Talk that talk in your telephone

The one last thing I’d die to have in my home is a (still) working phone…

Maybe in a vibrant color, like this one! I’d love to have one that is still working. Hard to find apparently. Anyway, this is something that would look amazing in my interior. Anyone’s interior actually…

These were my top 4 favorite items for the home! I had so much fun writing this, and I hope you had fun reading it.

Escape

As promised last week, I thought I’d share some of the gorgeousness from my brother’s wedding in the Tuscan countryside followed by our escape to Florence after the festivities. I’m still having a hard time explaining it all. The setting, the food, the drinks, the people, were all more than amazing… the pictures don’t even seem to do it justice, but have a look!