Sep 16, 2014

Midweek Musings - diy plants

Hi friends,

Tonight was curriculum night at school so after meeting both teachers, checking out classrooms, talking with friends, putting the kiddos to bed and then finishing up work I am exhausted!

A quick post today with some of the good things I've seen recently around blogland.

 This would be the perfect gift for a friend.  Everybody's kitchen could use some:


Same idea - different look:

Feeling ambitious and want to tackle one of these babies?


Here you go - instructions. You're welcome ;)


Saw this wallpaper. Loved it.


I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Sep 14, 2014

Changing the kitchen tile

Hi friends,

Hope the weekend was good to you. Too short for me but not much that can be done about it :)

Recently, I have been giving a lot of thought to small changes that would make our kitchen more to my taste. It has good bones. I like the open concept layout with the island. It's really just the tile, colors and lighting that need adjusting. It wouldn't cost that much or be too disruptive to change these features.

As a reminder, here is what the kitchen currently looks like:



The travertine tile kills me a little bit every time I look at it. So peachy. I really want to add blue glass subway tile, paint the cupboards white and give the kitchen a coastal vibe. However the counter tops need to stay for the time being and the black granite on the island will make this a tough look to pull off. Here is a mock-up I did:

Ignore my awesome picture editing skills :) The green blue tile brightens the room but I don't love it with the black granite.

I also tried a brown tile for more of a bistro look. This wouldn't be my first choice but I it's important to work with what we've got and this look might fit better with the existing colors:

So this seems like a better fit but not very exciting. Switching the two pot lights over the island to pendants would add some flair. Maybe one of these?

Kitchen Pendant Light Options




And I'd switch the stools too. I love the mid century modern look of the ones we have but upholstered chairs would create a more sophisticated, cohesive look.

What do you think? Any recommendations for improving the look of the kitchen that wouldn't break the bank? Do you prefer the beachy tile or the darker tile?

I leave you today with this amusing item:


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Sep 12, 2014

All that brass

Hi friends,

A big weekend welcome! Hope you've got a fun weekend lined up.Things will be pretty quiet here at Casa Marshall but that's how we like it! To kick things off, I've rounded up a gorgeous collection of warm brass accents from Etsy

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