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a-frame kitchen progress + hardware round-up

kitchen-progress3 I’ve got some A-frame progress you guys(!), some very construction dust filled progress, but we are one step closer to a finished kitchen, so I will take it. If you’ve been following along, you already know that we went with Ikea cabinet bases but then chose Semi-handmade doors and drawer fronts for our A-frame kitchen. I love their DIY options (which we also used in our LA kitchen) because they come unfinished and ready for paint which means you get to pick any color your hearts desire. I painted ours months ago now, but we finally got them in! Well, at least the bottom ones. But yay green! You can read about my color choice and the painting process here. And now it is time to choose the hardware…best wood, brass, leather, concrete cabinet pulls knobs My original idea for the door hardware was to cut holes in the doors with my drill press to use as finger pulls but with a million other things on my to-do list, I completely forgot! Since the panels are already painted, and in Palm Springs, I am not about to bring them back to my workshop here, and I don’t trust a hand drill for a job like that, so on to plan B we go. I started searching for some more unique hardware options than my go to brass pulls and pulled together (no pun intended) my favorites from wood, to leather, to concrete.

I am loving wood hardware lately but with the wood countertops, I’m thinking leather or concrete might be the way to go.

HARDWARE SOURCES

Wood:
Stealth // Meacham // Mid-Century Modern // Reedsport // Kaboom // Half Moon Rounds

Leather:
Leather Loop // Salamanca Knob // Kennaston Pull // Leather Recessed // Multi Leather Pulls // Leather Bin Pull // Leather Pull // Leather Drawer Pull // XL Leather Pulls

Concrete:
Concrete Knobs // Betty Concrete // Cement Disk // Yoko Knobs // Cement Pillars // The Bunker 

 

kitchen-progressOh and it feels so good to have our appliances in and I delight in a thing called an undercounter fridge. You might remember we did the same thing with our cabin in Michigan and I didn’t miss having a full sized fridge once. Being a vacation home, we aren’t stock piling away groceries for the long haul, so by moving it to below the counter it frees up much needed visual space and adds more work surface area. My other favorite thing about this fridge is that we went with a “panel ready” option, so we had Semi-Handmade make a door front to match the rest of the cabinets and it blends in seamlessly (err, it will be seamless once we level the fridge that is, right now the unit is a bit crooked and covered with dust, but do you see how good it will be, do you see?! If you squint and imagine it all clean it helps, I swear by it).

kitchen-progress2 We still have quite a list of things to do, more painting, lights, skim coating the far wall, figuring out doors for the spice cabinet, toe kicks etc, but I couldn’t wait to share how it is looking with the base cabinets in and the floating shelf up! I also couldn’t help but take a look back at the before photo to see how far we’ve come.

kitchen-BEFORESlowly but surely we are bringing this dark and dated gem of a place into this century. Now if only we could stop running into silly problems that keep eating up our budget like new roofs, and septic systems and such. Septic schmeptic, I want my leather sling chairs!

Catch up on all the A-frame progress here.

Additional Sources:
Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea  // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea  //

my style: hard & soft

hard & soft // smitten studioleather & floral // smitten studioleather & floral // smitten studioleather & floral // smitten studioleather & floral // smitten studioI’m back in LA today where spring is definitely in the air, so I think it’s a good time to mix a little floral print into my wardrobe and soften up all the leather.

Shop the look:
Floral Printed Trousers by Anthropologie // Fringe Clutch by Milly // White Blouse by Joie // Leather Jacket by Zara (old) find similar by Diane von Furstenberg // Shoes by Seychelles // Stacking rings by L. Frank Jewelry 

gift guide for cabin life

cabin life gift guide

I’m finally getting around to starting my christmas shopping (hey, better late then never!)…  and so I decided that if I am going to do one gift guide, I am going to have to gear it towards life at the cabin. Of course you don’t have to have a cabin to want or gift these items. Although, I wouldn’t mind if each one of them made a nice little home for themselves at ours. :)

I tried to put a little something in there for everyone, so if you are like me and need to get ordering your presents like today… here are the details:

1: French Press from Anthropologie  // 2: Infinity Scarf by Juicy Couture on Piperlime  // 3: Sheesham Ice Bucket from Anthroplogie  // 4: Men’s Leather Belt from J.Crew  // 5: Weekender Bag by Clare Vivier  // 6: Mini Bow Ring from Madewell  // 7: Wooden Amplifier by Koostik from AHAlife  // 8: Passport Holder from Asos  // 9: Table Grill from A+R  // 10: Blanket from West Elm  // 11: Owl Mug from Anthropologie  // 12: Cutting Board from World Market