Our (Mostly) DIY Kitchen Update

I loved our house from the moment we first walked in. I also hated the kitchen from the moment we first walked in. Orange builder-grade oak cabinets, laminate countertops, fluorescent lighting, and lime green walls. SO. MUCH. GREEN. But, I still loved it and saw so much potential, and immediately started planning an update. A few weeks ago we finally began the project, and now, eight months after moving in, we have a new kitchen!

It all started with the countertops. We found some remnant slabs we loved, and they fit perfectly in our small kitchen and saved us some money. After the countertops and the new sink were installed, I spent about a week and a half cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting the cabinets. Jason drilled new holes and installed the new hardware and the sink faucet, and then we installed the new backsplash together. (A word of advice: don't choose a glass tile. Just don't.) A new stove and microwave were delivered yesterday, and after a few weeks of blood, sweat, and tears later and we have a brighter, more beautiful space! It really changes the look of the whole downstairs space. I am so proud of the work we put in, and I love how it turned out. Scroll through for some photos of the new space!

THE BEFORE, on the day we decided to make an offer on the house:

THE AFTER:

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New Collection from CB2

You guys, CB2 has some new stuff out. And it's modern meets glam meets minimal meets just plain GOOD. It's also a pretty fair balance of masculine and feminine style, which is something I notice now that I'm thinking about my future shared space with J. I've compiled a few of my favorites to get you started, but you should really go take a peek for yourself:

look for less: office space

It may be because I have my own mini home office redesign on the brain, but it seems that gorgeous, chic work spaces are everywhere I look lately (case in point: this article, this article, and this pinterest board). I pinned some really great office spaces on my own interiors board this week, so I decided to pick a few of my favorites to recreate for you! Below I've shown you how to get a room that looks pretttttttty close to the photo. And, because you know I'm always looking for a deal, I've also put together a room with a similar look, but for a lot less.

office space #1

office

office

office2

office2

"get the look" room total: $1,071 shelves | desk | chair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender
"look for less" room total: $358 shelves | deskchair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender

office space #2

office3

office3

office4

office4

"get the look" room total: $4,744 lamp | shade | art | desk | shelf | rug | chair
"look for less" room total: $1,058 lamp | shade | art | desk | pull & brackets | shelf | gold leaf | rug | chair

office space #3

office5

office5

office6

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"get the look" room total: $981 fig tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase
"look for less" room total: $676 topiary tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase

Which look is your favorite, or have you spotted another office space you're crushing on? Share it with me below!

xo Korin

Friday Five: Pineapples!

Hello! It's finally Friday, AND a long weekend. If that's not a reason to celebrate with some Memorial Day sale shopping, then I don't know what is. If you're looking to add a few summer-inspired pieces to your closet or home, try something fruity! My favorite fruit style right now has to be pineapples, and I'm not alone. They're everywhere! Here are five pineapple-themed pieces I'm loving:

Pineapples

door knocker | earrings | soap | dress | tee

This refreshing trend is one of my favorites for the summer, but it can also easily go childish or tacky. Here are just a couple tips for wearing or decorating with fruit:

keep the color palette chic mixing the bright, primary colors of fruit can look kindergarten-esque so try picking one, or opt for prints in "unnatural" shades (ie muted tones or black and white) stick to one fruit piece wearing head-to-toe fruit can look like a costume, and when used in decor it can look like you're setting up for a luau pick pieces that showcase only one type of fruit—like pineapples! mixing multiple fruits can look kinda jumbled and can go "baby" in a heartbeat

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! xoxo