I’m in a kitchen-styling mode this month on the blog, which is likely due to the fact that my own kitchen is bursting at the seams. I’ve been cleaning out our cabinets in preparation for the first few wedding gifts that have been trickling in the mail the past few weeks. It’s so exciting to open up brand new accessories for cooking and entertaining… but I have no where to put them! Then this week I saw Alaina Kaczmarski’s gorgeous apartment on The EveryGirl and was inspired by her open wire shelving in the kitchen — everything was perfectly styled to look gorgeous, but still highly functional. What do you think of adding open shelving to the kitchen?

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I can’t get over the perfection of the styling in Amanda Dawbarn’s home (of 100 Layer Cake fame) on Glitter Guide this week. The gold glassware, teapots, and pink mixer give such a girly, almost dressing-room-like feeling to the kitchen. There are just little touches of glamour everywhere;  I am always drawn to spaces that have that overtly feminine look, but I’m usually not brave enough to push the envelope this far in my own space! Read the full interview and see the rest of her space here.

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I spent my day off tackling a list of home projects: first up was cleaning out our office closet where I was elbow-deep in holiday garlands and craft supplies. While there is nothing as satisfying as knowing exactly where every jar of glitter you own is stored, once the closet door closes there’s a little less excitement about that type of sprucing. Luckily when my Mom visited this weekend to accompany us to our wedding tasting, she brought a big bag of belated birthday presents and in it, a new grosgrain applique pillow from Target — just the kind of visible sprucing I was looking for!

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I spruced up our bedroom recently with a few new accessories that were under the Christmas tree! We have slanted ceilings in our bedroom which can make decorating a challenge — but my parents gifted me the perfect little gold starburst mirror that fits perfectly in the in the spot above our bed that I’ve been trying to fill for a year and a half.  And I added a new Dwell Studio citrine zebra pillow that has been on my wishlist forever; it’s the perfect pop of color against the poppyseed walls!
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Thom Filicia’s lake house tour might be my all time favorite spread from Domino Magazine — I tore out and saved those images long before ‘pinning’ them was an option. So I let out a gasp when I saw House Beautiful published updated photos of the space in this month’s issue to promote his new book, American Beauty, written about renovating the home. The book is certainly getting pre-ordered, and these pictures added to the inspiration file!

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West Elm just introduced their holiday line and I’m quite pleased to see a fun collaboration with Confettisystem! It might be a little early to start planning for the holidays, but these ornaments and garlands are so festive, I think you  could use them all year round. 

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This print pretty much sums up my personal mantra, I think it deserves a place in my kitchen. And they styling in this little scene? Spot on. I love the idea of using an old dresser as a bar — think of all the storage for linens and other party goods! Plus corralling the barware in an oversized basket keeps things neat and tidy, don’t you think?

Image via Design Scouting; print via Etsy

The calendar has flipped to October, which means it’s pumpkin season! My apartment isn’t exactly conducive to pumpkin carving, so I opted for a cleaner project and painted my pumpkin patch with some neon pink paint and my favorite patterns: stripes and polka dots! Are you decorating pumpkins for Fall?

Kitchen wares are top of mind as I’m starting to build our wedding registry; I’m loving the feature on Amazon’s registry that allows you to pull in items from other websites (like etsy!). In my browsing-mode I found these gorgeous neon dipped wooden bowls, spoons, and jars from Wind & Willow Home — something a little different from the department store basics!

I wrote a few weeks ago of having a bit of decor-boredom after being in the same space for awhile. My solution was to rearrange some art and inject a couple of new pieces to spice things up a bit. I tucked my new Emmakisstina print on my bathroom shelf. And I started a new mini-gallery wall in my bedroom with a graphic record I found on eBay, an old drawing from my high school sketchbooks, and my newest acquisition, a canvas print of one of my instagram photos from a trip to the Museum of Natural History. (The nice folks at easy canvas prints sent this to me to test the instagram printing service!). A few small changes can make a big difference to keep a space feeling fresh — do you rearrange your artwork?

Canvas print C/O Easy Canvas Prints and Signs on the Cheap