Hello and welcome to my favorite things this week like a remodel to create a big kitchen island for classic casual dining, washable doormats, a good read, and my outfit of the week! Annie and Cindy have their “always good” faves, too, with links at the end of the post!
We have two different washable Ruggable runners in our kitchen (that way I can switch them out when one is dirty). So I was intrigued by the new washable doormats (you know how dirty they can get this time of year).
The bottom layer stays stationary and you simply peel off the top to put in the washer. 15% off right now.
Seems like a good idea! Here are a few…
2. Remodel: Big Kitchen Island For Classic Casual Dining
When my client, Melinda in Atlanta contacted me regarding finishes for her kitchen…I set about understanding her preferences. She prefers curves instead of angles with lighting and wanted comfortable seating at a large island in her new kitchen designed by Nancy Evans.
Caned back stool from Crate and Barrel. This has a retro feel with the caning. Since this is classic (my grandmother had caned furniture) this is also timeless. The cushion is finished in high-performance linen-blend fabric and a brass-finished metal kickplate protects the wooden footrest.
The kitchen hasn’t been styled yet. But notice how the window shades are hung near the ceiling to make the windows appear larger. They are natural woven shades by Smith and Nobel.
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3. Hair Salon Diaries: Black Jeans and Cheetah Print
My hairstylist, Inna accommodates me by taking my photo after she has done my hair. So, this is the fifth photo in my “Hairstylist Diaries” showing what I wear on just a regular day.
similar stone pendant necklace • brown tunic, a gift from Cindy Hattersley from her local store, Tancredi and Morgen • Anthro readers these are new and sturdy • gold x earrings • Lightweight black turtle neck good for layering • Nars Lip Pigment • $10 Everyday cheetah print tote from J. Crew • Comfortable Birdie Loafers (LOVE) • J. Crew stretchy black jeans (petite 28 — actually darker than shown)
4. What To Read: The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowan
Just so you know, I only recommend books that I like here. That’s why I like the free Libby app from the public library. If I’m not crazy about a book, I just turn it back in early…no guilt. And you won’t see it mentioned here.
This book takes you to two different time periods in Paris, France during World War II and then to 2017.
“Set seventy-five years apart, against a perilous and a prosperous Paris, both Estelle and Lia must summon hidden courage as they navigate the dangers of a changing world, altering history—and their family’s futures—forever.”
5. Graze: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals: A Charcuterie Cookbook
If you are new here, each Sunday I share my top five favorite things along with my friends, Cindy and Annie. It’s like our weekly “catch-up” phone call. If you would like to receive this series every week, please sign up HERE.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: