Ahh spring is in full bloom. Well it has actually felt like summer this week. It’s been in the 90’s. What in the world? Is it hot where you guys live or just me? I swear we get two weeks with rain and then it’s back to summer. Oh how I miss you Seattle! (I’m taking a trip there this summer and cannot WAIT.) We are headed to the river this weekend so more heat for me. But the river is such an escape for Andrew and I. It’s very refreshing to not have service for an entire weekend and just be.
Today’s look is what I wore out in Palm Springs last weekend and I love it so much. This dresss is super comfy and I love wearing this bralette under to add a little extra something. These wedges are also my new fav. I’ve been wanting a pair of black wedges and these are perfecto. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your friends and family! How the heck is it already May???? Seriously these months have been flying by. Oh also a little update on our kitchen! I went shopping for countertops today and picked out the quartz we want to go with. I loooove the look of marble but I want something more durable so I had to compromise. We are getting our lower cabinets installed in a few weeks so I’ll have more pictures very soon! (Did I mention our uppers are done? They look amazing!) Okay talk soon!
Hey guys! So we have officially started on our kitchen reno. It has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to get started. We have a pretty small kitchen so our main goal is to make it look larger and brighter. Currently we have white tile for our counters and our cabinets are an antique cream finish. Here a few pictures so you can see what we are working with.
So our first order of business is to rip out all the cabinets. Andrew started this afternoon and it was pretty entertaining. Follow me on snapchat to see! (@kendraatkins) We are having the uppers installed on Saturday and then will have the lower ones installed in a few weeks. Once those are in we will go look for our countertops. We wanted to make this a process so we weren’t spending a ton of money all at once.
Now let’s talk about what we want it to look like! So for our cabinets we are matching them to our breakfast nook style. We went with the inset style which looks more sleek and polished to me. (It is more expensive, but I think it’s worth it.) We’ll paint them Swiss Coffee, which is what all of our trim is throughout our house. Our current cabinets are pretty low, so we are raising them about a foot on the top side and then extending the gap between our counters and the upper cabinets by a few inches as well. Once of the biggest changes is our range hood. Right now we have our microwave above the stove (actually we already ripped that out!) but we are going to move it down to the left of the stove. Kind of where our current pantry door is. We bought a stove hood and are having it fitted with wood so it looks finished. I’ll put the picture we wanted it to look like below.
We also are cutting our pantry door in half and extending our counters all the way. That is one change I’m very excited about! I always need more counter space! As far as our backsplash goes, I’m thinking of doing an arabesque style tile. Here are some kitchens with it below.
I think it gives a nice cottage feel, it also is a little warmer than subway tile. Plus, I want to do our guest bath in subway tile, so I figured I should switch it up in the kitchen. We will also do a farm style sink and all our hardware will be in a chrome finish. For our countertops I want to go with quartz since it is more durable than marble, and also less expensive. (I want it to look like marble though!) Here are a few styles I like:
I’m so excited to share this whole process with you guys! Our home will be in disarray for a while but it will be totally worth it. If you have re-done your kitchen before leave me some tips in the comments!
Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this post with you. Our bedroom is practically complete now so I wanted to show you our ‘nook’ area. Before we had nothing here and I had envisioned something very calming and relaxing. I wanted it to be a sitting area, but also a place for a large mirror so I could get a good look at all my outfits! Mirrors also make spaces look much larger. Our bedroom is pretty monochromatic so I wanted a few pops of color, but nothing overwhelming. I went with this photo of Venice for some added color. Pillows are also an easy way to change up the look and feel of a room. I hope you all love it as much as I do! And a big thank you to Joss & Main and Minted for helping me bring my vision to life!
^^This chair is exactly what I wanted. It is big enough to lounge in, but doesn’t take up too much space. I love how the legs give it a formal feel, yet the back cushion keeps it casual.
^^This picture is so dreamy. I could stare at it all day. Venice is one of my top places I want to visit, so having this image in our room keeps that dream always visible! I chose the champagne silver frame because I felt the silver would be too stark and we don’t have any gold in our room as it is. This was a happy medium. I also love how you can see the reflection of our french doors through the glass.
^^This mirror is everything! It’s not on the Joss & Main site anymore (I linked a similar one down below) but I would check often to see if it comes back! I first saw a similar mirror at Neiman Marcus and Horchow, but it was way too expensive. One morning I saw it on Joss & Main and pretty much bought it 5 minutes later! I love how thick the frame is. It adds such a romantic and old fashion vibe.
This side table adds the perfect amount of balance. I love mixing in rustic pieces with more formal pieces. I never really know what to call my style, I just know what I like!
Hey friends! Today’s outfit is my total comfort zone. I love wearing darker colors together to create a mono-chromatic look. It’s also an added bonus when they are all comfortable pieces. These jeans have become my new favorite. They are seriously so comfy. And I’ve been wearing this cardigan with practically everything lately. To lounge around the house, out to lunch, grocery shopping…seriously everything! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I’ve been trying to re-charge from this weekend. We went out for a friend’s birthday and I haven’t ‘gone out’ in forever! So when I stayed out until 12:00 it was a big deal. Have a great day everything and thanks for stopping by!
Our breakfast nook is finally complete! This was quite the process but I am so happy with how everything turned out. When we moved in, this was an odd space but it called for a built-in! We found a local contractor who custom built the bench for the space. I love the drawers on either side that give us a little more storage. Right now we keep our board games in them. We looked on Pinterest for style ideas, and loved when breakfast nooks had a little character. To get that, we added molding all around and added extra slats for more dimension. (Chandelier is from Joss & Main)
Our cushion foam and fabric is from Joann’s. I bought the thickest piece of foam they carried (which might I add, foam is expensive!). I then took it to an upholster shop to get it covered. Getting the measurements for the cushions was the most stressful part of this whole project. Once I brought them home and they fit I took a big sigh of relief! We still need to get some velcro so they don’t slide around.
Our pillows are from Z Gallerie and the two striped ones are from Living Spaces. (Some are 22×22 and some are 24×24)) The old map of Paris is from HomeGoods.
Finding a table was a nightmare. We first ordered one from Etsy but when it came it didn’t look right and was too small for the area. We ended up having to wait about 3 months for that table because each piece was made to order, so when we had to send it back it was a little frustrating. This table is from Hayneedle and we had to wait about 2 months for it. It felt like we had the bench for ever just no table! It’s crazy we actually have a table now. I am so happy with this table though. It is exactly what I had in mind. I love the unique pedestal base and walnut top.
I hope you all love how it turned out! Even though it was a very long process, it was completely worth it in the end!
Hey everyone! I hope you are having a good week so far. Today I wanted to share with you some new fashion pieces that I am loving. It has been in the 80’s this week, so I feel like it’s summer. What is the weather like where you live? We were supposed to get so much rain this season, but now we just get summer early. Typical! I am missing Seattle so much right now!
I also wanted to see if you would like me to post my YouTube videos here on my blog. I would do that so you can come here to see everything I’m posting, rather than go to YouTube for vidoes, blog for pictures etc. Unless you spend time browsing on YouTube anyway. Just let me know what would be easiest for you!
^^These shoes are perfect for spring! It has felt weird pulling out my warm weather shoes, but it’s a nice change up from boots! (only downside is you have to paint your nails!)^^
Yay for the weekend! I hope you all had a great week. I felt like I was in a fog all week. I’m not sure why. But everything seemed to affect me more than it should have, and I didn’t have much drive. I guess some weeks are just like that.
I stumbled across Nordstrom last night and saw there are having a huge Winter clearance sale. There are a lot of purses, home accessories, shoes and clothing items that are highly discounted. I wanted to give you a heads up because it’s going on just through the weekend. I put together pieces to pick up that would transition into spring perfectly. I am so confused by the weather in California right now. It feels like summer and I’ve been in shorts all week, except it rained yesterday. Go figure. Let me know if you picked up anything during the Nordstrom sale! Have a great weekend!
I love that fedora, it would look so cute on vacation somewhere tropical! And I just started loving outfits that are more tomboy, so those adidas are calling my name! I’m also in desperate need of some basics. So those casual tops would be the perfect wardrobe addition!
There is something so great about a flowy maxi dress. I love the drama they bring. This one I especially love because of the print. Florals are one of my favorite ways to transition into spring fashion. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, all we see is red and hot pink, but those colors look pretty bad on me. So I like to wear more subtle colors but keep the feminine feel. Do you guys have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Andrew and I have nothing planned, so who knows! The weather has felt like summer lately. It was 92 yesterday and it completely confused me. Where is my El Nino? I’m still holding out! But for the time being I’ll wear some shorts and soak up the sunshine!
I’ve started to love this mauve color! In clothing and in decor. I have to show you my silk curtains in my office soon. There are from West Elm. I usually stray away from anything pink because I’ve never thought I look good in it. If you were to look in my closet I’m pretty sure you might find one pink top in total. But this hue is so much better! I am huge fan of these dusty shades lately. I think they work well with lots of pieces. You can pair with black, white, olive green, and grey. This top isn’t on Windor’s site anymore, just the bodysuit version. But I’ve found similar styles here, here, and here.
I’m still loving my lob haircut. I have a tutorial on it HERE. I like that once I style it, it will last a good 2-3 days. The only bummer is that I notice it growing more, which means more haircuts. Boo.
These sunglasses are by DITTO. This website lets you try out different designer shades and exchange them for a new pair every month! The ones I’m weraing are the Retro Super Future style. If you want to try them out, I have a code to get your first month free! Enter KENDRAVLOGS at checkout!
Hi friends! So today I have another installment of Be Inspired. I love doing these every now and then to reflect on what is going on in my life at the moment. So today’s quotes, like always, have a common thread. I’m working on taking the initiative for many aspects of my life. Mostly work related. A lot of the time I put things off (I tend to bookmark lots of emails) instead of tackling them right of the bat.
I’m also working on developing myself more. I know that is incredibly vague and cliche. I think the whole YouTube and blogging world can get a bit overwhelming at times. You are constantly trying to keep up with everyone else. I want to try to focus on my brand and my content. Nobody is exactly like you, which is why you should take full advantage of that.
The last thing I am working on is seeing the good in people. It is so easy to pass a quick judgement. It’s much harder to let things go and look past what is bothering you. You are in control of how you feel. I think we often think that other things make us upset, frustrated or down. It’s how we respond which really is completely our decision. I know this is getting a bit deep, but it’s getting late and this is what happens! I hope you all find peace in yourselves this week. (I might squeeze in some nighttime yoga…namaste!)