decor inspo: blue island and mantel

mantel copy

Compromise. It’s part of what makes the world go ’round. At least it feels that way.

Beckett and I have very different taste so when we moved into our new house and I started talking about painting the old ugly oak cabinets he immediately wanted dark colors. He prefers black, dark brown, deep hues of burgundy, and bright blue. His design aesthetic is sometimes modern, sometimes traditional.

I like things brighter, lighter, and a little luxe. I like the clean feel of a white room, but I’m not in love with the 2016 all white everything trend, but I like things bright. I like a little color mixed with unexpected accents.

The mantel and kitchen is our mix– our perfectly imperfect home decor balance.

A lot of work went into getting the kitchen to this point and it’s still far from done.
If you have a house that needs a little help like I did, maybe this list will help give you ideas of where to start.

Order of projects to DIY an ugly kitchen into 2017:

  1. scrape the popcorn ceiling
  2. paint the ceiling (mine is taupe).
  3. mark cabinet doors so you now where they go
  4. take off the hinges (and label them… I made the mistake of not labeling and it took me hours to get the hinges back to normal since not all of them were exactly the same… it was a pain in the you-know-what)
  5. take off cabinet hardware (that I added soon after we moved in because it drives me nuts to not have drawer pulls).
  6. clean doors and lightly sand
  7. use bonding primer to prime doors
  8. tape off the floors and walls
  9. prime, and paint the frames of the cabinets with your enamel paint (that just means its semi- or gloss paint).
  10. paint the cabinet doors with 2 coats of your paint.
  11. let dry for one day.
  12. add hardware back on
  13. paint walls and built-ins in living room/kitchen area.
  14. tile over existing fireplace tile.
  15. paint mantel and kitchen island blue!
  16. add “shiplap” to the kitchen island to give it some interest/texture.
  17. wallpaper above mantle.
  18. replace repulsive kitchen light fixture.

blue kitchen island with white peremeter cabinets diy shiplap copy

Still on my list:

  • get new counters
  • upgrade faucet
  • fix garbage can pull out (it opens randomly and I can’t figure out why!)
  • resurface the kitchen table.
  • add corbels to the island as a countertop support.
  • replace appliances when they die (and that could be sooner than we hope). 😐
    arrange roses copy

    Beckett got me these beautiful roses and I couldn’t help but take a picture to show them & him off <3 thank you, babe!

When the whole project is done I’ll post a before and after, sound good?

Until then, let me know if you have any questions about what type of paint to use or other questions related to my projects!



classic and muted

chanel-look jacket for less copy

For shopping information see my ShopStyle page that I’m linking here! It has all of my outfit details including this exact gorgeous jacket from Shein along with my exact jeggings and boots that are so similar who would know the difference?!

cognac over the knee boots with faux fur chanel inspired jacket and michael kors bag copy

PS. Everything in this outfit is under $50 (mostly in the $20-30 range) except for the MK bag. The bag I’m linking isn’t exact… I just really like the crossbody version (if I were buying a MK bag today it is what I would get) and I think you will love it too.cute outfit of the day to recreate copy

I think the Michael Kors bag is a good one to get as a Christmas gift or to save up for with Christmas money because it’s a classic.faux fur trimmed jacket copy

hair flip blogger copy

hair flip ftw

on the fence outift made for the urban cowgirl copyrustic chic sophicated outfit styled by artist blair waldorf style chanel inspired ootd copy

the woven gold and white material copy

I wanted to give you a close-up so you could see how great this tweedish fabric is!! It even has gold thread interwoven in it. could it be more perfect?

Now I need to go because I told my honey I would only take 15 minutes to write this and my time is up. Don’t forget to check out my ShopStyle link to my outfit! I’m trying a new format, let me know if you like it!

a warm winter cardigan: 2 ways

This perfectly cozy knit is keeping me warm these days here in Minnesota and I love the price too! Pair it with a cute checked scarf like my Burberry one or tie a boyish necktie into a bow for a menswear inspired #ootd.

Cardigan: Shein
Pants: AE hi-rise jeggings

White blouse: similar plain white shirt by Sanctuary

Blue blouse: similar blue button down for women at H&M
Neck tie: this one is just $12 and has cute beading
Scarf: Burberry
Xo, kellie

Holiday Bedroom Decor

Last weekend we started craving Christmas decorations. That was when we saw this buffalo check duvet cover at Pottery Barn and decided to splurge. We also liked their Christmas tree and car flannel sheets, but the Maple Grove Pottery Barn didn’t have the sheets we liked in the right size. We decided we didn’t mind looking more online to see if we could find other flannel sheet sets for less… and that’s how I found these:
I ended up getting the sheets (above, left) from, similar floral style sheets here too

the faux boxwood wreath and greige velvet headboard are my other Overstock finds. The sheets are still the same price, but sadly the price of the headboard went back up already. I bet there’s a Black Friday sale hitting soon though so if you’re in the market for a headboard it may pay to wait a few weeks to get one, but then you run the risk of the one you want selling out.
Elsa Girl wanted to be included too 🙂 I think she wanted to model to show off her newly slimmed down physique! I’m kidding of course but she did lose about 4 lbs over the last few months, which in cat lbs is a lot! haha!

Last thing I wanted to show is my long, grey cardigan sweater from Shein. I am planning to show you a few ways to wear this sweater so I guess this is a sneak peek at that upcoming post!
Have a wonderful day!
The home goods in this post are not sponsored. The sweater was something I picked out to showcase this week through my partnership with Shein.