Archives For Wishing & Hoping

Hello, my friends! We are in the throes of potty training over here and I am pooped (pun intended). Between all that time spent waiting patiently, taking deep breaths, and mustering enthusiasm I’ve been neglecting some things. Like, you know, putting on real clothes. When I get a break from constantly monitoring for any signs of bodily fluids all I want to do is sit down and immerse myself in something completely uninteresting to two year olds. Hence: Pinterest. And my favorite idea spotted on Pinterest this week is something so simple I can’t believe that it’s not more popular–stainless steel islands.

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The Design Files | Andrea Millar

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House & Home | Michael Graydon

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Number Fifty-Three

Really more like a work table, a stainless island is just so practical. It’s less expensive than cabinetry plus countertops and more durable than pretty much any other surface, There’s a reason why these are a staple in restaurant kitchens. My current kitchen is too small for an island of any sort but I’m definitely tucking this idea away for our next house.┬áIf you’ve got a large kitchen this 3′x6′ table could be had for under $500. For smaller spaces this 2′x4′ version is only $159. The cheapest option, though, is probably to check out a local restaurant supply company. The only downside to stainless steel is that it does show a lot of fingerprints and smudges. I remember from my high school days working at Sonic that this stuff was awesome for cleaning the stainless surfaces. I’ve got a hunch that stainless appliances are on their way out, but hopefully stainless islands don’t see the same fate.

I picked up a graph paper spiral notebook recently and it rekindled my longstanding hobby of sketching plans for my future dream house.

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Pinterest is supplementing my fantasy nicely. Please let my future dream house have oak trees.

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My plans include not one, but two window seats.

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House Beautiful

And traditional meets modern built-ins similar to these.

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Michele Skinner

This is my dream tub. I love that I could slither down for a soak after washing my hair without having to contend with a wet shower curtain.

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The Colonial

And these floors! White hexagon and dot plus dark grout equals happiness.

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Life in Grace

Yep, this is what my future bedroom will be like.

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Cottage Living

I really want to have a detached carport or garage at the back of the house with a brick patio connecting the two.

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Bruce Clodfelter and Associates

Nick keeps laughing at me as I sketch away in my notebook and ask him ridiculous questions like, “Would you rather have a fireplace or a TV on our back porch?” But someday, y’all. Someday I will build this house.

To live in Piper’s NY home. Except I’ll pass on the stint in prison. Do y’all watch Orange Is The New Black? So great.

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Small Screen Spaces: Orange is the New Black | Apartment Therapy

To eat these. They look so yummy!
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To own a print of this. I’m not a big art person but I’m getting there, and this piece speaks to me.
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To build something like this around my air conditioner. I start dreaming up all kinds of plans for the yard this time every year.
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A few months ago I posted about how I fell in love with this house after watching the series premiere of Resurrection. Happily, I’ve gotten to see even more of it throughout the season. I loved it so much that I re-watched the last seven episodes online so that I could take screenshots. It didn’t take very long if I skipped past the scenes shot elsewhere and I kept the volume off so that I could multitask. Now I can refer back to these images if I ever get the opportunity to design my dream house. If you like it as much as I do be sure to check out my previous post for more photos.

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There are living areas on either side of the entry.

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I love those ledges with photos on the stair landing.

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The entry hall leads back toward the kitchen. It appears that this is an older home that’s been expanded as evidenced by the transition in the flooring you see here. Old houses are my favorite kind of house! Check out the glass-fronted cabinets full of books.

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I know that these shots from the kitchen are dark but isn’t it beautiful? It looks like they have black soapstone on most of the counters and wood on the island. I’m not sure about that work triangle though–you’d have to walk around the island to get from sink to stove and back.

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Does this not look like the coziest formal dining room you ever saw? I want to eat Thanksgiving dinner there.

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And of course there’s an adorable dutch door at the back.

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Which brings us to the amazing backyard. Shady trees, a big dining table, Adirondack chairs in a circle, and a hammock tucked in the way back. Have I ever mentioned my deep and abiding love for Adirondacks? Most comfortable chairs ever!

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Thanks to my internet stalking abilities I know that these scenes were filmed on location in Norcross, GA. Maybe I’ll take a drive by in a totally not-creepy way next time I’m in the Atlanta area. I know that a big part of the magic is in the styling but the good bones of a house like this are something special. I hope that someday I can recreate some of the ideas in my own home.