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Moodboard Monday: Cozy + Rustic Living Room

As wonderful as vacations are, they always take you awhile to get back on your feet afterwards.  So today, I thought I’d keep it short and simple and share a little moodboard I put together awhile back.  This was originally for a client, but the overall vibe and color scheme is what you can expect to see in our living room.  I love the combination of sleek + cozy, and the look of this room just makes me want to curl up by a fire.  Except we don’t have a fireplace…yeah, about that…

Rebecca Trunk

Console Tables

Cable-Knit Throw

Mercury Glass Lamp

Ice, Ice, Baby

Every once and awhile, I see something on Pinterest that completely takes me by surprise, and that’s exactly what happened last week when I stumbled upon this picture:

White-Refrigerator-White-Kitchen Image via Apartment Therapy

Do you have any guesses as to what it was that caught my eye?

Nope, it wasn’t that stunning island with vintage brass pulls, nor was it the marble countertops.  It wasn’t even the gorgeous wood floors set on the diagonal, a detail I would normally be drooling over.  It was something far more ordinary than any of those things.

It was, in fact, the refrigerator.

Yep, you read that right.  That refrigerator basically stopped me dead in my internet-browsing-mouse-clicking tracks.  I don’t know what dumbfounded me more: the fact that I was actually gawking at a refrigerator, or that I was gawking at a refrigerator that was white (because let’s be real, it isn’t 1993).  Regardless, I sat there in awe, drooling over that pretty white fridge whose sleek lines with a slight vintage flair tied perfectly in to the white cabinets surrounding.

Once I snapped back to reality, I hurried over to Google as fast as my fingers could type, in an attempt to find out all I could about this whole white fridge situation.  And what I discovered was shocking.  Throughout many articles, forums, and blogs, there was a lot of chatter saying stainless steel appliances may very well be on their way out. 

Industrial-kitchen-stainless-steelImage via Benco Construction

When I first read that, I was baffled.  I loooooove the industrial look of stainless steel, so I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea. That was until I stumbled upon another article.  This article in particular talked about how the color trends in appliances generally change each decade, which if you think about it, has been pretty true.

The 1960’s were home to the oh-so-lovely brown appliances, followed by everyone’s favorite avocado green in the 1970’s.

1968-ge-kitchen2673crop2 GE-avocado green appliaces

The 1980’s brought us black appliances (apparently they had to tone down the color somewhere), and the 90’s followed with white.

80s-kitchen 90skitchen

Stainless steel appliances finally started to gain momentum in the early 2000’s, and they’ve called our kitchens home ever since.

2000's kitchen

Now we’re nearly halfway through 2010’s, and although stainless steel is still wildly popular, Viking, Whirlpool, and GE have been introducing white appliances back into the mix through their higher end lines.  The white has been gaining momentum in the design community over the past year, but it’s quite different from the white we saw in the 90’s.  Instead of that funny bumpy texture, the whites today feature smooth surfaces with an almost glossy texture.  Quite striking if you ask me.

04-hbx-whirlpool-white-ice-refrigerator-1012-koty-xln-88799660Image via House Beautiful

If you’re interested in these white appliances, below are my top 5 picks (with a surprising one from Ikea sneaking in there).

Top 5 White Refrigerators


After all of this is said and done, if you ask me, I think we may see a rise in white appliances, but I also think stainless steel is here to stay for a while longer.  It’s a neutral color that coordinates so well with the chrome and brushed nickel fixtures we so commonly use in our kitchens.  Plus, it pops against white cabinets, and helps reflect light in kitchens featuring darker cabinets.  It’s versatile and classic, and there still is a great demand for it.

So what do you think? Do you think white will take the place of stainless steel?  Which would you prefer in your own kitchen?

Meet Klein: Our New Sofa

On Monday, I casually mentioned that we finally went ahead and bought a sofa this past weekend.  Everybody, meet Klein, our fancy schmancy new Room & Board sofa.

room-and-board-klein-sofaYep, I know it’s a far cry from the Tailor Sofa we were previously looking at.  And yes, it’s waaaaay more modern than we were ever thinking of going for this house. But, now that we have it home, I know it was the right choice.  For now, Klein will live in the living room (well actually the front porch until we’ve finished refinishing the floors and drywalling), but we may have other plans for it in store.  Before we delve into those details though, let’s chat about why we decided not to go with the Tailor.

The Harriet House Living Room Before | Through the Front Door

As you can see above, our living room is realllllly dark, and all of that dark trim isn’t helping the situation.  It will lighten up once we get a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, but there isn’t a ton of natural light in there. Because of this, I was super anxious about putting a dark turquoise or dark gray couch in there.  It probably would have worked, but I was terrified to spend $1000 on a couch, and then not like it.  So I kept going back to a lighter neutral color.

Another reason we decided the Tailor wasn’t for us is because of the way we hope to arrange the furniture.  We don’t have a ton of space for a very big couch, and the Tailor was juuuust pushing our size limit.  It was small enough to barely work, but we feared it would have made the room feel cramped.

tailor-sofa (3)However, the main reason we decided not to go with the Tailor was because of a few reviews I read online.  Apparently, several people had issues with the fabric snagging on just their jeans, and since we have a hyperactive puppy that is known to have sharp nails, we just didn’t think it would hold up.  So, despite its beautiful design and fabulous colors, we had to part with the idea of owning the Tailor sofa.  RIP Tailor.

And this leads us to Klein.  I knew I wanted to go with a really light, cool tan (basically almost white, with just enough color to hide dirt), and we also needed a durable fabric.


We really liked the fact that it was Room & Board (I’ve worked with their furniture a lot in my clients’ homes and know its really high quality), and we liked the flexibility that came with its small size.  Not only will it allow us to arrange the room several different ways, but if down the road we decide it just isn’t working in our living room, it’s small enough to go up in the attic (in Noel’s future man cave).  Plus, Noel has been bugging me to buy a “low couch” for years now, so he’s pretty ecstatic about it.

Long story short, we bought a couch, and even though it’s a bit more modern than what we were hoping for, it will fit right in with the “old meets new” concept we have going for our house.

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