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Ikea Kitchens

We’ve officially hit the stressful “oh my gosh how are we going to finish packing all this this” part of moving.  We close on Thursday morning, and although we’ve gotten a lot done, I feel like there is still sooo much left to do.  Yesterday, we literally packed all day.  We set our alarms super early, woke up, started packing, and didn’t do anything besides pack and make trips to our storage unit until about 10pm (at which time, we could hardly make it up the stairs for bed).

Our main goal was to tackle the kitchen, and I just couldn’t believe how much stuff we had in there.  I mean, we’re two people for goodness sake, and we really try not to hang on to things we don’t use regularly.  Regardless, packing up the kitchen was like blowing out a cake full of trick birthday candles – you think you’ve blown them all out, and then much to your despair, one starts to flickr, and before long they’re going strong again.  Yeah, that was us yesterday.  We’d pack one cabinet, only to open the next and be completely overwhelmed by how much more stuff was in that cabinet.

Thankfully, we nearly finished the kitchen, and all of the other rooms are about 80% done.  We know we’ll be able to finish (in reality, we hope to be done by Wednesday so we can clean Wednesday night), we’re both just ready to be done.  It’s also starting to look kind of eerie in here, because our furniture is staying, but most of our decor is gone.  It’s really weird.

On Saturday, we actually took a mini break from packing and popped down to Ikea to take a look at their kitchen cabinets.  I’ve been looking into cabinet options for our new house, and I’ve surprisingly heard a lot of good things about Ikea’s kitchen (which blows my mind because so much from Ikea is so cheaply made).  Well, they were having their semi-annual kitchen sale, where everything was 20%, so I wanted to take a look before it ended in case we wanted to order anything.

Although I was impressed with the actual cabinets themselves (they all have soft close hinges and slides which are amazing) I wasn’t so impressed with their drawers.  The drawers themselves had a metal-like side, which to me, made them feel really cheap.  Noel wasn’t bothered by it at all, and it hasn’t completely swayed my decision not to use them for our cabinets, but I wasn’t too thrilled when I saw it.

Regardless of their drawer situation, look at how gorgeous some of these Ikea kitchens are:

Do any of you have an Ikea kitchen?  What do you think of it if you do?  Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

our home: sneak peek

Yesterday, the oh-so talented Katie of Katie Mueller Photography was over photographing our house.  It’s amazing the amount of work that goes into getting your home photo-ready.  Generally, I like to think of myself as a pretty clean person (although our house has been a serious mess with all the construction going on recently), but even when it’s “clean,” you’d be amazing at how much stashing of stuff goes on before pictures.

All those appliances that you use daily that are on your countertops?  Stashed those in the pantry.  Trash cans, toilet bowl cleaners, and toilet extra toilet paper?  Stashed that in our stairway to the garage.  Jackets, dog leashes, the list goes on.  While you wouldn’t think these things would make that much of a difference, it’s amazing how distracting they can actually be in a photo.

After the shoot, I was crazy anxious to see how the pictures turned out, and lucky for me, Katie is a photo-whiz and already sent me them today, not even 24 hours later.  So, even though I’m not going to unveil our whole home tour until the new site is up and running, I thought I’d give you a little peek.

designer spotlight: britany simon

Everybody, meet Britany Simon.  If you’re an HGTV addict fan like me, you’ve probably seen this girl around.  I first stumbled upon her work when she was on Design Star last summer (and no, I don’t want to talk about it…I’m still devastated she didn’t win).  Sensitive issue.  Moving on to something more cheerful: her work.

Britany is the mastermind behind Britany Simon Design, a fabulous design firm based out of Arizona.  Her style is characterized by bold patterns, loads of black and white, and pops of color.  Basically, she’s my homegirl and identical design twin.  Is that a thing?  Because it is now.

Although I adore all of her work, one of my absolute favorite spaces she designed is this eclectic little gem of a living room.  Prepare yourself for a feast, because what I’m about to show you is Thanksgiving for your eyes.

All photo credits to Britany Simon Design
Why I Love It:  I’m obsessed with this room because it is a combination of so many styles.  Look at one vignette and you see a dash of vintage chic.  Move over to another and you see an explosion of mid-century modern.  Pair that with a little glam and some straight up modern and what do you get?  I don’t really know what to call it, but clearly it’s amazing. 
Why It Works:  The reason Britany was able to combine all of these styles so effectively boils down to one thing: simplicity.  If you notice, there are only a few colors used in the room.  In fact, I see precisely four: black, white, yellow, and brown (and yes, I do consider black and white colors, thankyouverymuch).  By keeping a simple color palette, you can mix and match pieces from different styles, while still creating a room that feels cohesive.
The other reason it works is because each color is used throughout the room.  Look at each picture: can you find each of the four colors in every shot?  That’s right, you can.  Hello complete and beautiful space, I’m Kirsten, it’s nice to meet you. 
So what do we take away from this?  Two things: 1. You don’t need to be constrained to one style when decorating your spaces.  Maintain a consistent color palette, then feel free to mix and match pieces.  2. Britany Simon needs to hire me.  Who cares that I live in MN, am i riiiight?  :)

Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!

Want to see more of Britany’s work?  Check her out on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.
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