Well, I have recently found out something pretty big about myself…..

……*drumroll please*……

I really do love a contemporary kitchen, and I mean L-O-V-E.

Who’da thunk it?  But I do….very much.  I mean when did I start liking shiny white laminate, lighter wood look, sparkling quartz counters, & flat panel cabinets?

 They are so clean looking & glamorous & sexy & sleek & shiny & exotic.  How can you resist really?  For all you skeptics out there that think a contemporary/modern kitchen is cold, prepare to have your mind blown.  All of those preconceived notions & images will hopefully be gone forever.

Never say never folks…..

  Here are some of my favorites!  Enjoy!

This is my FAVORITE one.  I’m not even a red or grey person & I would have this kitchen in a heartbeat.  It all just works.  Love that floor.  Love everything.

Can I just say WOW.  That wall of windows is to die for.  Amazing.  Love how it brings the outdoors in & yet is so clean & warm at the same time.

More of that light wood look that I didn’t think I liked, but apparently I do.  Oh, & how bout’ that window?  Go big or go home I say.

That soapstone sink & counter sucked me right in.

This one goes out to my inner club goin’ girl.  Gah I love me some LED’s & thick glass.  I think this look would make one heck of an outdoor bar/kitchen entertaining space.

Those glass door uppers had me at hello.

This one screams feminine to me with that gorg mother of pearl backsplash.  Love the creamy palette and how they went with an off-white vs a bright white.  Me likey mucho gusto.

This one gives off eclectic modern farmhouse vibes to me, but with that all white look that a lot of people adore.

LOVE the 2-tone mix of cabinet colors!  One of my favorite looks.

EXTRA-THICK counter & waterfall island.  Nuff said.  It looks like calacatta marble to me & boy is it B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

These give me that tropical-zen-islander look that I long for…man I wish I was in Hawaii or Fiji right now.

Boom.  Just like that I do a 180.  I really do lean more to the masculine side when it comes to design.

ok, so this probably wouldn’t have made it in my stash if it didn’t have those FABULOUS sparkly quartz counters.  I do like the high gloss white cabinets–but typically I’m not a black-white-grey-red combo type of person.

Ok…this isn’t really my everyday style either–too bold.  But I appreciate it & like the color combo bc turquoise happens to be one of my favorite colors.

Phew!  That was a lot of kitchens.  So, I gave both my boyfriend & my mom (separately) the challenge to pick their favorite out of all of them under the condition they couldn’t change a thing & would have to live with it just how it’s pictured.  Well, well, what do you know, “Mr. & Mrs. didn’t think they liked the lighter wood look either” are now converted because their favorite was my favorite.  Guess this one takes the cake.


Design is really all about the way something makes you “feel”.

Well these 4 foyer inspiration boards remind me of traveling….destinations, if you will.

I love tropical.  Makes me feel relaxed and I can imagine all the windows open with the ocean breeze coming through the home.  Shades of green, lots of white, & a little touch of glam take me to South Florida.

I love “Old Hollywood”.  Reminds me of family vacations to California when I was younger.  Brass, metallics, gold, art deco, mid-century & hollywood regency decor send me straight to Sunset Boulevard.

& last but not least, the desert.  Fun trips to Vegas, Arizona, & the California desert stick out in my mind because the landscape is just so different from what I’m used to that it’s intriguing.  Cacti, palm prints, stucco walls, metallics & shiny things all remind me of those good times.

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I have come across an Australian artist that I want everything she does.  Miranda Skoczek.

Check it out.

'Air Fire Water' 2009

‘Air Fire Water’ 2009

'Among My Swan' 2010

‘Among My Swan’ 2010

'An Impala Through My Window' 2009

‘An Impala Through My Window’ 2009

'Bear Mountain' 2012

‘Bear Mountain’ 2012

'She Thought of Colour and Birds' 2011

‘She Thought of Colour and Birds’ 2011

'Sunnylands' 2011

‘Sunnylands’ 2011

'The Exuberant and Lavish' 2009

‘The Exuberant and Lavish’ 2009

'The Impressive Macaw' 2012

‘The Impressive Macaw’ 2012

'The Purple Nest' 2012

‘The Purple Nest’ 2012

'The Wonderfully Handsome Zebra' 2012

‘The Wonderfully Handsome Zebra’ 2012

'The Young and Colourful Doe' 2010

‘The Young and Colourful Doe’ 2010

'Triangles with a Slightly Japanese Inflection' 2009

‘Triangles with a Slightly Japanese Inflection’ 2009

'Wondrous Wings' 2011

‘Wondrous Wings’ 2011

I’ll take one of each.  Ahhhhhhh LOVE her work.


What could be more awesome than a euro mounted buck on some old barn wood?


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A bronze European mount.

Elk, Impala, Antelope, Oh My!

O.  M.  G.  I am in love.

Do yourself a favor and check out the artist of all of these masterpieces, Ashley Tudor.  She’s amazing.


Her featured article in the Field and Stream Magazine.


Zillow Crushing.

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our current “office/kitchenette”


our “family room”

more to come…….

oh, & p.s.- that cute extremely dark green marrakesh wax warmer pictured in the first photo above is the “Morrocco” Warmer by Scentsy & can be purchased through me on the website below!  (More about Scentsy at a later time :-))


bedroom decor board 2

Inspiration for when I redo “my bedroom” @ parent’s house.

rustic bejeweled kitchen:fam room

This is what I call “Rustic Bejeweled”.

natural zen trop decor board

“Natural Zen with a Tropic Feel”  This is probably the one I would have in my home :).

Aqua, Chrome & Pink decor board

“Aqua, Chrome & Pink”  Gosh I love Teal & Pink together!  It makes my inner girly girl happy.