I hate my backsplash.

I cannot tell you about how many times hubs and I have argued over this darn backsplash. It was the first thing I noticed when I walked into our kitchen for the first time. “This backsplash will have to go.”. There’s nothing particularly wrong it it per se. It hasn’t personally offended me or slandered my mother. But it’s just so….bleurgh.

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See what I mean? It’s not bad. It’s just bland. It doesn’t pop. My eye isn’t drawn. I am a subway tile kind of girl and it breaks my heart because it just isn’t going to happen in this kitchen. The kitchen itself is traditional in style. I would love nothing more than to paint the cabinets white, change out the appliances, switch out the granite, and install my beloved subway tile. Alas, that would not only be stupid, but inconceivable budget-wise. The kitchen is nice, the cabinets are cherry (again, not my style, but I can appreciate their quality), the countertops are black granite, and the appliances are black and fairly new. The kitchen is in good shape. It’s just not me. My concern is, of course, taking into account resale. So I don’t want to go too far out there on something huge like the kitchen. I accept that I have interesting and sometimes out-there taste and wouldn’t want to turn potential future buyers off. But, I am looking to switch out this backsplash for something a little cooler to improve the overall look of the room. Something like this possibly:

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We shall see what the backsplash has in store for me. In the meantime, just for fun, below are some of my dream kitchens. Oh, but a girl can dream….

 

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dustjacket-attic.com

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elledecor.com

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designsponge.com

 

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housetohome.co.uk

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centsationalgirl.com

 

 

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Half Bathroom-To wallpaper or not to wallpaper?

I’m having trouble deciding what to do with my half bathroom at the front of my house. Right now, it looks like this:

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Pretty darn boring. Also, please don’t judge me on how obscenely high my bunny sketch is hung. The nail was already there and I didn’t want to put unnecessary holes in the wall until I had a plan formulated.

I envisioned in my mind Anthropologie’s Woods wallpaper.

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I have been obsessing over this wallpaper for eons now (slight exaggeration). It’s Anthropologie, so you know it’s pricey. But I thought in such a small room, it wouldn’t be too painful. Also, I think it’s awesome to go for a good wallpaper in a small area like this. It really makes a small room pop.

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designsponge.com

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fiddleheaddesigngroup.com

This last one is literally me in bathroom form. Anthro wall paper? Bunny picture? Subway tile? Industrial metal basket? Wide plank wood floors? Stripes? DONE.

I was pretty much set on this idea until I had a thought….how the heck do you even hang wallpaper? It seems like such a pain and I have literally zero experience with it.

I’ve found some other cute ideas with just good old fashioned paint and accessories:

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But I can’t get this wallpaper out of my head. Thoughts?

 

-K

 

Living Room Inspiration

Just a few shots of my Living Room Inspiration pin board.

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                                                               thedesignfiles.net

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apartmenttherapy.com

 

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thewhitebuffalostylingco.com

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Clearly, I need to lay off the Hobby Lobby and go thrifting.

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Welp, Hobby Lobby has done it again. This place, I tell you.

I had ordered a gorgeous print from Huckberry.com of a map of the South. Y’all know being a Georgia girl, I love the South. This print was so modern and clean, I immediately fell in love. I originally saw it featured on one of my FAVORITE design blogs, sweetpeachblog.com. Y’all check it out. Below is the print in white, mine is black but unfortunately out of stock. Because it’s fricken’ sweet.

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I had visions of hanging it over the table in my foyer but alas, it wound up being too small. The South is currently hanging in my living room until she can find her permanent home elsewhere in the house.

It was on one of my after-work-Hobby Lobby trips that I found this cutie pie:

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I’m not normally one to go for the ‘word art’ as it’s normally so dang cheesy. However, I loved the simplicity of this one. And it’s flippin’ huge. I wondered around the store for a good half hour debating before finally giving in and buying it. I’m so glad I did because it wound up really bringing together my foyer. Here she is in her new home:

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I think it’s quite appropriate that it’s the first thing you see when walking into my house.

The table she’s hanging above is one of my favorite things I own. I scored it at TJ Maxx right after hubs and I got married for a cool $100. It is basically a huge chunk of wood so it weighs about eight thousand pounds. But I have never found anything as cool as this piece. So unique.

Also, gotta point out the red books next to Hedgie. Those are by Jenny Lawson of the Bloggess, another one of my all-time favorite blogs. And not to brag, but the top copy is signed by her. Just sayin’. She is awesome and hilarious and you should most definitely go over to thebloggess.com and check our her shiz. You will laugh until you cry.

 

-K

 

HOBBY LOBBY

This title should really be enough for this post. That’s how much this damn store means to me. I am all for the thrift stores and flea markets, that is my jam. However, since purchasing this home, I have discovered a fluorescent-lit behemoth just down the street. It’s orange letters drew me in hypnotically and before I knew it, it had me in it’s snares. It is conveniently located on my way home for work. So whenever I’ve had a rough day, guess where I’m heading? Yup. Hobby Lobby.

While I love my old faithful Target, I feel like it’s sorely lacking in the wall art department. I despise tacky mass produced canvas art (especially if it’s sold in a trio. Just yuck). However, Hobby Lobby has an AWESOME selection of super cool and different art. I had been stressing so much over this empty wall in my living room. I had found several amazing prints on Minted.com that were perfect. How gorgeous is this photograph of the Louvre?

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Or this intense shot:

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Minted.com

 

Awesome, amirite? They have an incredible selection of beautiful artwork that you can have custom framed. However, while incredible, it does come with a higher price tag. I’m thinking of getting a statement piece from there at some point. However, for just a few prints in my living room, I was looking for something a little more cost effective.

It was at this point that I decided to check out Hobby Lobby just to see if they had anything interesting. I wasn’t expecting too much. When it comes to art work, I like unique stuff. However, I was pleasantly surprised going into this place. I found two pieces that I loved. I decided to splurge and get both (they were each priced at about $30). Imagine my surprise when I got to the register and found they were 50% off! BIG TIME Score!!

 

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The one on the left is an agate stone (which I am obsessed with) while the other is just a simple print of blue brushstrokes. After getting the pictures up, I decided that I needed a third as the wall was much larger than I had remembered. And what the hell? They were cheap as all get out. So I went back and found a third:

 

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I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out! However, I do feel like the wall is missing something. My first instinct was to put a table underneath them, but the hallway is too narrow. I’m thinking eventually I could put up a picture shelf in a darker color for some contrast. But for now, I’m happy with the result.

So long story short, Hobby Lobby is the shiznit and everyone should go and have a glorious time. The end.

 

-K

Welcome!

Hi there!

I’m Kali Fox.

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I’m a 28 year old Georgia girl that is obsessed with all things design. Growing up, my parents owned a construction company that specialized in home building. I spent much of my childhood on job sites playing in mud and getting yelled at for looking too closely at sharp, pointy tools (but seriously, though, if you say don’t go over there, of course I’m going to go over there. That’s kid logic.). To this day, the smell sawdust or fresh paint makes me smile. One of my favorite parts was getting to pick out the paint colors, finishes and fixtures; the finishing touches that turned it from a muddy construction site into a house. This segued into a love of interior design that I just haven’t been able to shake. I spend HOURS scouring Pinterest and design blogs getting ideas, finding new obsessions, and drooling over patterns, textures, and colors (seriously, I have over 10,000 pins and about 9,000 of those are design related. The other 1000 are cheesy dip recipes.). I’ve never been a huge shopper of clothes or shoes or jewelry. But put me in a HomeGoods and watch me go. To. Town.

Recently, after a brief stint in Michigan, my husband and I have moved back home and are settling back into life in the South. We purchased a house that I love but is honestly, not something I ever saw myself in. Typically, I go for the old homes. You know, the ones that are falling apart and have dirt and bugs and broken glass and have creepy basements. The ones that have gorgeous wood work and original wood floors and stained glass and built-in bookshelves…I’m getting myself worked up. However, we found ourselves in a newer built home (2004-ish). It was the first house we looked at when out with the agent and for some reason, I just knew it was the one. It just felt like ‘home’. Despite being a newer house, it does have cool touches. Like the sweet trim work around my dining room entrance:

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and an adorable front porch (that came with rocking chairs! Big score.).

My goal for this blog is to not only document my journey with making this house our home, but also to meet others that are in the process of creating their ‘nest’. I love getting to know people and talk design ideas, so feel free to shoot me a message!

I’m so excited to start this journey and see where it takes us!

Love and kisses,

Kali