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White-Kitchen-Essentials

I thought this Friday would never come, and yet here we are. Thank goodness.

One of the perks of my job is that I get to work from home on Fridays. Atlanta traffic is no joke, and the teleworking culture is alive and well here. On Fridays, I get to sleep in a little later, fit in a late morning workout class in a neighboring town, all while maintaining productivity (for the most part) as I finish up the week’s work. The point of this little detail is that I thought I’d use today’s work-from-home status to share a little glimpse into our house, specifically our kitchen.

But before we get to that, I want to talk about some of my favorite appliances and tools that make the kitchen feel more like home. As you can see from the graphic above, I have a big thing for all things white. White kitchens are all the rage, but if you’re a diehard fan of the color (or lack of color) like me, you’ll know that finding accessories to match can be a challenge. Consider this my attempt to help you take some of the guesswork out of it. My white-on-white kitchen essentials include: 

  1. Vitamix 7500 Blender – Our (my) beloved white Vitamix was the wedding gift I was most excited about getting. After all, these things aren’t cheap and a top-of-the-line blender is one of those outrageous appliances you’d never in your right mind buy for yourself. While Brian would have so preferred if we hadn’t registered for it (he prefers cash), we made a deal that the wedding registry would be my one opportunity to get one, so best of luck to me. Thankfully, the gift gods were being kind and I got my wish. 
  2. Le Creuset 5½ Qt. French Oven – It makes absolutely no sense that I get as much joy as I do from a pot, but I do. Not only do I use it almost everyday, but it’s so pretty that I keep it in its dedicated spot on the stove at all times for all to see. It’s beautiful. 
  3. Keurig K450 2.0 – Our white Keurig is the appliance we get the most comments about, probably because it’s the most unusual and uncommon to see. Standard black Keurigs make me think of sad office break rooms. And while I myself don’t drink coffee or get much use out of ours, I sure do love looking at it. 
  4. Williams Sonoma Stainless Steel Silicone Tool Set – Hands down the best and prettiest kitchen tools available. Also sold in red and grey if that’s more your style. 
  5. Kitchenaid 7-cup Food Processor – No grown-up kitchen is complete without a food processor, and this Kitchenaid model is one I recommend. It does a great job, and as far as food processors go, is pretty easy on the eyes. I’ve owned this one for quite a few years now, well before my white-kitchen dreams were ever a thing. I’m happy this faithful old friend still fits in so nicely now. 
  6. Simplehuman Automatic Soap Pump – I picked up this soap dispenser on one of my always life-changing visits to the Container Store. My hands are always covered in one thing or another when I’m in the kitchen, so the convenience of a touchless soap pump really appealed to me. The fact that it came in white is what sold me on it.  
  7. Williams Sonoma Square Ceramic Canisters – These canisters are the newest additions to our counters. They were backordered for so long that it was a big surprise when they finally arrived at our door last week. They’re a bit on the bigger side, but because the ceramic matches so perfectly with our white subway tiles, the canisters blend in with the backsplash and don’t look cluttered. I couldn’t be happier with them!

Not pictured – our white Crate & Barrel Avondale kitchen table. It’s a classic and it extends too!

And with that, a snapshot of our actual kitchen below, where some of the above items are on display. 

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1944 Winterbourne Ct
You know what, just as I was about to start typing away about some of our new bedroom furniture, it occurred to me that I’ve yet to share an actual picture of our new/first home. So here it is! Moving from a 1-bedroom apartment to a 5-bedroom house means progress is very slow-going around these parts. Decisions still need to be made on paint colors (so hard!), fixtures, new kitchen tile and 90% of our furniture, but one thing’s for certain – we love the place. It’s nowhere close to perfect, but now that we’re here, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’ll need a few more weeks/months before I’m ready to share any updates or room reveals, but we’re taking a big step in that direction today, with painters coming by to start some prep work for us this morning. The previous owners made some very questionable room-color choices, so Brian and I are very much looking forward to treating the house to some desperately needed TLC. It’s in good hands with us.

That’s all from me today, and hooray to working computers!

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His-and-Hers-Friendly-Bedroom-Furnishings
Guess what. Brian is now officially an Atlanta resident! It’s a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand, I’m so excited for him to be working this great new job in a great new city, but I’m also really really going to miss him, and this whole long-distance thing isn’t something I’m so thrilled about. Sadness aside, one of the few positives to come out of the move was the fun of furnishing Brian’s new bedroom. Other than a couple of choice items, neither one of us has/had furniture that I would call sophisticated. “Crap that you buy after college” is more accurate. So, it was time for some growing up and we had lots of fun (and at times agony) doing it. 

I may not be in Atlanta yet, but it was important that the room be friendly for us both, leaning slightly on the more masculine since Brian will be the room’s sole master for the next few months. It was also imperative that we loved whatever we bought and that the items had lasting power to someday be used as guest bedroom furniture in our future home. I have a good idea of what I want for a real-deal master bedroom (feminine and few compromises), but committing to that stuff (king or queen bed?) wasn’t something I was ready to do right at this time, so the guestroom approach (without totally emasculating Brian) it was. Here’s a quick look at some of the items we’ve purchased to make his place feel more like a home. 

1. Scoop Table Lamps in Antique Brass from West Elm. The brass color is sold out online, but I was so thrilled when I was able to pick up the last two from the store I went to. 
2. Travis Side Tables from One Kings Lane. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like the traditional nightstand look, something about it is just so boring to me. The simple antique look of these tables with the brass accents manages to be both classy and different without being too far out there.
3. Picking a bed was so much harder than I expected it to be. I looked at several hundred online before landing on the Breanna Pull Tuft Bed in Navy, also from One Kings Lane. It strikes a happy medium for a his and hers bed, don’t you think? 
4. This Mid-Century Modern Dresser from Wayfair. Brian deserves the credit for this one, but if I remember correctly, I told him I loved the Mid-Century look. I’m a little concerned the color of the wood doesn’t quite match that of the side tables, but because they’ll be on opposite walls, the difference shouldn’t be so obvious of egregious. Plus, no one wants matchy-matchy anyway.
5. And finally, for our bedding, I convinced Brian to go with nice organic white cotton sheets. He’d prefer grey jersey (ugh! jersey!), but as a compromise, we went with West Elm’s Organic Brighton Matelasse Duvet Cover and Pillow Shams in Platinum for the rest of the bed. Of all of the bedding I looked at, West Elm’s was my favorite in terms of quality, texture and the prices weren’t bad either.

I’d love to get a rug to tie everything together, but because the room is carpeted and we have a hundred other places where we could spend the money, the rug is tabled for now. Until then, I’m loving our new, less embarrassing furnishings. Who knew growing up could look so good? 

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The London Apartments Atlanta
For Brian starting in January, anyway (I’ll still be stuck in my 400-some-square-foot Dupont Circle apartment for the foreseeable future), but still, I’m excited! So let’s take a quick tour, shall we?

All pictures courtesy The London Luxury Apartment Homes website, because my iPhone 4 crapped out on me. The good news is I’m now the proud owner of beautiful new iPhone 6 and Brian and I are now on our own family plan. New apartment, new phone, new carrier, quite the weekend. 

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