So...I know I have been hiding under a rock, but how did I miss Mom Filter? Honestly, I would have read Mom Filter prior to having a kid. The style section is chock full with inspiring spaces and some fun tips and sources. Y'all may be like, "Duh," but I figured I should pass it along accordingly!
Mobile photo project....the site is just full of easy breesy, fun ideas. It kind of reminds me of apartment therapy maybe?
PS: OH, and if you haven't peeked already Lonny is all about Nola this issue. Enjoy....
I love interiors, obviously. I could look at shelter mags and blogs all the day long. However, I have always sort of noticed that I am not particularly a "kitchen person." Very rarely am I one to rave about a kitch or rail against it. I just don't care as much about kitchens as other things. I also have no idea what I would even think to pick if I could design my own. Weird, right?
Well. Did you see Jordana Brewster's house in InStyle this month? Her kitchen really floats my boat. It actually caused me to pause...super rare!
I weirdly love that the cabinets are high gloss gray! And, that thick counter slab. Is it marble or some type of composite? I can't tell. Does anyone know?
Send me pics of your dream kitchens....I have no more than this one. Again, weird, right?
Hey, y'all. Nope, I'm not dead. Nope, I didn't give up on Gimlet. I just pray that y'all didn't give up on me. I swear I am trying. I just have this tiny distraction that lives with me AND am starting a new job very soon. Yay! So...poor beloved Gimlet has suffered. I know. I hope I am not talking to cyberspace alone.
Anyway....Happy Mother's Day! I got the best presents ever for my first one. Did I mention that these presents were delivered in scavenger hunt form? Beau and Miller are the best dudes.
Present No. 1....the. most. amazing. gift. ever.
Simple Human TRASHCAN!
I have been asking for a new trashcan for about 2 years now. FINALLY....it is mine! And, it is no ordinary trashcan. It be fancy. It be Simple Human. I exclaimed to Beau, "I can't believe it is Simple Human....you really went all out." His response, "What my baby wants, my baby gets."
It is pretty cool....it really does look like a piece of art. His little face now stares at us while we watch TV. I am excited because this is the beginning of a photo wall that has been 1,000 years in the making. I am shopping on West Elm today for frames and will, of course, keep you guys updated. I promise!
Please hang in here with me....if you are still here. My posts will likely not be as substantive as before life as I knew it changed, but I really hope to get back on the stick. I hope you will be with me for the ride.
Whew! The past week has been an amazing whirlwind of wonderful family times. Beau's entire family has been in town at varying intervals, and we have been completely spoiled with their helping hands and company. Miller is such a lucky baby boy to be a part of the boisterous, loving, hilarious, and fun Haynes family...as am I.
When some of them arrived via car, they brought with them a wonderful treat.
vintage ele side table
My beautiful elephant side table is in perfect condition and looks perrrr-fect in the living room, and I love him for that. But...even moreso, I love him because he belonged to a truly lovely lady inside and out, Beau's Grandma Nichols. She recently passed away after living a long, adventurous, travel-filled life, replete with countless friends and family. Her stunning home was jam packed with unbelievably stylish and sentimental things, but my favorite item was the elephant side table (from a trip to India) in her study. I am so very lucky to receive it! Whenever I look at him as I open the front door, I am reminded of a gentle spirit, gracious host, and the closest thing to a steel magnolia the Midwest has ever seen. Grandma Nichols' elephant sure beats all of the pachyderms being sold at high end stores for high end prices.
Oh, and here is Dolores Miller Nichols' namesake, just for your viewing pleasure...
Not sure if you guys remember, but last year, I took y'all on a virtual tour of the Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour. Well, it hasn't happened yet, but the previews were sent out in this month's New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles Magazine. Check out all of the kitchens here.
That being said, many of them are very traditional and a little too, well, traditional for my taste. Of course, I am sure that they are all beautifully executed and sit within incredible homes. I will certainly check them out in person...just not in a limo this time around!
Here are my two favorites of the bunch.
I wouldn't necessarily want this kitchen in my own home, but I applaud the owners for their risk taking, especially in a town where trad tends to still, overall, rule the day.
I love the slick table paired with the softer chairs...although scarily impractical for my own kitch!
The formal write up:
bill metcalf and cindy chassaniol
1228 Pleasant St.
Sponsored by Stafford Tile & Stone
Bill Metcalf and Cindy Chassaniol created a contemporary white kitchen when they renovated their home in 2009. Alex Tefel of ATH Painter Contractors Inc. served as the kitchen’s contractor, and Shawn O’Brien of Shawn O’Brien Interiors did the interior decorating. Cabinets by Design provided the white Brookhaven cabinets, installed by Becky Richard. The quartz and Corian countertops by Marques Countertops complement the pickled, bleached white flooring installed by ATH. The main lighting is by CX Design of New York and Jonathan Browning Studios of San Francisco, and there is also LED under-cabinet lighting. All appliances are from Cabinets by Design. The shattered glass backsplash from Stafford Tile & Stone tops off the immaculate modern look.
Can't wait to check this one out in person. This home has been featured in a local design rag, and I am just itching to see the whole thing!
Formal write up:
nick mayor and jessica bride
1741 Coliseum St.
Sponsored by Nordic Kitchens and Baths
Nick Mayor and Jessica Bride completely gutted their Garden District home but were careful to save original architectural features, earning them a Renaissance Award from the Preservation Resource Center and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. After two years, their vision of a modern loft-like kitchen came to life at a grand 600 square feet. Bride, a graduate of New York’s French Culinary Institute, works for the corporate side of restaurants, so the kitchen was a vital part of the home renovation. Randall Shaw of Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc. and Bruce McNally of BKLN Design Studio in Brooklyn did the interior decorating. The CaesarStone Blizzard countertops combined with the “Glass” Venetian Plaster wall finish – a custom color created and applied by McNally – brightens up the room. Rounding out the modern look is the Cellula Chandelier from Design Within Reach on Magazine Street. The layout was perfect for Bride and Mayor because, they say, it allows kids to run around without fear of hitting an open oven door – contemporary is kid-friendly in this home.
If you are in Nola, I highly recommend that you check out the JLNO Kitchen Tour on April 16, 2011. If you are considering a kitchen renovation, it is a great source to meet contractors, renovators and get ideas. OR...it is also a fun thing to do if you are a looky loo like myself.
Let me know if you are interested in trekking through the Garden District and Old Metairie with me!
As a lifelong design enthusiast and self-proclaimed bon vivant (albeit trapped in a lawyer's body!), I present to you, The Gimlet Eye, a virtual bulletin board documenting my own design projects and inspirations as well as the nifty ideas of others that are just too fabulous not to be passed along! Join me for a daily dose of occasionally-keen observations (and often delectable cocktails) as I share my thoughts on living the good life from the most wacky and wonderful place on Earth, Who Dat Nation/ New Orleans.