Are you and your sweetheart in the process of building your nest together? For me, the promise of spring always brings a boatload of ideas for ways to improve my little digs along with it. I have to divide this laundry list of household projects into two categories so that I don’t get too carried away: Must-Do’s (vacuum screens, turn compost, air out linens, among other things) and Wish-I-Could-Do’s (build an outdoor shower, refinish my driveway with crushed shell, repaint the whole house).
Highest on my wish list, however, is remodeling my kitchen in shaker style. There’s something about the clean and simple woodwork, the basic functionality of the space, and the neutral palette (hello, greige!) typical of shaker design that is so calming. I love the little details of these modern incarnations: beadboard, a porcelain apron-front sink, leather cord cupboard pulls, peg boards and market totes. A realistic way to get the look? The budget friendly open shelving solution is so popular these days that there are tons of shelf options out there. Add a few baskets and market totes and voila- mod minimalism with a warm New England twist.
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