It's All Coming Up...Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  In kid world, that means wear your green today or you'll get pinched.  In my head it gets me thinking about green in the kitchen.  I know you've seen on Pinterest, HGTV, and in your design magazines the classic mix of the white with blue cabinets.  Whether it's base cabinets in a dark blue, or a navy island, it's everywhere.  As much as I do love the classic color combination of blue and white, I think this year we'll start seeing a subtle shift with less blue and it being replaced with a dark, mossy green.  Currently in design there's a focus on incorporating nature and nature's colors in our interiors.  So this would be a natural fit to have green in your kitchen.  

As I'm sure you've noticed brass has made a big comeback.  Brass, copper, any of those warm finishes will coordinate perfectly with your green cabinets.  In fact, those finishes will actually help accentuate the depth of the green that you've selected for your kitchen.  So go on, think outside the box a little, and enjoy these untraditional, but equally special "lucky" kitchens.  

These are  original 1920s arched windows !!!  I'll say it again, you just can't get  character  like this nowadays.  And I know I don't need to state the obvious, that wine rack!

These are original 1920s arched windows!!!  I'll say it again, you just can't get character like this nowadays.  And I know I don't need to state the obvious, that wine rack!

You should see this before and after  kitchen . 

You should see this before and after kitchen

oh, ok, an art ledge in a  kitchen ?!  sold!  This photos sold you hasn't it?  

oh, ok, an art ledge in a kitchen?!  sold!  This photos sold you hasn't it?  

The base cabinets and rugs in this  kitchen  bounce their colors off each other, and highlight each other.  

The base cabinets and rugs in this kitchen bounce their colors off each other, and highlight each other.  

I know i've shown this  kitchen  before, but this is the  perfect example  of how green and brass meld perfectly together.  

I know i've shown this kitchen before, but this is the perfect example of how green and brass meld perfectly together.  

I bet you didn't look at this photo and think a bachelor lived in it.  Who says a  bachelor pad  has to have a tailored, mens suit feel?

I bet you didn't look at this photo and think a bachelor lived in it.  Who says a bachelor pad has to have a tailored, mens suit feel?

This is a nice dark, saturated  green  that would work in many house settings.

This is a nice dark, saturated green that would work in many house settings.

Ok, Ok, green lacquered cabinets and that backsplash?!  The backsplash kinda reminds me of an updated diner.  

Ok, Ok, green lacquered cabinets and that backsplash?!  The backsplash kinda reminds me of an updated diner.  

Still not sure you can pull off green cabinets?  Try pulling the color into your backsplash.  It's a less permanent option, and usually a less expensive change if you decide in a few years that you really don't like it.  I might just have to add green to my kitchen in hopes that it gives me more luck on the cooking front.  

The  fish scale tiles  are becoming more and more popular and in this malachite green it really makes a large impact.  

The fish scale tiles are becoming more and more popular and in this malachite green it really makes a large impact.  

This is a dreamy color and would look nice in many different neutral kitchens.  

This is a dreamy color and would look nice in many different neutral kitchens.  

Herringbone is very popular these days, why not spice it up a bit and make it green?!

Herringbone is very popular these days, why not spice it up a bit and make it green?!

Happy St. Patty's Day!  Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker

Banana Leaf

It seems everywhere I look lately I see a banana leaf.  Whether it's in design, fashion, or accessories, it is taking over! The iconic wallpaper was created especially for The Beverly Hills Hotel back in 1942.  The "Pink Palace" as it's referred to still has the wallpaper up in The Fountain Coffee Room.  When the pattern is used in a bright interior it feels so California.  By upping the brightness of the leaves and adding bright colors, it feels so preppy and very Lilly Pulitzer. I know Mother, you wish I wore Lilly.  

DESIGN

The Fountain coffee room at The beverly hills hotel

The Fountain coffee room at The beverly hills hotel

a tropical oasis

a tropical oasis

an oversized banana leaf watercolor via  My domaine

an oversized banana leaf watercolor via My domaine

The Greenbrier hotel which was originally designed by the iconic  Dorothy draper , uses  this  banana paper in several public spaces 

The Greenbrier hotel which was originally designed by the iconic Dorothy draper, uses this banana paper in several public spaces 

nikki Hilton's hollywood regency style dining room

nikki Hilton's hollywood regency style dining room

via  houzz

via houzz

Oh Mick, how i love you

Oh Mick, how i love you

What a sweet preppy, feminine  space  for one special baby.  I love the peach and banana leaf color combo.

What a sweet preppy, feminine space for one special baby.  I love the peach and banana leaf color combo.

ACCESSORIES

via  frontgate
via  milly

via milly

Vineyard vines , however no longer available 

Vineyard vines, however no longer available 

via  Pop Sugar

FASHION

a modern preppy look via  who what Wear

a modern preppy look via who what Wear

i'm loving this headwrap

i'm loving this headwrap

a cap blazer!!  This would look so sheek with fitted black pants and black shirt.  

a cap blazer!!  This would look so sheek with fitted black pants and black shirt.  

no longer available, via  anthropologie

no longer available, via anthropologie

via  

via 

via  revolve  

via revolve 

i love the high rise  bottoms , especially the side detail

i love the high rise bottoms, especially the side detail

via  society6
i have no boobs so this would never stay up, but i do love the deep v, via  revolve

i have no boobs so this would never stay up, but i do love the deep v, via revolve

Thanks for reading!

Tucker

Living Homes

As I sit here there's a lot of you buried under A LOT of snow.  I'm sure you've loved the extra day or two away from work, but are ready for a warm up and a little less snow.  If it makes you feel better, I so wish Denver had gotten dumped on!  We didn't get anything.  I love the snow, minus the shoveling when Brad's out of town.  How is it he's missed every snow we've gotten this season so it's me doing all the back breaking work?!  Oh Mother Nature, you have a funny sense of humor.  She knows I need to work out and have been putting it off.

I know it feels like a long way off, but it's almost February and spring will be here before we know it.  So to help you forget about the snow and cold weather, I'm bringing you homes and buildings with living walls.  You might be asking what a living wall is, just think climbing vines, grass and flowers.  It's one thing to have planters, but by having something living on your home, brings curb appeal to a whole different level.  I'm just going to lay it out here though, I have a brown thumb so don't even begin to ask me how to start this on your home.  My suggestion is to go to your local nursery.     

The "simplest" way to achieve a living home is to have climbing vines on your home.  I say "simplest" because I have no idea how simple this is to grow, but my assumption would be with some good planning and patience, you could achieve this on your home in a few years.  Remember, patience though!!

It's amazing how just a simple black garage door and some vines can have such an impact.

It's amazing how just a simple black garage door and some vines can have such an impact.

I love this little building,  it's an old shipping container.  I could imagine this being an office, an art studio, or just a place for mom to have a "time out".  yes please!!

I love this little building,  it's an old shipping container.  I could imagine this being an office, an art studio, or just a place for mom to have a "time out".  yes please!!

Perhaps having a lush home isn't for you, you can still get a strong impact even if the vines don't cover the entire home.  

i can't wait to have the windows open!!  if this home was in arkansas in spring there's no way the windows would be open, everything, and i mean everything would be yellow inside.

i can't wait to have the windows open!!  if this home was in arkansas in spring there's no way the windows would be open, everything, and i mean everything would be yellow inside.

this walkway exudes sophistication, meanwhile your gardener hates you

this walkway exudes sophistication, meanwhile your gardener hates you

Wanting a romantic home?  Try climbing flowers.  They're not only gorgeous and smell wonderful, but your significant other will love it because they won't have to go out and buy flowers when they mess up anymore.

climbing roses

climbing roses

Ok, so these next few photos are extreme.  I love them, but to put them in a residential setting it must be done properly or your home will just look like a deserted house.  I imagine this mostly in a modern setting, by an outdoor patio on one wall, or an entire back wall of your backyard.  Perhaps also, even right when they step on your front stoop, on one wall.  Remember, keep an open eye.

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designed by  patrick blanc

designed by patrick blanc

i love the different textures and shades of green.  also by having accent lighting helps accentuate the  wall  that much more.

i love the different textures and shades of green.  also by having accent lighting helps accentuate the wall that much more.

Imagine if you didn't have to tell someone your address.  You could just say, "oh I live in the red flower house" or "the house with a pink roof".

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker