Inspiration: Before & After kitchen nook

So some fun news… we officially have a dining table and chairs! Woot! “Where on earth would you fit it?” I know you’re asking. Lets just say, me and the hubs spent all day rearranging every piece of furniture in our entire apartment. So hopefully I’ll take some pictures to show you.

So i adore the table. It’s a classic “farmer” table with the wood top and white painted legs. Perfectly fits 6 and its just too cute. And then theres the chairs. They definitely match but they just don’t match us. So we are on the hunt for our first piece of furniture purchase as a married couple: dining chairs. I know what else you’re thinking; “Umm, didn’t ya’ll just buy the whole set?” Nope. Randomly hanging out with some friends that were trying to figure out which goodwill to dump their table. Then I said “our apartment”.  And done. How sweet is that?! Now we can eat at a table instead of on the couch! You guys have no clue – i would make a beautiful steak dinner… and then serve it on the couch. Oh it was just sad. But no more!

Anyway, when i eat at the table, I’m usually there a lot so i definitely need some cushion for the tush. I’ve been looking around everywhere for some chairs that we could afford on a mini budget. And of course, I’m 98% sure they are from ikea. I’ll let you know when we cross that road but until then. Check out this AMAZING before and after from Liz at It’s Great to be Home.

YES! That is the same nook. Can you believe it?! Such an incredible difference. I love the flooring, the built ins got a beautiful facelift… and just look at those chairs. So cute!

Can you believe they are PAINTED? Yes. Liz painted her kitchen chairs. And they are stinkin cute! Check out the whole step by step on Liz’s blog over here.

The more i read about these chairs, the more im pretty sure its a done deal. You will find out soon though! Until then, check out Liz’s blog all about her 5 house flips in 3 years! Its one of the most incredible stories on the interwebs. So read it.

Hey Gorgeous!

Ok, im usually not into brand new houses. I love the 70s, i love the 30s… i miss the beautiful houses in Savannah and all their weird qwerks. BUT with that said, Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events bought one of THE most fabulous houses ever. I mean its stinking adorable. I love every detail about it. How bright every room is, the arched ceilings, the built ins… Oh I just wonder what sort of house I would have if it was built from scratch. Anyway, she has posted the initial interiors and her kitchen after they moved in. Be prepared for cute perfection.

Le gasp!

Two toned grey with a YELLOW front door?! (passes out)

Seriously, are you prepared for the most adorable kitchen of all kitchens?

I really cant handle this adorable vintage blue drink cart.

Eww! cat… Well, I guess it can’t be perfect…

 

Seriously, how cute are these two four? I can’t wait till she posts shots of the rest of the place! Soon please, Rhi! Check out more shots of her place here, here and here. If you want to check out her amazing wedding design (along with breathtaking photography) check out her site and blog. Now I’m off to track down a blue cart on Craigslist…

ATX Digs

I love finding really fun and unique homes. I love it even more when they are from my hometown, Austin, Texas! The McCarthys were only in this home for SEVEN months before they almost completely transformed this house. Every room has quirky prints, bright colors and unique design. To see the original article on Design*Sponge and more pictures, click here. Read Bailey’s blog, Peppermint Bliss for design tips. All photography by the lovely Paige Newton Photography!

Image above: who wouldn’t love sailboat wall paper and quatrefoil tile?! I know i would…

A lot of furniture is from estate sales, hand me downs or from her old own in Chicago.

Ok seriously, does this chick love to take chances with fun wallpaper or what?!

I love this kitchen and the two part door… modern feel with older touches. Love it!

This picture definitely tells me these are Austinites. Who else would have longhorns above a guest bed? Hook em Horns!!

Yup, more fun wall paper!

This one would definitely be my husbands favorite part of the house. Freaking awesome shower. I love the unique look of it thats its almost window panes.

So many elements of this house I’m drooling over! Found any cool houses lately?

Have a good weekend!

-Rachel

iPhone Cases for Creatives

There have been so many cute and fun iphone cases coming out recently, i just had to share!

First up is one of the most unique iPhone cases I’ve seen. Which is saying a lot since theres SO many crazy ones out there.

Its a cross stitch iphone case! I really love when old arts like crocheting and cross stitch get a new breath of fresh air and creativity. The fun thing with this you can take out the stitching and make something new whenever you want!

Another one of my favorites are by Satchel & Sage. Seen this design before? Yup! I bought a print at the Renegade Craft Fair and haven’t gotten enough of it since. Read all about that story here. To purchase an iphone Case from Satchel & Sage, head over here!

This one from Amy Sia I almost bought when i saw it because it was so dang cute.

I definitely have a huge love for watercolor so i just about died when i saw those. Love this geo watercolor by her as well!

Now all i need to do is actually upgrade to the iPhone 4… or wait for the 5?! Decisions, decisions…

Going Home to Roost

Ok, theres a million houses that i love… this one – i love EVERY detail. The living room, the kitchen, the details, the colors, the windows… oh my goodness. Bonnie from Going Home to Roost has done a fabulous job of transforming an old barn into one of the cutest, brightest, most inviting spaces! Enjoy this fabulous home eye candy:

Wasn’t that just fabulous? Every image is by Bonnie from Going Home to Roost! Head over and read her blog… theres many DIY posts, how to grow a garden and how to go vegan! I’m definitely a carnivore but theres a lot of great ideas on how to eat more veggies and eat healthier. Check it out!

-Rach

Finally on Etsy! Woot!

I’ve had a lot of requests for paintings lately and I’m officially announcing, my Etsy Shop is up! Click here to check it out. I’m working on posting more housewares and paintings but be patient, I’m getting used to this. I suppose revealing this also reveals some other info… a new name and website! About time! RadDesign was honestly just all i could think of at the time. I’ve been working for a while on a new name and I’ll definitely explain in more detail when its closer to being ready, but I’m stoked! Can’t wait to unveil it. In the mean time, you could get a slight glimpse by checking out the Etsy shop.

So head on over and check it out! Thanks for the love!

-Rach

Create Create

Hey guys! Just wanted to share a fun creative types get together from last week. This is our second time to meet up and hang out and each time has been eye opening. As an artist, i believe its important to surround yourself with other creatives. We had interior designers, bloggers, event planners, photographers, graphic designers and writers all together talking about what we do and what inspires us.

This was our lovely host for the evening, the creative Clair Zinnecker. She is an incredible interior designer for Joel Mozersky. She also posts to an adorable blog Camille Styles all of her fun DIY ideas in her Transformed series.

This is the oh so amazing Ashley- yes, the famous Ashley that planned my wedding! If you ever need a day of coordinator or someone to plan the whole thing (which i HIGHLY recommend… goodbye stress!) then please hire this sweet, talented lady! Since she is in the process of making a website, im going to just post her email to the entire world. Hope thats ok, ash! Avehslage22@gmail.com Please only email her if youre interested in her fab services!

Ok so this is the second time I’ve met Katie and she is one of the sweetest women I’ve met! She is also a riot which always makes get togethers more fun. Maybe blame it on the fact that she’s a hilarious writer that posts constantly to her blog KatieSchnack.com. She also posted about the get together here including awesome advice from all the ladies on how to pursue your creative dreams. So head over and read it! Here writing is maybe 50 times better than mine!

We enjoyed some delish wine, cheeses and fruit… cant have a get together without some delish grub.

And what an incredible house! Its beautiful… a house from the 40s that has slowly been brought back to life by such an incredible interior designer.

Just check out her front entry wall that was featured on her blog posts. So great, right? Just check out the DIY over here.

Photo by Claire Zinnecker

And thanks to Kate Stafford for all the other images! She is an incredible wedding photographer so check out her website over here at KateStafford.com . She works for Peacock Photography so check out more of her work over here at PeacockPhotoBlog.com .  What has been inspiring you lately? Planned any get togethers? Pinterest parties?!

Top Ten

Introducing: Top Ten! A series featuring top tens. Top ten what? Who knows. Top ten printmaking artists, top ten high heels, top ten product designs… top ten ways to go bungee jumping. Who knows. Thats the fun of it. Enjoy!

What the heck is that? Dwell Creative? Who knows. We might find out soon. Maybe. Anyway, on with the list!

1. First off, i have no idea how long this fake-animal-head-on-the-wall fad is going to last.. but i like it. Much better than read dead animals. Eww. Anyway, isnt this just the freakin coolest thing in the world? The polygon double deer is by the artist Koehi Nawa who has much more incredible work on his site. Considering this is the only piece in existence (for now), im pretty sure it would be pretty dang expensive.

2 & 3. Ok, doesnt that picture just make you want to go buy everything? It does for me. Atleast the poufs and the geometric side table. Both are from Crate and Barrel. I just love the bold colors and modern Moroccan look! Turns out the poufs are made in Minnesota. Not so much Moroccan. Still love them.

4. This sectional from CB2. Considering i have a huge maroon couch, I’m dreaming of a nice grey or neutral couch i could sink into. Im not dissing our couch, its just really hard to match with maroon! Just sayin.

5. I’ve been eyeing the arc floor lamp for years now. Love the 70s look while its great for saving on floor space. Also from Crate and Barrel.

6. I love that all you need is a throw pillow or two to completely change a room. Especially if its a few Caitlin Wilson Textiles pillows. ITS SO FLUFFY IM GONNA DIE! Ok no really, its just i love the colors and patterns. Its not like its a unicorn or something.

7. First off, let me just say that i am an artist without an easel. That is not ok. Second, isn’t this the coolest freakin easel you’ve ever seen? Its freakin clear! Love it. Damn you, CB2.

8. If you ever read my blog, i might have posted about these rugs 2 days ago. But they are just so beautiful to my eyes! Amy Butler. Always rocking my face off with her awesome patterns and colors.

9. You always need a good painting. Even if its a print of a good painting. At 300 bucks, its a bit pricy for a print. Ok its overpriced. But i still like it. Its better than the 3,000 painting I was going to put up. Ok so i swear im not sponsored by C&B but for some reason it sounds like i am. funny how stuff turns out.

10. I love plants. Even though i always end up killing them. I still love them and attempt to keep them around. Found out that i have 17 plants in our little one bedroom apartment. I’m telling you, i love me some plants. Especially succulents. Especially succulents in adorable terrariums from Zgallerie.

Whelp, there was the first ever Top Ten! I suppose it should have been Top Ten Crate and Barrel finds.. but I’m not going back now! By the way… its 2am and I literally haven’t stopped working since 10 this morning. Thats what happens when i sleep in… i stay up! Ok, ok, finally headed to bed! G’night! Err… morning…

Midnight Pinning

Ok, so i thought id post what images ive been drooling over these days….

Oh man, i am so in love with these tables… Youve got function, comfort and storage! Doesnt this space just look cozy? Thank the beautiful Jane over at ModernJaneDesign for the lovely image.

How about a wonderful Ikea hack!

Wow! i love this… beautiful way to hide a not so beautiful printer. Run over to PB&JStories for the full run down. This shot made me run straight to Craigstlist to look for a good piece for my office… no luck yet.

Garden for my apartment? Yes please…

Oh my goodness, im in love with this outdoor garden. Im pretty sure its perfect for an apartment. I’ve been dreaming of starting my own apartment sized veggie garden. Maybe i could hack or track down something similar and get started! How lovely would that be to just walk out onto your porch for some fresh carrots and peas?! Too bad i still have a black thumb. One step at a time. This beaut was found over at Flor e Ser.

What have you been digging lately?

The Lovely Nest

Oh i adore when i find a new beautiful blog to follow. This one is just crazy to me… our style is identical. No seriously. Usually most blogs theres a few things posted that im just not crazy about. With Lovely Nest, i.love.everything.

Starting out with her blog design – adorbs.

Great funiture before and afters? Of course;

Globes? that are DIY HAND PAINTED?

Adorable interior design… of course!

Check out The Lovely Nest! You wont be disappointed. Oh fyi, her most recent post features an adorable 7 week old puppy. yup. a puppy. You’ve been warned.

-Rachel