Pink Doors

Ever since I saw this home tour, I've had pink doors on my mind. I'm working to get out of my monochrome rut - both in my home and in my wardrobe - but I always gravitate towards black. With a colorful rug going into the guest room, I'm using this room renovation as an opportunity to play with color and see where it takes me. A step out of my comfort zone, but what could go wrong?

Probably the most famous pink door is the #thatpinkdoor in Palm Springs. In fact, it's so famous that the owners had to post a "no photography" sign in their front yard to ward away bloggers and media. It's some real pink inspo.

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Like the home owners in the Curbed article I mentioned earlier, I'm going to go with Sherwin-William's Haute Pink for the guest room door. If it goes well, it might make its way over to the bathroom door, as well, although this is color to be used in moderation.

Open Shelf Options

The kitchen is just about complete and I want to show it to you, but I also want it to be a little more breathtaking than it is at the moment. One thing that needs to happen: open shelves to fill the bare blank white wall. I am so glad we decided not to install wall cabinets. We didn't need the space and they definitely would have cluttered the room.

Right now, the color palette is monochrome. Gray floors, white fronts, dark gray counters, white walls. We need to get some stuff on those white walls - colorful stuff - to bring it to life. Here's where the open shelving comes into play. The internet never fails to overwhelm me in decision-making processes, so I'm halting my search and presenting these as recommendations to myself:

I quite like how the back splash runs up to a very thin line of a shelf in the top left photo. The mounting of that piece would require some investigation, which is why something with brackets (top right) could be more feasible.

 Image via  The Design Chaser
 Image via Nicole Franzen

Image via Nicole Franzen

These two are quite clean. The black shelves, which I believe are from Ikea, would be placed next to each other if space allowed. And while the wood look of the bottom right photo is charming, I'm really looking for something that requires minimal assembly and time.

Let' s mull these over together and come back with a decision. Meeting adjourned.

Best $8 I've Ever Spent

I started stripping the banister in September 2015. It's 2017 now and I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is timeline of progress since we closed on the house a few years (years!) ago:

A few people have asked exactly how to tackle a project like this and my answer is usually to not even start. It's messy, tedious, and unending. But since I'm in this deep, I'll share that my favorite tools have been wire brushes, paint stripper, and this molding scraper blade. My most recent tool purchase, which is my favorite by far, is this set of wax carvers:

Best $8 I've ever spent. I feel like a dentist when I have these laid out next to me, picking one and then another to get into the detailed grooves of the banister and scrape out that pesky brown paint.

We're getting there. I can feel it. A few more episodes of Pod Save America and I'll be home free.

Hanging the Ribba

Everyone loves the cost of the RIBBA and the look of the RIBBA; no one likes the RIBBA’s design flaw.

Ikea’s simple and affordable frame almost gets the job done. The awkward bracket on the back of frame that is meant to rest on nail in the wall doesn’t really work. And the frame is too narrow to accommodate Command Strips, so it leaves people in quite a bind.

Here is Ikea's comically unclear manual on how to hang the RIBBA:

The are about a million blog posts written about RIBBA hacks, which include installing picture frame wire, purchasing and applying a new bracket, and few things in between. These are all excellent workarounds, but leave us with the same issue we face when hanging any photo at home, which is dealing with the brick walls hiding behind our plaster. Only if a frame is very heavy and I am very certain of its placement do I drill a hole into the brick.

I love the RIBBA, but man, the RIBBA leaves me in a pickle.

While scouring the Home Depot Photo Hanging aisle for a miracle solution, I found these Command Wire Hooks:

Great news: they work like magic. The hook rests perfectly in the bracket already installed on the RIBBA and they are, like all Command Strips, easy to hang and non-damaging to the walls. One more pro tip while we are here: using paint tape to create a horizontal line for marking and spacing a photo grid is extremely helpful!

Happy hanging, friends.