Category Archives: Decorating

The Main Event: Kitchen Island

If our kitchen story had chapters, I think we’d be on chapter 24. Seriously, lots to piece together when it comes to an entire kitchen! I’ve shown you little snip-its of our island before, but today it gets its day in the sun.

As you know, our kitchen is one giant room, and it also houses our farmhouse dining table. It will also be home to a small sitting area as well as our entry bench and shelf. Therefore, we wanted an extra large island to marry all of these spaces together. It needed to be big. It needed to make a statement. And it needed to have character. So, I sketched out a design, and we worked closely with our amazing woodworker to make this piece come to life. I wanted the island to look like a piece of furniture, rather than just a predictable and massive rectangular cabinet.

kitchen island by Restored Style

kitchen island by Restored Style

kitchen island by Restored Style

As you can see, one side houses our microwave, our trash (large middle drawer), and the other drawers are where our pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets live. The other side has cabinets for all glassware/dishware that are seldomly used. We wanted this island to not only look good, but work hard too.

kitchen island by Restored Style

As for the top of our island, it’s custom built by our woodworker. It’s made out of maple wood and stained with a dark walnut stain. We chose butcher block because it brings warmth to the space, and we want this room to feel cozy, not cold.

kitchen island by Restored Style

How big is the island, you ask? It measures 69 inches x 51 inches. To give this big piece some character, we added planks to each side of the island, and “columns” that define the area where our bar stools will soon sit.

kitchen island by Restored Style

And as for the actual color of the island (since it was crazy sunny in our kitchen and every photo I took seems to show a different shade of blue/gray/green) its No. 26 down pipe from Farrow & Ball.

We adore the color (it actually looks more like this in person than what the “real life” photos portray) and would recommend it in a heartbeat! Last detail – the pulls are the duluth pulls from Restoration Hardware in oil-rubbed bronze.

You are probably thinking that I am holding out on you and not posting any large scale photos of the entire room. And  sadly, that’s true. I’m hesitant to show you anything half done, because you will be underwhelmed. I’ll roll bits and pieces out and when all is ready, I’ll take photos of the entire room and kitchen:).


2013 Portland Flea Dates + Other PDX Sales

Fellow Portlanders! I have my hands on this year’s upcoming Portland Flea dates and wanted to share the official flea calendar with you. The first flea of the year will be this Sunday, Jan. 20. As for the rest of 2013, here are the dates: 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17 & 12/15. Per usual, the flea is held at Union/Pine on 525 SE Pine Street in Portland. For minute-by-minute vendor and item updates, follow Portland Flea on Facebook here.

Word on the street is that there are a number of new vendors in the mix this year, and plenty of vintage finds to be had. I took a break from bargain hunting to focus on the remodel, but now I’m back in action. I’ll be at Sunday’s flea looking for some  comfy new sitting chairs for our living area.

In other Portland happenings, WoonWinkel is kicking off its expanded furniture collection with an upcoming furniture sale! From February 1st-17th,Woonwinkel will offer 15% of all custom and in-stock furniture by Hay and SCP and 20% off select home accessories.

Rejuvenation is also having it’s attic sale this weekend. Save more than 75% on lighting and other decor items. We’ve picked up numerous goodies from these sales in the past and they are great to check out if you are flexible in terms of colors, shades, and sizes.

And, Grayling Jewelry is also having a sample sale this weekend. Katy Kippen is the queen bee of jewelry design, and I can guarantee you there will be beautiful jewelry and good deals at her darling shop.

Happy shopping and, cheers to a cozy winter weekend!

World Market Finds

Friends! Thank you for the sweet comments on our kitchen progress thus far. Remodeling tends to suck the life outta you, so I’m super glad this remodel (err,this phase of the remodel) is nearly complete.

Over the holidays, I had some time to browse a few lovely stores (not rush through a store, sweating, like usual), with one of them being World Market. Man, that place has some finds. And the prices…a steal! Here are a few of my favorite things…






What are your favorite goodies at World Market?

Free To Do List Download

As I’ve expressed before, 2012 was a messy year. I forgot how to use the word “no” and way over-committed myself in practically every aspect of my life. Now, I’m trying to pick up the pieces. Upon hearing about my busy schedule and crazed lifestyle, my dear friend Meg shared a “ To Do” list she’d created. I immediately printed it out and have been using it daily. It not only gives me a snapshot of what my focus items are for that day, but it also maps out an area for me write “things I’d like to do today” and “things I’d like to do someday”.  It’s brilliant. It not only captures what I MUST do that day, but it also highlights the things I’m dreaming about. It’s the perfect list for someone like me….someone who’s brain is just not thinking about today.

I’m super pumped to report that Meg is letting us all in on her little organizational secret, and her lovely To Do list is now available for downloading here. 

To Do list

To Do list

To Do list

Meg – thanks for saving me and my unorganized thoughts and life. Here’s to hoping you all put Meg’s list to good use too!