If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen!

by Lauren Setum

I wanted to share this kitchen, featured on the House Beautiful website, because it’s the second time it’s caught my eye. During the winter, you’ll regularly find my friend Val and me roasting marshmallows for s’mores over gas burners on the stove. I think I found the perfect solution to our makeshift method for making that dessert…

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Get Your Pantone On…

by Lauren Setum

In case you haven’t already heard, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. I was reminded of a lovely House Beautiful cover from earlier this year…

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The color, in my opinion, can easily become a bit ‘childish’ looking if not used correctly. This living area by New York interior designer, Ashley Whittaker, however, does a beautiful job of showcasing the color in such a way that the resulting space is chic and inviting for grown ups and kids alike.


Not up for a Radiant Orchid redecorating project? Then get your Pantone on with a few additions to your wardrobe. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what color to pair with this shade of purple, I think red (generally speaking) is an excellent choice!


Cicely shift dress by Trina Turk

Jeweled clutch by Alice and Olivia

Graysn pump by Enzo Angiolini at Nordstrom

Were You Raised In A Barn?!

by Lauren Setum

Well, I wasn’t, but I do hope to be able to say that I live in one someday. That’s right. I want to live in a barn. I’ve always thought it would be great to purchase an old barn or schoolhouse and turn it into a residence. Combining modern elements with a piece of history is my idea of a dream home. I was thinking about this ‘dream home’ a few weeks ago and came across a website called The Barn Pages. It’s filled with everything you need to know about barns…buying, selling, restoring and much more. It’s perfect for people like me; if you can’t find a barn in the exact area you want, simply find one online, have it disassembled and shipped right to you (when I say simply, I mean simply with a grain of salt). Of course, that’s just the first step. You’d want to work with an architect AND interior designer when it comes to restoring it and making it your home. Here are a few barns from the site with a lot of potential…


Since I don’t have before and after pictures of my own dream barn yet, I’ve found a few photos from other projects that showcase what a gem these structures can really be…


House Beautiful


House Beautiful

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Highland Group


Blackburn Architects


Archer and Buchanan via Houzz