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Bright Copper Kettles Project: The Kitchen

Mood Board: Project Bright Copper Kettles | Covet Living Interiors

(center inspo image via: Steven Gambrel)

Hola Sugarplums!  Happy (long) Weekend!  I hope you guys have killer BBQ’s and lots of feet-up-chillaxin’ on the agenda.  Sorry the Bachelor Blog is a cool 5 days late… but look at it this way – you’ll probably totally get a double feature in the next few days.  Think of it like bingeing on Netflix.

I’ve fallen off the blogging map some in recent months because life just got REAL bizay.  In the best way possible though.  In addition to doing sales & design for the best dang custom cabinetry shop in SoCal, I also branched out on my own super legit-like and have been doing a lot of design work.  I got all licensed up as Stephanie Ballard Interiors, but am flip flopping to Covet Living Interiors.  You know, to pay homage to the Mothership and all (#represent).  And cuz dang – it’s just such a good name for what it stands for, and it really is where it all started.  Anyway – ya wanna see one of the projects I’m working on??

This is for the sweetest couple ever back in the Heartland (Midwest).  About my parents’ age, and this will be their forever home where their grandkids will come on Christmas, where they’ll sit by the crackling fire at night and read – wrapped in cabled throws – etc.  Bah!  So cozy.  Their taste is definitely more on the traditional side: warm, rustic earth tones.  Classic finishes.  Think bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens // brown paper packages tied up with string.  A *touch* of country without going all crazy Cracker Barrel.  You get the idea.  I got an email from them a few weeks ago which basically said: “We trust you implicitly, and this is your blank canvas.  Make us proud…. go!”  Which brought a single tear in my eye.  Mind you, I’ve never met these lovely people in person – just via email and some conference calls (where I could tell they were both hovering with their heads together over a rotary phone, like George & Mary when Sam Wainwright calls in It’s a Wonderful Life – SO SWEET I COULDN’T TAKE IT).


This project is also right down the street from my Modern Farmhouse project that’s just wrapping up.  WHICH I CANNOT WAIT TO PHOTOGRAPH.

Anyhow.  Here are the concepts I sent them.  I have a fave, but you tell me – what do you guys think??!

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I am LOVING this sage / layers of cream / patina’d metal / reclaimed wood / calacatta gold marble / copper palette, and all the finishes are pretty interchangeable depending on what they wanna put where.  The one thing we’re working around at this point is a black range – a Mac Daddy they got a screaming deal on.  At first I was thinking: “ohhhhhh fuuuuuuudge” / and saying: “nbd we’ll totally make it work!”  And now I really love it.  Stainless isn’t the end all be all after all.  I would’ve loved to have incorporated some soapstone in this kitchen, but it might be a bit much with the black range… and even if we put it on the island, this kitchen doesn’t get a ton of natural light, so a lighter island (calacatta oro marble, or something similar) will brighten ‘er up and do a much better job of reflecting light.

Anyhow – these were the original elevations (before I tweaked em)… it’s just one back wall where the range and fridge will be, and then an island.  10 ft ceilings, and cabs will go all the way up, so we’ll likely do pretty glass peepers way up top:

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I’m also kicking around the idea of doing leaded glass in some of the cabinet doors, à la:

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That’s it for now!  Have an amaaaaaazing weekend, thanks for ALL THE LOVE (always!) that you guys send our way.  And if you need help with your project, gimme a holler (


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Listen, Eat, Wear, See, Read. Repeat.

LISTEN: “One Dance” by Drake, Wiz Kid, and Kyla. Go ahead and say howdy to your official, shiny new Spring/Summer jam. PS, remember the time two weeks ago when Drizzy left the stage and walked by yours truly after finishing a couple songs with RiRi at her concert in LA? Never thought I’d say it, but Drizzy’s totally dreamy………………………………

Drake | Covet Living

EAT: Mini Croque Monsieurs via Big Bear’s Wife. Or, what I imagine God feeds you when you step thru the pearly gates, right after you beg him to let you in. Serve these up at a par-tay and feed your friends the experience of Paris in an adorably miniaturized version.

Mini Croque Monsieurs | Covet Living

WEAR: Faux Leather Moto Jacket by BLANKNYC, $98 – otherwise known as the perfect black leather jacket, also known as your Spring staple to wear over all your flowy dresses, or wear with black jeans and a loose tee. Seriously though, I went to a housewarming party last weekend and all the girls had on the cutest outfits with one common part of their outfit: a fitted black leather jacket.

BlankNYC Faux Leather Jacket | Covet Living

SEE: Dinner at Tiffani’s on the Cooking Channel. Yeah, I mean, it’s not winning Emmys (or IS it; that’d be so badass) but I’m slapping this on here, cause it’s really fun, mindless TV. Every episode Tiffani Thiesen throws a dinner party with celeb friends who’ll seriously make you feel like you’ve stepped back into the 90s. And her recipes are delicious! Ask Steph – we always find ourselves watching this on my couch after my hubby’s gone to bed to watch something manly on Netflix, like some British show about soldiers who beat each other up and then eat each other.

Dinner at Tiffani's | Covet Living

READ: Sweetbitter is THE summer read, supposedly, and I’m excited to dig in:

Sweetbitter | Covet Living

It’s a coming-of-age novel about a girl who moves to NYC and gets a job working at a restaurant, falls into a love triangle, and well, here’s what one critic had to say: “I loved this novel so, so much. It’s rare that a book conveys with such unerring precision what it’s like to be newly arrived in New York—the story itself, but also tiny throwaway details like the sudden authority of the blue sky at dawn after staying up all night, or your bones bracing themselves for what comes next, or the exact mood of a Manhattan bar at three in the morning. I’ve never seen these things described so brilliantly before. Tess is a remarkable narrator: vulnerable and tough and smart, but more than that, she’s inspiring and riveting. This book belongs with all the great essential young-female-in-New York classics.” —Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink and The Great Man

That’s it for now! Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do…………………………………………..


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