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Casa Covet Living: The Close Overtime Thriller of the Kitchen Island

You guys did us SUCH a solid weighing in last week on Karrie’s new kitchen!  THANK you!!!  We loved hearing from all of you and we’re down to some combo of what was #1 and #2, with the only major decision left to be made being the ISLAND COLOR. First of all, here’s what one side of the kitchen technically will look like (island is in front of it but not pictured in this elevation):

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SEH.  Here’s where we stand:

  • Cabinets: We’re going WHITE on all perimeter cabinetry.
  • Countertops: Carrara-like (Quartz TBD).
  • Backsplash: Classic white subway tile (with a light-to-medium grey grout) as the backsplash and alllllllll the way up the range wall and also all the way up the wall around the kitchen sink (not pictured).
  • Inset over Range: Tabarka Nord.
  • Open shelving: flanking the range (rustic finish, either floating or on oil rubbed bronze brackets).
  • Island: EHHHMAHGAH WE CAN’T DECIDE!!!  What do y’all think?  Karrie’s first instinct is navy.  Or more specifically, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue… Which I love for being so gorgeous and classic.  But which I do not love for being vomited all over the Pinterestphere in the last year or two.  But DANG it’s pretty:

hague blue

  • My first instinct is to go just a little bit outside of the box and do more of a Peacock Blue.  I pulled an old inspo photo out of the archives of my dome that Melissa Bixby Anderson (of Bixby & Ball and now Perennials fame) did a few years ago (cabinets by San Diego Custom Cabinets – heeeeeeeey… ps did I tell you I do kitchens/baths for them now?) – but for real – THIS kitchen…  I have been dying over it ever since:

Bixby Kitchen

Melissa – who btw is one of the sweetest and most talented people, ever – said something to me about that kitchen that stuck like glue: that that particular client was a really fun family with a ton of personality in the throes of trying to decide whether to go classic all-white, or go kinda fun and crazy… obviously they went the route that was truer to their family dynamic, and so every time I think about Karrie’s kitchen, I really want it to be her, personified.  Ya know?

The kitchen above was what planted the seed, but the inside of this gorgeous bar cabinet by Kristen Buckingham for Global Views that I saw over the weekend at Vegas market tipped the scales for me.  BECAUSE IT WAS THE MOST PERFECT SHADE OF PEACOCK I EVER SAW:



PS there’s my buddy and bad a$$ designer Hope (of Hope Pinc Design).  Hey girl heeeeey!


Anyhow – we’re on the fence (again).  Wanna help?  Here’s a doodle in po-man’s-photoshop (Microsoft Word) I just flipped to Karrie real fast… What’ll it be peeps – VEGAS PEACOCK or NAVY?!

Casa Covet Living | Stephanie Ballard Interiors


Steph's Scanned Signature

PS: Sorry to you Bach Fans about no post this week.  I blame being at 10,000 feet + a jam-packed schedule 🙂  Be back next week, honest!

Beachy Birthday Wishlist

Baby Steph | Covet Living

…what am I, 5?  Yeah maybe.  Whatever.  Guess I’m all pipe dreams & pigtails cuz I’m still making birthday lists.  I call this one the “who do I think I am!?” list.  Slash do you think if I’m *really* good this year and maybe click my heels 3x, the Easter Bunny will grant me ALL 11 wishes below??  Meh – probably not.  But a girl can dream!

Steph's Birthday Wishlist 2015 | Covet Living

1 – Jailbait Bikini | Boys & Arrows ($143 top / $117 bottoms)…  Boys & Arrows is quickly becoming my favorite swimwear designer.  I only know about them from our girl Janae at Pink & Navy– aka our Fashion Yoda.  And since I live in swimsuits on the weekends, then I can justify this (insert air quotes) “investment piece”… right?

Mary the Madwoman Top Vix the Vixen Pant - Jailbait

2 – Pink Ray Ban Aviators | eBay ($115).  Cuz who doesn’t wanna look at everything through rose-colored glasses?

Pink Ray Ban Aviators | Covet Living

3 – California Ripples #2 & #4 | Natural Curiosities.  I saw these at Vegas Market in January in the Natural Curiosities showroom, and they’re positively ethereal (and also massive). Available to the trade.

California Ripples Photography, by Natural Curiosities | Covet Living

4 – Andaman Illusions Printed Pant | Calypso St. Barth ($295).  I tried these on in Malibu a few weeks ago and decided I’d like to live in them.  If they start making a designer collection for Target, I’ll be all set.

Calypso Ikat Pants | Covet Living

5 – Indego African Coral Burst Basket | Urban Outfitters ($60).  I don’t know whether to hang this on a wall, plop some fruit in it, or wear it as a hat.  Either way, I’m game.

Indego Africa Coral Burst Basket

6 – Capri Blue Aloha Orchid No 3 Green Jar Candle | Amazon ($29).  When I tell you this smells like heaven, you should probably take my word for it.

Aloha Orchid Candle

7 – Weekdays Tee | J.Crew ($40).  Je love graphic tees, avec un pencil skirt for work.

Lundi Mardi Mercredi | Covet Living

8 – T3 Featherweight 2 Hairdryer | Nordstrom ($200).  Bud pooped his pants in his grave just now because I just posted a link to a blowdryer that costs $200.

T3 Dryer | Covet Living

But seriously… this is what it did to my hair.  Now do you believe me?

T3 Hairdryer Blowout | Covet Living

9 – Vitamix S55 Personal Blender | Williams Sonoma ($449.95).  Now I love everything on this little pipe dream of a list, but when the rubber meets the road, a Vitamix might be the **one** thing I would really splurge on, because I would use it every day.  Cuz I use a juicer EVERY day.. which would be great if it didn’t take a whole tree of fruit to spat out a cup of juice, and if you didn’t lose so much roughage in the process (I save mine, then put the fruit pulp into Greek yogurt, and the carrot / celery discards into stir fry or spring rolls).

Vitamix | Covet Living

10 – Vintage Ikat Pillow | Rooms & Gardens ($188).  The prettiest thing I ever did see. These are vintage / one of a kind, found in a dreamy little shop on Montana Street in Santa Monica called Rooms & Gardens… it reminds me the rustic, laid-back cousin to our preppier beach chic staple Bixby & Ball in Solana Beach.  Fun fact: the shop owner is Mary Steenburgen.

Vintage Ikat Pillows from Rooms & Gardens | Covet Living

11 – Pendleton Purple Hills Oversized Beach Towel | Aviator Nation (about $48).  My girl KP has a few of these towels and they’re as gorgeous as they are ginormous and luxurious.  And pretty enough to wanna wear as a sari all summer long.

Prettiest Beach Towel | Aviator Nation

If all else fails, can I just get a fat slice uh this and wash it down with some bubbly? Ah grazie!!!

sprinkle cake!


Steph's Scanned Signature