Black, White, and Natural

I’ve slowly but surely been getting back to blogging, and let me tell you, I needed it. Something about pumping out content for a handful of you (or more likely maybe just my mom) gets me inspired in ways I can’t even explain. It keeps me current and forces me to be a bit more thoughtful about my career, my life, and my passions. I may feel a 2018 resolution coming on……get back to blogging? Maybe? We will see if I can get my act together.

The truth is….I’ve been holding out on you. I’ve been sorta lazy and not sharing with you some major blog content quietly happening behind the scenes. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been helping my boyfriend pull together some rooms in his house. It’s slow moving because we’re busy peeps, but so far we’ve tackled the family room, a half bath, and we’re about halfway done with his bedroom. Next up we’re planning a light kitchen revamp and I’m geeking out hard over it. It’s seriously all I can think about. It will likely be months before it’s done and maybe even a month before we even start it, but I’m digging in deep and working hard to come up with my best budget friendly ideas to make it feel anything but budget friendly.

Here are some befores that somehow doesn’t make it seem quite as bad as it is…. but trust me… it’s not great. That backsplash 🤢🙈


I’m stewing over some ideas and gathering tons of inspiration. So far the plans are painting cabinets, maybe removing some uppers for open shelving, new countertops, and a new backsplash.

I’ve been a black, white, and natural girl for a few years now. I’ve always been so inspired by Scandinavian minimalism, but I gotta have my nature too. I love a kitchen like this, but it feels a hair too modern and cold for my taste and especially the style of the house.

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More black, white, and small bits of natural. I adore it, but something like this takes a hefty budget. Who doesn’t want a marble slab backsplash and a waterfall countertop?!? It’s gorgeous AND PRICEY. This one still isn’t marrying modern, earthy, and hints of traditional quite like I want either, and it’s definitely breaking the bank.

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I know we’re talking about a kitchen here, but I’m gathering inspiration from everywhere, and I’ve been coming back to this picture for weeks. It’s more black, white, and natural in such a perfectly beautiful mix.

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2017 was all about a clean black and white base with natural accessories. I’m ready for something a little different in 2018, though. I think it’s time to bring a bit of the natural to the base. Picture like these get me feeling super inspired. I’m loving a tile and stone that feels a little less crisp and clean and a little more earthy.

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I’m still all about my black, white, and natural…I’m just working on reinventing it a bit. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

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The cabinets will get a fresh coat of black paint. We will take down these cabinets. and tile the entire wall with maybe a 12×24 earthy textured tile and add open shelves.

That little half wall also goes to open things up just a bit more and make things feel cleaner. I’m thinking some black countertops and black hardware, and of course an earthy vintage rug.  And those poorly placed pendants that aren’t centered with anything have to go! Hopefully in favor of an unexpected wall sconce around the shelves.

Like I said, the plan is sort of a work in progress. I’ll likely change my mind 50 times and might take us an entire year to finish, but man i’m excited about it! Stay tuned…maybe I’ll eventually stop being lazy and show you the other things we’ve done!

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