Sunday, January 5, 2014

Restored Sophistication for a Breakfast Nook

Hollywood Regency. French Farmhouse. Colonial. Transitional. Traditional. Primitive. Eclectic. Moroccan. What's your interior design style?

With a little help from some online quizzes (from HGTV, Real Simple, and Better Homes & Gardens) and Pinterest, I was able to determine my interior design personality. And as it turns out, I have multiple personalities. I appreciate early-American and French cottage interior designs with a dash of glamor. My self-diagnosis:
Restored Sophistication

By taking cues from the past, restoring what we can, looking toother parts of the world for inspiration, and adding a few glam details we arrive at what I call Restored Sophistication.  I love that the word 'rest' can be found in restored as my home needs to be a place of rest, refuge, and relaxation. I also choose the word 'sophistication' with some deliberate thought. Having taste based on wordly experience and intelligence is a much needed element of living with less. To live with less means we must consider the purpose, value, and impact (on the planet and its inhabitants) of every item I own. deliberately and with some thought.  

After purchasing our town-home a year ago we decided to give the kitchen a face-lift. I'll blog about it in detail soon but here's a good before and after. 

Just beyond the actual kitchen space is room for a breakfast nook, or eat-in kitchen. And I have become obsessed with what's possible for that space. I created a Pinterest board dedicated to the possibilities and ask Mr. Less to pick his favorite option. Guess what? His number #1 is also my number #1. Sp here it is, the inspiration for our breakfast nook: 

Via Dalliance Design
I'm looking forward to this project! It will be a challenge to pull off such a beautiful design with a 'less is more' approach but I'm up for it and can't wait to share it with you.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka

Mr. Less and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. 
We actually spent time on the islands of O'ahu and Maui. What magical places. 
There's so much beauty in the world. We are blessed. 

Here's the sun rising on December 17, 2013. 
We watched it rise from the top of Haleakala Mountain. 
At 10,000 feet above sea level we where sitting on the clouds.

I plan to blog about the details of our trip but here's a teaser.
It's our honeymoon in 30 seconds. I used Flipgram (luv!).