Hi. I'm Kate.

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Modern influence

Modern influence

The mid-century modern look is having a huge comeback and I am 100% here for it. You can’t even step into Target these days without seeing the retro inspired look filter through every aisle. Flipping through a West Elm catalog, or better yet - taking a journey out to their store will have you so in love with the clean lines, sleek look, and fun colors that you’ll want to run home and redecorate.

I decided to spend some effort freshening up my living room and adjoining office to reflect this fantastic moment in decor. I found a great piece at Ikea that I gave just a touch of DIY treatment to. (It really does not need much.)

Check out this cabinet I found for our living room.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? I am obsessed with the clean look of white and the hexagon pattern!

Ikea for the win! It’s a part of their “Besta” line. You can find it here.

The doors and drawer fronts are white and the top and sides have a faux gray-ish light brown stained effect. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add handles to the drawers or knobs to the doors at all. It really did look very impressive all on its own. But I found these fantastic pulls and knobs at Pottery Barn and I could not resist.

I am very happy with the outcome.

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I loved it so much that I decided to get a larger one for my office.

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Those hexagons! They make me so happy! Once again, I picked up cabinet pulls from Pottery Barn. Here’s a close up:

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I don’t worry about the faux wood grain matching the floor or the other wood in the room. I love to mix colors and textures. I have some rustic style mixed in with my grandfather’s old desk - which truly is a mid century piece - along with my more modern style items and my fun gallery wall.

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Now that this room is fully functional we should probably get the trim re-painted and re-hung. Every time I post a photo I notice it and silently curse myself for not having done it sooner.

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See my new typewriter over there on the bottom shelf? It belonged to my grandfather. I planned to put it in the living room in the book case but I did not realize how GIANT and HEAVY it would be! #notalaptop. It fits right in with my mid-century modern makeover and eclectic style.

Aaaand if you are wondering why I have one mismatched book shelf it is because Crate and Barrel has decided that espresso is no longer a trendy enough color. The other three were purchased probably ten years ago and when we moved to this house we need one more to fill out the space. I was going to stain it but … yeah, that never happened.

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This is the other side of the office. Usually you will find one of my kids here waiting for me to get up from my work and get them a snack. #alwaysgettingsnacks

And finally, I love how the two pieces of furniture frame the living room and office as a larger space. From the office you can see the cabinet in the living room …

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… and from the living room you can see the cabinet in the office.

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I love how they bookend the two rooms with the mid century modern style!

Everything old is new again!  

DIY Sideboard

DIY Sideboard