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“Something Different Home Tour”| A Peek into the Home of KPV

I hope you guys are either coming from, or are on your way TO, all of the other kickass homes that are participating in this week’s “Something Different Home Tour” (please find list/links at the end of this post) – each of these homes is oozing with eclectic goodness and to round out this week’s tours I am going to open up my doors and have you take a peek into mine!

our eclectic living room

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that we’ve been in our home for two years now… and have been renovating and designing for two years. And I anticipate we will continue to do such for many years to come! My husband, Billy, and I are a contractor/design duo and we tackle these projects solo. The best part about that? If we can do it, so can you! Neither of us has a background in these areas, just a passion for it, and we’ve learned that there is literally nothing in the home arena that can’t be accomplished with a little help from Pinterest and YouTube.

our newly renovated kitchen

I’m going to start out by taking you to our one and only bathroom, and our first complete remodel of a room. We took this space down to the studs and kept nothing except that good old art deco square pink tub (because why would we ever get rid of it?!). You can read about how we tackled this space with a fairly strict budget here. We originally had a closet in this space and decided to do away with it to open up the space. We discovered that when you get rid of all the expired products, ratty towels and pair down your hair brush collection, a six-drawer vintage dresser is MORE than enough room to store your bathroom essentials- even for a family of four sharing a single bath.

Which brings me to this important point about our home: it is focused on sustainable design. And this becomes true of it more and more each day. As a vintage shop owner, our home has always been loaded to the max with thrifted finds. But more recently, we’ve embraced a less consumer-centric lifestyle that is reflected in the way we design our home. Open shelving in the kitchen does not allow for the hoards of kitchen items that get used seldomly to never, and the complete lack of closets on the ground floor has forced us to think long and hard about whether we can “get by” without certain items. In a similar vein, if a toy comes in, a toy gets donated. If a new vintage rug comes in, one gets sold. You get the idea. I like to think of it as “Marie Kondo-ing” for the thrift obsessed. Because don’t get me wrong, lots of new thrift is constantly entering those front doors, but when one thing comes in, another item gets sent off to a new owner via my Etsy shop (in a reused cardboard box, of course 😉 ).

master bedroom

When you head up the stairs and into our three bedrooms, you’ll find the only closets in the entire house. They aren’t large, but they’re large enough. And though we plan on adding a master en suite to the home, we do not plan on adding excessive closet space – something we view as a crutch to hoarding. And one thing that may surprise you is that – despite the fact that two of our three beds have bed skirts – we have little to nothing hiding under them!

All of this talk of living light may surprise you coming from a self-professed “maximalist.” But, as discussed in this blog on maximalism, there is a profound difference between maximalist style and hoarding. We maximize the artistic potential of wall space by using wallpapers and hanging gallery walls. Likewise, we use our floors as both practical and aesthetic vehicles by coating them with area rugs that provide visual interest, noise control, and warmth to every space. The very conscious decision to not add closets to our 1910 home (which was built without them), is a very intentional choice to make sure the things that join us in our home are meaningful, or useful (and, ideally, both).

a peek at our heirloom piano, passed down from my mom, to me, to my littles

If there is one thing we hoard, it’s plants. We love the warmth and pops of color they add to any space, but they also function as natural air filters. But our love of plants goes even beyond our admiration of their aesthetic and functional aptitudes. I strongly believe that the only way I make it through New York winters with my head intact is because of the organic and tropical vibes these green babies bring into our home.

This journey towards sustainability in design isn’t a path we have always been on – and it is one that lacks the satisfaction of having a final destination. There are areas where we could do WAY better (we SHOULD be saying hello to solar panels and compost and be bidding adieu to all plastics and long hot showers!), but we’re increasingly interested in living sustainable, eco-friendly lives and our interest is reflected in how our home is being built and designed.

A friend recently remarked on how we should be thanking one another for our efforts to do good on a number of different social, environmental and humanitarian fronts, rather than lambasting one another for everything we’re NOT doing. I find that I don’t even need a troll squad because I am so busy PERSONALLY beating myself up over everything I’m not doing. And while there is SO much that we are NOT doing in our home, we are trying to do better each day. But, because of that much needed reminder from a friend, I am choosing to be proud of how far we have come, and be optimistic about how much further we can go towards our goal of sustainable living.

I hope that taking a peek into the home of Kate Pearce Vintage can serve as an example of a home that is ever-evolving, right alongside the people who live in it. Our homes should be reflections of ourselves, and our hope is that our home tells a story of optimism through its bold colors, attainability through its whimsical imperfections, and an endless evolution of self through the immutable rotation of its art and objects.

Thanks for popping by!

Monday:

Casa Watkins Living

Cuckoo4Design

Up to Date Interiors

Domicile 37

The black house on the corner

Tuesday:

Cassie Bustamante

House Homemade

Earthly Urban

Street Flea Style

Wednesday:

Dorsey Designs

Craven Haven

Burnett Bungalow

Crazy-Wonderful

Thursday:

Brit Dot Design

Eclectic Twist

Jeweled Interiors

Jessica Brigham

Friday:

The Boho Abode

Kate Pearce Vintage

Shark Tails

olliePop

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One Room Challenge | Our Bold Eclectic Kitchen REVEAL

WE DID IT! [insert man + woman clinking wine BOTTLES here]. Four months and a nearly impossible number of man hours later, we are sitting on our kitchen barstools gazing at our dream kitchen. And it is SO worth all the sleepless nights, months of takeout, months of DUSTING, and having pretty close to zero dollars in our bank account. #priorities

Kate’s design + husband, Bill, completed construction

I want to take a moment to thank all of the incredible companies that sponsored our kitchen along the way, and made our dream kitchen possible. Without them, this space never could have been realized. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, we chose each of them and hand-picked their products. We are just so grateful they were willing to put their trust in us and give us ORC newbies a shot at making their products come to life. We are always very particular about the brands we collaborate with, and each of these companies should be lauded for their careful craftsmanship, top-of-the-line product, and a brand of approachability that is all but absent in today’s marketplace.

Perhaps the most gaze-attracting focal point of the kitchen is our graphic black and white tile wall from Riad Tile. The matte cement tiles are such a beautiful, organic texture and we’re just loving the way they pop in the room. We inserted a fairly neutral range hood into the picture to allow that tile to really have it’s moment, but added the cow skull to offer the space a bit of a focal balance. I have been dying to use their tiles for a project and we couldn’t be happier with how they came out – now I’m just dying to lay them everywhere! Hello, future mudroom!

a peak at my Roxane Gabriel original oil painting

Now, onto THAT HALLMAN INDUSTRIES RANGE. I mean, just GAH! There are no words. I fell in love with this range online without seeing it in person and loved that it’s pricepoint kicked lots of its competitors to the curb, without sacrificing an OUNCE of style. And I am beyond happy to report that this puppy cooks and bakes to a point of perfection that FAR exceeds my personal culinary capabilities. There is really no need to even speak beyond these basic facts, because this range does ALLLLL the speaking for itself.

That brings me to that gorgeous brushed gold Moen pot filler above the range. We went with Moen via Build.com for our pot filler, faucet and soap dispenser and these products were everything we had hoped for and more. I love how rich the finishes are and how they offer a complementary, but mild contrast to the raw brass finishes in the Pepe and Carols hardware and on the Hallman stove. It was important to me that we streamline the kitchen sink – I always find it aesthetically disruptive when there are too many things going on around the kitchen sink, and I loved that the Moen faucet had a pull down sprayer built in that is visually indiscernible. And I’m going to just be downright candid here: I’ve never owned a high-end faucet before and the difference in quality makes me want to throw out our crappy old leaky faucet 1,000 times over.

I just want to pause now and take a moment to talk about VINTAGE. Because, truly, no space of mine would ever be complete without lots and lots and lots of it. Kitchens are their own animal: as much as I am dedicated to purchasing and selling vintage for a variety of reasons (hello, climate change!), vintage kitchen fixtures and appliances are not only incredibly difficult to come across, but are also not always ideal to use (for probably obvious reasons). But when it came to nearly every single other item in the kitchen, we went vintage all the way.

Reupholstered vintage cantilever barstools – found via Secondhand Stories

Seeing as I am a vintage shop owner, I have been mostly hoarding anything remotely kitchen-related since we decided to move forward with this reno in January. But, I’ve also been shopping from some of my favorite dealers, including Anna Simpkins of BasketsandBrass and Joe Mauer of Secondhand Stories. I had been searching all ends of the earth for vintage brass cantilever counter height stools. I must have spent 20+ hours searching. This is not a joke. I take vintage hunts more seriously than a lion on a fox. And then, one day, BOOM. My man Joe over at Secondhand Stories just HAD them. It was pretty much magic.

open shelving + counters outfitted in vintage

Now seems to be a good time to chat about a topic that holds considerably less magic: our budget. I’m not going to get into too much detail other than to say that for a complete demolition and rebuild of a brand new kitchen, our budget was LOW. We sourced many of our building materials (including brand-new Marvin windows!) at insanely low prices at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. And as much as we’d love to have those high-end cabinets, we were forced to go with IKEA. This isn’t something I’ve cried myself to sleep over because 1. crying over such a thing would make me want to slap myself and 2. these cabinets are pretty, pretty rad for having cost under $3k!

I decided to give them a major upgrade by going with Pepe and Carols hardware. Krystal of Pepe and Carols dreamed these pulls up for me and was so kind as to custom make them for us. She’s now working on matching refrigerator pulls for our Cafe Appliances fridge and I’m beyond psyched about them! As a small aside, I spray painted the Cafe Appliances fridge handles in Rustoleum matte black finish for the time being.

And perhaps my favorite vintage item in the space is that stunner of a June + Blue Boujaad runner. Becca of June + Blue has long been my favorite Moroccan rug dealer. She has such an incredible eye, but her authentic experience and deep knowledge of these rugs and the cultures surrounding them are a true breath of fresh air in a world that has become overrun with a brand of mass-marketed global consumerism that so easily disposes of a sincere cultural appreciation. I love how this piece, in particular, ties the entire room together by picking up the colors in the Hallman range at eye level, and again from above with the roman shades (expertly crafted by Interiors by Robert, with fabric via Boho Luxe Home).

Speaking of those roman shades! I had originally envisioned a black, transparent linen fabric for our roman shades (much like the one used in our bathroom renovation) and then this fabric walked along and popped into my brain and I just couldn’t get it out! The deep, rich dyes coupled with the Moroccan asilah pattern played so well into the eclectic vibe we were going for in this kitchen. I had worked with Boho Luxe Home before on their pillow line (MAJOR swoon factor), and when they offered to sponsor the fabric for these shades I was beyond excited. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been a favorite feature amongst visitors to the new kitchen!

photo by Cristina Marino of Harbor and Heart Studios

Ok, and now I wanna get real with you for a minute. We’ve been home owners for seven years now and we know what it’s like to dream of kitchens that don’t leak, break, and put sores in our eyeballs. And part of me wishes we had done one of those “How to Transform Your Kitchen for $500” type renovations, because that’s where the true creativity starts to play in. But we were lucky enough to have sponsors hop on board, and I am so BEYOND lucky to have a not-by-trade husband who just happens to not only know how to do finish carpentry, plumbing and electric work but is ALSO willing to work 30 hours/week on a kitchen for four months after coming home from his 70 hour/week job.

Photo by Cristina Marino of Harbor and Heart Studios

Oh, and FREE LABOR IS EVERYTHING. I do NOT mean for that to sound like a plug for indentured servitude. What I’m getting at is the fact that I am the luckiest person on earth to have not just these super sponsors get behind me, but also a most magical dude who has skills up the wazoo and the willingness to put LITERALLY his entire life aside to build a kitchen for his family for four straight months. Billy, you are our world, and now we owe YOU the world.

And before we part ways, I just want to give a shoutout to some local artisans and shops that did some incredible work for us (note: not sponsored!). E&S Marble & Granite Co. really nailed the look I was going for on the countertops. I wanted marble, but marble doesn’t want me (hello, red wine stains!). Stephanie at E&S steered us toward using quartz slabs that mimic Calacatta marble, but have the durability of quartzite, and damn was she spot on.

The next local shop was Reclaim Everything – an absolute powerhouse in the reclaimed wood department. We knew we wanted touches of reclaimed throughout the kitchen and we worked closely with Reclaim Everything to source the appropriate wood from a 100+ year-old barn. They carefully dry the wood out to a specific humidity level before cutting and staining the pieces to your tone of choice. I drooled like Homer Simpson on a donut when I saw these wood pieces installed.

Reclaimed wood island and a peek at our Wallternatives wallpaper in dining

I’d also like to give a shout-out to the uber-talented Cristina Marino of Harbor and Heart Studios. Cristina is a mega-talented photographer and she squeezed us into her hectic schedule and edited these photos for us in a time crunch because well, ORC deadlines aren’t very forgiving. We are especially loving the family portrait she snapped in the kitchen – a rare family shot that will be cherished forever!

And the last shop I want to throw some major props to is Bob Boccard of Interiors by Robert. If you’re in the New York City area, he should be your go-to for any upholstery project. His painstaking attention to detail and unmatched skill in his field are the reason celebrities and high-end designers use him for their most important projects. He’s pretty much NYC’s best kept secret since he does not have any online or social media presence – but he’s really not a secret at all to those NYC interior design insiders. His work on our roman shades and vintage barstools was pretty much mind-blowing.

Well, that pretty much does it for our first One Room Challenge and I have to say it was such a high! I am so excited to check out all of the other incredible reveals over at the One Room Challenge blog – I sure do hope you’ll pop over there too. All the designers work their butts off for six straight weeks, and the result is some really delicious eye candy for us all to devour!

We can’t thank you enough for popping by to check out our reveal, and we hope you’ll sign up for more notifications! We’re definitely addicted to One Room Challenge-ing and are already dreaming up our Fall 2019 ORC plans. Or at least I am. I’m guessing the husband is probably more focused on his upcoming golf trip….

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One Room Challenge Week 4 | Construction Nears Completion

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but after nearly four months of construction, the end is JUST around the corner. This past week was a big one for us as we saw our countertops get installed, and then everything else just seemed to fall into place: the sink, fixtures, microwave and workable surface area were all just THERE overnight and after living without a kitchen for so long it feels SO GOOD.

Countertops, Fixtures + Hardware installed

Speaking of countertops, we decided to go with a trusted local family shop called ES Marble & Granite and they worked through some of our ideas with us over the past few months until we found something that would be both practical AND beautiful. You know those little marble shelves that rest on the top of high backsplashes that are all the rage right now? Well, I desperately wanted one for our kitchen, but it turns out that neither our wallet, nor the extra hours of construction that were needed to make it a reality were on board. So, we decided to keep the high backsplash and lose the shelf.

Another area that we spent some time exploring was MATERIAL. If you haven’t realized this about me yet, I will spell it out for you now: I A-M N-O-T P-R-A-C-T-I-C-A-L. So, of course the aesthetic-obsessed part of me wanted marble countertops. You just can’t beat that worn-in, timeless matte look of marble and I wanted to embrace all the chips and stains and have that splash of marble in my kitchen transport me back to Italy, where all the wine rings and colander stains are just part of what make their spaces endearing.

coffee bar coming together (with a touch of painter’s tape still there!)

But, apparently, not everyone in my home is into red wine stains… and the blueberry stains from children being reckless … and the hot pan rings from the mama being too lazy, so we decided on a quartzite material that would mimic the look of Calacatta marble… and I have to admit I feel like we’re living with the best of both worlds. We have those charmingly irregular veins that are strikingly dramatic in tone, yet the entire surface is as hardy as granite. And leaving the high backsplash but losing the shelf allowed us to really appreciate the statement that the marble is by allowing the eye to follow it throughout the room from all angles.

Consider the countertop decision-making process my first lesson in embracing flexibility.

So after those countertops went in, we had our sink, faucet, and soap dispenser installed and that moment actually brought me to tears. No more walking up the stairs to wash hands, bowls, and glasses .. and after four months this mama right here just broke the F down. HALLELUJAH. This is said with the utmost understanding that having fresh, running water in my home at all is a COMPLETE luxury and I often wanted to punch myself for complaining about the lack of water on our ground floor (again, the luxury of having two floors). POOR ME.

Pepe + Carols hardware + Moen fixtures

But onward we go to finally getting to install those beautiful brushed gold Moen fixtures from Build.com They went in, I DIED. We had decided to go with a black quartz sink to pick up on all of the other black details throughout the kitchen and the way these gold fixtures popped next to the black undermount sink just made my heart sing. I wanted to keep the entire sink area as sleek as possible, so I loved the minimalistic design on the Moen faucet and soap dispenser, but I also loved how it double-functioned with a pull down sprayer. I spent hours upon hours upon hours searching for the perfect faucet, and I am so glad I found this one. It is one of the focal points on the kitchen and it’s looking PRETTTTY damn sexy. We can’t wait to install the matching pot filler!

Two more major developments happened this week, but I am just going to talk about one of them: the installation of our super-duper kick-a$$ hardware. This was another element of the kitchen that I spent WAY too many hours researching and agonizing over. I love how modern and sleek brass pulls look but they are so, well, EXPECTED. Everyone and their mother has been slapping brass pulls on their cabinets for the last five years and I wanted to do something that was equally modern, but a bit more UNexpected.

I reached out to my friend Krystal at Pepe and Carols and we went through many different options – she was even so kind as to send me lots of different samples in the mail. Now, before I say anything else I just need you to know that Pepe and Carols does not make ANYTHING that doesn’t make me swoon, but I was envisioning sort of a combination of the pulls she was sending me. I relayed my vision to her, and shortly after she mocked up the pull I was dreaming of, sent it over, and queue lots of drool pouring out of my mouth. I loved how they followed the geometric lines of the rest of the kitchen, but still had a softness to them. The black and brass dual-toned look picked up all of the brass and black elements in the kitchen perfectly – and she even added brass spacers on the side to give them that eclectic vibe I was shooting for. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Krystal for making the pulls of my dreams for me!

a peek at some other unfinished details

Other fun details were completed this week, but I am going to save that discussion for next week’s post because they aren’t exactly complete yet. This upcoming week we will see our floors get finished, our HALLMAN RANGE ARRIVE (GAH!), and our reclaimed wood will arrive just in time to be hurriedly installed before REVEAL coming up in two short weeks!

As always, be sure to visit the One Room Challenge to check out all of the other amazing spaces that are being transformed over this six week-long ORC season. So many of them are inspiring me to dive right on into our next project (which means they are INSANELY cool because I would have to be INSANE to do such a thing).

Cheers to the end being near!