OSBP at Home: Kitchen Inspiration

Oh man, you guys. I think I’ve been bitten by the renovation bug! Ever since we renovated our bathroom a year ago, I’ve been itching to finally do something with our kitchen. And since we’re in the kitchen every. single. day I think about renovating ALL the time. As I mentioned here, the kitchen layout is super awkward, with high gloss cabinets and frosted glass fronts (not to mention the corrugated cardboard “metallic” backsplash) that feel out of place with the overall aesthetic of our home. We’re still in the inspiration-gathering phase, and today I thought I’d share some of my favorite kitchen inspiration images with you today!

Kitchen Inspiration: Qanuk Interiors Kitchen via House & Home / Photo Credit: Donna Griffith Photography

Design: Qanūk Interiors / Photo Credit: Donna Griffith for House & Home Kitchens & Baths Fall 2013

We knew we wanted to renovate the kitchen from the day we moved in four years ago, but we wanted to live with our kitchen for a while to figure out the best layout for our needs. And I’ve honestly been stumped for most of the last four years! The kitchen is one of the largest rooms in our home, but the layout is so bad that we constantly feel pressed for prep space and accessible storage. (If you’re curious, I did a rough (and definitely not to scale) layout of our current kitchen layout that you can see here.) The cabinets and appliances are on opposite walls, with eight or so feet of empty space in the middle (where our dining table now sits), so we can’t easily go back and forth between counters and the stove or sink while we’re cooking. But I just couldn’t figure out where or how to move things around – until I saw the image above from House & Home Kitchens and Baths!

Kitchen Inspiration: Crystal Anne Interiors via Instagram

Design and Photo Credit: Crystal Ann Interiors

We’re now pretty settled on moving everything over to one side of the kitchen in a slight “c” shape, with either a built-in dining nook on the other side of the kitchen or floor-to-ceiling cabinets with an island in the middle. (You can see my rough layout here.) The layout would start with a refrigerator enclosed in cabinets at one end, then wrap around the wall towards a short peninsula at the other end. The wall between the kitchen and living room isn’t load bearing, so we’d open up that wall to create the peninsula and make the entire floor plan feel much more open. We would have lower cabinets for closed storage on the bottom, and a mix of upper cabinets and open shelving above. This would hopefully solve all the wasted space in our kitchen without compromising on storage.

Kitchen Inspiration: Melissa Lee Kitchen via Design Sponge / Photo Credit: Ty Cole Photography

Design: Melissa Lee / Photo Credit: Ty Cole Photography via Design Sponge

In terms of color and style, our kitchen sits in the middle of our home (a 1920s rowhouse) and doesn’t get much natural light, so my dream of a bright white kitchen probably won’t work. I’m loving the combination of navy lower cabinets, white walls, marble tile, and wood in the kitchen above.

Jersey Ice Cream Co. Kitchen via Remodelista

Design and Photo Credit: Jersey Ice Cream Co. via Remodelista

Butcher block counters with marble tile is also an excellent combination. And like everyone else in the world, we’re in love with the plaster walls that Jersey Ice Cream Co. did for Beth Kirby’s kitchen below. Although if I wasn’t worried about selling the house down the road I’d totally go with the pink plaster version instead.

Jersey Ice Cream Co. Kitchen for Local Milk via Remodelista

Design: Jersey Ice Cream Co. / Photo Credit: Beth Kirby via Remodelista

Sarah Sherman Samuel Cabin Kitchen

Design and Photo Credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Wit + Delight Kitchen / Photo Credit: Canary Grey for Domino

Design: Wit + Delight / Photo Credit: Canary Grey for Domino

I’ve got the color combination for the cabinets, countertops, and walls, but what to do about the floor? I love the cement tile that Kate used in her kitchen, but I worry that it’s too modern for our 1920s home. But maybe not? I don’t think we’ll be able to match the wide plank wood flooring from the rest of the house, so I’m definitely leaning towards some type of tile. Old school hexagon tile? I love the way the tile meets the wood floors in the kitchen below!

Royal Roulotte Kitchen via My Domaine

Design: Royal Roulotte via My Domaine

Alright everyone, throw it at me! We’ve only been through a bathroom renovation before, which I’m sure is a piece of cake compared to a kitchen renovation. What do I need to know? Any advice for renovating a kitchen with two small kids at home? I’m all ears!

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations

When you’re getting married at a farm-to-table restaurant inside a gorgeous refurbished barn in upstate New York, why would you look anywhere else for your wedding invitation inspiration? Enter these gorgeous illustrated farm to table inspired wedding invitations with rich natural hues and stunning copper foil details from Rachel of Robinson Press! From the save the date card inspired by an antique seed packet to the sophisticated navy wedding program, every stationery element from this farm to table wedding is perfect for a crisp fall wedding!

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

From Rachel: Hope and Miles wanted to build excitement for their farm to table wedding celebration at the esteemed Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant. We decided to base the save the date design on antique seed packets. The save the date was letterpress printed in three colors on Reich Savoy double thick cotton paper.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

The invitation evolved from there to include antique botanical illustrations, mixed with artful borders, and hand calligraphy of the couple’s names and return address by Jenny at Leveret & Hare.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

We added some copper foil details and enlarged a lavender illustration to create an abstract foil printed envelope liner. We letterpress printed it all on Reich Savoy double thick cotton paper, enlisting the help of our pals at DWRI Letterpress in Providence.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

We used Colorplan amethyst RSVP envelopes for a pop of dark purple here and there. We took the printed suite to our friend Angela at Studio Carta and spent way too long trying out different colors and styles of ribbon for the perfect complement to tie together the four coordinating pieces. Settling on a metallic copper ribbon, we then sent the outer envelopes off for calligraphy addressing by Jenny at Leveret & Hare.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

Meanwhile, for the wedding programs, we designed and hand-bound 150 passport sized booklets with Italian parchment endpapers and waxed Irish cotton linen book thread. We made further use of the beautiful borders and botanicals for escort cards, table names, and welcome notes.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

Thanks Rachel!

Design: Robinson Press

Calligraphy: Leveret & Hare

Foil Printing: DWRI Letterpress

Ribbon: Studio Carta

Bookbinding Supplies: Talas Bookbinding

Paper: Reich Paper and Colorplan Paper

Robinson Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Rachel Robinson

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations

Sophisticated yet laid back. These backyard black tie wedding invitations from Ashling of Lotus & Ash welcomed guests to a barefoot, relaxed, and formal wedding celebration. We love the juxtaposition of high fashion and low-key relatability! This is such a fun suite, including nods to the couple’s collegiate days where they first met. The modern calligraphy by Nicole Miyuki and classic serif typefaces make the perfect final detail of juxtaposition to pull it all together!

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

From Ashling: As a wedding invitation designer, it’s what I’ve come to call the “triple crown” – a collaborative bride with impeccable taste, a film-worthy love story over a decade in the making, and a shared goal to design a suite that was traditional and timeless, but didn’t take itself too seriously.

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

The mature, edgy, and meaningful invitation suite was such a trifecta. The thread for their wedding weekend was “Black Tie and Barefoot,” and it lived every bit up to its promise. The couple was married in front of the groom’s childhood home, followed by an elegant black tie reception held in the backyard. The celebration ended with an after party in the pool house, and the bride and groom jumping, fully clothed, into the pool.

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

When Steph and Mark first came to us to design their full wedding stationery suite in less than 5 months, we were beyond excited for the opportunity, but needed to get their save the dates out quickly. Still unsure of what their exact wedding aesthetics would be, we celebrated their days as Stanford students with a save the date that incorporated watercolor university ephemera and a portrait of the fraternity house where they first met. We incorporated a vintage map of Stanford from the couple’s collection as a personal, colorful envelope liner.

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

As the details came together for Steph and Mark’s backyard, black tie wedding, we knew we wanted to create something that was both sophisticated and formal, yet fun and modern. Aubergine envelopes with brush calligraphy opened to reveal a Carrara marble liner and foil-stamped pocket, inspired by the wedding decor.

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

The letterpress announcement, printed on the ever gorgeous 2-ply Crane’s Lettra, featured modern calligraphy paired with a classic serif typeface and a blind deboss detail on both the front (the couple’s monogram) and back (a rose pattern). The suite also included weekend details and reply cards with arresting typography, dark floral photography, and haphazard black watercolor swashes, digitally printed on an Indigo press on #130 Classic Crest.

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

Our personal favorite element from the suite? It’s nearly impossible to choose, but the attire card takes the crown. It featured glassine envelopes filled with colorful swatches to inspire guests attire and the instructions “black tie invited, shoes optional.” In our dream world, that would be the requested dress code for all weddings!

Backyard Black Tie Wedding Invitations by Lotus & Ash

Thanks Ashling!

Design and Illustration: Lotus & Ash

Calligraphy: Nicole Miyuki

Letterpress Printing: Dependable Letterpress

Foil Printing: JR Press

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Katrina Jayne Photo

Stationery A-Z: Animal-Themed Birthday Cards

From cute puppies to mythical unicorns, animals represent affection without too much specificity, which works especially well when it comes to expressing personal sentiments. Birthday cards are perhaps one of the best uses of this charming style – and it’s probably a safe bet that you know someone who has a birthday coming up. We’ve got sea-worthy bears, dancing pigs, and thrashing rabbits all banded together to showcase some of our favorite animal-themed birthday cards. Check out our round up below!

Animal-Themed Birthday Cards

From top right:

1. Land ho! Navigate the birthday seas with this sweet illustrated bear from Boyoun Kim.

2. Cats (and their owners) love birthdays too! Don’t forget your feline-loving bud with this card illustration by Alice Bowsher for Wrap Magazine.

3. Rawr! Loving the use of gold foil, script font and a beautifully illustrated scene by Dinara Mirtalipova for Red Cap Cards.

4. Happy birthday from turtle and bear (and the Everyday Balloons print shop).

5. Six little piggies from Lucky Horse Press to wish you a bacon-filled birthday.

6. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear bear, monkey, and cat, happy birthday to you – from Fugu Fugu Press.

7. Fantastic birthday wishes from this fantastic beast as visualized by Amy Heitman.

8. LOL-ing at this bear rocking his skivvies. Sweet enough for your aunt, yet cheeky enough for your BFF. Created by the sweet ladies of E. Frances Paper.

9. Rock out with your bun(ny)s out. Send this Wolf & Wren Press design to every party animal you know.

10. This beautiful painted Persian cat is another gem for any cat lover out there, from fellow cat lady Idlewild Co.

11. The folks over at Egg Press have tons of animal-themed designs in their arsenal. But what makes them extra specials is their clever copywriting and fun concepts.

12. Love the humorous message coupled with a majestic buffalo courtesy of Wild Hart Paper