Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Dad

 Whoa, 2 posts in 1 did you get so lucky ;)

With the new showroom opening, I feel like I have come out of a fog and I have lots to say. On my mind tonight...Father's Day. We have had a very family-centered last few days as my sister and brother-in-law welcomed their first child, Gates, into the world! The birth of my first nephew got me thinking about names, sentimental meanings, family and my own little one, Croix. It always makes me smile when I think about how Croix shares his middle name, Glenn with my Dad, Kendall Glenn.

I got the chance to spend a lot of one-on-one time with my Dad over the past few days as we waited and waited and waited for baby Gates to arrive. During this time I was reminded how awesome he is and why we wanted to name our first son after him. I knew my whole life he was great. He has the kind of temperament and quiet wisdom that draws people to him. Dry wit, relatable, weird in the best way and down-to-earth realness are just some of the qualities we hope Croix gets from his Papa K. I think back on my own life and all of the people who played a part in making me who I am today. Sometimes it makes me weirdly excited at the great foundation Croix has (and doesn't even know it) just based on the family he was born into.

We won't be spending Father's Day together this year, so that will give my Dad a few weeks to forgive me for bragging on his awesomeness for all the world to see. :) Love you Dad!

All photos are my own. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bell Cabinetry & Design's New Showroom Sneak Peek

Holy radio silence my people, I'm sorry for the drought over here in blog land but I have been busy with a capital B. Last spring I mentioned that I was heading up the opening of Bell Cabinetry & Design's Buckhead showroom. Since that time I have been working with my team to bring our 3000 square foot space to life.

Over the past few weeks we really stepped on the gas and focused on getting this space finished! Last week we stripped the paper covering off the windows and had a photo shoot with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine for their August issue! You will get the chance to see some full shots of the showroom then, but in the meantime I thought I would give you a little sneak peek of the finished product.

Cabinetry can be technical, overwhelming and scary to some but we wanted to create a space that showcases our various cabinetry construction offerings in a way that is relatable and inspiring.

The opportunity to be creative and focus on the custom capabilities of Bell Cabinetry was really fun. Anyone can design a cabinet, but it's fun to think outside of the generic cabinet box and focus on details and elements that truly make a space unique and personal. 

Inspiration was pulled from anywhere and everywhere and it was like Christmas Morning time and time again as all of the little details began to come to life before our eyes. From hardware placement to cabinetry colors, no element or selection was left to chance. 

The Design Studio:

...where all of the magic will happen. 

Our cabinetry is always made even more beautiful thanks to it's surroundings and in this showroom we are excited to have worked with and showcase some of the best in town. Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Countertops from Neolith & Construction Resources, Tile from Renaissance Tile & Bath and plumbing from PDI

To say this process has been long is an understatement.  It has been  A LOT y'all. From finding the perfect studio location and space planning every square inch to designing, sourcing and styling the various vignettes the journey been equal parts exhausting and exhilarating.

Every last detail has been considered, re-considered, analyzed and talked through no short of 1000 times. There is literally a why behind all the things, big or small. And while I'm a believer that it is that level of heart and consideration that makes any space, home or room go from good to great, the process of getting there on any type of time-line or budget is not easy. The seemingly simple act of pouring your heart and soul into anything can be emotionally and creatively draining, but once you wade through the challenges the end results are so sweet and rewarding. We are located in ADAC West, so come say hi and let's design some cabinetry!

All photos are my own. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Luxury Living Show 2017

For eight years Bell Cabinetry & Design, the company I work for, has been designing, creating and installing the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Luxury Living Show Kitchen at Phipps Plaza. For those that have never seen the set up at the mall, there is a "Dream Kitchen" and a "Dream Bath" that sit in Monarch Court for the month and this year Bell is doing both! For the past 3 years I have designed the kitchen (here, here and here), but this year I'm the bath designer!

I was pretty excited to shake things up and try my hand at a bath design because believe it or not, I've never designed a bath that would sit in the middle of a mall.  Regardless, I was pumped for the challenge. As I began considering what I might do, I dug through my archives (my camera roll) to get inspired. I don't know about you, but I'm constantly taking pictures and screen shots of anything and everything that catches my eye, never knowing when I might need to pull them up.

Speaking of, I've had this gem for awhile and just loved the soft and happy vibe.
Photo via Pinterest
I also loved the subtle pop of pink. I knew early on I wanted a blush hue to bring the drama and interest into my design and this photo just sealed the deal for how elegant blush + marble + wood tones could be. After a lot of scheming and about 20,945,029 sketches later, this is what I ended up with:

There are so many awesome pieces in this bath like the Neolith shower surround, the beautiful MTI tub and the cool flower sconces, but my favorite part is the blush linen cabinets with the splotchy antique mirror, I'm obsessed!!

We installed both displays last week and I felt like a college student all over again with the late hours.    But as always our Bell crew knocked it out of the park and we are all so proud to have our work on display for the rest of the month. Plan to stop by and check it out in person if you are in or around Atlanta in May! 


Cabinetry: Bell Cabinetry & Design | Cabinet Hardware: Atlas | Countertops: Compaq, Color: Absolute Blanc, Installed by Construction Resources | Lighting: Circa | Shower Surround: Neolith, Calcutta Gold From Stone Center, Installed by Construction Resources | Tub, Shower Pan & Sinks: MTI | Glass (Antique Mirror, Mirror Glass & Shower Surround: Atlanta Glass & Mirror | Plumbing: KWC | Styling: Lauren DeLoach Interiors

All photos are my own. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Plant Hospital

So, guess what I got??? 

A green thumb!

Somewhere along the way I have gotten good or at least better at plants; i.e. I am keeping numerous plants alive and I have even managed to bring some back from the dead.

This is my plant hospital. It sits in a corner of the foyer where loads of sunlight pours in. Last year I started moving plants in here that were struggling and with a little consistency and a new trick I have been able to revive and maintain 6 house plants!!

I am no plant pro, in fact as late as last month I was writing about my inefficiencies when it came to the subject, but I have found two things that have helped my results.

1. I water my plants on the same day every week with the same amount of water. This might sound obvious, but for years I would either water my plants too much OR I would forget to water them entirely. One day while talking to my Grandmother, who has the greenest thumb around, she told me she waters all of her plants on the same day each week. Seeing as I am naturally a creature of habit, this concept really appealed to me. I have made Fridays my "water the plants day" and I actually do it, and when it's not Friday, I leave them alone. I also use the same cup to water my plants each time, no more, no less and it has worked!

2. I pour coffee ground into the soil of my plants.

This little tip came from Brent's Grandmother, "Dandy." Upon seeing some of my dying plants she suggested mixing some coffee grounds into the soil, so I gave it a whirl and BOOM the plants were revived. I have no idea why this works, but n ow if I have a plant that looks to be struggling I sprinkle some coffee grounds around in the dirt before I water and before long the plant is looking alive and well again. Sometimes, I even pour coffee grounds on plants that are doing just fine, just to make sure they stay that way.

The plant in the above picture was hospitalized for a long time, but a few months ago he was discharged and now he is thriving. My weird ways work and I'm so thankful to the ladies in my life who were blessed with green thumbs for all of their wisdom. Now I look like I know what I'm doing too and that's half the battle right there! ;)

All photos are my own.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DIY Pizza Oven - Part 2

Wow, it's been a minute since we last talked about our DIY Pizza Oven progress. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we have started up our work again, but as I began writing this post I realized you guys aren't 100% caught up on the progress we had made before we took our winter hiatus. Let me catch you up... last time we talked (back in October) we had just finished forming the dome and were in the process of sanding the facade. It looked something like this....

After that we built-up the smokestack aka chimney, 28" high and it looked like this:

It was at this point that we retired our efforts for the year but during the winter months we tried out our pizza oven multiple times. The verdict? The pizzas were good and they were considerably better than the pizzas we were able to make in our 1st pizza oven, but they could be better.

The issue(s):
  1. It was difficult to to get fires to light which we figured out was because the smokestack was not drawing enough smoke because it was too short.
  2. The bottom of the pizza was not cooking as quickly as the top of the pizza. We think the reason is because the heat was being absorbed into the concrete instead of pushing out from it. 
  3. The heat from the fire caused some minor cracking and heat was escaping through the cracks.  
Brent did a lot of research, mostly on-line and a little bit by eating/observing local pizza joints with wood burning pizza ovens (I was especially helpful during this part of the research process)  and came up with a game plan. A few weekends ago while I was touring southern mansions in Eufala, Alabama and Croix was playing with his aunt and uncle, Brent got to work ironing out some of the kinks. To start he added more bricks to the chimney taking it from 28" to 48" high.

To address the cracking and heat escape, Brent filled the cracks with fire mortar and then rolled on a ceramic fiber blanket

This particular material had great reviews and is specifically intended for wood stoves, pizza ovens, kilns, etc. The Internet suggested 3" or 3 layers of the insulation, but he felt like 2" or 2 layers was sufficient. As a point of reference, our pizza oven is just under 5 feet wide and it took us just under 3 boxes to cover the whole thing twice.

After the two layers of the insulation Brent wrapped the dome with chicken wire in preparation of the mortar application. 

Once the insulation and chicken wire was installed he spread cast able, insulating refractory mortar around the entire shell.

This step/material is great for a few reasons: 

A.) It helps the dome hold it's shape (i.e. cast able). 
B.) It helps keep the heat in (i.e. insulating)  
C.) Refractory means it won't crack or break under high heat. 

So basically, this little jewel solves a lot of our problems in one foul swoop!

At the end of this stage we will be ready to pull the trigger on the finish work for the facade of the pizza oven. We are moving right along and I just know I will be writing the title " DIY Pizza Oven REVEAL" soon!

All photos are my own. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Junior League Of Kitchens Recap

This past weekend was the Junior League Tour of Kitchens and I got to hang out in this beautiful space all day.

Lucky me, right?

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I. love. this. house. It's just so good and so refreshing to see a space, so well thought out and considered in every single way. For those of you who didn't get a chance to stop by, I thought I'd share a few behind the scene shots I took throughout the day.

Charles Willis Atlanta styled the island with their beautiful china topped off by cute little bunnies in baskets. Also note the pewter countertop on the island by Francois & Co. it was a BIG hit all day long. 

Right off the kitchen/breakfast room sits this beautiful wet bar.

Giant steel doors sit directly across from the hood and open up to a screened in outdoor kitchen and eating area that overlooks the pool. However, with a kitchen like THIS, I'm not sure which view is or pool....hmhm...

It was a great day and Bell Cabinetry & Design was proud to have our name associated with this beautiful home! 

All photos are my own. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Adding a Little Cracked Pepper to Our Outdoor Kitchen

We took a nice long break from our work on the patio project. It sounds so dramatic to say we got burned out, but I think we did. Not only is this project big, but it's messy, time consuming and expensive! Most free weekends last spring/summer were spent working on this project and by early fall we were TIRED. So, we took a long winters rest and now we are starting to feel motivated to get started up again. But before we crack into the heavy lifting we feel compelled to correct a mistake (ish) we made in terms of color. You may remember we opted to paint the back fence/wall the same color as the house (a light taupe) and the brick + front facing fence the same color as the trim (white).

While we liked the look, the white brick is not so white anymore from the smoke that comes from actually using the pizza oven. Yes, the pizza oven is functional even though it's not pretty and we have used it numerous times and each time we do the white brick gets less and less white.

It just looks dirty and it's obvious it's only going to get worse the more we use the outdoor kitchen. So, we decided painting the brick a dark color was the way to go. I wanted something dark, but not jet black. After bringing home a few samples we landed on Cracked Pepper by Behr. It's a deep charcoal with a hint of blue. While Croix napped on Sunday afternoon, I got busy and painted most of the brick. I left the meticulous painting (edges) to Brent, so you can still see bits of the white popping out but I think I like this direction....

What do you guys think? 

All photos are my own.