I had another post ready to go up this morning, but I’ll have to wait on that one because I need to take one more photo… and… I forgot to charge my camera battery. Really? What is it with me and charging things?!

Anyway. I thought it would be fun to share a few photos I’ve been obsessing over lately. Obsessing to the point of saving them to my phone and flipping back and forth between them while I lay in bed at night. I keep showing them to Greg and say, “Now, what can we do to [insert room here] to give it that same look and feel?!”. It’s so inspirational it’s frustrating. So, here are my top four victims…

Fireplace Inspiration //

ONE // We have a large, wide, mantle-less, white, brick fireplace. Even though it’s rather large, it doesn’t make a statement or act as a focal point like most fireplaces do. Whenever I see fireplace transformations pop up on Pinterest, I immediately click over and drool at their awesome handiwork. So far, this is the photo at the top of our inspiration photo list. It’s a little more “cottage” than we’re going for (which is gorgeous, but we’re going for more “modern(ish) rustic(ish) vintage(ish)”… if that makes sense), but we’re really loving the idea of adding a white wood surround and painting the hearth dark gray. Greg and I both really, really, want to start on this project yesterdayΒ because we think it will help kickstart the living room decorating process (we’re still sporting the old furniture from our first apartment!). However, we have a few other irons in the fire we need to finish first. Which makes this photo… so inspirational, it’s frustrating.Β Image found here.

Kitchen Inspiration //

TWO // I know, I know. Our kitchen is “done”. But when I see photos like this with dark base cabinets, it makes me want to whip out paint chips and a brush something fierce. Then, the other little Ashley on my shoulder is saying, “Are you kidding? Mess up your nice, crisp, clean, white base cabinets? Once you paint them, you can’t go back”. So, with that, I stifle my urge to whip out the paint and add it to my “Things We Might Do In the Next House” list. Image from here.

Office Inspiration /

THREE // My office is still in a state of flux. Something must be done. Soon. Before I loose my mind. We’re in the process of weighing out the pros and cons of adding french doors between my office and the dining area. So far, the main cons is that fact that it might make the main living area feel more closed in while the main pro is not having to make sure whatever it becomes has to completely “mesh” with the living/dining room). The office space above is inspirational because, for starters, I love the white cabinetry and gold hardware. I also like the idea of a chalkboard “backsplash” although in reality I don’t think I could handle the chalk dust. Another thing that really “rocked my world” is the oriental lamp. I would have never thought to buy a lamp like that. But it works! Overall, I just love this photo because I find this little space organized yet an inspirational space to work in… and I so long for a functional, inspirational “done” office.Β Image from here.

Master Bedroom Inspiration //

FOUR // What I love about this room is that it’s calm, peaceful, neutral, but still shows some personality. This is the look we’re (eventually) aiming for for our master bedroom. Before we can move on, we need to drum up the courage to sell our current furniture. The bed and night stands have to go, but we love the dresser. I’m still wondering it will work with what we’re aiming for. The wall color is very similar to what we have now. However, rather than hanging art above the bed, we have 6 of these mirrors waiting in the wings. We would also like to have larger/beefier side tables. Image from here.Β 

So those are the top 4, most frequently viewed photos on my phone at the moment. Hopefully they’ll lead to “ah ha moments” and we can get going on making some actual decorating decisions. Thanks for listening to my brain dump. It feels good to get this off my chest… I guess you can say it’s kind of like “inspiration-therapy” if you will.

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    Erika W.
    September 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love that first photo…I needed some inspiration for my living room…gonna use this!

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    Sarah B
    September 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    LOVE all of these! Our tastes are so similar that it’s kind of freaky. I so wished you lived in Texas!!!

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    September 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Ohhh I must have that desk area in my office. Chalkboard backsplash and all!

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    September 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I like these brain dump posts because it makes me know I’m not alone. Haha!! Can’t wait to see how these inspiration pieces come into fruition.

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    September 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love the kitchen inspiration. When I can’t make a decision like that, I like to paint in Photoshop. Very rewarding, yet non-committal. πŸ™‚ Then you can put it side by side with the real photo of your kitchen in white and see over a period of time which one you are more drawn to.

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    September 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I was *just* admiring the office photo on my own Pinterest board 5 minutes before coming over here. It’s one of my favorite office spaces! Can’t wait to see how you transform your office!

    I saw an Asian lamp at a thrift store this afternoon for $7, but passed it up because I “wasn’t shopping for lamps today” and I’ve been kicking myself ever since walking out the door. Why do I do that?!? I’m hoping it’s still up for grabs tomorrow! This shot has had me drooling for one for months:

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      September 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Oh, yes! Very pretty!
      Hopefully you’ll be in luck tomorrow : )

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    September 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I saw the first pic and instantly fell in love the first time I saw. Thanks for showing it to me again. It’s the perfect combo of contrast and beauty and everything wonderful.

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    September 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    That master bedroom photo has officially been added to my “inspirating/frustrating” list. Ugh. So beautiful.

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    September 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Don’t give up on the chalboard backsplash wall for you office yet. Did you know there is such a thing as dustless chalk? They are chalk marker and wipe off without leaving dust. Just FYI.

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      September 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Good point!

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    September 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Do you know the name of the color of the bedroom paint? All the pic are stunning!

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      September 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Not sure of the exact color in the photo, but it’s very similar to our bedroom color which is Slate by Restoration Hardware. Hope that helps!

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