7th House on the Left

Smitten.

posted by Ashley  /  22 Comments

So, I’ve been under the weather the last few days because Greg was nice enough to pass on his cold/stomach/virus thing on to me. Though I’ve been going quite stir crazy over the last 24 hours, I’ve been trying to rest, recharge and fill up on fluids and vitamins as much as possible. During my “down time”, I happened to come across an amazing home tour that has left me completely smitten and I had to share it with you guys…

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Gray walls, black doors, white molding, built-ins, eclectic decor, pops of color… I’m there. It’s a little more “traditional” than what my eye normally gravitates toward, but I love it.

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

What would you call this style? “Modern Transitional”? But there’s also a hint of mid century too. Every style doesn’t need to have a name, but whatever it is, I really like it. It’s fun, elegant, simple but not too minimal. I think what I love most about it is the mixture of textures… jute, lucite, metallic, brick, graphic fabrics – it’s all there.

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Don’t even get me started on this kitchen nook. I love the worn wood finish of the chairs mixed with the modern table along with the traditional molding and window seat. And that brass pendent… yes please!

Smitten Home Tour // 7thhouseontheleft.com

I always love a good home tour, but I rarely come across one that leaves me this inspired. As an added bonus, on top of finding this tour and being completely awed, I also found the homeowner’s beautiful hardware line, Nest Studio (aren’t these gorgeous?!) and her blog (which I’m loving!).

All images from here. You can find a very informative list of resources and paint colors right here.

Call me crazy, but spring cleaning is one of my favorite things to do. Is the actual cleaning the most enjoyable thing to do in the world? No. (I’m not that crazy.) It’s the feeling after all the work is done that’s out of this world kinds of awesome. For us spring cleaning consists of not only giving the entire house a good deep clean, but also purging our belongings (donating/throwing away things we don’t want/need anymore) and organizing the forgotten nooks and crannies. A few days later, when the house is all sparkly, tidy and decluttered… it’s like we have a new house.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips + Tricks via The Apron Blog by The Home Depot

All of that being said, when The Home Depot contacted me and asked me to share 10 of our favorite spring cleaning tips, I remember saying out loud as I read the email, “Absolutely!” It seemed like a fun topic to talk about and one I’d really enjoy writing. Well, it ended up being a really great, fun project and got me all kinds of excited about our upcoming spring cleaning regime. The article is now live over on The Home Depot’s The Apron Blog. Check out the article right here. And, a special thank you to Greg for being my “model” so I could take the photos I needed. He’s a keeper, folks!

My relationship with Ikea’s Expedit shelving system started when I was 14 years old. My mom and dad surprised me by redecorating my room for my birthday. The room design included a large, white Expedit system filled with my favorite books and keepsakes, and the bottom two rows were filled with baskets to organize my things. My dad installed little lights in every other “cube” to showcase my favorite things – like my prized vintage Monkees lunchbox. Yes, a Monkees lunchbox. I’m an old soul. It was my favorite piece of furniture, and served me well until I left for college. When I moved into my first apartment, one of the first things I bought was, you guessed it, an Expedit. Then, just a few weeks ago, we bought a white Expedit for my office. Needless to say, my love for these functional, geometric shelving pieces has never faltered.

Ikea's Iconic Expedit Shelving System // 7thhouseontheleft.com

If you search or “Expedit” on Pinterest, you’ll clearly see I’m not the only one with mad love for this furniture piece. When various news outlets began reporting a few days ago that Ikea plans on discontinuing their iconic Expedit shelving system, I was so surprised! The EXPEDIT, people! Needless to say, the Twitterverse exploded with surprised, disappointed and (oddly enough) angry reactions. My initial thought was, “Why in the world would they mess up something so popular and so iconic to the Ikea brand?”. When I think Ikea, I immediately think of meatballs, affordable picture frames, faux sheepskin rugs and the Expedit.

This morning, I did some clicking around and wanted to hear the news from the source. I found that they’d just issued a press release (here). In their bulletin they said:

“IKEA has updated and improved the EXPEDIT shelving unit with a sleek, new design that is more durable (with a more scratch-resistant surface), more child-friendly (with rounded corners), and still fits all existing storage baskets and boxes. With this new design, IKEA is giving EXPEDIT a new name: KALLAX. KALLAX will be available to consumers in the U.S. starting this April.”

At first when I read “rounded corners”, my initial response was “Nooooooooooo!”. Thankfully, they also attached a photo of the new design, and it looks strikingly similar – if not identical – to the original Expedit design:

Ikea's Iconic Expedit Shelving System to be Replaced by the Kallax // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The “rounded” corners are barely noticeable, and it doesn’t have the 80′s vibe I feared. The more durable material will be a nice touch. I’m just hoping the finish doesn’t look strange in person.

So, in light of this news, here are my questions… Will the finishes of the Kallax match the finishes of the existing Expedit? The existing baskets will fit the new design, but will they be coming out with new versions and discontinuing the old ones? Why are they giving it a new name if it looks pretty much the same? In my book, they can call it whatever they want because it will always be an Expedit to me.

Images from here and here.