ORC Kitchen Plans – Week 1 – Color Blocking

Reading about how artists get inspired is one of my favorite things. I love hearing about the process behind the idea and creation. It pisses me off when design magazines skip this subject altogether. How do designers come up with a plan? Why did they decide to use this material versus another? The written content of so many design magazines is SO LAME, don’t you think? I never read the articles because there is nothing substantial in them. It is a bunch of superficial facts put together that lacks the project background story that I am interested in… or do you read the whole design magazine? I wonder.

Why do I mention this? Because the process that ignites a room is interesting to me. Those first ORC posts that talk about inspiration are one of my favorite ones but some that not a lot of people pay much attention to.

(As a reminder of the other One Room Challenge that I have participated in before, here is a link to the reveal of my kids’ room and here is the reveal of my living room that has a big colorful mural, in case you want to take a look.)

This Spring, I am redoing our kitchen. I shouldn’t say “redoing,” as this space has never really been done. It looks the same as it looked six years ago when we moved in. At the time, we bought some IKEA cabinets, countertops and fixtures and that was it… until now.

What was my inspiration and story behind this kitchen design concept?

Let’s start with a photo:

(Image via Nuria Alia)

The first time I saw this floor, I felt inspired. The colors and tiles spoke to me (is that possible?). This image lived with me for a long time, and when I decided to do the kitchen, I knew I wanted to use similar colors.

This is how I decided to paint the bottom cabinets of the kitchen a color close to radicchio. What is funny is that Farrow & Ball has a color with that same name in their catalog. Of course, I am not the kind of person that has the budget (or desire) to spend $90 in a can of paint, so I will probably ask my local paint store to match the color with another paint brand.

If you know my home, you know that is full of vibrant colors. (Here is a Spring Tour of my place with photos in case you want to take a look.) This time I want to use a different color palette and do something a little bit more sophisticated.  Less obvious. Do you know what I mean?

I used the Pantone app to help me narrow down the color palette. Have you used it? It is a lovely way to get color inspiration. It is not always easy to mix and match different colors and, now that I have been doing this amateur design thing for a long time, I understand the importance of the various tones! One tiny drop more of red in a mix of pink would change the color! It makes a difference, and it is essential to get the perfect shade.

Here is that radicchio color I want to use for cabinets used in a hallway and an inspirational “radicchio” photo.

( Image 1Image via Ana Zaja Petrak)

In this hallway, the color looks lighter than it is in my kitchen. The idea is to paint the bottom drawers radicchio but leave the top ones white. Although, I might change my mind about that later.

Another idea I have been pondering with is color blocking… not in the real sense of the word but in the sense of adding blocks of color to the space that work as art and eye magnets.

(Image via Casa Josephine – Image via Dabito)

I adore the two images above. Paint can be used in simple ways to create impact for NO money! Am I right or am I right? I am doing something like this in my kitchen.

The thing is that I don’t have a big budget. I would love to add more texture to my kitchen and fancy fixtures, but I can’t afford it, so I need to be creative about how to make this space special so I am relying on paint.

Regarding tile, I want to use subway tile because of affordable price and simplicity, but I am worried about how overused it is. I mean… EVERYBODY uses subway tile!!!! So I was very happy when I found this handmade subway tile at Lowe’s that it is long and has texture. It looks something like this:

(Image via Pinterest – Image via Decorpad)

I am unsure about how to line up the tiles. I like the vertical look, but I think the horizontal is nicer… although I don’t want the pattern to be the typical one where each new row lines up halfway through the tiles of the bottom row as you can see in the photo above on the right.

Another thing I wanted to do was adding molding to the kitchen, maybe panels too? Well, that was the plan until I saw this photo from Kelly Wearstler’s Instagram:

(Image via Kelly Wearstler

How original is that? The painting has a little bit of texture that I am not sure I will try to replicate, but I will do color blocks on the dining room wall. Another easy and cheap trick that can make my kitchen look special.

Now that I have shared my inspirational photos, let me take you through my current kitchen photos for a little taste of before pictures, before you move on, sorry for the mess and dirty dishes:

I do like the dining room right now, and I have some photos on IG that look a lot better than the image above, but I also need something new, and I am excited to see some changes in this space. 

Here is my mood board:


1. Pendant light | 2.  Dusk Pink Benjamin Moore | 3. Handmade subway tiles

4. Radicchio – Farrow & Ball | 5. Brass Handle | 5. Brass Handle

7. Euphoria cactus | 8. Brass and black chandelier | 8. Brass and black chandelier

If you want to follow the challenge:

Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

OK. I hope you follow along during this Challenge. The next five weeks will be busy and intense. Did I mention I am 7 months pregnant? AUGH! See you next week.



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Spring Home Tour

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I am alive and pregnant. I thought you would want to know that.

Before you ask any questions, I want to clarify a few things: 1) George made me do it (third baby), 2) yes, I am too old for this, and, 3) it’s a boy! (Here are my thoughts on having a third child a couple of years ago).

Now that we got that out of the way you must be wondering why the need to stop writing the blog? Being pregnant is not a debilitating condition… necessarily. Well, it was for me. The first trimester was simply awful, a lot worse than with my other two pregnancies. I threw up every day, was incapable of exercising or standing up from bed… I even fell asleep in my office one day, under the desk. It was really sad, and you know what happens after feeling bad for 8 weeks in a row? You forget how it is to feel good! I started to think that this nausea was going to last forever! It also gave me a new perspective and empathy for people that have long-term diseases that make them feel like crap constantly. It was so horrible that I caught the stomach flu during the New Year’s weekend and it took me 5 hours to figure out that it was the flu and not just pregnancy symptoms. That is how bad it was…

Of course, if you follow my IG account (which you totally should. Click here to do that), you know I have been pretty active, just not blogging.

But, on the brighter side!!! I am back to blogging land with a BANG! My home has changed a lot in the last months (or year) and I want to show you some of it.

In preparation for this Spring Tour that I am doing with a bunch of amazing design bloggers, I headed to my favorite place, The Flower Market, DTLA. I  bought ranunculus, spider gerberas, hellebores, and plenty of flowering branches. I filled my home with them and took a lot of photos. Let’s take a look, shall we?


colorful living roomOf course, that mural I did for ORC is still the focal point of the room. I have added more texture and color with the green velvet sofa from Article, yellow chairs from Joybird, and wicker planters from Chile… they will be available in my Etsy shop soon.general view living roomwicker bird cage Magnolia branches make me happy. The pink paint is a project that I did last year. living room viewSome of these planters are also from Chile, others have been collected with time. Faux sheepskin from IKEA.living room another view to kitchenThe view to our kitchen. I love how bright it looks. view to kitchen

The theater chairs were a Craiglist find from my husband. The blue vase is from Target. Purple, fluffy pillows are also from Target. spring wicker bungalow bohemian mural jaybird I need to finish that macramé! I just need more time. A lot more time. yellow chair chairs pianohanging plants magnolia KITCHENdining room This beautiful painting was a thrift store find. Yellow chairs are from blue dots. Fabrics are from the Rose Bowl flea market. My husband built the table. plantas Paintings are finds I have collected throughout the years. The flower vase and shelf brackets are from Anthropologie.art dining room flowers art yellow chairs HALLWAYfoyerThe wallpaper is from Etsy. The ceramic is from the talented artist Katy Krantz. Wicker basket and rug are from Chile, they will be available in my shop very soon!wallpaper victor These kids are not for sale but they sure are cute. max mila

Here is a photo of myself to prove that I am alive and pregnant, in case you didn’t believe me.

Now, for a continuous tour of wonderful Spring homes, head to the blog of my wonderful friend Maggie Overby Studios. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Summer Eclectic Home Tour 2017

Hey, peeps, I have a fun post for you today: a mini photo tour of my 900 sq ft home.

This week, Jess from Domicile 37 is hosting a hop tour where different bloggers show images of their homes every day. Today is my turn.

I won’t write long because I don’t have a lot of time before this post goes live, but images speak more than 1,000 words, don’t you think? The thing is that George has been gone all week and I haven’t found the time to write, but take pictures I did!

Take a look:

This is the piano in my living room. The most important piece here are the peonies! Summer = cheap peonies at Trader Joe’s!!!! I take full advantage of this opportunity when it comes around. Peonies in the bathroom. Hanging plants because that is what I like. Here is the porch. The entrance to our home.
More and more plants.
The living room again! I really like this corner of this room because it has so much color and is fun. Here is the tutorial on how to do that painting on the left.This photo looks like a painting but it is not. Tulips are another love of mine so I took this photo in front of our mural.new light fixtureThe other side of our living room. I bought this lamp a month ago in IKEA.lighting living roombougainvilleahow to do a hanging textile A textile I created last month. Our dining room. garland diyA garland in our kids’ room.Our garden.

Hope you like this mini-tour. Now, go and visit the rest of the bloggers participating! The links are below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Summer 2017 Eclectic Home Tour | Eclectic Interiors | Eclectic Homes | Boho decor | Vintage Eclectic decor | Bold Geometric decor | Maximalist style| Vibrant decor


Domicile 37 | Whimsical Blue Living | The Striped House | Bright Green Door


Cassie Bustamante | Jest Cafe | The Rath Project | Emmerson & Fifteen


Natasha Outside and In | Up To Date Interiors | Designing Vibes | PMQ for Two


Jessica Brigham | This is Our Bliss | CAD Interiors | French & French Interiors | Maker of Home


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Get The Look – Iris Apfel

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Hi! It is time for another installment of “Inspired by DIY.” This time we are using Iris Apfel wonderful style as inspiration to create a DIY or Interior Design project. I chose the photo above to guide my post today.

So what did I come up with?

Well, because I am a good human, I trolled many, many web pages looking for home decór pieces that fit her style(somewhat), but that I would also like to have in my home.

I am not into Baroque or Victorian decorations that much, which is a problem as she loves pieces like that, but there is a middle place where color meets velvet in which Iris Apfel and I completely agree with.

Take a look:
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1-Gliming Primrose Mirror / 2-Sunset Vintage Kantha3-Linen Beatrix Dining Chair / 4-Brass Plam Taper5-Julie Swivel Chair6-Velvet Orianna Headboard / 7-Velvet Ardmore Chair / 8-Spiced Saffron Vintage Kantha9-Laurette Rug /  10-Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Grand Sofa11-Velvet Leonelle Sofa / 12-Elephant Bookends


That velvet blue chair and the dark pink sofa are my favorites. Iris was a big textile fanatic, that is why I included the two Kanthas shown above (2 & 8). The business that made most of her money in the early years was a textile shop. She traveled around the world looking for beautiful textiles to sell in the US. Can I have that job, please?

For other of my projects from the “Inspired by DIY” series, here is the link to cement planters inspired by Wes Anderson,  a flower arrangement inspired in Genevieve Gorder, and a fun painting + printables inspired by Miles Redd.

Thanks to Kathryn from Up to Date Interiors and Jess from Domicile 37 for hosting this challenge every month!

Now, I would recommend you head over to check out what my other fellow blogger friends did for this series. Here are the links to their posts:

Up to Date Interiors | Domicile 37 | The Gathered Home | Semigloss Design | PMQ for Two | The Rath Project

Thanks for stopping by!

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How To Make A Copper Garland With Cricut

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Doing a copper color garland for my kids’ room has been on my to-do list since I designed their room last year. I have wanted to add shapes and texture to their bedroom but I couldn’t figure out how to cut the shapes (moon, ring & circle) in a thicker material, little did I know that help was around the corner!

(Drums of excitement!)

Enter the Cricut to save the day! Or, at least, make my dreams come true. From the moment I knew I was going to get my hands on a Cricut, I knew I wanted to do this garland first.

I mean, it is pretty amazing to see how far has technology come to create wonder machines like this one. I don’t remember (or probably don’t want to remember) how I survived before the existence of things like a cell phone, Waze or Lyft. Well, now add to that list of essentials: the Cricut,

You know I am a crafty aficionado, but with Cricut, I have become a crafty expert because this machine simplifies so many projects that seemed really difficult to accomplish before, like this garland that I am talking about.

Here is what I did:

How to make a copper garland with Cricut

Difficulty (1-5): 2  Time: 2hr Cost: $50



1) For this project, you need to use Cricut Design Space which is on the Cricut website. I found images with a ring, the moon, and a circle on the Internet, uploaded the images to Design Space and then told Cricut to cut the shapes accordingly.

2) I used a Deep Blade and strong settings to do the cutting and it worked! Look:

3) I sprayed the figures with copper paint and then drilled a hole through them.

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4) I used the twine to hang the figures to a main piece of twine. This is how it looks:

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I like how it looks against the copper and blue wallpaper, don’t you?

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What do you think? I kind of like it. I am happy it turned out OK and that Cricut was able to cut the thin basswood. It was fun to watch.

Now, this garland hangs in my kids’ room making the space more happy and beautiful. Perfect combo.

Ok, so here concludes the three-part series of “how to craft your way to a beautiful home with Cricut.” I really hope you liked it. I know I really enjoyed the opportunity and sharing these projects with you.

Thank you so much!This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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