1.    Williams Sonoma: Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids, Set of 3
       Williams Sonoma: Stainless-Steel Prep Bowls with Lids, Set of 4
2.    Calphalon: Commercial Hard-Anodized 13-pc.Cookware Set, courtesy of Leslie's parents.
3.    Ikea: Grundtal Stainless Steel Shelf Wall
4.    Sand & Feather: Woven Bowl
5.    Crate & Barrel: Wüsthof Classic Ikon 8" Chef's Knife
6.    General Hotel & Restaurant Supply Store: Wüsthof Professional 10" Chef's Knife
7.    Fab: 10-Piece Knife Set Black
8.    Broan: Range Wall-Mounted Hood, available at  Lowes
9.    West Elm: Large Raw Wood Boards
10.  Anthropologie - Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, courtesy of our friends, the very talented Moniomi
11.  West Elm: Serving Bowls
12.  Animali Elephant Bottle Opener – Found this little gem at Su Casa while in Baltimore, but its also available at Nova68
13.  Journal and Books: Archie Grand: Chefs I’ve Met and Liked
14.  Crate & Barrel: Acacia Salt Cellar
15.  Ikea: Kryddig Spice Mill
16.  Ikea: Plates
17.  West Elm: Labeled Kitchen Storage Canister
18.  Ikea: Ekby Mossby Stainless Steel Shelf
19.  West Elm: Hanging Spice Rack courtesy of our friends, the Wintersess. We created the labels inspired by this awesome template.
20.  Target: Cake Stand
21.  GE: Café Range
22.  Ikea: Blankett Handle

23.  Etsy: Vintage Beef, Pork, and Lamb Butcher Charts
24.  Vigo: Stainless Steel Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet
25.  Dax International: Undermount Stainless Steel Sink
26.  GE: Café Refrigerator
27.  GE: Monogram Built-In Oven
28.  GE: Profile Custom Panel Dishwasher

Unless otherwise stated, products and stores featured on this blog are not freebies or sponsors. While some are gifts from our friends and family; for the most part, we’ve bought these products and feature them because we love them. However, we are testing them along with you and are not responsible for their quality or durability.



…we’ve always loved Turfblock... yes, they are messy, high maintenance, and spotty (as in grass grows inexplicably in some “holes” and not others). nevertheless, for two years, every time we spoke about redoing the driveway, we spoke about Turfblock. however, when the time actually came, doubt started setting in. we were not sure we could deal with the maintenance and inconsistency. knowing we wanted a permeable option, my dear friend Jose—who I met my first day of architecture school, now many moons ago—owner of BrickPaver Group, suggested we use Rima pavers. Rima is an interlocking paver system that offers two installation options; “nub to block” which creates a seamless surface still allowing for percolation or “nub to nub” for a larger gap and increased permeability.
Photos courtesy of: www.sislersstone.com and www.tremron.com
the Turfblock allows for sod growth, increasing the green area of the yard; while the Rima offers lower maintenance and cleaner lines. we loved the aesthetics and functionality of both systems, so it was not an easy decision…

thankfully, making a decision on the walkway, was easier. we narrowed it down to two options [also illustrated above]; 24” x 24” precast concrete pavers or larger 24” x 48” poured-in-place “pavers.”

if you can’t wait till the next post to find out what we decided, follow us on Instagram! @ourreddoor



…it’s been a while since we showed the back yard some love; and even though it still needs a lot of work, adding a little green is always a step in the right direction. as with every other wall in the house, we had three or four possible options for the rear wall of the garage; until we came across these awesome chalkboard wall planters and holder brackets from West Elm. we fell in love with these instantly. we liked the idea of creating a random pattern, so we used painters tape in different sizes, representing the various sized pots, to arrange the pattern on the wall.  

…even though we stalked three West Elm stores—and even had a very helpful sales person remove the pots and holder brackets off the store display installation, so we could buy them—we were short four small pots. knowing Rust-Oleum makes chalkboard spray paint, we thought we could create our own version for the small pots. we were right, you can’t tell the difference.

…loved adding succulents and herbs to our wall.




…after the rough plumbing and electrical, drywall, and tiling were done, the cabinet and countertop installation began.

…once the countertop and backsplash were in, the back-painted glass backsplash was installed. after that, we installed the hood, shelves, magnetic knife strip, and spice racks.

…and finally, the drawer fronts and doors were installed.