Hello again! Aimee here. What a heavy week it has been...  In light of our world being turned upside down, I hope this post is a pleasant distraction, if not inspirational for you and your home.  

A common decorating/design mistake I see with homeowners is placing too much emphasis on individual decisions rather than looking at the space as a whole. Designers, on the other hand, identify how the room should look, feel and function first then reverse engineer by making careful decisions to effectively accomplish that concept. 

A fun exercise to prove this practice is what I call Inspiration is Everywhere. Here I will share a sliver of inspiration and develop a room around it. I hope this exercise will help you to think bigger and deeper when it comes to your personal space.

As many New Englanders know, March is known as maple month. Sugaring season is especially sentimental for me as my grandfather made and sold his own syrup back in the day.

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To capture the mood and palette of this image, I focused on muted tones, authentic materials, time-honored antiques with a few industrial touches.  

White shiplap walls and rustic wide-plank hardwood flooring create a timeless yet casual foundation for our kitchen.  I love the juxtaposition of creamy beaded inset cabinetry partnered with raw concrete countertops. The combination feels authentic to New England with a modern twist.  Antiqued cast iron hardware and satin nickel faucet add authentic character to the space.  Lidded glass jars, a well-worn assembly of cutting boards, and linen dish towels accent the concept nicely.  A traditional runner of taupe, brown, gray, and cream offers vintage sophistication.  The honey-toned folk art cupboard and painted 19th century farm table are functional pieces brimming with history.  Lastly, the pierced weathered zinc pendant and adjustable bar stools introduce industrial touches reminiscent of the galvanized metal buckets.

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