ya know what'cha know..

and what i unequivocally know is that i LOVE neutrals with bright moments (sorry- i am just so over the term "pops of color"). this house (a rental...holla!) is the temporary home of HGTV's design on a dime star kristan cunningham. she went in and made it her own. love the painted ceiling, that dark charcoal gray. i would have assumed a dark ceiling would shrink the room, not so!! the true white helps and i love how she separated the openness of the room with several different rugs and a long cane chaise. (i recommend clicking the pictures for a close up)
i think i am drawn to a more masculine aesthetic. she balances the masculine and the feminine beautifully. love the large and in charge painting. i want a big ass ocean themed painting too, maybe this one..

some bright blue moments...

this makes me love the horns again..

she added strips of mitered wood to the fronts of all the cabinets and drawers then painted the uppers a creamy white, the lowers a charcoal gray and the pantry storage and wall oven cabinetry a french gray. i think the window casings got the french gray too. i LOVE it. it makes me want to punch someone. she also got all the hardware on the cheap. you just know she has a major black book of places with the best deals. hate.
she replaced the upper cabinets on this wall in favor of these open shelves.
she removed the doors under the stove and hung cheap tea towels as a curtain to break up the wood.

go here to read her budget breakdown.