Blogs I Love – Pencil & Paper Development Co.

It’s time for another addition of: Blogs I Love.

I happened upon Pencil & Paper Development Co. through Instagram (a constant source of design inspiration for me). I followed them on IG (which you can do here) and then checked out their website. It’s so much fun when I find a new website to spend some time on that inspires and also teaches me more about my passion of Interior Design.

Pencil & Paper was started and is run by, husband and wife team Benjamin and Genifer Shor. They both started in design bringing large scale concepts to life in retail stores and have now moved onto their own design business located in Nashville, Tennessee. Don’t let that southern city fool you, these designers are bringing hip and modern to the mix with classic and preppy. Their clean designs and use of bright colors are perfectly executed, but there is also a livability to their home designs that brings a warmth and feeling of “home, sweet, home”.

Let me show you some of their fabulous designs.

(all photos via Pencil & Paper Development Co.)

 Modern Hilltop Home

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Black and white kitchen perfection!!!

La Cornue ranges are like pieces of art. The most beautiful range on the planet!!

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The simplicity of this modern hilltop home is deceiving because although this might seem easy to pull off, I think it’s one of the hardest things to do in design.

The white tile is a perfect backdrop to the brass fixtures that are both old fashioned and completely modern.

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This is one of my favorite fixtures that is out there in design world right now.

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The black and white theme continues. Are you dying over this laundry room?!

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 Modern Southern Living Home…

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Adore this kitchen especially how with all the white, marble and brass that they throw in the boldness of black in the range and door trim…genius!!!

See how they make this look so inviting and homey but still so elegant.

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Bold use of color.

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I’m a big, fat, lover of an all white palette to be the basis of the design space.

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Not So Traditional Ranch…

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This is how you make a gallery wall look interesting!!!

My favorite kind of bedding: all white with pops of color with the pillows.

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Notice again, the use of black and white that really anchors all the color.

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The white shelving with all white tchotchkes makes a statement but still lets the color in the rest of the room speak for itself.

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This wallpaper lover is saying YES!!! to this forest on the wall.

Using indoor chairs with the outdoor furniture/room and making them cohesive by painting them all white, is great and original design.

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Have you fallen in love with this blog yet???

I know I have. Pretty sure I’ll be checking it out regularly.

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Blogs I Love – Hi Sugarplum!

This is my second post in a series I call Blogs I Love, for more on this go to my Interior Design category and scroll down to Blogs I Love or search Blogs I Love There are so many inspiring and interesting blogs that really help me to hone my craft. Hi Sugarplum! I found quite by accident and I’m so glad I did. It’s one of those blogs that you’ll want to scroll through from the very first post. It’s amazing how far Cassie has come in using blogging as a tool to further her love of Interior Design and turn it into a business.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite posts.

All photos via Hi Sugarplum!.

This is the first post of Cassie’s that I took a look at. I was very impressed with her make over of her kitchen. She didn’t tear up the whole kitchen but used existing cabinets and just freshened them up, she also kept the existing counter tops. With a few custom additions, paint, and that awesome cement tile backsplash, this kitchen went from frumpy to fabulous…

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Cassie was also part of the One Room Challenge if you are not familiar with that check out my blog post here, or search On Room Challenge. Cassie’s living room was quite the rage on Instagram! It turned out beautifully, the colors are amazing, and her attention to detail is so evident in the design of this space.  I really love this room. For her entire post go here.

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I love DIY projects, especially if they are transforming furniture. This highboy is taken from old fashioned and dull to modern and bright. Cassie’s entire post here.

Before and After…yikes, what a difference!!!

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Cassie’s inspiration, look at the yellow highboy in the far left of the photo…

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Great and bright details in the inside drawers. Love this idea of different contact paper. I’m going to be using this one…

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There is lots more inspiration, DIY projects and fashion; this blog is a fun one.

It’s Friday, yahoo!!! Have a great weekend.

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Blogs I Love – View Along The Way

I have been finding so many great blogs lately that I want to share, so I’m starting a series called “Blogs I Love”. I’m so inspired by the DIYers out there, who can take a little bit of money and some hard work and transform their space. Although I love high end interior design, it is much easier to design with an unlimited budget, I’m just as impressed with the DIYers who are making beautiful and elegant homes on a budget.

So lets get started.

The first blog to start this series is View Along the WayThis young couple is amazing. They are doing such a great job transforming their home that they bought as a foreclosure.

There is so much information on this blog along with great photos and step by step instructions, from large projects to small.

Here are some of my favorites (all photo via View Along the Way)

Their master bedroom closet is a great makeover. Lots of organization in a small space but it is really elegant and they used my favorite Anthropologie wallpaper.

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Everything is so organized and pretty. The Anthropologie Pink Peony wallpaper is one of my favorites. Everything is linked in the blog post which you can check out here.

This jewelry section of the closet is my favorite.

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They did a wonderful job on their home office. This built-in bookshelf wall is amazing. It looks so custom and they did it all themselves. #impressed

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For full details on this room go here.

This laundry room would almost make it a joy to do laundry.

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They share all the details: like how to paint the floor, stenciling, and building the shelves.

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For all the details on the laundry room go here.

I was looking for Greek Key curtains for my daughters room and that is when I found this DIY project and how I came to love this site.

These curtains are made using simple IKEA white curtains and adding ribbon, all without sewing. I’m thinking of trying this one.

Greek Key no sew curtains…

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Simple directions…

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For all the details on this go here.

Those are just a few of the many, many projects on this site. There is a wealth of information here.

This will be an ongoing series, I have lots of other great blogs to share.

All the best,

Joy