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Cuter Tudor: The Living Area + Kitchen

Cuter Tudor: The Living Area + Kitchen

First off, I have to throw this out there, if you're in Phoenix today then you are CELEBRATING with me because last week it was 108 degrees, and today it's 65. WE ARE IN HEAVEN. Hah!

As I've been getting a ton of questions about the various pieces in the living room of the Cuter Tudor, I've decided to do a few more posts and go a little more in-depth on my design choices and everything!

I think I mentioned this in my house reveal post, but right off the bat, the whole design of the living room started with these two mossy green Embrace chairs from Article. They're velvet, and they are incredible. I was already looking for a way to incorporate Pantone's color of the year (Greenery!) into this home besides just using plants, so it seemed like a no-brainer decision (now that I say that, you'll notice the subtle pops of green here and there... maybe!?).  Not only are they gorgeous to look at but they're insanely comfy - perfect for after-dinner conversation with friends or a quiet morning with a mug of coffee. They're also the first impression when you walk in the door of this house!

If you've never heard of Article, let's get a proper intro! Article is an online-only source for unique mid-century and contemporary furniture. I LOVE this company more than I can say. The quality is amazing, and the prices are so affordable because they are online-only! I'm endlessly inspired browsing through their products and they keep creating amazing new collections.

So anyway, once I had the chairs, I actually used them to influence other design choices we went with (like lighting fixtures, tile, etc). I know that sounds a little backwards, but it just felt like the right thing to do! I think in a way, it helps the design of the actual home to retain a more timeless feel, when you make your strong design choices with your furnishings. I don't know about you guys, but my tastes are constantly changing. I don't think I could ever commit to a really wild and colorful tile for fear I would get tired of it in a month.

I've gotten the most questions about this gorgeous rug, but sorry ya'll, this was an Offer Up find! (Offer Up is like Craigslist if you haven't heard of it). It happened to have all the right shades and it was really unique, and a great deal. The lightweight concrete side tables were made by my handsome husband (Josh Makes). The sofa is actually our personal sofa - sometimes with homes we end up playing musical furniture - but this one is the perfect size (it's an apartment-sized sofa) and just felt right. The large faceted mirror was also one of those perfect second hand finds! (The trick to great finds is to sift through A LOT OF CRAPPY STUFF. Seriously!)

We live in the Coronado neighborhood in Phoenix, and I think our neighborhood yard sales, message board finds, and estate sales are the best. The cow skull and small antique oil painting over the euphorbia (the thing that looks like a cactus) were both finds from one of my neighbors! Most of the other little trinkets, stoneware, and small paintings were also local thrift / antique store finds. (How good is that green hand!? It spoke to me so I had to get it.)

In the kitchen, the black bentwood chairs were another Offer Up find, and the table we purchased from CB2, and next to the cow skull you'll see one of MANY of my favorite minimalist candles from Standard Wax. I love them!

Okay - let's talk sources! One of the things I get asked about the most is the geometric tile we put in the small laundry room! I originally wanted to put it all throughout the kitchen but in the end, I'm glad we chose to just have a surprise little splash of it. Home Depot (online) will let you purchase single tiles if you want to try it out, but the best price is from AllModern. It's like a budget-friendly version of cement tile, because it's porcelain and printed, but you can't really tell unless you're a few inches away from it.

The sconces over the fireplace we originally bought for our last house, but they ended up being too big to work. But it's kinda like they were meant for this house! I found them on Homary.com.

The hanging pendant over the kitchen is from World Market - it was not hard-wired, so we had an electrician convert it to a hard-wired fixture. We also found these colorful chindi balls from World Market, too. It ended up being great because we needed to stage the fireplace with something decorative. WHO KNEW they could serve a purpose!?

If you're in the Phoenix area, you are in LUCK because we have this crazy awesome place called Desert Liquidators, which is where I sourced the marble counter tops, the wall tile in the kitchen, and the laminate flooring throughout the house (I'm usually very anti-laminate, but I LOVED this. You can't see a repeating pattern, and the color and quality were great... so I made an exception!). The cabinets were from another local cabinet place, too, but I'm not sure of the name of it (sorry!) as our contractor handled that.

Lots of people have asked about the ceiling fan, but I sadly cannot recommend it, as it came in a non-working condition and we have since had to replace it! But I found a great replacement on Amazon. It's surprisingly hard to find a good white fan without a light on a budget.

Alright! I think that's all as far as sources go, but if you see anything else that I didn't mention, feel free to ask about it! :)

This post was sponsored by the freaking awesome folks at Article, but as usual all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the people who support us!  I only partner with brands I truly believe in and would be happy to support as a customer and I can't say enough good things about Article

Build Your Own (SUPER Easy) Fountain!

Build Your Own (SUPER Easy) Fountain!

THE CUTER TUDOR - Before and After!

THE CUTER TUDOR - Before and After!

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