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One (Famous) Brownstone, Two Kitchens

You probably recognize this kitchen. It was in the much-featured, much-blogged-about home of Jenna Lyons.

Jenna Lyons' Kitchen

Lyons’s New York brownstone was sold and is now owned by Tracy Martin and Vince Clarke. They hired Roman and Williams to redesign and decorate it, and here’s the kitchen now.

Tracy Martin's Kitchen

I missed the redecorated home’s feature in the New York Times when it was first published last year, but was glad to come across it recently. It’s easy for me to fall back to cute! and colorful!, but I’m so inspired by more masculine homes, and I love the vintage character brought back into this kitchen. The entire redesign is inspiring.

Which way do you prefer it? How about the home as a whole? Domain Home put together a collection of photos of the house’s two very different looks.

Three Silver Side Tables


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Target has their new pieces out for spring, and I’m working with them today to feature one of the new side tables. I chose a silver drum table because I like that the finish is shiny enough to reflect whatever is nearby (that red rug in front warms it up a lot), but it doesn’t show fingerprints and the hammered detail gives it texture and interest.

Silver Drum Side Table

I try to have a coffee or side table within reach of each seat so there’s always a place to set down a drink (or as is usually the case here because of the kids, a place to leave your toy cars, horse figures, and Lego people). Of course, they also make for good opportunities to bring in a few accessories, like the flowers and candle that I picked up.

Flowers and Candle

(Hey, having the same initials as Nate Berkus has finally paid off!)

Nate Berkus Candle

A drum table is versatile enough to pair with sofas and chairs in a wide variety of styles — even as a bedside table or extra seating as a stool. I’ve been working a lot with brass and warm metals in this house, so I thought it would be fun to switch it up and take a look at silver instead. I matched up the same metallic drum table with a different chair, and also pulled in two other options in my sketch below. (These are so fun to draw!)

Target Side Tables and Chairs

  1. Candace Arm Chair (Garden Craft Seafoam)
    The feminine lines of this chair are great, and it comes in a bunch of patterns and colors.

  2. Threshold Silver Drum Accent Table
    A classic shape gets a metallic update.

  3. Safavieh Accent Table (Silver)
    Slender and stylish. A cute little table just big enough to set a drink down on.

  4. Threshold Rope Wrapped Accent Table with Hammered Metal Top
    The rope detail would be at home in a beachy setting, but the hammered metal and geometric base give it a bit of edge that helps the table work with a more modern style too.

  5. Safavieh Sasha Club Chair (Tan)
    Such a great, neutral chair. Would be perfect as a pair facing a sofa.

NatureBox Giveaway

I’m working with NatureBox again today with a giveaway for two of my readers to win!

NatureBox Snacks

I always have a snack in my bag in case I’m out with the kids and they need a little something, and on days when I teach, I make sure to bring something to tide me over until I get home. I leave the house right after breakfast, and then when I get back in the early afternoon, I have to nurse the baby before I can make lunch for myself. I usually grab something from our NatureBox delivery because the snacks are healthy and tasty, and they have enough variety (over 100 options!) that I don’t get bored bringing the same thing every time.

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NatureBox

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NatureBox is a subscription service that delivers your choice of snacks each month, with free shipping in the continental US. They work with a nutritionist to insure that the snacks are made with no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats. No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors either. Each bag has 3-5 servings, and you can choose different snacks each month so you’re always discovering something new (or you can stick to your favorites, of course). Brandon loves their Sea Salt Pop Pops so we always choose that for one of our snacks, and then I like to mix up the other options to try something new each time.

NatureBox Snacks Giveaway

Giveaway

NatureBox is offering a free trial for new US and Canadian subscribers (not valid on gift subscriptions, and can’t be combined with other offers). If you join, you’ll get a free sample box of some of their most loved snacks!

You can also enter the giveaway: browse all of the snacks that NatureBox offers right here. Which would you like to try? Let me know in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win one of two free 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox! This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada only, and entries must be received by midnight CDT, April 23, after which two winners will be drawn randomly. Good luck!

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