It’s been a busy week in the Coombs’ house! Not only did Tor’s show begin airing this week on ABC, but we have also been starting some minor renovations in our Los Angeles home! It only took us two years after we moved in, but nevertheless we have been giving everything an uplift and update. We transformed our kitchen from a yucky all over beige yellow to crisp white and navy, thus making my post today about summer white on navy very appropriate!
My dream kitchen was always a white kitchen with white backsplash, white cabinets top and bottom, brass fixtures and handles, and a white and grey quartz countertop. My husband argued that that would be too much white for him, so we compromised and both agreed that navy works amazing alongside white.
We plan on completely gutting our kitchen and upgrading everything, however, that’s going to be a MASSIVE project. We’re talking about rearranging plumbing and electrical as well as take absolutely everything out and changing the entire layout. That project will take weeks, and right now our schedule is up in the air (as I mentioned frequently in my last post) as we await the future of Tor’s show. If he’s headed back to Spain for a few months, there’s absolutely no way I am overseeing the project myself. I also don’t think Tor trusts me as I would totally make everything the way I want it and he wouldn’t be able to put in input! So, it’s best to put it on hold. Until then, we decided to paint the cabinets we already have and paint all the walls downstairs. We painted our bottom cabinets a deep navy and the top cabinets a crisp swan white to give us a preview as to what our dream kitchen will someday look like.
Tor and I are doing it all ourselves (we love watching DIY Network and HGTV) so it’s taking longer than if we hired a team, which we could have done but we are stubborn and want to say we put our own blood and sweat into our home. Don’t worry though – we are hiring a team for the bigger kitchen project as that would probably take us a year if we didn’t!
Okay, so I got a bit carried away explaining our house renovations under a style post, but my outfit kind of goes along with our current plans since it’s all about summer white on navy. I love bright outfits (and bright spaces!), but sometimes it’s best to break it up with a deeper color (Tor’s argument for the navy in our kitchen). I last wore this Ulla Johnson dress in Spain and in Denmark, so I was excited to get to bring it back out for a day at home in California (see my post here about why I love recycling pieces in my closet). It’s the perfect summer white on navy dress.
White and navy mesh together so perfectly. It doesn’t have to be major contrasts either – it can be in the details. I love the navy trim on this perfect summer blazer as it went with the navy bow on my dress as well as my navy suede flats. Normally I consider navy more of a fall color, but there are certainly ways to incorporate it into the perfect summer look.
Photos by Felicia Lasala.