Shiplap VS. Board and Batten

What’s old is new again!

Wood paneling is back, in the form of shiplap, and hopefully here to stay. I say wood paneling but I’m not talking about the knotty pine in your grandparent’s den. If you’ve watched HGTV recently, specifically a little show called FIXER UPPER , you know what I’m talking about. The one who can do no wrong, Joanna Gaines, is all about shiplap (WWJGD= What Would Joanna Gaines Do?).


“Shiplap was installed throughout the house, along with hardwood floors for clean lines and a fresh canvas to build on.” -JG

Shiplap, usually laid horizontally, tends to make the most of cottage-inspired/farmhouse homes in need of the texture and the warmth of natural material. This feature is prominent in farmhouse decor, rustic, coastal, and many other design styles. There are so many ways to incorporate shiplap into your home projects. Whether you use weathered natural wood or want a more clean painted look, a wood covered wall makes any room feel warmer.



Another textural favorite is good ol’ Board and Batten. Many people use B&B to add  architectural detail and texture to a space. A relatively easy way to achieve the symmetry of adding wall panels is with board and batten. Board and batten can  be used on a large accent wall to help the ceiling look taller by drawing attention to the vertical boards. Many people use this technique for wainscoting as well. 

The great thing about both of these trends is they provide a touch of texture and warmth to a home. Whether you prefer a country chic or modern finished home, these accents may be what you’re looking for, let’s compare!


shiplap board and batten


Dining Room:

shiplap board dining



ship lap fireplace

In my opinion, shiplap is a more casual, informal option while B&B has as more formal classic look.  With their neutral look and timeless texture, these two trends can be used just about anywhere.


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Decorating Trends: Two Toned Cabinets

Two Toned Cabinets

I love the idea of two toned cabinets. Over the recent years, the two color kitchen cabinet trend has been holding strong. Kitchens today are much larger than they used to be, which allows for more creativity and design in a space. If the look of your kitchen has started to bore you or you simply want a change, two toned cabinets should be on top of your list!

Lighter upper cabinets help make the kitchen feel more spacious, especially if the uppers have glass doors. A darker, bolder island acts as focal point and adds drama to a space. Personally I think the two toned trend looks best on the more modern style/shaker style cabinets.

I love white kitchens; that was one of the major selling points of our house. White kitchen? Done. My second favorite cabinet option would have to be some variation of the two-toned trend. It’s so versatile it can really be used with almost any style and decor.  Two-toned kitchens can be the perfect touch in any style from Contemporary to Farmhouse.


I couldn’t end this post without addressing this unfortunate fail. I’m sorry but this one missed the mark…

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Kathy Kuo Industrial Favorites

If you have never heard of Kathy Kuo Home, you’re missing out.  I recently downloaded the Design Home App and KKH is a prevalent designer in the game.  Her pieces are everywhere and I can’t get enough! Also, I’m completely addicted to this game; boy Jamie can attest to that. So today I decided to choose a few of my favorite Industrial pieces from Kathy Kuo Home:

Design Tree Home Spencer Standard Curio Cabinet Spencer Curio Cabinet, The Khazana Home Austin Furniture Store

Balancing simplistic shape with flea marketing-find design, the details exude a style resembling the libraries of the 1940’s, providing for striking, one-of-a-kind conversation starters. This cabinet is made from reclaimed materials and salvaged architecture paired with old factory machine parts. I want this now!  Cabinet


West Elm Bleached Pine Rolling Console


I first saw this console in a friend’s house a few years ago. Her apartment was a girl’s dream; Everything seemed picture perfect and it was. I love the versatility of this piece. It can be industrial, french country, farmhouse, etc. If anyone has this in their house, I want to see how y’all decorated it!


Jorn Industrial Hourglass White Marble Console Table | Kathy Kuo Home

Marble Console

Console/Bar Cart

I like this one so much, I bought it! This is categorized as a console table but is currently serving as a bar cart in our dining room. I wanted to brighten up the space and break up all of the wood in my dining room. This gorgeous honed Indian Marble definitely stands out in the space! Please ignore my wall color, we are looking to paint in the near future.

There are so many others I want to highlight but I will save those for another day. I am about to bundle up and venture out to the gym on this New Year’s Day! It is a brisk 30 degrees here in Texas…crazy!

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