Saturday, November 24, 2018

At Home: Isabel López-Quesada at Home

I first blogged about Isabel López-Quesada back in 2012 so I was very excited when Vendome Press offered me a chance to review her first book,  At Home: Isabel López-Quesada at Home.  The book details her Madrid and French homes  and is complete with vivid photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna.  

Her signature design aesthetic is inspiring and, along with gorgeous interiors, the reader is treated to lush courtyards and gardens. I'm a fan of her strong emphasis on the texture and patina of the architecture and her spare but strong use of textiles and accessories to accent the spaces.

Here are a few iPhone snaps from the book. 


There's also a two page illustration spread of her Madrid home  - below is a snippet. 

Now I've got my fingers crossed that Isabel will release a second book featuring her
work with clients!  

Book courtesy of Vendome Press, review my own.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This Kitchen!

It's been so long I almost couldn't remember my blog password but I just had to share this kitchen by DC based Ally Banks Interiors. Maybe you've seen it?  I just came across it and my first thought was "this kitchen wins the internet!" 

If you're on Instagram, you can check me out HERE.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Island Hopping with Amanda Lindroth

The promo I received from The Vendome Press about Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design couldn't be more accurate - it's "the visual equivalent of an island getaway."  And, there's a lot of getting-away in this book with 25 featured projects over 287 pages!  For each project, Amanda shares the background and inspiration and then treats you to pages of gorgeous photography by Tria Giovan, who happens to have grown up in the Virgin Islands.  

I love relaxed, coastal inspired interiors and Amanda takes them to an elevated level.  The book is full of close-up details, as well as full-room shots, which I think is the perfect combination. Here's just a few snapshots I took of some of my favorite spaces.

Additionally there are beautiful illustrations by Aldous Bertram that I'm tempted to carefully tear out and frame.

If you love relaxed, coastal interiors with a sophisticated and creative eye for detail, color and scale or you want to vicariously island hop, then Island Hopping: Amanda Lindroth Design is for you!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Our New Old House

This is old news but like many bloggers, I  fell off with posting as the blogging landscape changed and Instagram became the new "it" place to get a design fix.  (I'm finally on Instagram here). A while back I mentioned we bought a vacation place/future retirement hub on the water in the Northern Neck. We were looking for an:
old house (I've always wanted to live in one), on the water with a dock, in a village we could walk to restaurants and a do-able drive from DC on the weekends.  
So, here it is - our 1919 American Foursquare.  Hope you enjoy the tour of all the before pics.  Even though my posts are few and far between, I am planning to post about the transformation of this house because I'm having so much fun with it! (head here for the wall mural in the living room)

Entry as seen looking down from the stairs

Entry - looking from the right corner towards the living room (yellow) and the den (green)

Living Room - to the left is the entry/front door

the kitchen, viewed from the sliding doors. (Not shown, two closets and another door to the deck)

Den - looking towards the kitchen

Door in den that leads to covered section of the deck.  You can see the other kitchen door from this door.

Powder Room under the stairs. We've dubbed it the Harry Potter Cupboard.

Now for the 2nd floor

View down the stairs from the second floor

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #2

Pic below of Bedroom #2 shows the view out to the hallway and stairs 

Bedroom #3 (above looking in from the door and below looking out in to the hallway)

2nd floor hallway bath

Master bedroom 

the master bedroom has a dressing room with 2 closets separated by a window alcove and with a sink vanity and a separate full bathroom w/a shower (not shown)

Now up to the 3rd floor (finished attic) - it has a full bath

Left side of the space

Right side - those green louvered doors are to a full bath 

The view from the porch.  The home also has an inground pool, small barn and an on-the-water oyster house and dock.


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