Friday, June 29, 2012

Renovation Progress

A long overdue update on our renovation progress. The stairs have been moved from the kitchen to the former dining room that connects the living room, kitchen and family room. Love the X railing - and there is a plan so it will be up to code. Above is the living room.
There will be a large bathroom w/a wet area (this first space you see), two bedrooms, a media area and a large laundry/craft/storage area on the other side.
Here's a new window that adds in more light. Four steps up and you're at the level of the pool.
One of the bedrooms w/a 3' x 4' egress window. The second bedroom has a large walk-in closet.
Here's a bit of the kitchen without the stairs. In this pic I was painting it Farrow and Ball Shaded White (the darker color.)
Where the stairs used to be. Such a huge difference to now have a square kitchen instead of a L shaped one!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Graduation Day & Meeting a Congressman

This is one of those posts that's more about recording what's happening in my life than about design - although there are some pics from inside the Rayburn House Office Building at the end. My oldest, Ryan, graduated last Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall and it really was one of the best days ever. My husband is in a robe since he's a physics teacher at Yorktown High School.
As class president, Ryan gave one of the speeches - weaving in quotes from Lord of the Rings and the analogy of crabs in a basket - not letting others bring you down and pull you back from your dreams. It was really well received and I couldn't have been happier for him.
happy parents
Earlier that same morning Ryan went to the Congressional Arts Award Ceremony and had a chance to meet Congressman Jim Moran (VA-8), who took time to chat with Ryan and was so nice and supportive of him.
Now for the design part. Of course I couldn't resist snapping a few shots of the eagle sconce, these gorgeous stairs and...
this amazing pendant light.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Corfu Inspired Bedroom in London

Nine years ago my husband and I stayed at the Blakes Hotel while in London for our 15th anniversary. Designed by Anouska Hempel, each room is different. For our stay we were in a room with dark woods and deep colors of claret and ink blue (post here). Recently the Corfu suite, featured on the blog Hotel Belle Annie Fitzsimmons, caught my eye with its beautiful, white and breezy feel.

On another note, thank you to all of you who commented about my son's graduation from high school. I was so suprised to pull up my blog a few days later to find so many comments. It was a wonderful day and since I finally gave in and bought a new computer (Mac Air) I'll plan to post a few pics at the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Very Big Day Tomorrow

Somehow I thought I could blog during one of the biggest weeks for our family - we threw a graduation party this past Saturday, tonight is an 8th grade promotion ceremony for Julia and tomorrow afternoon is Ryan's high school graduation! In addition to speaking at the graduation, he'll spend the morning at the Capital for the Congressional Arts Ceremony...a very big day.

Here's a photo I took this spring from our trip for accepted student day at MassArt. I've already placed a pack of tissues in my purse. I might need to keep a supply there for the summer.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

David Scott - Outside the Box

One of the best book covers I've seen in a long time. I'm adding designer David Scott's book, Outside the Box: An Interior Designers Innovative Approach to my list. Not just because of the cover though, as you can see these rooms below, there's more to this book than just the cover. Yes, I just used that tired phrase... Hope you're having a great week.

Notice - these are mosaic tiles laid to look like subway tiles. Took a few glances before I noted this interesting take on this traditional pattern.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bit of Paris in Dallas - Julio Quinones

This month's DHome features designer Julio QuiƱones 950 sq. ft apartment. In the article he say's feeling a bit French and the result is a beautiful fresh space with a chic, Parisian feel.
Love how he painted the space above the french doors black. The cabinets are from Ikea. Loving all this yellow - notice the gorgeous stripe banding on the cushion.

For more details about the space, head here. Photography by Nathan Schroder.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beacon Hill's Cynthia Driscoll Interiors

The last few times I've been in Boston and headed over to Beacon Hill but my timing was always off and Cynthia Driscoll Interiors was closed. So happy this past March when I finally got to go in instead of just peering through the window! There's so much to admire in this gorgeous store.
Love the concrete andirons.
The finish on these pairs is beautiful and if I remember correctly they were only around $130 a piece.

This urn reminds me of John Saladino.
This mirror is set off by twiq squares. If you're in Boston, be sure to put this store on your must-visit list. (Image below from their website.)

70 Charles Street Boston, MA 617. 367. 6770

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I've Been Up To...

This weekend I just finished painting our family room Farrow & Ball's Shaded White, the same color as our kitchen. It had been BM Ancient Ivory but as my daughter clearly pointed out - there was too much contrast w/the furnishings. Here are some beginning shots. Through the door below you can see the X railing that now surrounds the new staircase down to our basement where the renovation is ongoing. The staircase was previously in the kitchen.
I did move these paintings once I got going! (and rearranged them when they were re-hung)Hope to share finished shots in the next few weeks. My computer is still is bad shape and I've been too busy to get over to the Apple store and commit to a new one.

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