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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

My Wall Mural from Photowall & Reader Discount!

I've always admired wall murals but never took the plunge. That all changed when PHOTOWALL of Sweden gifted me with a mural.  No excuses now!  While I was indecisive about where to hang one in my house, I knew exactly where I wanted it to go in our vacation place.  (Still need to post pics of the new place.)  The living room is 13'W and 26"L and there's a long expanse of wall between two windows.  Now, it was time to figure out what the mural should be!   PHOTOWALL has a huge selection but I came across this painting by Charles-Francois Daubigny, The Dunes at Camiers 1871, and fell in love with it.  The Minneapolis Institute of Art has a downloadable version but I found one on Wikipedia with an even higher dpi and had it enlarged to 183 cm x 150 cm (about 72" x 59").

The process for using your own image is really simple and there's a convention option to let you keep the original proportions.  I chose the Premium Material which has a nice matte finish. It's made of a non-woven material and has a further layer added to it to which makes the material scratch-resistant, wipe clean and non-reflective. They deliver worldwide and use DHL for US delivery.  Love DHL, by the way, because they contact you via email/text and let you change your delivery date and also pick the option "not at home" for delivery if you'd like. 

The wallpaper paste (powder form) comes with the mural and I ordered the kit which has all the tools you need, including this nifty level with a pull-out measuring tape.  The panels are numbered and they have a great video you can watch. The key is to get that first panel level and straight. My husband and I put it up together and no major squabbles while doing it....so I think that says a lot about how do-able it is! (yep, that's a pizza box...pizza helps everything)

Here it is!!

Now with some furniture back in place.  Which, by the way, are all cast-aways from our current house, except for the greek key rug which I recently bought at Carpet Palace Bethesda - THE best place in the DC area for remnants.  I'll be slipcovering the sofa, hopefully soon.

The quality of the mural is excellent and I couldn't be happier with it!  If you were like me and wanted a mural but weren't ready to take the plunge, PHOTOWALL is giving My Notting Hill readers a 20% discount for the next 30 days only.  Just enter the coupon code MyNottingHillCampaign2018. 

If you're not interested in using your own image, here are a just a few that are available from Photowall's Designer Wallpaper selection.


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