The next few weeks and months I am going to try to share some of the work I’ve done with our new house. The below picture is our entry hall BEFORE we moved in. I can’t say I was a fan of the brown upholstered walls or drapes. In some applications I like a two- toned floor stain but decided to have this one lifted. I wish I had a before picture of the opposite wall but it was very heavy looking.
This was the fabric on the walls. I wish I had taken a picture of the surprise wallpaper that was underneath…
We raised up the door casings in much of the downstairs and took out the doors and heavy molding leading into the dining room and living room. This work was done back in November, somehow we made it into the house for Christmas!
All of the rooms feel much more open with the higher casings. Blue is my favorite color so I decided to put it in the entry and I love it.The wall color is Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue HC-155. If you look past the hallway in a few of the pictures you can see the living room and dining room had orange and gold colored walls. I’ve lightened them up which is a nice balance to the color in the entry.
So here’s where I am now….I need to look for a rug and a few other pieces.
I’m lucky to have some of the beautiful artwork my mother painted hanging in my house.
Here is the pretty view out my front windows right now.
It’s an early dismissal day here….I’m off to get the boys.
I’ve been neglecting working on the blog during the evenings in favor of reading lately…I’ve just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt which was very good. I am now reading The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory about the life of Catherine of Aragon. Today it’s raining and I’m at my desk working. Even though we got out of town to get a little sunshine this past weekend, I am needing a mid-week boost.
I can’t help but be brightened up by this cheery yellow paper designed by Amanda Nisbet for Quadrille.
I hope spring is right around the corner, though my boys would love another snow day…
The SoGood is a new iPhone app that was created by two friends who wanted a place “to discover the best local providers based on trusted recommendations from friends”. It features local businesses in many different categories who have been positively reviewed by people in your area. Currently the SoGood is featuring businesses in Charlotte and Charleston.
Launched in November, The SoGood features florists, artists, caterers, and interior designers among many other vendors.
I am proud to be profiled as one of the designers on this great app!
You can recommend and leave comments for your favorite vendors and read tips from previous clients.
Here are the types of businesses that are provided.
Nashville and New Orleans are next on the list of cities added to the app.
Check out The SoGood on their website or download the app here.
Photo Credits: Olivia Rae James for The SoGood
I caught up on some magazine reading over the holidays. I loved seeing this kitchen in House Beautiful (designed by Caitlin Wilson). What a pretty combination of stone, calcutta gold subway tile, colors, fabrics and brass hardware.
I’m such a fan of the herringbone floors and pretty fabric from Osborne & Little.
There’s a little skylight over the sink as well to add in extra daylight.
The kitchen cabinetry is white and dark grey, and the two colors help to break it up.
I’d be happy to cook in here!
Images from House Beautiful December 2o13
Hello to the New Year! I am happy 2014 is here. Lots of great things happened for me, my family and my business this past year, but I am also excited a new year has begun.
Some words I always try to live by and will continue to in 2014.
I love my work and am excited about our projects and getting to work on my own house.
We are out of boxes and feeling happy in our new home!
There’s a big road ahead for me this year with new projects and ideas I have.
I am ready to get started!
One goal for me this year is to learn how to speak Spanish. What’s on your goal list this year?
Wishing you all the best in 2014.
I’ve been surrounded by moving boxes the past few weeks. I am excited to share some photos of my new house and our new office with you all in the next few months.
Our office will be closed from Monday, December 23rd until Thursday, January 2nd in observance of the holidays. I plan to take a break from the i-stuff, relax and spend some quality time with my family. I hope you all get to do the same.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you in 2014!
Photo Credits: Pinterest (1-3)