Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Brimfield 2014.



Will you be at the Brimfield Antiques Show this year? G. and I went last year and had an absolute blast. 




This year, we have a house to shop for, which is a lot less limiting than a 500 SF apartment in Boston. Even though we are weeks away, I've already been working on my shopping list:

Sconces for either side of the dining room mantle
Possible stair hall light
Kitchen cabinetry hardware
Possible kitchen island pendants
Narrow console table
Matching pieces of some sort for dining room

What are you hunting for this year?

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Good morning Boston.

Much love and luck to all runners of the 2014 Boston Marathon!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bunking up.

We have a few projects going on right now where clients are looking to maximize the sleeping capacity in their vacation homes. What better way to creatively host house guests than to create a bunk room. Who wouldn't wait to spend a few nights in a creative space like this?

ourboathouse.com
Kristina Crestin
Wettling Architects
Attic Magazine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is it summer yet?

It's always around this time of year that I start to get really REALLY excited about summer. Spring is wonderful here in New England, but it jumps starts my longing for warm sunny days.  Here are some images that are inspiring me lately.

Kerin Meyn
Architectural Digest

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Trending- iron beds.

 
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When I was younger, my best friend's mother was my greatest design inspiration. Her home was her sanctuary. The walls were white, the upholstery was white, the floors were dark, the picture frames were gold, and the beds were iron. It was beautiful. I quite possibly could have been the only 14 year old who asked for an antique iron bed for her birthday- but Mom and Dad delivered!  Thanks, guys!
 
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It was heartbreaking to leave it behind when G and I moved to Boston, but now that we have the space, it is back under my roof - much to the dismay of my brother who had claimed it for himself in the interim. Is it too much to ask that G and I downgrade from our queen to a full size bed so we can have it in our room? I thought as much, so I've been enjoying researching for one!
 
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One thing I found is that queen size antique beds are hard to come by. People snuggled into fulls and didn't think twice about wanting anything larger. There are kits out there to fit a full size head and footboard onto a queen sized mattress, but if you ask me, I can't imagine this looking right.

I am waiting for this trend to really come into light, but I think it's well on its way!  Call me old fashioned but I couldn't care less:)

thepicketfenceprojects.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

To theme or not to theme.

I remember when planning our wedding, my mom kept telling me I had to come up with a theme. I always cringed at the idea of having to label my ideas and having to conform to the restrictions of a phrase or word. Needless to say, our theme was "pretty"and that was fine by me!

Now that I am forced to think more about pieces, patterns, and finishes on a grander scale, it do admit that it is helpful to have a connecting thread or element to carry through the design- thank you thesis! Most of the time, this "theme" is never uttered, and exists only in the creative space of my brain. Words are better left to the writers, not the designers, in my book!

But, I had an ah ha moment when I read a design article that encompassed all that I wanted our new home to encapsulate. Beach modern!

indulgy

Friday, March 14, 2014

A shade above.

Decorpad
White is my favorite color- it really is. It's clean, crisp, and the perfect backdrop for any and everything. When you have white walls, there are plenty of ways to bring in color with fabrics on upholstery, pillows, or window treatments, but remember to look up. The ceiling is a surface that is often forgotten about, but can be used to your advantage with a quick coat or two of paint. I've always loved the seafoam green that is commonly painted on the ceilings of outdoor covered porches. After some investigating, I discovered that people painted ceilings this color to trick bees into thinking that it was the sky above them rather than a roof to make them less likely to build there nests in the eaves or hidden nooks and crannies in your woodwork. Why no take it inside?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Iconic and weathered.

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What do you think about mixing iconic styles with weathered pieces? I think it's genius, G. not so much. Maybe I can convince him if I share this lovely pic above. The cheery sunlight filters through the windows and clear chairs to bring the table center stage- you know how much I love that!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The comeback kid!

Well this is rather embarrassing- how long has it been since my last post?! (the Valentine's Day post doesn't count since I wrote the draft to autopublish last summer...) Life has certainly been an adventure over the past few months, so I need to give you the skinny! I will keep it to the top 3 so this post doesn't turn into an article:)






G and I are officially back on the south shore. We made a impulse whirlwind decision to put our apartment on the market and 10 days later we accepted an offer. I cried all night but knew it was the right decision for us and haven't looked back since. I feel like somewhat of an outsider when I get off the commuter (yes, commuter.....) bus in the city in the morning, but having a daily excuse to be in with the action still feels right.

I can't believe that I have already been at my job for over 8 months. It's crazy, really, but it feels so amazing to be out of school and in the real world at a firm of which I am proud to be a part.

Surprise surprise- I am LOVING putting our mark on our new place. Things have been percolating in my head since I stepped foot inside the front door back last fall, and we are slowly making decisions. I will keep you updated on the progress but forgive me for keeping a few secrets along the way.

Ahhh-- feels good to be back!



Friday, February 14, 2014

"Of all the fires,
love is the only inexhaustible one".

Pablo Neruda