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Lupen Grainne’s Photographic Prints

by Sarah on July 30, 2014, no comments

Photographer Lupen Grainne captures the often overlooked details of life in her photography. I stumbled on her work two years ago in her Etsy shop and fell in love with the stripes and the sense of summer’s end in her print Fisherman’s Day Off. I enjoy it everyday included as part of our gallery wall in the living room.

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I saw the print again, a larger version, in a color study Amber recently posted,

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the dark side of the shed

by Sarah on July 29, 2014, no comments

Garden sheds can be colorful, bold and dare I say whimsical. I like all of that well enough (omit whimsical) but what I’m loving lately are black garden sheds. When painted a dark color, they fade in to the landscape among the trees or they make a statement depending on the way you finish them with trim color, door color and surrounding elements.

My favorite!

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all images via Pinterest


Get the Look: Lake House

by Sarah on July 23, 2014, no comments

For a hot minute when we were house hunting last year I thought I might fancy an untouched 1960s ranch style home on a lake. My dream is to renovate a rancher and on a lake—even sweeter. Anyone would want their very own lake house after reading Thom Filicia’s book, American Beauty, right?
I fantasized about gutting the place and turning it in to my own slice of lake house heaven but then reality set back in and I quickly realized that lakefront property even though completely dated and lacking in charm, carried an unreasonable lakefront price tag and that possibility was eliminated.
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Thom Filicia’s Skaneateles lake house

As summer carries on and we retreat to the water whether it be a pool, lake or river, let’s indulge and decorate the lake house in our minds.

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1. An x-base accent table

2. Vintage pottery to accessorize

3. Thom uses the Theodore lamp from Arteriors in his lakeside living room

4. A chunky coffee table

5. Thom’s Weedsport upholstered chair for Vanguard

6. A go anywhere pouf the Seagrass cube

7. Get the pillow mix started with Alan Campbell’s petite zig zag

8. A great base, durable and right for any interior a seagrass rug w/black border

9. Layer Thom’s ikat rug over the seagrass

10. mood lighting with these lanterns

11. Pretty pair of Chiang Mai throw pillows in the mix

12. Bringing in a little yellow, still mixing pillows

13. Mixing all kinds of materials here, Thom uses this leather bench in his room

14. We went classic with our sofa, a linen roll arm on casters

15. We didn’t go custom work room we chose these linen drapes

16. A sweet little rattan table to set our drinks & periodicals on

17. Pair of vintage cognac leather slipper chairs







Connecticut Avenue Duplex: Exterior Paint Selection

by Sarah on July 21, 2014, one comment

Lately I feel like I’ve been in a perpetual state of paint color selection.

It was time to begin the color selection process for the Connecticut Avenue Duplex project. You might recall we’re giving a rancher a Venice Beach bungalow inspired facelift. I knew I wanted to go dark because the trim work and arbor we’re adding to the front will really stand out on the dark house. Set that dark house and white trim up with some more green in the landscape and maybe a white flower here and there and we’ll have a solid outcome.

Here are the lead off colors (all Benjamin Moore),

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In this image, we’re looking at these colors in the harsh morning sun in a spot on the house that gets the most direct light. The reason I put the samples up here is to ensure that I choose a color that has enough substance to stand up to direct sun exposure. I’m looking for a charcoal that has a navy cast at times. So far, French Beret is out. What’s your feeling here?