The Estate of Things

What We talk about Everyday

by Sarah on November 26, 2014, one comment

Betsy and I talk about this literally everyday.

serial scene of crime

When Betsy first told me about it a few weeks ago she said “I’ve got to tell you about something that is right up your alley, it’s a podcast but who ever got excited about a podcast!” This one is different.

It is a story presented week by week about a 1999 murder of a bright and lovely high school girl named Hae Min Lee. It is a compelling story and at many times disheartening, sad and frustrating to say the least. Some say Serial is revolutionary in it’s presentation and format. What’s even more compelling for me is that I was the same age as the kids tangled in this tragedy, I went to high school in the late 1990s, I too listened to KC & JoJo and my journal was filled with roller coaster emotions. I love him the most—I hate him. And I had a car phone.

Betsy and I have chosen to dig in to the Serial SubReddit. Some people aren’t in to that but there are other resources and hardy conspiracy talk there just in case you can’t wait for next week.

 

Looking for the right Ankle Boots

by Sarah on November 24, 2014, 3 comments

Timeout from the house for a minute if you don’t mind.

I am not great at shoe selection for some reason, I can’t explain it –I’m just challenged. My shoe wardrobe is severely limited and recently I made the conscious decision to go shoe shopping and seek out the right ankle boot. And generally I have to ease in to trends so its taken me a couple of seasons ok but I’m there now, I’m ready.

Things I knew going in that I needed to consider would include; comfort, flexibility (will they work for a wide range of outfits) and price. Things I learned once I started trying on in the Nordstrom shoe department; height of the boot (I have short legs I’m only 5’2″), whether or not it had buckles and was it a pull-on or had a zipper. Ultimately I think the most important elements for me in this search were the height of the boot and the heel height. I think that my frame and height tend to look better in a shorter ankle boot and I have to be careful not to look as a friend recently said, “like a gnome”.

So here’s the field,

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Dining With Family

by Sarah on November 13, 2014, 3 comments

When consulting with my Charlotte clients on what to do with their formal dining room, I suggested that they mount picture ledges to set the stage for an ever-changing gallery of family photos and artful mementos. Although their art collection was scant, they had a lot of great images of their family and rather than scatter those throughout the house or stage a gallery up the stairs or in the hallway–which are all fine ideas, we decided that displaying those in the dining room was a solid idea. This concept is not formal but it does suit the client’s casual, family centered approach to dwelling in their house.

Put in to practice– this is what you can get,

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Home of India Hicks,

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another view of same arrangement in Hicks’ home,

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Corso Como

 

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Connecticut Duplex: Reveal

by Sarah on October 13, 2014, 2 comments

The Connecticut duplex is complete!

This project was particularly rewarding because it was relatively quick–about two and half months and the transformation is striking. I drew inspiration from this project from my neighbors 2000 miles to the west in Venice Beach, California. I wanted a little of a Venice bungalow feel and I had to squeeze a completely lackluster 1950s ranch duplex in to that mold.  Many of the Venice bungalows were constructed during the craftsman era and use a lot of the classic craftsman elements and that’s what we did here.

The turquoise doors, boring tan paint color and the rickety railings and posts are gone.

Conn Duplex B&A

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Our friends from Butler Constructs landscaping planted the Confederate Jasmine to crawl up our trellis on each end of the duplex to create a green privacy wall and it will produce a sweet fragrance and white flowers in the spring. The variegated plant that thrives in the shade in the foreground is Fatsia.

 

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connecticut duplex whole house

The addition of the arbor was key to add dimension and character to the long, straight lines of the duplex. Our carpentry crew from Locklear Brothers Home Improvement executed those brackets perfectly. The style of the bracket under the arbor echoes the straight lines of the simple corbels on the gables over each entrance.

 

connecticut duplex arbor

Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Oil changes during the day and has a beautiful sheen and looks incredibly rich in the shade. It is the perfect color for this project.

 

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Your thoughts concerning this swan?

Want to see previous posts about the Connecticut Duplex facelift, visit the 1st post, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Sources: Outdoor Sconces, House Numbers, Entry Doors