AlI I want for Christmas are these totally reasonable things. What’s on your list?
That dude looks like so much fun, I can barely breathe.
Some River Front Relaxation in 2015 will be perfect, hopefully we’ll settle up on the New River in NC.
Which leads me to some hangtime with this Bae.
I’ll take some vaulted ceilings in my stocking, pretty please!
And while you’re loading up the sled, please don’t forget my vintage camper & epic tree combo!
I think about a mixture of these things,
big beautiful pictures of my children,
gallery walls and vintage leather chairs,
think about bathing and getting ready in this bathroom every morning, what a freakin’ treat,
Richard Brocken, portrait VI
Those lower cabinets and patterned tile,
how I need to finish my Craigslist sideboard,
herringbone floors, brick, marble, ceramic who cares–I like it all
cozy, simple guest room
Barbara Bestor everything–for Betsy because she and Heffe will buy a dump on a beautiful lot with maybe a view of the Pacific and Ms. Bestor will help them turn it around,
Betsy and I talk about this literally everyday.
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.
This past week I took a quick trip to Fort Collins to visit with my brother and his wife and their sweet gaggle of children, Avery, Madeline & Ezri. They’ve recently moved from Los Angeles and are still making their new house a home. The split level ranch style represents an interesting challenge for a work-from-home momma that splits her time chasing a wild 2.5 year old plus a 8 month old oral explorer on the cusp of walking. The main floor features the most lived-in/baby proofed kitchen and living room combo, but we needed to carve out a more aesthetically pleasing family friendly solution in the forgotten downstairs den where the homies can all stack up and watch movies by the fireplace. Here is a look at the space before.
The family has amassed a fair suite of seating options for next to nothing from sites like craigslist as well as some serendipitous curb finds. I know as design bloggers we like to talk about dropping 44.5 gabillion budgets on a room redo, but the reality for most of us, is that a room might need to come together with more frugality than that. They had pretty much all they needed, so we approached this room with the idea to simply apply a plan to what they had. After a quick cruise at the local thrift store for just a few missing pieces, e.g. the pillows and a rug and a dig through a stack of textiles downstairs, we were able to pull together this little cozy hippie den.
I love how we ended up with something that felt like it speaks to the personality of the family and suits their needs as a second living area. What was once a careless den is now it’s own little slice of heaven for a nap by the fire or movie nights. My next suggestion for their collection might be a few floor poufs for the nights that their 8 year old son has a friend over for video games, and some hanging plants in the window to polish off that modern bohemian jungalow vibe.
I recently embarked on a faucet finding mission for my Atlanta clients. I explored all of the usual sources but learned about some new ones and unlocked the mystery of the source of that tall faucet with the long spray attachment pictured in these beautiful kitchens.
And here’s the roundup,
1 Waterstone Gantry 2 Waterstone Towson 3 Waterstone Pulldown 4 Waterworks Julia 5 Rocky Mountain Hardware 6 Whitehaus Vintage III 7 Waterworks Easton
The matte brass finish on the Rocky Mountain faucet (#5) looks really exceptional but my favorite find was the Waterstone pulldown, here it is in action,
Salt Lake Magazine