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Connecticut Ave Duplex: The Right Tree

by Sarah on September 30, 2014, no comments

I have to tell you that the Connecticut Ave duplex facelift project is actually complete…except for the landscaping and that’s what the hold up is. We’ve been waiting for cooler temps to plant in and the time has come.

The facelift was a success and I promise to share as soon as the planting is done. You are really, REALLY going to like it but first I had to select the right tree for the front patch of scraggly grass leading up to a drainage ditch.

West Conn front yard before

We’re going to turn scraggles up there in to a mulched bed with a nice flowering tree and some other shrubs and grasses. I knew I wanted a white flowering tree that only grew to about 20′ or so. I started out after a Fringe Tree. It’s a beautiful tree with these awesome white blooms that grows well here in the South that people often overlook, it’s a great alternative to the boring old Crape Myrtle.

tree fringe

But…everyone is out of Fringe trees here. So I travel a bit out of my neighborhood to go to one of my favorite retail garden spots, Garden Supply Co. they are out of Fringe trees too but they do suggest an Amelanchier (am-ə-LAN-sheer) and a Japanese Snowbell.

tree amelanchier

tree snowbell

The helpful people at Garden Supply showed me a few other trees, no dogwoods thank you, no redbuds, no Mom I don’t want to plant a Coral Bark Maple. I liked the Amelanchier and that’s what we’ll plant and enjoy those white blooms against that boldly painted duplex.

 

The Best Throws

by Sarah on September 25, 2014, no comments

It’s time to get cozy and talk about boots, stacking firewood in artful ways and making/eating soup (and instagramming the soup) but what I love about fall is the sound of the marching band on the high school football field and the smell of wood smoke or most likely someone out in the country burning a pile of leaves. In the cooler months, a robe and a good throw blanket are a necessity in my home–here are some of my favorites.

Throws

Pyramids / Straight Twill / Park / Peacock Stripe / Plus 9 / Pom Pom / Ibiza French Blue / Fringe / Capote / Wind Farm

 

Charlotte Project Family Room

by Sarah on September 22, 2014, no comments

I’m working on a project in Charlotte for a family that just moved in and they want to get busy on some rooms they’ve prioritized, one of those is the family room for obvious reasons.

Although they wouldn’t know it, they are new traditionalists with a healthy dose of fresh, graphic prints and no fuss because they aren’t fussy they are those dreamy kind of clients that are up for most anything.

Here’s some inspiration for the family room,

Family Rm Inspiration1

Family Rm Inspiration2

 

A Kitchen Faucet Roundup

by Sarah on September 12, 2014, no comments

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.

metal mcdonald redo

metal commercial faucet

And here’s the roundup,

faucet 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,

faucet waterstone in action

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