Monday, June 28, 2010


The house is coming along, and I have some new photos to share as we started painting this weekend. However, in the meantime, I had to share this darling video from J.Crew. Love the song, love the outfits, and I have major hair and thigh envy of the model.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


The house is coming along! I love going over to see the changes that happen week to week. We have most of the demo, electrical and plumbing work done. The next step is the drywall, paint and floors. Fingers crossed, the Mister and I can move to the basement apartment at the beginning of July as we finish up the rest of the main house. I feel we'll definitely be ready to properly host guests by the end of August! As promised, here are a couple quick shots of the house:

We started pulling up the old flooring which was a layer of carpet, tile, linoleum, and then the original hardwood floors...who has the audacity to cover beautiful hardwoods??? We discovered the original decorative tile in the vestibule below. However, the colors are a bit muddy for us and the design too southwestern. We plan to re-tile using the black and white design below.

current tile

new tile

Here is a view from the foyer (living room and dining room to the right). Again you can get a glimpse of the hardwoods. I plan to paint the stairs black and white - treads - black, risers-white.)

A shot of the dining room. Blowing out the left wall really opened up the space!

We have these neat arches all over the house, so we thought we'd add some interesting detail to the kitchen by adding a matching arch over the doorway. Selvan, our carpenter, is phenomenal!

Last, we now have stairs from the main level to the basement! Sorry for the poor shot with the iPhone! It's so nice to not have to go outside to head downstairs.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Friends, it's been awhile since I last posted. Between renovating my own home and a large client load, blogging has been put near the end of my list to-dos! However, the house has been progressing and I'm headed over there today to take a few more "update" pictures for you so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I scored some awesome wrought iron twin headboards at an estate sale this morning ($25 a piece!). Estate sales are great ways to find some neat treasures if you are the type that enjoys the thrill of the hunt! I barely have a competitive bone in my body, but oddly I found myself sizing up the other potential consumers this morning as we waited outside in line for the doors to open. I had my eye on these puppies when they first appeared in my email to go in our new guest room, so I needed to concoct my strategy - should I make a bee line towards them to beat other buyers or could I take my time to peruse the house? I decided to not risk it, so I headed straight to the bedrooms to find them. When I laid my eyes on them it was like the interior design heavens opened and I began to quietly sing hallelujah to myself:)

(the teeny picture doesn't do them justice)

My inspiration for these headboards comes from this week's post on Design Sponge of the home of Susan and William Brinson in NYC. William is a photographer who often uses his own home to shoot. I love their duvet cover and those fabulous twin headboards!

(photo via Design Sponge)