Summer Bedding

05.27.2010

I’m not sure why…but I seem to pay almost no attention to the decor in my bedroom.  I have mismatched and terrible side tables, cheap lamps that fall over when you look at them, and, until recently, a big hole in the wall to access the bathroom plumbing that I finally infilled with an actually quite nice fabric panel.  I do love my bed though, so maybe there is hope.  🙂  We have queen sized bed, and I love to buy oversized linens so that I can wrap myself up without getting jabbed for stealing the covers.  Currently I have a down comforter that has historically stayed on all year long – even though I wake up sweating many summer nights thanks to aforementioned burrito habit.  I’ve been casually on the lookout for something in a summer weight for a while now…and I think I must have this puffy lightweight quilt.

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pb-essential-quilt-sham/?pkey=cwhats-new-bedding

The king size is only $129 – I feel like that’s a pretty good price for bedding…now to decide on white or blue…I love the blue, but I think it might be just to the terrible side of mismatched with my blue wall color.

Do you swap out winter and summer linens?

-Kim


Porch Envy

05.26.2010

I love our little house.  Sure, it’s not totally updated, and there’s a ton of work to do, and a wish list a mile long…but one thing that’s definitely on the list for the next house is a porch.  I like our patio…but there’s something about that space that’s not quite outside, but still part of the house, that I just WANT.  I love sitting outside listening to the rain but not being out in it.  I love sitting out front and watching the neighborhood, but it just doesn’t feel quite right from our stoop.  It’s so much more a part of the home as a porch.

I just love that little buffer zone that’s the best of both worlds.  I can picture this with a little swing with tons of pillows at the far end.

Porches, porch enclosure, farmer's porch, southeastern MA, South Shore MA, Cape Cod, RI, custom built front porch, deck, railings

http://www.callstevens.com/decks_porches.htm

Our home is a cape cod style, and there are plenty of capes that have porches so I know that it could be added…but I just don’t know that I want to sink a lot of money into it in a neighborhood that’s largely porch-less.  But it could look so nice….

Stock photo : Cape-Cod House At Twilight

Of course the dream porch is one of those big southern or farmhouse wrap-around types.

http://www.marcus-hunt.co.uk/chairs/about.htm

http://www.blaesdesign.com/portfolio/residential/porches.html

There’s a lot of victorian style in my part of the state….but oh, the maintenance.  I just can’t imagine the effort to get out there every so often and repaint with all those different colors!

http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/11/24/front-porch-love/ – lots of other great images here as well!

Bungalows – while they sound very California – are actually super common to southeast Wisconsin.  Random, huh?  One of the great things about a bungalow (other than the fab built ins, little touches of stained glass, and typically gorgeous hardwood floors) is that a front porch is practically a given.

Curtis Park Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow house in Sacramento, California

http://architecture.about.com/od/housestyles/ig/Bungalow-Pictures/Curtis-Park-Bungalow.htm

http://askjudith.typepad.com/askjudith/

So what’s on your living wish list?

-Kim


More on the Rustic Kitchen

05.25.2010

Because of my recent interest in all things farmhouse (okay, slight obsession), I have more farmhouse kitchens to share with you! I pulled these from the kitchen archives over on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

I really like the giant island in this image. I would love to have that much extra counter space!

What’s not to love about this kitchen? The island is great, the light fixtures are nice, the ceiling material is beautiful, as is the cabinetry and hardware. I personally couldn’t commit to blue cabinetry, but this would also look great in white.

Love the light fixtures!

What can I say? I’ve become quite the sucker for white cabinetry with a white backspash!

-Sara


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05.24.2010

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Sorry for any inconveniences this causes, but we think you’ll really like the new look!

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California Rustic

05.18.2010

I’m kind of amazed at just how much I’ve been drawn to very clean, stark interiors lately. Gray is usually my neutral of choice, but I’m really into white these days. Maybe I’m just feeling color overload or maybe I just have too many things going on inside my head and white just makes things less hectic.

No matter what, a white interior still needs to be designed. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of shades of white and getting the correct one can be tricky. After selecting the right white, carefully selecting furniture and accessories will help to look a white space look pulled together instead of cluttered.

One example of white done right is this Southern Californian home designed by Michael and Alexandra Misczynski of Atelier AM. My favorite room in this house is the dining room:

I think the wood floors are beautiful and I also love the table and cabinet. The adjacent kitchen maintains that rustic charm with wood beams and whitewashed cabinetry, but brings in a bit of the modern with a stainless steel island:

Living Room:

I like the shades of light blue the designers incorporated into the Master Bedroom, helping to make it a soft and relaxing space:

A little bit darker of a blue creates a casual and inviting atmosphere in the Sitting Room:

Don’t be surprised if I post more about white spaces–they’re really speaking to me these days!

-Sara


100th Post and New Design Board Reveal!

05.17.2010

It’s a milestone post – number 100! We’re surprised to be here already, and we’re thrilled that you’re here as well! So since we have a monumental post, we thought it would be a good one for a project reveal.

This project is a living room. The client is looking for a fresh look to reflect their casual and beachy style. They also need help with furniture arranging, as their room has two disparate focal points at opposite ends of a loooong room. An additional challenge is the lack of wall space – this room connects to just about every other space in the house, so three corners are circulation, and one full wall leads out to the deck. Here’s how the room looks now:

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And here is the concept board we put together!

mood board

Here is our layout and elevation:

Grzybowski Living Room floor plan copyGrzybowski Living Room fireplace elevation copy

Now for the breakdown. We tried a ton of different layouts to try to reconcile the two focal points of the room – the fireplace and the TV – and there jus wasn’t a logical solution other than to stop fighting it and embrace the separate functions of the room. (A perfect solution would have been to move the TV to the fireplace, but a lack of power and cable over there made that impossible – plus it would have required some demolition to the fireplace that the client wasn’t up for.) We created a laid back area for multiple people to watch movies, and another area that can work great for conversation by the fire, or curling up with a good book. A great bonus is that the slipper chairs we’ve spread around the space are easily moved, so larger groups of people can come together for entertaining, as this couple is likely to do!

The client wanted to keep the woodwork finish as is, which is understandable since it’s a very tall ceiling that bridges between the kitchen and living room. We decided to go with light, natural colors, reminiscent of the beach as that is this couple’s dream home location. The natural woodwork actually fits in perfectly with this theme. We think that painting the fireplace white will help freshen things up, and will also help make those three awkward shelves disappear. We’ve also tried to accomplish that task with an asymmetrical arrangement of art and accessories. Additionally, repainting the brass elements on the fireplace with a silver high temperature paint (like Rustoleum) will really help with modernizing.

1-3. Our wall color is Santorini Blue by Benjamin Moore – this is a really great and versatile blue. In fact, it’s one of the Pottery Barn colors! We decided to do double curtain rods across the patio doors and create a full wall of fabric with patterned sheers and drapes from IKEA. The masculine geometric shapes here are a great counterpoint to the fabric we’ve chosen elsewhere. The sheers were chosen not only for the undeniably beachy feel of white drapes fluttering in the breeze, but because this is the south elevation so they may want to block out glare much of the time. The drapes we’ve chosen won’t fully darken the room, but will knock down that sunlight enough for daytime movie watching and should keep out most of the heat.

4. We opted not to get rid of the ceiling fan as we had an idea for a statement light fixture elsewhere, but we decided to replace it with something more current. An additional bonus for the room is that it has a light, whereas the existing fixture didn’t. By putting this on a dimmer, they’ll have loads of flexibility.

5. Our fancy chandelier is made of capiz shells, and should hang right over the corner slipper chair. This will work great as accent lighting for the space, or direct for reading here.

6. Because we were working in a large space with a limited budget, we decided that art-wise, we were going to get the most bang for the buck with an oversized stretched fabric panel. The floral print is feminine, but the large scale and coloring make it less intimidating for the man of the house. (Sara did this project herself here.)

7-9. We wanted to have a lot of seating and lounging possibilities, but as you can see from the before photos, oversized furniture is quick to overwhelm the space. The perfect solution here is a sectional sofa with a chaise lounge at one end. When it’s just the two of them, both people can spread out comfortably, but it could easily seat a group of four or five. A large square coffee table with clean lines and natural finishes is a perfect place to set drinks, and the TV will be at home centered on the wall on this fresh white unit. (Note: we love IKEA for so many things, but there is a fine line between picking up great accessories there, and furnishing your home with their most bargain pieces like a college dorm. Here we were sure to choose furniture items that are solid wood and metal, with features like drawer runners rather than slides for functionality and stability.)

10-11. The first of three slipper chairs is located in the corner under the previously discussed chandelier. We’ve paired it with these super functional ottomans that can be used for as many or as few things (footstool, side table, etc.) as the client wants thanks their nesting design. (In case these chairs end up beyond the client’s budget, we’ve found these that work as a great budget alternative. The other two create half of the fireplace seating area.

12-13. To avoid making that conversation area too formal, we selected this chaise lounge that is perfect for curling up with a book or magazine. We also have coffee table here as well.

14-16. We created an arrangement of natural finish frames from IKEA on the fireplace to help balance out the awkwardly placed existing shelves. We chose a bunch of naturalistic blue toned images from Vintage Printable. Alternatively, the client could fill these with personal images and photos. We also chose some glass bud vases and a faux coral sculpture to keep with our beach theme.

17-20. Finally, we chose several blue throw pillows for the sofa, and white lumbar pillows for the slipper chairs. We like to bring in an additional bold color to keep the space from looking too perfect, so we chose this bold yellow throw.

So there it is! We hope you like it, and we can’t wait to see the afters!

-Kim

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