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It’s coming along…

By on Jun 26, 2014 in Renovation | 2 comments

These past couple of weeks I’ve been buried in work. Jonathan and I have taken turns going down to photograph the house.  When it’s his turn and I ask how it’s going –  Jonathan’s standard answer “it’s coming along…” Yeah, I get that.  It IS coming along.  But hurry enough already!  (For those of you that know me well, you know that patience is NOT one of my virtues!) From the outside it almost looks like a house again. The guys are hard at work crafting the siding and shakes. And it is really starting to come together. We are getting ready to head out to our annual vacation for a couple of weeks.  I think by the time we get back it’s going to look like a whole house again – at least from the outside.  I’m certainly ready.  (countdown commences…)...

My blue world is really a happy place

By on Jun 14, 2014 in Design, First Floor, Music Room, Powder Room | 0 comments

Blue.  It is my favorite color.  I love so many hues from peacock, to aqua to baby blue to robin’s egg.  Give me shades of blues and greens and I’m one happy camper.  It’s probably not a coincidence that my sign is Cancer – a water sign. My other hero during this renovation (outside of Jonathan) is my friend, and designer, Scott Laslie. Scott and I have traveled in many of the same circles for years in Atlanta.  When we started this project, I reached out to him to help with our interiors. I now know why he has earned such a great reputation. In addition to having impeccable taste, he listens and delivers.  Scott has since moved to Chicago and without even seeing our home, he came back with an incredible design after a few phone conversations and fabric samples. I am so excited about the way this is going to turn out! (Please ignore my dirty porch staging area)...

A dumbwaiter – it’s really smart!

By on Jun 14, 2014 in Dumb Waiter | 0 comments

Just like I have had some non-negotiables in this renovation, so has Jonathan. The wine cellar was one and the dumbwaiter was one the other. I have to give it to my hubby, he researches and researches and researches until he finds the answer.  And boy am I glad he does this as he has found all sorts of smart solutions. I think this will be such a welcome addition to our soon-to-be 4 story home. This particular dumbwaiter will fit two of our largest pieces of luggage.  So there are no more excuses for leaving them on the first floor after a trip. And, if we ever need it, we can install a little, capsule elevator in the same space. How sci-fi is that?! (Let’s hope if this ever had to happen it could be well-hidden as this look will NOT pass Scott’s taste test.) So there you go – a dumbwaiter is actually a SMART-waiter! This is going to be one, useful feature.  (and...

My bathroom obsession

By on Jun 14, 2014 in Guest Bathroom, Second Floor | 0 comments

So, apparently I am obsessed with bathroom fixtures.  It would only make sense as I’m an accessory hoar. I begged and pleaded to keep one of my clawfoot tubs. And while I’m sick and tired of showering in one, I think they are beautiful and want to incorporate one in the guest hall bath. And what fun that this bath has caused.  (NOT!) First we had to get the plumbing up that needed to get this bathroom.  A pipe next to our front door was not in the plans. Thankfully we have found a solution to deal with this by framing both sides of the window at an angle. Funny thing is, when we look at our neighbors’ homes, they have that exact solution.  Phew! My inspiration with painting this tub started early on when I started using houzz.  I was obsessed with recreating this bathroom.  Problem was that this wall sink was discontinued.  I spent hours and hours trying to locate...

It’s never easy

By on Jun 13, 2014 in Renovation | 0 comments

Renovating a home is like a roller coaster. You get in the car and strap yourself in to go up this hill and get ready for a thrill.  There’s no reason to fear as all of the safety steps are there to protect you. Woosh – you are thrown for a curve, a loop or a big drop.  It’s fun at an amusement park – because you are expecting it. During a renovation  – it’s not so much fun. Enduring a renovation (of a beloved property) is a roller coaster. There are adrenaline rushes at many of the stages. Frankly, I’d rather be on a roller-coaster and get my adrenaline that way. This is what we are dealing with today.  A plumbing pipe installed outside the front of our house – somehow to be covered up in the future. Jonathan is about to explode. And, while I’m not happy, I just have to believe that we are going to figure out a way to make it...