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Running on Fumes

By on Nov 2, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Kitchen, Pantry, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

There have been many times I’ve said this very thing this year with so much going on. After visiting our project today, I can say I feel it. Walking into our home today smells like a can of turpentine. Between the new cellar concrete stain and the hardwood stain, 10 minutes will get you high as a kite. ( it doesn’t seem to phase our guys!) We wanted an old world look for the cellar.  So we opted with a dark acid wash satin on the walls and floor. The blank will is where we’ll install the riddling rack. This room is going to be amazing when it is complete!  It is a bit of a challenge to stain new pine to match the historic heart pine. Our builder has a stain mixologist that studied wood in college and stain. He came up with a six-step process to match our stain. We left our Halloween candy for the guys because they are working all weekend. The stain is coming together...

Can I get a Capital “P” for Progress!

By on Sep 25, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Dumb Waiter, First Floor, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Powder Room, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing | 4 comments

Wow – the transformation of the last week has been amazing. Like “take my breath away” amazing. The haint blue ceilings I have swooned over for years are finally here – and ours. And we get them on two porches! Do we really get to live here? (This is what I keep asking myself…) The cabinets were delivered on Tuesday and the crew have been busy installing all week. To say that we are excited is the understatement of the year. Enough bitching about our current digs – the light is shining bright at the end of the tunnel. (That is a little smile coming from Jonathan’s face!) The old doors have been installed in the pantry and powder room. I really love the view of the new powder room tile through the transom window. It’s fun to have a modern surprise of 1/2″ penny tile covering the entire sink wall. And – next up for this powder...

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)...

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...