Can't say I wasn't inspired the three weeks I was a vendor at the Show House. The designers were awesome and I could relate to much of the rooms, thinking...
that might work... at my house!
Loved the library. The light was incredible and the designer took advantage of that. The wood paneling glowed and the creamy, beige palate with blues subtly woven in made this room one of my favs.
This chair needs to be in MY future library.
This wall in the breakfast room was another favorite. A modern take on silhouettes pops on the textured, denim blue wall.
Although the stove and tiling is nothing special, it is EXACTLY what I want in my future ( very near future) kitchen.
And this wall in the dining room works for me. The mirrored breakfront is classic.
The house this year was not what you would call a "wow" house. In fact many design house devotees/groupies were disappointed. However most "normal" people were charmed and inspired as the house reflected changes in economy. Things are more conservative these days.
Even at designer show houses!
Yes, this is actually a modern house in the German countryside- with a thatched roof!
We were in farm country and shortly after this photo was taken a horse drawn carriage drove by...
I wish I could have gone inside to check out the kitchen :)
This was actually a gate at the Rhododendron Park in Bremen. I think I like the gate very much, but LOVE the girl and the cute little doggie more!
This house was so lovely. With its gravel walk, and surrounding blooming Dogwood trees- I was captivated.
But the fence?
It was so unique and still... classic. The brick posts were perfect and the dark stain on the fencing made all the Spring green growth...POP! I am going to figure out a way to incorporate this into our garden, stay tuned.
So, yeah. Volcanos. They can cause problems, especially Icelandic ones.
My son and I were in Europe, volcano erupted as we traveled to Germany and extended our trip about 6 days. Luckily we were with my sister and treated like royalty.
Still, it is good to be home and, almost, back to a routine. I came back to a designer showhouse boutique that, lucky for me, my very amazing friend Susan was able to staff until I came home.
And now, We will choose our contractor/builder for our kitchen addition!
YES! Then the real blogging begins!
And, isn't this chair-Chloe, from Bungalow 5 divine?
I am picturing ten of these babies around my long kitchen table I plan on having... if there is any $$$ left after the construction that is!
What a good natured girl.
Her sport is lacrosse and sophomore year is a big year if you want to play in college... she does.
And now she is in the 3rd week of mono.
She doesn't complain, whine or moan.
She stoically goes to practice every day even in the rain and cold, though she can't play.
it could be a few weeks before she can step foot on the field.
I really admire her spirit and attitude.
And those qualities will take her further than any sport ever could.
I collect these cottage style botanicals from the 1930's and 1940's by TL Prevost. They were easy to come by and inexpensive. I don't think I ever paid more than $20. They usually came in plain, maple frames without any matting.
Now I have a hard time finding them, which makes the hunt more fun.
Still, although they are more difficult to find the most I ever see them sold for is $50.
I like that the print is always of bouquets, showing a variety of flowers.
This is one area of my living room where I mixed the prints and frames and although you can not see the entire wall, there are many more there.
In our den, I have a few botanical palm prints.
Forgive the pic of me in front of the palm print.
So lately I've been thinking that I would like some more botanicals, but of trees.
I like the palm prints, but I think I want trees that are more indigenous to where we live, the Northeast.
This fir could work, love the color of the berries.
Having grown up on Oak street and now having a yard with about 20 oak trees this would be perfect.
I love this variation on a botanical. pen and ink
And this seems more like an illustration. So pretty.
Now I just have to think about frames and matting.
We are on the verge of a major kitchen construction, home re-configuration, and style make-over.
This blog is my living, breathing design file.
Because I am the happiest on vacation with my family, either out in Utah or "down the shore," Our new project will be influenced by the elements found at homes by the water or near the slope.