Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Carol's House

This is the house of a client of mine, Carol.
I designed several rooms in her home.
On my first trip to the house to measure the rooms
she said to me. "I hate my house.
It's not my style at all."
She had only been in the house a few years and 
I laughed and asked - "Well,
why did you buy it if you didn't like it?"
 Well turns out this little newish craftsman house 
sat right next to her parent's house.
That's why she bought it.
But she likes things very modern and more sleek.
She had added the large rectangular concrete planters
in front of the home. Which I wondered that first day why the 
landscaping planters were so modern when her house was so not!
I asked if she was open to painting the brick and she said
yes that is what she had been considering but didn't know what
I suggested white or black. 
I took photos of the house and told her I'd present photoshopped
photos of how it would look in either color.
This was the first one I showed her imagining it in white.
At this point I was trying to keep costs down and only suggested painting all existing.
 Or it could be painted black. 
The garage door would be a wood tone.
She loved the white. 
She wanted a modern garage door and front door.
I photoshopped that in. 
At this point I realized she was prepared 
to spend some money on making it the house of her dreams.
So I suggested enhancing her porch with additional beams.
She found online a porch swing she fell in love with.
 I made suggestions in September/October and by Christmas 
she already the house painted and new posts and beams up.
Here is the new swing in place.
 The house as it appeared last December. 
She was going to replace the mailbox but in the end kept it
and just painted it white.
I recently called her and asked it she'd take a current photo for me
and she did. Now she has the modern front door in place too.
The only thing she didn't do that I would have liked to see was
little black vents added into the gables.

  I'd really like to see that small detail added.
 Carol was just the ideal client. 
I'd make suggestions and she'd jump right on it.
Afterwards she thanked me for giving her the ideas that
made her love her home. 
She actually said, "I love my house, now!"
I adored working with her!
Her Mom did the plantings in the yard.
The pink flowers are such a nice compliment to the white and black.
Notice the black and white cushion on the porch swing.
She now has the most stunning house in the neighborhood.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Open House Sunday

 built 1934
This charming Tudor sits catty corner from my house 
just across the street.
It was for sale at the same time that I bought my house back in 2004.
It had been neglected for a very long time so 
I didn't even consider buying it. I didn't even take a tour of it!
I did go in it about 10 years ago and realized it was a 
fantastic house. The person that bought sunk tons 
of money into it. Since then it has sold a couple
of times. And I won't be linking to the specifics on it,
because it already sold this time after being on the market just a week. 
Check out the mother in law tongue plant filling the front urns. 
I was shocked that these lived through the winter here! 
But they did!  
  The present owners have filled it with lots of mid century style.
I like mid century but in a 1930's Tudor...I like just a little mixed in.
The whole house full of mid century is just not warm enough for a Tudor.
The mid century styling begins on the front porch.
I will say this home owner goes with a style and carries it through the 
entire house.
 I often advise my interior design clients to break their living room
up into several seating areas. (oh yeah that's what I have been doing while I was gone from blogging. I was doing interior design connected with several furniture stores) More about that later.
So although I tell my clients who struggle with a long room to break it up into several seating areas -
This is not what I would do in this room. 
My own living room is long and I have furniture placed around the focal point of the fireplace. Then at one end I have a desk and the other a console in front of the window.
I wouldn't mind the arrangement above but both of the seating areas are ignoring the fireplace which should be the focal point.
This room feels like a hotel lobby to me because of the way it's arranged.

 mid century dining at it's finest
 The kitchen was totally redone at one point during the last 15 years. I can't remember if it looked exactly like this when I was 
in the house before. I think it didn't. I don't remember the marble subway tile.
 I like the size of this kitchen. Seems everyone is doing a rug like this in their kitchen now.
 I love original tile bathrooms but I'm not loving this one.
That tile is flesh colored. And I very much dislike the sink.
I hope the new owners do something great to this bath.
Nice that it has the original arch over the tub and some storage too.
 I remembered I loved this built in shelf in the bedroom.
 Another bedroom
 Another built in
Small bath off the master bedroom. I love that the sink and mirror 
set back into a little nook.
Here an Asian screen is used as a headboard. 
Love that there is a 
door going out to the backyard off this room. 
Very nice backyard for entertaining. None of this was here back
when I bought my house.
I like their choice of outdoor furniture.
 a lovely manicured space
 This is where I always say see the full listing here, but it's already sold
so I can't. 
Have a fabulous Sunday!
Mom and I are going to actual real life Open Houses today.
Not that we are buying a house but we love to look. 
It's cheap entertainment.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Of Rain Chains

and such...
 Last week I finally got around to 
hanging my rain chain I bought months ago.
I decided I must have one after viewing them
hung from the gutters of a bungalow not far from me.
I'll show that bungalow below.
I got this rain chain at ROSS for $9.99!
I was thrilled at the price till I went to hang it and realized it
was about half the length it needed to be.
I didn't have a spot for it from my gutters anyway.
Now it hangs from a tree in my front yard. 
I think it makes a nice feature.
I've struggled with bare spots under my yaupon holly 
tree in the front flower bed for years.
The roots are so thick...I can't plant anything there.
I finally got smart and realized I could put containers
on top of the root filled soil.
It's a shady spot so hostas and ferns are happy 
in their pots under the tree.
 This little dragonfly I bought at a local art festival.
He's made of vintage silverware.
 Ok, so here is why I needed a rain chain. 
I happened upon this bungalow one day last spring.
It was just before Easter. These photos show large Easter Eggs
here and there. The trees were just starting to bud out in these
A few weeks later I was driving buy and 
saw the owners out working in the yard.
I pulled over so fast - they thought I was a crazy person.
I just had to tell them how beautiful their yard is 
and how lovely their bungalow is painted.
 They hadn't taken the covers off their patio furniture yet.
Isn't that the cutest rain chain?
I told them how much I admire their bungalow and 
they said they tried to make it look like a bungalow that you 
would find in Oregon or northern California.
They added the stacked stone.
All the bungalows here have brick rather than stone.
I told them I loved the color combination they'd done for 
the exterior paint.
They said several of the neighbors complained about 
their paint choice when they first did it.
They thought too wild. 
I think it's just right.

The day I stopped the owner had just planted her container
a top the pedestal.

A sweet path.
I could have spent all afternoon on this porch.
 The owner planted purple irises in honor of the
previous owner who'd lived there many years.
Her name was Iris.
This house and yard is such an inspiration for me.
The owners have done all of this themselves.
And were full of gardening knowledge.
I was so glad I stopped on the spur of the moment to chat 
and take photos.
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