Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Inspiring Small Spaces Gardens

What I love about all these gardens is that they make great use of small spaces, and use clever plantings to help camouflage unwanted sight lines and create a private oasis in an urban setting.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Update to my Gallery Wall

The thing about gallery walls that is so awesome - actually there are many things that are awesome about gallery walls - but the one I will start with is this :: you can stop at any point and then pick up again and add more pictures, images, tin letters, etc. as you find them. It can grow very organically.
I originally had this little ensemble without the H and where the H is now I had the tulip image that is now on the left of the grouping. When I bought the H - from REfind (in Vienna at 101 Church Street, NW), I decided that it would look nice cradled by the art work and photos, and then was able to move the tulip paining to the side. That is just how things work when putting together a gallery wall! I am going to buy a nice bright turquoise ribbon when next at Michael's to hang the H. That will pull in all the turquoise from around the room.

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Kitchen Renovation :: Week 3

Things are moving ahead! Here are the new items this week : stainless steel refrigerator, pull out pantry next to that, SS stove with new cabinets (!!) flanked on either side, and range hood! Backsplash and tile counters to come . . .

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fun and Creative Planter

How much fun is this? It makes me want to put a pansy-sprouting toilet in my yard too! I saw this at Sam's Farm on Leesburg Pike in Falls Church. So quirky and classy at the same time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ikea Comes To The Rescue - AGAIN

Just attached these clever little containers to the wall next to my daughter's bed. She has a loft and therefore no bedside table next to it for books, ahem, iPhones and alarm clocks. Enter Ikea ::

 I want to put these all over my house!

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Kitchen Renovation :: Week 2

At the end of last week, my back wall was reduced to bare cinder blocks.  My how things change in a week!

This group of pictures show the back wall with the new header installed, before the masons came to do their work.

Here's a quick peek at the removal of the sliding glass door and window to the left.  Love that view!

Then they bricked it back up and patched it to make way for the new window opening.  Our new exterior door will be to the left of the window.  The plan is for simple lower cabinets along the back, underneath this window opening.   Can't wait for all that natural light!

Then all was framed and drywall installed.

They were able to reuse all the brick on the new portion below the window!

This is going to be awesome.  Next up :: windows installed, new wood floors installed, and then the pretty stuff goes in:)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Love Color!

Recently one of our clients added needed storage to their basement entertainment room. He is a wood craftsman and made beautiful cabinets to flank both sides of the fireplace. They pulled us in to help pick colors to paint the front of the cabinets - wanting color- but not too much color! She wanted to follow a group of colors found in the Fiesta Ware crockery. After much looking at little squares of color we can up with these below. It gives the room a spark of fun but does not overwhelm it with too loud or too many colors.