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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our New Adventure!

We are collaborating with The Back Dorr Furniture Rescue in Merrifield/Mosaic District.  The address is 2711 Dorr Avenue, Fairfax VA 22031.

We have a little "space within a space" and will be rotating different treasures from our own houses and those of our clients.  You never know what you'll find when you visit our market!  Stop by -- the Back Dorr is open on the weekends, and on Wednesdays.

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Kitchen Renovation :: Week 1

So excited to share the first pictures from the beginning of the kitchen renovation this week.  This is a total gut job, plus we removed most of the wall that separates the kitchen from the dining space, and we are adding lots of windows, plus moving the door that allows us to access the deck.
Below:  a series of "before" pics, taken from a few different angles.

This shot below shows the opening between the kitchen and the dining space.

This is taken from the dining space, looking back into the kitchen.

Here are the exciting "after" pictures from week 1.

Stay tuned for more updates next week!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I'm Reading Now

Great book - it starts slowly and mildly and then builds suspension and excitement as it goes - you won't be able to put it down. It starts in 1911 with the birth of Ursula - and goes back and forth between her birth and World War II. I don't want to give the plot away because it's fun to slowly realize what is happening as it occurs in the book - but the time line is unconventional. The author Kate Atkinson has written many great books and this is her latest.