Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Before and After

Remember the project that I started last summer???? The adorable Dutch Colonial that was a complete gut renovation?

Well it's complete (with a few small additions like light fixtures still on the way...). The house is so beautiful now, but it was definitely a journey getting there. I am hoping that now the house is done that my clients can enjoy this wonderful space and make it a home... and forget some of the trials they had to go through.

I wanted to share a few before and after... can you believe it?

Master Bath before:

Master Bath after:

Kitchen before:

Kitchen after:

Kitchen 2 before:

Kitchen 2 after:

Stay tuned for more photos... hopefully I can improve my camera skills!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wide Stripe Bathrooms

One of the things we didn't renovate when we did our own house was the master bath (now our son's bathroom). It had been redone in 1995 and while it was definitely not our taste, it was clean and fairly inoffensive. Fairly.

Recently we've been fixating on this bath, partially because we saw a great photo in this month's House Beautiful (Bee Cottage - Guest Wing Renovation). We happen to have that very bamboo shelf!

Like this bathroom, we have white square tile all around the room. Obviously it would be cheaper to keep it although I would love to get rid of it. This bathroom shows how cute it can be despite the tile...

This is a bathroom by Krista Ewart, a designer who is not afraid of color. I adore her style.

I've always loved these huge citron stripes (House Beautiful). Who could be cranky with a bathroom like this?

I'm having my trusty contractor Roger come by and let me know how much it will all cost... Cross your fingers!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Old Life

No, I'm not referring to my old, non-mom life. I'm talking about my old advertising life. When I was in my 20s in New York City, loved the liquid dinner, Hogs and Heifers, Walter Chin photoshoots and $400 shoes on a $25K salary. And working in advertising was as exhilarating as it looks on Mad Men - a career for the young of all-nighters (or all-weekers) fueled by crazy substances and a big printer.

When the economy turns sour, ad budgets are cut. Just like the details and jewelry and discretionary expenses are cut at home. But wow. I have seen some advertising recently that blows my mind and I just had to post about it... because it deserves a lot of attention.

Shockingly it's for Chrysler. And it's everything you don't expect from this brand - sexy, expensive, evocative.

Seriously, I might just have to buy a Chrysler.

Tonight I watched the latest ad, featuring Eminem. It's darker but equally dramatic. Wow. I miss that life - my old ad life, my New York life and that sexy richness that this drag of an economy has suffocated.

Thank you, Gotham, for bringing it back for a moment.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

CB2 - Who Knew?

I got a CB2 catalogue the other day and was flipping through it before throwing it in the recycling. But I saw these pendants - the Victory Pendant Lamp - and immediately tore out the photo. There are a few pieces at CB2 right now that have the industrial feel that I love... and at $149, who can resist?

I need to replace the blown glass Rustic Pendants that I got from Pottery Barn... because they're 20" wide and handblown, they don't hang straight and it drives me crazy. I love their look, but they just don't function.

So these might be just the thing... and at this price, who can resist?