Somethings “Off”

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Often in a home that we otherwise love, there might be a feature that is a little out of our comfort zone. Perhaps something like a lot of blue and white marble as in the photo above. Although there are some cool pieces here, I’m not getting the urge to cuddle up yet. Is the marble just too blue….is a costly renovation in the future?

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Tiny Treasures

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Do you sometimes wonder, or dare to dream, what it might be like to live in a smaller home?  We are not talking about one of the tiny homes that HGTV all of sudden is convincing people they need to pull around from one friends yard to another. Not a teeny, tiny home that requires you to crunch down to the size of a flattened mouse to get to the loft bed.  Or one that means a trip to the laundromat each week.

No, we are talking about homes so efficient and design oriented that we forget they are only 700-900 sq feet. Homes enticing enough that we are itching to give them a chance to make a difference in our lives.

Homes with….

  • Architectural Interest
  • Creative Decor
  • Efficient Uses of Space
  • Specific Storage
  • Fewer Finer Furnishings
  • Space for  Art and Collections
  • Wardrobes that Work
  • Easy Maintenance
  • In Diverse Engaging Neighborhoods

 

 

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Books Make you Smarter

 

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Perhaps, but only if you can actually find them and read them.  For years, a certain person in our family who I will not mention but we all know who she is, convinced herself that the more books you could acquire the smarter you would at least look to your friends.  She housed hers on those spur of the moment bookcases you buy that have cardboard contact paper backs.  They really won’t hold the weight of books unless you anchor them to each other and anchor to the wall.  They come in all sorts of “natural wood” finishes.  Are you getting the picture yet?  We’ve all had a turn at moving her “library” and praying she will catch on to ebooks.  However, as God always reminds me when I am being a tad too critical, I do like it when shelves can really be used. Let’s take a look at the difference between a workhorse and a filly.

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We Saw an Opening

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New Opening from Kitchen to Dining Room

Recently we had an opportunity to assist our client in updating her family home and making it a bit more “her own”.  By that she meant she wanted to stay in the neighborhood she enjoyed, appreciate many of the wonderful amenities of her home and tweak the things that could work better for her role as grandmother of two precious girls.

As in most of our homes, the kitchen is always the anchor.  The place where we cram in as many people as we can no matter the occasion.  In this home the kitchen was indeed centrally located yet closed off to some of the larger rooms that were just calling out to be part of the action.   Thanks to our client for allowing us to share a small part of her welcoming home. Please enjoy a few of the before and after shots.

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Need a little Nooky

 

 

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If you’re like me, you love a perfect place to get cozy. After a long day at work, or on a cold day, there is nothing like snuggling up with your cashmere or fur blanket and hot cup of coffee or even glass of wine :).

Nooks are the perfect place to curl up with your favorite book, magazine or iPad for some undisturbed reading time. Spending time in a nook is not wasted time. It is spending some “me time” to de stress, relax, reset and recharge. Nooks take very little space in your home.  An unused corner in your bedroom, living room or even kitchen can be turned into a fabulous reading nook and add charm to your home. Let’s take a look at some nooks calling my name.-Kristen 

A reading nook with a beautiful view.

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A creative desk & reading nook combo.

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Enjoy the sunlight while reading.

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Dark paint, in a closet rehab, makes for a cozy little nook.

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A sunny corner.

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Don’t overlook an entry.

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You don’t need built-ins to create your own cozy nook, all you need is a cozy place to sit!

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A nook is also an alcove, defined as recess, typically in the wall of a room or of a garden.  Ah, an outdoor nook!   Let’s think about these possibilities as we head into spring.  It’s so vital in this busy world to make time to decompress. Having a space to look forward to helps me make this part of my day.  This habit is something I want to pass onto my children and grandkids.  A nook, alcove, a spot, a hideaway …whatever you want to call it, I hope you have one carved out somewhere to enjoy!-Laurel

Plan some Seating within your Garden this Season

Or what about one of these?

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What cool clubhouses these could be for the cyber junkies we all are!

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Recycling on Steroids

Hmmm..what do you do with a centuries old monastery and you feel the passion to “save” it?

Fontevraud Abbey in France: A Loire Valley Landmark

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If you are Canadian architect Sanjit Manku and French designer Patrick Jouin, you create an outstanding hotel, retreat and restaurant. One catch…the project stipulated that none of the original white limestone could be disturbed. Since we are too busy to skirt off to France this week, thought we’d do a little arm chair traveling.

Happy Sunday!

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Agree, no need to try to improve on the Limestone.

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Check In seems simple.

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What a fantastic way to light this Stairway (to Heaven?)

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Each of the 54 rooms is unique.  This one will do just fine for me.

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Alfresco Breakfast

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Can you see a wedding dinner here?!

If you are not too busy, and your passport is up to date, looks like the Almighty has his Airbnb ready.

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Stairway to Heaven

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Let’s keep going with the idea of finding new ways to use existing space. Many homes have a conventional closet under the staircase. Apart from once making ours a spaceship command center for our then 4 year old astronaut….this space seldom gets utilized to its max potential. Most I’ve seen are too deep with odd ceilings to be anything except catch alls.

Sure the above drawer system would require a talented carpenter and some funds, but just think how much use this set up could be!  Hang coat pegs next to it and corral everyone’s shoes, store off season clothing, organize seasonal decor , make a kids craft center, store table games (yes they will come back eventually) or have the ultimate party planning center….maybe even wine storage? We are sure you could think of so many other uses as well.

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Found Space

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The wall going up a staircase can become added storage with a little planning.  In new construction, the interior wall can be framed to bookcase depth.  In an existing home, the wall can be retrofitted to the depth of the studded wall creating a recess for small items or perhaps insetting a gallery wall. Either way, what a nice way to add architectural detail and stop straightening all the family photos that keep getting knocked askew!

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