Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Power of Black and White

Styles evolve but does the appeal of black and white remain current? Is it a simple decorating scheme or does it  pack a powerful punch?  What do you think?


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So light and airy

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susan ferrier / atlanta homes & lifestyles february 2011

                                                                                              McAlpine, Booth and Ferrier


Darryl Carter

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Beth Webb


Nancy Warren

Daryl Carter

daryl carter

striking bedroom by   Susan Ferrier.

susan ferrier

Monday, August 27, 2012

We Bought a Little Cottage…Chapter Two…Kitchen inspiration

 We decided on a pallet of black and white for the little cottage kitchen.  The house was built in the late 30’s early 40’s.  I think it is important not to try and make a house into something it isn’t.  It is possible to add modern touches while remaining true to the original design. I have an aversion to “bastardizing” a house.  The cupboards will be a simple recessed panel design and the counters will be black quartz for easy maintenance. 
 Kitchen inspiration
Southern Living Idea House Tracery Interiors

This oft photographed and much loved kitchen of Joan’s from for the love of a house is pure perfection.  It is definitely more upscale than what we can do for our cottage but i am taking inspiration from it all the same.  We will use some glass in the upper cabinets for interest and a farmhouse sink.

inspiration kitchen
for the love of a house kitchen

I like the hood in the kitchen below and the small simple pendants.

counter cabinets subway tile

We are going to use subway tile.  It is really economical and has a great classic clean look.  I am thinking about using charcoal grout like they did in the kitchens below.  What do you think about that yay, or nay?  We took up the old linoleum and low and behold beneath was vertical grained pine flooring so we will finish it in a color similar to this.  It will be a little darker than the rest of the house.  The question is grout color?  What do you think?  Traditional white or  charcoal? I happen to like both.
Pinned Image  subway tile dark grout
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i love big clocks and i cannot lie!
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                                                            Here  is a real estate photo of the kitchen
                                                                     And here is what it looks like now
The sink will  be between the two windows.  The range will be on the left and the dishwasher on the right.


 This wall will house the refrigerator with pantry cupboards on either side. The cupboards in the picture have already been torn out. As you can see it is a pretty roomy kitchen for a small house.

Also if you have a wine cellar don't forget to sign up for the giveaway! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rough Luxe Wine Cellars and a Giveaway

About four years ago my husband  got the bug to build a wine cellar.  He had some grand idea about digging a cave below the pool with an underground entrance.  That sounded very complicated and like way too many $$$$$.   We had a small room that we used as an exercise/junk room. Translation there was more junk storage going on than exercising!  I suggested turning that into a small wine cellar and tasting room. As usual he blew me off until he had time to think it through.   

If we had carte blanche and could have built anything we wanted we would have built something like this.  It has everything I like in a wine cellar, stone, old doors, beautiful windows and lovely lighting. 





harrison design associates


Or this.  Love the old beams the barrel ceiling and recycled woods!

Segreto Secrets Blog -old reclaimed wood we stained and plastered walls. used to be a hallway--love the transformation!!

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This one by Stephen Gambrell is the wine cellar of all cellars!  Amazing!

steven gambrel



 Love the arched  entrance to this beautiful cellar


Aspen Wine cellar

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 The use of old wine boxes (in the flooring) seems to be a popular trend of late.  Love the shape of this one.

wine cellar

This is not a wine cellar per se I don’t think but part of an outdoor kitchen.  I love the tiled wine storage, the counters and the beautiful cabinetry.

via Eleanor Cummings


Here are some pictures of our little cellar.  The walls were already color coated this lovely color.  My husband uses old beams in a lot of his projects and there were a few left over.  Steve and I designed the cabinetry (mostly Steve), and I did the finish on the cabinets.  We had already purchased a console table from Brazil Baroque seen against the wall.  We decided to “try” and replicate the finish on this piece on the cabinetry.  I purchased old ceiling tiles and Steve made a mirror seen above the console.  The counter on the back bar is old barn flooring from another barn.  The front piece was purchased.  It is not great and probably will be replaced some day.



We were kind of in a rush (to say the least) to get this completed for my son’s wedding four years ago.  We have had another wedding since then so any interior improvements have been on the back burner!



Once we completed the tasting area and cellar it was time to get all of the boxes of wine out of our house!



The issue for me was how to label the wines properly so they can be located?  The name of the wine could be scribbled on the bottom but one still has to pull multiple bottles out to find the desired bottle.  My husband was constantly losing track of his wine and it was driving me crazy.  Enter Ed Schmidt and his reusable wine tags. They are attractive and reusable!

They rings come in black or gold.  He also has a patented product called the QuakeGuardian a laboratory tested restraint system to protect your collection from earthquakes. You can find more information about them here  For those of us that live in California the thought of losing our collection in an earthquake is frightening.  Here is a pic below of Ed’s product in our little cellar.






 So on to the giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive two 25 packs of the QuakeGuardians with name tags!




 Two other lucky winners will each receive a 25 pack of the WineTagits.

 All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post . The winner will be chosen at random on September 1st!


Friday, August 17, 2012

We bought a little cottage





In the latest special issue of Southern Living noted Southern Architect Norman Askins suggested this color combination for a cottage. According to Norman high contrast color schemes look better on cottages.   Rather than reinvent the wheel and cause myself more needed grief (like mixing my own colors) I am going with Norman’s suggestions.

Our little cottage does not have the character of this little gem but with a little paint and some minor landscaping hopefully it will have the same “feel”.


Here is the real estate photo of our little cottage.  It is screaming for some curb appeal, no?  The guys have already torn out the concrete on the right.  How much concrete does one need?  That will be replaced with sod as will the other pathetic looking patches of grass.  The big window will get a set of shutters, the sidewalk will be replaced and we will add some minor landscaping.  Tara if you are reading this I know you are laughing. The front door will have to stay but replacing the leaded glass with regular glass will hopefully be an adequate fix. 



Believe it or not this house does have some interesting interior architectural details.  The ceiling is open beam and many of the walls are board and batten.  All of the doors at one time were grain painted.  All of the floors are hardwood some of them pegged and inlaid. Here is a shot of the living room


I think the ceiling needs to be whitewashed to “raise it up” (so far I am not getting a lot of love from the boys on this one).  The fan is going, the insert is going and the brick that is painted green like the walls will be stripped and whitewashed. 

Here is a shot of the dining room (a real estate photo).


I actually like the built in but we are thinking the rick racky stuff around the edges should go.  What do you think?

Here is a shot of one of the bedrooms.  You can see the beautiful board and batten detail. 


I will save some of the “better” photos for posts to come.  We are planning to paint all of the interior plaster in Benjamin Moore Ashwood (OC 47) or Overcast (OC 43) and all of the trim and board and batten in White Dove (OC-17)




Joan at For the Love of a House used these colors in her living room and bedroom above ). I think this will be a nice interior pallet for our little cottage.  Thanks Joan!

I plan to document the progress weekly and I would love your input (especially if you agree with me re: the ceilings!!). Next post I will show you my  inspirational kitchen images. Keep in mind this house will probably go to a first time buyer or one who chooses to downsize so we have to be frugal with our choices.  We are going for a good look that will be affordable to a first time buyer.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Antique Signage as Art

What is it about Vintage Signs ?  Is it the curiosity behind the business to whom it belonged, or the fact that they fair well in both traditional and contemporary interiors?   I have several in my own home and there are always several I have  on my radar as well.  I love how they add a touch of playfulness to a room.

vintage sign in kitchen


home of designer Linda Banks


One of my favorite designers Karin Blake has been using them in her interiors forever


karin blake



karin blake

I have an old jewelers sign above my fireplace in my family room


cindy hattersley design

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via cottages and gardens


big vintage sign in Kitchen


I also have a sign from Boylestown Massachusetts in my guest room.  We purchased it years ago in Maine.



cindy hattersley design


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love this....white w/neutrals














via color outside the lines

via color outside the lines

How do you feel about vintage signs?  Love them or leave them?!!

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