Thursday, July 21, 2016

Carmel Meadows Refresh with Perennials Fabrics


Hi All! I must apologize for my lack of posts.  I am once again plagued with elder care responsibilities and have been swamped with work.  We just moved my (almost 94 year old) dad into an apartment in an independent living complex. He seems extremely happy to be in a more social environment with good food! I have had to make changes to his trust, and I am still dealing with closing out my mom's estate.  I cannot believe the amout of time all of this takes.  I sympathize with any of you that are experiencing the same.




I do have a couple of fun projects in the works both in Carmel.  Here are the fabrics we selected for the Carmel Meadows project.  My client has a lovely home and great style. They have grandchildren and large windows with massive views of the ocean. They wanted something that would not fade and allow the grandchildren to roam free.  They have wonderful art; many grounded in black. Their view of the ocean  lends itself to hues of gray and sand. Their fireplace echoes those same hues. Here are the fabrics that you will see on the right side of the room. There is a large sectional that is being recovered in Perennials In the Rough Dove.  Pillows and lamp shade will be in Perennials Elements Sands, Schumacher Montauban Stripe, and Peter Dunham Taj Onyx/Ash (a personal fav of mine). 






On the left they have a lovely local stone fireplace that reflects the colors of the sand and rocks. Here are the fabrics we selected for this area. Four large club chairs are being recovered in Perennials Ishi Nickel.  The large ottoman/coffe table is being recovered in Perennials Oh Susannah for durability.  The lumbar pillows will be in Pindler Amato.







The house has an open plan and the dining area is off to the right.  Sylvia has some "crackle finish" dining chairs that are upholstered in a heavy tapestry that have become dated. Repainting the chairs was cost prohibitive so we are going to give them a fresh modern look with some crisp Perennial fabrics. The front seat and back will be covered with Perennials Whipper Snapper in Parchment so Sylvia can use patterned or plain dinnerware.  The outside backs are being covered in Perennials Vibes in Bone to add a bit of interest.



If you would like to follow this project  on Pinterest click here. I am hoping my life will settle down a bit so I can post more often.  Thank you for bearing with me!  Happy Thursday!

















  

20 comments:

  1. glad you found a place that your dad likes. :) hoping everything gets settled quickly. {{hugs}}

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    1. Thanks so much Nancy I know you know the feeling!! Always appreciate your comments so much!!

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  2. I know how hard it is to lose a parent and take care of the one left behind. So glad that you dad likes his new living arrangements.

    My son is moving me up from Orange County to Santa Cruz in a mobile home and I must say that sure aren't what they used to be. Some of them are stunning. He will use it after I pass either as a retirement home or a weekend get away. The ones we are looking at are 1 block from the ocean and I can hardly wait for those cool ocean breezes blowing in off the ocean. He lives in Los Gatos, so will see him alot.

    Have a great weekend.

    Mary

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    1. Mary I hope you will be very happy there. When you get settled email me and I will come visit!!

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  3. Hi Cindy. My sister and I spent the last 7 years taking care of our mother, who has dementia. Last year we succeeded in having her accepted into the best dementia care facility on Vancouver Island. She hates it. She is antisocial and narcissistic. She wants my sister and I to quit our jobs and take care of her full time. We managed to move all her furniture from her house and sell it earlier this year, so that's one less thing we have to deal with, thank goodness. I visit her twice a week although it's an hour and forty-five minute bus ride each way. I'm exhausted all the time, though I must admit less so than when I had to take care of her AND her house.

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    1. Squeak I just want to tell you I understand completely. Just went through this for the last twelve years with two parents falling ill at the same time. We almost killed ourselves. The doctor would not release them to home due to their illness so they had no choice but to enter a nursing home for the last two years.

      I want to stress to you that you must take care of yourself and do not let guilt become a daily thought.

      Remember our parents most of them sent us off to the baby sitter, day care and off to preschool. We didn't really like it but it was part of life. We had to do it.

      So just think of it this way your mom is in day care. It has to be sometimes. We may wish things were different but this is life.

      Ours also wanted us to quit work and borrow more money to care for them. However we both knew they would not have done that for us.

      Maybe you could call and go visit once a week or call one week and visit the next letting your sister go the other week. Everyone needs a break every now an again.

      You must take care of YOU too. Don't forget that.

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    2. Oh my goodness Squeak I echo what Anonymous said although I don't always take my own advice. My mother was not always (well hardly ever) very grateful for what I did and my sister didn't get it either. She has not seen my parents in years because she has her own problems. I know what you mean about being exhausted all the time. I am still experiencing that. Just know that what you are doing is the right thing to do ...that is what I just keep telling myself...

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  4. Cindy, saying a prayer for you! I have used Perinnials fabric on both of my porches and absolutely love it. I used the Little Big Stripe and the Tweed. They look great and feel great too.
    xo, Lissy

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    1. Just your porches Lissy?!! Just kidding..you must be neater than we are!!

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  5. Cindy,
    You have my sympathy and understanding---aging family members are a lot of work. I'm happy for you dad that he is happy in his new home.
    I loved reading the description of the house you're working on in Carmel. It sounds heavenly and Carmel is Mr. B. and my favorite getaway destination.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. You and Mr B need to come visit us next time you are in Carmel!!

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  6. What a great project...so carefree with all the indoor/outdoor fabrics. I love your signature on the mood boards.
    Glad your dad will enjoy the food and not be lonely.

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  7. Love all the natural colours and textures here! I am in the same boat with my aging parents. I feel that just as my children are becoming more independent, my parents are becoming more dependent. I suppose it's the cycle of life. Xx

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    1. Thanks Sharon...yes it is the cycle of life...hope all is well in SA hope to travel there some day!!

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  8. Awesome fabric selections, Cindy! Perennials is the best. What did we do before it? Hope your dad enjoys his new home! And the good food :) Cheers

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  9. Love your picks, Cindy and that you've used some indoor/outdoor fabrics! Hoping your Dad feels right at home quickly! Happy Tuesday~

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  10. Hi Cindy, somehow I missed your latest post until just now. I have missed your more regular posting and worried you might be going thru a tough patch in your life. Lucky you to still have a dad going strong at 94! My dad's 89 and I'll never be ready to lose him. Looks like you have some terrific new projects in the works, and in Carmel no less with ocean views!! How divine!

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  11. Hi Cindy. I just stopped by to tell you I've been thinking about you. wondering how your Dad is doing. Excited about your son and daughter-in-law's new business venture. You've sure got a lot going on and I totally get how busy life can get, I can relate to the ebb and flow of blogging. We have to give ourselves permission to just do what we can. And that's enough. BTW--I'm really looking forward to meeting in person :)
    hugs,
    Leslie

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  12. hi friend!
    a project in carmel? overlooking the ocean.......what a dream cindy!
    xx
    debra

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  13. OMG SHE NEEDS THE CHAPSTICK!!!!!!!!!WHAT A HOOT that first photo is.
    I need to go back and read what I said but I had TWO good tips for the bleeding lips........CHAP STICK around the outer lips and or Lise Watier product called MAGNIFIX LIPS.BOTH work REALLY well for me.Of course the Chap Stick is way cheaper!!!!!!
    I use LA ROCHE-POSAY 50 plus ANTHELIOS XL.I get in EUROPE!!!!!!It is cheaper in the TRAIN STATIONS pharmacy's!Between me and my girlfriend whoever goes first we load up........One tube lasts for a long time.So you have sun protection plus a base.I do not use a primer.NOW, one of my READERS sent me a MAC base for the eyelids that I absolutely ADORE calledPRO LONGWEAR PAINT POT.I use the color PAINTERLY.LOVE THIS STUFF your eye make up stays on ALL DAY LONG!LIPS..........I just bought the NEW LINDA RODIN lip color the dark BERRY one......don't recall the name but it TOO stays on ALL DAY!LOVE, plus her packaging is nice and it is a smaller lipstick then the norm which is nice too.I LIKE TO FINISH MY LIPSTICK instead of having them HANG out for years!Yesterday , I bought URBAN DECAY lipstick as I liked the AD in HARPER's BAZAAR..........cheap $16.00 for a tube and SO far SO GOOD I LIKE THAT TOO!
    THOSE ARE ALL MY TIPS FOR YOU........GO SHOP and have FUN and REPORT back in!XX

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