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Shibori Workshop Event

Last Sunday, I hosted our first Summer Workshop in a series and it was a great success! Our small group of participants created a collection of beautiful and original textiles for their homes. I provided 2 tea towels and guests brought in additional items to dye.

The 3 hour workshop began with a short lesson on Shibori folding techniques and culminated in a creative burst of energy!

(left) photo by Amelia Tabullo photography, (right) photo by Hilary L Hahn via Instagram

Lucky for us, the creative Sunday afternoon was memorable and inspiring.  Read more on A Day in the Life to see the event pics, learn more about the process and everyone’s stunning results!
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Owen’s Imagination Nursery

In light of our special family news, I have invited the stylish and artful Michelle, who you may remember from her house tour last year to do a special guest post today. 

Even before my sweet baby boy Owen was born, I knew how I wanted to design his room. You see, I’ve always been a fan of bold pops of black and white. I’d say it was my guilty pleasure, except it’s so wonderful, there’ nothing to feel guilty about. It’s clean and classic, but never goes out of style. Plus, because it’s gender neutral, I knew it would be perfect whether we had a girl or a boy.

And so Owen’s room has a beautiful black-and-white theme with mixing-and-matching patterns, with a single pop of yellow to add a bit of quirkiness, which fits really spectacularly with the modern, clean-lined furniture. Some prefer colored walls for their new bundle of joy, but I chose to keep the walls white. It has a maturing feel; one that is perfect for him as a newborn but can grow with him as he gets older, and his baby room becomes a big boy room.

Also the bare walls really make the colors of his new toys and books pop! So much fun!

As he enters the world of discovering the joys of patterns, Owen loves looking at the black raindrop decals and homemade hot air balloon mobile that hangs above and beside his crib. It creates lots of those baby smiles that melt my heart all day long! The hot air balloon is a self-made custom version of an art project I teach in my classes. The kids love it, and so do I.

One thing I’ve come to realize – I never knew how much time I would spend on the floor before becoming a new mommy. Owen and I play on the floor a lot and do tummy time on the black and white striped rug and black and grey FLOR carpet tiles. They not only add to the color theme, but provide a soft place for us to play.

The artwork in Owen’s room is special because it’s all original pieces by me, his mommy! That includes the paintings and the hot air balloon mobile. Starting in college, I focused my art to be ideal for children. This is where I began my themed watercolor illustrations of animal family-themes. Each piece has a family of animals doing an act of bonding whether it be peacocks learning how to ride a bike or sea monkeys learning how to scuba dive.

The painting above the changing table was a gift to my hubby before we got pregnant of what I envisioned our home would look like when we had a family. The colors are gentle, and the theme really adds great warmth and a sense of family to the room.

Creating children’s art has always been my creative outlet. It was so fun to design and even more satisfying seeing it all displayed in my son’s space. It tells a story. I want my son to discover his creativity and find himself. I wanted to create this space, where he use his imagination and dream big.

This gives me an opportunity to not only lay a good foundation of color and pattern discovery, but also pass the torch, so that what inspired mommy may also inspire Owen.

Thank you, Michelle~ for sharing your story and inspiring us and for all the maternity guidance along the way…stay tuned for a peak at our family news this Friday! 

 

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Renovation: Landscape Inspiration

Due to some wonderful events on the home front, I am sharing a quick inspiration board today in lieu of a long post. I love to use inspiration boards which I create using Photoshop with clients and vendors to communicate clear ideas.

I created this board to convey my ideas to Victory Gardens of Kentucky on sprucing up the front yard of the Keats property.

You can see how the exterior of the property looks here before and after the renovation. We can’t wait to soften the lines of the home using some soft trim green foliage.

I often ask my clients, how they would describe their aesthetic. The look for this yard is:

Trim

Classical

Modern

Charming

To achieve this, we will use trim low boxwoods, layered hedges, a stone garden path, and flowering urns filled with floral accents for Spring!

I would love to hear your landscaping or gardening plans this season. I promise to share photos of our yard las the landscape transforms.

Next week, stay tuned for exciting news and a special guest feature!

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Renovation: Window Trims and Flooring

After the drywall went up, I began to work with the finish carpenter on all the beautiful details around the house. Since, the home was built at the turn of the 20th century both Victorian and Craftsman styles influenced the architecture of the period. I knew I wanted to draw on Craftsman construction, while staying true to a more modern vision. The home lacked ornamentation such as intricate carvings or stained glass windows which made transformation to a modern look and feel quite natural.

First, I went hunting for inspiration:

I found this picture of a simple window trim with a bullnose trim in the sill. The following style is what I like best for this house: minimal, modern, slightly craftsman with a little decorative bullnose lip near the sill. Additionally, the door molding was another source of inspiration for the large open doorway between the kitchen and dining rooms.

(photo via Houzz)

Below, these two window encasements also caught my eye for the slight crown molding on the top. I also loved the super tall baseboards in the picture at right. Since, we had 9′-10′ ceilings and above in many rooms of the home, I knew we could add character to the rooms by choosing a taller baseboard.

(photo via Houzz)

After talking to my carpenter and we decided to add a simple decorative crown molding on the larger windows in the main living room. For the rest of the home, we decided to keep the rest of the windows and doors well crafted and refined as in the first photo.

Here are some photos of his amazing work!

The photo at left shows the large and tall doorway from the kitchen the dining room. After finding that the original home had transom windows, we have decided to add a transom to the top of the doorway later in construction to even out the proportions of the frame. Below at right, you can see the large striking living room windows. Here we added a very subtle strip of crown to the top.

One of the challenges of designing and managing a project remotely is that I rely on so many people to take photos for me. Please understand that work is being documented while the home is a total mess and construction zone! To complicate things, I am also not local to help clean up:)

The kitchen window below was reframed about 5′ to the left from the original plan. The window was located inside the guest bath shower and had rotted out completely. We had to the apply for special permission from the Landmarks to move it a few feet into the kitchen. It was totally worth it because now both sides of the kitchen receive ample natural lighting!

Here is a kitchen window over the sink that I truly love.

These are 2 of the 4 large windows that run down the South side of the property.

You will see more dramatically, how the trim work transforms the interior design once we begin painting the walls and trims.

Next week, I plan to catch up on the exterior progress that is happening on the property. To see what the home looked like in the beginning read Renovation Story: Part 1.

Soon to come you will see the gorgeous Scandinavian inspired hand-scraped hardwood flooring in action with the tall 7″ baseboards!

Here is a sneak peak of the coloring. This one is a value for money.

Well, I hope you are all getting ready to see the next phase of renovations complete.

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Have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

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Indian Textiles as Art

As promised, here are a few tips showing how to incorporate applique into your living space.

  • Tablecloths, curtains, and pillowcases serve as inspired and detailed works of art.
  • Use appliqué or embroidery to introduce texture.
  • Tiny mirrors reflect lots of light.
  • On a budget appliqué work could provide a cost effective wall decor.
  • Historically significant pieces could add luxury to a room.
  • Take a hint from Jaipur and embrace color!

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Indian Patchwork Rugs

I’ve recently been inspired to take a closer look at Indian patchwork rugs. The art of Indian embroidery is some of the best worldwide. India offers a variety of styles, each with a unique history and linked to a specific region and culture. Some types of embroideries are associated with customs such as weddings or festivals. Some are known for the special thread employed or method of stitching involved. Appliqué work is a popular style of embroidery that is recognized worldwide and within the design industry for it’s nuances including Karchobi and mirror work.

In appliqué work different pieces of cloth are patched together to make a multi-colored mosaic. The vivid colors, shapes, and patterns in combination stand out when stitched onto a contrasting background. Typically appliqué is attached to padded cotton backing, which itself can be purchased in large rolls. Patchwork of this kind is essential in many Indian tapestries and can be found all over towns in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat in northwestern India.

Patchwork of this kind is essential in many Indian tapestries and can be found in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat in northwestern India. In Nathadwara, a Rajasthani city, the Pichwai style embroidery reveals colorful cloths and wall hangings throughout the village. One aspect of some appliqué artworks is that they can be monochromatic or employ analogous colors. For example, a customer may discover an appliqué cloth in all blues, turquoise, and greens. Others feature rosy pinks and shades of fuchsia. For an interior, they could be used to create a monochromatic color palette within a room.

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Common motifs include trees, peacocks, houses stacked into the hillside or the tower pictured above. If you look a bit closer some appliqué work, shiny golden threads and mirrors gleaming within the embroidery can be seen.  More on mirror work and the pink city of Jaipur later this week!

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