A powder room paper change fit for everybody.
A powder room is important; used by men, women, boys and girls it requires a special kind of paper to appeal to such a varied audience. So when we came across Sisters of the Sun from Juju Papers we stopped looking. Modern, classic and fun, its all that and good for the earth too. Read their story at jujupapers.com
Three Easy Pieces
This family packs a punch and we wanted that message to come across the minute you enter their home. in one day we found a flag, a credenza and a little leather folding stool. After a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Abalone paint we framed the flag, cleaned up the credenza and unfolded the stool. Like I said, punch.
Be My Guest
Designing a guest room can be tricky. Especially if it's also your office and leads to the garden where you go to zen out. It's your space most of the time and then (if you're lucky) it's your guests space the rest of the time. Sometimes it best just to wait until you find a vintage light box and go from there. So that's exactly what we did. Photo credit to Michael Forester.
Custom Graffiti Mural
Our family room has a vaulted ceiling that angles up on one side and makes the room feel expansive and light. it also gives us a wall 20 feet wide and 7 feet tall. in this room We do puzzles, read books, watch movies and play games, basically this is where the fun happens. I decided to gift my husband with a mural as a christmas present. I wanted to use graffiti as the medium and I wanted the mural to cover the entire wall, edge to edge, all 20 feet of it. I wanted a bright and energetic visual illustration of our life. Where we met (california), what we've done (lived in africa), our children's made up words, etc. Ultimately the canvas will be cut into thirds and divided between each of our homes. what I wanted, I discovered, was an heirloom.
I love this "before". It is the best "before" there ever was and I want to hug the hardworking dentist that made it happen. instead i'll thank his wife who called me in to make it over as a surprise for his birthday. what a fun collaboration.
We had a month to gather the goods and pull it off.
Here is our design board
WE CHANGED OUT THE FLUORESCENT BULBS (this made a huge difference there is a picture with both bulbs and we went with the one on the right), ADDED 3" TRIM AROUND THE CEILING AND PUT DOWN A RUG THAT THE CLIENT HAD.The paint is ben moore wrought Iron. THE GALLERY WALL IS THE CLIENTS OWN ART AND PHOTOS THAT WE MIXED WITH HIS DEGREES AND LICENSES. HIS WIFE HAD THE MARINE UNIFORM FRAMED AND A CUSTOM WHITEBOARD MADE. The client acquired the desk on his own not knowing what we were doing, we changed out the hardware to update it. the little bone table is WEst elm, the clock, chairs and lamp are all restoration hardware. the desk chair is custom.
A month ago photographer and new friend Michael Forester spent some time with me capturing beautifully the little things that make our house feel like a home. the still back drop to our busy lives. what we spot while dashing to get ready for school, ballet, soccer or a night out.
A shell collection from our time in the Bahamas, the brass elephant found at an antique store for $12. A gilt mirror handed down from beloved grandparents. We use the wooden spoons and tea kettle every day (can't you tell?!).Our workbench that serves as a catch all and provides our two dogs a nook for napping. The guitar my husband made for our son.
We are cautious about the things we bring in to our home. Careful that they have meaning, add interest or tell a story. And while there are plenty of places in our home that need something I have confidence that we'll get them when they get us. I've read that the most comfortable homes evolve over time and I agree. Having things is one thing, having things with meaning is a comfort all its own.
A few weeks ago my friend Kim told me about her favorite candle shop and since I don't have a favorite candle shop I leaned in to listen. The shop is called 5B&Co.Candlemakers and has been locally owned and operated for 10 years. their candles are made of the finest wax available, blended with top quality oils, and poured around a cardboard cored wick. they offer a variety of scents from earl grey tea, lavender oatmeal and honeysuckle to more masculine scents like tobacco and woodland fern. Also, their candles burn clean, last between 15-18 hours and are poured by hand.
Here is the best part. For $2 an ounce they will fill any container you have. I immediately started thinking of all the empty jam jars, vases and little bowls I have in my cupboard. A friend mentioned filling a tea cup and giving it as gift. Ultimately I chose to repurpose a salad bowl that we were given two years ago. though I love it's honey color and unfinished appearance it is simply too deep to use for salad. I decided to have it filled it with citronella and use it outdoors. 5B&Co.candlemakers did just that and we think their idea and our new bug repellant candle are both brilliant.
Their contact details can be found under local talent