10.20.2014

Project Design: Vintage Gallery Wall Completed!

It's been a fun process finishing our gallery wall in our 1920's apartment in San Francisco.


It is a difficult wall in our dining room as it has a bump out in the middle.  So, I decided to treat it as two walls.

Recap Goals:
  • Have a unique and vintage 1920's feel
  • Use what I already have...add a couple things
  • Mix old and new
  • Make it appropriate for a dining room and dining at night
So here we go...
The antique mirror from my childhood home was relocated to the opposite wall.

I started with the plan below but deviated from it…still, it gave me my initial direction (so, I recommend doing a drawing to scale).

All the sconces were from flea markets.



I put flameless Pottery Barn candles on the top sconces.  They are on a timer and turn on at dusk for four hours.







There is a nice glow at night for dinner parties...
I can also use this Chinese altar table for serving.
It's created a homey, dining room for us.

Cindy and I have ideas brewing for other Project Designs, with different groups in the future.   Please let us know if there are any small scale projects that you'd like to see/have help with.


And now check out these fabulous bloggers' Gallery Walls!



10.16.2014

Modern Cottage Style in Connecticut


Last week, I was in New York City.  Annie from Most Lovely Things met me at a cute French café in the West Village for breakfast.  

Then, we drove up to Westport, Connecticut to visit Terrain (a home and garden store that I've always wanted to see).  

Along the way, we stopped in Bronxville, NY to visit the townhouse that Howard and I bought after we were first married.  It's where we brought our newborn baby girl home from the hospital on a cold snowy night...

# 9 Kensington Terrace.  Looks pretty much the the same after 26 years.  Happy memories.

Hello, Terrain…I finally made it!





These pumpkins are ceramic or clay…I wanted them.  No storage in SF though.  Plus, I just had carry on luggage.

After strolling around Terrain, Annie asked if I would like to see her house.  "Heck yeah!"

It's over hundred years old.  Annie bought it sight unseen after her husband sent photos.  She was still living in Orange County at the time.  
Great decision to pull the trigger and buy the home, Annie!
Annie is a graphic designer and photographer.  Check out her Instagram:  most_lovely_things


Here is positive reinforcement if you are considering painting a honey oak banister.


Delightful spot.  The Black, The White, The Textures.

Her dining room…love the wooden planter on top of the vintage built-in.  Annie said she just bought the planter since I was visiting.  BIG SMILE.  I "spruce up" like that, too, when I have company coming…another post.

Then, Annie dropped me off at the train station and I came back to Manhattan through this familiar/crazy place…Grand Central Terminal.  Howard and I commuted through here everyday for our Madmen-type jobs (I still haven't seen that show).
But wait… let's pretend we are curled up having a cup of hot tea in Annie's living room ...
while outside Autumn breezes send golden leaves gently to the ground…and we don't have a care in the world.  
 
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