Jonathan Adler design’s for Kohler

September 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Posted in $hit I want, architecture, homeownership, modernism, style | Leave a comment
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Over the course of the five years we’ve lived in our home, we have done a ton of renovations. You could say we bought a fixer-upper. Or maybe I just married someone with really particular taste. :) Before moving in to our home, we gutted pretty much the entire house down to the studs and installed new copper pipes, a full-on electric upgrade, a new kitchen and two new bathrooms. And that we just the start. It’s been an on-and-off-again labor or love. More emphasis on the labor part. A bunch of our fixtures are Kohler like our apron front stainless sink and low-flow toilets. The quality is very high and there are a ton of choices ranging from stylish modern to more traditional styles. I’m not surprised to see Kohler asked Jonathan Adler to design a color series for its kitchen and bathroom sinks. The colors: Piccadilly Yellow, Greenwich Green, Palermo Blue, and Annapolis Navy are not your every day household shades. It’s no doubt that those bold choices wouldn’t go with every kitchen or bath. You’d pretty much have to plan the entire room around the sink! But if one were doing a renovation, it really wouldn’t be terribly hard to have a white subway tile back-splash (shown above) with all-white cabinets and a statement sink, right? It would make for a pretty kick-ass room actually. Any modernists out there think they could make such a statement in their home?

Spring Garden Grows!

May 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Posted in gardening, homeownership, life, spring, vegetable, Washington | 1 Comment
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Collards, Swiss chard, beets, spinach, arugula and lettuce
This is how we dooz it.
Carrots (hard to see) and weeds.
Tomatoes — the red is an early bloomer “magenta” variety.
Peas are flowering and climbing!

It’s been about 50 days and like clockwork, the greens have filled in the raised bed. Arugula is such a quick crop that it is already beginning to bolt. Time to eat them up to make room for the tomatoes, beans, peppers and things to go in the bed next. The carrots are such an experiment this year. I eat carrots just about everyday and would love if they actually grow with my limited sunlight. I’ll report back soon!

Just yesterday the garden looked like this.

IKEA designs a pre-fab modern house

March 14, 2012 at 8:38 am | Posted in $hit I want, design, homeownership, modernism | Leave a comment
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Holy! Dreams really do come true, IKEA — the place you can easily spend twice what you budgeted for, paired up with Portland-based architecture firm Idea Box and designed a pre-fab house. With a shotgun style floorplan, the 745 sq ft unit comes to you fully installed with a working kitchen (dishwasher, full-sized fridge, convection oven, stove top), followed by the dining room, living room, bedroom and full bath. IKEA closets, which I can attest are pretty great, line the walls of the bedroom and there’s storage in the bath. Um, can I have one? Seriously, Daryle and I often fantasize about our cabin in the woods. But everything is so expensive or a fixer-upper, and who has time for that? How about a pre-fab in the woods for around 80K? IKEA really does make it easy, except we’d have to have land to put it on, plumbing and electric. Hmm, this dream is sounding more complicated. It’s still in the back of my head of a maybe-possibility. Wouldn’t that be great?

Dream mid-century home in Portland

September 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Posted in dreams, gardening, homeownership, life, One of the most amazing things I've ever seen, travel | 1 Comment
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I’ve been in DC for eight years now and easily get wanderlust about a lot of places that I travel to. My poor husband has to listen to me go on and on about how much better the [fill in the blank] town is than DC and how it would be so perfect to live there. But as I mentioned before, Portland was the one place that we both were awestruck by. So what do I do? I am a whiz at researching cost of living, crime statistics, public schools, and even local creative jobs. I’ll go as far as looking up houses for sale in various neighborhoods. You could say it’s a hobby. :) I was really excited to find a website entirely dedicated to mid-century real-estate in Portland. It couldn’t be more perfectly our taste! Gah! And wow, what do ya know, this house pops up. The most dreamy, glass house with backyard zen garden and amazing views—just six miles outside the downtown area. I’ll take it!

I thought I had all of the Portland posts out of my system, but had to include just one more. I hope I never have Portland out of my system. With love.

Why so quiet?

May 20, 2011 at 11:11 am | Posted in homeownership, life | 1 Comment
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Hi! Ok, I did not get a dog. I know this photo is misleading. I am dropping back into blogland to say, I haven’t forgotten about you! A couple of times a year Daryle and I like to torture ourselves and do more renovation to our house. We are getting so close to having it all done, I really cannot wait. I think a lot of people imagine home renovation as this romantic, uniting experience (hello Young House Love). At the end of the day, when all is done, I certainly feel good about everything, but the process up to that point, I describe as taking years off my life. It throws me off of my routine—and I’ll admit it, I’m a creature of it. Renovation stresses me out! We plan on staying in our house for a while—which, thank god for that. These past couple weeks, we’ve replaced every single door / door frame in the house. Up until recently, not a single door actually closed in the house (not even the bathroom door). We’re replacing exterior doors, security doors, bathroom, bedroom and closet doors. We chose hard wood, unprimed doors that will be stained in a natural tone (as opposed to plain white). They are going to look beautiful. We’re also finishing all of the closets and lining them with mahogany shelves. So there will be a nice contrast between the white finished walls and the dark wood. Pretty! I’m not showing any pictures because my house is a wreck (which is what throws me off). All of the stuff that was in our closets are either in the hallway or living room. Oy ve!!! And last, we are finally painting every single wall in the house. We’ve been living for the past four years with only barely primed walls and it ain’t pretty. I pray to god that this will only take another two weeks so I can get back to life and then we can finally refinance (new years resolution). Pictures definitely to come.

Now about the puppy in the picture: That’s Ramona, my friend’s dog that I’m watching while she is away. Ramona is a coton de tulear and a little fiesty princess. We’re having fun going on walks around the neighborhood getting to know the neighbors. It cracks me up to hear the sound of people gasping because she’s such a dainty thing. It’s definitely easy to make new friends when she’s around.

Hudson Valley Stone Farmhouse and Barn

December 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Posted in architecture, gardening, homeownership | Leave a comment
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Well, it’s good to dream. This farmhouse and barn property is located 15 minutes north of New Paltz, New York (where Daryle went to college!). It’s nestled on 147 acres of wooded land where deer and wild turkeys roam. If you’re inclined you could hike along Black Creek which winds 1/2 mile through the property, then fish or take a swim. The property is on the market for $1.9 million. I do dream of moving somewhere with a lot more land to grow vegetables. I would love to actually live off the land around me, maybe open a B&B, grow food, cook and blog. That’s my fantasy. For now, I suppose I will simply live vicariously through the photos. Lovely aren’t they.

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