Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My living room corner is having a moment

Oh man, i fully realize this is a million of practically the same exact photo.

Usually i get really exasperated by people who post a million photos of the same thing.

Like, here's my decorated tray. here's my decorated tray zoomed in. here's my decorated tray zoomed in but focused on one specific item with everything else blurry. here's my tray, on my ottoman, but still. the tray. here it is. but maybe with an overall room, instead of one item, it warrants a million photos. maybe.

You may have noticed the blue wall is no longer. When we removed part of the wall for the kitchen reno, it obviously affected this wall, and since there was spackling and repairing on both this and the half moon table wall, we repainted. Did i want to repaint all 4 walls so there was no more tan living here, sure, sure. but my pro wouldn't do that. So this is second best.

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I'm not 100% sure about the artwork situation, if it needs one more piece or not. If you are just looking at the wall then i say yes, but when you take in the opening to the kitchen, i say no.

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This is reading as boring. It's not in person. Grr.
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Corner moment!
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With or without? (I feel like i'm ordering cheesesteaks in the city.) I see the merits of both sides of this argument, but i like without.  Without speaks to less clutter, doesn't stop your eye the way another art piece does, allows the corner to be a whole moment. Zooms right past wall into kitchen.

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 Less zooming, more wall focusing. More visual clutter.

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The wall is not that orangey. Grr again.
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Gone are the baby blue accent wall days. Hello neutrals, i'm relieved to see you. Also, yeah green thumb!

Paint Color-Rawlings, Finneran Hailey matched to Benjamin Moore
Artwork-Minted via Domestically Speaking. Thanks MaryAnn!
Stripe pillow cover-Ikea
Blue ottoman-Amazon
Rug-RugsUSA
Arc Lamp-Home Depot
Gorgeous cats-Rescues.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cat Logic

Cat logic:

Empty, fluffy, comfy cat pillow in front of the vent....
Pile of floorboards from kitchen reno, vacuum, plant stand and reciprocating saw in front of the vent.  Clearly this is the better and more comfortable option for getting warm.

Or perhaps here, where she will absorb the heat full blast and come away smelling burnt, while also sitting on the hard wood floor instead of the comfy cushion.

Sisters. At least the younger one knows what the cushion is for.


What do your pets do that defy logic?  Or defy human logic, at least?

Monday, March 30, 2015

kitchen reno phase 1


Let it be known that i love my little cape.

When we turned the fourth bedroom into the dining room, we created this wonderful flow on the main floor. But flow is not the same as open concept. Open concept isn't even what i want exactly... i want sight lines.

As this is not a major renovation, "as much as i can" is the name of the game.  I want the living room to feel more open and connected to the kitchen (as much as i can), i want more natural light shining into the kitchen, and i want to see (as much of the dining room as i can) from the kitchen without having to stick my head out a doorway.  And most of all i want to see from the front of the house to the back. Sight lines. Connectedness. Light.

These older pictures give a better sense of the closed off dark space.
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 Separate kitchen.
 
 Landing area (not really a hallway, but a spot with 3 doors and 3 openings). I refer to it as the vestibule.

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 Separate (super old photo) living room.

-NOW-

Let there be some mutha flippin' light!
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Hey, front door!


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Hey sight lines!
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Hey back door!
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Not much, but still a view into the kitchen from my spot on the couch.

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Hey living room!
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Hallway/vestibule certainly seems bigger.


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We are either adding a trashcan cabinet here, and the new countertop would go all the way, or we are leaving it as is. We added the (just framed) half wall behind the club chair, because otherwise that's weird and there's a club chair in your kitchen. You can see the how far out the wall came with the unfinished floor.
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So bright!


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So connected! Standing in my kitchen, behind the club chair, and able to see into the living room!
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Hey sliver of dining room, but you are more than i had before! (Hey silly Lily).
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All is good, all is bright. This girl's happy. Hope whatever project you're tackling lately, it's making you happy.


















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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Art of the Brick

This weekend we went to the Franklin Institute for a special exhibit called The Art of the Brick, an artist's rendering of paintings and sculptures done completely in legos. I know what you're thinking-isn't that just for kids?-but nay, my friends. It's for creatives of all ages, and not so creatives but super smart engineer boyfriends who watch shows like "How it's Made" and "How'd They Do That," inquisitor buildy types. Plus, inquisitor buildy engineer type boyfriends most definitely played with legos as kids. So, win win all over the place.

nathan lego art
The artist. You are so right, Nathan. I'm going to add art made from sounds (ie music, cuz that's art, too).

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 Legos, all of it. The floor, the table, the drawers.

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Whoa. Dinosaur got a room all too himself.  Doesn't this look like you're in a Natural History Museum or something? You could say this was bones, and i'd believe you.

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 This Moai sculpture was made of 75,450 bricks. The artist said it was one of the largest, taking months to complete. Crazy how rectangles can make the curve of the chin.

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This was an original creation, titled Grasp, and was life size. All of the original pieces had an explanation or positive words, which was a nice touch.


The art reproductions were some of my favorites, as you can compare it to the original.
This pixelated Mona Lisa used 4,573 legos to create.
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I forget what this was titled, but it looks awesome. Something about how creativity is inside us all, i think.
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The scream! Some of the art pieces were dimensional, like this, American Gothic and Whistler's Mother.
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So crazy, i can't even imagine making this actually work out. 
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The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt, was one of my favorites, too. So perfect to the painting, and this was dimensional and life size.
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The Swimmer too 15 days to complete and used over 10,980 pieces.


The Wave.
lego art the wave

Ok, i know it's just a towel, but that DRAPE is killer. How does that even happen!!??
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 Tree huggers.


The Venus De Milo, also life size, and used 18, 483 pieces of legos.
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Which are your favorites?  Ever seen sculptures in a unique medium? I'd love to see those giant butter carvings, but i'd settle for a fabulous sand castle display.





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