Last week we finished up our biggest project of the year, a 3500 sq. f.t renovation and 3000 sq. ft. addition of a 1940′s tudor style home. Yes… on the large side! With the redesign, I wanted to stay authentic to the tudor style while updating certain elements to give it more of a modern luxury feel… hello marble slab steam shower!
Before our clients moved in, I had Dorotheé Brand of Belatheé Photography photograph her way through the home. Here are a handful of my favorites shots. You can see more on our website.
p.s. – I suppose I should recant what I said earlier… we aren’t quite finished. Still waiting on a couple powder room wallpapers, a backordered pot filler, and these amazing exterior lights that I can’t quite get final approval on. (Crossing my fingers.)
This weekend I celebrated the upcoming arrival of a very lucky soon-to-be baby boy. The talented mom-to-be, Molly Debiak (cute as ever), arrived alongside her close knit girlfriends on a perfect day in Seattle to enjoy a vegetarian menu, a tiny bit of bubbly, sweet and thoughtful presents, and yes, even a cliche baby shower game. I hope you enjoyed your special day Molly! You and Colin are going to make amazing parents!
And a special thanks to my co-host, Emily Childress!! xx
A few snapshots from the day…
Foliage selection provided by McKenzie Powell. Favor boxes available at Alamodo.
Paul and I pulled the girls out of school last week for a well deserved break from the chaos. We headed to Hawaii and it did not disappoint! Sunny days and beautiful sunsets, sandcastles, whale watching, the salty ocean and plenty of palm trees swaying in the wind. Ahhhhh… the life. Our trip went by in a blink of an eye, but the experience lives on in memories and photos. Some of my favorites below…
All good things come to an end. Now back to the real world!
Seeing sand and sun in my near future… and I am ready for it!
1 – sunglasses / Tory Burch
2 – beach bag / J. Crew
3 – swim suit / J.Crew
4 – white tank / Madewell
(Best tank ever, by the way.)
5 – shorts / Madewell
(Cuff the bottom for a cute casual look.)
6 – sandals / Joie
Today I’m excited to introduce you to the talented artist, Lydia Bassis. Lydia and I met not that long ago, and quickly became fast friends as we discovered our eerily unique similarities (which I won’t bore you all with). Of course, it wasn’t surprising to find that I was a huge fan of her work!
Lydia focuses on repetition and balance as she combines different shapes, forms, and color into these bold yet whimsical pieces of art. With a recently updated website, Lydia gave me the go ahead to post some of her work. Check it out!
Thanks for making our walls a little more lively, Lydia!
PAINTINGS by Lydia Bassis //
LARGE WORKS ON PAPER by Lydia Bassis //
SMALL WORKS ON PAPER by Lydia Bassis //
(These smaller pieces look amazing grouped together or added to an eclectic gallery wall.)
To inquire more about Lydia’s work, click HERE.
We are in the home stretch of a pretty amazing basement transformation. The homeowners found us through my House Beautiful mention a year back, and I couldn’t be happier! They have become good friends and are such a delight to work with. At this point, the tiles have been laid, millwork applied, walls and cabinets painted, wood floors stained, and accents of wallpaper rolled out. We are now moving on to the furniture and decor stage… (yay!)
Although I don’t have any “after” photos just yet, I thought I would give you a teaser with the “before” pics and few of the design boards showcasing the interior aesthetics. Can’t wait to share the final reveal!
BEFORE - not the most livable space you’ve ever seen!
design board - LIVING ROOM
design board - GUEST ROOM
design board / PLAYROOM
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Next Wave luncheon presented by House Beautiful and the Hearst Design Group in New York City. What an honor it was to be included amongst these 24 amazing hand picked designers! My nerves were getting the best of me as I traveled up to the top of the Hearst Tower, but were quickly calmed as I stepped out of the elevator to be greeted by the lovely and gracious Kate Kelly Smith. The hosts, including the Newell Turner, made us all feel so special as they took us under their wings. So thank you once again House Beautiful and Hearst Design Group!
And since I was in New York City… why not get in a little sight seeing?! Here is a quick i-phone photo journal of my three day trip to New York and back.