Friday, February 27, 2015

Oscar Gowns

I was intrigued by the idea of matching Oscar gowns to beautifully designed rooms when I saw it here.  It inspired me to give it a whirl.  It helped me to pass the time while I recovered from dislocating my back.  Unfortunately I got lost in the process and did not document all my sources.  I tried to trace back which got me no where, so I apologize for that lack of information.

Nicole Kidman

Jennifer Hudson

Scarlet Johannsen

Nancy O'Dell
Andrea Wohl Lucas

Jennifer Aniston

Robert Brown

America Ferrera

Benhati Prinsloo

Gwyneth Paltrow

Lady Gaga

Emma Stone

Jessica Chastain

Anna Kendrick

Reese Witherspoon

Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction

Meryl Streep

Cate Blanchett

Patricia Arquette

Rita Ora

Rosamund Pike


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What about that Window?

I clipped this from a magazine at some point and then cut away all clues as to which magazine.  I would give credit if I could.

This is a loose vision of what my window over the sink should look like.  My window is not this wide so it won't be quite as dramatic.  And remember, it looks out onto the porch and from there to the backyard and studio.  Note the raised window sill behind the faucet.  This is all part of my plan as well. FYI, my windows will not be divided into 12 panes as these are.  In fact mine won't be divided at all.  Not that this isn't very attractive, but rather because my window is smaller and I'm using FREE window/doors.

We don't have ponds or rolling hills here in the city, but the people who live here like looking at buildings.  Might sound crazy to those who love the wide open spaces, but not to me.  I like looking out at my studio and thinking about what project is waiting for me beyond that door.

But, as I mentioned in an earlier post, this window needs to be raised up to counter height.
Not a pretty picture, but this is how it looks from the porch side.  Try to ignore the reflections.  Not exactly sure how all this will be filled in but anything is better than what is here now.  Let's talk about the inside first.

My brother Dan took these doors off the upper part of a china cabinet his wife is now using as a bookcase in her office.
Since they just happen to be 17 inches wide they will fit the 34" opening I have perfectly.  However they are only 46 inches high. But.....since my plan is to raise the window sill up behind the sink a few inches....why not make it 12 inches?

Here is my cardboard box mock up and, yes, there is a little gap at the top. But since the frame on these is slightly arched at the top this will allow a talented brother to make a header that will mimic this arch perfectly.  Try to ignore that thick black horizontal line.  That is the current window sash that will be removed sometime after we stop dropping below freezing temperatures!  

One more point I would like to make:  I am hoping to center the sink on the window.  As you can clearly see that is not the case now. There is a lot of math that has to happen before we will know whether this will happen.  So check back to see how this pans out.

By the way, that 12" high backsplash behind the sink will be of the same material as the countertop. 

Keep in mind the kitchen in this picture is on a much grander scale than mine.  My sink will not be the same as this one and I will have the option of having a deck mounted faucet.  However, since I have the opportunity to use the wall mounted faucet I'm thinking that would be pretty cool looking.
I suspect that will be material for another post.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Flipping the Switch

You're right, it's time to talk lighting.  Specifically I'm going to devote this post to lighting over the island.  For old times sake I have to share a couple photos of lights from a previous era.

This was from the eighties.  (no comments on the wall decor unless you are over 40)

This was probably late nineties and early 2000.  Nothing much changed from that time on except the light fixture.  Same cabinets and same counter top so I think I'm due for an update.

This is what I have now.  It's a fixture I found at The Restore for like $20.  It sat around for awhile until I could get it hung.  When I picked up the globe from the desk top where it had been resting for several weeks, it stuck for just a split second.  That was enough to cause it to crack and leave the rim resting on the desk.  I was dumbfounded and pretty ticked.  Determined not to give up on it,  I glued it and put it up anyway.  I still like it but I want two pendants over my new island, so it has to come down.
Full disclosure:  I dislike about 90% of the lighting I see on the market.  I'm not going to bore you with hundreds of pictures of fixtures I don't like.  (well, maybe just one to make my point)  Besides, lighting is very subject to individual taste and I know I'm kind of an odd duck when it comes to my choices.

Let's talk about a few fixtures I might like for this remodel.

A pair of these would be fabulous if the room was larger and the ceilings a little higher.

Or maybe a trio...say..

THESE. Not sure if I could track them down or if I would be willing to pay the price if I found them.

I pinned these long before I started thinking kitchen remodel.

In a similar vein, these two would certainly be OK with me.

These are a little quiet but maybe that's what it's going to take.

Love the patina on these.  I want a few industrial touches in the room without taking it too far.  These are made out of old propane tanks.  That might be worth investigating.

While we are on that track, what about this one?  I would be very happy with a variation of this.

I really doubt this one is going to cross my path but I just had to show it anyway.

Just had to add this picture because I have always liked this pair.  I just don't think they are what this room needs.
Gee, is that it?  There is one more thing.  I have a pair of fixtures that have been sitting in a box for several years.  I bought them at the Habitat Restore because the price was right and I thought they had potential.  Now the question is:  What do they potentially add to this kitchen remodel?

Overlook the bright brassiness of them.  There is paint in every color so there are options here.  If you have priced lighting lately you will understand why I'm giving these consideration.  They are marked $26 apiece but I'm sure I paid less since I usually don't walk out of that place without getting a discount.  These days you pay that for a couple of light bulbs.  I think I might have to paint these to determine if they will make the cut.  Final decision to follow.