Friday, November 30, 2012

Amazing Scouting Shots

Photo by Jamie Salomon 
So, this week we were very lucky to have Jamie Salomon, an incredible residential design photographer, come take scouting photos for a couple of major publications (I don't want to say which ones and jinx it, but I promise to let you know if we get published).   If you haven't seen Jamie's work, you should check it out on his website:  His work is incredible and I'm sure you've seen it on the cover of many magazines!

Now, I keep trying to learn how to take nice photographs.  But mine look like amateur hour compared with these.   Check out how beautifully he captured our house - and these are just scouting shots, not the real thing they would use for publication!!!    I would never think to use some of the unique camera angles he has used.  They are amazing.  I hope you enjoy them!

Photos by Jamie Salomon

Photos by Jamie Salomon

Photos by Jamie Salomon

Photo by Jamie Salomon
Photo by Jamie Salomon
Photo by Jamie Salomon

Photo by Jamie Salomon

Photo by Jamie Salomon

Photo by Jamie Salomon
Photos by Jamie Salomon

Photo by Jamie Salomon
Photo by Jamie Salomon
Photo by Jamie Salomon
Photo by Jamie Salomon

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Open House - Dec 2, 11-3 pm

  Highlights include an open floor plan with a bright new kitchen

Sunlight streams through the brand new windows in the Living Room

The master bedroom is an inviting space with two spacious closets

Two other bedrooms complete the second floor

The house includes a completely new family bath and first floor powder room

There is a two car detached garage with a wide driveway for ample parking.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Contemporary Cottage Kitchen - Before and After

It's taken us a long time, but at long last our Contemporary Cottage Kitchen has gone from a plan to reality.  It's a bright, open space - leading to both the Living Room and the Dining Room.  A far cry from our starting point!

Remember this?  The bathroom was in the kitchen, the ceiling had water stains from burst heating pipes and the plastic 'tile' was falling off the wall.
Kitchen - Before
Now, the walls have been opened up, the family bath is upstairs and there is lots of counter space, seating and storage throughout the kitchen.  Don't you love the Martha Stewart cabinets?  The beadboard insets look amazing and the stainless pulls add a nice mix of contemporary with traditional.

Kitchen - After, but I wish I'd taken the drill of the counter before snapping the photo!
Kitchen - During
Here is a 'during' photo, showing the wall coming out between the living room and kitchen.

Now, the boarded up window is gone and both have been replaced with larger windows.  We have lots of lighting - recessed, pendants and under the counter task lights.

 Kitchen - After
So what do you think?  Will someone fall in love with this kitchen?

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Today's Guest Post - Nautical Powder Room

Hooray!  We were featured on Justin & Cassity's Remodelaholic Guest Post today.  So cool that we got highlighted.

Be sure to check out the other great decorating ideas they have for using maps and charts.  I love the table setting with globes as the centerpiece.  What a clever idea!!!  And the map in the glass of a french door - brilliant!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Living Room - Before and After

It's hard to believe how much this room has changed!  We started with a long, boring room that only one way in and out ........through the dining room.

Living Room Before Walls Were Removed
But after removing 2 walls (one to the kitchen, the other to the dining/foyer),  it's now open to the entire first floor, which lets the sunlight come streaming through.  And it creates a great circular floor plan - great for parties & family living!

Living Room - During

Once the walls were out and the new beams in place, we could start thinking about decorating the space.  From a design perspective, we wanted to maintain the neutral color palette we used throughout the first floor. So the walls are Early Morning Mist and the trim is Dove White.  The sofa and wicker chairs are also neutral.  The window treatments echo those colors, but add a couple of accent colors - steel blue and moss green.  We used the accents on pillows, rug and accessories. This way you could easily change the color scheme in the future, without a lot of cost!

The result: A much more livable floor plan and a warm, comfortable room.  What do you think?


Wicker Wingback Chairs - Pottery Barn
Rug - Angela Adams Munjoy Hill Pattern
Coffee Table Trunk - Pottery Barn
Sofa - IKEA
Blue Leather Chair - HomeGoods
Small Wicker Chair - IKEA
Curio Cabinet - Ethan Allen
Pillows - HomeGoods, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn
Baluster Lamp - Pottery Barn
Nautical Table - Simply Home

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Powder Room - The Reveal

The powder room  is one of my favorite rooms in the house  It's a jewel box of a room - with beautiful features and finishes.  That's one of the fun things about a powder room.  It's a small space (and you don't spend a lot of time there!), so you can be a bit dramatic!  What are the highlights?

-  The espresso wood vanity has a gleaming, solid glass top.  And to play it up a bit, I added these bubble glass knobs.  Sconces flank the oval mirror, providing lots of light in addition to the window.

- The back wall is covered in old nautical charts (and yes, it provides interesting reading material, LOL!  I know a lot more about Monhegan Island now).  Above the dual flush toilet is a Pottery Barn glass shelf, providing space for collectibles.

- My favorite feature - the marble floor, which is made of three different types of marble, all ovals.  It was a splurge, but worth every penny.  It makes such a statement!


And just for the record, here's the 'before' photo.  There's not much of the original space left.  We tore out the ceiling, closet and cabinets, because it didn't start out as a bathroom.  It's a bit of an improvement :-) don't you think?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Made in the USA

As we've put this house back together again, I've been pleasantly surprised with how many of the products are made in the United States.  Frankly, I thought a lot would come from low cost manufacturing locations around the world.  But in reality, a lot of products were made in the US - particularly the big ticket items!  Here's the breakdown:

-  Martha Stewart Kitchen Cabinets - made in North Carolina.  No wonder they could make them and ship them to us so quickly!

-  Windows - Certainteed Windows

-  Therma Tru Exterior Doors - Butler, Indiana

-  Drywall - Georgia Pacific

-  Subway Tile for Kitchen & Bathroom


Original light fixtures.....I love this 'Union Made' sticker on the inside!

And from our neighbors to the north (aka Canada):

-  Interior Doors 

-  Granite Fabrication

Pretty cool, don't you think?  Would you have guessed this much was made in the US?

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