I am so excited about this one. The clients are a young, newly-married couple who inherited the husband's parents' 1950s lake house. It needs to be updated, of course, but once I get finished with it, it's going to be the cutest thing ever. We started with the living room and adjoining kitchen.

I found this vintage light fixture at a local shop, and loved it so much I designed the entire kitchen around it. I bought it for the clients sight unseen, and if they don't love it as much as I do, I will cry. And make them use it anyway.

Everything else is a mixture of new and vintage, but the major updating will be painting the (old, not cute) cabinets and changing the (old, not cute) hardware. My clients want to do this in phases, but of course I'm pushing for all at once for maximum impact.

And I chose a Duralee fabric for the vintage chair reupholstery, so it was nice that they approved me for a trade account today. Fortuitous!

Anyway, very excited about this one. And if you are a nice person who likes what you see here, I have openings for late October. Contact here.

 

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Y'all remember my kitchen, right? It's all white? I painted all of it myself? I feel pretty awesome about that, two years later? Here's a refresher:

Photo by Lori Andrews

Those arrows you see represent my problem: I am finally ready to put something on the windows. I have filled the shelves, I have bought a rug, I have removed the table in anticipation of the banquette that someone will build me soon. And yet: the windows. The one over the sink becomes a black hole of scariness at night, and the one with the bamboo shades makes me say profanity every day that I have to roll those assholes up and down.

But the reason it has taken me so long to decide what to do is that I had no IDEA what I wanted. I see pictures of gorgeous interiors and fabrics on a daily basis, and I still couldn't pick out anything I really loved. So one day, I just thought, EFF THIS, I am going to pick something out. And while I...didn't, I was able to narrow it down.

I went to just one fabric website, chose a few swatches I liked, and pasted them into Photoshop. When I was done, I was left with something like this:

All fabrics by Quadrille

I learned several things from this exercise, most of which will be obvious to you:

1. I am still not over Ikat;

2. For this project, I favor large patterns over small;

3. I want a blowsy floral or toile as opposed to a rigid geometric design; and

4. Whatever I choose, it better have pink or orange in it.

So, even though I haven't made a decision yet, I now have a general direction. And that, lovers, is better than no direction at all.

If you have any favorite fabrics to recommend that meet these criteria, I'm all ears.

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Wow, you people and the nice things you say about my kitchen. You are all invited over for dinner. The poor tile guy accidentally scratched the counter with his bucket the other week and had to come back yesterday morning to buff it out. He also used the word "dramastically" in all seriousness. Good times. We messed up the pristine kitchen further with some inaugural chicken curry. And I learned a new thing about the floors, which is that they still look clean even when they are filthy with trampled cilantro and spice mixes. Yay! And now, some before pictures from way back: And from a few weeks ago:
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Y'all, I am almost there. The end is neeeeeear! I am having tile cut into the size I want. I was inching into crazypants territory about getting exactly the right thing, and I can't be worrying about it anymore. Thus, the backsplash goes in early next week. And then...WE REST.
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crw_2949 What, like you never primed your kitchen floor with no shoes on. Two things remain in the Great Kitchen Redo: 1) tile the backsplash, and 2) paint the floor. If you would read those two items aloud in your best Mr. Miyagi voice, Daniel-san, I would appreciate it.* Despite a valiant effort and a near-foolproof plan, Evany and I were not able to secure 2 boxes of overstock Heath Tile for the backsplash. Evany and her intrepid boyfriend Marco trekked out to Sausalito on Saturday to see what they could find, and after several fruitless (but hilarious) phone conferences, we had to give up. It's probably for the best, considering that if they had found something, Evany was instructed by the Heathens (!) to swaddle each individual tile in bubble wrap, then ship them to me via UPS. I could probably tile my backsplash in Swarovski crystals for fewer dollars. So while I think up Tile Plan B, which includes finding somewhere, anywhere, in the continental US that carries 2" x 6" tile (WHY? WHY DON'T YOU HAVE ANY, MONROE?), I'll be over here painting the floor and scouring your town for ceramic tile. Let me know if you find any down at the local quarry. *Crane pose optional.
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