What to do in a narrow hallway? Pictures get knocked askew as people walk by and furniture cannot fit. I would love to put up a bold wallpaper, but it is the main entry to the house and I am afraid after one week my kids would have made a mess of it.
There is one solution that I love!
Vinyl wall graphics, and surprise surprise I found a bunch of great ones on etsy...
the one I will use is:
There are 25 different colors you can choose from and they can even be used in apartments. I am planning to paint the wall a bold color and then use the white graphic.
Some of my other favorites are...
I am getting a jump start on the New year by trying to finish up projects in the house that have been started and never finished, and going through and cleaning out all the closets and spaces where stuff accumulates! The biggest problem spaces I have are:
I love these beautiful work spaces from Martha Stewart
I am definitely making this hidden office space for my guest room, but I will modify it a bit to become a sewing space. That way I don't have to keep putting my sewing machine away, I can just close the door!
I vow that the house will be cleaned out and finished by the end of 2010!
I finished the sewing just in the nick of time, the presents were wrapped and unwrapped, dad's super spicy bloody marys were enjoyed, the popovers popped, and the children were fast asleep in their beds by 7pm.
I was really excited this Christmas because I made at least one gift for each member of my family.
I must say it was so much fun to watch my family enjoy the gifts that I had so lovingly created.
Well it is official, my children are at home for two weeks. Once you become a parent, with school age children, you develop a love/hate relationship with school vacations and snow days (at least I have)!
I have been somewhat obsessed with the Alabama Stitch book since I purchased it over the summer. I made myself a skirt and am currently working on a christmas present. I did use the techniques from the book to create a great project for M. First I asked her to draw me a picture and I used it to create a stencil. I had her paint her picture onto the tee shirt....
I then let it dry and reverse appliquéd and appliquéd the details of her picture in. It is now one of her favorites!
We have now lived in this house for almost 3 years, and have had to do all the projects that nobody notices (i.e re-pointing brick, re-glazing windows, replacing heating and cooling systems...) After all this we still do not have a usable, comfortable, furnished living room. I have started this project and vow to have it all done by this time next year. Right now I am at the point where I am the only one able to visualize the end result. The collection of furniture that I have acquired makes me wonder if I am currently colorblind or crazy.
The rug will be replaced, it is burgundy and too small. I am thinking of just putting down an ivory sisal and getting a matching one for the dining room. However, I am going to wait until the rest of the furniture is in. So on to the couch, I have fallen in love and must have the...
It's clean and simple yet reflects some of the same French art nouveau and Louis XV lines that are so abundant in the other pieces that I have collected. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I can guarantee that everyone else who currently visits my living room thinks that I am crazy. I cannot wait until it is done!
Welcome to my new website, i finally figured it all out and it works. I must say I usually feel pretty confident around computers, I now understand that i know nothing!!! I am so excited to be here and starting the first steps toward my own endeavors...
We got the tree yesterday, which is usually the highlight of the holiday, however we received an amazing gift from my good friend Chesley that was far more entertaining for the family. It involved candy, cookie pieces and frosting and my children were so excited that they wanted to do it the day it came in the mail!
Chesley sent us a gingerbread house kit from Williams Sonoma:
For me this was amazing because I didn't have to cook, clean, or prepare anything! I am amazed that my mother used to do all this and my best friend Johanna would come over and we would assemble the pieces that my mom had baked and cut with the frosting she had made! With a 4 and 2 year old I am obviously not there yet.
My children loved this (I include my husband in this statement) because they had never made a gingerbread house before! All I did was help kneed the frosting and cut a hole in the pouch, assemble the house and let them go to it. I did however have to leave the room when my husband made the snowman green! The children spent hours frosting and sticking candy to the house and it is now on display in the Dining Room. Maybe today we will get the tree decorated!
A big thank you to Chesley for all the holiday fun and we are all amazed at your Christmas time preparation even with a new baby! We wish you loads of restful nights and lots of snuggles!
I live outside of Boston with my husband, two children, and dog. For the past 8 years I have been working with clients to help them make their home dreams a reality. From helping to build homes from the ground up to helping round out already finished spaces, I listen to my clinets and let their vision guide our process. I have always been a creative person planning spaces and working to make them function better. After completing the Residential Interiors program at Boston Architectural College I learned how to combine my love for funcion and flow with my eye for color, scale, and balance. As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, I understand project planning and budget management. My experience working with clients, contractors, and architects helps to coordinate and streamline the home building and renovation process, helping my clients to have the home they dream of with less of the stress that comes with building and decision making.