It is the last day of 2010 and seems like a natural time to reflect on all the hard work, challenges and blessings of the past year. So many wonderful things have happened in the past year, a friend urged me to start my own business and I am loving the sense of accomplishment that I have from working again. Our house is so close to being finished. We have all met wonderful new friends, and enjoyed amazing times with family and friends, old and new. My children are happy and healthy and love their schools, and they are another year older which is an adventure in itself! Life has been busy, and unfortunately I have not always stopped to appreciate all the wonderful things that have happened, but I am going to try and be better at that!
What will 2011 bring? We are planning on putting the house on the market in the next few weeks and while we are hoping for a speedy sale we are prepared for it not to sell. We will then just enjoy our finished house for a little longer. We are hoping to move closer to our children's schools and all ours and their friends. I am hoping that the new house will have a nice big space for me to carve out an office/studio, so that I can continue to build my business. Part of me also hopes that the house itself will be a nice big project that we can work to make our own and can grow into over the next 10-15 years. I hope that I can continue to spend amazing a special time with my children, who are getting big way too fast, and enjoy all the wonderful time we spend together as a family. I also resolve to be better about sharing all the wonderful projects I get to works on, the beautiful things I see in the world, and the interesting things that inspire me.
I hope 2011 brings interesting and wonderful people into all your lives, beautiful things for you to see, and lovely spaces for you to enjoy!
On Christmas-Eve I was out to lunch with M and just happened to be down the street from one of my favorite mid-century modern decor stores. Of course I had to pop in and I have fallen in love with this beautiful sofa, of course I need another sofa like I need a hole in my head. However, I can still be inspired by it's beautiful clean lines and small scale and can picture it in the living room at the cape house!
He built me amazing shelves for my office!
So last spring (maybe earlier) I fell in love with these shelves that were making the blog circuit. I decided that I had to build them. I measures, designed, and even went out and bought the wood and the pipe. Then like so many other good intentions, they got lost in a pile of to-do's behind a long list of must-do's. The beautiful wood sat under the living room sofa all summer and the pipes sat in the garage, waiting just waiting! Then came fall and I decided that alas there wasn't time and maybe it wasn't a resale friendly decision to , so the wood and pipe all went back to Home Depot.
In September I was at Brimfield with friends/clients and kept seeing all this really cool industrial shelving made out of reclaimed material! By this time I was in dire need of accessible storage as I had started my business and reclaimed my office, so I thought hey maybe I should just buy something. I found some at Restoration Hardware that I loved, but were too tall, and some at Wisteria that were way too wide for my space. Then my hero came to the rescue...
He found these amazing 2.5" thick boards on craigslist, bought chunky black pipe at Home Depot, and scoured e-bay for the casters that I specified! Then he spent 3 days cutting, sanding, staining, poly-ing, and assembling my shelving. He even went so far as to spray-paint the screws black to match the pipe flanges. Now I have the perfect size, height, depth shelves that hold anything and everything that I can throw at them, and the best part is that when we move they can come with us!
Yes, I did say move. More on that later!
Busy, busy, busy... that is the one word that can describe my fall. Now the snow is falling, Christmas is over, classes are finished, we don't have to be anywhere or do anything and I am sitting at my, finally, clean desk watching the snow fall.
On the 13th I finished up my Color Theory class, and I am finished with classes until the end of January when I start Intro Interior Design Studio. If you have never taken a color theory class, I highly recommend taking one. I finally learned what saturated really means and I learned to see color in a whole new way. It has also emboldened me to take more risks with color in my own home and my bubble gum (yes, bubble gum) velvet arrived for my wingback on the 23rd! I cannot wait to get that beautiful bright pink fabric on my wingback for the back corner of my otherwise blue living room.
To show y'all how much fun it is to play with color, I wanted to share some of the color projects that I worked on in color theory.
For our mid-term project we had to pick a room from a black and white set of photographs that our teacher gave us an we had to create two color schemes based around one key color. My key color was the primary cyan (that's blue) and I did an analogous scheme and a tetrad scheme.
For our final project we were all given a description of the same client and black and white pictures of five rooms in that clients home. We were asked to choose a key color, and design a color scheme for three of the rooms. The final project needed to look cohesive, reflect the clients likes and desires, and we had to have samples of the materials we were proposing to use as well as colored renderings of each of the three rooms.
I choose to use green as my key color as I wanted to bring the outdoors inside and I choose the living room, music room, and bedroom.
We each presented our projects at our final class and it was so interesting to see how 9 different designers could take the same rooms and the same family and create such amazingly different and beautiful designs and interpretations.
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.