When I purchased my first home one of the nicest housewarming gifts that I received was a monogrammed brass door knocker from my sister and I’ve loved door knockers ever since. In a previous post I shared my love of doors so for this post I want to feature a door accessory that’s not only functional but personalizes a door in a way that adds to the curb appeal of the entry way of a home.
Last week’s post during the blizzard of 2015 triggered my migration south for a virtual vacation to the lovely city of Charleston, South Carolina. So this week having received my first gardening catalog got me to thinking about planning my own slice of paradise. Let’s just say if I were to design my ideal staycation and could have everything on my wish list, the following elements would definitely be incorporated into my backyard garden retreat:
I have to admit that winter is not my favorite time of year. I actually learned how to ski because I needed something to look forward to, to make winters more bearable. And earlier today we were hit with snow so I decided to take a virtual vacation to one of the most popular vacation spots in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina. I have wanted to visit for quite some time as I absolutely love older homes and it is known for its historic and very pricey Greek Revivals and Italianates that line the avenues of downtown Charleston. So what follows is an inside look at a few home interior and exterior shots of the charming city of Charleston.
For those of you who enjoy having an inside look into the lives of the rich and famous the February issue of Architectural Digest features the New York City home of singer John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen. Granted most of us aren’t able to afford the exact home furnishings of celebrities but that doesn’t negate the fact that there are ways to use their homes as a source of inspiration in smaller more affordable ways. For instance, the accent wall as shown above was made with reclaimed wood. In case you don’t have the opportunity to check out the latest issue I’ve provided a virtual tour of their home for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
For those of you who are subscribers to my monthly newsletter you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for doors. I can’t explain why but I just love them. They’re just one of those details that can make or break a home or a room. I think the main reason I chose my home was the inviting cranberry red exterior door and the five panel solid wood interior doors with vintage glass door knobs. As you can see in the picture above of last year’s 7th annual DC Design House, the architects David Benton and Jim Rill of Rill Architects, made a bold choice with their door color selection that definitely makes an impact.
At the beginning of a new year conventional wisdom says out with the old and in with the new. But not so fast, the wise also know there is a season for everything. The key is knowing what should stay and when it’s time to let something go. The conclusion you make is often a matter of perspective. As 2015 begins now might be a good time to let go of old or bad habits and to gain a new lease on life. On the other hand it could be time to transform something old and give it a new lease on life. Too often this is also a time that we make resolutions that we don’t keep. Maybe 2015 is the year to resolve to focus on what truly matters enough to make it a permanent part of our lives.
Personally I think there’s no place like home and as soon as you open the door to your home it should allow you to transition from outside forces and provide a retreat that welcomes you with open arms. So whether you have a grand foyer with a soaring ceiling or a small space just inside your door, how you furnish your foyer provides an opportunity to create the type of environment or first impression that conveys the mood you desire to greet anyone who enters your home. Here are a number of foyers that are not only welcoming but makes you want to know what the other rooms would be like if you had the opportunity to venture beyond the spaces shown.
I would guess that most everybody has a favorite color and often times our choices in clothing or our home décor are inspired by our personal favorites. When you think about it, much like people, colors have distinctive personality attributes. Some are deep and vibrant, while others are subtle and subdued. So I was recently reading an interesting article on how colors can have an impact on our moods and I decided to take a look at how various colors used in a typical home decorating scheme may trigger certain emotions or amp up the personality of a room based on findings and research conducted in the field of color psychology. Here’s what I learned about the following colors:
One of the things that I’ve mentioned in quite a few of the previous posts is the inclusion of foundational investment pieces in a homes interior design, which means nothing more than including well made high quality furnishings. Of course quality comes at a cost which is why I think it’s a good idea to have a mix of furnishings at various price points to balance out the cost of furnishing or designing a home’s interior. This is especially true if your budget is limited. Not everyone can afford to have the best of everything immediately so a slow steady approach that begins with a mix of furniture that will be kept for the long term and trendier less expensive pieces that will eventually be replaced over a period of time is a smart option.
When it comes to design I have a love of the neoclassical era which spans the late 18th to early 19th centuries. This is also known as the English Regency, French Regency or Georgian periods of design. I bring this up because I recently scored a Hepplewhite inspired drop-top demilune game table which looks like it had a very hard life for the mere sum of $21.00. Every once in a while I like to take on rehab projects just to push myself into developing talents that are deeply buried. I already have the large frame that will one day become the mirror that will be paired with my new find. I feel encouraged by the fact that I have found similar original circa 1780 to 1810 and early 20th century reproductions that are either for sale or have been sold at auction at prices that range from $1150.00 to $2000.00. Not a bad return on investment for a healthy dose of elbow grease and time.