I loved your feedback on last week’s project peek and thought I’d share one more that I snapped over Thanksgiving. This built-in bookcase/media center I designed for my family’s living room was recently completed and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. So many shelves to fill with beautiful things! Can’t wait to start hunting.
Design is as much about problem solving as it is aesthetics, and the room this bookshelf lives in presented a challenge. With two walls opening to other rooms (mudroom and kitchen) a large bay window on the third wall, and a floor to ceiling brick fireplace centered on the fourth wall, it was less than ideal for watching tv–which is what my parents like to use the room for.
Making the floorplan even more funky was the fact that the brick fireplace bumped out about 2.5′ from the wall on the left side but was flush to the wall on the right. The asymmetry has always driven me crazy. I was fixating on it over the summer and started drawing floorplans and elevations (because that’s how fun I am to be around on vacation).
I realized the room would be so much more functional and balanced if we closed off the space to the left of the fireplace with a built-in bookcase which could also house a flatscreen tv. I’m a big fan of painted bookshelf backs and selected Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth Blue for these.
Next up: curtains–that gorgeous AERIN fabric above is the top contender–and re-upholstering a wingback chair in a sassy Quadrille print. I’ll keep ya posted.
I can’t even tell you how excited I was to see this feature pop up on Domino’s website last week. I’ve had the bar photo above pinned for ages and have always wondered what jewel box of a space it came from.
In case you’re also curious, the home was featured in the November 2008 issue of Domino. I’ve already ordered a back issue from eBay, because as much as I love the easy accessibility to any image in my inspiration archives the internet provides, I still prefer the real thing.
This is the type of room I happily get lost in. Layers upon layers of beautiful things for the eye to lit upon set against walls the color of deep ocean. I could easily see this room being being in a row house here on Capitol Hill.
Maybe it/when we become home owners I’ll pull out my new (old) copy of Domino for inspiration. For now, here are a few pieces to help achieve the look:
Over the past few years we’ve made a trip to Maine one of our summer traditions. This past summer we stayed at The Inn at English Meadows and if you remember this post, you know that we fell hard for its charm and vowed to come back again soon.
I’m a New Englander at heart and nothing sounds more enticing to me than a foot of fresh powder and a spot to hunker down by the fire; so when Garrett spilled the beans a bit early that he had booked us a room for a post-Christmas getaway I was pretty over the moon.
Kennebunkport is decked out for Christmas Prelude and I think you can see from the photos above why it was voted by HGTV as the #2 Christmas town in America (my camera is definitely coming with me!)
If you’ve always wanted to visit Maine, or are in need of a last minute gift (we decided to give my parents a Gift Certificate after our stay this summer!) I have an amazing offer to share thanks to Liz and Eric, owners of The Inn at English Meadows.
Here’s the deal:
Mention PS for 20% off any reservation made for 12/10/13 – 4/30/14 OR add 20% to any Gift Certificate purchased in December.
Be sure to like The Inn at English Meadows on Facebook by Dec 11th for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate!
Keeping it real: This post was sponsored by The Inn at English Meadows, a business I am happy to support and look forward to visiting for years to come!
photos by Robert Dennis via Yankee Magazine
I know we’re just entering into the second week of December but I was feeling super behind in the deck the halls department. To everyone who had their holiday decor up the day after Thanksgiving, you impress me!
This weekend we finally got down to business. The Shiny Brites came out of storage, the fire was stoked, hot chocolate was made, Christmas music was blasted and our halls are officially decked.
I topped our bookshelves with mini boxwood topiaries picked up from Victoria at Home and tied them with red ribbon. At first I flanked them with a pair of double gourd bud vases and was going to call it a day but then I thought to myself: “What would Carolyn Roehm do?” and pulled out all of my blue and white pieces to top the two shelves.
Sometimes more is more.
P.S while on the topic of blue, I won the battle!
Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
For Celebrating Life:
-Nelson Mandela passed away this week but his legacy will surely live on. Read 15 of his best quotes and get ready to feel inspired to accomplish something great.
-Joan Didion’s 79th birthday was this week and Into the Gloss did a great quote round up. My favorite: “Do not whine.. Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” If you haven’t read her work start here.
-Radiant Orchid was just named the color of 2014. What do we think? If you’ve seen my bedroom I think you know I’m on board.
-4 Things Successful People Never Do on the Weekends
To Light Up Your Life:
-If a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp wasn’t already on your wish list, it will be after reading this article.
For Hosting Holiday Guests:
-The Ultimate Survival Guide. If your guest bedding is in need of an upgrade, check out Biscuit’s newly released season three.