Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Next up on my pre-renovation house tour is the dining room. This room is going to change the most, as it is going to get a stairwell into the attic that will position against the wall that the red buffet currently sits.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
In preparation for our attic renovation starting in a few months, I've finally photographed my bungalow as it is now in 2015. Here is a current architectural drawing of our floor plan.
Upon entering the house from the front porch, you step into what is labeled the "living room" on the drawing. Back when the house was built in 1919, it was probably referred to as the parlor.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
After several months of back and forth with the historical commission, we finally have permission to turn our attic into livable space. Here are two inspiration pictures of what I am hoping the space will look like when finished.
....and here's my attic in its current state.
We are not allowed to change the roof line of our bungalow, and we are not allowed to put any windows in the side of the attic that faces the street. We are allowed to put a dormer on the back of the house, and we are allowed to put skylights in that will not be able to be seen from the street. We are hoping there is about 600 square feet of usable space up there, in which we want to create a master bath and bedroom. The project will be pretty invasive, as our plumbing, electrical and ducting currently runs every which way throughout the attic. We have to move all of our stuff out of the house. Tyler and I and our pets will be moving to our garage loft for the construction phase. We are hoping to start in September, and I'm going to spend the next few weeks documenting how the rooms in my house look today before construction commences.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
My client Connie fell in love with the vivid colors in the above painting by Gerhard Richter. It is really huge, and sold a few years ago at auction for 21 million euro. You can read about it here. Connie asked me to paint her something in the style and coloring of this painting. My piece below is done with palette knife and brush in acrylic on a 4ft wide x 3ft wide gallery wrap canvas.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
My client Sarah inherited two art pieces done by a deceased cousin that she wanted to incorporate into her guest room. The red rocks painting, and buffalo painting served as style inspiration and directed the colors of the room. The larger red rocks painting got framed and hung over the new headboard. The smaller buffalo piece went on a side wall and I found a photo of a tree printed on burlap that I paired with it. I sewed the Euro shams on the bed from a textured throw blanket. I also made the cover for the round side table from two woven table runners. Everything else I shopped for at Home Decorators, Home Goods, Ikea, Tuesday Morning, Aaron Brothers and a local thrift store.
Friday, May 1, 2015
My sister Sarah (29), and my cousin Marie (39) share a birthday, so last Saturday on their joint birthday we had a shindig in the backyard to celebrate. We set up the yard and cabana similar to how we arranged it for Tyler's 40th birthday last fall. This was a more intimate party, and I only snapped a few photos before I joined in on the eating and drinking.
Monday, April 20, 2015
I recently helped my sister Sarah construct these canvas backed wool felt state pillows. She wanted to make them to give as gifts. We blanket-stitched a heart onto specific cities on each state. We had fun making them, and are thinking of making some to sell at a local craft market this upcoming fall.