Yes, I used a cute kitten picture to lure you in. But it’s going to be totally worth it! We’ve been working on a mini-makeover the past few weeks, turning a barren apartment into a haven for a do-gooder client who absolutely deserves a place to relax at the end of the day. We finished up most of the work in the wee hours of the night, but I was able to snag some shots of the bedroom before the sun went down. And of course, a photo of the adorable kitten she was fostering at the time. Enjoy!
Last week we had the honor of sharing our Big Indian project with the world. In case you missed the beautifully done feature on Remodelista, be sure to take a look. We owe a huge thanks to Justine Hand for putting so much care into entire piece, and for taking the time to so eloquently explain the insane amount of work that went into the project.
It’s always so exciting to have these big projects revealed. We spend so many months working in isolation, doubting ourselves, sweating, sanding, etc, that it’s so thrilling-and slightly nerve wracking!- to throw the cover off and say, here it is! This article in particular was a total stunner, and I found myself bragging to complete strangers about the feature, something I swear I never usually do. So really, be sure to take a peek at it.
Luckily for all of you die hard fans out there, I am a compulsive picture taker, which means that even though Remodelista filled their post with tons of pictures, there are still tons more to share! So now, for your viewing pleasure, a personal peek into our Big Indian project, with some never-before-seen final shots. Enjoy!
I can’t believe it was just a few weeks ago I was working in this gorgeous home, surrounded by some of the nicest things I’ve ever seen, including a personal favorite, central air. As I write this now I am continually being swarmed by ants and mosquitos, surrounded by tools in a house with no running water, no toilet, no tub, no sink, and nowhere to sit except the very chair I am sitting on. So you can see why it seems like a distant dream. A dream that I am very happy to sink into.
We knew this was going to be a great job when we walked in and were greeted with lemon squares, crumb cake and freshly pressed coffee. Future clients, take note. Kristian (names have not been changed to protect the fabulous) has spectacular taste, so his house already looked amazing, but we needed to bring in some warmth and texture to soften up the new construction-ness of it. The whole place is open and clean and filled with light, so we knew it was going to look great, but we didn’t know it was going to look THIS great.
We used wood from Lowe’s, and washed it with Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White. (0kay, okay, we just color matched a sample of the color. Sue me.) A few days of cutting and nailing and sanding and caulking and touching up and voila! Best darn looking living room north of Spring Garden.
It just goes to show that shiplap, like baked goods, makes everything a little bit better.
We are so excited about our feature this week with Domaine Home, a new shoppable online magazine launched by the creators of WhoWhatWear.com and led by the brilliant Mat Sanders, who brought us such wonderful things as Domino and Apartment Therapy. The site is absolutely beautiful, and our feature is running alongside a piece about Greta Gerwig, so we’re pretty much thrilled.
I’ve only been a(n instant) fan of the site for a few weeks now, but I already find myself checking it daily for inspiration and and ideas. Yesterday did not disappoint, and a few paragraphs into their My Favorite Space: Cat Deeley article I found myself newly obsessed and deep into a wallpaper hunt.
From my experience so far, this is the kind of thing that could easily go on for days, weeks, even months. Just when you think you’ve found something you love you see something completely different that makes you reconsider your direction altogether. There are just SO MANY beautiful options, and it’s incredible to see what a major impact the right wallpaper can have on a room. I spent hours looking and really only checked out a handful of websites, so beware. This will take over your life. In the best way possible.
My number one criticism of the whole experience is that way too many wallpaper website are doing things all wrong! A pattern in a 2x2inch square is one thing, but who on earth can tell how it’s going to look plastered across a 12 foot wall? Luckily, a lot of sites are clued into this, and for the ones that’s aren’t there are usually samples you can order, or perhaps the magic of Photoshop to give you an idea. This small hang-up aside, I love online wallpaper shopping as much as I love picking out paint swatches, an act that that for me is equal parts enjoyable and completely obsessive.
For now, I have yet to find a house, let alone a wall for any of these beauties, but I can’t wait until I have a space that’s begging to be covered in banana leaf print.
Check out some of my favorites from the hunt, and you’ll see what I mean.
The ultimate Martinique Banana Leaf print, made famous by the Beverly Hills Hotel. Seems to be a big favorite of Nate Berkus, who used it in his own home in Milan. Available from Hinson & Co. You can also find it at Designer Wall Coverings. I can’t seem to track down the amazing wallpaper from the image on the right, but it’s featured in Houses in my Heart by Carleton Varney.
I adore these prints by Turner Pocock Wallpaper, a London based company whose designs grow from quirky, hand-sketched ideas. I would have never thought tennis racket and zebra wallpaper could be so fantastic.
Speaking of Zebras, I’m basically in love with this print from Designer Wallcoverings and Fabrics.
This kid’s series is hard not to love, and I could easily see these prints in a children’s room or a studio space.
If you basically just want someone to give you a promise that you’ll love your wallpaper, you can always rely on the folks at Farrow & Ball. No matter what they send you, it will be beautiful.
Gotta give a little shout out to Huffington Post for the heads up on the AMAZING photographs of Niki Feijen. Fiejen took these shots from four different abandoned farmhouses in western Europe. These places have been untouched for years, and whether they are covered in moss, falling down, or holding up pretty well they are just stunning. If we could find a house like this to take under our wing… I can’t finish typing that sentence without letting out a huge sigh.
Enjoy these beautiful shots. And be sure to check out Feijen’s personal website for the full collection. 149 perfect moments.
We were so happy to take part in Etsy’s great post today, Creative Couples : Making it Work in Love and Business. I love a captive audience so when they asked us to answer a few questions, I was thrilled to blabber on. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day craziness of running your own business, so it was nice to force myself to sit and reflect for a bit and remember how lucky we truly are.
And because I’m nuts, even though I’m part of the article myself, I still find myself a little envious of the couples featured! They are all doing such beautiful work, and seem to be so happy and in love. Take a peek at some of the magic they are making together.
Thanks so much to everyone at Etsy for a little reminder of how good we have it. X
while we’re still far from our dream of a brick and mortar store in new york–with international buying trips and shipping containers galore, naturally–we’ve decided we’re going to set up my living room as a by-appointment-only shop!
i’ve recently finished panelling the walls with MDF and about 400 linear feet of reclaimed (and HUGE) base cap molding. we just need to paint and start bringing stuff in from storage.
we’re hoping to be open in a couple weeks (though maybe not till late july with brimfield round two rapidly approaching). until then, enjoy some pictures of the living room in progress!
step three: chiropractor and yoga (chronic upper back pain)