Sunday, April 21, 2013

Family Style - In Black and White

Despite my seemingly diligent and high tech blogging (ha, those of you who have been following me for a while know I tend to go silent for a while during the "busy season", i.e. big installs,  back to school, Halloween, birthdays, Christmas...ok, its always a struggle for me to actually get on my computer, but I digress)....despite my affinity for blogging, I am a sucker for the real thing in design porn....high gloss, heavy paper stock magazines. Finding one of my favorites....Veranda, Tradtional Home, House Beautiful, Southern Living...hiding in my mailbox makes me abnormally happy.  It is like someone, or I guess Martin our mailman, has left a little present for me.  I like to wait until there are no children around me, ideally in my living room with an ice cold beer, before I unwrap and indulge. Now that you know a little about my romantic attachment to design magazines you can appreciate how excited and gitty I feel when I am fortunate enough to be featured in one of them!

This month it was Connecticut Cottages and Gardens....Cate Branca worked her prose magic and made the mantra I have been celebrating from my Family Style soap box, come to life in black and white! Take a look...I know this link won't give you quite the thrill of the real high gloss thing, but hope you enjoy!

Here is the link:

Here it is in high gloss...

Here are the other photos from the shoot....Dining Room


Living Room

Family Room


Master Bedroom

Master Bath


Here is one more lucky placement recently in one of my favorites!!!

I love their Send Us a Picture section....

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wasted Space

Why move to a bigger house or add on that extra square footage when you likely don't even use what you've got! There are so many spaces in our homes that we love to polish up and show off but we never go in there to enjoy ourselves! Wasted space #1....the Dining Room.

The Dinning Room is not just the place for Downton Abbey-esq dinner parties. Bring it to its full potential! As long as you don't have silk seat cushions make a vow to use the beautiful room with an expansive table and room the whole family, more often. The beautiful curtains, chic wallpaper and (hopefully) faux painted ceiling will remain unscathed....

I find that if you do not give a space a purpose you won't use it. Give that to your dinning room, after all, it looks so fabulous! Family game night, book club, study hall, Sunday Super...your dining room is the perfect spot to host. Here are some of my thoughts on the space that will hopefully expand the square footage and living space in your home....

~use that beautiful sideboard to hold cards and board games
~cover your seat cushions in something extra fav here is faux leather (think snake or alligator)....even Sunbrella fabric will work in this dressier space
~if its not in your budget, hold off on the rug, the table will cover up the expansive floor...and depending on the age of your family you may end up with more food on the floor then the table
~if you do add a rug make sure you have at least 3 feet off the edge of the table on all sides so that you have room to move your chair around without "falling off" the rug!
~i am a believer that antiques get better with age, but if you are going to cringe at every falling fork, get a glass top made to fit
~every dining room does not need silk curtains. They can be gorgeous... but if you want  to keep the space more in-formal, but still "special feeling", go for a more tailored window treatment in a more casual fabric...I am thinking linen panels with a scalloped edge...

Here are some dinning dens I love....

This Room looks ready for an elegant dinner party OR homework study session!

This room by Suzanne Kasler looks glam and elegant but if those chairs are covered in a pale blue faux leather,  there is nothing keeping family game night away!

Love the wallpaper in this dining room by Phoebe Howard.

If this were my dining room, we would eat every meal in here. Wouldn't  it just make you happy to be in there??
by Miles Redd

This dining room is definitely on the more elegant end...but I say the slip covers say "family room".
by Suzanne Kasler