Whenever I'm feeling a little homesick for the U.S., I pick a state and start window shopping their real estate ads. I know, strange. But the other day I found this gorgeous lake house built in the 1880's and just a short drive from Chicago in Wisconsin. I'm smitten with the enclosed wrap around porch and original woodwork. So take a peek:
It comes replete with the original boathouse and gazebo. It even has a bowling alley!
Naturally there is some restoration and updating I would consider but I hope whomever decides to call this home keeps all the charming details and woodwork.
Back to the Manhattan apartment - I am so looking forward to flushing out our friends' vision
for their new abode. But until then, I'm already inspired by Kevin Sharkey's Midtown
images from apartmenttherapy.com
tastes tend to be traditional (and antique-hoarding) in my own home,
but I love helping to create spaces that reflect the homeowner and that will make our friends happy. It is fun to flex some design muscle in another
direction! Any ideas? What would you do with a blank canvas like this?
The second project I'm working on is a gorgeous, light filled apartment in Manhattan. It will be a love nest for two very dear friends just starting their lives together. The building is really unique, a design project by Phillippe Starck and architect Ismael Leyva with tall ceilings and South-facing windows. So here's what we're working with:
What direction would you take with this? What colors are you seeing? I'm excited to hear more about what our friends have in mind!
Even though I'm super busy tending to our baby girl these days, I've got a couple projects underway just for fun. Friends on both coasts are planting roots and I am helping rework their real estate purchases. I'm not a professional but I'm having fun working on these really amazing spaces. The first is a classic San Diego house with soaring two story ceilings and Mediterranean iron railings but they wanted to go in a fresh direction. For a new family of three that recently relocated from Boston, here's some of the ideas that have been inspiring us:
classic kitchen featured in Style at Home
Bill and Giuliana's son's nursery
My favorite thing about doing spaces with friends is accommodating their tastes and making them a home.
One of the things I've become quite adept at is pinning one-handed on my iPad while I walk circles trying to soothe our colicky little girl. I spotted a pin by Karen Robertson the other day of a room done by two lovely friends, Kelly Grokulsky and Alex Gebicke.
They're two sweet Florida ladies and Kelly runs Grokulsky Interiors. All her spaces are so peaceful and relaxing - something I'm craving when my poor little lady is crying all day!