Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dwell: a very formal sitting room

In  contrast to a "family room"or a "drawing room",  "living rooms" are located near the main entrance to the house. It almost acts as a reception room for guests in to the home for a more formal and quiet entertaining. Most often the choice of design and decor creates this separation of spaces. In this post I am sharing a very dear family friend's formal sitting room where you can see that there is a "formality" in the choice of furniture, design and decor. Even the color, lines and symmetry in the wall decor adds a particular discipline and authority. The furniture also suggests order in the manner of it's structure and design. A formal sitting room usually do not accommodate for a television, which is why the furniture is arranged more in a manner that suggests conversation around a central space. There are usually enough surfaces for keeping that tea cup or wine glass. Whereas the "family rooms" suggest lounging and leisure, the "formal sitting room" is more serious and orderly. In this particular sitting room order is brought in the application of classical shapes and geometry. The various shades of blue add a layer of calmness and soothes the eye while the white and neutrals brighten the space up all over. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dwell: a warm abode off the shores of east haven, connecticut

We  took our first trip to New England as  this year's summer dwindled down. This cozy home belongs to our friends who live in the quiet bay city of East Haven. The first image is the galley wall of their home entry. The wall comprises of carefully collected art, frames, masks, plates and mirrors. At the corner sits a folding chair upgraded with a faux sheep skin throw.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dwell: a bathroom remodel

In the photo labeled "before" it is not evident that the original tiles from when this house was built was a deep bottle green. I am the sort of person who often forgets to take good photos before starting to change something. But yes, when we saw the bottle green tiles in this bathroom we knew it had to go. It was so shiny that it seemed wet, as if someone had just recently mopped it. After the contractors managed to remove the old tiles, there was a layer of thick green tile dust all over the surfaces of this bathroom. We also hated the sky blue that covered all the wall surface. We did not have a big budget which is why all the fittings and fixtures stayed as they are. 

These are the things we changed - 
- new grey natural marble tiles
- new mirrors
- new wall finish and paint (there was a thick textured wall finish before in the sky blue) 
- new lighting
- new cabinet hardware

I have plans to do some hand painting on the white walls but for now a bird wall decal is suffice. The 80's tub is something that will need to be replaced along the way since it is too small and is wearing out. We remodeled this bathroom soon after we had moved in but I don't feel it is completed which is why I have taken so much time to share it here with all of you. But my friends have advised me that the in-between stages should also be documented and shared and not left out. So here it is. I will keep sharing updates of course. Enjoy!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Dwell: concrete tiles with grass grout

Concrete tiles with grass as grout have always fascinated me as a simple tool for outdoor design. It is not nearly complete since the grass needs to be thoroughly pampered to be able to deepen it's roots and also my vegetable and herbs along the brick wall needs a lot of growing up to do. 

This rectilinear patch of grass to the left of our pergola which we never really used for anything. The trellis on the brick wall came with the house and our water line sits left adjacent to it. There was a partial concrete walkway near on of the exit doors of the backyard and that is what triggered the idea in my head - to complete the concrete path. 

The concrete path would connect from the exit turning at the water hose pipe to the stairs of the wood deck (as you can see in the top completed image). The are near the hose pipe would always be wet creating mud that would get on our flip flops. So the concrete path made total sense. Then I kept thinking about what to do inside the leftover square green space. Our yard and lawn has a lot of grass already and I wanted to reduce water consumption. So this was a perfect place to do the concrete tiles with the grass grout. We would't have been able to do it without our lawn guys. They did an exceptional and detailed job - but it took a long time. Even after completion, it took several weeks of time and gallons of water for the new grass to sprout. With time I am hoping it will look even more lush - but I just had to share it with you all. If you have some space then do this and reduce your water consumption!

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