Sunday, October 30, 2016

Travel: aimless in austin

A sudden day trip to Austin turned out to be a photo tour of walking down Austin's famous 6th street. The husband had a conference at the 6th street Alamo Drafthouse. So after he entered his nerd fest, I walked all the way down past Congress and Lamar all the way to the shopping and then back up again. What started as a cool beautiful day turned out to be humid and sweaty and my steps grew heavier. Nevertheless, Austin always charms me.

Take the photo tour....

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!

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