The Kitchen | It Has to Get Bad Before It Gets Good

First, let me say, I miss you all and blogging.  But this little mess has kept me busy:

Even with all that old plaster and gaping holes, I love it!  The room is so much brighter without those upper cabinets.  There is head room!  (By the way, we had a guest last week and will have guests this weekend–seemed like a great time to rip up the kitchen.)

And, a little archeological find totally made my day–possibly original wallpaper?  I need to go next door and ask Mrs. L if this was what was hanging back in the 1950s (go ahead, click on her story, you won’t regret it).  You can tell where there were little side shelves on either side of the window.

What keeps me going is pulling out my little bag of pretties to see what the kitchen and adjoining family room will look like soon.

I’m still deciding on the paint color for the cabinets.  It will probably boil down to eenie-meenie-miney-mo when Chris says it’s decision time.  I’m keeping the rug I ordered (that turned out to be really red.)  It’s dark, which means I will stress less about having it in the kitchen (I do have a child who loves grape juice).  And do you see that awesome piece of marble with the faintest of gray and brown striae?  These 6×12 tiles will be the backsplash–I’m including a pic with the existing granite countertop.  To think I was just going to do straight up white subway tile–until Sherry Hart  suggested this gorgeous marble.  What a fabulous way to update this common granite–eternally grateful!  This is why designers like Sherry exist–call one up!  And the hardware was a real find at Home Depot of all places, after I looked and looked at many a pricey handle!

Chris picked up a huge, rough-hewn oak plank to use for our open shelving.  It will look something like this:

Amie Weitzman Conneticut Cottage on Design*Sponge via A Curated Lifestyle

My homework includes painting this orange table (the result of being snowed in last year) to gray.

These lovely ladies will replace the parson chairs.

I’ll paint the frames a dull, dark yellow; and the fronts get this ivory vinyl and the backs will tease with a little peek-a-boo of this sweet fabric–another Sherry suggestion.  Love it!

Then it’s a game of musical lights.  Remember the polyhedron light I selected for the kitchen?  I knew the moment I ordered it that it was destined for the loft.  So the gilded rose chandy will be replaced with polyhedron light.  Rose chandy will go to our master bedroom.  And the kitchen?  I decided to move our original dining room light to the kitchen table because I found…

…this smoker at City Issue.  The dining room needs something a little edgy, and this is it.

Taking a cue from the giant globe bulbs of this vintage light, I’m using the globe pendants from Rejuvenation above the kitchen sink.  It will add the dose of mid-century the kitchen needs and offset the femininity of the crystal chandelier and the chairs’ cabriole legs.

I spent a day with Sherry and Ally at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) recently looking at fabrics–which is the equivalent of kitties in sunshine surrounded by squirrels and chipmunks and mice and laser light pointers and an endless supply of catnip and Fancy Feast.  Here are a few–I’m so loving that Designers Guild floral, Amrapali indigo.  Pink is happening.  And who knew I would be hanging those camel velvet drapes again after storing them for two years?  I was convinced to give the secondhand drapes another try (I bought them from a lady in West U, Houston, 10 years ago) after seeing the camel drapery in the April House Beautiful (sorry, no pic).  A good reminder to keep an open mind about existing pieces.  My endless thanks to Sherry and Ally for keeping me focused at ADAC, and to Sherry for pulling a long day with me.  Hire a professional!

And, just a side note, I’ve been collecting jars and vases and such lately.  I like them all piled on the dining table for now.  Bunny is hanging out here while the dust plumes in the kitchen.

It’s been a tricky balance lately of projects, painting, collapsing, and homeschooling.  But when there are days of homeschool dress up, how can you not have fun?  Girlfriend was all over her Ancient Greece lessons.  I’m not kidding that she started dancing around the kitchen yelling, “Odysseus!  Odysseus!  Yea! Odysseus!” when I told her that our copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey had arrived from Amazon.  I, for one, do not remember doing that as a 6-year-old lass.

So, I’ll keep you posted on the kitchen progress.  In the meantime, I’ve got some stuff to paint.  See you soon!

Meet Judy

She kind of has a big head, but Judy is sweet nonetheless.

For real, her head is big.  Don’t mention it–she’s a bit sensitive about her grande cabeza.

One of my 1950s trashy magazines inspired me to cut this girl out of plywood and paint her up and stick her peeking out behind the sofa.  We all tell her good night and good morning now.

I named her Judy because this girl looks the way I imagine my husband’s Aunt Judy looked as a teenager in the 1950s.

“We think its a dandy idea.”

The Kitchen | It’s On!

Hey, everyone, I’ve missed you!  I’m just checking in as we finally start the kitchen refresh!  The dust starts flying next week.  Using old photos from four years ago, here is a basic walk through of what’s happening, Rerun:

This was the kitchen when we bought the house.  I show it again to point out how much vertical space you can add to a room by trimming out the soffit and painting it the same color as the cabinets–a great visual illusion to raise the ceiling.  We’ll keep our soffit above the range but demo it above the sink counter.

Guess what?  As I write, I still don’t have a paint color picked or tile or lights for the sink…it will happen soon, I hope!  Cabinet hardware, however is on its way.  I’ll post more soon (you know “soon” is relative, right).

Do you all love Brooke Shield’s kitchen like I do?  As seen in Architectural Digest:

Looks like she is boldly using the 4×4 tile, albeit not your Home Depot’s 4×4.

Until we meet again…

From Sheet to Pillow

My friend Rachael was not going to let me pass up the beautiful linen sheet we found at Round Top last October.  ”If you don’t buy it, I will buy it for you.”  Sometimes things are too perfect–like yellow birds, flowers, and my very initials.  So I bought it.

It would be very pretty as a pillow, that sheet.  And, so, it is–with enough sheet fabric left over to make three other pillow cases.  And all those pillows add up to one very comfy bed.

This delicate lattice work extended 18″ on either side of the pillow, which we cut off to make two additional pillows…as gifts for somebodies special.

Notice how I didn’t title this post as “Loft Bedroom Sneak Peek.”  For one, I don’t want you to yell at me for another “peek.”  Secondly, this isn’t a reveal as I may change the chandy and the junk above the bed is just, well, where I left it last.

Do you see that white board with the little magnetic words a la 1990s fridge poetry?  I thought the magnetic words would be something fun to do after the kids go to sleep–but it seems my husband has other things on his mind when he gets in bed than doing magnetic poetry.  Sure, uh-huh, like sleep.

Now, dear readers, I transition to the analogy of the moon and this here blog.  You know how the moon waxes and wanes?  Well, TPH is now entering it’s waning phase.  There have been fewer and fewer posts until, BAM, new moon!  But just like the moon, I’ll be back to waxing and posting and gazing at the narcissistic pool that is my blog sometime soon.  In the meantime,  I will be focusing on our kitchen refresh, overseeing a big exterior project at the cottage, spring cleaning the cottage for the rental season, preparing for summer school and fall semester (I’ll have three students next fall, yikes!), teaching, and painting.  I’ll check in every now and then, but I’ll need all the extra time I can get over the next few weeks.

And, thank you to the readers who nominated The Painted House for The Homies–a real treat to see me down the list, way down, keep going, with all the big wigs.  Hooray for nominations!

See you again soon!

Prime Time

It’s not your grandmother’s house (or your great-grandmother’s house, if you are a young one).

It’s the 50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.  Tables are set up in retro kitchen vignettes–with all sorts of kitschy accessories.  The waitstaff treat you like family, “Eat your veggies!” or “No cellphones at the table–spend time with your family!”  I loved all the details that reminded me of all those estate sales I shopped in the 1950 tract home neighborhood Westbury, in Houston, Texas.

Did you see these books on the shelf?  I had these in my childhood home.  Did you?

I started this post in November but thought today would be a good time to finish it as I’ve been humming Daydream Believer all day, thinking about driving in my white Eclipse as a teenager singing along to Oldies with Natalie, and concluding that my previously inexplicable affinity with vintage everything originated with old TV shows.  As much as Father Knows Best reruns gave me a antiseptic look into 1950s design when I was a girl, The Monkees tv series delivered me a visual vocabulary, albeit kitschy, of the 1960s.  Davy Jones was always my favorite, that cheery Brit.  And, when he showed up on my very favorite rerun show of all–Brady Bunch–I thought it was a match made in heaven.  Marcia was a lucky girl!

By the way, you would think the way my husband and I throw around the description “Brady Bunch house” that it is official architecture terminology.

Rest in peace, Davy.  Now I’m going to see if I can round up some Monkees episodes for my little ones.

 

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