Friday, September 30, 2011

The Perfect Bar


If you want a bar in your home give it a designated spot.  Set up the bar on the big serving tray with some glasses,corkscrew,accessory utensils and ice bucket on a console, buffet or counter in the kitchen. The tray "corals" the bar component pieces. Line up the decanters or bottles next to the tray. Store the mixers,additional glasses and extra liquor in the console, buffet or a kitchen cabinet.

Ice Bucket with Tongs
Large serving Tray

Bar Utensils
Decanters for Liquor
Cocktail Napkins

Bento Box # 7

Bento Box #7
Background Fabric: Threads "Folium Parchment"  Linen-- Great for Window Treatments
Top Left: James Brindley "Mandaly Check" Aqua Stone Silk-- Window Treatments, Throw Pillows or Drape Tables
Second Top Left: James Brindley "Sequel" Canyon  Silk/Cotton--Window Treatments,Light Upholstery and Throw Pillows
Bottom Left: Kravet"Ambiance" Shitake Heavy Duty--Any kind of Upholstery
Bottom Center: Strohiem "Vardon" Light Blue Heavy Duty---Any kind of Upholstery Walls

Walls:  Benjamin Moore: Berkshire Beige AC-2  with Acadia White  OC-38 Trim  for a Subtle Look
            Benjamin Moore: James River Gray AC-23 with  Marble White OC-34 Trim for a Bold Look

Carpet should be a neutral wool low weave.
This would be a great Master Bedroom or Living Room

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bento Box #6

Left: Vervain "LaBoheme" A fabulous Linen/rayon for Window treatments and/ or Throw pillows
Top Right: Beacon Hill "X Marks the Spot"  Cotton/Silk blend Great for Throw pillows,Light upholstery, Window treatments
2nd  Right:Highland Court "Banks" Yellow Chenille for Upholstered pieces
3rd  Right: Fabricut "Bagian" grey Chenille for Upholstered pieces
Bottom Right: Fabricut "Lajoie" 100% Cotton  Widow Treatments, Bedding, Light upholstery
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore "Himalayan Trek"
Trim: Benjamin Moore"Acadia White"
This is a great combinations for a Master Bedroom, Dining Room Living Room, Kitchen or Sun Room. It has a transitional feel so it will work with all styles.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Rob's River House Part 2

The Pub:
Pub Before
Pub After: Banquette with all King Charles Cavalier Painting above. Banquette was installed where the original bookcase was.
View of Bar Area After
Pub After
Bar with Staffordshire Ceramic Dogs
The River House transformation also included a Pub.  Originally it was a menagerie of collectibles,books and occasional pieces that didn't fit well together. The Pub is a focal point immediately off the foyer  and was in desperate need of updating. We decided to give it a theme ,based on all the antique Staffordshire Cavalier ceramics Rob collects on his frequent trips to London. and his pet King Charles Cavalier "Aston". As a result the "Cavalier Pub" was created.

Our goal was to fashion it after an English style "formal pub" that would be a gathering place for Rob's frequent guests. We kept the existing freestanding bar and had our cabinetmaker match the wood and build bookcases with glass shelves for display with cabinets underneath for liquor and additional glass storage.  I designed a kidney shaped banquette that was also built by the cabinetmaker.  The floor is carpeted,bar stools re-upholstered and the banquette upholstered with a button tufted back. The result is  ready for a TOAST!! Here's to Rob and Aston!!!!
Carpet: Schumacher Michael Smith  "The Richmond"
Banquette Fabric: Fabricut "Optimum"
BarStools: Fabricut "Fierce"
Cabinets and Banquette by Windhill Builders

 The SunRoom Before

SunRoom After: Fireplace with Seating  and  Dining Area
Tray Ceiling with 2 Fans were added along with a sectional sofa. Built in under window holds flat screen TV on hydraulic lift.

The Sun Room before was a poor mixture of outdoor furniture and storage items.  It is very visible from the large living room window so it needed an immediate rescue. The ceiling and ceiling fan were both in disrepair and we decided all the furnishings had to go.  I had Rob hire Mary Scott Architecture to design a new ceiling and add a free standing gas stove.  We wanted to create  seating area's that would allow the river views to be appreciated with the ability to watch TV and enjoy a fire.
Sectional Sofa:  Jazz Sectional by Kravet
Sofa Pillows:  Scalamandre "Oasis"
Carpet: Stanton Wool Cambria
Coffee Table: Lorts
Rocker,Oak Dining Table,Standing Lamp, Marble top side tables: Antiques
Dining Chairs: Palecek
Easy Chairs and Ottoman: Tribeca by Kravet
Small occasional tables: Pearl River
Ceiling Fans: Casablanca
Wall Paint:  Benjmain Moore "White Dove"
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore "Polar Sky"