Tennyson on the Quarry- Part One

I just received photographs from a great photographer Kate Sfeir of a recent project.   I was saving the photos to the project album when I stumbled upon the before images of the house. We've been working on this house for awhile and I forgot just how crazy some of the rooms were before we got stated!

This home sits on 20 acres and has a private 4 acre quarry. The client will use it as a rental property in the summer and a second home in the winter. It's a really special property and would be great for small and large parties alike. I had a great time working on this project with some really wonderful people. We were lucky enough to have Village Cabinetry and Builders  and Alberston Builders help with some really tricky custom projects. I'm going to dedicate a few post to the project.

Here is the before picture of the large attic bedroom. Notice there is no wall between the bathroom and the bedroom.

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Here are the after photos.

 

 

1820's Master Bath Reno

I just received the faucets for a master bathroom renovation. I'm in love with them. I realize not everyone gets quite as excited as I do about faucets!  They are in polished nickel from the Easton line of Waterworks. The patina is so beautiful and they feel heavy and fabulous in your hand.  They are perfect for the 1820's home. I'm meeting with the home owners this afternoon to finalize the paint colors and can't wait for them to hold the shower handle.

The home is is shingle style and beautifully restored with the exception of a few rooms- the master bathroom included. Its an odd shaped room and has great paneling and molding. We wanted to keep the style cool and clean.

 Master Bath Materials  Lamp Room Grey Paint from Farrow and Bal l, DCK-5 Paint from Donald Kaufman, Subway tile and Fluid basket weave tile from Nemo Tile, the marble is a place holder for a Calcutta slab we need to choose.

Master Bath Materials Lamp Room Grey Paint from Farrow and Ball, DCK-5 Paint from Donald Kaufman, Subway tile and Fluid basket weave tile from Nemo Tile, the marble is a place holder for a Calcutta slab we need to choose.

We're using a classic fluid basket weave in black in white for the floors. I searched for a long time to find just the right tile. If you look closely to the sample you can see how the rectangle is slightly tapered in the middle. Once the grout is in place is has wonderful movement. We'll use an unglazed version which will patina nicely and add to the timeless quality. It took me a month to find just the right tile. I saw it in an Architectural Digest article from 2003.

 Architectural Digest 2003

Architectural Digest 2003

 Inspiration with black and white tile. The home has very similar paneling to this photo. We won't be going as dark on the paneling.

Inspiration with black and white tile. The home has very similar paneling to this photo. We won't be going as dark on the paneling.

I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

I Love You a Bushel and a Peck

Despite having six kids and no money my nana, Betty (or Big Nana as my kids called her- ironic because she weighed maybe 100 pounds) always managed to have great home.   My Nana  passed away three years ago but my kids still remember her saying she loved them "A bushel and peck and a hug around the neck."

Here are some tips inspired by her to keep your house fresh and loving with very little money:

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ISO Barrister Bookshelf

I see barrister bookshelves, also known as a lawyer bookcase, at antique stores all the time. Until I really wanted one! I'm hung up on the idea of a barrister bookshelf for a client bathroom. Wouldn't it make a great a linen cabinet? I love the height and scale they usually come in.  It would be the perfect amount ofstorage for towels and toiletries with display on the top. 

Originally design for....you guessed it, Barristers, they have a glass front and each section is movable to allow the barrister to travel with the only the selection of books they needed.

 

If you see one let me know!

10 Design Questions in 10 Days: Paint Color

I got busy over the weekend and should change the title to 10 Design Questions in 12 days! 

Q. I need help with the paint color for my bedroom.  My bedroom is tiny, possibly 100 square feet.  As I am located on the first floor with only one window, that is covered by shade for privacy, It is not very bright. I am looking for two colors. One for the walls and another for my bureau.  I plan to distress it and wax it after. I would like to use a nice orange or melon color.
My house is now painted in grays and blues.  This bedroom will enter to a navy blue hallway.
Any advice for a nice light blue or pale color for the walls and a color for the bureau?

 

A.   "A light color will never come to life in a dark room but a rich, deep color can make a dim, somber space feel warm and luminous – even though it receives no natural light." Donald Kaufman (Designer and paint expert) 

Many people try to paint a dark room white or pale colors to try to lighten them up but without natural light there is nothing to reflect colors and they can look dingy and gray. A dark space looks best when painted a color with lots of saturation and warmth.  However, because your hallway is a already a dark color I would go with a lighter shade of blue, but make sure it is not a muted blue. Go for full saturation and warm it up with the fabulous orange you'd like to use for your bureau. Below are some great combinations of blue and orange just keep in mind your blue will be more bold on the swatch to accomplish this look. 

 

 

Here are a couple of options for you to try.

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Benjamin Moore: Blue Hydreanga and Anne Sloan Chalk Paint:Barcelona Orange Farrow and Ball: Blue Gound and Benjamin Moore Tawny Daylily

Remember always try a sample of the paint before you paint the room! 

If you have a design question feel free to email me at info@jessietobiasdesign.com 

Jessie