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“A lifetime investment in happiness”

Last year I had the pleasure of partnering with the brilliant cabinetmaker, Owain Harris of O.H.Harris Cabinetmaker on a very unique project.  Owain’s clients had a 1966 Caravel 17′ Airstream trailer that they wanted to renovate.  The goal was to create a cozy space for reading, writing, and guest sleeping quarters for their summer home.  My contribution to the project involved space planning, material selections, and lighting research, all while keeping an eye on the desired Mid-Century vibe. 

The Airstream trailer was hip when it first hit the road decades ago, and it is still “as sturdy and modern as ever.”  What a pleasure it has been!

Sensational stairs

Stair systems can be pretty standard. Rise, run, railing – end of story. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The following images illustrate how a staircase can contribute to the interest and character of a home.

(Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Too cute

For the last several months I have been busy with a very special project.   In this situation, we are updating the old farmhouse my client grew up in.  First on the To Do List:  redesign the bedrooms for two little girls (ages 9 and 7).   This was a fun and unique opportunity for me to play in the world of COOL and CUTE.  

Here are couple snapshots for your viewing pleasure.

But the fun doesn’t stop there!  The 2nd floor hall and dual stairways received a major transformation as well.  Stay tuned for more images to follow.

Wedding DIY, 1

Early in our engagement, I became quickly OBSESSED with all things wedding. Researching vendors, brainstorming (and organizing) ideas on Pinterest, consuming every morsel of wedding blogs possible.  It’s hard to say how many weeks or months passed before I looked up from my laptop one evening to see my honey watching me.  I quickly realized that I was so dreamy about the wedding, I had lost focus on my relationship.  For the next several months, I chose to be present with him and enjoy this unique time together.

That is until it was crunch time.  There were many crafty touches to my wedding – let’s begin!

Paper Garland:  One advantage to committing to a DIY project early is that you can keep an eye out for sales. I was able to purchase my scrapbook “Ritz cracker” hole punch and colorful cardstock both on sale at Michaels.  Next, I had a volunteer (thanks Mom) punching “Ritz crackers” out of cardstock.  Eventually it came down to Mom at her sewing machine as I “fed” her “crackers” and protected the garland from tangling.  The first batch did get dreadfully tangled, but I was proud of myself for letting go rather than wasting time trying to salvage the mess.  We found the best way to transport the garland successfully was to wind it around a tube (we used a foam roller), and wrap each layer with plastic wrap  (We did toss the garland after the wedding).


(Paper Garland)

Snippets, II

Here are a few snippets of all my “things in progress.”

Project 1:  Front entry/laundry room renovation.  This has been in design development for a while now, but it looks like construction is right around the corner!


Project 2: Kitchen reno.  This active family can’t wait to tear down the wall currently separating their kitchen from the dining and living room areas.


Project 3: New office space.  I recently helped a business get settled into their new office.  These chairs worked perfectly with our palette.


Project 4:  Another mudroom/laundry renovation.  I have to admit, the storage solution for this mudroom is spectacular!


Project 5:  Commercial restoration.  The Endicott Hotel has been under major construction since their groundbreaking ceremony. Today will actually be the first time the ladies and I have been able to enter the building for almost a year. Can’t wait to see the progress!


In other news…  I’m working out.  Excercise has always been one of those things that I’ve struggled to prioritize.  With the wedding on the way, I have been following through pretty well on a morning exercise regime.


I’ve been practicing up-do’s.  With a DIY wedding, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to at least entertain the thought of doing my own hair.  While I am not 100% which direction to take, it has been fun learning how to style my hair differently.  You’ve got to check out  She’s fantastic!


I have a super productive day on tap so it’s time for me to go.  See you soon!

(Image: fitness)

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