It’s A Sunshiny Day!

David Keochkerian

David Keochkerian

It’s a glorious day! The kind of day that makes you want to pull out the box and paint with all the colors. I think I will.

After a weekend filled with pink peonies, orchids, roses and hydrangeas as I helped with a sweet friend’s wedding; and a sneak peak at my child’s gorgeous new home it would seem that this week would have a hard time measuring up. Not so. This exciting week brings:

Our first real ballet (balyeah) recital complete with costumes! for the three year old.

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A speaking engagement on Saturday morning with opportunity show my new fabrics

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Southern Makers at the Montgomery Train Shed Saturday afternoon and evening. If you are close enough to make it don’t miss this event!

 

AND we have started on one new project that is super fab

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and are awating the plans on another.

God is good. Can’t wait.

 

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No Need To Fear

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Thank Goodness!!

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Ordinary To Extraordinary Part IV

To start reading this series from the beginning start here.

Today I am moving into finishes, floors, and surprises and we will just be scratching the surface. I already feel many more posts coming on this topic.

The wall and range hood below reminded me of a house in my neighborhood that has a beautifully patina-ed ( just coined a new word?) faux copper hood. This one is a faux leather wall and hood. It’s not for everyone but in the right place it is a  great statement piece. I’m thinking of the lodge I am going to design one day in Montana. 🙂

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Want it to be a little more European?  Add this to the face.

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Or more to my everyday taste… love me some brackets! I have done these in concrete and in wood and painted them to  look like stone. Both are glam.

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This is so smart. Whenever the builder/homeowner will allow me to  (when I am  brought in early enough) I make cased openings deep like this. It feels more authentic and it also makes the dead space usable. I am a huge fan!

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Just a tiny little detail- using 3 small spindles instead of 2 larger and adding the decorative knuckles- but what am impact.

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Be still my heart. Steel framed doors for a shower. I am still mad at myself, kicking myself, having a screaming hissy fit over throwing 3 huge sections of these away from a greenhouse on Daddy’s property. s-t-u-p-i-d!!!

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A dead, boring wall at the end of a hall comes to life when it is upholstered and trimmed out with nailheads.

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I will  have a secret door one day. Love them.

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Dueling Murphies. Gotta love it.

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I am going to do a full post on these stunning floors. Made by a virtual friend in south Alabama they are hand painted.

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Another beautiful re-purposed pedestal sink.

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I say yes! to sliding screens.

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I think we may have found a spot for several of the doors from yesterday’s post. Pumped!

It’s a beautiful day. Enjoy.

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I’m On A Picking Roll… More Great Salvage Finds

I feel like I hit the jackpot this weekend. Without much comment here are our weekend finds. If you are interested in purchasing and need more information leave me a comment with your contact information and I will supply details. Happy shopping!

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This …

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fits above this.

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Great bath or pantry door.

Great bath or pantry door.

 

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Got a study, need a door???

Got a study, need a door???

Just for my cottage lovers: the little shutters were so cute. This one has a water/milk pitcher carved out.

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This one has a tree.

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I think the middle set has already found a home as pocket pantry doors but the others are available.

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Forgive the ridiculously horrid picture of me but we wanted you to see how short these little guys are. I am barely 5’2″. Want great doors but only have 8′ ceilings? Here is your answer!

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Then on the opposite end of the spectrum…

I didn’t even notice the colored glass when we were in the barn. Obviously that could be replaced with clear. wavy or seeded for residential use. I think we found 6.

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“Oh Baby, can you hear my heartbeat? You’re the one I love.”

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Sorry, gotta run. I have stuff to add to fabulous extraordinary houses!!!

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Speaking Of Salvage!

I went shopping today and look at all the goodies I found.

 

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Very sad this little girl was sold already.
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They had a pair of these beauties.

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There was a whole pile of these- paneling pieces.

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What a lovely piece of marble. Where do you hale from little one?

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A wonderful old church pew.

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Great doors.

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Where will I use you?

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Remember us talking about eglomise’?

Here you go! The real deal.

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Cottage frames..

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All but the last 2 of the images are from a fabulous antique shop in Montgomery, Al called Nicole Maleine’s. Check them out tell them

that Cindy sent you. They are great folks.

If you want to follow along with our travels in real time catch us on  Instagram!

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Ordinary to Extraordinary- Part III

To see the beginning of this series start here.

I am mad for salvage. There is simply no other way under the sun to add character to a  house than to use fine old relics. I’m not takin’ junk store trash Folks. I’m speaking of beautifully executed works of art from years gone by. Feast your eyes on these fine examples.

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Many times you will find a door that you fall in love with but you can’t use it in the expected way. Here are some great examples of re-purposing.

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What’s behind the magic barn door? The TV and sterio. What a beautiful entertainment center.

Here they might hide a messy work station or even closets but they read as works of art.

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Got 6″? You can have a pantry.

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If I could find this homeowner I would give them a big ole kiss. That is fan-tas-tic!!!

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I only have one word. Drool.

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Find an old pair of iron somethings that you like? Make a console…

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Sometimes it just pays to look up.

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‘What is it about nooks and crannies and me? I was so mad at my Daddy for tearing down this perfectly delightful old home that was filled with little hidden surprises everywhere you turned. It’s so much more interesting than today’s versions that scream HERE I AM

as soon as you open the front door. I don’t want to see everything there is to see in one fail swoop. It’s like dating. The romance is in letting him learn of you a little at a time.

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It’s raining tonight. I wish I was curled up right there with a stack of good books and cup of tea.

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The pop of color in the last image led me to the unexpected but oh so delightful one in this re-purposed cabinet.

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Where is your favorite salvage yard? I can hardly wait to go visit.

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Ordinary To Extraordinary- Part II

If you missed the beginning of this post click here. Continuing on with our discussion of how to add special touches that take your house to the next level let’s look at some small changes in bathrooms that make a big impact.

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One advantage of working in several states is meeting new builders/artisans and learning from them. I am then able to bring those ideas back and share them with my clients. One thing that we we did in every single house in Florida was some sort of interesting added detail with the marble whether it was the addition of a small ledge just under the mirror or a cornice or corbel like above.It said,  “we care” about the small stuff.

I never tire of special wash basins and a concrete integrated bowl mixed with that faucet and those sconces flanking a sweet shuttered window is a winner in my book.

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My friends over at McAlpine Tankersley are famous for their dark kitchens and baths paired with interesting vessels. I love this ancient looking sink.

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McAlpine Tanksersley

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And don’t foget about the kitchen when you’re thinking sinks. How I would love to have this one!

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While we are in the kitchen, an inexpensive way to take standard base cabinets up a notch is to visit  your local Lowes or Home Depot and buy some stock parts that you can add to the toe kick to give the cabinets a furniture look. This works in bathrooms also and works especially well in renovation projects for starter homes.

I tend to think of powder rooms and butler’s pantries as jewel boxes where you can do something fun and unexpected especially with color but also with other touches that might be too costly to do in a big way but works great in these little areas. For instance think how different this cabinet would look if it just had plain ole glass in the uppers. The Segreta finish is pretty fab, too.

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Perhaps you are really in to wine or, like my neighbors, own your own vineyard. Then let your personality shine. You house will literally tell people who you are without you ever saying a word which is really rather neat when you think about it.

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Speaking of jewel boxes! Without the black lacquered walls, ” mirror windows” and the tile rug on the floor this would be just another boring pantry.

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Now this idea is a bit controversial. Instead of breaking the visual line of the backsplash tile with unsightly plugs you can install them underneath the wall cabinets which looks great… until you have company and instead of being able to hide the cord behind the coffee pot or the crockpot they are all hanging down from the “ceiling”. LOL

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Part three is just around the corner.

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It’s A New Day Dawning.

The storm has passed.

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And there is a promise of a new day dawning.

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Happy Friday! Go enjoy your weekend. On Monday we will pick it up with

Part II of Taking Your Home From Ordinary to Extraordinary

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Taking A Home From Ordinary To Extraordinary: It’s All In The Details

This is a recap of what I spent an hour and a half teaching in detail last night at my monthly seminar.

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When you are choosing your designer bring them in as soon as  you start working with your architect. And please do use an architect! I know it costs more at the beginning but  better to cry once and get it right than cry multiple times over the re-do’s and the “I didn’t know it was going to look like that’s.” If you put the entire team together from the beginning so that everyone hears all of the conversations then you allow your team to solidify and you will get the best possible project.

Hands down the projects in my portfolio that people use the most as their inspiration photos or that get picked up and pinned the most are the projects that followed this advice.  They spent many hours with us in the beginning laying out their vision; and then stepped back and gave us great flexibility to flesh out that dream. That might sound scary to some but here’s the deal: If you have done your job of communicating what you want; If you have set forth a clear budget;  and if we know the time line that we have to work with (this is actually the hardest part of all with weather issues and everything coming from overseas these days); then we know what we have to do. Trust us enough to give us the freedom to do the job in the most efficient manner and then make the minor adjustments that are needed. Trust + flexibility = money saved. Micro managing or being indecisive =money wasted.  After all, our reputation is on the line so we have every incentive to get it right.

SO! What about those details?

 

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How different all three of these openings would have looked had it not been for that extra little touch. Last night students were saying, “Yeah, but who knows how to do that?” The artisans are out there. Your builder might not want to be bothered with it but there are people who are pleading for the opportunity to show what they can really do.

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Doors, doors, doors: they rank in the top 5 ways to make a house special. Find a great salvage yard and begin the search for special doors. You will be glad you did. They add instant value. Imagine the middle photo above with a builder standard door. You wouldn’t look twice would you?

And what about the one below? Simply adding the X to the mullions in the transoms brought that wall to life.

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Speaking of salvage can you imagine this shower without the bespoke quality added by the header?

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Every detail of that bath is special from the marble vessel bowl to the hardware, to the walls and doors. Even the little stool to hold the towel says “someone cares.”

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Nailhead trim around a  cabinet? Why not?

I wish I had thought of this. How beautiful is the gentle curve

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With the  no wall cabinets trend this is a good idea for someone besides me. LOL I am not neat enough to have this.

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Don’t forget hardware. It is a quick and easy way to update old cabinets or furniture.

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This is going to be a little series since there is so much to touch on so stay tuned for “the rest of the story.”

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Discovering New Places

I have the best hubby in the world- no seriously. He took one look at me during the Enterprise move-in and realizing how tired I was he quietly got on line and found a delightful little bed and breakfast close by and booked it. It happened to have a side porch with my all-time favorite swing overlooking a garden. (They were setting up for a wedding) This is where I had my morning coffee.

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The other end of the porch had a bed swing, one of my other favorite things. The painting on the wall is of the house.

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I was happy. And FULL – you wouldn’t believe the size of that breakfast. Thank you Sweet Gum Bottom. We enjoyed our stay!

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We love to explore new areas. You just never know what you will find. This time we saw a sign for a lodge and played follow the yellow brick  red dirt road to see what that was all about.

We ended up here.

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I know, it looks a little spooky but imagine how pretty it will be when all of the azaleas start to bloom. To get to it we had to walk across a long foot bridge. Notice all of the lanterns lining  the  lake swamp.

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We loved this charming little bell tower.

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It was freeeeezing that morning.

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So this was it. They have a huge, I mean huge, room downstairs with a large stone fireplace ( why, oh why! did they add gas logs… that’s criminal) that will probably seat 175 people for dinner.

Technically, the lodge is located in Andalusia, Alabama. If you have hunters in the fam they would love this place. It was a little too much of a man cave for me.

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I think we counted 8 bedrooms and baths.

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Don’t you have a train light in your hallway? haha

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This reminded me of my sweet Granddaddy and made me smile. He would have liked it here.

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View out the bedroom window.

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So that was that. I love lichen covered logs, don’t you?

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Jeff’s mom lived in Andalusia as a child but neither of us had ever been so we decided to check it out before hitting the road … again.

It is a beautiful little town!

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It is built on a square which I love.

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And on this day there was much going on in the square.

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Many important people in town were in jail that day!

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But it was for a good cause. 🙂

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brrr, I told them that they went to a lot more trouble than we did with our “jail”. All the same, I was happy that I had raised all of my bail money before arriving and could enjoy the limo ride back to work.

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