Monday, December 31, 2012

Remodel - Reflection & Looking Ahead

On this New Year's Eve I'm spending some time reflecting back upon the largest project I have had the privilege to work on (specifically through JLID as opposed to with another design firm) thus far.

This project is definitely on the fast track and I couldn't be happier. 

Driving by the site today, notice the new fourth floor!

Here is a picture from a little over one month ago, we were up on the new third floor at that point.

Here was the view from the new fourth floor deck when it was just getting framed. The owners will have an amazing view of the Golden Gate bridge. Also great for one of my favorite weekends here in SF: Fleet Week & the Blue Angels' air show. 

Here is the deck as of my last visit on 12/21/12.

From the beginning the contractor, Howard Hughes, was adamant about getting the house framed and sealed up before the rains started. We are all so grateful! His crew and subcontractors have been able to continue their work through all of the awful weather we have experienced recently. The electrical, plumbing, windows and trim work have all been roughed-in. We are at the stage where items are being ordered, which is very exciting. 

Happy New Years!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Your Lamp, Your Way!

I just discovered this great company, Mottega, and thought it would be fun to share it with you!

You can design your own lamp based off a group of options for the vase, base, finial & shade. The prices seem to start around $950/lamp but ship quickly. Within 1 minute here is what I came up with for a pair of bedside lamps for a project:

Happy designing!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holiday Sales + Rented Apt. = Quick Fix

Happy Holidays! 

One of the best things about the holidays is spending time at home with loved ones! However, if you're a designer, that also leads to an insatiable desire to 'fix' all of the things that bother you about your place. When you rent, have a finance background and you're a designer, you find yourself perpetually in a mental tug-of-war.

Today while on a really quick research mission in the East Bay for a project, we stopped at West Elm. Tony & I have been talking about getting a new rug to replace the current white shag...

but as anyone who has ever shopped for a rug knows, rugs are expensive. And we rent, enough said. Thanks to the great sale ($149.99 for 8'x10') on the jute boucle rug in iron we were able to get the fix we have been craving!

Up close:
I love the texture that the jute adds to the room.

Off on the side of the couch (that you cannot see from this angle) is a white, shag, bean bag for our daughter. We replaced the 'anywhere' chair with the beanbag about a year ago. If you have a two year old, I definitely recommend it! So. Much. Fun. The orientation of the room has shifted. We got rid of the ginormous media cabinet that was too small for our TV...even in its ginormity. I definitely think a room looks best if the TV is hidden but some battles aren't worth fighting with hubby. The room still needs at least two arm chairs over in the corner by the window and a new couch. But I think everyone knows how much I dislike our couch. The paintings on the left need frames. The windows need roman mom's coming to visit next week so I'm going to see if we can convert these curtains into roman shades.

Hopefully more to come in my holiday break make-over on a dime.