Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Design is in the details.


Who doesn't appreciate the details of design? When I undertook the reno of my ho-hum, typical Florida 80s house, I was conscious of building as many details into the design as I could imagine and muster. My project druuuuuuuuuggggggggg out an unimaginable 2 years, maybe a little more. Some of that had to do with the fact that I travel half the year and a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was making it up as we went along.

I had a vision of how I wanted our new home to feel and I let the details evolve during the process. The main thing I wanted to accomplish was to make something architecturally interesting out of architectural milquetoast.

Here's some details.
Modular Arts wall. Black granite fireplace.
Modular Arts wall.
Gold leafed vintage sliding screens.
Marble island.
Oak ceiling.
Oak soffit-ish thing.
Book shelves and magazine rack.
Leather bench.


So that part's done. Now I have to finish furnishing it. Down to dishes and flatware. And a question - runners in the hallways, or not?


  1. Clearly, the 2-plus years of toil were worth it.
    Your place has some serious bones -- plenty of milque, no toast.
    Re the runners, why not? I could see an interesting flame stitch.
    Cheers, Alcira


  2. Thank you for reading and commenting!

    So interesting - flame stitch/zig-zag/chevron, exactly what I was thinking! I thought I would love colors a'la Missoni. I've been working on a post of that.

  3. Oh, it's my first peek at the oak ceiling and soffit. Geez, it deserves a round of applause. I can definitely lie on your floor and stare at the cieling all day. I've booked my flight.

  4. The magazine and bookshelf is BRILLIANT!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  5. Yes, please come on down! It's much more beautiful in person. Very nicely down by a great carpenter.

  6. Your home is magnificent, by the look of it. Do share more details. I'm floored by your gorgeous choices, the oak, the sliding screens, the fabulous bench. You've done a wonderful job! Now on to the fun stuff--decorating-- yes!

    I look forward to taking a walk through your archives when I have a spare moment and I equally look forward to watching your progress and the evolution of this lovely place.

  7. Oh, by the way, check out this eBay seller for a beautiful selection of rugs:


  8. nkp, thank you for reading me and the nice compliments. My worst fear has been that I mess up what I've done so far with decorating! I checked out the rugs - some things I'm def interested in. And good prices. Thanks for the hook-up!


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