Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Coming Up For Air

 Well, it happened!
We are officially living in our new house!
I am not quite ready to share yet because there are still boxes everywhere, but here are a few photos leading up to the big move.
Most of the furniture was delivered two days before we moved, like our new leather chairs from Crate and Barrel.

A table from World Market with four chairs from Arhaus completes the little breakfast nook.
The burlap pendent is from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.

The dining room table is also from Arhaus.
It has two leaves to expand to seat 12.

The appliances were literally delivered two days before we moved too!
Getting the refrigerator up the stairs was scary.

These guys know what they're doing.
Matt, the contractor is holding the outdoor lantern aside with a broomstick!
Febrize, the master carpenter holds the door.  It was quite the effort!

 Meanwhile, the plumber was tweaking stuff.
And still is!

Keith, the "blindman" and his assistant installed the blinds the day before.
He will also fabricate the draperies, as soon as I know what fabric to use!
Now we have some privacy which is so important living in the City.

I love how they turned out!

The atrium is finally finished too.
Michael, the master carpenter just finished the ipe deck the day before our move.
The nautical lights are from Pottery Barn.

 Here's the kitchen before we moved all our stuff in!
The lanterns are from Ballard Designs.

Just down the hall from the kitchen is the master suite.
Blinds are installed and the zebra rug from Pottery Barn is waiting for our bed.

The master bath makes us so happy!
We are loving the heated floors and the water pressure from the rain head shower is to die for!

The week preceding the move, I took numerous trips in the car to bring over clothes and shoes.
I guess I couldn't wait to see it all in the closet!

 Going downstairs from the kitchen is our family room and two guest suites.

Robb, the project manager had the television installed ahead of time.
He also installed the gas fireplace. 

 I found these zinc covered shelves at Anthropologie for over the wet bar.
Not sure what I'm going to put on them yet.

This was a major move for us.  
It was physically exhausting and challenging.  
Yes, we hired movers to move the big stuff, but you know how it is...
You think you have everything until you go back to the old house and there's so much miscellaneous crap!
Eventually, we got it all out of the rental and now it's sitting in our garage.
Time to purge!
I'm hoping to have an estate sale in early spring or just try to sell on the blog.
Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Let There Be Light

When most of the chandeliers and sconces were installed last week, I got a big thrill.
They've been boxed up for far too long, so seeing them all lit up is a big deal.
Especially in the master closet where a small crystal chandelier and seven brass picture lights from Pottery Barn illuminate my favorite room in the house!

Also from Pottery Barn, a crystal chandelier for the master bedroom.

In the living room, I had the electrician wire the cathedral ceiling for a chandelier.
I chose this large, airy French style light from Wisteria.
It's the perfect size.

Also in the living room and dining room, there are these sconces, eight altogether from Aiden Grey.
I topped them with a burlap shade to give them more ooomph.

For 15 months, this chandelier has been packed away.
I insisted on taking it from the old house.
Unfortunately, it's too big for the new dining room.  
Ugh, I planned my whole house around this chandelier!
Not really, but kind of....

Downstairs, in the family room, I found these sconces from Rejuvenation.
Notice the grasscloth?  More on that later...

There's a weird hallway downstairs that I'm planning on turning in to a office
Instead of cans, I installed these hanging pendents from Restoration Hardware.

They tie in with the family room sconces and add warm light to this awkward space.

Last, but not least, I found these nautical brass lights for the atrium.  
They're from Pottery Barn and they resemble a ship's porthole.

I love them, even though they don't exactly match the outside lights around the front and side of the house.

Things are moving along quite fast now.   We should be moved in by mid January.
We better be, because I gave my 30 day notice!  

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A New Look For An Old Door

One of the few things I have opted not to replace is the front door.
Not because I love it!
In fact, I don't like it at all.  It's cheap and so is the hardware. Plus, it's not even the original, which would have been wonderful.  No, the previous owner who "flipped" our house, decided to replace it with a new door.
I wish I had a better photo.  It is probably mahogany, with a rippled glass window.
To make it worse, there's an iron inset between the glass!  Ugh!

Much to my painter's dismay, I asked him to paint the door black.  Really shiny, marine paint-grade black!

I found this entry set to replace the old, cheap one.  It's bronze and will look nice against the black door.

I plan on hanging a woven wood blind on the inside of the door, which will not only give more privacy, but also I won't have to see that funky glass and iron work!

Outside, I'll hang this wreath that I just ordered from OKL.
A nice doormat and I think the first impression will be a good one.
Who knows, down the road, I may find a better door, but for now, I think I can disguise this old one!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Goals

Are you as surprised as I am that it's December already?  My mind says it's October still!
I woke up this morning with a little panic because this month is going to be huge.
Yes, it's Christmas, but also the remodel is coming to a close and I'm hoping that we can be celebrating Christmas Day in our new home.
So, here are my December Goals:

Robert the Painter painting the beams and walls BM Soft Chamois
First:  Finish painting the interior of the house.  It begins today and should be finished in two weeks.
That puts us at December 15th.

The master shower doors will be framed in marble.
Second:  Finish off the marble installation.  We have it installed here and there, but not everywhere.
The master bath still doesn't have a countertop!
Forget the other bathrooms.  They are just tiled--no marble.
The powder room faucet from California Faucets.
Third:  Plumbing.  Let's get the toilets, faucets and showers hooked up please before we move in!
There's no way I'm using that nasty porta-potty in the yard!

The living room chandelier from Wisteria.
Fourth:  Lighting and electricity.  I can't wait to see the chandeliers, pendents and sconces installed.  They're boxed up and I don't even remember what they look like--or even where they are!

36" Subzero glass front refrigerator!
Fifth:  The appliances can be delivered anytime after the painting.  
I would love to see them sooner, than later.  Especially, this refrigerator!

Sixth:  Begin moving boxes and small furniture and keep schlepping until it's done, even if it takes all night!
Call a mover for the large items and schedule delivery of all the ordered furniture and rugs that are sitting on a truck in limbo, waiting.

Is it possible?  Can it be done?
It's hard enough to get contractors to show up in San Francisco, let alone at Christmas time!
Fingers crossed....
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Estate On The Boulevard

 There's a new store in town!
We were driving through Cloverdale last week when I noticed what looked like a fun antique store.
I told Mr. A to hang a u-turn right away.

It was well worth the stop as it is much more than an antique collective.

In other words, not a thrift store but almost a home goods store.

I recognized a couple of dealers, like Cathleen Alyce who once had a shop just outside of  Healdsburg.
I even blogged about her years ago here!

I recognized her booth.  She still finds vintage pieces and then refinishes or paints to refurbish and recycle.

I love seeing stores like this popping up in Cloverdale.

Cloverdale is undergoing a transformation as new businesses open in the heart of downtown.
A young couple just opened a garden nursery, there are cute boutiques, a cool coffee shop and soon the Trading Post Market and Bakery will open, where my son will be baking bread for the community.

Cloverdale reminds me of Healdsburg 20 years ago before it became trendy!
(You can read more about Cloverdale and its local businesses in a recent 7 x 7 article, here.)

Wishing the "4 chicks from the sticks" much success with their store, Estate on the Boulevard!

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On December 4th and 5th, there will be an open market, kicking off the holiday season.
The Cloverdale Winter Market, located in the parking lot of the new restaurant and bakery, The Trading Post will host several wineries and vendors selling jewelry, ceramics and gift items.  There will be live music and food too!
I'm happy that Les Méchantes will also be a vendor!
We will have a booth, selling our curated collection of clothing, accessories and gifts.
Stop by and say hi!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Hardwood Floor Color And Blog Issues

Just when I had this post ready to publish about the hardwood floor color, my blog went dark.
It appears my domain name that I purchased from GoDaddy had lapsed because of an expired credit card on file.  They assured me when I renewed my domain name that my blog would be back in an hour or possibly 48 hours.

By Sunday, it was quite evident that my blog was gone.
I tried everything!  Blogger had me stuck in a continuous redirect loop.
I tried to call Blogger, but there is no number, ever for them.  You're on your own.
GoDaddy eventually fixed the problem for me but it meant hours on the phone.
I'm so grateful that one of their tech support spent the extra time to correct the problem.
Otherwise, Vignette Design was gone forever!

So back to the hardwood floor color....
I ended up mixing Minwax Jacobean and Classic Gray for a grayed down brown that captured the look of the floors I am going for.
Unfortunately, the stain appeared streaked on the herringbone portion of the floors because the installer used the wrong rag when applying the stain.  He sanded the herringbone and reapplied the color with a different rag.

However, he applied the color on the border too, giving the borders two coats of stain.  Now the borders looked darker, almost black.  It wasn't right.
At this point, we were just chasing the stain and my contractor and I made the decision to sand it all down and start over.  Even the installer said he wanted to do it as he was unhappy with the way the floors looked.
Today, the floors are all sanded and ready for stain, but instead we will cover them up because otherwise it will stall the painter, the tiler and the stair installer another week.  The stain will go on later.  

Back to the blog....
Facing the reality that Vignette Design was gone, I had to ask myself if it was a sign to stop blogging.
I'm not posting as much as I used to and maybe this was meant to be.  
What bothered me though were all those years I spent, over 1000 posts, almost 6 million visitors--all gone.  This November marked my 6th year of blogging!
So when Vignette Design went back online last night, I was quite relieved, to say the least!
Thank you to all who follow me and thanks to those who reached out in concern.

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