Wednesday, August 5, 2020

T For Texas

We couldn't imagine over a year ago that someday we would be standing on our own porch in Texas!
We built a modular home on a piece of property next to our daughter and her family!
It has been a year long project that I've managed from afar.

I ordered the modular home last fall and sometime early March, it arrived.
In three pieces!
Yes, it arrived on wheels, but then was put on a custom built foundation.

At this point I was a little panicky.  After all, the reality of Covid had hit with the realization that there would be no flying to Texas to manage this project.

But in a couple of days, the house was put together and then we waited what seemed like forever to finish the outside and trim out the interior.
Two weeks ago, we ended up driving to Texas and arriving literally a day after it was finished.

Here is what the interior looked like when we walked in the door.

Within a week, it looked like this!  
I replaced the drapes and chandelier.
I've held on to this table for years and glad I did.
The chairs were ordered and delivered ahead of time.

Of course the front porch is my favorite part of the house, overlooking a large field.

When I took on this project, it was going to be our place to stay when we visited our daughter and family, and an Airbnb in between. 
We even gave it a name!
Check out the Instagram for more photos and follow along with the design process.

We are headed back to California in a couple of days.
We are going to miss our little Texas farmhouse and our "Texas neighbors" but hopefully we'll be back in the fall.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Airstream Dreams Come True

 If you've been following my blog or Instagram for very long, you know that I've been obsessed with Airstreams forever.  
It was always just a dream, but it took a pandemic to make it a reality!

Actually, with our two daughters far away, we realized that this would be the only way we could ever visit them.  
It's like a hotel room on wheels.
Covid-19 safe!

 We named her Lucy.

 I've already added my personal touches to the interior with bedding... 

...and of course cute dishes!

We take her out on the road tomorrow for our first road trip and we are both excited and terrified!
There is so much to learn but we can do it!

You can follow along with us on our journey on Instagram.
Check out @Airstreamtripping as we head to Texas!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Our Urban Oasis

 It's been a long time since I've posted, mostly because while sheltering in place there just wasn't much going on.
I found myself staring out the back door and visualizing a garden, like a Victory Garden where we could grow our food while in the midst of this awful pandemic.

I decided to rip up the aggregate concrete in front of the garage and put raised beds there.
Our driveway is too narrow to get a car back there anyway, so why not put the space to good use?

We had just finished the deck, railing and pergola, so the garden would be a continuation of the Urban Oasis project.

The aggregate was replaced with gravel.
This allows for drainage under the raised beds.
Weeds won't be a problem because under the gravel is weed cloth.

Since we got a late start, we purchased mature tomato plants for the remainder of the growing season, along with herbs.

Here is how it looks from the deck.
I have to say, it makes me so happy to see our garden!

I love to sit out on the deck and just appreciate our little oasis.
In the morning, I can putter in the garden.
In the evening, hopefully pick a ripe tomato or two for dinner.

Our gardener Martin cut some bamboo shoots and made tomato cages.

How cool is that?

I've always dreamed of having raised beds to grow our own vegetables. I just didn't think we had the room.  
It took us sheltering in place to make the decision to tear up the driveway and create our own Urban Oasis. 

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Mixed Up Metals

Remember when all the metals had to match in your kitchen and baths?
If you had polished chrome cabinet hardware, then you probably matched the light fixtures and doorknobs too!

I threw that all out the window when I designed this kitchen.

There are gilded light fixtures...

...copper pots and polished nickel cabinet hardware, and of course the stainless steel appliances.

I chose polished nickel for the faucet, but did consider aged brass for a minute.
I think it seems more interesting mixing it all up.
After all, we mix our textiles and fabrics to create a cohesive design, so why not the metals in our home too?


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Sheltering In Place

 We've been ordered to shelter in place, here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It's day three and I'm still wandering around the house aimlessly trying to process this new normal.

There are so many questions....
How long will we be quarantined?  
Is it safe to go to the store if we run out of supplies?   
What's going to happen with my hair?  
Will I go gray now?  
What the heck are we going to do while shut in?
Well, after thinking for three days about this, I made a to do list.

Catch up with all the Netflix shows.

Sit by the fire and read.

Take the dog for a walk at least twice a day.

Putter in the garden.

Turn off the news and spend time together with the pets.

Take our time to cook nutritious meals.
(Mr. A's specialty.)

Sit at my desk to study and be inspired.

It's especially important to practice self care at this time.
Light candles.
Listen to music.
Take a walk.
Eat a balanced diet.
Write a blog post about sheltering in place.
I feel better already!

Are you sheltering in place or self quarantining?
Please let me know how you are coping.
We're all in this together.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Guest Bathroom Reveal

The hallway bathroom, or the guest bathroom also got a complete remodel during the renovation.
Not just replacing tile, but relocating all the fixtures, as well as the doorway entrance.

Here is the before photo.  
The vanity is now where the tub was, the toilet is now where the sink was and the shower is where the toilet was.

I sacrificed a bathtub for a larger shower with a built in bench, using the same Carrara marble subway tile as the master.
I chose a simple hexagon floor tile in marble as well.

Here is the in progress photo.

We ended up also replacing the window with a smaller window with obscure glass.

I only had 57 inches to work with for the vanity.
I chose a navy blue 49 inch vanity from Signature Hardware, complete with marble top and sink.
I really wanted to give a nod to the nautical theme in here.

Hence, the seashell mirror and ship painting over the toilet...

...and a rope mirror over the vanity.
Ideally, this bathroom would be an ensuite to the guest bedroom, but there was no way we could make that happen.

The guest bedroom is just across the hall from the bathroom, so I made sure to coordinate them.
Navy walls, ship painting and paisley bedding create an illusion of an ensuite guest quarters.
I call it ensuite-ish.

Vanity:  Signature Hardware
Bath and Sink Faucets:  Newport Brass
Toilet:  Kohler
Marble Tile:
Sconces:  Circa Lighting
Mirror:  Homegoods
Bedroom Wall Color:  BM Van Deusen Blue
Duvet:  One Kings Lane
Bed, Rug and Nightstands:  Pottery Barn
Lamps, Paintings and Shell Art:  Vintage
Dog:  Maltese Terrier Mix

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