We’re getting there with the house stuff. We’re tentatively on track to move at the very end of October or early November. We still need board approval though, and that is probably the biggest hurdle.
So why eat-in kitchens? The new place has a narrow galley kitchen (like 2 feet between counters narrow, if that) and a formal dining room. Perfect for families with a private cook. Not so amazing when you do your own cooking and feel completely cut off from everyone else.
This is wish list territory. We’re not going to do a major renovation immediately. The wall between the kitchen and dining room might be load-bearing, rendering this whole fantasy moot. But since I’m in a holding pattern with the house, I’m enjoying the process of thinking through every possibility!
Many photos after the jump!
While we were in Indiana visiting my family, we spent one night in Chicago too. We stayed at The James, and walked around for a day, before taking the South Shore train back to my hometown.
A month before the trip, I had come up with a massive food-based itinerary for us, because we can’t help but stuff our faces with delicious things when traveling. I don’t know why I thought we could eat at 5+ restaurants for a 24 hour trip, (my stomach is prone to optimism?), but we only made it to one of the restaurants: Bavette’s. We did the cosmopolitan thing and got a 10 p.m. reservation on open table. By the time my steak arrived, I could barely keep my eyes open and let a gorgeous sweet potato filled with brown sugar and butter go mostly to waste. I am old and like to eat dinner at 7, and I need to stop pretending otherwise.
But Chicago wasn’t a complete bust. (It never is). That day we went to the Art Institute to see Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity. I was standing in front of a display of hats –gorgeous masses of moire ribbons, feathers, and netting– and was simply struck. Impressionists explored impermanence, the beautiful thing or moment that will ultimately unravel with time. I’ve always cleaved to this idea, but every so often I just need to see a mess of 100 year old silk ribbons to be reminded.
So I ultimately decided I need more romantic elements in my decorating. A bit of ruffle, candlestick sconces, pale but pretty colors. I also really, really want this print from the exhibit.
I like this direction for the guest room, too, since I want it to be calm and inviting, and less of a color fest, as is my tendency!
The New York Times has a profile on the designer Sheila Bridges, featuring her Harlem apartment, photographed by Trevor Tondro. She definitely has a classical sensibility, but her signature use of color is beautiful.
Hello, baseboards painted to match the wall color.
Love the Murano chandelier, the shot of leopard, and the roman shade that brings in the blue. Lovely.
Last week the latest Society Social magalog launched, which was momentous for me because I styled it, and pitched in with a few page designs! Roxy and Lawrence were absolutely wonderful to work with, and I’m really proud of the images we made together.
I get a little whiney about blogging, but this blog has given me so many great friendships and even career opportunities (including this one with Society Social), so I daresay I protest too much sometimes. I think the key for me going forward is just getting the mix right, something I’m sure will continue to evolve as I muddle along. Also, my birthday month always makes me dramatic.
p.s. the make it a double print is available here.
In December I worked on a shoot at Haven’s Kitchen and completely loved the space. There’s such an ease to this style: tasteful but unfussy, with nods to classic French kitchens.