Archive for November, 2010
How do you feel on this subject? Are you participating in the “ national opt out day” ?
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, I feel it is the kindest holiday. You don’t have to give anything or be in a party mood, all you have to do is stop and thank a higher power for everything we have. Some of us have more than others, some of us have less and some don’t have our health but we all have something to be thankful for. Today in the Wall Street Journal there is an interesting article by Melinda Beck on the health benefits of being thankful not just on Thanksgiving but all year round.
Via Editor At Large
This weekend while reading The New York Times I stumbled upon the ad below. It reminded how much I enjoyed doing this project and everyone’s comments on my selection. The majority of the comments I have received either on the computer or in person have been about depth of the collection and how some of you could tell that it was curated by a photography collector. Which is a great compliment. Thank you all for your support and thank you again New York Times for including me in this great project.
On Tuesday night we had a great book signing at Baccarat’s flagship store on 5th ave. They had all of my pieces on display and there was a great crowd. I was so pleased Newell Turner the Editor in Chief of House Beautiful & Carloyn Englefield of Veranda were there to buy and support the book. A portion of the proceeds went to Alpha Workshops which is a non for profit organization in the country that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts.
Then on Wednesday night there was a welcome party for Margaret Russell thrown by AD. It was a design studded event with luminaries of the industry as well as friends and supporters. It is always nice to go to an industry event where everyone is drinking and having a good time. The event was in Tom Coliccho’s new restaurant Riverpark.
For the M’s NY apt I had designed flush doors in their foyer as when you enter the front door these are the first element you saw. I wanted you to see a flush wall instead of door frames that would distract away from the foyer table.
For the Hamptons Mrs. M insisted that all the doors be traditional. I felt simple recessed paneled doors would be more fitting. I proposed these for all doors leading into main living spaces; however I wanted all the closet doors to be flush. This would make them disappear increasing the volume of the space. The only exception was the powder room on the first floor, this we would also make flush to blend in with the adjacent closets.
The front door was our biggest obstacle; Mrs. M. had spotted an all glass door on another house in the Hamptons and became obsessed. I felt the door needed to be solid to balance out the foyer which was already enclosed in two large glass windows. The solid door would give the space a stronger sense. Personally I prefer black or dark front doors because I feel it creates an anchor and gives the house a sense of beginning. If you look at Old English homes they usually have front doors painted in dark colors.
Mrs. M decided she wanted the front door to be powder blue with glass panels….
So we went back and forth for weeks until we finally reached a compromise. A traditional all wood paneled door stained in a driftwood color which would pick up the color in the stone inserts in the foyer.
How many of you paint your doors and what colors?
Sometimes I feel like installing a job is similar to labor pains, in this case I was waiting for the delivery and it was much bigger than a bread box. We were installing a job in Stockholm and due to my upcoming travel plans I am on a very tight deadline for 3 installations. Stockholm being out of the country I thought it would be best to do first.
The original plan was to leave the day after I got back from Houston (last Wednesday) with Tina Ramchandani who has been working on the project. The container had arrived on Tuesday but shortly after it arrived we were told that it would take up to a week and half to clear through customs. This brought up the installation to Thanksgiving and was not at all in our time expectations. There was no reason for us to get to Sweden early so we cancelled our plans. Low and behold it cleared at 3pm on Wednesday. We immediately had to reissue my ticket and I had one hour to pack, get everything in the office in order and jump in a car and head to the airport.
When I landed on Thursday I called the shipping office to see when the container could be released, they told me that the payment of duties had not been received and they would not release it until it had and they would need the payment by Thursday at 1pm which was 6am NY time.
Like a determined Cuban refugee I bugged the hell out of anyone I could get on the phone to ensure the transfer would go through in time. 8am on Friday morning Sweden time I was told the container would be delivered at 3:30 that day.
It was 3 days of me unpacking around 30 cases of stuff, organizing, shuffling and moving etc etc etc. Though my back was hurting I was exhilarated to have it all done and to have a content client
This is was the installation of just the guest room and wardrobe because we had finished the rest of the apartment at an earlier date. Below are before and after images.
Thank you Houston Design Center for hosting me this week. I had a lovely time and hope to be back very soon. A special thanks to Alton LaDay for all your hard work.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned the back porch just yet, this subject set off a HUGE discussion between Mrs. M and I which went back and forth several times. They wanted an enclosed outdoor space in which they could entertain, I felt that enclosing this area was not a good idea; I wanted the house to feel open to the exterior and be flooded with natural light. I suggested a pergola since that would filter the sunlight while not dramatically reducing the light quality indoors, I also wanted to maintain a connection between the backyard and the interior of the house, they preferred a screened in porch they could furnish and to have protection from the elements. I tried very hard to discourage this porch idea but the M’s were insistent.
The M’s requested enough room to accommodate dining for 10 and seating for 8 making porch almost a full scale living room, 16’x37’. After it was installed Mrs. M realized how dark it made the dining room and kitchen areas, we were able to bring in some more light by installing 2 skylights. We designed a pass-through window at the kitchen with a shelf off the porch side to facilitate entertaining and added a ceiling fan and recess lighting throughout.
I decided to make the floor of the porch the same stone as pool surround to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors.
On the positive side I feel it helped the back elevation as it transformed the back of the house from a very flat vertical surface into something a bit more three dimensional
I would love to hear your thoughts on this dilema, would you have preferred the enclosed porch or the pergola?