Making our dream come true!


Alex and I took a leap of faith last summer…..

 

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Alex and I took a leap of faith last summer when we came across this very unusual property.  Despite what everyone around us tried to tell us, we proceeded with full faith and bought the property that we had always dreamed about.  For over 20 years Alex and Ii talked about owning a historical church and restoring it into a DREAM location.  Well, we are now living our dream…..one step at a time!

Fantastic Marble Tile


This marble mosaic tile is definitely a splurge, but honestly you could just add a little to a powder room or a small back splash. It won’t break the bank & will give you a very stylish look.

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Shall we have some chickens at our new place?


Our location lends itself to some very unique ideas…..one of which is a chicken house. Actually, my daughters came up with the idea. There is an existing chicken coop on the property, not sure when it dates back, but definitely needs some TLC. We are seriously thinking it might be great to have fresh eggs on site. Hey, clients may need them for their new kitchen!!!

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Joseph Dirand’s Paris Apartement


“T” magazine featured the beautiful Paris apartment of architect Joseph Dirand it is absolutely gorgeous! He says, “It’s not a showroom, or something to show clients, it’s just my home.”

It feels softer than some of his previous projects, which include this monochromatic palette . The lines are pure and straight, but the materiality of the surfaces and textures adds beauty and personality to the space.

 

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DEMO day!


This 1960’s bungalow is getting an entire renovation from top to bottom. New modern kitchen and spa bathrooms….floors, trim, paint…..we are so excited for these special home owners. This one will be very cool!

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Adding colour with decor PILLOWS!


I love finding quirky products from independent designers and makers…..

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I love finding quirky products from independent designers and makers. This artist and designer Jo Allen of Rare Radish from the Uk, creates the most amazing digitally printed cushions.  Jo’s work is nostalgic, vintage.  She says it is ‘a mixture of Downton Abbey, Gothic and Steampunk all rolled in to one.’

After licensing her art for several years she has recently launched her own brand. She says: ‘The name Rare Radish comes from the fact that radishes look pretty and pink but when you take a bite they are hot and peppery. I like using this element of surprise in my work. Rare are the treasures which have often been long forgotten and recently discovered.’

 

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Jo carries a tiny notebook with her all the time and constantly writes down words and ideas that suddenly pop into her head.  I meticulously place the treasures upon the surface and photograph them. I love the use of light and shadow and use as little photo manipulation as is possible. All the treasures I use on my designs are real tangible objects which you can touch, feel and hold.

Although there is a story for each design, Jo explains that she loves for the person who buys each piece to weave their story and memories into it.

 

The Sheep Inspired Baa Stool


The Baa Stool is a hand-made, luxury, sheepskin, hardwood footstool, with a removable cover.

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The Baa Stool is a hand-made, luxury, sheepskin, hardwood footstool, with a removable cover. Michelle, a traditionally trained upholstress, first had the idea for the Baa Stool during a tea break from a particularly challenging chair whilst watching the sheep in the fields surrounding her Denbighshire workshop . She noticed that they looked like little footstools and the idea took hold, so Michelle set to work designing a prototype.
The Baa Stool frames and legs are hand crafted from locally and sustainably grown hardwood. The 7″ or 11″ legs are either turned to resemble sheep’s hooves or – for a more contemporary feel – plain and tapered. The covers are made from premium grade British sheepskin stitched into a sleeve that fits snugly onto the stool but it can be removed for cleaning.
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According to Michelle, sheepskin is the perfect choice of cover for a footstool as wool resists spills, dries very quickly and is mildew resistant. It is naturally fire retardant, resists static, dirt and dust, is hypo-allergenic, renewable and sustainable. The stools are available in natural shades of ivory, dark brown, mottled creams and browns and even a special edition pink version.

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Michelle says: “My aim with the Baa Stool was to make a quality piece of furniture, that could fit in anywhere but still have a real wow factor. I know that some people have gone as far as naming their Baa Stools, and to know that they have become part of the ‘family’ in that way, really is the ultimate compliment.”

Joseph Dirand In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France


Joseph Dirand, an incredible architect….

 

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Joseph Dirand, an incredible architect, restored this apartment to its Belle Epoque glory with panelling, ornate mouldings, lots of marble – and more designer fittings than we have fingers to count them on – all in a fresh palette of black, white, grey and gold.  An inspiration!

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Simon Doonan’s home in New York….FANTASTIC….in every way!


Although quietly set in Shelter Island’s woodsy landscape…

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Although quietly set in Shelter Island’s woodsy landscape, the New York home of Barneys’ creative ambassador at large, Simon Doonan, is anything but mute. Filled with vibrant colours, theatrical accents, and of course, many signature designs, this mid-century-modern-inspired home is filled with gusto.