Tuesday, March 26, 2013
so...in all honestly it seems like the little bit of energy i found to blog in the last few years has quickly diverted to the instant gratification of instagram. it is as easy as taking a photo, filtering it to enhance and publishing it for the world to see...or in my case 40 followers.
in an effort to catch up on my blogging...i am going to share some instagram moments at hillside as often as i can...it will hopefully keep me posting and the creative juices flowing.
this post consists of:
a photo of wood..from a fallen tree..one that came down on a windy night when i was at hillside alone. i heard the cracking of the branches and i grabbed bmo and ran to the front door. thinking for sure this was it...thank goodness the tree was a good 50 yards away, but sure did sound like the tree right above the property.
an old terracotta pot that has been painted several times..and the paint has chipped right off. found at junk store in san diego several years ago. $1
and....man's best buddy..the Mo.
if you want to follow my semi-boring life on instagram you can find me at mrvelvick.
Posted by brock street at 10:15 PM
Monday, March 25, 2013
hi there long lost blogging friends!! i know i know i know.....i honestly have not looked at brock street or any blogs since right before the holidays, i guess i needed a bit of a break.
hope this finds u all well.
i wanted to give u a little exterior progress report. the chain link gate is gone....yahoo!! we extended the stone wall too...and added some stones and of course more gravel. the saying remains the same "slow & steady...more slow than steady". progress is still progress....right?
Posted by brock street at 9:51 PM
Saturday, December 22, 2012
another season has crept up on us like never before. i swear i was just celebrating the 4th of july....trying to figure out how to cool off and NOW it is chilly out, the heater is now turned on, the tree is up and i am wishing i could magically snap my fingers and all my loved ones would be in the same location.
this year we are staying put...as grandma would say, " just us'ns". no travel this season as we are all worn out and need some time to recoup some energy (i see many naps in my near future).
i wanted to share a few shots of holiday at the city apt. the wreath from red ticking seattle..purchased this year, the paper mache pinecones also from red ticking (vintage 2008) and the iron dear from great, great grandparents.
i wish for each of you that this season will be filled with hope and thankfulness. i know that is how i am feeling this year.
peace to all of you.
Posted by brock street at 8:22 PM
Thursday, November 15, 2012
my favorite french antique importer in san francisco welcomed her largest container from france EVER. all i can say is i was overwhelmed when i walked into the warehouse. i have never seen so much STUFF..and most of it was still wrapped up in boxes.
she actually lets me dig away..box by box. i found a box full of enamelware and my heart started jumping out of my chest. why you may ask, well...because she has the best prices ever and i can actually walk out with a box full of goodies for under 100.00. they are covered in dirt and grime and in need of a little bit of tlc, warm wather and soap and a splash of hope.
here are a few goodies from my recent box of smalls.
Posted by brock street at 8:45 PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
we went to seattle last weekend and were embraced by blue skies in november, which go hand in hand with, some cold temperatures. i know...it is a sign of getting old...talking weather, but boy oh boy....it really was an awakening to how spoiled we are in northern california.
even though my bones were on the verge of splintering with the cold weather, our host was able to share their warmth and cozy abode, which made the chill all the more enjoyable. and i have to say, they really know how to make the simple things elegant.
there is nothing like a working fireplace in the pacific northwest.....brings back many memories of my 15 years living there.
Posted by brock street at 7:51 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
who would of thunk i would have spent so many months searching for the perfect faucet....i did and not proud of it. it is much easier when shopping for others and finding that perfect fit, but for me there was not as much ease.
and..i found it on line..so there was a bit of blind faith with this one and thank goodness it worked out. another one down.....
Posted by brock street at 8:46 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
we never did end up cooking any meals in the original kitchen at hillside. as a mater of fact, ripping out this kitchen was one of the very first projects at hillside. it was super easy taking everything down and getting it recycled or to the dump and really opened up the space. long gone are the above the counter cabinets at hillside...never to return.
now, putting it back together again did take a bit longer than we had hoped, but that is all par for the course. and honestly, our makeshift kitchen grew on me and its charming dysfunction had its way with me and i kinda miss it.
BUT..after a few years of saving pennies for the kitchen fund...we got started and now we are so close to the finish line...at least for the one side of the kitchen. about one more day with our contractor/friend gus and the drawers will be installed and the baseboards assembled and BAM. so close....
Posted by brock street at 7:30 AM
Sunday, October 7, 2012
so, here is another look at the side path next to the cabin. i wish i had before before shots, but could not find them...but, as you can see, it is coming together...slow and steady.
the painting is very therapeutic for me (as it is for many of us) and i have been painting since i was a wee kid and find it to be one of the most rewarding tasks....as long as i am not on a schedule..then it becomes a bit tedious. i should be on a schedule as we have company from now until the first of the year...so, i am not sure how much more i am going to be able to get done before winter comes, but happy to have a bit more completed.
here are a few tidbits of truth:
Saved $$ on stepping stones: had our guy make a basic form (with my specific measurements) and then create basic cement pavers/slabs vs. spending $$$$ on buying premade ones.
Saved $$$ by painting the house myself vs. paying thousands to have someone else do it (i am almost halfway finished). paint color is BM Encino Willow for the walls and Mascarpone for the trim. i might change the trim to black..but will not sold quiet yet..an easy one to fix.
Saved $ by using a medium gravel instead of the fine gravel i was dreaming of. we had some major sticker shock when we went to stone supply and found the gravel we loved was about 3 X's more than what we ended up with. lets just say we love it even more now.
some kitchen shots are coming....
Posted by brock street at 8:17 PM
Friday, October 5, 2012
ok, i know these images should give away the destination. all i have to say is i have never seen so much beautiful architecture and history. it was stimulatingly exhausting...did i already say that? these structures were OLD...like so old i don't think i am capable of wrapping my mind around it.
i was inspired by the simple details...the same things that alway catch my breath. i know these images are not necessarily simple details, but the little villages we visited were packed with them...i left my heart there....well, a piece of it anyway.
have a great weekend. heading out to hillside and i should have a few new updates to show you...fingers crossed.
Posted by brock street at 7:03 AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
well, i was out of country for 2 weeks and this time it was a personal trip and not a work one...YAY. lets just say it was visual stimulus overload and i finally gave in and accepted that the best images and memories will always be captured in my heart and thoughts..... as a camera just cant seem to capture the essence and color that my mind holds closely to, or maybe i just need to take some photography classes. :)
can you guess where i was from these images? one thing i can say is the doors, the doors, the doors reminded me of my friend donna at perfect gray. i was able to capture one image of a gray door that i can share now, but i have many more to share soon.
images by me..instagram filters included
Posted by brock street at 7:08 PM
Thursday, September 13, 2012
part of my absence from brock steet was because i was swept into the instagram vortex and couldnt get out...it was quite easy to share images and i quick fix.
well, as everything seems to do in life, it ran it cycle, much like pinterest has and now i am back to brock.
here are some of the images i shot this summer. those filters really make one feel a bit accomplished....LOL.
i'm off on vacation for 2 weeks and hopefully will find some time in my remote location to post a few moments.
Posted by brock street at 9:49 PM
Monday, September 10, 2012
as some of you know, most of this cosmetic renovation is being done by b-mo (kidding...by us'ns). as many of you also know and feel, life tends to creep up on you and before you know it your projects are piling up and being trumped by unexpected "other projects" and for us, guests. i guess i need to throw in some travel and then it is 2013 already.
no more excuses...the show must go on. so, right now i am tackling painting the exterior... one wall at a time. i started with the front of the house (which is small) and am slowly moving around. my second round was really the smallest wall on the house, but i needed a bit more prep and i was working alone (more excuses).
here is my before (7 different colors on that patched up wall before i cleaned er up) and after.
slow he goes....
Posted by brock street at 8:24 PM