Thursday, September 30, 2010

light bright

norwegian blogger stays true to my expectations. am i living in the wrong part of the world? i still get that skip of the heart beat when a simple approach to design such as this. light and bright and hints of textures and utilitarian traits.

check out more off Blogger Kjerstis Lykke home.

Monday, September 27, 2010

and more of less

just some great images i think you will enjoy. little art on the walls, lots of light, and cozy inspired.

i really like the living room. all the furniture is so close together, a great little spot to relax alone with a book, or friends and loved ones...almost sitting hand in hand. no tv in sight....

images from the home of camilla jensen (Norwegian cook and cookbook author)

Sunday, September 26, 2010


all the drawers in this house are full of tid-bits that i can't seem to part with. not organized, just full of stuff. lots of junk drawers...isn't that what drawers are for?

today i started cleaning one out and these were a few of the thing's that have been tucked away, in a safe place and without use or frequent thought.

the orange box is one i just can't part with. my favorite chocolate spot in is empty and has been for 8 years, but i just can't let it go. same with the match box with a peach....and the key chain with key's i have no idea what they unlock....

so, i put them all back in the drawer where they came from and will figure out LATER where they should live. so, the hording continues.

i thought they would make a great little collection photo. see...they do have a purpose.

Friday, September 24, 2010

pre & post massive crobar

if you look at the after photo you can see a HUGE yellow crowbar that was a housewarming gift from my every-so-wise brother in law, husband of my lovely and talented sister (fringe).

well, as you can see..there has been some major demo and 75% of it was because of our the biggest tool i have ever owned (i had no idea they made them that big) and some Brut force.

so, more great news for the weary and blister ridden new homeowners. this entry was originally part of the wrap around porch that was converted into living space back in the 30's or 40's and it looks like the original painted plank floors are in tact. i have to say, i love this golden brown color and there is a possibility we just might live with this color for a while. much more charming and warm in person....i can't wait for your comments.

notice how that mammoth floor to ceiling cabinet removal opens this space right up.

hope you all have a memorable weekend. we will be at the cabin, scraping up glue/black tar from the kitchen and living room floor...and the sun will bring the temps to the 90's. need to get friendly with all the neighbors with pools. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

can you please..

..give a guy a break. this is killing me, so inspirational and clean. this home is the purest form of "less is more". everything looks effortless and lived in.

you know, the fireplace mantle totally took me great!

found this great blog (desire to inspire) on remodelista.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

warming up

such a great image and use of color..the gray has an amazing warm hue that marries quite well with the floors. i am quite versatile when it comes to design and this photo is such a great example of that:

old world details
modern touches
monochromatic hues
and that warm and inviting wood floor that, to me, grounds the room with a welcoming breath.


image courtesy of canadian house and home

Sunday, September 12, 2010

b-mo & wilbur go camping

just got back from a great weekend of camping here in northern california.

b-mo and wilbur picked this location as they could camp in the redwoods AND then they can walk 15 minutes and be at the rugged northern california coast.

they had a fantastic time and still smelling the residual campfire smoke.

as soon as we got there, we covered the table with this amazing wood grain printed table cloth from Amsterdam (my friend Kat brought this treat), then we walked into the woods and grabbed some pine cones and branches and decorated the table. our attempt camping fine dining and decor.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

old soul

whenever i see the interior work of darryl carter, i take a moment of silence and let my inner joy get the party started.

to me, his practical sensibility is just right. he could take it up a notch and layer in more modern or take it down a notch for a more primitive minimal.

he lets his 19th century cottage be just what it was intended to be....well done.

photo's from elle decor

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

king of the mantel, for now anyway

early 1900's oil on board painting of an elk. the thought was cabin, now i think city mantel suit's him better.

until i get itch for change....and he strolls to the cabin. maybe around the holiday's?

ebay: $49.00

photo by brock street

Monday, September 6, 2010

au revoir, you've been a great weekend

a few shot's of evening light in the mission, san francisco. the north, east and western view from our apt at 7:30pm.

...and a nice 70 with a light breeze...perfect ending to a productive & relaxing weekend.

hope this finds you all in that almost comatose state after a great weekend.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Little favor.....please

i'm humbly (really) calling out to those near and dear to brock street to vote for me on cb2.

they are having a contest. if you win you get to be photographed and published by the selby. i've been a huge fan of the selby and crave their work and editorial stories. amazing.

anyway, i submitted the above 3 photo's, from last years postings. fingers crossed, i know its a really, really, really long shot, but if you don't give it a try, well then you will never know. anything is possible...right?

if you would like to make a shout out for brock street, click on link below.

the selby


another reason

....why i vacillate with "to paint or not to paint" the floors. i really like this gentle whisper of gray on these floors. in these photo's they still give me the sense of warmth that i get from many hardwood floors, but do not fret...i will change my mind again tomorrow morning.

i will be waiting for the floors to speak to me and will be sure to let you know via photos :)

more wonderful skona hem photo's

Friday, September 3, 2010

it's gonna be a warm one

heading back out to sonoma (100 degree's) for the weekend to do more demo and this is what i have on my mind......

outdoor shower....part of the FIVE YEAR plan.

galvanized photo dwell
outdoor tub skona hem

ENJOY your weekend