Tuesday, August 20, 2013

now you see it...now you don't

after living in this great litttle flat in SF for 8 years and wanting to make a few changes and not spend $$ (since we rent), i decided it was high time to invest a wee little bit.

this little porch off the kitchen houses storage, a door that takes us to the roof top or downstairs to the garden and is also home to the refrigerator.  i have wanted to hide that refrigerator for a loooooong time and just decided this was my next project.

with my budget in check, i asked my friend Kat from StyleKouncil to be on the look out for some swinging doors when she is out and about foraging.  she quickly scored these swinging doors...and for under $50.  done and done. 

the rest is history and the dream never died...now i am just waiting for May West to appear.

Friday, August 16, 2013

not all that bad

so, hillside is still plugging right along, but still far from being complete.  this is the "front of the house..where the outdoor living spaces are slowly coming together" we are finding ways to enjoy what we have and not miss a moment just because there is still so much to do.  living in the moment.

construction site living at its best (instagram image)

happy friday friends.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

squish, squish

back home after an uneventful weekend..and i came home to this.  it is funny...no one ever sits in the living room expect the MO and me and i feel like everyone is missing out, but at the same time i feel like it is one of my best kept secrets i have.

jump in this sofa and you may never come out.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

wood...aloe...& a man's best friend (insta-style)

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.

Monday, March 25, 2013

shocker.....i'm back

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?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

from our home to yours

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.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

the ship came in

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. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

wintery weekend

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.

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.....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

things are a cookin

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....


Sunday, October 7, 2012

more before and after

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....

Friday, October 5, 2012

now i don't feel so old

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.