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It’s Gotta Go…….

In real estate, Spaces on March 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Making room for the new not just in the sense of design but literally in order to allow the renovation to go forward!  When we married we inherited a great of furniture from my husband’s great-aunt and it has served us well for many a year, but now with the new contemporary direction of the renovation we feel the time has come to part with many of these pieces.  After conferring with family, these remaining items are up for grabs.  Ideally, I’d like to have a consignment shop pick up the lot for a flat price and have at it, I’m not looking forward to the process of lots of people poking around and making appointments waiting around for people so anyone shops in the area that have cash and a truck feel free to contact me and make an offer.

6 draw chest of drawers:  49″x 17 x 32

Round side table: 26″ diameter 27″ tall

3 section Marble inset coffee table: 48″ x 14.5″

Matching 2 tier marble inset side table:  25″ x 21″ 24″

Oval dining room table with one leaf and table pad: 69″ (w/leaf) x 40 x 29

Buffet: 56 x 18 x 31″ (5 drawers 2 cabinets)

China closet: 72″ x 48″ x 15″ ( glass front, 3 shelves, 3 drawers 2 cabinets)

Picture Frame: 50″ x 47″ Silver

Child’s Vanity Set: (mirror) 25 x 34 vanity 44 x 30 x 18″

Matching chest: 32 x 18 x 48″

Child’s armchair: Off white vinyl heart-shaped 31 x 26 x 21

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A Step Above

In Design Options, Dining Rooms, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I am really the type of person that should not have too much idle time on my hands waiting for responses. I am pretty resolute at making decisions, though I like to banter about a bit and toss around viable ( or not so viable) options.  Luckily, the designer on our project is receptive to this approach and when I come up with a gee whiz idea and shoot it over I usually get a pretty quick response which will then allow my to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the idea and move on.  When I don’t hear back, it just gives me more time to root around for additional options and ideas.  After all, until I get a response there’s nothing that I am doing that will stall the process…

And hence we arrive here today.  We are currently awaiting costing on some items the HUD consultant has mandated be included into the scope of work.  The amount of this additional work will determine if other things need to come off the current scope of work we have. So we’re waiting…meanwhile I got to thinking that perhaps the foyer concept we are currently implementing may not be the best way go.

This currently our idea.  I don’t like that in our Colonial the front door drops you into the living room so abruptly. We like the idea of something a little more defined.  The more I think about it though we are blowing out all the walls on the first floor and I am a little concerned that it will look like a big open space with a foyer and a kitchen island. So during breakfast this morning, I had an epiphany.  “What if instead of putting in the entry space we raised the dining area, while keeping it open?”

Much to my astonishment, the hubs almost immediately latched onto the idea and really liked (dare I say Loved?) it.  Now it will be open on two side and walled( by the exterior walls) on two side, rather than landlocked like in the pictures above and below.

In essence, I see it being a large platform that the dining room set will be on overlooking the large bay window that is currently in that space. As much as I am all for the open concept, something in me cringes just a little at the loss of a formal dining room ( perhaps it’s the realtor in me).  This option gives me a defined space while keeping the open concept. Yay!

This image (above) gives a better idea of what I am thinking. Simple and clean with just a hint of schmaltz 🙂 A cursory search of course showed some of the bells and whistles I shall add to my request. Love the lights recessed into the platform.

The drawers in this option are interesting, but I don’t know if we’d make adequate use of them. What would I store there? Suggestions?

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Join us for Dinner

In Design Options, Dining Rooms, real estate, Spaces on April 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

So I am quickly coming to the realization that a well put together room will more than likely elicit a Like from me, even if it’s completely what I don’t want.

I love the above image but it’s so not right for Casa J.  Part of our issue right now is that we have a wonderful formal dining that we use as a glorified mail room.  I am so over having spaces than people can only look at but are considered “off-limits.”

We are adding a very large new island in the kitchen which will have a breakfast bar and stools.  We envision this being the main noshing area as we can sit and chat while someone is cooking or mixing libations or actually eat a full meal.

I still want to have a table and chairs available for more formal meals and holidays.  But we didn’t feel we needed to have a dining “room” to make this happen.

The room above has a lot of great elements but I can’t envision using the armchairs at the dining table.  Height would seem to be an issue, either of the table height of the seat height. But I love the idea of using a bright fabric to add a pop of color in the space. The side chairs pictured are nearly identical to our current chairs so this gives me some idea of mixing some palettes and fabrics.

The color, windows and chandeliers are sure-fire winners, not so much with the Asian pieces darted throughout.  That’s only for my home personally, I actually think it works generically…if that makes sense.

Vicky Johnson / Pinterest.