Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We decided to give up on waiting for workers to show up at the house and headed downtown to the zoo to see the lion cubs. The zoo was an absolute zoo today.
It was so crowded that they shut down all the parking lots and we had to park in the nearby neighborhoods. But this guy made it worth the trouble.
I drew up a sketch, with the Bruck monopoints installed in the elevated ceiling and the newest pendant idea in front of the fireplace wall. Whew. One more thing past us.
Monday, April 18, 2011
We met with a local guy who does all sorts of decorative finishes and Venetion plasters on Saturday and are considering a switch in direction on the colors. (And I'm trying larger photos just to see what it looks like...)
Both of us liked this color, which is quite a switch from our previous direction. It ties in well with both the stone colors and the Douglas Fir of the windows. And it should look good with the cedar on the exterior as well. I suggested we might ask for a sample a shade darker, as long as it doesn't head toward peach or yellow tones.
And Jack had earlier had a lofty career as a hand model, but thankfully decided to forgo the jetsetting lifestyle for family life with Sheila and me.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
|And I like it next to the stone wall in the dining room.|
|We'll be watching for you...|
Saturday, April 16, 2011
There was an absolute blur of activity at the house today. Maybe because no one had to complete their taxes by midnight on April 15th, in honor of Emancipation Day in the District, they were able to apply themselves to this project? Or maybe not.
|The old kitchen window is gone...|
By mid-day, the stucco guys were gone. I'm guessing they're done with the base coat, but I'm not really sure. This will not neccessarily be the same color as the final coat.
|The carport - it looks better already.|
|The outside of the courtyard garden...|
|And the inside.|
|As if a tornado had hit, our old front door is now front lawn decor.|
As a matter of fact, our front yard is much more full than it was in that "before" picture I took on Wednesday.
By about 3:30 that afternoon, much of the old exterior wall was gone. The wall which had housed the kitchen window and the old front door is mostly missing. Sections of it will return, but this is certainly refreshing progress.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
We had decided on some monopoint lights for the dining room and raised-ceiling portion of the living room, but given my moderate success in making mock-ups (and total boredom), I gave it a go.
|I still like the choice.|
If only Sheila would get a science project assigned on lighting... (And wouldn't she be mortified, knowing how excited I would be about that?!)
Saturday, April 9, 2011
While shopping online for lights, Jack and I were both quite taken with these concrete pendant lights, and thought they could look good over the raised bar/counter behind the new kitchen sink.
So off I went to Michael's to buy some material for mock-ups - styrofoam balls (close to the same diameter) hung on embroidery floss. Gorgeous, aren't they?! They just glow...
|These are one option for the multiple ceiling lights that would go in the new hallway.|