Thursday, November 26, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
and i am the opposite bedroom wall, also naked, 'cept for wallpaper. and i don't have a picture, in part, because someone thinks i should have a window right in the center of me. sigh!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
well, looks as though we are on to another project, leaving the previous and untouched project (the exterior) in the dust. and, knowing matt this project might also be destined to gather dust. it often happens that matt says he is willing to commit to a project only to change his mind. hmmm, maybe because i am the person most interested in these things, and he is afraid to tell me no? it's puzzling, but it happens often.
so - why tvs and fireplaces? well, new open-ended project is sort of fun and possibly relatively simple? can i say that? finishing the basement! now, this is a project that matt has said for a while that he would like to see happen. i have been pushing more for a paint job, our house looks flakey and sad right now.... however, it IS wintery outside, so a much better time to pursue something indoors. I took some pictures of the basement but haven't downloaded them yet. downloading pictures is a project in itself - it always takes me forever to remember how to get them off of that little memory disk into the right place. at any rate, it will be fun to see the transformation if we ever do fix up the basement, even a little - because it currently is pretty dismal, even for a basement! it was built with teeny tiny windows, even though larger windows would have worked. it also has double doors which are solid - and could be glass! this would make a huge difference down there. some paint and some of that cement epoxy (?) on the floors would be huge!!
being a bit of a junkie for renovating, i've already gone ahead and measured the place and have been contemplating different uses for the huge space. there is a jutting-out spot where the upstairs fireplace comes down and makes a basement fireplace. the fireplace is finished in a yucky red brick with blecky grout, exactly as it was done upstairs. this area in the basement seems the obvious spot for a seating area with tv. there is not much wall space, so i began to investigate this new phenomena, well, 2 new phenomenas: flat-screen tvs and flat-screen tvs mounted above fireplaces.
i have absolutely no idea how this business of a tv on a wall works. i imagine there must be wires involved. and electricty. and there is the volume knob? you would think i am 75 rather than 35. at any rate, it seems to me that putting the tv above the fireplace would double-duty the wallspace, provide an obvious focal point, and also give me a good excuse to cover up the blecktastic brick with something...drywall, plus pretend stones, mantel, ??? the fireplace has a big ledge that im sure has a name - ive considered just smashing it to pieces and having the firebox be elevated off the ground, maybe creating a sort of contemporary fireplace...hmmmm.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
it's all such a lovely distraction right now - since we haven't actually gotten a bid yet for how much this renovation would cost...
it there is one thing i learned in school...it's that tequila is not meant to be drunk by the mug-ful. in addition, you might as well do your research. in fact, i remember sometimes having the problem that i would in fact do too much research. i would get distracted by interesting details and go off on a tangent. and lose sight of the big picture. okay, so maybe what i really should have learned is that i shouldn't get too focused on details? what? something about a mug? what? ugggg.
so STONE. talk about a research project. composite stone? oh yes, it is manufactured something-or-other that is made to look like stone! stone veneer? that is actually REAL stone. then there are stone suppliers and retailers and even just plain stoners. it's terribly confusing.
you might be wondering, and what about this house? this house is so pretty, isin't it? so many details that i like, in particular the stone and the trim color, and also the shutters. and it's got a cupola, for goodness sake! and it happens to be for sale, so i looked it up to see if there might be good pictures online? this house is for sale for 2.2 million dollars. have you ever heard of such a thing?? maybe in california? shocking.
but all of that is really irrelevant. i went and took my own pictures. i was hoping that a builder person might be able to tell me what this stone is, and i also wanted to try to match the trim color.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
i am thinking that the mix of shapes in this tile pattern might be nice - could be monochromatic, but have a little interest to it. i think this would work well if all countertops were off white.
again, the mix of rectangles and squares (not in these colors)
more of this idea: the squares of multiple shades of the same color.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
another random picture i have saved. i think so much of a beautiful room comes from the architectural details. imagine this room without the wall panelling and i think you will see what i mean. i don't think anything that i've put inside this my house would look very good if it weren't for the fact that we replaced things like the old flooring. unfortunately, it's those structural things that are most expensive to change! unless you're terribly handy, which i am not. if i were, i'd be tearing the old chair rail down from the hallway, putting up crown moulding, and installing bypass closet doors right this moment!