Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cottage Bedrooms By The Sea

Now that I've shown you all the living room and kitchen of my tiny leetle cottage on Cape Cod, let's go into the bedrooms.
There were two in this palatial retreat.
A master and a guest room.
You could barely turn around in either one.
you may remember the bird prints over the bed.
They are in my Massachusetts bedroom, right now.....
as I am writing this pithy post!!!!!
back to the cottage.....
The quilt came from my Watertown bedroom.....
you may remember it!!!???
All this crap stuff, just gets moved around.
I needed to use it in the photo shoot, because I had to stage it differently for the two magazines that were shooting it that day.
The other way it was shot was like this, here, in the following picture!!!
This was the way I actually had the room.
I loved the multicolored quilt that I found in an antique store on route 6 in Dennis.
The Lloyd Loom chair I took with me when I sold this house, as well as the bed, and used them in my Lake Sunapee cabin, when I expanded it to have a lower floor,,
I even reused the purple pillow.

The bed I redesigned just a little, by removing the tester
 (wooden sticks that connected the four posts)
and having finials made that I glued my wooden black forest bears to.
Side by side comparison....
So this is how you can change up a room a little for a photo shoot.
The quilt was different as I said.
The red needlepoint pillow was moved from the bed to the chair.
The pillows on the bed were different.
The shot on the left had the 1930's collapsible bed tray set up with orange juice and other breakfasty things.
The flowers were different, and the container holding them was different.
This is like one of those games, where you have to find what's different!!!!!
I was going to show you the guest room.....
but my shoulders are starting to cramp up because I type at a table that looks good, but is too high.
So much for form following function.
I am not always practical.
Anyway, it's dinner time, and you know how I get when I'm hungry.
on that note,
Latah, Gatah

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Using a Salvaged Mantel in a Renovation

When I renovated my teeny tiny hovel on the Cape, I decided that a fireplace would be just the ticket!!!!!
Not to toot my own horn or nothin' but
 I am the master of shoving a lot into teeny tiny spaces.....
As I told you guys in a previous post, I scoured different salvage yards to find things for this project.
I sometimes have specific items in mind that I search for,
 but many times I stumble across things that tickle my fancy.....
and I want to use them.....
and I scrunch up my eyes and think real hard.....
where can I stick this???????
that is what happened when I found this mantel.
Boston Globe Design Magazine
It is a Tudor style, probably from a house built in the early part of the 20th century.
It was dark stained wood when I found it.
I thought that painting it white would transform it and give it more of a beachy cottage feel.
I tucked it into the wall that backs up to the kitchen and bathroom, enabling me to create a seating grouping that was centered on the hearth.
 Decorating Magazine 
Since I had two different magazines publish this house, we had to style it differently for each one, although we shot them both on the same day.
For The Boston Globe Magazine, we shot it way I usually had it.
The pair of silver fishes are actually some kind of place card or menu holder as they have slots in the tops of their backs.
For Decorating Magazine, we used the set of china coasters I had, and set them in a row along the mantel shelf.
We also changed the plants in the mismatched cache-pots.
I like to use things that are mismatched.
I think it keeps designs from looking too set and staged.
The candle holders on either side of the picture were wonderful as they also held plates.
The plates I used were part of a set of pink shell dishes that were a gift from my sister-in-law, Faye.
The watercolor was painted by the same artist that did the picture over the sofa.
I had it framed with glass that was non-reflective and filtered out the harmful rays of the sun.
You may remember this painting.....
I gave it to my niece Miriam and her hubby Ross for their living room.
This has been accessorized more since the last time I showed it to you guys, but that's another story on another day.....
I don't know why I have another shot of the mantel from a different angle, but since I had it, I decided to show it.....

When I designed this fireplace, I wanted it to look as traditional as possible, even though I was using a modern fireplace insert.
These inserts have a raised firebox, and I did not want to do a raised hearth.
For one thing, I don't like them.....
and for another, there was no room in the floorplan.
I did what I always do!!!!!
I faked it!!!!!
I clad the face of the metal box with smooth black slate, and treated it with a traditional hearth.
Using a black facade with no sheen, creates the illusion of the firebox being part of the whole unit, not floating off the floor like it does when people clad these boxes with a lighter material like marble or lime stone. 
To the right of the fireplace is the kitchen.
I separated it from the living room with a half wall that terminated in newel posts. 
The posts were the same style as the ones I had built for the railing on the loft.
The amount of conversation that was required with the builder to get him to make the simple posts was really annoying.
Who knew I would end up dating him?????

On that note,
Latah, Gatah

Friday, April 11, 2014

Raising the Roof to Make a Little House Bigger

As you guys probably figured out by now.....
I completely renovated/changed/redid the cottage I bought on Cape Code.
That included raising the roof to create a loft where I set up my office/drafting board.
In future posts, I will show you the old and new floorplans as well as construction photos.
But for now I'm just showing the after shots that were published in Decorating Magazine as well as the Design Magazine of the Boston Globe.
The loft looked over the living room and the new fireplace I added.
I drove around the Boston area looking for railing ideas, nearly driving off the road in several instances while I craned my neck trying to absorb architectural details.
I wanted the cottage look as well as a feel of New England.
I settled on the Chippendale style.
I wish it had been in the days of Google, because all you have to do is look online for Chippendale railing ideas, 
and it's all spread out for you in the comfort of your living room!!!!!
This is the pattern I chose.
But there are tons of wonderful patterns to choose in this style.
The loft looked out over the ocean.
When I was sitting down upstairs in my desk chair, I couldn't see any land, just the water.
It felt like I was in a boat!!!!
Along the front of the loft I hung a collection of fish plates.
In the days of fine living... 
(which I certainly am not doing.....)
people had special plates for the different courses of a meal.
For the fish course, they had a set of plates with different fish hand painted on each plate, as well as a platter to match the set.
You can find these sets on eBay, though I found them antiquing, as there was no eBay when I designed this house.
This Limoges set is currently for sale on the website, and I think it's very pretty.
Here's a close up of the platter.
A plate.
another one in the other direction!!!
I like the coral details.
Limoges produced a lot of different sets of fish plates.
Another eBay offering,
I could go on forever, I just love these types of things that I hang on walls.....
OK, the last one.....
I hung them on the loft fascia.
I mixed together two different patterns.
 and I stored some other patterns in my bookcase.....
I still have some of these plates, and brought a set down to Flerida with me.
I keep them in my kitchen, and will never use them, but it makes me feel all warm and gooey just knowing that I still have one set left.
Too bad I don't have people over for dinner, but then I'd have to cook.
On that note,
Latah, Gatah

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Livng Room Details in a Cottage By the Ocean

One of my helpful readers....(you know who you are....) left a comment...
 that if I wanted to get better pictures when I blew up details...
 I should scan the magazine pictures in a higher resolution.
scanning is not my favorite thing to do.
It be boring......
scanning in high resolution be EVEN MORE BORING!!!!!
But I went ahead and rescanned the cottage story again in the higher rez,
 so the pictures are more better for you guys.
Here's a redo of the dining/coffee table in my little seaside cottage.
This is what I gave you in my last post.
I've learned something new, and it didn't hurt too much!!!!!

I gave you this.....
And was able to redo it like THIS!!!!!
And this.....
to this.....
I rescanned it all in high rez, which took FOREVER.....
and I now have lots of better pictures to show you all,.

Going back to the first shot, since it's clearer, I have more to tell you now that you can see it.
I told you about the bamboo flat ware and the wine glasses, but I didn't talk about the sardine boxes that I originally collected for this house.
They are now down in Florida, in a collection in my dining room stored in my little bamboo bookcase.
If you want to read about my sardine boxes, click here.
I arranged them on my coffee table when it wasn't set for dinner.
I also had a set of little dish coasters that were painted with different fish.
I used a collection of different scale cabbage rose fabrics mixed in the room.
On the pair of chair seat cushions I placed a REALLY REALLY big rose print that I just loved.
For the back pillows I scaled it down to a more traditional size..
The sofa print had even smaller roses.
On the sofa I mixed in needlepoint, embroidered and crocheted toss pillows that I'd picked up over the years.
I found a much smaller scale old fashioned feeling cotten for the windows.
The treatment between the bookcases was a really simple one of just hanging a flat piece of fabric on a rod and tying up the two sides with cord.
For the longer panels, I installed a thin white wooden rod and had tabs added to the tops of the drapery panels that then were just ties in bows to the dowels. 
The lower cabinets housed all sorts of things I needed as well as my TV in the center one.
To make sure that the insides didn't mildew, seeing as I was right on the ocean, I designed the doors to have an Arts and Crafts feel adding a detail of squares and lines that are actually cut outs in the door panels.
For the days that were a little chilly, I had toe kick heaters installed under the cabinets, that's why there's a grill under the doors.
The bookcases held my china and glasses, being just off the kitchen.
I had collected fish plates as well as lots of Mexican glassware from Pier One.
that's it for this part of the living room.
We still have some more to talk about, but that will be for next time.

All of the above pictures have been from Decorating Magazine and the Boston Globe Magazine, photographed by Eric Roth.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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