Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

For my birthday my husband gave me a macro lens and one of my gifts from mom was a tripod, so I spent Christmas Eve learning how to do macrophotography!  I have a long ways to go, but for just popping it on and going I did create a few good shots for Christmas.





Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Boutique Project Inspiration

It has felt even longer than it has been since my last post.  Work is busy times 10.  So busy that earlier this week I worked 12 hours straight with hardly a moment away from the computer.  As I was explaining the hectic day to my coworkers via email I said, "I had a hot dog bun for for lunch.  Not a hot dog...just the bun.  No time to heat up the hot dog part."  {Literally, that happened.}  Then woke up the next day to do the same thing.  Of course I'm paying for it now with an incredibly sore and stiff neck.

However I did completely redesign an entire guestroom floor that contained 15 different room types.  The architect loved it, so now I'm waiting for the client to tell me how much they love it, too{hehe}.  Cross your fingers for me.

I've really enjoyed collecting imagery and concepts for this little boutique hotel, so I thought I'd take a moment to share some of the bathrooms and guestrooms I have discovered in my search for inspiration.

Colors and Nightstand | Via Houzz
Large Pendants at Nightstands | Lori Gentile Design Studio via Houzz
Sliding Mirror Doors at Bath | St Regis Atlanta
Bed and Drapery | Chateau Elan Inn
Vanity Design and Frameless Mirrors
{Not sure of source, maybe a Waldorf Astoria}
Vanity Design | St. Regis Atlanta
Wet Room Concept (Tub & Shower in One Room) | Pulp Design Studios
Three Vertical Niches at Tub | Miller Greene Design Studio

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cocktail Table with Ottomans

Well we have a working, but not completed cocktail table AND our ottomans arrived!  I thought about turning our old coffee table into an ottoman, but I preferred two separate than one big one.  Then I saw these guys on Overstock and fell in love.  With free shipping and a discount code they were about $125 for the pair. 

I used more of those wonderful 12x24 white carrara marble tiles that I used on our nightstands. {I may have a slight obsession with white carrara.} The frame is simply 1x2 select pine boards with 2x2's for the legs; most all the joinery is done with pocket screws via a Kreg Jig.  Since staining pine is less than fabulous, I just spray painted. I used Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze to give more dimension to the finish than just black paint.  It needs another coat, but I'm waiting until I figure out an edge detail.  I have half an idea in my head, but I need to sketch it through to make sure it works before I proceed.

I really tried to do the whole "styled" table, but I just couldn't go through with it.  It is simply not me.  I find that half way through the arranging I can't stop thinking "ugh the dusting will take FOR-EV-ER."  While I could just do it for the photo, it kinda feels like lying, so if you were to come to my house this is what it looks like - well maybe with a glass of wine and an IPA to the side, too.

For those of you wondering the difference between all the table verbiage I use here is how we distinguish it in my day job:
Coffee Tables: Low, usually between 15-19" high
Cocktail Tables: Low-Mid, usually between 20-22" high
Dining Tables: Mid, usually between 28-30" high
Console Tables: High, usually between 31-34" high

The Hubbs is happy about the ottomans, too