Wednesday, November 30, 2011

bohemian spaces

It's been a busy week with little sleep, and I'm looking forward to some down time.  All I want to do is curl up with a great book, drink copious amounts of coffee and tea, and let my mind wander. I could make myself right at home in any of these rooms. 
How about you?  Any favorites?
  All images from this collection at Pintrest.

Architects Have Great Tools - Exterior Color Studies

At Ron Brenner Architects we have been working on a series of color studies for a client of ours.
I have included a number of the studies below.  The client has selected a medium gray for the base body color; however I also did a couple of non-gray variations.  The black roof is a given on all schemes.  Which one would you choose?
scheme 1 - all white horizontal clapboard siding

scheme 2 - gray board and batten siding, rusty corrugated metal inside porch and in 'link" area

scheme 3 - dark gray board and batten body color with white clapboard inside the porch and in link area

scheme 4 - gray board and batten body color with dark plum inside the porch and in the link area

scheme 5 - gray board and batten body color with white clapboard inside the porch and in the link area

scheme 6 - gray board and batten body color with dark gray shakes inside the porch and  in the link area

scheme 7 - gray board and batten body color with white shakes inside the porch and in the link area

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

5 Senses Tour (#4)

This post, part of the 5 Senses Tour hosted by Bohemian Twilight, has a theme - hot & spicy.  I'm just in one of those moods. ;-)

To me, few things in life are better than chipotle peppers.  Try this amazing recipe...
Caramelized Chipotle Chicken
...and this wine to accompany it.  One of the best affordably priced wines I've had in a long time.
A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, is a darkly passionate novel that I couldn't put down.
Wearing Dinner by Bobo.  Marina says it all in this review.
 Hot & Spicy eyes, courtesy of Joaquin Phoenix (ah, that hypnotic Scorpio gaze).  I miss him on the big screen.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Ballerina Project

Some of you may have already heard about the talented photographer, Dane Shitagi, and his body of work The Ballerina Project.  If not, you're in for a treat.  Using traditional film equipment (not digital), he captures dancers in cityscapes, mostly Boston and New York City. His work is available for sale here.

Warm Air Rises

I received a question the other day pertaining to the image below.
"How much does it cost to heat a space like this?"
Great room view looking across dining, kitchen and living room.  The house plan can be purchased through Simply Elegant Home Designs at Hudson Simple Cottage House Plan   

Unfortunately there is no good way to answer this question.  There are simply too many variables involved; however I can give you one big generality.  Warm Air Rises and Cool Air Sinks - In the image above warm air will tend to rise towards the peak of the vaulted space.  Therefore, in warm climate regions high ceilings tend to be sought after because you don't want the heat near your body.  Conversely, in cold climate regions ceilings tend to be lower where you want to contain as much of the warmth as possible.

Warm Air Rises - Is one of the basic rules you should consider when designing an energy efficient house.  To me energy efficiency is the most important aspect to Green Design.  For more of my Green Design thoughts you might check out the following:
keep it simple 
top 10 green things to do

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Few Good Finds

Need some affordable gift ideas?  Click on the images to purchase or learn more...
For the fragrance lover:
This is a wonderful line of botanical, organic perfumes.
 An Eco d'Lux set containing six .25 gram samples of handmade, pure botanical perfume extrait in each vial. This six pack includes:

LYRA: A rich amber floral, very feminine
AURORA: Spicy floral notes, very feminine
Q: The Oak Perfume, green & woody notes woven with resin
VERA: Ode to Lavender
SIERRA: The vertical Eden of conifers
TANGENT: Incense themed perfume with sweet wood and herb
 For the tea lover:
The Bodum Tea Press.
Just got one for myself over the's great!
And don't forget a mug cozy to keep that tea hot...
I love Cayenne Peppy Bags.  Their tagline: Handbags & Purses for the happy bohemian
 Can't go to Paris for this holidays this year?  Then bring it to you...
frame one of these beautiful photos...
...and wrap it up with a pretty gift tag (these would also look great tied on your tree as ornaments!)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shabby Chic?

I'm very late to the Shabby Chic party.  During its heyday in the 90s, Rachel Ashwell's style failed to move me.  Looking at her rooms, I thought, "Where's the color?  The pattern? The funk?".  It just seemed so sedate and...well...girly.  Not my taste at all. 
Or so I thought.
Fast forward to the present, and I'm seeing shabby chic sneak its way into my home.  It started in the bedroom, where I was looking for the perfect wall color.  I fell in love (unexpectedly) with Benjamin Moore's "Boudoir" - the perfect vintage pink.  I wasn't even entertaining pink as an option; it looked beige on the card.  But when I put it on my walls...magic.  I loved it.

So, off went the earth toned bedspread and on went the white puffy comforter, lace at the windows, and white paint on the trim.  Burgundy - the color I can't live without - had to stay.  Fortunately, my burgundy velvet curtains and accessories fit in perfectly, and gave the room that shot of rich color that I need.

While the downstairs living area is still dressed in earth tones, I revel in my fresh new bedroom.  Now my earthy bohemian side and my romantic girly side both have places to live.

Even Mikko gives it a thumbs up...
Below is some inspiration from Rachell Ashwell's website.
What do you think?  Yay or nay?