10.8.2014 / Niece Nursery Plans

It’s been a very long while since I mentioned anything about my soon-to-be niece’s nursery.  For reasons beyond my control, it looks like she’ll get here before her nursery is completed, but we had a chat and she told me she doesn’t mind as long as I knock the room out of the park.  You got it, little lady.

This is definitely one of those spaces that will evolve once we get the staple pieces into it.  Even in putting this board together, it doesn’t look like it’s fully jiving just yet, but have faith!  I know the accessories and little touches here will pull it all together.  My vision for this little girl is an eclectic but classic space with a very slight vintage twist.

The craigslisted dresser (that I finally decided on) is mid-make-over in Millie’s garage and is coming out better than I hoped for.  I can’t wait to show it off!

Niece-Room-plan

Why yes, I do plan to put a vintage Kilim striped pillow in a nursery as long as my sister lets me (pretty please, Sis?  It’ll be amazing, I promise!!).  The room will be getting a fresh coat of yellow paint this weekend and then the pieces will start to fall into place!

I’ll provide sources with the room reveal when the time comes, but feel free to ask if you just HAVE to know now!

I’d love to hear what you think!  Is my vision making sense yet, or are you waiting to see how I tie it all together?

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09.10.2014 / Crash! Charming Antique Cape

In this, the second installment of “Crash!” I invaded the beautiful home of a former coworker from days of yore.

Susan's antique cape exterior via Year of Serendipity

Susan, her husband Andy and their adorable daughters Jenny and Laura have called this home for just about 4 years.

Susan's antique cape living room via Year of Serendipity

Built in the 30s, each previous homeowner has added on to it a bit, leaving their personal stamp and making this house truly unique.  Cape style homes around here built 40s and after are pretty cookie cutter, so the distinct non-cookie-cutterness of this older cape is quite refreshing.

Susan's antique cape living room via Year of Serendipity

Susan, being an architect by profession, definitely has the architect’s eye with a designer’s touch.  Every piece feels like it’s telling a story.

Susan's antique cape living room via Year of Serendipity

Susan's antique cape living room via Year of Serendipity

Does the china cabinet look familiar?  If you’ve ben reading here for a while it should- it’s the very same china cabinet that I bought and painted for my dining room before realizing that it just didn’t work.  I’m so glad that it found a perfect home in Susan’s dining room!  And the yellow is far superior to it’s interim gray- so cheery!

Susan's antique cape dining room via Year of Serendipity

One of Susan’s stamps on the home so far (aside from her awesome decor) has been to open up the kitchen to the sunken sunroom below.  The sunroom has much grander plans for the future so I won’t be sharing that today, but it totally helps the kitchen feel ridiculously open and bright.

Susan's antique cape kitchen via Year of Serendipity

Susan's antique cape living room via Year of Serendipity

This home is a great example of how kids and their accompanying clutter don’t have to dictate your style.  The IKEA expedit bookcase (now Kallax) really is ideal for this no matter your budget.  Susan uses the lower bins to hide all the Disney princesses within little hands’ reach and draws the eye up to adult level with more sculptural elements on top.

Susan's antique cape family room via Year of Serendipity

It’s the little details that most wouldn’t notice that always catch my eye.  Isn’t the striped carpet runner mitered at the landing a striking touch?

Susan's antique cape staircase via Year of Serendipity

Susan's antique cape hallway via Year of Serendipity

Even the girls’ rooms have an adorably vintage flare.  And as we all know, I’m a sucker for built-ins.

crash-cape-20Susan's antique cape little girls room via Year of Serendipity

crash-cape-20Susan's antique cape little girls room via Year of Serendipity

Throughout the home, you’ll also find beautiful collages made from vintage prints that Susan’s artist mom creates.  This one from the master bedroom was my personal favorite.

crash-cape-20Susan's antique cape artwork via Year of Serendipity

Susan's antique cape master via Year of Serendipity

I know I swoon over antiques regularly, and this home was no different.  A few of my favorite pieces of furniture were the bench and chair found in the master that had been passed down through her family.  Cool antiques just become even cooler when they have meaning behind them.

Susan's antique cape master via Year of Serendipity

Thank you, Susan, so much for letting me into your gorgeous home!!!

 

Are you in the Boston area and want me to come Crash! your home?  Shoot me an e-mail here with a few photos and a little about your home.

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08.27.2014 / Sofa!!

The excitement really only needs a one word title.  After 3+ years of lamenting our too-large-for-the-living-room lumpy (but oh so comfy) couch….

Living room before with out of scale furniture

We finally have a sexy adult sofa that will hold up for more than a couple years.  The word ‘sofa’ just sounds so much more sophisticated than ‘couch,’ don’t you think?

MGBW Diane's Sofa via Year of Serendipity

We splurged for the Diane’s sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in the stock velvet (aka unable to be ruined by little kitty paws), and I.am.in.love.

Living room with new  stylish but neutral sofa via via Year of Serendipity

I’m also so amazingly happy with how far the living room has come this year!  From the highly artistic and totally accurately perspectived sketch that I showed you back in January, I think I can say- mission accomplished.

Living room plan sketch

Living room sketch turned reality via Year of Serendipity

All the puzzle pieces have finally come together and I’m giddy!  Just a few last finishing touches needed *coughpillowsandrugcough* and I will soon be able to put the Done(ish) stamp on this room.  When is a room in my house ever fully done?  Well, done enough to take some new pics for my Home Tour.

Living room with new  stylish but neutral sofa via via Year of Serendipity

Hubby’s still rather neutral on pretty new Diane- I think because the color is almost identical to our old one, but OMG, I personally think having the right scaled sofa for the space is a breath of fresh air!!

eclectic living room with stylish but neutral sofa via via Year of Serendipity

Since my sketched out plans in January, the living room has gotten:

So, are you as in love with Diane as I am??

 

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