Friday, September 27, 2013

Before and After Part 2

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tillius Cicero.

Our house has beautiful rose gardens in the backyard that the first owner had landscaped. On the other hand, I always, always have to have a library or bookshelves where I can see my collection of books altogether which the house didn't really have a space planned for.

What do you think I did? I said "books are food for thought" and turned the area which was designed as the dining room into a study. With that and my family, now I feel complete, dear Cicero!

Here are the pictures of the transformation:

Before - 4 years ago
Before - 4 years ago

Before - 4 years ago

After - I took this photo last year - the top shelves are all full of books now.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kitchen is the heart of the home - so it needs a touch of red!

 "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." - Jonathan Swift

I have noticed a trend on Pinterest - the gray kitchens. Quite a few of the "trendsetters" I follow started pinning kitchens with gray cabinets.

When we bought our house 4 years ago, most of the house was outdated but had very promising features. I designed, chose the materials and colors in the kitchen and 3 bathrooms in the house and a contractor we hired made them possible for us. 

I have been wanting to put before and after pictures of our house here for a while and seeing this rising trend inspired me since I had our kitchen cabinets painted gray (despite the raised eyebrows from the contractor and my husband who always trusts my design sense, taste and vision) during the renovation 4 years ago. 

I will start with the kitchen and other parts of the house may follow in later posts.




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Notes to My Daughters

 "What I want my daughters to know - about me..."

Since my husband gave me an Ipad as a present around May, I'm hooked on Instagram, taking pictures of funny moments, cozy interiors, still lives etc. I liked the idea of creating a setting for certain moods. My husband and I were sitting one night at the table after dinner and I was sipping whatever left of my wine with a piece of chocolate. I realized that was something I loved a lot and I did that usually after kids went to bed and they either never saw me do it or wouldn't have understood the pleasure I got from it. I decided that I will write notes to them about random things like this that I enjoy so they remember something about me when they grow up. And I decided to make it fun for me now by taking staged photographs of them and hiding them inside books in our big library, also fun for them when they grow up and find them all of a sudden in a totally random book.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Model for a day

Thank you my very talented and dear dear dear friend Anjelik for such a wonderful weekend and what will be the best pictures of me and my daughters yet. I will cherish the moments you captured forever. Thank you for making me feel like a supermodel with your great eye behind the lens. The pictures turned out comparable to the works of Herb Ritts and Patrick Demarchelier, in my humble opinion :), considering these were shot in a mere hour, all natural (lighting), make up self done, no photoshop. This I call true talent and labor of love my friend, bringing out the best in me, as a true friend would do. Thank you for my Mothers Day gift... You were meant to be here for me this weekend. I can't thank you enough... I wish the best of everything to come in your way...

All rights of the pictures belong to Anjelik Oktay. This shoot was done for an assignment she had as part of her photography class.

Note: This bunch is only the 25 of 150 great pictures we kept from the shoot. A02 and L10 each have beautiful photos that we will definitely frame and display in our home.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Second Chance

 "SERENDIPITY. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you've found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for." - Lawrence Block

When I met my husband he had just bought our house in Laguna Beach and already started furnishing it which by the way was decorated very tastefully for a bachelor. There were still little corners left here and there that I could fill though... One was in one of the guest bedrooms downstairs. I always loved visiting consignment stores whether I need anything or not. During one excursion I saw this {now} 125 years old sewing machine and thought it would fit perfectly in that corner as a desk. My husband rejected the idea. I couldn't see a reason why because it was the perfect size. It was only $15 (!!! - I know, right?) and it was very original. But it wasn't a traditional desk. When we got home, I withdrew and must have looked sad. He worked in the garage a little bit and said he needed go get something from the hardware store. Yes, you guessed it :) He came back with the sewing machine... Here it is today, 14 years later, dividing itself between Southern and Northern California, just like we do...

Laguna Beach Guest Bedroom

Sewing Machine - part of my craft area decoration in Danville

Spring Bloom

 "Truths and roses have thorns about them." - Henry David Thoreau

From our garden...