Archive for the 'Lighting' Category

14
Dec
07

IMA Holiday Open Greenhouse

Old Friends

A trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art Greenhouse as a Christmas tradition? Yep. The Greenhouse is open for business year round whenever the museum is, but two Thursday evenings in December the Greenhouse folks, like my friend Lynne above, roll out a therapeutically warm and life-filled holiday welcome. You can pop into the final Open House of the season next Thursday, December 20 (free, open till 8:00 p.m.). It makes a great date night venue.

Warm Greeting

I love the subtle details. This year simple candles burning in the snow were at the gates. In the past, it was red fabric lanterns with tea lights inside.

If you think an emphasis on nature limits your color palette to sage and brown, the Greenhouse staff is ready to blow your mind. I’m thinking about buying this metal tree and all of its ornaments for our house so I can make it through the February and March blahs.

Aviary Tree

Ornaments

If you look closely you can see the guitar player through the window.

IMA Greenhouse

I’ll always need a plant and a smiling-person-pick-me-up to brighten my spirits when winter is bearing down on me. Sue, Lynne, and the Greenhouse crowd always hook me up with both.

Pretty

Oldfields, the IMA’s American Country Place era estate of which the Greenhouse is a part, is open for free that Thursday, too. The grounds are lit so that you can enjoy the gardens at night. Cold as it was outside, winding through the endless luminaria trails was a calming way to end a typically wild December day.

Oldfields Formal Garden

On the Grounds

On the Grounds

27
Nov
07

Christmas Time’s A Comin’

Busy getting ready for the holidays, but wanted to show you a few finds. Mom, Dave and I went to the Country Friends Open House last Saturday. They had even more holiday stuff out than they did a week before. The holly and greenery at Country Friends is particularly good this year. I got this variegated type for our back porch chandelier because it had kind of a vintage look to it.

Porch Chandelier

I usually mix real with artificial, in this case with Frasier Fir remains trimmed from our tree. My mom got a more sage-colored, dusty green holly (sorry, I forgot to take pictures) that came in sprays as well as a garland. It was beautiful and more subtle than my garish taste usually allows me to get away with.

While poking around for Christmas I also found this red David Smith Windsor chair.

Red Chair
We just painted our mudroom from red to the same deep eggplant color that is in our kitchen and I was missing the red just a little. The chair scratches that itch and gives me something light to pull into the kitchen when we have more guests than chairs around Sam (our woodstove).

I kind of like the way it looks next to this sweet wreath Dave made us just in time for the holidays. Dave’s wreaths are normally more restrained.

Wreath
He said he made a conscious effort to make this one look like it was about to whirl off the door (even used bird feathers) because he knows I like wreaths that , well, look like they are about whirl off the door. Not sure why, but I do favor spiral shaped wreaths. Though the one I have for the front door seems pretty subdued in comparison. Pam at J. P. Parker flowers remade this one from an old one I had.

Reworked Wreath

I was so glad my mom and dad came up this past weekend. They helped us get our tree decorated and mom helped me haul out and place all of the “stuff.” I really don’t mind doing it, but having help always makes it a lot more fun.

14
Sep
07

More on Neutrals with Color

More from September’s Elle Decor. Here is a better shot of Marjorie Gubelmann’s living room. I love the scale and finish of the hanging lantern.

Living room

And here is her dining room with its spectacular hand-painted Gracie wallpaper, proving neutral rooms are happy to live near big color walls. I find it hard to believe that I’ve never had a room this color green. I’ve always loved it.

Green dining room copy

Side note: In Bob Altman’s glamorously stuffy Gosford Park,
gosfordparkpic
a great source of design inspiration if you need it, the billiard room (the room pictured above is actually the drawing room in the film. I couldn’t find a still of the BR but you get the glamour point) is glazed the same color green as the wallpaper above. I think the billiard room is under-painted with yellow. Whatever the technique, the effect gives the space a sturdy glow. In Gubelmann’s dining room, the silver of the Venetian mirrors, the shimmering chandelier, and the small scale of the black bamboo chairs keep the room light and airy. I love it.

05
Jul
07

Master Bedroom – More Upholstery Lessons

I’ve been under the weather lately, so I hope you’ll forgive me if these aren’t the best pictures. They at least give a clue of the direction we’re headed.

Chair and Chest

As I’ve said before, this particular room makeover is about using what we already have when possible and inexpensive items when I have to purchase something. (Yes, I realize how cheap that sounds. The shoe fits.)

Rocking Chair

The rocker was a gift from John’s mom, one of her auction finds.

Arm Chair
The armchair is one of my auction finds ($50.00 at Greenfield, Indiana auction). It is more comfortable than it may look. The red (more of a paprika?) chenille fabric was leftover from another chair project, and the upholsterer (not the same one who did the gold striped chair) used every bit of what I had left.

This brings me to some further thoughts on upholsterers—T & H required me to buy new fabric because Tom wanted 9 yards to do the chair. Upholsterers ask for that much not because they will need it, but because they MIGHT need it if they make a mistake and have to redo a section, which I don’t have a problem with since I make mistakes, too. T & H also noted that a new cushion was needed and just built it into the project price.

The upholsterer for the red chairs, a Mr. Brown, who I tried at the recommendation of a fabric store here in town didn’t do quite as fine a job as T & H (the rocker cushion needed to be a refurbished and wasn’t, but in his defense I assumed he would do that and didn’t ask him to). At the same time, I know when he looked at the amount of fabric I had he knew he there was no margin for error. He could have easily said, “you’ll need 2 more yards for this project” but he didn’t, which saved me a lot of time and money. He charged me $200.00 to do both. So all in all, I’m okay with how these two turned out. They are both comfortable, and I like they way they look. Mr. Brown was the right person for that job, and T & H for the other.

I got the lamp on the table above at Midland Antiques Market, which is just down the street from our house. Here is their website with a few directions that come in handy. Midland usually has what I need when what I need is a particular and interesting second-hand something. Some of the staff can be a little frosty, but the selection is awesome (two floors of an old factory building). Don’t expect to find outrageous bargains (they know their stuff). But many times the price is right. This brass accented glass pillar lamp with foil barrel shade was $49.95. (Lamp needs to be raised, will probably put it on a stack of books later.)

The chest, an East Side Auction find ($60.00) used to be John’s bedside table. Dave suggested moving it here and I think it works. John’s mom is going to help me size a piece of leather for the top, which it was always meant to have.

Here is what we have left to do:

-Make a leather inset for the top of the chest
-Pick up 8×10 jute rug I bought from Lowes
-Put together book case
-Purchase a good sized palm
-One accent pillow for the bed
-Accessorize (the last few details that can typically bog me down)

None of this is insurmountable. It just takes time and energy to pull together and I need to feel a little better before I can tackle them. Hopefully soon.

07
Jun
07

Crewel Rules!

D and K Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom redos must be in the air. During a recent visit to Dave and Ken’s to watch So You Think you Can Dance I also got to see the big reveal of new bedding and Chinese Hu lamps, all from William Sonoma Home. Dave or Ken, what is the bedding pattern called? Is it still available?

Lovely, no? Still earthy, warm, and balanced (signature Dave and Ken) but with an atypical (for them) punch of color contrast in the fabric design.  And of course, I love me a big, fat pattern.

I’m crazy for crewel–so American (though much older than the U.S.), so crafty, so graphic, and so easy to place in pithy phrases.  The light color is actually a soft blue, not gray as it reads in this photo. 
Crewel Detail

Good job boys!

Quick! Pop quiz!
Mystery Guest
Dave and I weren’t the only bloggers on the Canal last night. Can you guess the name of the mystery blogger with her back to me in this picture?

05
Jun
07

Master Bedroom Don’ts – Before Pictures

Okay, I found the “before” pictures of the master bedroom.
Bedroom Befores
  I promise I didn’t unmake the bed and turn the sofa over just to make the room look extra wrong.  We were in the process of moving the sofa out to give to a friend when I realized I needed to take the before photos. And John had just gotten back from Puerto Rico, so that’s why the suitcase is in the middle of the room.Bedroom Befores
Try not to judge the strong green (Porter Paints, Bayou Bronze) too harshly.  It is part of an incomplete design concept that would have incorporated a canopy for the bed and some other cool fabrics and lighting that probably would have made it work.  Lesson learned:  Know my limits.  Homemade canopies and vintage lighting that requires additional fabrication are out of my league at this stage of my life.  I just don’t have time for that many steps.       
The sofa, btw, was an early design decision mistake.  I bought it because it was comfortable—best nap couch ever!  I wasn’t crazy about the fabric, but thought I would just have it recovered.  Lesson learned: Don’t buy furniture new with alterations in mind unless you get to choose the fabric before it is delivered.

I find it hard to believe myself, but the shades above the bed are the same temporary ones we’ve had since we built the house FIVE YEARS AGO!   Whatever that says about my ability to see a project through, it speaks volumes about the quality of those temporary shades!  Impressive!

The bronze drapes don’t fit in the Palladian window.
Bedroom Befores
  They were also “temporarily” thrown up (again, five years ago) on a tension rod because I wasn’t sure what shades I wanted and the way the window fits into the dormer makes mounting a rod outside difficult.  The ugly globe light fixtures (2nd photo) were the cheapest thing I could find because I wanted more time to think about lighting than I had when the builder needed a decision from us.  So there you have it—a recipe for design disaster.  Be gentle.

The good news is that I bought new bedding on a very successful shopping venture to Target with Dave.  Pictures to come.  The new shades are ordered (delivery in two weeks).  I bought a great 5 x 8’ jute rug (currently under the bed, but I may move it) for $68.00 at Lowes. 

Oh, and John put the chandeliers on a sliding rheostat for me so now we have infinite lighting possibilities.  I’m a big believer in putting rheostats wherever I can have them.

01
Jun
07

Paint and Lighting is Up, Cleaning Tid Bits

Well, all the painting is done except for the detailing. After climbing over furniture to find a spot to sleep Tuesday and Wednesday, we actually slept in our room again last night. The redo isn’t done yet, but here is the wingback we had reupholstered (labor at T & H Upholstery in Indy – $260.00). I apologize for the crassness of posting prices, but I find the lack of readily available information about this kind of stuff kind of frustrating, so I’m putting it out there.

Reupholstered Wingback

I think the fabric (Calico Corners – 9 yards – $200.00 [discounted price]) Dave helped me pick looks pretty good with the paint color. You can see both here.

The redo has been a good op to clean things that I never would have otherwise (My tendency to ignore baseboards is one of the reasons this blog is called “Good Home” and not “Great Home”). When our next door neighbor Mindy heard we were going to hire professionals to clean our rugs she insisted that we let her bring her rug cleaner over and have a go at it.

So Wed. night while John and I painted one half of the room, she cleaned the carpet in the other. THEN she came back the next day to do the other half! She refuses to let us pay her. We’ll have to figure out another way to thank her because the carpet looks really good. Mindy rocks!

Screen Cleaning

To clean the screens on our windows we decided to put them in the shower and just hose them off with a little attachable sprayer that I got John from Restoration Hardware one year for Christmas (it was actually on his wish list). I’m thinking I may clean all of our screens this way in the future.

Here is one of the chandeliers.

Lighting

I think they are hanging a little low, which we can easily fix (going the other direction is a little harder). I’m going to see if I can talk John’s mom into sewing sleeves for the chains—either in champagne or wheat colored linen.

Lighting

My favorite thing so far is the paint color. It’s the only one besides the yellow in our living room that I’ve ever liked the minute it went on the wall. I usually have to get used to new colors even when I like them a lot. This blue is hard to photograph though.

Some potentially bad news. I know I promised before pics, but they may be lost. When my computer hard drive went a couple weeks back they may have been erased. I’ll know next week, I think. Keep your fingers crossed.