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Martha Stewart Living feature on our home

Martha Stewart Living feature on our home

While our pup Charlie is a bit blase about his fame, we are so thrilled to be the cover story of this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine! 

pillows Marimekko, rug PaperTrail, cushion fabric made from curtain and stool Ikea, Pouf CB2, light Janaki Larsen.

We bought this house 4 years ago and completely gutted it. Opening up the downstairs from 6 small dark rooms to a large open plan living/dining room with the window seat/ mudroom and going from a tiny galley kitchen to a large open kitchen. What really sold us on the house was the amazing yard and garden. But sadly the house had hardly any windows looking out towards the garden and only one door leading out to it.

Well, we changed all that! We added a large porch ( really our main living/ dining area during the warm months) and 3 sets of french doors leading out to it. The window seat looks directly into the garden as well. We had a funky, falling apart mudroom which we replaced with this fabulous new entry pictured above and below.

to see some of the processes check out interior framing and floor plans and windows and kitchen plans and floors and exterior painting and kitchen cabinets.

Custom black paint Sherwin Williams, planters Target, light Y Lighting.

Rug, pouf and throw pillows, outdoor dining chairs Ikea, daybed fabric Marimekko, planter Paula Greif,  bowl Janaki Larsen, rock sculpture Arno Cornillon, pillow on pouf Two Swim Birds available at Ateleir SolarshopFarrow & Ball paint in Pavilion Gray & Pitch Blue.

We worked with several amazing companies to complete our home including the amazing people at Master Brand cabinets. They generously worked with us to translate our dream kitchen into a reality. We now have a kitchen that functions beautifully in our lives, both from the day to day of busy family life to the large entertaining we like to do.

I have space for all of the pottery, glassware, and dishes I collect for both our use and as props in my work. After wanting to take up pottery for years I finally have so our shelves are quickly filling up…Blue stripe bowl Paula Greif, a small photo by my dad Sy Kattelson represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery,

Sink and faucet  Blanco, stools by Blackcreek Mercantile

The jumping-off point for our kitchen was the Miele white glass line. Our previous home at stainless appliances and I loved the freshness of the white glass. Although our kitchen is fairly generous in size it’s not huge so we were concerned about it feeling too dark. The mix of white Omega cabinets and wood along with the custom color island keep it light and open. We wanted the house to have an organic, Scandinavian feel. Modern yet warm and filled with the vintage pieces we love along with the many handmade pieces from the coffee table my dad made to the art and pottery we collect.Handmade custom tile by Tivoli Tileworks, Appliances Miele.

The table was custom made by our friend George Smith, the chairs are all vintage Thonet I have had for years. Repainting to fit my different moods. Here they are painted in subtly different shades of green. The bookcase is a vintage find and the chandelier is Lindsay Adelman’s – You Make It, the paper sculpture is by Ramon Lascano.

The only stairs and walls on either side are the only remaining original walls. The wallpaper is by Birger Kaiplainen and available through Tiina The Store.

 On the second floor, we raised the ceilings and went from one bathroom and 5 bedrooms – 2 that were minuscule to 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms plus an office. Throughout the house, we took old doors we had rescued from a house that was being torn down, stripped them, and added new -old hardware.
The euro squares are from Les Indiennes, the deco pillow is from Susan Connor, sheets West Elm, quilt Paper Trail, lighting One Forty-Three, photo over bed Sy Kattelson, bed Ikea, nightstands ABC Home, paint Calamine by Farrow and Ball

To make my walk-in closet extra special I covered it in Neisha Crossland Rose wallpaper.

 Out on the porch …

before and afters

before and afters

A bunch of you saw the renovation on Apartment Therapy today and although lovin the Rue pics of the renovation have been asking for paired pics of the before and after so here goes…

Ok, the front is better but not finished, it needs landscaping, and repair and the columns need finishing. That’s starting to happen now that the tenants are happily in and the weather is warmer.

The old kitchen is now an open plan kitchen on the left and the dining area on the right with a washer/ dryer tucked in the closet and new french doors.  The walls are gone, in fact, all the downstairs interior walls are finito. this view…

is now this

Check out Anatomy of a set… Mr. Steam

Bright Bazaar - the BOOK!!

Bright Bazaar – the BOOK!!

I’ve been wanting to share this news with you since last spring when Will asked me to be in his first book, Bright Bazaar  Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style,  and now finally I can.  I first met Will  4 years ago and it’s been so cool to see him spread his colorful charm across the globe.

Most people would think having their home shot for a major book right before they move insane, but without a second thought, I readily agreed. So in the midst of packing, packing, and more packing plus renovating the new house I managed to pull together our previous house to be shot.

As crazy as it was at the time when the book arrived in the post and we could look back at our old home it was more than worth it. My kids were thrilled to see Charlie and Otto make it into the book as well, though it’s usually harder to get Otto off the couch than on.

Will’s colorful outlook and style come through in blazes in this book in chapters such as Color Are Your Friend, his signature Color Cocktails and Bringing Color Home. It’s jam-packed with color-filled homes across the globe such as Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s rad Shelter Island pad, Bradford Shellhammer from Fab.com, and designer Mariska Meijers’ home in the Netherlands.
Our house opens the Lime Divine chapter and romps through just about every chapter as well, from Lavender Lick to The Strawberry Split! What a happy way to say goodbye to our old home.. thanks, Will!…