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Monday, May 7, 2012

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 — BEFORE

There is so much great media cov­er­age com­ing out about the Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012, it's almost hard to remem­ber how bad the before pic­tures looked! And believe me, the pic­tures don't do jus­tice to the amount of dirt, bugs and gen­eral dis­ar­ray the major­ity of the spaces con­tained. My third floor bed­room space was not as bad as most, but still needed an amaz­ing amount of work! See these before shots? Yikes!

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 - Before

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012 — Before

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 - Before

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012 — Before

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 - Before

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012 — Before

Notice the floor? The pre­vi­ous rug pad was down for so long, it dis­in­te­grated and stuck to the floor! That white-ish rec­tan­gle is waffle-weave bits, melded into the paint. Ugh!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012

The Junior League of Hart­ford's Show House is set to open this week­end with a Gala on Sat­ur­day April 28. The Show House will be open to the pub­lic through­out May — check the Junior League web­site for specifics.

Just in time for the open­ing events, this won­der­ful arti­cle appeared in all the area Life Pub­li­ca­tions! Read the story behind the Show House jour­ney, as told by Sharon McCormick. Be sure to stop by and sup­port the JLH — the Show House funds Junior League's com­mu­nity pro­grams for the next three years!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

local and lovely — farmington kitchen & garden tour

The 13th Annual Farm­ing­ton Kitchens and Gar­dens Tour hosted by the Friends of the Farm­ing­ton Library was held Sat­ur­day at six pri­vate homes and seven pub­lic gar­dens and muse­ums. The old­est home dates back to 1659 and most were in the Vil­lage, as we refer to the cen­tral, old­est part of Farm­ing­ton CT.
An incred­i­ble vari­ety of both kitchens and gar­dens, from mod­ern to stately to eclec­tic pro­vided a draw for many despite the early rain.

I can't tell you much about the event other than my lit­tle cor­ner of it. We were on the tour for the first time. Imag­ine hoards of gar­den lovers drop­ping in to see your out­door spaces, and then check­ing out your kitchen too. I'm a designer, and I was stressed out ahead of this event!  But, as always, I have a team I can rely on to make things happen!

First, the delight­ful and fun Cyn­thia Dodd from Plantscapes arrived to design and exe­cute stage 1 of "The Plan". For me, hir­ing a designer for the first time was a novel expe­ri­ence. As we dis­cussed choices, I made a con­certed effort not to ask for changes that would com­pro­mise the design — even when I could not visu­al­ize the fin­ished project. I will admit I did hem-and-haw about the foun­tain color, but we laughed through the whole thing and we even­tu­ally com­pro­mised on a color that suits us both. Hav­ing some­one else dress up my home was a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence! I can't imag­ine why every­one doesn't hire a designer!

Some peeks at the garden:

the new fountain

the new foun­tain in the foun­da­tion gar­den — this bed was com­pletely renovated

one of the planters on the front porch

one of the planters on the front porch

love this green planter!

love this green planter!

more greenery beside the front door

more green­ery beside the front door

some new gems in front of the studio

some new gems in front of the studio

the kitchen garden - I can't handle more than 3 tomato plants!

the kitchen gar­den — I can't han­dle more than 3 tomato plants!

these ligularia will spread in the shade behind the studio

these ligu­laria will spread in the shade behind the studio

more new perennials behind the house

more new peren­ni­als behind the house

new wall planters beside the kitchen doors

new wall planters beside the kitchen doors

new planters complement my panton chairs on the back patio

new planters com­ple­ment my pan­ton chairs on the back patio

Stage 2 of the new gar­dens will bring even more color and energy to our land­scape. And maybe in 3 or 5 years, as the newest plants mature and fill in, we'll be on the tour again.

To add some flo­ral zing to my kitchen, I called on the über-talented Robin Weir of Haworth's Florists. She is amaz­ing! I show up with a vague con­cept ("give me funky"), and a fab­ric sam­ple, she deliv­ers orig­i­nal, ener­getic and all-around fab­u­lous arrange­ments. Here are the three she designed for my kitchen:

in a corner behind my kitchen table, I set this on a chair atop a table for height

in a cor­ner behind my kitchen table, I set this on a chair atop a table for height

on the island, this arrangement garnered many compliments

on the island, this arrange­ment gar­nered many compliments

detail from the arrangement on the kitchen table

detail from the arrange­ment on the kitchen table

A few details from my kitchen — I'm a lousy pho­tog­ra­pher, so can only show snippets!

new pillows on my thomas o'brien (swoon) thompson chairs

new pil­lows on my thomas o'brien (swoon) thomp­son chairs

newly reupholstered side chairs

newly reuphol­stered side chairs

my crow foot table in the seating area

my crow foot table in the seat­ing area

 

tibetan chest from kips bay quickly accessorized from around the house!

tibetan chest from kips bay quickly albeit scant­ily acces­sorized from around the house!

I under­stand from the orga­niz­ers the Farm­ing­ton Kitchen & Gar­den Tour was a suc­cess and hope sig­nif­i­cant funds were raised for the libraries in town. Many thanks to the vol­un­teers who looked after my home!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

something lovely…spotted at sally lerman jewelry

If like me you love every known gem­stone, this fan­tas­tic neck­lace will sat­isfy your crav­ing! From Con­necti­cut jew­elry designer Sally Ler­man, it fea­tures blue topaz faceted coins, lemon quartz onion, faceted rose quartz beads are sur­rounded by peri­dot, pink tour­ma­line and pearl dan­gling beads. Ster­ling sil­ver wire cod­dles each stone, and  it adjusts from 15–18 inches.

sally lerman necklace

sally ler­man multi-stone neck­lace closeup

sally lerman necklace

sally ler­man multi-stone necklace

You can pur­chase this lovely piece for your very own on Etsy. Be sure to visit Sally's web­site to learn more about the ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties of nat­ural gemstones.

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