‘70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom

Posted 14 February 2017 at 7:53 PM | Comments (0)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I just saw this appropriately pink room in Domino and couldn’t resist posting, not just because it’s pink, but because it’s the same pink as my mother’s 1970s bedroom. The difference is that her bedroom is not exactly “‘70s-inspired”… it’s just ‘70s.

Caroline Lee's '70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom Designed by Anne Sage

Caroline Lee's '70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom Designed by Anne Sage

If I could just convince my mother to get rid of her unreasonably large furnishings, we could simplify her bedroom enough to be cool. The compelling art, sculptural plant, and second seat are all the accessories that were needed to make this room special.

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The Lake House Renovation: Living Room, Day 1

Posted 8 February 2017 at 11:12 PM | Comments (0)

We weren’t really planning to do anything to the living room. There were only three objectives here: turn the firewood storage (the hole to the left of the fireplace) into a useable shelf; get the gas fireplace serviced, and paint the walls.

But, as you can see, the ceiling tiles just came down. (Insert shocked emoji.) Simultaneously, Elmer the expert came over to service the fireplace.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Our Living Room, Renovation Day 1

I did not want to replace the ceiling. I was fervently against it, in fact, because I wanted us to save our money for a future vaulted ceiling. But things sometimes go as they go, and in discussions with our contractor, I began to see the wisdom in replacing it. So, we are doing it, and somehow that one act of taking down the old ceiling vastly improved the smell of the house. Go figure. Maybe it was full of rat pee.

Here’s the before photo from the listing:

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Living Room, Renovation Before

I should start titling these posts, “Money Pit, Day 1.”

Spring 2017 Runway Trend: Fallen Shoulder

Posted 7 February 2017 at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

Bare shoulders have seen a lot of daylight, as halter, off-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops have made it to every trend guide in recent years. I suspected that the next big thing would be one-shoulder, but its direction has taken me by surprise.

It’s not the clean, deliberately asymmetrical, one-shoulder look that I was wearing in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It’s messier, off-kilter. It doesn’t look like it was planned by the designer as much as it looks like it was unplanned by the wearer. Like, “Whoopsie, the wind keeps exposing my shoulder! Oh well, hee hee.” If you look closely, it is obvious that these tops were designed for exposure, but at a glance, you would never know. They give the impression of an unintentional fallen shoulder.

Some of you may think this trend is reminiscent of the 1980s. However, back then, the fallen shoulder look was more casual. Some of these looks, on the other hand, are crisp, structured, or businesslike. They’re buttoned-up shirts gone rogue.

From Victoria Beckham, Self-Portrait, Tome, and Monse:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Some of the looks were no more than pretty tops hanging off the shoulder, which I might be able to pull off in an age-appropriate way. That will be determined at a later date. Like maybe after snowmaggedon.

From Prabal Gurung, Chloé, Tome, and CG:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

The dresses really struck me. Designers went for one cold shoulder, or one lost sleeve. Again, for a moment, you don’t realize that these looks are intentional. You want to hand the woman a safety pin.

From Tibi, Hellessy, Vetements, and Self-Portrait:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Even in evening wear, shoulders were falling. I honestly don’t think I could pull this off. Maybe I could if I was a model going to the clubs in NYC, but otherwise a cocktail dress with one fallen shoulder reads hot mess. Not to say I don’t like the look… because I actually might.

From Brock Collection, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Victoria Beckham:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

And there you have it. My first runway post in over a year. If things go as planned, I will have a big, trend-research project coming up, which means more runway trends are coming your way. I swear this hasn’t turned into a renovation blog.

The Lake House Renovation: Our Bedroom, Day 6

Posted 6 February 2017 at 10:14 PM | Comments (0)

Aaand we have a sliding glass door!

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Our Bedroom, Renovation Day 6

And maybe someday, a deck?

(In case you missed it, this was the situation before glass door.)

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 5

Posted 5 February 2017 at 10:05 PM | Comments (0)

We’re moving along slowly, but this has to be the most exciting bit of progress made so far. Remember how Matt the mason was cutting into our brick facade? It was to make way for this beautiful new window.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

Let’s compare to the original, shall we? Here is a photo I took of the house just after we bought it. The kids’ bedroom window was high and horizontal—very characteristic of ranch houses. We knew we had to enlarge the window to comply with egress codes, but I didn’t want to stray too far from the 1950’s ranch aesthetic.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

I did a ton of research. (I now know more about the architecture of ranch homes than I ever cared to know.) While it would have been more authentic to keep the window horizontal, it would have cost more money to make the window wider, since it would have required structural changes. So we could only enlarge downward.

Disappointed that we couldn’t keep the horizontal format, I went full steam ahead with an alternate detail that is characteristic of ranch houses—the casement window in the center with the horizontal grid lines on either side. It allowed me to keep some horizontal emphasis even though I couldn’t keep it all.

Then, Matt the mason used the original bricks to lay the sill.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

Doesn’t it look great?

The window is from the Andersen 100 series in a color called Terratone. It complies with egress codes, adds more character, and looks smashing against the brick. This felt like a huge step forward in our renovation. Drywall next.

The Lake House Renovation: Our Bedroom, Day 5

Posted 21 December 2016 at 9:05 PM | Comments (0)

It’s mighty hard to believe that not everyone is in support of the sliding glass door. They fought hard, but I fought harder.

But Matt the mason understands me. He agrees with my dream of stepping straight from my bedroom onto a deck someday. It is possible that he is just trying his best to placate me, but that is probably the right thing to do, given the circumstances.

And by “circumstances,” I mean about fifty sketches of my future off-bedroom deck, where the only thing missing is an image of me in my bathrobe.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Our Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Our Bedroom, Renovation Day 5

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 4

Posted 21 December 2016 at 8:38 PM | Comments (0)

It wasn’t easy to find a mason. With so few brick houses in this town, all we could find were masons who worked on chimneys. Even our contractor, with something like thirty years of local experience, didn’t know a mason.

Eventually we found one, and I think he is legitimate because the house is still standing. We affectionately call him Matt the mason. If the house collapses, I will call him Matt the marauder.

With that… our kids are ready for their egress window.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 4

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 4

The Lake House Renovation: Our Bedroom, Day 4

Posted 26 November 2016 at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

New lights are not just for the kids. We’re getting some, too. And you can also see some building activity in our closet, where we have: 1) closed up the firewood pass-through, and 2) added framing for deeper storage. I can really feel the progress today.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Our Bedroom, Renovation Day 4

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 3

Posted 25 November 2016 at 9:43 PM | Comments (0)

Lights! We have lights! They weren’t installed per my instructions, so unfortunately they will have to be redone, but relatively speaking, it is not even a setback—it is actually the smallest problem we have had. So, celebrate with me. Lights! You can also see that the plywood walls are going back up. We are making progress.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 3

In the next photo, you can see the water on the floor where our ceiling is leaking (the other leaks have been fixed, so these are new), and you can see the bathtub outline through the closet, where we continue to have a rat problem. Pest control comes on Tuesday. I am not an aggressive or violent person, but it would not disturb me if the rats… er… perished.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 3

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 2

Posted 12 November 2016 at 7:59 PM | Comments (0)

So many problems plaguing us this week. We pulled off the drywall in the kids’ closet and had a perfect view of the bathtub barrel through the wood frame. That “perfect view” was sullied by loads—LOADS—of rat droppings, all the way around the bathtub. Oh man, it was gross.

We also realized the roof had a leak, because after a heavy rainfall, the kids’ bedroom floor had a big puddle of water.

It was not our best week. I am tempted to tear this entire house down and start over, but that is not in our reach right now.

Going to wallow with a piece of cake.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 2

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 2