The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 32

Posted 15 January 2019 at 7:50 PM | Comments (0)

We have countertops! They are a pale-gray quartz with slight marbling, called Weybourne from Cambria. They look almost white, which is what I was going for—because when I looked at an actual white sample in the space, it turned cream. Surprisingly, the light gray worked much better here.

Always, always look at your color samples in the right light. That goes for everything.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 32

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 31

Posted 14 January 2019 at 7:32 PM | Comments (0)

Trimming out our laundry closet today.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 31

Smart Logo for Building Websites and Databases

Posted 9 January 2019 at 9:54 AM | Comments (0)

My client came to me with a logo project that really stumped me initially. At the root of it, I didn’t understand exactly what it was they did: server administration, programming, development, database administration, data migration, user interfaces, and content workflow. Huh? It wasn’t until I understood their company that I was able to come up with a logo that well represented them.

To put it poetically, they do web and data “metamorphosis.” They take ideas, technical problems, and messy data, and they turn it into something well-organized and beautiful. They simplify complexity. When I asked what they envisioned for their logo, they said it should be smart, vibrant, and simple.

After some wrestling with these concepts, I came up with this symbol. (Sorry for the watermark.)

Smart Logo for Building Websites and Databases

We were finally on to something! After a couple of rounds of mediocre designs, this one felt right to all of us. The final logo is below.

Smart Logo for Building Websites and Databases

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 30

Posted 8 January 2019 at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

The Duct Dude (he really calls himself that) came over to get the ductwork done for our microwave/range hood. It was stressful watching him cut through the brand new ceiling! I almost told him to forget it and go home.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 30

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 29

Posted 7 January 2019 at 8:57 PM | Comments (0)

Knobs.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 29

I chose a smallish knob for the cabinets, because I didn’t want to go overboard with sleek bar pulls, like you see on our appliances. These little cylinders are like jewels against the wood grain, and they take turns sparkling as the light outside changes.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 29

They are the Moen Iso Cabinet Knobs (DN0705CH) in chrome. I bought them from Amazon.

Favorites from the Golden Globes 2019

Posted 6 January 2019 at 11:23 PM | Comments (0)

Time to take a break from home-reno posts to bring you a special message from the Golden Globe Awards’ fashion panel of one.

I noted thirteen extraordinary looks on the red carpet tonight. I narrowed them down to my top three: Danai Gurira, Sofia Carson, and Allison Janney.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Danai Gurira, Sofia Carson, Allison Janney

Danai Gurira. This Rodarte dress really needs to be seen from multiple angles to be appreciated fully. The shoulder bow was a sculpture in itself, and the fiery, red-on-orange, flocked pattern was mesmerizing in all the right ways. She finished it off with simple jewelry, and, smartly, a hair accessory on the opposite side as the shoulder bow.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Danai Gurira

Sofia Carson. Her Giambattista Valli dress was a little odd but so good. It seems like Carson knows how to push fashion far enough to be edgy but hold back enough to be palatable. This was absolutely my favorite look of the night, from top to bottom. She’s a match for some of my favorite style stars, like Emma Stone and Zendaya, who have red carpet fashion down to a science.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Sofia Carson

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Sofia Carson

Allison Janney. This woman. I tell ya. Fifty-nine years old and just gets it. She is flawless every time. Her style is impeccable and so well-cultivated. Should I go on? I’ll conclude by pointing out that Christian Siriano designed a fantastic gown, one that is feminine, elegant, and yet, delightful. The necklace by David Webb took it up another notch, also.

Golden Globe Awards 2019 Fashion: Allison Janney

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 28

Posted 4 January 2019 at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

Two out of four appliances have arrived. Sooo, can I start cooking here now?

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 28