Jonathan Adler Favorites

The great designer/ potter/ maker Jonathan Adler recently opened a shop about five minutes from my house in Chestnut Hill (YIPPEE!!!!) and, needless to say, I’ve quickly become a regular visitor.  I’ve always been a fan of his work but, honestly, his shop has become my new happy (chic!) place.  I stopped in yesterday for what was supposed to be a few minutes and had to be physically dragged out (my kids are getting really strong!) a half an hour later.  Here are a few of my current JA faves:

Jonathan Adler

Canister/  BenchTableStopperVaseZebra DishChandelier

I’ll be buying the chandelier for my dining room once my wallet recovers from this renovation (if that ever happens).   Might need this one for my front entry too.

A good friend also gave me the fab gold zebra dish for my birthday recently (thanks, Val!!)  I actually squealed when I opened the box.  Love it!!

That’s it for this week!  I’ll check in early next week with a renovation update (this thing is taking FOREVER!!!!!!).

Have a wonderful weekend!!


Our Renovation: Updates and a Little Escape

We decided to escape the madness around here for a few days this week and took a little trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  This is the fourth year in a row we’ve done this trip with the kids and they always have a blast.

Silly Road Trip Faces

Renovation progress-storyland 062-editedWe stay at the Mt. Washington in Bretton Woods every year and, while the hotel itself needs a face-lift, they do have a great pool…

Renovation progress-storyland 077-editedOmni Mt. Washington….and killer mountain views.

White MountainsOn Wednesday we returned home to find our kitchen GONE!!

SG Interiors Kitchen RenovationHALLELUJAH!!!!!  Dreams do come true!

Kitchen RenovationWhat’s great is that we can now get a real feel for how big the kitchen/ family room space will actually be.  Pretty Exciting!

Another exciting thing happened on Thursday when we found these slabs for the kitchen counter tops…

White Macaubus QuartziteWhite Macaubas Quartzite!  LOVE how light they are (much whiter than other slabs we’d seen) and I’m crazy about the linear veining.  Woohoo!

white macaubus quartziteIt’s all starting to come together…FINALLY!

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File: Our Renovation, Kitchen Renovation, Family Room Addition, White Macaubas Quartzite

Our Renovation: The Kitchen Cabinets

Things are moving right along here at the construction site!  The crew has demolished our gorgeous pink powder room

Powder Room Remodel

This little room next to the kitchen that I never knew what to do with

Family Room Addition

My luxurious (LOL!!)  master bath

master bath demo

And my closet which I don’t have a picture of…


Here she is in all her glory

Kitchen Before Photo

This is our last week living with a 1935 kitchen. (Happy Dance!  Happy Dance!!) I’ve dreamed for so long about tearing the place apart that I actually can’t believe it’s about to happen.  In order to keep things running on schedule I need to get cabinets ordered this week.  Needless to say I’ve poured over hundreds (probably thousands) of inspiration images and have been torturing myself (not to mention the husband) for weeks.  You might remember that I was originally planning to do a gray/ white scheme and, while I still love the idea, I’ve kind of moved away from it a bit.  Right now I have it narrowed down to two options:  All White – uppers, lowers and island OR a White/ Espresso high contrast combo – espresso island and a combination around the perimeter.  Here’s what I’m thinking:


All White Kitchen

Decor Pad

It’s a classic, right?  It’ll never go out of style.  It’ll always look fresh and bright and clean (well, maybe not clean in my house)

White Kitchen

These gorgeous Robert Abbey pendants are some of my very faves.  You can get them here.

Glamorous White KitchenThese Hicks ones are a very close second.  Love them.

Hicks pendants in white kitchen


Brian Gluckstein Kitchen

Brian Gluckstein

The idea here is to add sharp contrast between the white and the dark espresso trim (I’m thinking almost black)

FJ Interior Design

FJ Interior Design

And I’m totally obsessed with the dark framed glass doors on white upper cabinets.

Espresso and White Kitchen

Jennifer Worts Design

The look is so crisp and I love the fact that it’s a little unexpected.

Jeff Lewis Kitchen

Jeff Lewis Design

OK people, I want your honest opinion on this one. Which direction would you go in?  All White or High Contrast?!? Let’s hear it!


File: Kitchen Cabinets, Our Renovation

Crazy Gorgeous Home Tour

I’ve abandoned you…and I’m sorry.  I really am.  The last week has been totally nuts around here between end of the school year activities, wrapping up client projects and the renovation…honestly, I barely know my own name right now. This was the week the crew broke through the walls and we officially went from living in our house to camping in it.   Good times.

Anyway, while working from a cramped corner of the bedroom and listening to nail guns, compressors and the 80′s music the crew likes to play (yes, I do sing along to it) I came across this crazy awesome, amazing, jaw-dropping home tour on Dering Hall.  It’s one of the best I’ve seen in a while so I thought you might enjoy…

Love the huge crown molding and grass cloth wallpaper in this room.  The lighting is great too.

elegant living roomThe palette of whites, beiges and greys is so relaxing!

modern family roomAnyone know where this rug is from?  I MUST KNOW!  Gorgeous!!

wood paneled library

elegant family homeThe black trimmed windows totally pop in the space and I’m crazy about the pendants over the island.

white kitchens

white kitchen

black and white living roomWhat a fabulous little space to read a book or have some quiet conversation.

elegant sitting roommarble master bathLoving the beige and black in this bath.  Perfect for a boy.

tan and white bathroom

elegant foyerBetween the gray cabinetry and the herringbone flooring, this mudroom is perfection!

herringbone floor in mud room

That’s it for today, my friends.  Be back Monday with a renovation update and some progress pics…I promise!  Right now we’re finalizing the kitchen cabinets, shopping for counter tops and finishing off the tile scheme in the master bath.  FUN!!

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Our Renovation: The Family Room Addition

We’ve just entered week six of our renovation and things are moving along slowly but surely.  Part of the project includes adding on a new family room that will connect to the kitchen.  Here’s where we were a couple of weeks ago:

Foundation poured and waterproofed!  We were originally hoping that we’d be able to add a storage space under the addition but they hit ledge while digging it out so no such luck.

SCG Interiors Family Room Addition

Last week we got a new floor and the old brick and slate was removed.  Sadly, all of those windows you see (which are only two years old!) can’t be re-used.  Huge bummer!

Family Room Addition

A few days ago walls started going up….

Family Room Addition

And here we are today.  Walls are up and roof should be going on today or tomorrow (fingers crossed!!).  The bump out you see on the right will be the double sided fireplace.  Gotta say, I’m pretty excited about that thing.

Family Room AdditionThey’ve also demolished our half bath and a little 9×9 room that’s next to the kitchen.  It was a ridiculous space that I never knew what to do with and it will soon be the breakfast area in the new kitchen.

Powder Room RemodelFamily Room AdditionRight now I’m running around like a mad woman choosing tile, faucets, lighting, etc… I’ve also narrowed down the cabinet plan to two schemes – one all white and the other a white/ espresso combination. I’m still going back and forth on the whole glass door thing (here).   Need to make all of these decisions in the next week…EEEK!!!  Keep you posted!

For more scoop on our renovation plans click here, here and here.

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File: Family Room Addition, Our Renovation