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Who Needs a Dining Room?

I'm working with a client to finalize the plans on her new house and she doesn't have a formal dining room.  In fact, she's the third client this year to build a house without a dining room.  I'm not sure I'm ready to see the total loss of dining rooms, but I would love to see their purpose change.  To give a family more than one reason to use them, not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A trend I'm seeing is having a dining room that also serves as your home's library.  I love the look of this, but who really has such a collection of books they need a library?  Maybe incorporating storage for china, along with books makes the best sense.

Photo Credit:  Centsational Girl

I like the idea of using a dining room as an office.  Now, this only works if you can keep your desk (aka dining room table) neat or you have doors you can close.  This looks like a great place for homework as well, especially if you have more than one child trying to do homework at the same time.

Photo Credit: Martha Moments

To me though, the best way to to easily use your dining room is to keep it comfortable.  That means, stay away from the set of eight matching wood chairs.  Bring in upholstered chairs and maybe less of them.  Ballard Design sells a great folding chair you can bring out for additional seating when needed.  Select a wood finish that is distressed so you don't need place mats.  Instead of a traditional chandelier, hang a lantern or a group of small lights over the table.  Here are some "non-traditional" dining rooms that I love.

Photo Credit: Greige Design

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A Peek at Pine Fair

I have another new construction project that is finishing up and I was able to stop by right before Christmas to check on it.  Pine Fair is a home for a great, young family and I so enjoyed working on it with them.  It's a wonderful mix of traditional design and some slightly modern touches.  There is still lots of cabinetry work and cleaning to do, but it's really close to being complete.  Here are few sneak peeks...

What started out as an idea on the floor of Home Depot...
...turned into this beautiful master shower.

The boy's bathroom

The kitchen is pretty chaotic right now, but hopefully you get the idea.

Stay tuned for final photos...

Final Look at Summer Duck

When a project comes to an end, it's always bitter sweet for me.  I love my work and my clients, so it's hard to say "good-bye".  Summer Duck was one of those projects where I had the best clients who trusted me to guide them through the difficult task of building a new house.  What's even better, they trusted themselves to make some gutsy decisions and pushed through to get them done.  I was able to get over one last time before they moved in and of course, the painters were still there doing last minute touch-ups.  I really wanted to have this house professionally photographed, but it just didn't work out.

This entry foyer is a perfect example of what this room should do.  It welcomes you and gives you a preview of what is to come in this home.
The perfect powder bath.  My client found a cute antique cabinet to use as the vanity.  Just needs a mirror to complement that chicken wire light!

I just don't have the words to describe how wonderful this kitchen turned out.
Farmhouse sink with Torquay counters by Cambria. 

My client and I spent a lot of time finding the perfect lights.  Here is one of three vintage ones she found over the summer. 
The family entry, off the garage, with interior brick pavers and board and batten trim.
Here's a laundry room that took a little effort, but so worth it.  Yes, that light is red!
For the sink, my client found a metal tub and paired it with a wall-mount tub filler.  Genius!
Master bath with wood floors.  My first time doing this on a project and so happy with how it turned out.  With just a little extra care, these should last for years to come.

Another vintage light...
Their son's bathroom turned out so great!  Vintage hexagon tile on the floor, white subway tile in the tub and a blue cabinet. 
In my last post about Summer Duck, I promised there would be a red front door.  This is the best photo I could get of that for you.  Oh, and here's the last vintage light. 

You can see more photos of Summer Duck on my Houzz profile and I can't wait to share more projects with you after the new year.  I wish you and yours a safe and joyous holiday.  We will continue to cherish our time with family and do our best to remember the real meaning of Christmas!

Summer Duck is Almost Done

When I stopped in to check on my Summer Duck project last week, I couldn't contain my excitement.  There were tons of tradespeople there working, so the photos aren't the best, but hopefully you can see why I am loving this house!

Home of a future red front door...
View from Upstairs
Another example of why I love wallpaper.



I can't wait to show you more photos of this master bath.  There is a freestanding tub, an amazing shower and did you notice we used wood flooring?  BEAUTIFUL!  

I'm off to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I'm truly thankful for so much - my son, my family and my clients!  They are truly the reason I love my job so much and can't wait to see what the next day has in store.  I hope you will be surrounded by love and laughter this holiday weekend.

Oh, and WAR EAGLE!