Sunday, November 28, 2010

A little art goes a long way

While out thrift shopping we found some nice paintings/prints of some places we've been. (Thanks Sylvia!) It's so nice to sit down and gaze at art.

Living Room - Framed art of Venice

Monet Prints ~ Gare St. Lazare and Madame Monet in her Garden.

These are smaller but seemed nice for the Victorian Parlor to hang on the picture rails.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The kitchen is where the fun is

We are back from Europe and over our jet lag. George is working on a nice long travel blog post.
We saw some charming places from the French countryside to quaint towns along the Rhine.
After enjoying good food, drink, and conversations in the kitchens of our friends in France & Germany, George is already making some much needed improvements to our kitchen. It's already more functional. He cut the ends off the main only counter we had, cleaned them up & moved them to other walls, and we added a new laminate counter top.

Having visited Monet's Maison & Jardin, we happened to find a nice Monet print at Urban Ore that we hung above the refrigerator, and a nice wooden stool for a seat by the counter.

We are still looking into flooring, sinks, and various kitchen components. Each little improvement transforms the kitchen into something more functional and a little more towards the distressed style we like.

From George - While in Europe, I noticed how different Europeans approach their kitchens and baths and will try to incorporate that into our space. One important aspect I learned is that Europeans add a lot of charm to their kitchens and baths even though those spaces are pretty small. The furniture, use of height in the space and warmth are very compelling.