Sunday, January 31, 2010

Petite Powder Room Redux

THE DILEMMA:

A 1980's powder room, very tiny, rotting wood floors due to leaking toilet, TOTALLY dated.








THE SOLUTION:

Nothing could be saved (thank goodness) mainly due to the rotting floors which had to be replaced.




I chose Rush River's tumbled marble.
Lansdale Collection, "Skokie"
The pattern is traditional, yet fresh, and the pattern gives the room an illusion of being larger than it is.





Porcher's "Pomezia" cabinet is only 27" wide. (a hard to find size) The toilet and sink are in Porcher's biscuit finish.
I like the fact that the cabinet is on legs. It gives it a furniture feel, and because you can see part of the flooring underneath, also helps to visually enlarge the space. The Porcher "Reprise" widespread faucet is in polished chrome.




The Dorchester Swing Arm Sconces are in an aged brass finish.
circalighting.com
The custom mirror is 22k gilded wood framed.
Black Dog Gallery {757-422-6318}




The paper holder and towel ring are from the Pompadour collection by Herbeau.
faucetdirect.com




This home is located on the coast, so I chose "Fishing Village" in the light green colorway, from the "Tea House Collection" by Thibaut. It has a faded, decadent decay sensibility that adds a soft aged feel to this "new" room.




The biggest change was the addition of wainscoating, painted in a Benjamin Moore semi-gloss latex.
{ Cotton Balls / OC122 }
Contrary to what you might think, the addition of the wainscoating gave a visible depth to the room. It now seems twice as large!




A powder room that was once a deteriorating, depressing emblem of the 80's (too dramatic?), is now a sophisticated little gem. K

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bow Wow Wow Yippee Yo Yippee Yay...and a gift too!


While perusing the February issue of House Beautiful, I took note of the comments of editor in chief Stephen Drucker. He asks the question; " Of all the things you own, what would make you smile when you come through the door?" For him, it's a Ron Galella paparazzi print of Twiggy on a London stoop in the 60's.

For me: It' my dogs.






Jack & Tiggy
my Parson Russell Terriers




Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat.

Oxford Union Society, London
Rule 46



Etching of "Terrier and Prey" I purchased in London.



My Gift To You:
Feel free to grab and print this image. Send me a picture { HerRetreat@aol.com } . Show me how you used it and I'll post it on this blog at a later date.








Illuminated steel frame dog sculptures
12 breeds
www.Hammacher.com











Dog Beds
wowbow.co.uk






Phillip Plein steel dog bed





Dog Beds
www.orvis.com



I talk to him when I'm lonesome like;
and I'm sure he understands,
when he looks at me so attentively,
and gently licks my hands;
then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
but I never say naught thereat.
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes,
but never a friend like that.

W. Dayton Wedgefarth








The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Samuel Butler




Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love, faith, and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.

Roger Caras



Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Age Of Innocence


Thumbing through TheDailyBeast.com, I stumbled upon an article about British painter Annie Kevans. I think that her paintings of the inner child of celebrities, dictators, and presidents, are hauntingly beautiful. Let me know what you think, and see if you can identify the subjects. Answers below.


















Answers :
1. Audrey Hepburn
2. Sylvia Plath
3. Ernest Hemingway
4. Jackson Pollock
5. Louise Brooks
6. Judy Garland
7. Saddam Hussein
8. Diana Spencer
9. Michael Jackson
10.Adolf Hitler
11. Britney Spears
12. Monica Lewinsky