Monday, May 21, 2012

In Living Black And White

Of course we've all seen the black and white checkered floor. It's a staple in many kitchens
 and baths.But don't forget the rest of your home. If you want a living space that's a real show-stopper...

...forget installing a sea of hardwood or wall to wall, and instead, consider a classic black and white floor alternative. It works beautifully in rustic to traditional homes, shabby chic to contemporary apartments, and every style and space in between.

You could also take the "whole house" philosophy, as decorator Lorenzo Castillo did, when he transformed the first floor apartment of a 17th century convent, in the heart of Madrid, into his own beautiful home.

Now this is not a new idea, you just have to look at the "checkered past" to see what the most stylish have known all along...


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Business Plan For Sears

Well...maybe just a suggestion. I'm no business guru, but I know what I like...

More than 70,000 of these complete kit homes sold through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company between 1908 and 1940.

I find the smaller homes absolutely charming, and perfect for a first or second home. Of course they would need a few modern amenities, such as more than one bath. That's where Sears would bode well to pair up with a young designer that is adept at "classic", with a modern sensibility.

Grant Gibson would be an excellent choice. His aesthetic packs a punch in even the tiniest of spaces.

Sears offered more stately homes for those with a larger budget. 

This is where I would suggest a pairing with a known entity in the design world. It would have to be someone who is synonymous with well done home exteriors and gardens. 

I know, I know...but you would keep her "outside", where frankly, she's perfection...

Like the Southern Living Magazine Home Plans franchise, I'm sure that Sears could make a fortune reintroducing these timeless designs.

...nine rooms and a bath, and breakfast together every morning in the alcove...