A few months ago, we signed off on a fun little renovation project: a 1930s cottage in our favorite in-city neighborhood where we’ve lived for the past two decades.
We’ve got some daunting resolutions for the Nest, like infusing it with a new lease on life and a chic, lean and clean style that will perfectly fit our new empty nester lifestyle. We’re promising to ramp up on the cottage’s charm factor and curb appeal – and planning on happily living there for the rest of our days (or until the next opportunity comes along!)
Well, as life would have it, we ran into a permitting issue which we have literally just resolved. The coast is now clear and 12 weeks later, we’re thrilled that our Dream Team has the troops back in action. We go way back with our pros, Linda MacArthur (architect) and builder Michael Ladisic and love working with them. Happily, plans have been amended (we lost a little square footage but it’s not the end of the world) and we’re to hit the ground running – again.
Resolution: be thankful for the creativity and energy the Dream Team brings to the table (and when we’re meeting about roofing shingles, try not to go off on a tangent about countertops or tile.) One of my favorite parts of this crazy process is meeting with our guys and chatting about the zillions of details that go into a renovation. Today we met with adorable Joe Trehan, our job manager (here’s a summary of Joe: tenacious, full of energy, great ideas and going ninety miles an hour. We’re crazy about him and he is a creative and innovate force to be reckoned with.)
We’ve made some progress on the porch (which acts like a second living room here in Atlanta) and we’ve gone from this:
Now that we’re about to start framing the addition, it’s time to hash out our electric plan – and here are some fun things we’re thinking about:
Resolution: We’ll illuminate our little family room with two gorgeous crunchy iron street lamps that we found on one of our Huff Harrington buying trips:
It’s all about the view from the family room through the kitchen to the magnificent iron window Michael has spec’d for us. So no hanging fixtures in the kitchen: we’re letting the scenery play first fiddle. (We’ll make up for this with a dedicated and lighted spot for a vertical piece of art…stay tuned.)
Resolution: play off the crunchy iron lanterns with a little sparkle and shine. Our tiny little dining area/piano room will be gorgeously lit with an antique Swedish chandelier (bought at auction years ago in Stockholm by my very clever and discerning mother – thank you, Mum!) and a pair of edgy horn scones that we carry at the store. And I’ll light my gallery wall with a couple of well-placed picture lights attached to paintings.
Resolution: crystal is pretty much perfect anywhere you put it. We’ve planned some bathroom bling with pretty antique crystal sconces picked up last fall in the South of France, sort of like these:
Resolution: pack a style power punch at the front door. Perhaps a sleek, clean and beautifully stylish sconce for the front door. Something like this, don’t you think?
Resolution: stay calm, keep on and roll with the punches! This isn’t our first time around the renovation block so we know that the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. We’re focused on creating a sweet, light-filled and pretty little cottage that will fit our family perfectly – so stay tuned as we usher in the new year – and hopefully an army of expert subs ready to frame, plumb, run wire, trim, paint and stain every nook and cranny of the Nest.
Happy New Year!