Andrew Wyeth + Winter Whites

February 25, 2013



“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape – the loneliness of it – the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn’t show.”

~  Andrew Wyeth



Andrew Wyeth, Fence Line



White on the brain again!  Maybe it’s the winter view of bark and white sky out my window.  But I was leafing through a beautiful book “Andrew Wyeth– Memory and Magic” yesterday and was drawn to the monochromatic palette of browns, tans and whites of his “Chadd’s Ford” paintings.  I love the interplay between the layers of white and neutrals here and am really drawn to the same palette for interiors.




via Interiorly




Andrew Wyeth, Long Limb



via New York Times






Andrew Wyeth, Trodden Weed




Amelia Handegan




Andrew Wyeth, Open and Closed






Andrew Wyeth’s “Maine” paintings are, of course, another story.



Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea



Summer awaits.



Andrew Wyeth, On the Edge




Cocoa + Apricot at Georgetown’s ‘Evermay’

February 22, 2013



When I first came across these photos of the recently renovated interior of the historic Evermay  (1802) in Georgetown I was really bowled over.



Gordon Beall



The palette is elegant and restrained– dark wood paneling,  creams, cocoa and a touch of apricot. This is the work of Rill Architects with stunning photography by Gordon Beall.




Gordon Beall









Gordon Beall




Gordon Beall



The floors!  The ceiling!



Gordon Beall


Quiet restraint in the bedroom.



Gordon Beall


Ingenious  placement of beds with books– love this idea.







You can read all about the history of Evermay here.


And I’m actually looking forward to another summer season of concerts there.






Stay warm my readers…  cherry blossom season is just around the corner!  Have a lovely weekend~






A Little White Bathing Beauty

February 17, 2013


Happy February!  Busy with projects inside and out.

I’m well into the major disorder of another remodeling project in my own home… this time my master bath. I’ve been wallowing again in the world of toilets, tile, shower drains, and light fixtures (not to mention paint samples).  Got me thinking about a project completed 2 years ago (a total gutting + remodel of my daughter’s bath, finished just in time for her to go off to college). Now it serves as a guest bath. Anyway… it was really a lesson in “pulling back”– as in respecting the period style of our 1937 “cottage” and not going gaga with things like color-changing LED’s in the shower, etc.  We kept things very restrained and simple (kind of hard to do). Would like to share!






Design inspiration really began with this sweet little freestanding chest I spotted in a Ballard Designs catalog. It was the perfect width (43″) and height (35″) for a vanity and easily (sort of) modified to accomodate plumbing below. We had to remove the innards of the top drawers to accomodate the sink. But it had a lovely painted finish– off-white with toffee colored accents and super solid construction (and was a fraction of the price of a custom-built piece).





I  simply added a Caesarstone quartz countertop in ‘Jerusalem Sand’  and VOILA~








Lovely, yes?  And my 6 ft. tall daughter no longer has to crouch to brush her teeth!






So,  my vision for this little space was “all white”.  I chose simple clean white subway tile for the shower (Daltile/Biscuit) and covered the entire room (floor to ceiling) in painted (C2 Paint ‘Milk Mustache’) beadboard. The color is creamy enough to add some warmth and complement the fixtures (Kohler ‘Biscuit’ bathtub and sink), without turning too yellow. Love this inset medicine cabinet w/beveled glass from Rejuvenation (adding 2 more of these beauties to my next project).





For contrast, I went with oil rubbed bronze fittings (Kohler).  But, getting to the point of “pulling back”, I will gush about this bathtub choice!





Bowled straight over?  Maybe not, but you should be!  Seriously, we had an original Kohler Mayflower corner tub (circa 1937) in this place.  The contractor had to smash it to smithereens (did you know that cast iron does this?) to get it out of the house. It was carried down in little buckets from the second floor and out the door. I really had envisioned a clean, glass door shower thing in its place, but after multiple sketches and bids– it wasn’t working. AND we would be losing the only bathtub in the house. I remember when it hit me… way late in the game, that maybe simply replacing the corner tub, which would mean some sort of shower curtain again (gasp!) might be an option. When I googled ‘corner bathtub’, there it was! My original enameled cast iron Kohler Mayflower, updated and available under the same name in 2010!  I found an angled shower rod at Signature Hardware and a pair of (yes two) matelasse shower curtains at Ballard Designs.  It’s a dreamy little corner!





The other odd (but really nice) feature was a window here. It provides nice (though northern) light and with the wooded setting,  privacy is not an issue with trees leafed out in the summer.





But in winter,  this glass Tiffany-inspired panel (lots of of  black-capped chickadees in the trees outside this window) does the trick.





I was just fine with keeping everything tone-on-tone but my daughter wanted a drop of blue in the room and fell in love with these  gorgeous mosaic floor tiles– they look salt-glazed with tones soft blue and sand. Sorry!  Still searching for the source (a small tile place in California).





So…  warm white all around with bronze finishes, dark woods and neutral artwork– these are a series of  sepia photographs (evocative of our sojourn in Sydney) from Robert Billington.





Sweet little basket w/bird  (perfect for little hair bands, etc)  from Wisteria adds a bit of whimsy.




And a cocoa and cream Turkish fouta towel (thanks Cup of Joe for that idea).








The ‘”pulling back thing” resulted in a perfectly functional, affordable and pretty little bath.  I’m keeping that in mind with this new project as I cruise the aisles at Ann Sacks.  I am splurging on a few little things but so far have resisted the linear shower drains and the rainfall showerhead.  Doing beadboard again… painted the perfect “off-white”, of course.


Another post.




Paint: C2 Color Milk Mustache

Toilet: Toto

Undermount Sink and Bathtub: Kohler

Shower and sink faucets: Kohler

Countertop:  Caesarstone in ‘Jerusalem Sand’

Sconces: Restoration Hardware

Vanity: Ballard Designs

Medicine Chest: Rejuvenation


Until next time~



“Skiff Waiting”

February 7, 2013



Had a late afternoon visit recently with a favorite client. Over a cup of tea, we had a little ‘catch up’ on the progress (almost finis) of her historic bungalow renovation.  I would say that any major design project is rarely a neat process– there are almost always surprises, delays, disappointments, and indecision. Spaces we inhabit are wrapped up with emotion– a messy business, for sure. But I must say that this project actually was (after MANY months) sort of “wrapped up” with a pretty little bow–and just in time for the holidays.



Skiff Waiting


The dust had settled, furniture returned and wreaths hung. And on Christmas Eve my client’s husband presented her with this sweet little watercolor. It shows their beloved dog, Skiff, waiting (for someone to come home) at the window of their newly painted front library. Skiff is certainly the star of this show but C2Paint ‘Savannah’  most definitely plays a supporting role!








The library is the center ‘cocoon’ space in this house with the new addition (open family room, dining room and kitchen)wrapping around it. We felt pretty strongly that this little space (original to the house) needed a strong + warm color to make it inviting and cozy. It was christened ‘The Savannah Room”.





A light neutral, Benjamin Moore’s Misty Air,  was chosen for the entry and staircase walls. The color is repeated on the ceiling of the library (above).





Benjamin Moore’s White Dove was used on all trim and casework throughout.











The real challenge was to choose a wall color for the main open space (kitchen, dining room, family room). Fixed elements were the soft white cabinetry and trim, the red oak+pine floors and exposed brick.  We needed a warm /versatile neutral and found the answer in the C2 Paint range:



I absolutely LOVE this color– a complex khaki whose undertones change with the light throughout the day.  Designer Whitney Stewart is also pretty crazy about it. She gushes, “This is it, a soft camel that has red and green and yellow in it. That’s why it goes with everything… When a color transcends itself to coordinate with so many different colors and still retains warmth, it jumps to that ethereal level. It’s a color you just love to be around. You would feel like a million dollars in a family room, a living room, a kitchen painted this color.”






On opposite sides of the main room are two small spaces (zen den and office). We chose greenish neutrals (Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray and Dry Sage) to create a subtle shift from the more golden Enoki.








And a sweet little powder room gets a shot of Benjamin Moore “Tropical Dusk”— a beautiful complement to the greens and golds outside the door.





And as for Skiff?





He sat very patiently for this shot.  I’m know he’s happy that pesky hammering has stopped. And, perched high upon his throne in ‘The Savannah Room’,  he enjoys a  great “room with a view”– outside and in.





Looking for C2 Paint in the DC metro area ?  You can find this gorgeous collection of hand-crafted color  (and large samples) at Potomac Paint.