Displaying posts from November, 2008

Thomas Jayne Studio

Posted on Tue, 18 Nov 2008 by KiM

Thomas Jayne Studio is a New York based design firm consisting of some very creative individuals. Their style is traditional, but with quirky touches in artwork, unexpected punches of colour, and distinctive furnishings. “…traditional and classic tenets can be seen and utilized in new ways. Hence, the Studio’s designers take inspiration from the past, but seek new meaning and relevancy in it. The rooms they create are grounded in tradition but feel original and modern in their outlook.”


Posted on Tue, 18 Nov 2008 by KiM

This blog chronicles my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about some final sketches Greentea created for me and some decisions I’ve made. Now for the flooring.

One of the steps to this renovation that I was super excited about was getting new flooring. When I first moved into this house I knew I would eventually knock the wall down separating the living room from the kitchen, and continue the same flooring throughout. Since I love the look of painted hardwood, I decided to paint the existing hardwood in the living room (I detested the oak colour) and get hardwood installed in the kitchen and paint it the same colour. I was so excited to see the tiles go that I had lived with since last December (beyond gross). I’ll stick a before photo here as a reminder:

As I mentionned in a previous post, the contractor spent alot of time levelling the floor, because it dipped from one end to the other by several inches.

Initially the contractor was going to purchase unfinished hardwood to lay in the kitchen. But when he went to pick it up, he said there were alot of knots showing and was worried it would show through the paint. So he went with finished flooring. And he purchased boxes of various colours that were leftovers from previous customer orders, so it only ended up costing $1.99/sq.ft. When they started laying it, we all got a kick out of the different colours and thought it looked pretty cool.

As you can see in the last photo, because the floor involved some layers to get it level, the kitchen is now a little step up from the living room. The contractor put a nice curved finishing piece on the edge.

To see the result of my flooring project, click HERE.

John Bessler

Posted on Tue, 18 Nov 2008 by midcenturyjo

The perfect shot. Photographer John Bessler nails it every time. His portfolio is full of wonderful natural light, great angles and clever compositions. Whether they are in elegant monochrome or rich colour his interior shots are beautiful and light. Check out his charming kids’ portfolio as well.

Pernilla Hed

Posted on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 by KiM

Pernilla Hed is a wonderful stylist based in Stockholm with a portfolio of spaces filled with stunning colours, patterns and textures. Honestly, it makes me want to buy a ton of fabric and make pillows.

Bad girl is back

Posted on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 by midcenturyjo

Yes I’m back from a decadent and too too over indulgent weekend in paradise. Only trouble is I’m short a post for today. I thought I’d tease Kim with these shots of a late spring day which climbed into the 30s (celsius) after a few morning showers. Yes the water really is that blue and yes for some crazy reason I was up at 6.00am for the last shots. Which is more unbelievable? I’ll be back to regular posting tomorrow.