All posts tagged: red door

Grand life changes

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? There have been just a few changes in our house these past two weeks: our twins were born, we made an offer on a new house (and it was accepted!), and we started showing our apartment in the hopes of a sale. Because apparently we like to take on a lot of change all in one fell swoop… Anyway, while the sweet babies sleep, I’ve been trying to figure out how we’d like our new house to take shape. We had originally thought we’d buy a piece of land or a tear-down house and have the chance to dream up our perfect property: open and airy single-level, L- or U-shaped, enclosing a courtyard and lawn with a pool…. Yet a confluence of circumstance led us to this home — a grand old Federal-style house built in 1895 — which we’ll renovate extensively. So now we need to begin to think in renovation terms, to reflect on how to use this particular space, and to conjure images of what we want our new home to look like. And despite …

T is for Texture

Thinking about beginnings, and this new exploration of the internet as a place to share musings on design, I realized last night that I should probably delve a little into how design factors into my life and what are some of the things that I value in design.  The first of these that I want to touch on is texture. It is so tightlywoven into my aesthetic that I don’t think I’ve ever contemplated a project without all sorts of textural elements, both tactile and visual. I was interviewed recently for a publication about our apartment and the design process, and I was asked to describe my style. I remember being pretty stumped by the question, sitting there in silence for a minute or so and then glancing at the writer with a quizzical look and saying, “textured modern?”.  Right there in the middle of our apartment, she looked around, surveying all the architectural and design choices we had made, and nodded as if slowly seeing all the details that characterize this aesthetic. If you could walk through our …