Tomorrow (01/20/12) we pick up the keys to the vacation cabin. It will be great to spend some time in the home without a realtor,inspector,appraiser or contractor in the way. Our goal is to complete all the necessary repairs in the next 3 months to make the property comfortable. In the meantime, I wanted to share one of the many inspiring spaces that capture the look and style I hope to bring to our cabin.
This home designed by Suzanne Kasler was the image that immediately came to me when I first saw our cabin. It was featured in Architectural Digest's June 2009 issue. This property is located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Like this design, I envisioned classic European accent furniture and accessories such as a gilded baroque and/or Federal style convex mirrors anchored by neoclassical sconces with an antique brass finish.
Empire style chairs anchored by the yellow gold upholstered chairs on the end compliments the space perfectly! Suzanne did such an amazing job bringing everything together in this home.
She quickly became one of my favorite designers. You can visit her website to see more of her terrific work here. Please come back and visit as I share other inspiring rustic and elegant spaces.
Friday, January 13, 2012
|A view of the Parliament House|
|View of the Chain Bridge at night|
Watching the views of the Budapest in Mission Impossible reminded me how much I enjoyed the city when I was lucky enough to visit in 2006
|View from the Buda side of the Chain bridge toward Pest with the Four Seasons hotel|
|Me in my faux fur, on the chain bridge, with my back to the Buda side of the city.|
|Dan with the Chain Bridge behind him.|
The current government is controlled by conservative Prime Minister Obistan who has formed alliances with right wing groups that hold nationalistic ideologies that espouse antisemitism and hatred of Romas ("gypsys").
The new government is restricting free speech and has rewritten the country's constitution in such a way that EU officials and the United States believe make it impossible for change over next several generations.
|A bundled up me in front of the Four Seasons Hotel as I stand at the entrance to the Chain Bridge.|
|The view of the Chain Bridge from our Four Seasons hotel room looking out to old town Buda.|
|Although the view from our room was spectacular, I thought the room decor was a bit too minimally decorated and modern for my personal taste.|
|We enjoyed both lunch and dinner at the Cafe Pierrot in old town Buda.|
|Dan having some Hungarian wine and waiting for dinner.|
|Great Market Hall|
|Posing in front the St. Mathias Cathedral|
|The Fisherman's Bastion|
|The popular Gellert Spa & Baths|
|Dan at the Heroes Square memorial|
Friday, January 6, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
|One of the items on my wishlist for 2012(hopefully before the fall/winter holiday season) is a baby grand piano. Aside from being a terrific musical instrument, pianos can add grandeur and sophistication to any setting.|
|I have always wanted a grand piano but since neither Papa Dan or I know how to play(or are patient enough to learn at this point), I couldn't justify buying one since they aren't cheap. Luckily, our little guy shows an interest in learning after seeing his cousin play.|
|We have a few neighbors and friends whom I consider music aficionados who have convinced me that it's never too late to learn for us and that having the instrument in the house will make him feel like it is part of his home and he will not be intimidated to learn when he is old enough to take lessons.|
|I love the thought of hosting a cocktail party with guests surrounding the piano playing and signing their favorite tunes.|
|Or, a cabaret theme party where the guests entertain us with their favorite jazz,loung or torch song.|
|Of course, I also imagine my decorating the home for the holidays and family and friends gathering around the piano to play and sing carols.|
|Here is our future pianist approaching the bench in a neighbor's living room.|
|This is the rear foyer of our home where I plan to replace the center round table with a piano. The 2 slipper chairs,leather armchair(corner right) and desk(corner left) you see in this space will also be removed to allow for more room.|
What to consider when purchasing a piano (click here)