Friday, July 30, 2010

Cambridge Public Library

Last month, on one of the really hot & humid days, I managed to remove myself from the air conditioning long enough to go on a Women in Design/BSA sponsored tour of the library.  I think was so hot my brain melted a little and so I forgot to post my photos.

The new wing is really pretty at night.

The new library combines the old historic library {from 1888}, which was restored and renovated, and a new modern wing.  I kind of love the old wing exterior with all it's secret details and little people all over.  The more you look the more you see.

For instance, if you squint while you look a little above and to the right of the arches, you will see this guy.  He's in charge of directing water from the gutter to the downspout.

The interior of the new wing was nice, but I think this part of the children's floor was my favorite.  The carpet with the carved wool rugs with rocks was a great piece.  If I was a kid, I don't think you would be able to drag me away from story hour.

{photos: #1 - archidose; #2 - EandJsFilmCrew; all others - jeanine}

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Week In Pictures...

Teal and lime colored dragonflies on blackberry bushes...

Cloud reflections on the John Hancock building on a beautiful {low humidity} day...

Ripening tomatoes...

Silly signs...

I'm still getting over my cold/flu/whatever but today I'm having homemade Nutella ice cream and I'm sure that will help speed up the process.

{photos: jeanine}

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Carpet Squares

It's no secret how much I love carpet squares.  I have them in my bedroom and a stack of them waiting for my next move, but I was looking online for the hours of a local Overstock-type store and I noticed they are on sale for $1.00 per 2'x2' square.  If anyone is looking for some floor tiles, though probably not Flor Tiles,  I have seen them many times at Ocean State Job Lot {the coupon is here}, it might take a bit of digging to get yourself a nice mix of tiles - I've seen some duds.  Also, if you are thinking of doing this and have never been to Ocean State Job Lot store, just prepare yourself, it can be an experience.  They don't call themselves the 'Home Of Adventure Shopping' for nothing.....

Now if anyone can tell me where I can find bamboo poles or other stakes to attach my tomatoes to this late in the summer, I'd LOVE to know!

{photo: Flor}

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Greenish Home

This week I spent 36 hours straight knocked out sick, I didn't think that was supposed to happen in the summer.

While I was recovering, I clicked on a link on a site to another link which led me to Traditional Home, where I admit I don't go often.  They have a new showhouse on the site that is 'sustainable'.  I'm calling it greenish since it's a huge house and, while the individual elements of the home were selected to be low-VOC and have a low environmental impact, can a 4,000 sf., one-family house really be green?   The rooms are a modern sort of traditional and there were some great spaces.

Besides wanting to take down the screen between the kitchen and living room immediately {I couldn't find an explanation of this anywhere} so people could talk between the rooms, I love these spaces.

{photos: Traditional Home}

Friday, July 16, 2010

X Marks the Spot

It's been a crazy couple of weeks but I think I have finally made peace with the "follow me" tool in SketchUp which makes me very happy even if my humidity-fueled, crazy hair does not. 

On my way back from a meeting  last week I passed this house.  It's the kind of house that makes me love New England, the details are amazing.

 I love old New England houses, they are a pain to heat in the winter unless they have been well-insulated {this is hard to find in a rental at least} but totally worth it. 

On the way back from another meeting I saw this building near Faneuil Hall.  It looks like someone took it upon themselves to make a huge condemned sign in red ribbon on the side.

Have a great weekend.

{photos: jeanine}

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Children's Museum Design Closeups

Sometime in the spring, in a moment of weakness, I agreed to go to the Boston Children's Museum on the $1 Friday night they have.  I had seen the newly (kind of) renovated outside but not the inside yet, so curiosity overcame my hesitation.

They have a great staircase in the middle that goes from the first floor to the top floor with a structure kids can climb up and down.  The railing on the staircase is made of cable and I really like the simple attachments.

The first floor is an end grain wood block pattern.  It's not something you see too often, at least around the Boston area but it's one of my favorite types of floors.  I think I remember learning that it is used in some areas of the US as a road surface, does anyone live near one of these roads?

Just a final note to anyone thinking it's a good idea to go to the Children's Museum on the dollar night, don't do it unless you have nerves of steel, pay full price.  I think the whole city of Boston was there as well.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Design Destination: Garden Edition

I passed by this daylily and hosta garden the other week on an ice cream expedition to Great Brook Farm.  I was so excited to finally figure out what to get for my mother for Mother's Day {she has everything she needs so it's hard to get her something, I swear}.

I'm much more of a fluffy flower kind of person, peonies, spider mums and the like, but looking over the field of daylilies, I thought it was so beautiful.  You can pick the pre-potted flowers or walk through the field and point to what you want and they dig it up on the spot for you.

There were butterflies everywhere.

{photos: jeanine}

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chalkboard Decor

I see blogs debating whether or not chalkboard walls are over {is any trend really over if you truly love it?}.  The styling in Anthropologie's new catalog answers that question as far as I'm concerned.  They used the chalkboard walls to "furnish" the rooms, adding crown and base molding, carpets, artwork, flooring, books and even a spilled pot - complete with pulverized chalk dirt.  Perhaps I love it since, as an interior designer, I'm used to drawing elevations and floor plans, but I really love this idea.

I wanted to use these curtains, above, in a project.  But, unless they go on sale {please Anthropologie?}, they are too expensive for the budget, so I'm looking for a similar style but cheaper fabric and hoping I find one.

{photos: Anthropologie catalog - found via Poppytalk}

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Places

I get so excited when I get to go to new places for work, especially new places that I wanted to visit but never got around to it.  Last week I went to Marblehead which is an old seaside town with crowded little streets next to the ocean.  The houses are packed together and most houses display a plaque with the name of an old {famous} sailor that once lived there.

Even better than my first visit, when it was getting late and I couldn't explore much after I was finished working, I will be going back tomorrow and hope to have more time.  I'm also very excited since we are in the middle of a crazy heat wave and my air conditioner AND fan have chosen this week and last to stop functioning {I think the air conditioner can be fixed, I just have to find the manual to find out why it's creating lakes that leak through the floor and short out the electrical wiring...}.  I'm not a summer person by any stretch of the imagination, but I love the other 3 seasons and even in winter I drink iced coffee, as those who work with me can attest to.  It will be great to spend tomorrow in a town on the ocean where it is so much cooler than the city and inland.

{photos: jeanine}

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day

I was reminded by the Bonhomme that today is Canada Day.  Montreal is probably my favorite place on earth {next to Boston} and if I was ever offered a job there, I'd be there the next day.  Until then, it's only a few hours away.

The houses above are the ones I like to see every time I'm in Montreal.  One day I'd like to have a house on this street {a small apartment would do, too}.

{photo: suntom}
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