Saturday, February 26, 2011

a lesson in rustic-modern

Alright kids. I have been procrastinating on my first post back, and while I still have not done my own apartment justice in the photographic documentation department, I did manage to do a pretty thorough job capturing the country house of one of my interior design idols (and pseudo-uncle), Mr. John Benjamin Hickey. I don't know how this was my first jaunt up to see the place since he upgraded from a teeny little cottage to this multi-bedroom (I believe there were four?) stunner in Lakeville, Connecticut, but now that I know what he's been hiding up there I will be sure to take any and every invitation I can get from now on. 

Mom and I went up in the fall to hit all the fabulous antique stores in the area, and while we got a few major scores, you will just have to wait to see 'em til I get some decent photos. For now, some drool-worthy images of Hickey's country hideaway are all I've got for ya... but something tells me they will do just fine :)

Late afternoon arrival...
Open, airy living room.  Love the wacky orange - Hickey is a master at picking quirky accent colors and making them fabulous

The work-in-progress sun room off the living room
Seriously. This staircase. Gimme!

Lofty kitchen,  aerial view
The wood in this house is just amazing. 
Guest room number one (a.k.a. my room)
It was impossible to go to sleep in this room, I was too busy trying to plot how to steal this chair and industrial shelving. Seriously. To DIE for.
Downstairs bathroom - amazing how he manages to make butter-yellow appliances and laminate countertops look deliberate... and even a little sexy. 
Guest bedroom number two (a.k.a. Mom's bedroom)
Love this little library nook
Master bedroom: bliss.
The view. I mean, seriously??
Hello, woodland backyard...
Mom and Lulu frolicking near Hickey's backyard pond. Tough life, eh?

Oh man. A girl can dream, huh? What a gorgeous escape. Gives me something to aspire to someday... Hope you all enjoyed the eye candy and I promise I'll get you something related to my little abode ASAP! :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Oh, hey, it's been a while...

Guys. I have totally failed on this whole blogging front. My deepest apologies to my dedicated readers... all three of you. However, it is a new year and I figure there's no better time to pull my shit together and get back on the proverbial horse, so here goes.

A quick recap on what's been going down: I've been to India and back, New York has gone from swelteringly hot to carpeted in 16 inches of snow (and the requisite brown slush), and my apartment is pretty much done, and as a result several friends have enlisted my help in decorating their OWN apartments! WAHOO!

I have also been exploring a little more deeply the local, sustainable food movement, given the fact that I have the lovely Fort Greene Farmers' Market right around the corner from me every Saturday, and have started trading some of my cooking for various services from friends, the most beneficial of which being tech tutoring from my two web-gurus, Adam and Eli.

So in the coming weeks, I intend to catch you guys up with some photos from India, some updates from my home renovation, some brainstorming for my friends' decor projects, and some tasty new recipes. So stay tuned! :)