Monday, February 12, 2018

As the dust settles ...

Phew! Wow, well, how do I even start? THANK YOU! If you bought from the sale, I really want to just thank you, from the bottom of my heart! There were so many beautiful things that were sold, and with the exception of one pair of French wine baskets, everything should have made it to its new home at this point!

It was a great joy seeing all of the happy emails from people who have adopted these things and given them a new space, and I hope you'll all pop back over again in a few months, when I've had a little longer to curate a few more things for sale from my art collection and my storage and studio spaces.

As the dust settles now, the apartment is a real mess! Catastrophic even! But I have a plan that will hopefully get it back to useful for the time I've got left here. The rough plan:

Yeah - different, right? This was once the living room, but now that most all of that furniture is gone, I'm going to make it into my dining room. I've never had a real beautiful space for dining. Of course, I had the dining room before, but it was never really conducive to having large numbers of people over. I think I hosted a couple of parties for 2 or 4, but never more than that, and inevitably we ended up eating in the living room.

This space is relatively minimal (in my head) with the existing seagrass rug and wallcolor, a large console table with a skirt on the wall where my armoire used to be, topped by two lamps, and perhaps an orchid arrangement in front of a piece of art, or a mirror.

A very large mirror will be opposite of that to reflect light into the room. The table I've already found, a beautiful dark refractory table and two matching benches. Two linen chairs will act as captains chairs, possibly in a pattern, possibly in cream. I'm not opposed to keeping it very neutral.

A candle chandelier will hang over the table for intimate light, but most of the light will come from the two lamps on the console table, and perhaps an art light or two. I'd love to find a concrete statue on a stand for where my old pedestal and urn once lived. And what was the dining room, will now be partially curtained off, and that space will become a temporary office and creative space for me as I start to pull away from the rented studio space where I create Cross Bottle Guy cross bottles. I will continue to create these beauties from this new space, right in the apartment until I move into the house where I'll have a room dedicated to be me new studio!

Of course, I've gathered some inspiration photos ...

I of course love this table, but can't afford the $10,000 price tag. I was lucky enough to happen upon one that is very similar for A LOT less, but in a darker wood. So I snatched it up.

Love this Pam Pierce dining room. Again, lighter woods where mine will be darker - but white walls, lamps on a buffet, perhaps an antique santos or carving or two?

Love the curtain partition used here between hall and living room. Excited about this working on for the apartment. 

Love the idea of a large mirror in a dining space. 

Now I just have to take all of these separate and segmented ideas and put them into place. And quickly! In order to give myself a deadline, I've got a dinner party planned for March! Yes, I'm THAT nuts. Now, anyone know where I can find a beautiful concrete statue? 


  1. Can't wait to see it. I was so impressed by your previous places.
    Gentle correction: it's refectory (communal dining room in, say, an abbey), not refractory (refracts light).
    Personally, I don't like benches--they kill my back. But they are a way to squeeze in lots of people. And aesthetically, they are nearly invisible.
    Tell us how your dinner goes and what you serve!

  2. I love it! I recently switched around our dining room and formal living room as well. The true dining room has now become an intimate library/sitting area. The bar cart remains, and it's perfect for those late-night drinks with friends! The former formal living room, which hardly got any use in its old life, now makes for the perfect dining space. So much room, and more opportunities to have large groups of people over! Here's to hoping you find inspiration in your new space xoxo