Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Like all projects, we have a few parameters; clean lines, kitty proof, and economical.
After speaking with Diana I believe that she is a minimalist at heart - so not a lot of furniture or clutter, ie. clean lines.
Diana's kitty is a factor in our furnishing selections. Kitty will scratch furniture, carpet, and drapes so we will have to keep that in mind with our selections. (We had to nix the leather sofa Diana liked for fear it would be shredded.) I sent Diana a video on caps for kitty claws (they are actually super glued onto the nail!!!) but I think we have unanimously nixed that idea. No surprise - can you imagine a moving cat, super glue, nails, and fur?
Budget is another factor. We have to try to stretch our decorating dollars, so we will save where we can and where it makes sense, but spend on the items that will make the most impact. So far we have found some great furniture bargains at the Arhaus Loft and we are doing a bit of antique shopping. I think a few funky, fun antique items are going to be perfect for Diana and should help stretch the budget.
We are approaching the project in stages, working on the main areas first, and saving the guest room and loft for a later date. Here are a few things shown below that we have selected thus far.
After our meeting last night, I am off to find fabric for a window treatment (kitty factor??) and to select either a fabulous wall covering or accent paint color for the main wall in the Dining Room. I think it will be well worth the cost for the "punch" we will achieve.
Let us know what you think. I'll keep you posted on our progress.
View of Diana's Kitchen - notice the 4" back splash. It's gotta go. Diana agrees - it's outta there.
Our new glass back splash material by Artistic Tile - Opera Glass. Can't wait to see this tile installed! The glass will reflect light and brighten the area under the cabinets while giving the kitchen a little sophistication and edge. I think we have to also add some under cabinet lighting or Diana's needs a small lamp on the counter to fill the dark space with a little light.
View from the loft. Great vantage point for an overview of Diana's main floor. It has a very comfortable open feel.
Arhaus Deluth sectional. We found this in a soft dark charcoal at the Arhaus Loft and scooped it up! Really great buy!!
We also found this bookcase at the Arhaus Loft - it will be perfect for Diana's entertainment cabinet. She has lots of books so the storage factor is a bonus.
We are leaning toward this Crate and Barrel Pascal Dining Table. The 54" round is a good size for her space. My only hesitation is that the finish has a strong reddish cast. The jury is still out on this pic.
Stylish Alton banquette from Vanguard for the Dining Room. I love mixing up the seating and this banquette with a few chairs will look fantastic in her space.
Here we have a shot of the green chairs that we found for a GREAT price at the Arhaus Loft. We picked up all three - two for the Dining Room and one will serve as a desk chair. Diana can always move the chair into the Dining Room if she needs additional seating.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Edith Bouvier and her daughter Edie Bouvier
Little Edie in her teens
Big and Little Edie in 1972
Mother and daughter, Big Edie and Little Edie, lived together in seclusion at the property know as Grey Gardens in East Hampton, N.Y. in a 28-room mansion for 54 years while the house was overrun with animals and trash, eventually falling into extreme disrepair due to lack of any upkeep. Apparently the stench from the animals was unbelievable.
Little Edie in the Living Room - 1972
Little Edie in 1972 outside Grey Gardens - you can see the sad state of the beautiful mansion
Big Edie in 1971 seated in the ruin
1971 in the front Hall
Another fascinating aspect to the Grey Gardens story is the documentary that was produced by the David and Albert Maysles in 1976 detailing this "unbelievable but true story" of Big and Little Edie. It provided an intimate and fascinating look into Big and Little Edies co-dependant and solitary lives. Here is a clip from You Tube.
Grey Gardens was sold by Little Edie to the Bradlees in 1979, two years after her mother's death. Little Edie sold it on the condition that the home would not be torn down. Mrs. Bradlee is reported to have said to Little Edie that it "just needed a coat of paint." Many had advised Mrs. Bradlee to tear the home down and rebuild as they believed that the animal stench would never leave the existing structure. Grey Gardens was not torn down but was instead carefully renovated using some of the treasure trove that Mrs. Bradlee found in the old attic space.
Grey Gardens today
Can you imagine the undertaking!!
What courage it must have take to purchase Grey Gardens. Apparently it was a phenomenal deal at the time. Whew! Labor of love.
There is a wonderful blog site devoted to all things Grey Gardens.
In 1979 when Grey Gardens was purchased by the Bradlee's
The Amazing Gardens today
The history of the magnificent gardens is a wonderful story all of it's own. I highly recommend THE MOST WONDERFUL AND THOROUGH POST detailing the history of the Grey Garden's story by Joni of Cote De Texas. I highly recommend the Cote De Texas blog. Great reading, fascinating story. Great job Joni! Get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy reading all about the story of Grey Gardens.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Hope you enjoy!!
PS-I have been married twice - both times to a "Steve" and the Steve in the title of this recipe is unknown - it was clipped long ago from a mystery magazine.
STEVIE'S HOT BROCCOLI FETTUCCINE
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (reserve a few for garnish)
2 cups fresh broccoli flowerets, chopped
1 generous dash of dried basil
1 generous dash oregano
salt and pepper
3/4 lb homemade fettuccine
1/2 cup chicken stock
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk beaten well
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
fresh chopped parsley - optional garnish
Heat olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven on medium heat. Add minced garlic; saute until golden brown. Stir in broccoli flowerets, cooking just until crisp-tender. Add halved tomatoes, tossing gently. Cook 1-2 minutes more. Next stir in all spices, mixing thoroughly; cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes only. Pour in chicken stock, continuing to cook about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Stir in wine. Turn off heat.
In a very large pot, heat 4-5 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Cook fettuccine for 1-1/2 min. (no longer). Drain in colander. You may want to toss in a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to keep pasta from sticking together.
Place fettuccine in a large mixing bowl immediately; beat together cream and egg yolk and add to fettuccine, mixing well. Stir in grated cheese. Next add broccoli mixture to the fettuccine, tossing gently just until blended. Transfer to serving platter. Garnish with chopped parsley and a few cherry tomatoes. Served with additional grated Parmesan cheese or crushed red pepper.