Weekend Reading

July 18th, 2014

Hello friends! This is the summer of back and forth and here we go again back to the desert to work on the fixer house. More popcorn ceilings to eliminate and walls to paint. Also new flooring going in once we demo the existing, I’ll have more to share next week. Our daughter is playing a role in a summer production of Grease this weekend, yes I will be quietly singing along to “Summer Lovin” and “Grease Lightning” in the dark audience… can’t help it!



Favorite links from the week! 

Don’t miss this dreamy home tour.

Such a clever way to update polished brass.

Which comes first: tile flooring or cabinets.

Board games —-> smarter kids.

Loving Weird Al’s videos this week especially Word Crimes 

10 social apps every parent should know about (whoa)

Must have these metallic temporary tattoos.

I just love a backyard garden wedding.

These summer treats look so delicious.


Have a fantastic weekend everyone !


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Contemporary Fireplace Ideas

July 16th, 2014

One more project on our To Do list this month and next at the fixer house is the fireplace. It’s an architectural feature and focal point so we want to get this right.

This one is in a corner position in the family room which is never my favorite location, I do prefer a fireplace that is flush against a wall but I’m not totally opposed to this one especially since just to the right there is a 48” space for a media console below and flat screen above which means I can avoid hanging the TV above the fireplace. Not that it would be bad or wrong, quite the opposite, hanging a TV above the fireplace is a common these days and one of several ways to decorate around a television. I still plan to put some art or a mirror there instead.

corner fireplace

There are several issues here, the first is that random niche off to the right side. I apologize for swearing but What The Hell. I don’t understand the rationale of that niche so it’s the first thing to go with a framed sheetrock patch. Before it goes, I may stage some random vignettes on Instagram for fun, I have the perfect empty liquor bottle + fake flower combo in mind. Or perhaps a shrine of thrift store animal figurines.

fireplace 2

The boring beige tile is next to be removed followed by a restructuring or rescaping  (just made up that word) of the mantel surround. My first idea is involves very clean lines and an extension of the gas line to make it less visible by repositioning it. I like the idea of a box of framed smooth textured wall (inexpensive) for the surround, perhaps with a tile inset, or a stone mantel (way expensive). These ideas caught my eye.

contemporary fireplace elledecor

elle decor

mod fireplace paper city

paper city mag

house beautiful 

modern fireplace facade

 sweet something designs 

modern fireplace styleathome

style at home 

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