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Nov
01

I’m Back with Exciting News!!!

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After a long hiatus from writing this blog, I am happy to say “I am back”.

Exciting things are happening in the Sherwood family.  In March we joined our son Jake and wife Elif in Mammouth for a look at real snow!  I had never seen that much snow.  They had over 400 inches this past season.

The very best part of that weekend was the surprise announcement in our birthday cards!  We are going to be grandparents!!!!

 

Very early on Baby Sherwood was nicknamed Huevos because it all began with an egg. It has been great watching the changes is Elif and Jake as they grow closer together to welcome this baby. They chose to be surprised by the baby’s sex at the birth.  Today, Halloween, was the due date.  Huevos decided he/she was not ready to face the real world just yet.  Elif says he is still marinating.  Haha!

Here are some fun things happening as we becoming a G-mom and G-dad:

  1. Receiving text messages and ultrasound pictures after doctor visits.  Is that really a baby in there???
  2. Shopping with Elif for the baby’s room at the Land of Nod.  Love that baby store! (Not so fun for G-dad)
  3. Jake designing the mural for the baby’s room with the fun finishing touches on video. Don’t miss this video Huevos’ Room 
  4. Working with Jake and Elif’s friends to surprise Elif with a baby shower.  
  5. Creating fused glass favors for the shower.
  6. Talking frequently about Huevos’ progress including a video today of a very energetic baby kicking Mom’s belly. 🙂  Here is how the future Mom and Dad spent their Halloween Due date!

This is what I aspire to be next Halloween!

Life is such a miracle.  We are seeing it in a whole different light through this baby experience.  Now I am beginning to see why all of you who are already grandparents say it is so wonderful. 🙂

Thanks for reading about our family.

Lot’s of great renovation posts to come in future blogs.  (Hint-you can see a sneak peek in the background of the birthday card photo!)

Great to re-connect!  You will be the first to know about baby Huevos’ arrival!

Mary

 

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Feb
13

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Heart shaped pricly pear paddle

Just wanted to wish all my friends Happy Valentine’s Day!  Sending hugs and kisses your way!  This a Prickly Pear cactus paddle in the shape of a heart.  You can find love in all kinds of places including the desert!

If you still need something sweet (and somewhat healthy) for Valentine’s, try this recipe from Kate Scarlata’s blog,  Chocolate Covered Pineapple.  Any fruit covered with chocolate is so delicious!  (Picture courtesy of Kate Scarlata’s blog)Chocolate-covered-pineapple-fruitEnjoy your day!  Spread some love!!!

Love you all!

Mary

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Dec
20

メリークリスマス Merry Christmas!

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Today I had so much fun putting together our gifts to take to my daughter-in-law’s family in Japan.  I couldn’t resist sharing.   Here they are!

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In last week’s post, An Easy Gift Idea, I talked about the items to be included.  To make things a little more personal I used Google Docs to translate the notes I attached to each gift into Japanese.  With the Prickly Pear jelly is a translated article about the native SW plant and its use in recipes.  Google’s translations better make sense!   If not, I hope it will be a reason for a few good laughs.

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Of course, I have to carry something for our kids.  Here are their small packages with Merry Christmas translated into Japanese, メリークリスマス!  

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Celebrating a holiday in another country will be a new experience.  But wherever you are, keep the spirit of Christmas alive.  Goodwill to all!   Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Mary

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Nov
01

I’m Back!

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I took a two week hiatus from publishing this blog because I was so busy back in NC.  I hope you missed seeing our weekly Wednesday post.  (If you didn’t, don’t tell me 🙂 )

A week was spent at our Lake Gaston home doing maintenance after a very busy summer rental season.  We were truly amazed at how well the house weathered 20 different groups of vacationers with a total of over 150 quests.  Whew!  Thank you VRBO/Homeaway guests for taking such good care of Blue Heron Getaway!

Here are a few pictures of our lake!misc

Next, it was off to visit with my BFF Patsy outside of High Point.  We always seem to pick up right where we left off.  That is what you do with best friends!  Each High Point market she provides me a wonderful private room, meals and best of all her love and friendship.  Thank you, Patsy!!!

Here are a few groups of things that attracted my eye at the High Point Market .

LIGHTING:highpoint_market_102016_lighting_edisonbulb_large_led_oversized_pendantLarge Edison bulb (9″H) fixtures shown at Emdee International.  Contemporary and sleek pendants from Lite Source that can be grouped together or used separately.  Oversized pendants, 34″ H in gold or silver finishes.

ART GLASS:
highpoint_market_fall_2016_glass_art_kristinedaniel-artistNew and different art glass by Kristine Daniel Designs of Canada.

NEW COLOR COMBO:
highpoint_market_fall_2016_globalviews_red_black_grey_goldGlobal Views has always been the leader in displaying an up and coming color scheme.  Here are several of their vignettes in red, black, gold and grey.  I love the contrast and visual impact!  What do you think?

OTTOMANS:
highpoint_market_ottoman_shaped_curvedLittle ottomans that can be grouped together or pulled up for extra seating have always attracted my interest. The pearl color ottomans by Norwalk Furniture can be used alone or in combination of two or four to create different shapes.  The chair and ottoman with a great curved apron are new introductions by Company C with Norwalk Furniture.  The small red ottomans in a classic style are by CR Laine.

I took about 900 pictures in a short 2 1/2 days.  So these are just the tip of the iceberg.  Can you see using any of these new products in your home?  Which piece is your favorite?

Missed hearing from you lately.  Send your comments!

All the best!

Mary

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As promised, here is the second in the series of  “Be the Designer” challenges. Today you will need to select the tile grout color for the kitchen backsplash at the Chalk house. This may seem an easy task but here are a few things to consider when selecting a grout color.

  1. Color of the tile.  Sometimes tile has a mingle of color so it may be more than one color.
  2. Color of the cabinetry.  Because the cabinets and backsplash have a very intimate relation you need to include both is selecting a color.
  3. Color of the countertop.  Once again the backsplash and the countertop are very symbiotic.  They often meet face to face.  Consider them both.

Let’s re-cap from past posts.  Here is the countertop, cabinetry and the backsplash tile.backsplash_tile_cabinetfinish_countertop

We fell in love with the geometric design of this tile call Louvre Marfel by Elysium. Here is a close up of the backsplash tile so you can see the color and detail.  This picture was taken with the tile installed but not grouted.tile-grout-color-designer-challenge-lourvemarfil-elysium_kitchen_backsplash

You have three choices of tile grout colors:

  1. Jade
  2. Light smoke
  3. Linen

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#3 Linen (top)—#2 Light Smoke (bottom)tile-grout-color-designer-challenge-lourvemarfil-elysium_kitchen_backsplash-001

#2 Light smoke (top)—#1 Jade (bottom)

Remember to consider all the above elements in your decision.

  • Will you be brave enough to select #1 Jade that brings out the beautiful color of the countertop?
  • Do you want to show off the pattern of the tile by selecting a slightly darker grout color for contrast, #2 Light Smoke?
  • Do you want the grout to virtually disappear by selecting #3 Linen?

Make your choice:  #1 Jade, #2 Light Smoke or #3 Linen and tell us why you would pick that color.  The owner has made her selection.  Let’s see if you agree!

For all of you who respond I will randomly select one name and send you a special gift for Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Good luck!

Have fun with it!

All the best!

Mary

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PS:  We recently ran a Facebook contest to get the Mary Sherwood Art Glass page shared with friends.  The winner of that contest is Aletha Hudson!  Congratulations!  Thank you Aletha for sharing our page.

Share the love and the new Christmas Art Glass collection with your friends and family.  Hint, hint it is not too early to add something to your wish list! 🙂

 

Last week I asked all our followers to don a designer hat and pick the best combination of rugs and and paints for the Chalk project.  From the many great responses I can see a “little” designer skills buried in all of you.  If you missed last week’s post check it out here.   Be the Designer

Here is the picture from last week.companyc_rugs_wool-paint-benjaminmoore-york-candiceolsen_wallcovering  There were no right or wrong selections. Many of you gave it a lot of thought and provided great reasons for your choices.  From the comments presented a random number was drawn and the winner of the art glass gift from

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CINDY VINSON

Congratulations, Cindy!

Here are Cindy’s choices and comments:

Rug A-love the flower (Gardener in me)
Rug D-love the plaid
Paint-Majestic Blue
Cindy’s says:  “Just used these colors in our condo in North Myrtle Beach and again at Lake Gaston. My favorite colors. Blue is calming, rich, never get tired of it. Rug C looks “childlike” from the sample, so it is my least favorite. I am more scared of color than Mary is, instead of a color that is bright and pops, I go for the calming, tranquil effect, good color next to water (maybe that says my life is chaotic, idk.)”

Loved your comments, Cindy!  Yes, you know me well.  I am never afraid of color!  Thanks for entering in on the fun of “Being a Designer”.  I will contact you about sending you this one of a kind fused glass Christmas ornament.christmas_ornament_2016_prize_colorful_fusedglass

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NOW-what did the client pick?  Here are her choices:

Rug C, Company C Art and Soul, will be the accent rug for a small sitting area adjacent to the DR.

Rug D, Company C Tweedy Lake, will be the larger area rug under the dining table.

Benjamin Moore Corlsbud Canyon will be the accent wall Benjamin_moore_corlsbudcanyon_076_accentwall

The tile is being installed and the painting will start next week.  When all is done I will show you how all of this comes together.  Can hardly wait!

I am in the process of planning another designer challenge.  Hope you will join us again with your choices and comments!!!

Off to Napa Valley for the weekend.  I’m sure I’ll have some stories to tell next week.

Comments always welcome!!!  Let me hear from you!

Mary

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Don’t you love the colors in these Company C rugs!  It is hard to decide which one to use.  A & C will be the accent rugs to coordinate with B & D.

We have tentatively selected two accent paint colors to coordinate with the rugs.  All walls will be Benjamin Moore White Dove except for one accent wall in the great room.  Here are the choices:benjaminmoore_majesticblue_2051-40_paint_accent_wall

Benjamin Moore Majestic Blue

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Benjamin Moore Corlsbud Canyon

The long narrow roll on the right (in the photo) is wallcovering to be used in a nearby office.  This is a great new onyx pattern by Candice Olsen for York Wallcovering!  I included this so you can see one element to consider when you are choosing the rugs and the paint colors.

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NOW-it is your turn to pick the rugs and paint.  Be the designer!

Select 1 rug on the left (A or C), one rug on the right (B or D) and 1 paint color from the above.  Let us know why you liked that combination.  Post your selections and comments below.  I will let you know if you and my client have the same good taste!

For all of you who respond I will randomly select one name and send you a special gift for Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Good luck!

Have fun with it!

All the best!

Mary

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Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Pallet Garden class at Green Things in Tucson.  The plants and the staff are amazing.  The class had its challenging moments.  Picking from all their beautiful plants was the hardest part.greenthings_garden_center_tropical_greenhouse 

So here is what you need:

  1. A pallet-salvaged or constructed.  For this class we used a 16″ x 16″ pallet that was very easy to manage.  Larger pallets will take a lot more materials and become pretty heavy.
  2. Plants-here is my collection 🙂succulents_supplies_greenthings_garden-center_tucson_azJPG
  3. Coco coir mat.  This is available by the roll and/or the foot.  You only need about a 2′ square piece for the small pallet.  The sheet goods will be shredded to fill the bottom of each level of the pallet.coirmatting_coir_shredded_pallet_garden_green-Things.2
  4. Green moss- the type that is often used in tops of pots (not sphagnum moss).  It comes in a plastic bag.  One medium bag was used for this pallet.  Soak it in a large bucket of water before use.  It is layered over the coir fiber and the plants are nestled into the moist moss.sheet_moss_potting_pallet_garden_2
  5. Here is Cathy, our very talented garden designer, demonstrating the packing of the pallet with the shredded coir.greenthings_ tucson_Cathy_instructor_2x2_pallet_coirmatting
  6. Here is Cathy and me working on my pallet.  I got off to a slow start but finally got the hang of it.  When you think you have enough coir matting packed in, add some more.  It is the supporting structure between the pallet levels.  Thanks Cathy for your help!Cathy_Mary_Greenthings_pallet_building_class

AND here is the final product…succulent_pallet_finished-greenthings-nurseryThat is the short and sweet of building a succulent pallet garden.  Hopefully these 3″small succulent babies will grow and fill in the spaces.  They need very little water and prefer a shady spot.  Grow babies, grow!

Here is a video posted on Facebook about the class.  It is long but you can get a feels for the technique of building a pallet garden.  Thanks to Catalina, a staff member at Green Things alias videographer, there is a nice recap of How to build a pallet garden.

I’m getting ready to hang my new pallet wall garden on my front porch.

Hope you give it a try.

Happy planting!

Mary

PS:  A new art glass collection is being introduced on the Mary Sherwood Art Glass page later this week.  The holiday collection is right behind it.  Take a look.  Comments more than welcome!

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Aug
16

How to “Stretch” A House!

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I am so excited to finally share a work in progress update for the Chalk house. We started planning the renovation in March and finally we are about to begin adding the interior finishes.  It always seems to take a long time to get from demolition to finished sheetrock.  For this house we are finally there!  By removing walls and adding some space we did indeed “stretch” this house from 1750 sf to 2100 sf on a small lot.

Here is the original floor plan when the house was constructed in the 90’s.  It had lots of chopped up, small spaces.

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After many revisions below is the finished plan.  The expansion focused on the back wall of the house which fronts the golf course and has a beautiful view of the Catalina Mountains.   To enhance the view two 12′ wide atrium sliding doors were added on back. The gourmet kitchen was stretched by 10′. The additional space is amazing.  The master bedroom was bumped out to add more closet space and a laundry area (the laundry was formerly in the garage).

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Removal of the interior walls created a wonderful open plan.  My oh my what a difference!

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With the space wide open and sheetrock nearing completion its time to get this show on the road.  Paint, wallcovering, cabinetry, granite and lots more are on the way!  This is the exciting part.

A few months back we showed you a glimpse of the bath finishes for this house in our post, Spa-like Showers.  Also, I have to add some glass art here and there with pulls in the master bedroom/bath and embellished light fixtures in the guest bath.  I’ll share these shortly.

I have so much more to show you about this house, so stay tuned.

What do you think of the expanded open space so far?  If you are thinking of opening up you interior space we can show you how to make it happen.

Until next week…

Mary

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***Don’t forget to check out our brand new website Mary Sherwood Art Glass***  There is cool glass art to purchase, a peek at the coming soon holiday collection(it’s in the kiln) and an upcoming give-a-way for all who like our new Facebook Page. Hope to see you join us on our new sites.

BTW: We will continue to post the weekly Wednesday blogs and also circulate news about additions to the art glass web store.

Thanks so much for hanging in with me through the past year.  I miss seeing many of your smiling faces but hope we connect by working together in the future on art glass and/or interior design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug
02

Win a Jar of Prickly Pear Jelly

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Let’s do something different this week!  Do you want to win a jar of prickly pear jelly?  Here is your chance.

Share this post with a friend and have them sign up to receive our weekly blog post and both of your names will be entered to win an 8 oz. jar of my (freshly prepared) jelly.  I will ship the jar to the lucky winner.  I must have an email address, so if you win I can reach you to get a shipping address.  Read on to hear the story of our prickly pear adventure.

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We have a huge 10′ Prickly Pear tree. It was loaded with prickly pears called “tunas”.  There was plenty for us and the birds. The large paddles are call nopales.  There has been lots of research conducted about the medicinal use of prickly pear plants.  Click here to read more about the uses of the prickly pear.

This is the process that led to the final reward, the beautiful “pinkberry” color of prickly pear jelly!

We picked the fruit very carefully with tongs and leather gloves. Everything was okay until Paul took off his gloves and accidentally rubbed his head not knowing the “glochids”, small hairlike prickles, were on his hands. Sooo- about one hour later after I picked these nasty spines out, I had them in my hands. Later I was told to use masking tape and pull them out. This info came a little too late. 🙁 After reading all kinds of techniques for removing the juice we settled on rinsing them, placed them in freezer bags and freeze until ready to use. About two weeks later we removed the fruit from our “limited” freezer space and let thaw. The juice and pulp squeezed right out.  It took about 35-40 tunas to make six cups of juice.pricklypear-juice-lowsugar-recipeWear leather gloves even though the prickles were gone after the big freeze. Strain fruit in a fine mesh strainer (didn’t have cheesecloth) to remove the seedy pulp. The juice is such a pretty “pinkberry”color. (I just coined that color name :0) There is very little flavor in the juice, sort of a cross between watermelon and a peach.

We tried a low sugar canning recipe and it works great!  The jelly is wonderful, sweet but not too sweet.  The recipe still has sugar but 50% less than regular jelly  Here is the recipes we used from Root Simple.  The jelly was processed in our make-shift canning pot to seal the lids.  I love hearing the “pop” as the jelly cools and lids seal tight.pricklypear-jelly-processing-sealing

Our six 8 oz jars of jelly are shown with the pears or “tunas” of our tree.  Not all pears are peach/yellow.  There is a smaller variety next store that has ruby pink tunas.  I think we may try that variety next time.   Although, I am thinking we still can harvest enough for a second batch from our tree. if the birds haven’t beat us to it.
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Even though this cactus is extremely prevalent in the Southwest, our North Carolina friends can also find prickly pears.  We had them growing at the end of our driveway at the lake. I was never brave enough to try them until now.

Lesson learned-be armed to fight the “pricklies” but it is well worth it!

Who wants to try my jelly?

Reply below, share this link with a friend, have them reply and you both have a chance to win an 8 oz jar of my “pinkberry” prickly pear jelly.   Good luck!

Mary

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If you have trouble replying below just send me an email at mary@marysherwood.com  Thanks for replying!

 

PS:  I saved two cups of juice to make the prickly pear cheesecake I mentioned last week.  We’ll see how that turns out!

 

 

I hate to turn this blog into a travel log but when I travel art and design are always front and center.  Paul and I just returned from a short five days to Santa Fe and Taos, NM.  What a mecca of wonderful natural and man made art!  There was so much to see and so little time. In Santa Fe there is a gallery district called Canyon Road. It is seven blocks of residential properties converted to art galleries.  I took Paul in and out of more galleries than he ever cared to see. 🙁  Because of my new found fused glass interest I was thrilled to find so many incredible “kiln-formed” glass pieces.  (Kiln-formed is another term for fused glass fired in a kiln). Here is a sampling.Kiln_formed_glass_thelookout_suzannewallacemears_eightfoottall_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryLoved this 8′ tall sculpture by Suzanne Wallace Mears called “The Lookout”. Could be scary but so impressive.  To see more of her work go to the Pippin Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe NM.Kiln_formed_glass_steel_garden_sculpture_face_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegallery Kiln_formed_glass_steel_garden_sculpture_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryHere is another garden sculpture by Mears.  I had to share the close up of the expressive face.  Kiln_formed_glass_redlamp_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryOne more Mears’ piece called Red Lamp, a 16″D decorative disc.kiln_formed_glass_stainlesssteel_makeawish_craigmitchellsmith_garden_sculpture_santafe_An incredibly large kiln formed glass and stainless steel sculpture called “Make a Wish” by Craig Mitchell Smith at the Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery.  The dandelion seed spray is constructed of fused glass and steel.  Impressive!kiln_formed_glass_flower_birdofparadise_artistunknow_canyouroadcontemporary_santafeAnother work by Smith in this Bird of Paradise sculpture is called “Tropical Splendor”.kiln_formed_glass_artistunknown_americanartistgalleryhouse_santafe
This smaller piece was on display at the BnB where we stayed in Taos,  the American Artists Gallery House BnB.  It was a delightful place with lots of Taos character.  Our hosts, LeAn and Charles, where very gracious.  I would highly recommend this place if you like quaint travel accommodations.FullSizeRender 55Here is Paul relaxing in front of the BnB with his morning coffee.  They also had a peacock called George who just took up residence 17 years ago. Meet George-FullSizeRender 88

There is so much I would like to share about this trip such as the other accommodations, the food, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Pueblos.  Is there anyone interested in more?  Let me hear from you.  Tell me your favorite things to do in Santa Fe and Taos.  I’m sure this will not be our last trip.

Happy, happy!

Mary

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Jul
19

6 Kitchen Materials NOT to Use

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I recently came across an article on a blog site called Houselogic.com.  They often post great renovation tips.  Here is an article I want to share with you about Six Materials to Never Use in Your Kitchen.  I agree with most of the authors comments.

Here is my take on the 6 Materials NOT to use in your kitchen:

  1. Plastic Laminate Countertops.  Use only if that is all the budget will allow or in task oriented spaces such as laundry or craft rooms.  Here is a picture of a laminate top that was in place about ten years.  With careful use and quality material, laminate can function for some time.  Better choices for the kitchen are granite or quartz.laminate_countertop_textured_moderate_quality
  2. Inexpensive Sheet Vinyl Flooring.  Agree completely with the author. I searched our old files and found an example of budget sheet vinyl vs. LVT.  I rarely use LVT or sheet vinyl.  Wood plank porcelain tile is my product of choice.  It gives you the look of hardwood with the easy care of tile.Blog 07202016 Kitchen Don'ts
  3. Laminate Cabinet Fronts.  The thermofoil white laminate doors of the eighties did often start to peel and warp.  Today thermofoil products have improved and offer a contemporary feel. There are good quality choices for laminated cabinet doors. This a more recent kitchen that has sleek contemporary lines because of the flat laminated wood veneer cabinet doors.  kitchen_contemporary_wood_laminate_sleek_slab_door
  4.  High Gloss Lacquered Doors  I have never used a high gloss lacquer finish in a kitchen.  I know it is difficult to repair on furniture so enough said about NOT using it for a high traffic area like a kitchen.
  5. Flat Paint  Flat paint is definitely a no-no.  How many time have you tried to wipe finger prints off a wall with flat paint and ended up having more of a problem? There are so many new paints to choose from with great wearability.  If the area is around a work surface, satin or semi-gloss will wear and clean better.  Ask your painter for his best wearing paint suggestion.
  6. Trendy Backsplash  There is something to be said for not being too trendy but with limitations.  If you love a particle pattern or color of tile backsplash and plan to reside in your home for sometime, go for it.  It seems the “safe” white subway tile look has been way over done but it does transcend time better than too much pattern.  Use what you love as a backsplash trendy or not.  Here is one from circa 2002 that has trended out.

Remember most of these picture came from our archives and do not represent our current work.  They are used here to illustrate some of the 6 materials.

There are more kitchen remodeling tips at HouseLogic.com. and our previous blogs.

Start planning how to re-model your kitchen with some of these tips.  We’re here to help!

Mary

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NOTE: Special thanks to HouseLogic.com for the basic idea of this blog.

 

Jun
29

Exploring Santa Monica

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Paul and I just returned from five days in Santa Monica visiting Jake and Elif taking in all the beautiful weather and surroundings.

Our first outing is always a walk through the neighborhood to brush off the road weariness.  The streets are lined with a mix of old and new homes.  I always enjoy the small front gardens and plantings.  We stumbled across this amazing sidewalk garden. It is full of succulents, annuals and a comfortable spot to sit and reflect.  An unexpected thing like this is what makes me love California.  The plague on the tree is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence.  It can only be attained through understanding.”  How fitting for today’s turbulent times.SANTAMONICA_SIDEWALK_GARDEN-ENCHANTING_SUCCULENTS

The next day, we walked to the beach at the Santa Monica Pier where there is a sign that says this is the original location of Muscle Beach.  Love the broad wide beach, great bike path and fun people watching.IMG_7522

On Saturday we boarded the new Expo Light Rail in Santa Monica to travel into downtown LA.  What a wonderful transportation addition.  An upbeat train station, colorful train cars and easy travel to LA was a real pleasure.Blog 06 29 2016 Santa Monica1

Our train travel took us to the California Science Center to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle exhibit.  It is a very interesting and informative display about the space shuttle’s history.  The Endeavor completed 25 missions from 1992 – 2011.  It was originally constructed outside of LA and was brought back to its permanent location through a parade through the streets of LA in 2012.   This is an exhibit well worth a visit.

Jake and Elif have been raving about this new ice cream parlor in an eclectic Venice shopping district called Abbot Kinney.  We strategically scheduled our visit to make sure we had plenty of room to enjoy this wonderful creamery.  The Salt end Straw far exceeded our expectations. Out of many different combinations I chose the Slumptown Coffee with Comparte Lovenuts ice cream.  OMG!  Click here to learn more about the Salt and Straw. salt_straw_icecream_stumptowncoffee_comparte_lovenuts-abbotkinney

What a great weekend!  We visited so many of our favorite spots and explored many new ones.  We cooked several dinners from Green Chef (organic Food Delivery), watched movies and walked many steps.  Perfect long weekend with bright blue skies and 75 degree temps!  Thanks Jake and Elif for a great time!

I think this may have to be my new ride for our next beach visit.  What do you think?LINUS_BICYCLE_DUTCHI_COOLRIDE_ROADSTER

As many us of travel through the summer feel free to comment and share some of your favorite journeys.

Wishing everyone sunny blue skies!

Mary

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Summer Squash & Carrot Spiralizer Salad

Veggies

2 Large Carrots

2 Med. Yellow Squash

1/2 Onion

1 medium to large chopped Tomato

Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 

(can substitute regular balsamic but it colors the noodles)

1T Olive Oil infused with Garlic (regular olive can be substituted)

1T Dijon Mustard

1T Honey (or more to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped fresh basil and “good” tomatoes to garnish!

Directions:

Spiralized onion, squash and carrots using the small noodle blade. Keep each in separate bowls.

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Saute spiralized onion until soft in a small amount of olive oil in large sauce pan.

Add yellow squash and barely cook, keeping noodles el dente.

NOTE:  Squash is mostly water and can overcook quickly. Zoodles cook down so make plenty.  I do about 2 medium zucchini per person. The zoodles can be sautéed but they can also be cooked in the microwave.  Check often for slight tenderness but do not over cook or they will become mushy.

Cool for 15 minutes in refrig.

Add spiraled carrots (keep carrots raw for the crunch)

Toss and chill before serving.

Garnish with fresh basil and tomatoes for color!

Serves 4 as a side salad.

Enjoy!

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Jun
06

Spa-like Shower Tile

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I am so excited about these two spa-like shower plans!  If you have been following us, I previously mentioned finding an amazing tile source in Tucson call Fractured Earth.  Once I saw their extensive array of tile the concepts for these showers started to come together.

Here is the guest bath shower tile incorporating this beautiful glass, penny tile mosaic of iridescent blues, greens, gold and white.  To compliment this tile we are using the glass liner tile, color Aquatic, to frame the mosaic and the 1″ x 1″ tile for the shower floor.  Construction is just beginning so you will have to be patient to see the finish product.tile_plan_guest_bath_glass_penny_tile_irridescent_accent_deco_wall_waterandlight_boycebean-neoglass-white

The master bath plans all started with the Napolina limestone slab.  It is being used for the countertop and there be a large piece leftover.  The surplus slab piece will be used vertically on the shower wall and framed by a complimentary accent mosaic tile in stone chip/resin and glass.  The mosaic accent tile will add sparkle to the shower wall. The countertop will be illuminated underneath to create a stunning effect.  tile_plan_elevation_master_bath_slab_insert_napolina_limestone_liner_pelagus_white

I am really looking forward to sharing the progress of these two baths with you.  There are many more detail to follow.  What do think about the combos?

Join the conversation!

Until next time…

Mary

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