Do you remember how I said we needed to get a new roof and kind of unexpectedly? Well, we got it!
Do you remember how, last summer, we created a flex guest bedroom/sewing studio/hangout space from scratch in just under a month and the before-and-after transformation was included in Apartment Therapy? Between what I wrote in my original post – I felt something was missing, with one wall in particular – and the comments on that post and on Apartment Therapy, I knew this room was going to get a minor update. And finally, after months of thinking about how and making a small purchase here and there, I gave the guest bedroom a little update just in time for spring.
I’m a big believer in rugs and how they can make a room and really define the space. I’ve written about this before and so I was really excited to take on a project that I’m affectionately calling #ProjectConnecttheDots. The impetus for the project was to help a family – longtime friends of mine and their CUTE little girl! – outside of Boston find a new rug for their living room rather quickly with the larger goal of modernizing the space and connecting it to the adjoining dining room over the long run. The inspiration for the entire space was this bright and happy print the couple bought on a trip to Iceland several years ago.
And so here is how we are connecting the dots between the living room and dining room starting with a fabulous new rug.
Winter was mostly unwinter-like in the New York City area this year, which, for a winter hater, is perfectly fine by me. All winter long, I’ve been sharing our house plans (start here and work your way backwards) and the fact that we need a new roof (yikes). In addition to all of that, we’ve also had a fun time these past few months, playing in the snow, getting cozy with our always-half-full bar, and even got in some BBQ (thanks, global warming!). Here is a snapshot of our winter. Hint: It had a lot to do with loving our dog. You can also always peep what we’re up to via Instagram, @reginelaboss.
Back in December, I listed out the top five projects I hoped we could achieve in 2017 and, over the past few weeks, I’ve gone into a bit more detail about the first four projects (see here, here and here). Now, for the fifth project, I’m going to share a bit more about upgrading the entryway and why we’re doing this in the first place. Hint: it has to do with Daniel being a klutz.
What’s that expression? “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” or “plans are meant to be broken” or “the best laid plans…” or any other expression having to do with plans that you see falling apart in every direction? That’s where we are right now with our 2017 house plans and it’s only the first weekend in February. I wrote about several ideas we had in mind for 2017 assuming that we would get to a few but probably not all of them. Seeing as how we were told yesterday that we need to replace our entire roof soon (yikes!), it’s looking more and more like we won’t get to most of them. We’ve made some headway on the master bedroom closet doors (we are not DIYing them after all and, thanks to the roof, might not be able to afford to do this project; this is a post for a later date) and we are starting on the office wall unit. So next on the list is creating a pantry and a wine cellar, aka making the basement less scary.
One summer break during elementary school, my grandmother, my father’s mother, came from Haiti to stay with us. While she was there, my parents asked her to write down in a notebook all the recipes she could remember. Over the course of the summer, she wrote down in her beautiful script dozens of recipes, from marinades to desserts. All the Haitian recipes that I’ve translated and cooked here in the Kreyol Kitchen category come from that notebook. Here we are in 1986 at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania during one of her visits. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
The 256 Project was recently contacted by a lovely lady named Pauli, who owns a condo in Chicago and is looking into putting up backsplash in her kitchen. Pauli asked, “What do you think about backsplashes??? I’d really like a grey, but I’m not sure if that’s out of style now. My cabinets are cherry, appliances chrome and countertop is black granite with some specs of green and silver/white in there.”
Yeah!! I love a fun project with beautiful results! And so #ProjectPauli commenced. Here is the e-design process we went through.
What is the point of having two separate areas of books in one small house, one set of bookshelves in the office (appropriate location) and the other set in the dining room (less appropriate place)? That is the question driving one of our top projects planned for 2017: creating one full wall unit of books that will include a desk in the office.
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