Month: February 2012

Before this kitchen it was hard to imagine a home kitchen that would look like a cozy country club restaurant.  Love love love the way the open leggy banquette makes everything look more open.  A fantastic way to lighten up the closed cabinets.  If it weren’t for the two fridges in the back I would not think this was a kitchen, perhaps a bar area… or part of a family room?  I don’t know… I’ll take whatever was left over from it!

Designed by Luis Bustamante, spotted at VT.

Because it’s too beautiful to wait until tomorrow.
image from Pinterest


I wanted to frame this gorgeous painting my father-in-law made for me but I wanted the result to be modern and light.  Sort of to not take away anything from it so I decided to frame it in a Lucite sandwich frame.  It’s a wonderful way of making a painting take reign without having to rely on more expensive frames.  I first saw this style of framing a few years ago in Sag Harbour, NY at one of my favorite stores, Ruby Beets and I loved it! then I saw it in Elle Decor.   The size of the frame is pretty big, exactly 49″ by 47″ ( I left two inches all around to leave space for the 9/16 Hex head cap screws in a brassy color I found at Lowe’s).  The screws were long so I took them to an Iron shop to have them cut.  This is something that can be done with a manual saw though, something for a man.  I had the acrylic sheets custom made at Plexi-Craft in Queens, NY and put it together myself.  A sandwich frame like this would take about four weeks so it’s good to plan way in advance.  Lowe’s and Home Depot have acrylic sheets as well, but the biggest sheet available in store is 36″ wide.  I love the result.  It’s a look that can go with either a traditional decor or a modern one.

two bottom images, Elle Decor and Architectural Digest

  “Ah, if I were not king, I should lose my temper” Louis XIV (1638–1715)

  ” For parading without a license each of you gets thirty days. For planning to knock me off, you get the guillotine.” Louis XV (1710-1774)

I was a queen and you took away my crown, I was a wife and you liked my husband,  a mother and you took my children away from me.  All I have left is my blood.  Take it.  But do not make me suffer long.”  Marie Antoinette (1955-1793)
Have a very Royal Weekend!
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