Summer Escape.

As you know, this summer has been about change.  We sold #KMIProjectDownSize and now live in #KMIProjectRental.  We actually love the rental ... size is great, I love having a patio that looks over the trees and the dogs have a wonderful place to roam.  The frustrating part?  I really can't do much.  I did participate in the One Room Challenge where I transformed my #KMIProjectRental Dining Room.  Truly the only room I have done anything with other than paint. And although the landlords really don't care what I do, it seems a bit crazy (which I am) to do more than this.  

I continually remind myself ... it is a rental. it is a rental. it is a rental.  I have to repeat that daily!

In the meantime, this summer has been KMI's busiest ever.  And what I discovered will surprise you.  I found time to do something for "me".  I work 24/7, that is not a complaint, it is just that the majority of my clients work full time and that means nights and weekends for personal meetings and all of the prep and design happens during the work week days.

This year I carved out Wednesday mornings for myself.  A never before imagined possibility.  I joined my Mother In Law, Alice and her friend Jean in a Ladies 9-hole golf league. Not only have I wanted to play the game better, but I also desperately needed time outside, in the sunshine (or the rain, as several Wednesday's treated me with!).  I proudly wore my golf tan legs with my sandals :)


In the midst of this carving out time for myself, I found I have been more productive in my work zone and my time has been more carefully managed.  

Don and I have also embraced our rental, having a break from daily house and yard maintenance has given us some freedom to reflect where we want to go next, where our dream of living will guide us.  We have taken a few trips to Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME to discover not only the locations, but how we feel in these places.  We have even been found poking around Boston, something that neither of us thought might be an option.  Our rental has this beautiful little outdoor patio overlooking a pasture and trees ... and the most wonderful sunset every evening.  


We found ourselves sitting here every night that it didn't rain.  This has proven to be a nightly respite from busy days and a place that we have the opportunity to talk with one another about our day, our goals, and our dreams.  I recently verbalized that although we haven't taken any exotic, or even, not so exotic, vacations this summer ... I have had a summer vacation kind of feeling.  Busy, but relaxed.  Productive, but not frantic.  And blessed with a beautiful view to end each and every day.  

And while the Summer has had a little respite, Fall is banking up to be busy, busy!  I hope you will come visit us at The Junior League of Boston Show House opening October 7 (my birthday!!) and also for the Heading Home To Dinner Cocktail Party on October 12.


ORC. Week Six. The Reveal!

Well my friends, this is it.  ORC Link Up is DONE.  If you are just checking in for the first time here, I have been part of a One Room Challenge Link Up orchestrated by Linda of Calling It Home.  I have said this time and again ... and will continue. Thank goodness for Linda, she makes me get things done in my own home! Every Wednesday for the past 6 weeks, there has been an Official ORC with 20 Designer/Bloggers taking a room from nothing to greatness.  Much to be learned here!  And then on Thursdays approximately 200 others of us have been doing the same.  I have to admit, I had it kind of easy comparatively.  We are in a rental for the next few years and I needed to make it mine.  My goal was to use everything I already own.  You can go Here if you want to start from the beginning.

I did add a few things.  Just a few.  Wallpaper, paint and two new lamps.  Not too bad I think! Hopefully you can gain a little insight if you are trying to work with what you have. Sometimes it just takes a couple of items to mix it up and make it all new.

So here we go ... Oh!  And thank you so much Emily O'Brien my wonderful and wonderfully patient photographer!

Flashback to February.  Move in Day. #KMIProjectRental begins.

There is a stone facade wall that is partly in our kitchen, partly in our dining room and my inspiration was the stone/gray color.  The colors are a little muted and blue toned for me so I decided to bring in a darker hue.

And this is when I found Gardenia Swirl in Noir from Root Cellar Designs.  I was a little nervous telling Don I wanted to slather flowers all over the dining room, but when he saw this he got it. Or, he gets me and said go for it.  Happy Dance!

Then I finally got up the nerve to paint my chairs.  This is hysterical to me.  I tell everyone on a daily basis to paint wood.  But I was paralyzed.  Now I am Free!!

Sherwin Williams - Iron Ore.  My color/flavor of the moment.  I have extra so watch out.

And this is when nature meets timing.  The lilacs were givers this year and being able to bring this bold purple hue into my space was truly a gift of God.

The two head chairs and chandelier are from Aiden Gray, one of my favorite vendors.  It is kind of funny, I am all about color.  But the soft brushed tones of Aiden Gray's French style furniture have always been appealing to me.  And here I get the mix.  Win - Win.  And Win - Win is no joke.  I was extremely lucky last year at HighPoint and won product.  I chose the two chairs and the chandelier.  I remember the day.  I had no idea where or when I would use these.  I chose what I loved.  And the love is returned!!

Everything in my room has a story.  

Even my newest purchase ... my Flambeau lamps from Lucas + McKearn.  They will always make me remember the day my friend Linda and I got to HighPoint early and just started walking through while vendors were still setting up.  I spotted these and knew they were the jewel I needed to complete my room. You know ... my Jack Rackham

I'll take this moment to circle back to my "pirate" theme ... It really wasn't about the pirates, but it is about the patina.  While I totally enjoyed watching Charles Vain and Jack Rackham on Black Sails, I really enjoyed their backdrop.  Everyone deserves a good backdrop!  

Now back to reality and day to day designing for others.  Which I have to say makes my heart sing.  There is more to be done, progress and fun to be had in #KMIProject Rental.  So I hope you stay tuned.  Although without Linda or my Girl Scout Leader Betty to hold me to task ... it might be slow!!


Now go check out all the amazing designs here!  


Week Four. ORC Spring 2017.

Everyone should know the drill here by now ... but just in case you need me to tell you again, Welcome to the One Room Challenge Link Up put on 2 times a year by Linda of Calling It Home. There is an official ORC on Wednesdays where 20 designers and bloggers will dazzle you with their transformations of a room in 6 weeks.  You can check their progress here.  And then she opens it up to the world to compete on Thursdays.  Compete.  With ourselves.  After all, isn't it ourselves that get in our way anyway?

Week Four!! and next week is Photo Time to prepare for the big Reveal.  And I told you I have been at the Furniture Market in High Point North Carolina for the past week.  I am exhausted and it has nothing to do with trying to get this room together!!  5 days of pounding the pavement in High Point looking for new inspiration, sources, and trends to bring home to YOU!  You are welcome!  Oh and did I mention it RAINED the entire time.  ergh.

While I was at market I stumbled upon my "jack rackham" swag ... just what I needed to complete my #KMIProjectRental Dining Room.  If you are confused about why Jack is here, you can read about my inspiration during Week One here.  He does add a little personality don't you think?

This Lucas and McKearn Flambeau light made in New Orleans had me at hello!  They are being shipped ... fingers crossed.  EEK!!

In the meantime, my lion head cabinet hardware came in ... a little lackluster.  So I am going to be zhushing them this weekend.  

I will also be painting my chairs.  Nope, haven't started that.  Good thing the weather is supposed to be a little nicer this weekend. 

Make sure to follow along with all the Link Up participants ... You can find us all here!