Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nautical Style

This is the bar at the Inn at Perry Cabin. I love the polished teak top and the high gloss horizontal v joint boards. The dark wood finish on the barstools highlights it all very nicely.

This is Chesapeake nautical! Horizontal v joint boards for the wainscot, vertical bead board above it. The crown moulding is replaced by a running shelf supported by plain corbels. The mounted half hull, a few oyster cans and a ships dome sconce round it out nicely.

An end table wrapped in rope.

There are 3 elements making this "nautical":
1. The variegated v joint planks on the wall.
2. The classic brass ship's lantern.
3. The use of a color I call "nautical chart yellow" in a semi gloss finish with super white semi gloss trim. (Try Benjamin Moore's "Honey Harbor" or "Bronzed Beige" to get this look.)
I guess the antique burgee in a teak frame helps too!

Flags from Yacht Clubs around the world are displayed on the ceiling beams in this dining room. Each one is mounted on a teak and carefully labeled!

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Chesapeake Style

What an incredible work of art on the over mantle at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland! The Chesapeake Bay captured in it's entirety in a 6' x 8' area!

On the opposite side of the room we find an amazing breakfront painted a high gloss white with unique fretwork and oversized finials. There are dark wood beams and an iron lantern glowing in the high ceiling, all subtly mimicked by the the gentle illumination of the oyster plate collection.

The horizontal plank wainscot was painted in a high gloss, while the wall behind was a flat finish. The rough wood and smooth walls were emphasized by this use of finishes.

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A New Life for an Old Door

An old salvaged door becomes
a Queen Size Headboard
after some crown moulding and posts are added!

I frequently work with clients on remodeling their homes and I can't tell you how many times homeowners are reluctant to send the old doors to the dump. I have seen many clever ways to reuse doors but this may be my favorite so far!

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Chic, Classic...Practical?

Found while antiquing: Vintage Ferragamo "Kelly" bag in lucite!
My first reaction was: "Wow! Love it! How much?"
Then I thought about putting my stuff in it..worn out wallet, business card holder, beat up sketch book, lipstick, over-stocked key chain, breath mints, a few wadded up receipts, an old grocery list and ...the unmentionables. reaction: "What were they thinking when they designed that thing and you want how much for it?!"

So, give me your vote:
a. It is a great bag that will go with my glass slippers!
b. I'll just line it with my Hermes scarf!
c. Now I can show off my Gucci wallet!
d. Who cares and why do designers dwell on this stuff anyway?

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