Thursday, April 17, 2014

grateful

Counting down to Easter, I'm grateful for every little quiet moment that this week has brought...



My heart goes to our friends who have experienced some amazing tragedies this past month. I haven't known what to write because in some situations everything sounds trite, especially on a blog...but I'm struck so many times a day lately by how suffering changes the perspective of people around you, for good, when it's allowed and you are open...and I'm so grateful for the hope there is in Easter, perfectly placed in spring...


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Still Life 99-- potted plants

In the last year, I've done almost no decorating or redecorating in my own home. Plants are the happy exception. These little plants are left over from some unfinished Christmas presents (we were going to make terrariums in masse but as it turned out just a few got completed...sorry friends ;) but the rest have survived with pretty much no water and very little sun in a corner of my office for months! So last week, as it snowed (again...) I decided to take spring into my own hands. Success--plants brighten any room....at any angle :)
 




The bigger leafed ones are jade plants, and the little floppy one is some sort of succulent.

**still life 99 is my visual catalog of the idea that we don't need a lot of things at home, but what we do need should be beautiful. They should be worthy of being noticed. I'm guessing that I have at least 99 around my own home to share.**

And here's a few that did make the Christmas gift terrarium cut....

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Many Lives Of A Simple Striped Rug

There are few purchases that cost under $3 that have worked as hard or proven as versatile as my IKEA signe mats.

 I have a a weakness for casual stripes (as opposed to bold and polished, the way most people think of stripes), and I think that, like black, every room benefits from a little stripe. 

I remember when I bought a few of these little rugs about a month after moving into our house. It was one of those classic American hoarder Ikea shopping trips where you run in to get "water glasses and maybe a few things to help organize kid toys," but get caught up in how simple (and inexpensive) that  scandinavian style is, and come out wielding a massively unruly shopping cart with wobbly wheels--why are those carts so flipping shaky?-- while forcing your toddler to walk so that the water glasses (and wineglassespictureframesorchidcowhidedesklamp) have a secure spot. 

I remember my husband coming home and asking why his "minimalist" wife had bought 10 front door mats...I claimed I had a plan, and as it turns out many years later I did :)

 They make great, hardy seat covers on dining chairs...this was a temporary fix while I searched for fabric to recover our craigslist bentwood chairs, but I began to love the casual, almost southwest vibe of the mats. So they stayed, now tucked in between the cushion and the chair frame, and they can be easily thrown in the wash when needed (which is often around here)....
And I use one to layer this old, uglybutawesome chair that we inherited and have grown to love, making the brown tweed not so just brown tweedish....
And I have a few that I layer in our bedroom every once in a while. Personally, I prefer mats (if anything) to rugs in our bedroom because I love the simplicity of bare wood floors.

For a year or so, IKEA stopped selling these SIGNE mats, but they started carrying them again a few months ago...so watch out hem Moss...


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Still Life 99- throw linen

Linen, my friends, has been a longtime love, but like my husband and God, it only continues to make me marvel.  I should probably have renamed this blog linen eclectic long ago, and just turned out post after post about the various ways in which linen rocks. Maybe then, I wouldn't have had these long blogging absences ;) 

I was able to sneak away on a 24 hour silent retreat this past weekend to a beautiful spot. Sometimes coming home from something like that can be hard because it's like sensory overload....especially when coming off and into approximately the 3 zillionth snow day this winter...but the snow days, with all the kids home, have given me more appreciation for this hardworking little home, and even more appreciation for the materials that can hold up to a lot of abuse and still look awesome. Ones that are just content in a state of imperfection. 

There's something quiet about linen. It looks contemplative, and maybe even at its best when strewn and crumpled by little happy hands.
 My husband bought me the fog linen work towel below a few years ago, but far more frequently than  actually acting as a towel, it moonlights as a throw (the back of this sofa is my 2 year old's favorite perch (looking out into my sister's house next door to say hi to his "tousins" :) so linen now masks a few footprints and the like...
  and this hardworking hand towel version has held up to a lot only getting softer....

I have several favorite sources including a few local shops, but I can't say enough good things about etsy seller House of Baltic Linen. Everything (including the purple towel/throw above) has been such beautiful quality. 

**still life 99 is my visual catalog of the idea that we don't need a lot of things at home, but what we do need should be beautiful. They should be worthy of being noticed. I'm guessing that I have at least 99 around my own home to share.**

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy heart

With a foot plus of snow, this Valentines day has been a bit unusual, less planned and more homespun, but sweeter in many ways. It has been one of those weeks where lots and lots went wrong, and so being buried inside with my family has been the perfect gift. Simplicity is always my favorite....




Happy Day to you and yours!

Monday, January 27, 2014

warm winter light + linen

Although linen is most always referred to as a summertime fabric, in my book, linen is appropriate any season and locale...but I especially love how unlined linen filters winter light, making it warm and soft. My favorite thing about winter is the unobstructed light when there are no tree leaves to block it, and through slightly rumpled linen, that cold winter light almost feels ethereal. For that reason, and because it's able to bring just the right softness and casualness, I use white and ivory linens in many projects....this is a corner of a bedroom I completed recently. I love the mix of ivories, whites, grays, and blue/greens. I took about 10 million pictures of this little corner, it's so peaceful...



Friday, January 24, 2014

Moss & Co

So so soooo many things to share....forgive me if you've spotted this family snapshot in some other place I've posted it, but it sums up a little of what Moss life is like these days...

I have about 5 posts in draft stage with some recent client work--yay!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Classic Christmas

We usually wait until Guadete Sunday, the third Sunday of advent, to decorate outside. But this year, a stomach bug and a big project install is making us run behind a bit. Christmas brings out the classic in me. And with our very classic colonial, it's hard to beat white lights and boxwood wreaths...




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hello World!

Long absences usually deserve long explanations, but the long and the short is that life has been too busy and too fun, and family and work have taken center stage....

in progress projects awaiting rugs and window treatments....


In between all the projects, summer came....

 and lingered.....


and turned to cozy fall....
and now it's onto the next adventure......
I wish could stand still for just a little longer (that's the reason I love photography so much...relishing)....

Friday, May 31, 2013

Spring drive by

The DC heat today is reminding me that spring barely came this year. It went from cold to summer, then back to winter, and now full force hot...but even so we managed to sneak in some springish activities in between all the work projects. Spring is the best time for.....

Beach camping...it's cold and fresh, no bugs, sun enough to explore but not to be content just lounging (that's saved for summer :) it's so invigorating...
birthdays! We had a whole string of them...2 for our baby, 6 for our middle, and 30 for Rich and me! Woohoo!

...and the only time for May crowning. Growing up, my school always had a May procession honoring Mary...all the kids would bring flowers, and one girl would be chosen to crown her with flowers. It was always beautiful! This year my kindergartner's class carried on the tradition. Gorgeous, peaceful, prayerful, and full of spirit...
and the very best for flower weed picking and wild bouquets. I remember begging my mom for a tidy little store bought bouquet to bring in for May crowning, and her telling me to go outside and pick some. I didn't realize how much better that was at the time...but now my preference, especially in spring, is wild bouquets that look natural and carefree. Even weeds...







Hello Summer!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Change of view: a before and after client house flip



For the last couple of months I've been working with a very talented builder, (Paul Kuzma of Kuzma Construction) to transform one of the cutest houses. He and his wife are an awesome team... I went to college with one of their daughters and another daughter is one of our favorite babysitters...so I've known and admired them for quite awhile, but it's been awesome getting to know them in a different capacity. Plus, their work is fabulous because Paul notices and invests in every detail. The whole process has been refreshing because nothing is put in haphazardly or just "because it was cheap" which is often the case in house flips. Paul's background is in carpentry, so details matter, and he knows how to execute them beautifully! The house is now on the market, so email me if your interested in more details.

There are so many things I love about this house...the perfect proportions, the mix of old details that add character and new details that add function, beautiful outdoor areas, gorgeous neighborhood, the light, etc X infinity!

 I have to go back and take real pictures (when I'm not trying to juggle kids and a camera at the same time :) but here's an in progress peek...

The original house was cute cute to begin with if you had a really good imagination....

 But it's looking a little better these days :)))

BEFORE: Mudroom into great room (that framed box on the far side became a fireplace)
 AFTER (in progress):
and from the other direction (IN PROGRESS):

I love that we improved upon the original quirky details, making them functional and charming...
BEFORE:
 AFTER:
BEFORE:

AFTER:
 BEFORE
(the dining room into the kitchen...you can see the boarded over window that's now above the kitchen sink)
 AFTER (the lighting looks awful in this photo):

 BEFORE:
 IN PROGRESS:
 AFTER:
 Dining room BEFORE:
IN PROGRESS:
BEFORE:
AFTER:

 There are a million more things to share in this house, so I will be sneaking back there soon to take more after photos. I love everything about it!

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