Archive for July, 2008
We’re back with yet another burning question for you guys. And it has to do with open, common areas vs. separate, private spaces. Do you prefer an office with walls and a door, or a desk in the corner of a family room? What about when it comes to washing and drying? Do you favor a room devoted solely to laundry, or a laundry corner in a den or other informal family room that facilitates relaxing between loads and folding while watching some tube?
Here’s a rarely seen angle of our very own den. You can see that we created a laundry nook a few feet away from our seating area in the foreground and stuck a desk on the left side of the room so one of us can type while the other is tv-ing. I guess it makes us feel like we’re spending more time “together” even if John’s busy folding and I’m busy formatting a document.
But that’s just our approach. And we wanna hear what you think. Is open living so in vogue that even a laundry center and an office out in the open appeal? Or would you rather draw the line at open kitchens and living areas while keeping the desk and the dirty clothes behind closed doors? Spill the beans.
I don’t think you’d be able to stomach any such mustard after one peep at this Reader Redisign sent in by Annastazia. But before we get to the stomach churning before, here’s her letter:
Hi John and Sherry- I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and am so envious of both your talent and your ranch home! Stairs and second levels are overrated if you ask me. I thought you should know that your bedroom design totally inspired me when I was stuck about what to do with our own bedroom. With low angled ceilings that slope as low as four feet from the ground and very small rooms, furniture placement and design have been difficult to say the least. I knew that I wanted peaceful pale blue walls with a black and white color scheme, but after that I was stuck. That is, until I saw your “hotel inspired” bedroom makeover! Alas, my designer’s block was gone and I had a vision! I decided to use very low-to-the-ground furniture in order to make the room appear taller. Thanks to IKEA, I also found the perfect furniture, curtain fabric and lamps to mimic that “hotel room” feel. Let me tell you, it feels like an entirely new room up there! We feel like we’re sleeping in a luxury hotel room and I have you to thank!
Oh Annastazia, you peach. We’re blushing. And we’re sending you a big virtual pat on the back for all the hard work it took to transform that doozie of a bedroom. And now ladies and gentleman, we give you the before… which frankly just doesn’t cut the mustard:
And the delicious and delectable afters:
One of the funniest things is that Annastazia’s bed and dresser and both from Ikea’s “Malm” series, which is EXACTLY what we have in our bedroom (but in the dark walnut color). It’s a small world (with sloped ceilings evidently). Anyway, many thanks for sharing the fantastic bedroom makeover Staz!
And everyone knows we love home makeovers (especially when we don’t even have to lift a finger) so feel free to send over your amazing before and afters, you clever readers, you.
Our post back in May about the IKEA-sponsored “America at Home” project ended up catching the attention of Will Allen and the Rick Smolan, who co-authored the project’s coffee table book. Next thing we knew, we had our very own copy of “America at Home” arriving at our door. We even got to design a custom cover using a photo from our own backyard wedding. Check it out…
And as excited as we were about our custom cover, we were also really excited to peruse all 200+ pages documenting the many ways that Americans live (from farmhouse to penthouse and everything in between). We eat that stuff up. After all, we are a couple that got married at home, works from home (well, Sherry does) and practically spends every waking moment improving our home. So you can imagine how much fun we had getting to peek inside other people’s home lives as well.
The book does a great job of capturing the incredible range of homes in America (from quiet cottages to urban rooftops) and the funny and touching ways that we use them (for celebration, prayer, relaxing, and everything else under the sun). And while I would’ve loved to see a few more Virginian homes, I was particularly proud to see our state represented by a one-armed man who completely restored a home he bought for $1 (page 122). He even put on the new roof!
To snag your own copy, you can create a custom cover here (it’s über easy to do) or you can just pick one up at your local Barnes & Noble. And if you’re ever in Richmond, we’ve got a copy proudly displayed in our guest bedroom for you can enjoy… you’ll just have to wait your turn behind Burger (who’s absolutely enthralled with our new reading material).