Bits and Pieces – SoMoToHo Stream of Consciousness on Lights and Fans

2015-06-14 21.46.23I was looking at this painting by Tate Hamilton that we picked up at Main Street this year and the headlights reflected in the New York City rain made me start thinking about light. Which made me think about light fixtures. Which led to thinking about ceiling fans. Hey – it’s Sunday afternoon as I write and what are Sundays for if not abandoning structure for awhile?

Lighting plays a big part in virtually every real estate transformation and the SoMoToHo is no exception. Continue reading “Bits and Pieces – SoMoToHo Stream of Consciousness on Lights and Fans”

Window Trappings – Part 2

2014-09-19 14.47.05cropLike I said in part 1, some windows don’t need accoutrements. These in the Tile Museum in Istanbul were stunning. No frippery needed here.

Pretty much all of the windows in the SoMoToHo, however, needed help. Remember the work we did in the Library? Here’s a pic, post paint and furnishings but pre- window dressing. 2015-02-27 23.19.27 Continue reading “Window Trappings – Part 2”

Window Trappings- part 1

2014-03-10 02.58.22Some windows are dramatic enough all on their own. These at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, for instance, don’t need any accoutrements to increase their impact. In most homes, however, windows typically require enhancement. In the SoMoToHo, as in most residential applications, window treatments of some kind were not only desirable from a design standpoint but also necessary for privacy concerns. As importantly, we needed something to block the sun. Particularly in Texas, you can get too much of a good thing in a hurry when it comes to sunshine. Continue reading “Window Trappings- part 1”

It's the Little Things

Versailles fence post

Transforming a house involves lots of big things – changes that immediately shift one’s perception of the entire space. Exterior paint. Windows. Those kinds of things. But it’s the smaller things that add the flavor. Some, you might not even notice unless they were pointed out. The cap of moss and lichen stains on the concrete fence post (Versailles – 2009) above, for instance. Or more mundane things like this window sill: Continue reading “It's the Little Things”