Pretty Pictures-not Hildring House (sadly)

I am wishing I had some pretty pictures of Hildring House to show you today … but sadly, nothing new is “finished.” sigh. So let’s look at some pretty pictures not Hildring House.

Bedroom from Amber Interiors
Amber Interiors
Design ADHD

One of the things I love about blogging is the fact that I am encouraged to ‘finish’ things. It’s my deepest darkest secret- I have design ADHD. I get 80 percent finished with a project and in my mind, I can see it as completed. So I just move on to the next thing. Since my “minds eye” does not photograph well, I’m forced to finish things for real if I want to share them with you. This is, in Dan’s opinion, much better than my prior solution of “just sell the house.” That’s how, in the past, I forced myself to finish things: sell the house. That’s pretty motivating.

Dan here – the “sell the house” solution was a great motivator. Debra is a dynamite realtor and she knows what will, in fact, sell the house. The problem – besides moving all the time – is that she would finish things beautifully and we would get to enjoy them for about 10 minutes. My goal for Hildring House is to be able to bask for a while in the comfort of a completed project. Keep following along and root for me, won’t you?

The Mid Century Ranch- an Example of Design ADHD
Mid Century Modern kitchen after
Photo by Trey Freeze
Family Room View One
Photo by Trey Freeze

The two pictures above are house-selling photos of the Mid Century Ranch. Eleventy-seven projects finished 5 minutes before listing photos were taken. This was the first project covered in the blog. While many of those posts don’t display properly – my fault, entirely – you can find a slideshow of the transformation here
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A New Project–Earthy Modern Boho

A new project! This one is going to be SOMUCHFUN!  I love this couple and they have a really great design sensibility. When we met to discuss the project and started throwing ideas around, we were able to distill it to: earthy modern boho – sounds great, right?

Let’s start with a couple of photos:

First the outside of the house

Street View

Super cute, right? Just like the owners 😉

Now, on to the inside!

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Dining Space Musings

Debra here – I am hosting a small gathering at our house in the next few weeks (Canasta Club – yay!) and so, of course, I am dreaming of completed dining space….. This is truly just a dream at this point – I doubt if we will have dining room finished before Christmas 2018. But here are a some  photos of future dining room inspiration, plus a couple of our past dining rooms:


This one from Decorpad is inspiration for Hildring House. I am planning a coffee bar in our dining room- with sink, and maybe even a fridge drawer? (ah, I can dream, right?) We will need more storage than this- has Dan told you about my dish collection problem? (No, I haven’t. Some problems are best kept private, don’t you think?) Continue reading “Dining Space Musings”

Counter Stools Counter Point – 101 Choices – Another Debra Guest Post

She’s doing so many of these, I’m going to start removing the “Guest” from her posts. Which is fine by me. I love watching her process – this time in choosing counter stools. And it gives me the opportunity for some input (however minor). As usual, I’ll be chiming in with italics.  So – here we go:

Counter Stools Counterpoint

We have this oh-so-lovely island in our kitchen/family room, which has been painted, has a dishwasher, running water, and a disposal (yay!) No hardware yet….. that’s a story for another day. Today we are shopping for counter stools so we can sit at this lovely counter (honed marble- I love her so much- but on to the seating issue).

Friends, there are a LOT of ugly barstools in the world. My eyes are in pain from the looking. Although I did find some pretties:

West Elm Counter Stool
West Elm

$399 at West Elm – and probably not too grandboy friendly.

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Dirty Laundry – a Hildring House Debra Guest Post

So – it’s time for another guest post by the lovely Debra. To start us off, here is a shot of her a couple of years ago in Old Town San Juan:

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Hildring House – Another Note from Debra

It was an early morning. Debra did her 4 a.m. arising bit, as she frequently does, and finished a guest post almost before I got up. Then we (she, Effie, and I) went for a walk/run on the Trinity Trails. A very pretty morning. Here is a shot of the railroad bridge in the park: IMG_5074.JPGLovely, isn’t it? And now on to Debra’s early morning guest post. FYI – my comments are in italics –

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