So sorry for my absenteeism! After arriving back to Dallas from Jackson Hole I was a little overwhelmed with cramming in 10 days of kitchen renovation makeup work before leaving to visit my sisters on Cape Cod.
With the cabinets and trim now in place painting has officially started. Biggest issue was the TYPE of paint to use, I always try to implement green and/or eco-friendly décor options when available but paint is tricky. Low/No-VOC paints are awful options for wood work like trim and cabinets as it can chip and peel after a few years and tends to have a watery runny appearance. When I suggested it, my contractor was all…
So I reluctantly settled with the traditional version of Ben Moore’s Dove White, but wait!! I met a painter while looking at paint samples who suggested I try Ben Moore’s Advance paint, which is low VOC but different from your traditional mix because its waterborne NOT water based. I bought a pint and had the painter whip up a sample and it looked great – even our contractor approved! Fingers crossed it looks ok – will be home in about 2 weeks to check it out myself, will keep you posted.
I was quite happy to leave behind 100+ weather in Dallas to head to the beach. We are staying in my sisters guest house right on the water in the Town of Centerville. Her home has gorgeous views of the ocean and the river – I love sleeping with the windows open and falling asleep to sound of the waves. Her house is a traditional Cape shingle style home with enormous hydrangea bushes in a beautiful Merlot color right out front, neither of which you would see in Dallas. Here are some gorgeous images of Cape homes that I find to be tranquil and traditional, capturing the essence of the architecture down here:
One of the areas most sought after architects, Patrick Ahearn, is responsible for the two gorgeous homes below on the Cape and Islands – his work is exquisite!
A lovely barn by Patrick Ahearn as well….
Do any of you tune in to PlumTV?? We have close family friends who are part of the production team and I happened to find this clip about Patrick Ahearn on a Plum Homes segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuOLKIeWtHE – if you are interested in his style its worth a look!
Hope everyone is having a great week!
We leave tomorrow for Jackson Hole for a couple of weeks. Although known as a winter ski haven visiting in the summer months are my favorite and its a great escape from the Dallas heat! I’m looking forward to long bike rides, hiking, yoga, the farmers market in town and just being outdoors and enjoying all the fresh air – along with fun family parties and dinners out:)
The mountains have a calming effect and the architecture often reflects this through the prevalent organic designs and landscapes in the homes here. We are staying in a beautiful Jonathan Foote designed home minutes away from the Snake River and on its own little tributary with stunning views of the Tetons. Jonathan Foote is well-known for designing homes that “walk softly on the land”, his designs are not only innovative but typically require old world craftmanship and are always environmentally sensitive. Below are some of the gorgeous homes he has created throughout the years. You can read more about Jonathan Foote here:
Stay tuned for more JH posts!