Suite One: I’ll Take Two!

Suite OneGood Morning Lacquered Lifers. Thanks to Garden & Gun, I have just been introduced to the beautiful ceramics of Suite One Studio. Created by ceramicist Lindsay Emery out of North Carolina, these modern takes on traditional serving pieces have me swooning. You all know how I love a good piece of serve ware, (anything for entertaining!), and these are a wonderful change from many of the usual contemporary options. The Baroque Platter in Navy Brushstroke, seen above, takes it cues from antique silver platters, mimicking both the shape and the etchings along the edge. Keep an eye on the website, as many of the products are currently sold out – I definitely have my eye on a couple of these pieces and I am looking forward to her restocking. Below, a few more favorites. Suite One 5 Suite One 4 Suite One 2 Suite One 3

A Special (Warren) Place

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.02 AMGood Morning Lacquered Lifers. Do you have that street, or that house, that you walk by with regularity and dream that one day it could be yours? Such was the case for Brooklyn Heights residents Elspeth Benoit and David Bevan, who would walk their dogs past Warren Place in Cobble Hill and dream about a life there. When one of the eleven foot wide townhouses came on the market, the pair didn’t hesitate, and embarked on a space-maximizing renovation project on the 1000 square foot gem. Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.32.57 AMOf the forty-four townhouses, twenty-four of them face the courtyard garden (seen here). Built in 1878, these townhouses were commissioned by  American housing reformer and philanthropist Alfred Tredway White as workforce housing, after a visit to London wherein he determined that conditions for the workingman in New York were terrible. His goal in building Warren Place was to give workingmen, “the chance to live decently and to bring up their children to be decent men & women.” Today what remains is idyllic setting in one of New York’s most sought after neighborhoods. Live Decently? I would say so. Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.45 AMBenoit sourced many of the materials, like this tub,  from some of my favorite destinations – Demolition Depot & Olde Good ThingsScreen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.19 AMThe couple raised the fireplace off the floor so that you could see the fire from the table, also making it useful for open fire cooking. 
Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.15 AMScreen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.29 AMYou can see here in the kitchen where the couple maximized the space everywhere that they could, exposing beams and then dropping the ceiling in select locations to conceal ductwork, electrical etc. A project like this is a game of inches, a fact that this couple, who lived in a 325 square foot apartment prior to moving to Warren Place, were very aware of. Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.42 AMOnce just a powder room, it became a second bath when they waterproofed the entire room and added a rain shower head to the ceiling. This is something that Mr. B and I have always wanted to do in a home of our own. 
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For more photos, and the article, visit

You Know You’re a Preservationist When …

DetroitYou see photos like this one of an empty c. 1916 home that was probably built by an auto industry magnate, and you fall in love. Not necessarily with the architecture, and definitely not with the location (what is the temperature in Detroit right now?), but with the window into the past that a home like this provides. Having little or no renovation done over the years, this home contains the remnants of the c.1916 bathrooms, kitchen, and service spaces that really show us what life was like in 1916. And what’s most interesting about a home from this time period is that it was built with bathrooms, built with a kitchen that could be used by both a staff and the family, unlike homes of an earlier era. The original fixtures that remain in a home like this are exactly the style of fixture we are constantly trying to emulate today. So, how do you feel when you look at these photos? Are you a preservationist? Detroit 7

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For more photos of this and other amazing untouched historic homes, visit Curbed Detroit

Thank You Southern Living!

IMG_2366Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Southern Living Magazine’s March issue drops today, and guess what? That’s our front door! So thrilled that they decided to use our front door for their first issue of spring, with a feature on the doorways of Charleston. To be totally honest, I may be more excited that Hamish is on the cover of a magazine than I am that my house is on the cover of a magazine. What can I say, I’m a mom who loves her dogs. A big thank you to Southern Living for shooting our door, and for featuring it on the cover. Below, a few more of the Charleston doors in the feature, and the source info for our door. Door 4 Door 2 Door 3 DoorPaint Color // Door Knocker // Mail Slot // Lantern (similar)

Following the Herd

water-zebra-wallpaperGood Morning Lacquered Lifers. Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day and their long weekend. Unfortunately for me, I have been a tad under the weather the past few days. Nothing a little shock of pattern won’t fix! Woke up this morning dreaming of warmer weather, warm weather colors, and warm weather patterns. One of the first that always comes to mind is zebra. It is one of my absolute favorites. Despite my love of leopard, I will always overrule leopard in favor of zebra. Below, a small zebra inspiration board. zebraBrunschwig & Fils “Le Zebre” // Lilly Pulitzer “I Herd You” // Milly Zebra King Swimsuit // Elle Decor // Scalamandre “Zebras” // China Seas “Nairobi” // I Married Adventure