Wednesday
Apr302014

which wood

Which would you choose? 

Nº 1 and 2 is what I'd call modern rustic. It's earthy, not too formal and so unique. Interestingly enough, the architects claim that the wall panels are the same as the floor panels:

Hi, the wood is simply a laminate flooring. I purchased this one through Decor Rug it is Super Natural Classic Laminate Flooring 8631 Castle Oak. It is not expensive and they have a good range of colours and tones. The flooring is glued and secret nailed to the wall as it would be to the floor and it looks fantastic!

 

This wood in Nºs 3-5 is stunning and exudes oodles of warmth, which is what we'd want our guests to feel when they walk into the house. However, I'm not a fan of too much grain or knots in the wood and I wonder if the photograph is muting those characteristics a bit. 

 

The dark walnut stain in Nº 6 is to die for. Dramatic and striking. It'd be my favorite except for the fact that it gives off a more formal vibe, and that's not really our style.

 

Tuesday
Apr292014

inspiration for a nook

Dear Mr. Tran,

This open and functional space will be the workhorse of the house. Meals, homework, school projects, design projects, meetings, drunkfests - it will serve a purpose for everyone.

The tabletop - Wood is desirable but we'll consider some non-wood materials such as zinc, stainless steel, or even some kind of durable laminate in a concrete-color finish. I love the zinc tabletop in Nº 2. Zinc is functional? (That's a question not a statement.)

The table legs - Trestle or pedestal legs are preferable so seating can be comfortable all around the table. Nº 4 with the two white tulip legs is pretty.

The bench seating - In Nº 5, I love how the cabinet meets the bench. It's seamless and flows from one space to the other, yet there is a definite separation that is fluid. In Nº 6, the separation of bench and cabinets is more clean, but there's something less sophisticated in its simplicity. There should be drawers underneath (another reason why the legs are important since I don't want to move the table back and forth to access the drawers). In Nº 5, I love how the drawers are square. Functional? Maybe not. But very pretty and unique.

Seating - As you know, I love the mixing of metals, woods and concrete. Metal wire chairs like this and this would be perfect. I love it. Po, not so much, but who cares, this is my board. A bench like this (with a cushion to match) can be used for the long side (to appease him) and wire chairs on the ends to appease me. If we go with the bench, let's go crazy and make two shorter benches instead of one long one!

 

Nº 3 can be found here. How about the legs in reclaimed wood (to match the shelves above the piano - I love that idea) and a zinc or concrete laminate tabletop?

Your Forever Indebted Friends,
lisa+po

 

Wednesday
Apr232014

eat what you make what you eat

Husband gave me the idea for tonight's dinner. He wanted a frittata. So during the day, I slow-roasted tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms in order to add some umami to the eggs, but I knew in the back of my mind that I was taking a risk with the boys not eating any of it.

Then it occured to me - what if we each made our own mini frittatas?

We've had "Make Your Own Pizza" nights and "Make Your Own Sushi" nights, and those dinners were always a hit with the boys because they were in control of their food. They'll eat what they made because they make what they'll eat.

Tonight was no different.

The minis, a success.

 

Wednesday
Oct302013

wall calendar

My year-at-a-glance 2014 calendar.

 

Monday
Oct212013

two wheelin'