Behind The Design...Awesome way to hide the Television

Ok it's the first post in our Behind the Design series.  I think you will like it...We are going to start sharing with you what really goes on behind the scenes.  Little snippets at a time.  

We haven't had the time to do any updates on our Alabama project here on the blog.  If you don't follow us on Facebook or Instagram you should.  We post several images daily because it doesn't take much time...

The image above is the back of the house.  Can you imagine?  So beautiful.

So...We have an awesome hearth room off the kitchen that has absolutely no place to put the television but above the mantel...

We are still under construction...here is the room...

So you are getting our drift...no wall for a television...

So above the fireplace it has to go...

And then...we found this awesome piece and suddenly it didn't matter.  

 

The minute we saw this piece it was love at first site.  So the wheels start turning...where can we use this?

And yes , but of course above the mantel...

Started drawing...I'm not an artist , so don't laugh...

Try to visualize this...the television will be mounted pretty close to the hearth because it will be fairly tall in a room with such tall ceilings.  We will recess the tv into the sheetrock.  Will have to cut and block a few studs.  But then the tv is close to flush with the wall and not sticking out very much.  We do this all the time.  A much prettier installation than just hanging on the wall.  

Then we will install hinged panels over the television to hide it when not viewing.  The image below is a good visual of how that will look and function...

Image via amyhowarddaily.com

Image via amyhowarddaily.com

Is that not awesome...???

Keep that visual because we will as I've drawn...incorporate the old architectural fragment above that piece with panels behind it as well and finish with crown at the top.  

Will be like a complete wood overmantel...just as you see limestone over mantel over stone fireplaces.  

Are you getting it?

A template of the old fragment on the wall so we can figure out all the dimensions and size of television...

 

Our faux artist will finish the entire thing to look exactly like the old fragment.  

Going to be fabulous!! We can't wait to share it with you when its completed.   

What do you think?

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

 

 

Sunday Supper...One Pot Pasta

It's been a busy weekend in the garden...I love this time of year and have been just dying to get my hands in some dirt...

Excited to finally get the statue above moved from our old house to this one.  Had the perfect spot for her.  

It's hard to believe how much our landscape has grown and matured...

Planted boxwood, ivy, maiden hair fern and white caladiums in the planters on either side of my front door.  

Added pink blooms on the back porch.  

I have a few more pots to plant...It's nice when the landscape gets to the point that not as many annuals are needed because I truly don't have the time to care for them.  

Do you follow us on Instagram?  If you don't you should...We post pics daily of all that we are doing so you get to see a lot of stuff that never makes it to the blog.  We love Instagram and are inspired by the images posted there daily.  

It's where I got the idea for my One Pot Pasta...

I actually follow One Pot Pasta on Instagram...

This was really our Saturday Supper after working in the yard all day.  

Here is what I did...

Sauteed sliced chicken breast in olive oil with Cavenders seasoning and removed from the pan.  

Broke enough whole wheat thin spaghetti in half for 4 servings and put in the pan that the chicken was cooked in.  .

I added around a cup of  halved grape tomatoes, 2 cups of baby spinach, 1/2 sliced onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, a cup of fresh sliced mushrooms,a hand full of fresh torn  basil, a teaspoon of red pepper flakes,and a bit of fresh oregano.  I drizzled a couple tablespoons of olive oil over everything and then covered almost completely with chicken broth.  

Brought the entire thing to a boil for around 8 minutes or until the pasta was cooked eldente.  Then turned down to low...added a bit more spinach just to wilt...salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese.  

It was awesome...

 

So tasty!  Going to be Sunday Supper leftovers!

You could literally throw anything in this pot...Change up the pasta...add capers, red or yellow bell pepper, black olives...asparagus...

And only one pot to clean...My kind of Sunday Supper!

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

European Rendition...Featured in At Home in Arkansas

Completely crazy I know that it is almost May and we are just now blogging about our March feature in At Home in Arkansas.  

But better late than never.  I'm just happy that we are this busy.  And since we are so tardy on this you are in for a real treat...because I have additional images to show you of this house.  

First we worked with this client a while back on the interior and the renovation was featured in AY Magazine.  You can click here to see that post title Pretty in Pink.   Its a real fun before and after.  It's indicative of what we are doing every day...getting the brown out.  We call it de-browning Little Rock.  Making things fresh and lighter.  

An after shot...you can see the prior post for all before and afters...

 

The renovation of this yard actually started last Spring and was completed early Summer.  The photo shoot was in July.  And man was it hot.  I should have saved some of our soggy selfie images.  Not pretty.  

This particular client is a real gem.  She is very creative and talented herself.  In fact I could do a blog post on that topic alone.  Penny is one of the few who hires a design team that could absolutely do her home herself and it would be fabulous. But she is smarter than that.  Se chooses to assemble a team of creatives because she knows that in the end it will be even better.  

She enjoys the collaboration and values what everyone contributes to the project.  She is a wonderful client and even better friend.  That's what we've all become as a result of working together.  

OK..On with the pretty pictures...

Just going to give you a little more info and then you can just enjoy scrolling through without a lot of commentary.  That's what I really love to do. 

 

The pool needed a new liner...and Penny loves to entertain so what better time to build a pergola...re-landscape the entire back yard...build a new grill area and tear out the coy pond and go for a simple fountain.

Her home was origianlly rustic and we have been Europeanizing it if that is a word.  Lol.

Enjoy the tour...

Penny really enjoys her back yard...can't you tell?

We designed the back yard for both intimate parties and large crowds and to be enjoyed through the seasons...

This past Fall with dear friends...

So beautiful in January...

And then fresh and ready again for this Spring...

 

It's going to be a fun Spring and Summer in this back yard.  

It's your turn.  Let's talk.

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