General

It has been a full four weeks since my last update on the progress on our home. After many tedious punch list items, we are fully complete inside, and have moved back in. Home Choice came through! Marvin Windows sent one of their factory technicians to go through the entire house and tweak everything. They

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It has been about 10 days since my last update. We have been working at a couple of out of town markets, and honestly, the progress has been really slow.

Honing the counter top

One good thing happening was that the kitchen island marble did get honed, and it looks amazing. When we originally put the marble top on the island, I let the installer talk me out of honing the stone.

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Lots of great progress today! The first “layer” of parquet was pulled up in the den. Evidently, the way this product was produced, there was a thin layer of wood over a plywood base……and this thick layer of black tar that joined the two together. It went down in one piece, but it comes up in two! Tonight, we have the black tar layer exposed, and tomorrow that should be gone.

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Again this year, I was notified by an email from Jeremy Bernard, the Social Secretary at The White House notifying me that I was again selected to be among the volunteers to decorate the house for Christmas.  My method for applying was the same as last year.  I wrote a letter to the Chief Floral

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You may have read about a house we designed in Key West in the June issue of Traditional Home magazine.  Shortly before the article went to press, the homeowners had the opportunity to purchase the house immediately behind theirs.  This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine two properties with such historic significance

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Laurel Magazine is monthly shelter magazine focusing on life in Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina and the surrounding community.  They do lots of interesting stories about local happenings, new restaurants, where to stay, what to see and do, and also feature some beautiful homes in the area.  For the September issue, they selected a home

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While in Venice we had an invitation from Fortuny to visit their facility on the island of Giudecca.  A vaporetta ride, and we were there.  The factory is housed in an old brick building, right on the Giudecca canal.  The only hint at what awaits inside are the letters spelling the family name across the

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Recently, I was asked by a local television station to do an interview about the latest features of my work in House Beautiful and Traditional Home magazines.  This was a fun interview by a gracious producer, Erin Donovan.  She came to my home, Casa Real, one afternoon and we talked about design, the future, and other topics for a

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A friend of mine shared this New York Times article and slide show with me today. Zach Motl follows some of my design philosophy which breaks conventional thought about space planning.  Zach also has a great color sense. A Roomy 178 Square Feet By: Penelope Green Published: February 10, 2010 THE tins of seasoning on

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Thanks to Traditional Home for including me in their list of “20 Young Designers to Watch”, in their March 2010 issue.  It is an honor to be included in this group of incredibly talented individuals, and great to be recognized by a favorite publication.  I had the privildege of getting to know one of the

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