I thought I’d begin my reports on the progress of our French Villa Style home by starting with the exterior of the house. Typically, we do not get involved with the selection of exterior finishes, materials, doors, lighting, etc., but in this case we were asked to comment and it evolved into full participation – helping select the color of the tile roof, stucco, limestone and window trim. We began the process by looking at pictures of similar homes and their color schemed with our client and their contractor for ideas and inspiration.

Pretty front doors…

 

This home has a brick facade (Don’t you LOVE it?), but it’s good for looking at tonality of color and hue.

 

This one pushed it with the purple shutters and trim.

 

Earthy and serene.

 

This is close to the color scheme we selected.

 

Then it was on to the front doors, which are not yet finalized, but we’re close… Again, we looked at what seemed like thousands of pictures. I researched Louis XVI style and architecture. It seemed never ending. Yet, this is sooooo important. A front door is like a greeting card. It makes that all important first impression. Here are several examples.

 

We then looked at how various door styles might look from the street and as you approached the house.

 

 

We’ve ended up with a design that is similar to these doors.

 

Next, a tour of the preliminary foyer design.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

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Sally and I are working with Bartlett Interactive, redesigning our website to make it hand held device compatible and we’re taking the opportunity to do a little updating. I’ve been working on the Sketches Section of the Portfolio page today and came across an older design study I did of a Neoclassical foyer for a project in Rhode Island. I had high hopes for a Chihuly chandelier. Sadly, it was never built…

Speaking of Neoclassical residences, that is one of the reasons I have not been posting regularly. We have been in full throttle design this fall on a Neoclassical interior for a Newton residence designed by Eric Daum of Merrimack Design Associates. The house is now under construction. Here’s an early design study of the foyer in this house. Maybe there’s still hope for the Chihuly chandelier!!! A rendering of the residence can be seen in this earlier post.

I’m planning a series of weekly posts on the project in the near future.

 

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Our Street Pianos Boston piano was picked up today to be delivered to the Street Pianos studio later today. It’s been quite a journey, as you can see from our previous posts – see Segment 1 and Segment 2. The final flurry of activity revolved around “wrapping” the piano with the custom paper we had designed – using guinea fowl feathers from Lena’s and Doug’s guinea fowl for the field, an Ikat style border and gold pinstripes.

Zoe Design‘s Doug Garrabrants did a yeoman’s job of installing the paper – keeping it square and true, matching seams and pattern repeats. etc.

 

I am so glad we repainted the piano!!! It would have looked like a Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss! Now it’s 60% Cacao Dark Chocolate! Mmmmm….

 

Once the papering was done, Lena applied the gold pinstripes.

 

Last night, we gathered for a Team photo. Left to right: Doug Garrabrant, Zoe Design; Dave Taubeneck, Fantastic Finishes; Lena Fransioli, Zoe Design; Sally Wilson, Wilson Kelsey Design; John Kelsey, Wilson Kelsey Design

Tomorrow is my birthday. You will find me celebrating at the Street Pianos Boston cocktail party. If I’m lucky, maybe all 75 pianos will simultaneously play me Happy Birthday! That would be memorable!

Have a wonderful week!

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