Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kitchen Plans

I'm done with fall semester!!!!!!!!!!

....Well, I should be! But instead, I still have 20 pages of papers to write by tuesday. I haven't quite escaped from Architraz yet... Funnn.... All I can say is this song is probably appropriate for how I plan to get all this done on time...

In the mean time, I have decided I would like to procrastinate. Specifically, while dreaming about vintage kitchens! I'm actually getting ready to leave for Upstate NY (after I get these papers done), where I'll be working on the bunny house over winter break. Specifically, I'll be working on the kitchen! I don't know how much progress I can make in the time I have (I also have other stuff to do), but I can at least get started! I got to dig out some of the kitchen stuff that's gonna be comin' with me...stuff I've had for a while now that I've been dying to see set up! Bein' the design fanatic I am, I've spent a lot of time working out different possible kitchen plans with the general floor plan of the house... Its been an interesting design challenge since all the pieces of this kitchen puzzle are currently mismatched salvage... I think it can all come together though....

Anyways, here are the main pieces I'm workin' with.... There'll surely be others, but these will probably be the main players.

Kitchen cabinet set: This is from when I purchased them; its actually only the cabinets that have the sliding glass panels- not the two lower right bottoms. I lovve the glass, and I think they'll be incredible once finished... They need a LOT of work though...

Here's the reality of those upper cabinets: they're great, but very dented and misaligned...and pretty rough. my goal will be to take them all apart, sandblast them, straighten all the hinges and dents, and paint em up.

This is the sink cabinet I'll probably be using; it's from a Youngstown kitchen. The sink that will go in it is pink!

And here's a sneak peak of my pink stove! I also have a fabulous mint green fridge that I don't currently have any good photos of...

And I don't know if she'll fit in anywhere, but I picked rhis chair up last summer and love her to death! I've never seen a chair with curves like that ha! Any good ideas for a use of a single fabulous dinette chair? I'm not sure if it should be a kitchen thing, or...?

I don't have any floor plans on hand, but here's some rough sketch-up perspectives of what I'm thinking....Its a fairly small kitchen, but I wanna try to make the most of the space. I like the idea of setting the rounded counter out at an angle, cause I like angles, but also because it just works well (IMO). It allows a small eat-in area with some stools, and also gives the kitchen more counter space. If it were a true "L" it would cut into the kitchen space to much, and if there was no jut-out you'd have very little counter space, with no stool area. The counter I already have; its an original light turquoise formica countertop with a great boomerang pattern, in excellent condition. I have the fridge against the far wall, a sink space next to it a bit lower than the bar counter, and the stove on the opposite wall to complete the work triangle.

Just another perspective (I've spent most of my time designing this side of the kitchen). On the left would be a small window seat. (note that the dining room is to the left).

And for fun, here's been some inspiration kitchens:
This one I just LOVE.. love the angled counter, how the floor picks up the angle, the angled cabinets, the glass, love it all...

Again love the angles in this kitchen. (Can you tel I like angles?) While I appreciate wood kitchens like this, the metal sets are more my style...

And this one's so colorful and happy!

So, that's where I stand... Wish me luck!
And ok, I should probably get started on those papers now!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

First House After College!

Hey guys!
I'm going to be graduating in May, and am really excited because I've just finalized my first house after college! So of course I have to share my pics and excitement! I'm actually going to be renting a house from a best-friend of mine in central Upstate NY. (in a small village called Starkville). Its about an hour west of Albany.. She's an artist who recently bought an abandoned church to fix up into her home and studio. Being in the middle of Upstate NY, she got the property for $17,000! Not only is the church incredible, but it came with an "extra"- the original parsonage! Can you imagine getting an extra house with your house? Since she doesn't need an extra house, we've worked out a deal where I'm gonna rent (maybe rent-to-own) the parsonage, likely in exchange for repairs or work done (any work I do will count towards rent). I'm actually already very involved in the local community as I go up there constantly throughout the year, and love it! Very slow pace of life (which I love), yes very economically depressed, but it feels right.. Lots of country, little towns, old buildings and old things.. There's a local cafe we go to on the weekends and know everyone by name, people wave as you drive by, neighbors help out....its so not like that where I grew up in modern suburban maryland..

Anyways, here's the house! It's a little 1865 Greek Revival farmhouse! Thankfully still has its original windows and wood siding, and so many cute details! (porch details added circa 1890)

Even though its much older than most of the furniture I'm into, I kind of like the contrast between the more 1940's-60's stuff against the olderness of the house... And it already fits in a lot of ways.. don't those look like 50's starbursts carved out in the gingerbread trim below? Meant to be ha! And yes, this pic also shows how much work she's gonna need....all I can say is water has not been this home's friend!

I love the front door (but gotta get rid of that modern screen door!)

And the back! So cute.... for some reason some of the siding on the back was replaced with plywood, but that'll eventually get dealt with....All the stuff there will get moved out when I start moving in late spring....

And a little bit of the backyard :)

And finally, in context- with my friend Wendy's church next door!

As some of the pictures have shown, she's definitely a project, but I'm excited! I'm gonna start work this winter to try to make her livable for when I move in after school.. Poor old girl needs a LOT... her plumbing works...ish... her electric has been updated, but there's no heating system, plenty of leaks, and a foundation that needs to be stabilized...The inside's also a mess (she's too packed now for pics).... There's not tooo many original details left inside (besides original doors with iron latches!) but that just means I can make it my own and vintage it up to my heart's content!

Wish me luck! I've been waiting my whole 21 years for a bunny cottage I can call my own!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Ultimate Haunted House

In the spirit of Halloween, I figured I'd share one of my favorite houses with you guys- the Webster Wagner Mansion in Palatine Bridge, NY. Whether or not this place is really haunted, it sure looks the part! Built in 1876, the home was built for inventor Webster Wagner, who invented the sleeping and parlor cars for the railroad, in addition to a ground-breaking ventilation system. Basically, he was largely responsible for improving the comfort of railroad travel. Is it somewhat ironic that after he built this home, he died in the same car he invented, in a fiery train crash in 1882.

Today, the mansion is in a terrible state of decay, but surprisingly is not abandoned. It is actually currently lived in, though the owner is somewhat of a recluse. A few years ago, half of the porch collapsed, followed by a portion of the third and second floors collapsing over the parlors due to water infiltration. The mansion is still standing, but on its final legs. While its future looks grimm, I hope someone will come along and save would be sad to see such a part of local history lost...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Beautiful Damage

So, this past summer I was walking around the antique flea market in Bouckville, NY (VERY yummy), and came across this forlorn little lampshade. It wasn't really for sale by itself, it just came with an older floor lamp that it really didn't go with anyways. But I was struck. For me, the star was this shade. I snatched it up for $5 and carefully carried it back to my goodies pile.

Now some people have thought (and likely will think) I'm crazy. You should have seen some of the looks I got carrying this thing back! But I don't care- I just love it to pieces. And JUST the way it is. That's what makes it so good! It started out as a fringed lampshade (1920's?) but has practically become this (IMHO) work of art! I mean its just like this wierd sculptural faded floofal from another shredded or faded elegance... That pink floofal in the middle is fantastic and I love the edges of fringe that remain along the sides. It really has this abandoned building kinda feel to it...

While I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with it, I gotta do something good...I'm open to suggestions! I don't want it to be a lamp again (besides, it would burst into flames) so I'm thinking of just hanging it somewhere...maybe over a table over something?

P.S. here's a sneak peak of a 50's pink dinette I got at the same flea market! Isn't that pattern outrageous?! There probably won't be any pictures soon since its stored in Upstate NY at a friend's house (where I'll be moving), so a taste it the best I can do for now! With that being said, I know officially have too many dinettes and need to sell off the excess children! If anyone's looking for a 50's dinette in the Maryland-ish area, let me know! (I have a couple in storage and a nice red one ready to go).

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Update on Life and a vintage patio set!

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been gone for forever! This past year has just been...well... packed isn't a strong enough word! In addition to surviving being an architecture student, I've just had a ton of other stuff going on as well.. This summer I helped a friend do a couple art shows and also volunteered to help an architecture firm do an exterior conditions report on a really cool house I have to post about some time... I also found the house that I'm going to be renting after school! I have to do a post coming up- I'm so excited! Its a little 1860's former parsonage in a village in Upstate NY. It needs a ton of work, but has a lot of potential! I'll be renting from my best friend up there, who lives in the old gothic church next door!
And then this semester is going on.. This is my first break, after our big first-half-of-the-semester project. To give you an idea of what studio is like during the final days of a project (the charette), I was working literally nonstop for a week, all day and night at the architecture building, and the last 3 days I slept 2 hours. Not a very pleasant experience! Besides the fact that I don't remember what i said during my presentation, I actually had a very good review, so I was happy. Here's a picture of me from last semester with my charette hat on, and a model from a previous project..

But anyways, during the charette I actually picked up some vintage yum-yums on the way to get art supplies! I was on the highway when my vinta-vision kicked in and spotted this adorable vintage dinette set at a yard sale! ( seen from the highway through trees in a neighborhood behind some bushes!). I instantly found my way to the yard sale and snatched them up for a tidy $35! I was thrilled as I was looking for a set just like this actually! And $35 is my kind of price! I'm thinking of painting the little armrest wiggles a color, or maybe even striped!