Welcome back to my One Room Challenge! Where designers volunteer to transform a room in 6 weeks and write about the process. And, here I am at the halfway mark - Week 3. I DID think that I was making good progress toward the finish, and I am certainly pleased with how everything is turning out...but seriously....that was the fastest three weeks ever! And there are only 2 weeks left before I need to photograph and be ready for the reveal!! We are all feeling the pressure of the time frame, but be sure and check in on the other participants- we love having you follow along and keep the good thoughts and comments coming. Some of the Wednesday posts are are certainly keeping me amazed at all the great inspiration.
So now we are really into the process and as excited as I am to be involved, it DOES create lots of nerves! Be sure and visit ORC on Wednesdays to see the "main attraction"!
I am so excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge as a linking partner! I have read with interest and pleasure all the posts of the talented designers and bloggers that have participated and I am looking forward to my first time...as an introduction, the One Room Challenge was started by Linda of Calling it Home a few years ago and it has become a blogging event that I have looked forward to each year!
Do you love blue and white china? "Traditional" or "classic" design? Do you have an item that seems oddly "oriental" that you associate with your mother, grandmother or other family member? And you like it, but not quite sure how to fit it in?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved the stories told about historical homes, personal tidbits about a certain item of furniture or family "heirlooms". I always found the romance in the wear pattern on a stone step, or the marks made from years of handling - these things make the past very real for me. I have often thought that is why families have traditions of any sort - turkey at Thanksgiving, honored routines on special occasions - they connect us to our homes, our families and the generations, past, present and future.
Today begins a Wednesday feature on the blog highlighting how "Old" becomes "New" in interesting ways. In my work I am known for respecting period features, honoring family legacy, and infusing my designs with contemporary flair. Incorporating a modern sensibility and a classic foundation really creates the best of both worlds in my view.
Today is the launch of a new blog series and a completely renewed blog for me! I have been in the process of some big changes at Meredith Bohn Interior Design and I can't wait to show them to you.....but for today, here is a sneak peak!!
The nature of interior design in general, and Designer Show houses especially...is that the designer has to be able to ADJUST!! Items are late or unavailable, plans have to be modified due to circumstances or hidden details that pop up, and sometimes something that looked good on paper, just didn't work as well as the designer hoped. Things happen and we have to solve the problem and roll with the punches.....
Ever since I can remember, I have been drawn toward stone houses. At first, my attraction had to do with the solid sense of history, the sense of richness with stone that one does not get in a simple clapboard or shingle construction. Then, as I experienced the interior of a stone construction, I was especially drawn to the thickness of the walls, creating deep window embrasures, just made for a cat to sit in or a possible opportunity for a window seat to curl up and read.
Recently I attended 2 seminars addressing different aspects of design and the design business that, as usual, led me to examine what I do (and often, WHY I do it)! The first seminar that I was fortunate to attend was in Winter Park, Florida (a post should be dedicated to that terrific city, just because it is amazing all by itself) The Friends of Casa Feliz hosted the 7th annual Colloquium for Historic Preservation and I was back among the environs of my architectural studies. This year the subject was the architecture of James Rogers Gamble and James Rogers Gamble II and the guest speaker was Paul Goldberger, who I have admired since I read his work on skyscrapers and other articles in the NYTimes, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. While we had several interesting discussions as to why preservation was and is important, what constitutes "good" architecture and why it matters, I was most struck by the panel discussion on the work of the two architects. These two men, uncle and nephew, could not have been more different in era and work, yet as son and grandson "Jack" Rogers explained, what makes good architecture great is this sense of place, context,and texture. In residential design, whether it is the exterior or the interior of a building, texture is what elevates the ordinary to something that is meaningful and moving. Something that we respond to on a deeper level.