January 23, 2011

Need a Nook? DIY

This time of year I dream of having a nook............a place for curling up with a favorite book. Some homes are born with them, many can be created
Under a staircase

Empty space under the stairs? Can the wall be opened up?

A living room turret turned conversation nook

An add-on

A favorite B & B in Norfolk England

Possibilities here are endless......extend it out further and add a mini banquette or set in a living room + custom settee.

A friends dining room. All of the cabinetry was an addition. Have a beautiful view and a blank wall? This could be custom fabricated to your space.

A selling feature in the SEARS home. Imagine today ordering a home through a catalogue?

This is an add on

Who would not want to dine in these nooks at a restaurant?
An attic conversion. Behind the arches will be a bedroom nook........I really could not show the "after" the decoration was too disturbing, trust me!

Have an unused closet? Remove the doors and use your imagination

Most nooks will be found in bed chambers. As you will see many are additions in some form

Devote a space, add curtains, bed........instant!  Love differentiating the space with horizontal stripes

The back half of the room was chosen for the addition of a built in bed and for additional closets
OH MY!  How did Mr. Darcy get here?!     Hmmmmmm, must be the romantic ambiance a nook instills

I believe Mr. Darcy would approve.........

Or perhaps this one?
Well, back to reality.........this is doable

Did I see this on Sissy's blog?

Easy! But here is what i would do; create much more depth in the book cases which would nestle the bed even further. Then having niches/open shelving inside the cases would eliminate the need for bedside tables if articulating sconces were added.  (ps....Sharon?)  

LOVE these articulating sconces!

Desk in center with bump-out, see it? A true nook would have some cabinetry coming forward and the desk nestled inwards but I felt this image could spur inspiration

Yes, in the garden..........who does not need a moment of calm in a secluded spot, nestled away from all else?

Would love to hear your thoughts.........send a picture if you have a nook, we can inspire each other

At the Chicago shop, SG Grand. for details contact us here or email: bart@sggrand.com

January 10, 2011

A year of magical thinking.............

A new year           a fresh start          
        chasing dreams           taking risks

New years resolutions? not for me.......New years dreams?........all over it!

My life quote is    "Leap and the Net will appear" 
In essence,  a belief in yourself with a willingness to take risks

Do you have a life quote?  One that sums up your being and your outlook?    

As many of you know 2010 had spectacular ups and downs, all shared here.

What to do? Realize that life indeed is short and seize the day. I am ready to stand back up and do so.

2011 will be the year of chasing dreams, of magical thinking

I am still away at school learning perspective drawing. Utter failure the first go-around, eight years ago. But the ability to draw remains a dream..............so I am in Las Vegas taking it again, for two grueling weeks. Wish I could say this go-around is successful, still waiting for that "AH HA" moment

Then home for a bit before I take off to England for my grand dream, to write a book. A major commitment of time and resources with no guarantee of success. A dear friend Sylvia, in Sherbourne England said "Come, come and get away, write your book here!"  
Ask yourself............how do you know if you do not try?

What are your dreams? Are you currently in pursuit? 
If not, what is holding you back?

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