…i’ve been working on a lake house

Hi Friends!

I am here, but I am a busy bee this summer. I am working on our little lake house and will be for most of the summer. I am going slowly because, well, I want to play in the lake!

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Yes, there is a part of me that would just like to “fix”, update and redo everything around me, and there is another part that wants to experiment and try something a bit different. I don’t want to have the same exact decor here as I do at home if that makes sense. I want to create a feeling that will refresh my family, calm us and help us recharge. At first I had the idea that I was going to literally paint everything in eye sight white – including the floors, which I still want to do.

This is what I was envisioning.

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Can I get an amen?!

And I plan on doing many of these things as inspired by Pinterest. I will eventually paint the kitchen cabinets, a fireplace, some wood furniture. But, part of me wants to incorporate the shades of blue that I am noticing in every catalogs that comes in the door. Like this:

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I think the risk is that with a lake or beach home, you don’t want to decorate too literally. Some blue and make one pillow referencing a lake is okay, maybe a few shells, but you don’t want to overdo it because I think it can be come a bit too much. I want it to be a subtle nod to the water around us.

I think when planning out a space you need to collect pictures that inspire you. You may not know why you feel moved by them, but that does not matter right away. What you want to get an idea of is the tone of the space. Pinterest is a great place to make a motivational board or even a three-ring binder with magazine clippings. I have at least two of these going at all times. If I see something in a catalog or magazine, I will tear it out and stuff it in the binder. It’s not very organzied in there, but it is all in one spot. I found myself really loving some of this gold, white and blues. Now, how to work it all together?

I keep going back to the movie “Something’s Gotta Give” with Jack Nickolson and Diane Keating (one of my fav movies!). The Hampton’s Beach home was literally to die for. I think I’ll start there. Oh – and she was a writer! Like she wrote her plays at the beach house – can you imagine? I can think of nothing better. Truly inspiring for this gal.

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PS – It wasn’t until I started looking up these images that I found out that this very beach house is an extremely popular search for its decor.

…zaha hadid love.

In a past life, before babies and paint, I worked in the design industry in marketing. It was the perfect place for me to land because I can really appreciate all things created out of necessity and puzzled together until the perfect solution is brought to fruition in a real, live building or space.

Architecture stems from a need and then travels through the minds of talented people to become something beautiful and functional. It is practicality meeting the impractical – at least that is what really cool, memorable design means to me.

I think it is worth highlighting the designs of a talent that went too soon yesterday. Zaha Hadid.

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I definitely think this kind of design requires talent meeting opportunity meeting a good dose of luck. I mean, what designer does not want to create memorable, high-end design? There is so much that goes into getting a building actually built. Kind of like art or theater or fashion – all the good stuff. Her work is all that architecture should be and in a very male-dominated profession, she was regarded as the greatest female architect in the world to date. She is worth our attention and admiration.

Here’s a look at some amazing images.

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And to all my architect friends, I think of you often and wish I could pop in to hear your thoughts today.

 

 

…instagram

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Thanks to two of my cute sister in laws, Regina and Shannon, and their motivation to keep Blue Egg current, I have decided to ramp up my Instagram account. (My other SILs are super cute too just not quite as, ahem, young. Ah, to be young and in the know.)

Many of you keep up with me on my website feed and Facebook and I love it! Instagram is a great way to see, well, pretty pictures that inspire me in my daily life. It’s quick and fun.

If you are already in Instagram, search for blueeggbrownnest and follow!

For those that are new to the party, it’s super easy. Go to the app section on your phone and download Instagram. You will see the icon above. Set up an account and look around and play! You can post your own images and follow people. Click the little search button and type blueeggbrownnest to find me!

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Here’s a few recents that you will see from me. See you there! xoxo

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