Monday, January 28, 2008

Remember "Granny Style"

One thing about adventures in blogging is that as a reader of some other people's great blogs out there I am always learning something new and discovering interesting things on a regular basis. As I was enjoying M.A.Belle's recent post on "Granny Style", I came upon an exiting discovery once again.

It's a great post if you haven't read it already check it out here.



Elle Decor Dec/Jan 2005 via M.A. Belle


In it mentions an article she came across and their discussion of the widely held belief of many people that their grandmothers were the pinnacle of domestic chic. This is something I concur with. My grandmother had an elegance and grace I can only aspire to. Steven Sclaroff designed the home featured. And the mention of his timeless mix of granny and modern day prompted a quick peek at his site. As that is kind of our look, reworking family pieces with our own quirky eclectic style.

What a shock to find this there!
I mean I have this pair of chests along with two smaller ones I often use as nightstands. I also inherited the matching vanity and chair ( in storage due to the reno). Cha-ching! I think I won the "granny style lotto" again!


So you must know all that great stuff is just not going to fit in the master bedroom of this tiny tudor. Especially with the absolutely crucial large antique armoire looming over it all. (closets almost don't exist in this 20's bungalow). Think David Jimenez dressing room look and size armoire dominating the bedroom. Thanks to Habitually Chic for the great post with the tip on David's new website! I'm a fan of you both.



House Beautiful Aug 2007 via Habitually Chic

So since storage is at a premium, we came up with a plan to use these two larger chests in the future master bath, now smallest bedroom, without permanently altering them. The concept calls for a large wall mounted glass shelf that the chests can just slide under but be protected from splashes. Safe to later move with us if need be. A great raised sink and a faucet extending from the wall. Of course all this planning was done as much good design planning must be... on a paper restaurant napkin.

Ta-da!

13 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

Very creative! except Habitually chic is a woman he he!!! other than that - great post!!!!

(just teasing with you!)

LondonCalling said...

CDT- Oops, I was too vague! His being David Jimenez website that "she" posted about. Glad you liked it!

pve design said...

love your paper napkin sketch!
saved that spread, love Granny style.
Elegantly comfortable and familiar.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

My name is David Jimenez and I really appreciate your positive comments about my home in Kansas City and my new website. It really means a lot to me. I had a chance to check out your blog tonight and have become a new fan. It's terrific! Keep up the great work. Warm regards, David

Topsy Turvy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...
I love your sketch! Lana

LondonCalling said...

David,
I'm pleased you stopped by. Your home is beautiful. I'm also enjoying your column "Inside Design" it's very inpiring. Thank you for your kind words. You made my day!

MABELLE said...

You are so sweet! Thank you so much for the mention- I appreciate it and was pleasantly surprised :) Now let's talk about your napkin sketch!!! LOVE IT! Did you draw that?! Seriously frame it.

LondonCalling said...

Mabelle, Thank you but I can't take the credit. The masterwork was done by the BF.(Although, the last two pulls on the left are from my darker pen.) He thinks I'm crazy for posting it:)

Mary-Laure said...

Granny style, hmmm... you don't know my grandma, her Hawaiian print shirts, her vinyl couch (look! you can clean up spills with a sponge! cool, no?), her nylon bedthrows...
British granny style, now that's a different thing altogether. (My granny's South American...)

Kwana said...

Love that bed with the green spead. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

David again. I am glad you are enjoying my column. Let me know if you'd like any other photos of my home. I'd be happy to send them to you. I can be reached via my contact page at djimenez.com
Best, DJ

Pigtown-Design said...

London... here's an old post i did with a piece we had at the architectural salvage group i owned.

http://pigtown-design.blogspot.com/2007/03/vessel-sinks.html

LondonCalling said...

PD- I love the dresser application you did. Valid point about the toothpaste...but it will be worth the maintainence.