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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Houses

This past month has been really beautiful in Atlanta, so I have been walking my dog quite a bit.  Of course, to keep me inspired I pick my favorite areas of Atlanta for the walking routes, and particularly enjoyed the Halloween decorations along the way.  Here are a few ‘Halloween houses’ that caught my eye.

If you look closely at this picture, you will see so many interesting decorations.  I particularly like the skeletal bride and groom on the door.

The white picket fence is looking spooky at this house!

I love the bat that is perched over the front door.  I just noticed the witch flying into the utility pole!

It’s a bit hard to see in the picture, but that figure in the window is a pirate who will undoubtedly be watching the trick or treaters as they approach the door.

This property lent itself beautifully to ghostly creatures hanging from trees (it must have taken some effort to hang these guys!).  When I saw them, the wind was blowing, and they truly looked like they were floating through the trees.

Another eerie apparition on the same property.

Spiders and spiderweb on mailboxes was a popular theme this year.

I thought this mailbox d├ęcor was clever.

Taken from a distance, as the house is set back quite far from the street.  I doubt that there are many trick or treaters who venture onto this property, but it looks like the owners get into the Halloween spirit with an inflatable bat on the roof to the right, a spider to the left, and another spider crawling down the house in the middle.

I love the look of black spiders climbing up a white house.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Morning view

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Although it is hard to capture a good picture when facing the sun, the view that greeted me this morning inspired me to snap a quick iphone picture. It is quite cold today, and there is steam rising out of the pool water. 

 The back of our house faces east, so we are greeted by the morning light when looking out the master bedroom window (this exposure made good black out lining in the curtains a must!).  This picture captures one of my favorite views; Alec Michaelides from LandPlus Associates created a truly beautiful landscape plan that is a pleasure to look at from every angle.


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

One of my favorites: the Basil Flush Mount from Circa Lighting

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We ordered most of the interior light fixtures for the house back in December and January, which seemed early but actually turned out to be a smart thing to do; some of the fixtures were available right away, but others took many months to come in.  

It’s amazing how many light fixtures have to be ordered when building a new house.  Thankfully, the process was very smooth given the experience of my designer, who selected a great balance of lighting styles (from lanterns to sconces to flush mounts to chandeliers) and price points.  Every day I walk through the house and appreciate the lighting; it was a very important design element for me, and I am absolutely thrilled with everything we selected.  

Given the sheer number of light fixtures that had to be selected, it is amazing that everything worked out so well.  We only had one small issue, in a vestibule leading to the outdoor room.  Although the ceiling in the adjacent space is 10 feet, the vestibule ceiling drops to 9 feet, so the lantern that was selected for the space (the Honore Lantern, which is a beauty) did not work both because of the lower ceiling height, and because the door would swing into the lantern.  So, we went in a different direction and selected the large Basil flush mount fixture from Visual Comfort, available through Circa Lighting.  I am absolutely thrilled with this light fixture – it has a beautiful finish (we selected the natural brass, but it also comes in gun metal and polished nickel), and it is the perfect touch for this pretty space. Plus, I am happy to have a quatrefoil somewhere in the house, given my affinity for this shape!

We ordered much of our lighting from Circa Lighting, and I will feature different lighting fixtures that we selected in future posts.  A big thank you to the wonderful associates at Circa Lighting in Atlanta for helping us get the Basil flush mount fixtures to the house in time for the photo shoot with photographer Emily Followill!

Lighting information:
Large Basil Flush Mount by Alexa Hampton for Visual Comfort 
Available through Circa Lighting - http://www.circalighting.com/details.aspx?pid=2764

Circa has some of the most beautiful flush mount light fixtures – I think that flush mounts are such an appealing alternative to can lights in a space, as they project light so much better (and are far more beautiful!). Click here to see some of the flush mount options from Circa Lighting: 
http://www.circalighting.com/search_results.aspx?q=flush+mount

Photo credit: Emily Followill


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