Pretty as a picture.

9 Feb

Houses invite.

Rest assured, if you take on a home renovation project your house will invite new people into your home and your life. The people who’ve waltzed in have been a bonus in this project. From Bert the framer to the “French” electrician, I’ve met some quality people through this house. I cannot wait to have them over for dinner.

Back in September, Brad took me to meet Dee Bynum of Bynum Design. Dee’s latest project is just a block or two from my house.  This is what the house looked like when I met Dee. (Dee, I cannot show only the pretty pictures on this blog. My readers like the whole story–stitches and all.) This is the house that resulted in the infamous trip to urgent care. Stitches aside, I came away from that meeting with a great deal of respect for Dee. We share a love for white. And a love for gray. He has exceptional instincts for design. The home he planned is gorgeous. I’d love for you to see the final product.

Can you get over the windows? I can’t. They soar.

Do you see that air vent on the right? That’s the one. That’s the one that sent me to urgent care. I just had to tell you. So you can imagine how that really went.

The kitchen with arched doorways and a perfect shade of gray. (It really is perfect, Dee.)

The “catwalk” or hallway upstairs looks down into the living room.

(Again, the windows… So nice.)

The door on the left leads to an upstairs porch.

I’m a fan of the window in the shower. (And the closet below.)


So, it’s clear that he’s a great designer. Turns out he’s one of the nice guys–one of those guys who cares about quality. I feel like he would join me and Brad in a don’t-tear-down-the-old-houses campaign.

I find that, at times, I’m inclined to keep an idea under my hat–hang onto it until I can make it happen. What I’ve learned from watching Dee and Brad compare projects and collaborate is that the really great people aren’t afraid of sharing what they know or dream. Instead, they put it out there and help make each ideas better.

Hats off to you, Dee. Well done. Well planned. Really, it’s beautiful. Totally worth the stitches. Totally.

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12 Responses to “Pretty as a picture.”

  1. Lele February 9, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I know I keep saying this..but I REALLY LOVE your blog. And I love your style and that kitchen and bathroom and etc., etc. You rock!

    • aj February 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank you, Lele. I love hearing from you. All the credit for this post goes to Dee Bynum. This is his work and he’s such an incredible designer. I’m happy to rub shoulders with such talented people.

  2. Jenny Williams February 9, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Glad they put up a banister upstairs, I still have nightmares about our trip to see this house 🙂

    • aj February 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      A wave of nausea washed over me when I saw the picture of the “catwalk” and thought about you walking right off the edge. I like those rails. Miss you. A lot.

  3. Shela-Lyn Boxberger February 9, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    So when can I move in and become your neighbor? Love it!

  4. Lisa February 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    I’m new to your blog, so sorry if you’ve covered this! What colors are the gray and white paints used? They are beautiful.

    • aj February 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      So glad you found the site! The gray is argos gray by Sherwin Williams.

      • Lisa February 23, 2011 at 1:29 am #

        Thank you!

  5. Ben Arment February 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    What a gorgeous house… wow

  6. sunny hall February 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    crazy beautiful!! WOW!

  7. aj February 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Shelia-Lyn: ASAP
    Lisa: I will absolutely find out from Dee what those colors are and reply to you.
    Ben + Sunny: I know. It is beautiful.

  8. Tommy February 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I love the color and the layout and the simplicity of it all. That’s not even mentioning the lighting fixtures going on here. It’s ridiculous in the best way.

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