Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lindsey and Anant- Morais Vineyards and Winery

Lindsey's mom and my mom are great friends, they use to work together and I first met Lindsey years ago when our moms signed us up to walk a 5k for their company, soon after that walk I learned that Lindsay was moving to Seattle, Washington to go work for the Bill Gates Foundation. Anant also worked for the Foundation and lived in Seattle but it was't until they were both in India on a business trip that they really hit it off.  I guess they say the rest is history.  

This was my first Indian Catholic wedding.  I was excited to take on the challenge but nervous how it would be perceived by the Indian community.  The wedding was held at Morais Vineyard and Winery so a lot of wine inspired decor was also incorporated into the wedding.

Instead of corsages for the mothers and grandmothers, everyone had a custom hair flower. 

Bouquets were made of super green roses, green trick, white ranunculus, mini green hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids, aspidistra leaves and peacock feathers. 

 Grandmother's Gardenia hair flower. 

Morais Vineyards and Winery

green cymbidium orchid boutonniere
wine bottles with flowers
Lindsey's sister styled each table with found objects that went with the wine theme.  She told me which vases she wanted filled with flowers and the rest she did all her self.
wine themed wedding

All photos by Regeti's Photography 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Masterbath Renovation

It's DONE!!! and it only took us TWO years to get started. When Chris and I purchased this house we knew the first thing we wanted to remodel was the master bathroom and of course being an architect I saw the potential and was constantly rethinking how I was going to change it.  Finally I picked up the phone and called a contractor, I knew this is what I would need to push me to get the drawings done and work out the details.  I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I used a free online program to draw the plans, since I no longer practice architecture I don't have access to AutoCAD, overall the program was great, not perfect but it got the job done.
Permit Drawings- Entire second floor
Permit Drawings- Details drawings
The before bathroom was small and cramped and had a lovely 80's clamshell sink!  The only nice thing it had going for it was the window, which was a little bit of a challenge to work around.  
View from bedroom- the "nook" use to have a sink there but the previous owner took it out.

Chris sealing up the bedroom
The entire construction only took 23 working days but our contractor told us two weeks.  We knew to anticipate longer since they usually always go over, I also selected harder materials to work with, like my mosaic floor tile which may have extended the job a little longer from when we originally talked timeline.  We lived in our guest bedroom for most of it since our closet had to be emptied, we couldn't wait for the day we could move back to our own bed, we now feel sorry for our guests, I guess it's time for a mattress upgrade for that room.
Demo day was exciting!

Moving plumbing around

Studs going in- we bumped into our bedroom

Inspecting progress

Ooo Lala- tile going in! 

Kitchen ceiling exposed to move ducts

Looking into bedroom


I went on a massive marble hunt for the countertop
Shower door sketches- This was one of the largest investsments

We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.  The reason it took me so long to post photos is because this mirror from Pottery Barn was on backorder for months, yes I was still blowdrying my hair and doing my make up in the guest bathroom up until now.  We are so happy to finally have this project complete!  

Double Sinks with low flow faucets.


The window was required to be tempered by code so we changed 
it from a double hung to a casement.

The vanity is from Amicus Green Building Center
It is made from wood harvested from a renewable forest.

The toilet is tucked behind the shower for privacy.  Unfortunately it is not duel flush, the reviews on duel flush just didn't convince me it would flush #2 completely.  It is however one of the best low flow toilets on the market. 

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Kate and Pete - Glen Echo Maryland

Three weeks before Kate's April wedding she called me up and asked if I was available to do the flowers for her wedding, lucky for both of us I was available.  I had so much fun designing this wedding because Kate gave me an overall look and then gave me the freedom to create what I wanted. She wanted it to feel natural and organic with flowers that resembled something picked from the garden but let me roll with what I thought looked best.  Theses two are adorable and I wish them all the best in their future together.
All photos taken by the talented Shauna Ploeger of Photography Du Jour
Purple Lilac, purple iris, maidenhair fern, parrot tulips, green hypericum berries
Iris, lilac, maidenhair fern, mini hydrangea,

white and purple corsage