It took a canceled flight, the very last spot on a standby list, and a couple hours of shoveling my car out of the airport parking lot, but I am back home in snowy Richmond. Sooo... let's turn around and head back to Puerto Rico. It's warm and there are piña coladas.
Just about a year ago, Edward and I decided to check out a little old house in Church Hill more or less on a whim. As much as we'd both loved living in the Fan, we were ready to try something new, and Church Hill was (and is) growing like crazy and looked too fun to pass up. The prospect of buying was more than a little intimidating, but one visit to a sad rental house with an utterly sleazy landlord made the choice easier.
So today I'm sharing a bit of the progress we've made in the months since. We'll start in the living room, which is the first room you see when you come into the house. Like most of the rooms, it's decorated with plenty of of thrifted items and plenty of metals. Unlike the other rooms, we kept the color palette pretty neutral. I suppose not every room in the house can be dark and dramatic.
Stop right there. I know what you're thinking.
Blame it on my food obsession, but I always find inspiration from restaurant design. I actually do a fair amount of restaurant design for work, but that's on such a different level from these beauties that it hardly compares. Unlike home design, which mainly needs to appeal to an individual or family, restaurant and commercial spaces need to appeal to a greater audience. Too often that leads to a design-by-committee look, which I can't imagine appeals to anyone. Occasionally, though, you hit the jackpot: personal yet welcoming and perfectly functional.
When it's 20° outside and dark before I've finished work, I crave comfort food. And pajamas. And Scotch. Problem is, I kind of over indulged on all three last month, and now it's time to bring some healthier habits back into my life. I need a meal I can look forward to, and a wan romaine salad just won't cut it. Instead, I'm making a dish that has plenty of spice and texture to distract me from the fact that it's not pie.
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.