What I've Been Up To

Sorry for the long hiatus from posting - I've been in full productivity mode. I've been working on a few really good projects including a home office install (photography to come in the next couple of weeks), an 8,000 square foot commercial office remodel that is undergoing architectural review and selecting finishes for a new construction home.

I've also been working on my own home. The kitchen, bathroom and hallway are all the typical beige color and are screaming for a paint job. I'm thinking a cool color palette -

This palette will set off the new coffee table that I just ordered from West Elm!  

The big project that has been consuming a lot of my time and energy is transforming my yard into a Japanese garden. When we bought the house, the yard was totally wild! Vines were completely swallowing the shed, weeds were running rampant and debris was buried everywhere (we dug up over one hundred plastic pot and have found glass beads everywhere!).  From the before pictures below you can see that there was little landscaping going on.  Eli did a great job knocking down the fence that was housing an old compost pile.  

Eli and I did a lot of research when planning the layout of the garden. We wanted it to be as authentic as possible. The book Creating Your Own Japanese Garden: A Practical Guide by     
Motomi Oguchi has been really useful. We are using it to follow the step-by-step instructions on building a bamboo fence. We still have a few weeks to go but here are a couple progress photos - 

We still need to finish ripping up the concrete, create the moss mounds, plant a couple trees/shrubs, build the bamboo fence along the perimeter of the yard, lay the gravel, get large boulders, build a bench on the back of the house and install a fountain and lantern... so there is a lot left to do! I'll post photos of the progress as more and more gets done. This could be an all-summer project!