Our new home – moving and first glimpses

We have moved to our new home! Finally after months of house hunting and anticipation, we found our new nest in Takoma Park, MD. A charming house on a lovely tree lined street. Some of the trees are more than 100ft tall.

Moving day was this past Saturday, rain and all…It took the movers over 8 hours from start to finish. They did a great job and even gave us a discount for using them again.

Moving time!

Movers, Paul and our plants, Some of them didn’t make it 🙁

I still can’t believe its ours! And all the space!! Yahoooo!! Space for my design projects, storage, Paul’s library, guest room, office, and sooo much more.

Little Christmas Shrubs

We have year around Christmas Tree like shrubs..anyone know what these are called? Aren’t they just so pretty along the walk up the house?


Japanese Maple Tree

Japanese Maple tree in our front yard. In the back you can see all the Bamboo trees as well.

Here are some highlights- more pics to follow soon.

– Pre-war cape cod/ colonial. 6 bedrooms, 3 bath, huuuuge backyard, and trees everywhere

– Hardwood floors (Oak?) in entire house except kitchen and bathrooms

– Brick fireplace that works ( well after a visit from the chimney sweep it will). I always wanted a real fireplace to cuddle up in front of in winters

– Bamboo and Japanese Maple trees in front yard

– Ginormous mater suite with high high ceiling and jacuzzi

While its great as it is, it needs a lot of love and personalization. Over next few months, we have our home improvement projects cut out for us. Some upcoming projects –

– Interior decorations!! I can’t wait to unpack and start decorating all the rooms.

– Landscaping in backyard – we want a water feature, fireplace/ bbq combo, Zen-like garden and having lots of friends over

– Kitchen – there is nothing wrong with it, we want to redo it to suit our lifestyle, I don’t like the flooring, and the cabinets and we need to make space for our new appliances – all stainless and energy saver, with eco-options of course!

The house has a walk-out basement. Plenty of windows allow for bright and airy rooms. We have a second kitchen in the basement and will update that as well. We plan to rent this unit out for a while and later use this space for entertaining large groups of friends.

I’m really excited, can’t wait to get all the unpacking done with. More pictures to follow soon.

Contributing Blogger at 2Modern Design Talk

I would like to share some exciting news. Greg Finney, co-founder of 2Modern has invited me to contribute on 2Modern’s blog- Design Talk.

If you haven’t heard of 2Modern Design Talk or 2Modern, you have been living under a rock! 2Modern is a modern furniture, contemporary lighting, personal accessories, and eco-friendly products for home and office store. They are based in San Francisco.

Contributers to Design Talk include some very inspiring individuals – Greg Finney, Jennifer Sitko (co-founder), Deanna Miller, Kasey Coughlin, Stratos Bacalis, Anand Gahlot, Danielle Colosimo, Erin Loechner, Kim Barrington, Valentina Herrera, Lisa Williams, Heloisa Righetto, Adrienne Breaux, Rachael Pfeffer, and Lauren O’Malley.

What is unique about 2Modern Design Talk? We provide a wide-range of views and commentary focused on contemporary design. Contributors to the blog are designers, manufacturers, editors, retailers, architects and consumers. Some contributors enjoy a large spectrum of the modern lifestyle, others are focused on specific niches or topics like: modern lighting, contemporary art, innovative architecture, etc. Some of us spend most of their time at tradeshows, viewing the latest designs, others spend their time in a studio in overalls and paint. The common denominator is that this carefully selected group of individuals weave a special fabric we call the 2Modern Design Talk blog. – 2Modern Design Talk

I feel fortunate to be on the same list as these talented designers, artists, innovators and furniture connoisseurs. I will be contributing on Thursdays, starting next week so keep an eye out for my first post there! 2Modern Design Talk

Here’s a peak at 2Modern’s collection

Eco Store Spotted – Viva Terra

Take a look at these home accents from Viva Terra. Viva Terra, or living Earth provide products that reflect their commitment to organic sources, ecological sensitivities, and passionate designs. And the best part, is they are on sale!!


recycled jewel tone bottle vases, starting at $65.


recycled glass balloon vases, starting at $39


reclaimed tree trunk lamp (sale!!) $298


temple bells $24


honeypot beeswax luminaries, starting at $14



sprout bowls, starting at $24


lotus flower chandelier, $329


railroad tie dining table and chairs, starting at $398


recycled metal globes, starting at $169

Casa Barbara – Architect and Interior Designer In Uruguay

Happy Monday! (Is there is such a thing?). Either way- here is to start your week with projects from Barbara Strueder who lives in Uruguay. An architect and interior designer, Barbara’s style is modern, minimalistic, vintage and shabby chic.

Barbara Strueder

Barbara Strueder

Barbara Strueder

Barbara Strueder

Barbara Strueder

Barbara Strueder

Barbara Strueder

I love the Asian accents.

Her clients are spread over Europe and South America and she has also been featured on German TV. Barbara’s website is not up yet, but you can view more of her work on her flickr page.

She is available for consultations through her email: info@artedeleste.com.