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Renovation – Textures and Details






We’ve just finished a renovation of our kitchen and family room. If you missed my blog post of yesterday, probably good to go here first:  Renovation Over – Almost!

Please click on each picture in this post. It will appear LARGER. and BETTER!

As we have settled into our new space, we’ve enjoyed a lot of the details – fabrics, colors, textures, hardware, lights, etc. I wanted to take some closeup pictures to give a sense of some of the details. Part of one our two new easy chairs appears above. They swivel – a nice feature!



So, most of us buy our appliances based on looks, right? Our double oven has a clean, cool contemporary feel. It works great, too.



For the floors, we chose white oak. There’s no stain on the floor, just two coats of oil based polyurethane and two coats of water based poly. The new floor grills are made to match and are flush to the floor – very sleek. I didn’t think of this – our floor guy led the way.



This is one of four chairs around a table with a painted round top (yet to arrive). We picture this as a breakfast and project area.



Picking out door pulls is a challenge – the choices are endless. I leaned towards something very simple – my spouse prevailed and this is what we came up with, which we both love. We have 58 of these altogether. Whew!



There are three high chairs (I’m not supposed to say barstool) where we can sit at one of the islands. Very comfy.

Thanksgiving is next week. We are truly grateful for all the people who worked on our project – carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheetrockers, floor installers, painters, interior and kitchen designers and more. Everyone was terrific to work with and all really took pride in their handicraft. You have created a lovely environment for us. Thank you!

Even the outlets are slick. Our old glassware, now back from 12 weeks in storage, fits snugly in these skinny cabinets at the end of the island. Time to shake up a martini?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”




Renovation Over – Almost!






Click on any image in this blog post to see it in a LARGER size. The pictures look better this way!

Our renovation is (almost!) over. If you missed the blog post from early in the process, see Renovation-Part One. We began in mid August and so it’s been about 3 months. We’re letting go of the memories of dust and just enjoying the space now. These are pendant lights over one of the two islands in our kitchen.


This is the view from our family room back towards the kitchen. We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and this room to open up the space. “Knocking down the wall” sounds easy, but it involved new steel beams and moving lots of wires and pipes.  Still not quite sure how our general contractor, Brian Dean, of Bryan & Brian, pulled this off, but did.


This is a view from the kitchen over the two islands out towards the family room. The chairs on the far left are waiting for their table – hopefully coming next week.


This view is across the family room, with part of the kitchen on the left. it’s hard to see unless you click to enlarge the picture (subtle hint), but at the top you can see our Big Ass Fan. That’s really the brand name.


In this image, you can see part of the dining room through the kitchen on the right, and our front hall on the left. It’s great that we can now sit in our dining room and see all the way to the back yard.  But we love eating at the island, so we may never use the dining room again.


Shooting interior spaces is tough, because of the mix of light. In the picture above, note the blue cast to the natural light on the right half, and warm tones in the kitchen from the halogen lights. If this were a project for a client, I’d work the light a bit differently.  But these images are just for me – and for you!

Stay tuned for more pictures in a day or so. My good friend Teddy (age 7) has been faithfully blowing the leaves off our deck, but I see in this last image below it’s time for him to come back!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”


Renovation – Part One

by Blake Robinson

September 13th, 2014    4 Comments     Add Comment
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We’re in the middle of a renovation of our house. Like most renovations, it started with a seemingly simple plan – let’s knock down the wall between our kitchen and family room, open the area up and replace our appliances.

Well the project has gotten bigger! It includes a whole new HVAC system for the first floor, all new furniture, a nifty audio/video/internet system, new hardwood floors, and a bunch of other goodies. But first – the view above features our current meal preparation options. We have a coffee pot and microwave in our dining room (and the old fridge in the garage), paper plates and plastic cups and forks. It works fine.


We’re still in our dining room in this image. We have this snazzy plastic doorway with a zipper to keep the dust of the renovation out of the rest of the house. It works pretty well.


The is view from our old kitchen space, now opened up to the family room.




This is part of the kitchen design plan. The new kitchen extends into the family room a bit. As shown, we’ll have two islands.  These plans are hard for me to read, but I have every confidence that our builder knows how to read them! The general contractor is Brian Dean of Bryan and Brian.  Brian and all his subs are doing a terrific job for us.



This is a side view, with the old kitchen space to the left and the family room to the right. The support beam that was installed where the old wall stood starts in the upper right corner. It is a sandwich of wood-steel-steel-wood, 17 feet long. I took a very long walk when they were getting this baby in place. You can see some of the crafty electrical and plumbing work in the ceiling – lots of stuff had to be rerouted.  About the only things is this photo I comprehend are the broom and the shovel.


We have a lot of scenes like this. These wires will all find something useful to do before long, right Brian?



This is the view from the family room looking back towards the old kitchen space. The pink sponge painting on the wall will be covered over with something more grownup in a few short weeks.

The view out to our backyard, below, remains the same. But now, we’ll be able to enjoy it from a more more comfortable and classy space.

Stay tuned for some pictures of everything finished – sometime in October.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”


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