Thursday, January 16, 2014

Why 'Lucy's Forever Home'?

Anyone who has adopted a dog or a cat in recent years will be familiar with the phrase 'forever home'. As in: "Lucy is a friendly one-year old Corgi/Mountain Feist mix from a shelter in West Virginia looking for her forever home."

But this is not a blog about rescue pets. Well, not really. You see over the next year or so we will be renovating and putting an addition on our forever home that we share with Lucy. My plan is to document the project every step of the way. From the existing house, to the design process, to working with a contractor, to living in temporary quarters, and everything in between.

For now, we start with a little look at Lucy feeling right at home in our pre-renovation house.

Lucy came home with us on Halloween 2010. Just five months after we purchased the house, we hadn't done much yet.

Still looking a little skinny from her days at the shelter (the fabulous Washington Animal Rescue League), Lucy checks out the action on the street. Lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller, chairs are Barcelona Chairs from Knoll.

An Arco Lamp makes a perfect perch for watching squirrels.

Lucy having a little me time in the master bedroom. This wool rug has done a yeoman's job over the years being cozy on the toes and easy to clean.

Lucy napping on a Saarinen Womb Chair in a putty color bouclé.

Relaxing on the sea grass rug next to a red Vignelli Handkerchief Chair.

Enjoying the garden terrace in late spring.

Helping me at the holidays in the awful kitchen. You will see more of this atrocity in the coming weeks. 

Always at home.

A snuggly blanket we got at a Design Within Reach sample sale.

The look of love. The mug on the table is from Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California.


  1. Love LUcy, blog and designer captions.

  2. Lucy is WONDERFUL! So expressive. I'm glad you are making her a beautiful "forever home".

  3. OMG- Lucy is gorgeous. Thomas, I've bee following 'My porch' for a while, but never really had anything to comment and contribute - but I am going Sooo love following your new project... I already love Lucy, and the building project, if your posts give any indication of your syle, will be exciting to watch unfold. Thanks for sharing it with us.