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Owling Dog

I think my design and taste came from a few of my mother's friends when I was a tiny girl. I loved to spend time with them and they treated me very special. One was very traditional and the other was into antiques and very unusual items.

My taste is nothing like my mother or my sister - both of whom had contemporary design taste. I love building things myself or redoing an old piece of furniture (no one in my family would have ever considered doing either).

I love the old enamel sinks with the built-in drain boards. I love old slabs of wood for an island. I love antique lighting (especially before 1940). I was a girl when my mom remodeled her kitchen, removing all of the retro (and beautifully created) painted woodwork and cabinetry. Much of it was painted turquoise. I LOVED it and was so sad when she put black and grey brick with dark brown cabinets in the kitchen. Gone were the cornices and open shelving!

Now in my 'newer' kitchen (I bought another house, trying to sell the old one), I found a home that needed cabinets so I could paint old ones. I will remove the upper cabinets and put in open shelving. I'm searching everywhere for that perfect enamel sink top!

Here is a few pictures of the kitchen I have right now in the 'old' house. I can't paint the cherry cabinets because they're too beautiful.

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Mostly I am inspired by nature. I love the unexpected, things that make me smile or feel good. The sun coming through a window, onto a piece of art glass, leaving the shadow of that design on both an inside and outside wall, a sort of natural triptych. Sitting at my desk, I look into the sunroom and see pale yellow, touches of aqua and teal, beyond that the leaves of an angel palm dance at an outside window. This makes my heart feel right.

What rings true and is my guide is the William Morris quote: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

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Bonnie Akridge

Oh that is so easy for me. When I was younger, I spent part of my summers working in Charleston, SC and was just bowled over the very first day on all the history and old world charm. Ever since then, every where I go, I collect antiques of every manner, that's 30 + years and still going strong. My home looks like a beautiful old world 5 star retreat. No clean lines stainless steel for this lady.

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