7.08.2014

Nancy Fischelson Architectural Designer: Part 1

 Every day I read posts on blogs that allow a glimpse into beautiful homes 
but 
more often than not 
we never really know about the creative process  
and more importantly 
we never really know much about these renovators, architects
and designers

The interiors that stand out amongst the millions of photos we see
 in magazines, books and on the internet,
are those special images
that capture our imaginations
possess  a style that is timeless

Those homes are as captivating today as years ago
and I dare say we long for more pictures and more houses...
that have that certain
"something"
which we can't seem to get out of our head
 I received an email about a month ago regarding one such person 
whom I so greatly admire 
named Nancy Fischelson

Her work is timeless, humble and graceful

Her work doesn't shout...
it is a whisper of enjoyable collections, neutral pure colors
and serene light filled rooms

 I had the opportunity to speak with Nancy for couple of hours 
and I am so happy to share some
of her thoughts and insights with you
Nancy calls herself an Architectural Designer 
  She draws elevations when needed 
and passes those on to a draftsman or structural engineer 
if the project warrants it

Her career saving and remodeling old houses 
started with a wonderful friendship 
with a contractor in Los Angeles 
some 20 years ago
 You remember this house right?
A little bungalow in Venice California
 This house is full of salvaged windows, doors and fixtures 
which make it a simple and inviting and interesting space.  

She always opens up a floor plan as much as possible, 
sometimes loosing bedrooms in the process
to accommodate more visually open and light filled rooms

Another renovation in Mar Vista California
 Wonderful light filled rooms and beautiful old American furniture

 An awesome antique mantle 
with an architectural fragment above


If you look at most of Nancy's living rooms 
you will usually see the most incredible mantels,
 repurposed 
and full of charm character 

She is a collector and Antique dealer as well 
and has a great eye for the 
"simple" form and shape
of objects and furniture
 A lovely old home in Park City Utah built in 1898
 I never told Nancy this but I know this house!
I lived in Park City for about 3 years and some friends of mine rented it...what a small world!
It didn't look quite like this but I loved it even then.

 Nancy was collecting and using French sheets, linens  and grain sacks well over 15 years ago 
when no one knew what to do with them

She credits her mother for her love of white slipcovers 
as her mother always used them in her childhood home 
in the summer time.  
Another LA project
A cluster of 5 small building and garages





Los Angeles again...a home filled with Americana, folk art and signage
Another one of her beautiful mantles
 Nancy's color pallet is always neutral tones of white and grey, 
with an emphasis on texture


 Her interiors are always interesting with so much character
and allow for  space to move
 Nancy's told me she is a bit claustrophobic 
which is why she feels more comfortable 
in open clean spaces

Next up...Nancy moves East 
and more thoughts on her design and renovation process, 
future projects
and how her style has evolved

I'll hurry back 

xo kelley

6.30.2014

Local Harvest Ojai




July is harvest time around here.  

 Everything sort of "happens" in the month of July...
it's an explosion of fruit and vegetables
This year we had a bumper crop of peaches which I was able to pick before the squirrels got to them. Peaches continue to ripen off the tree, so you can pick them early and still use them.  
I peel and freeze what we can't eat right away.
 The apples are starting to blush from the sun and are also ready for picking.  
Yesterday I saw a young red tailed hawk sitting on our fence eating an apple...
now that was a first
 So every morning this time of year,
 I walk the garden with a big basket looking for goodies 
that are ready to pick 
and make I plans for 
a local harvest dinner...right from my own garden

 I pick herbs every day and I have to say 
that it is a real treat to use fresh herbs 
continuously throughout the year

 Earlier this year I planted onions and shallot, which are finally ready.  
 The shallot crop had been amazing and the taste is really sweet and garlicky

Most every thing I plant mid summer 
is self sown into the beds
This is my not so scientific way 
of keeping track of what is what.
 I staple the seed pocket onto a garden stake

wild arugula is a favorite for salads or to top a pizza
and it goes from this 

to this in
 about 3 weeks
 try some radishes
they are easy 
and you can toss the greens into salad 
as you thin them out


 This year I have 6 squash plants and a giant pumpkin 

 The tomatoes are starting to ripen 
and I planted 6 different varieties 
some red 
some yellow
small and large

 The grapes will be ready to pick soon...can't wait for those
And the lavender garden is in full bloom 
 So for this mornings harvest...fresh herbs;
thyme, parsley, arugula, basil, sage, rosemary, nasturtium and lavender


 spring onions and shallot


 lettuce varieties

 lemons, oranges, apples, squash and tomatoes

 there's even a pomegranate 
hiding in there somewhere


 I hung the shallot on my kitchen door 
and can pluck one off whenever I need it
and now for some really fun news...

I had the chance to speak with one of my favorite designers last week 
for about 2 hours...!!!!

I love her work and I know you do too

So stay tuned for a great Q & A 

Can you guess who she is?

Have a great week!

xo

kelley
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