Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 3 The Kitchen

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Now: The Morrison Residence Kitchen

Welcome to the third installment of the Morrison Residence Then and Now series. You can find week one (living room) here, and week two, (master bedroom) here. This week I am showing you the kitchen of this mid century modern dream home. If I had to choose a place to be quarantined for months on end, this would be it.

Below is what the architect, Robert Morrison, has to say about the “Culinary Arts Center.” All of this is so true, even from the perspective of the year 2020 (the house was built in 1963).

Then: The Morrison House Culinary Arts Center

The second owners of this home made several changes to update the kitchen. The major change was to open it up to the living room, which we love. The cabinet configuration was changed a little bit, appliances were replaced, and the counter tops were replaced with a solid surface, Silestone quartz material. The original cabinets remain (which we love!) See below for the same view as above, but 50+ years later. I have to admit that I need to bring back plants in this skylight area.

Now: Morrison Residence kitchen

The only change that we made to the kitchen was adding a range hood, because we (Dave) does a lot of cooking.

Now: Morrison Residence kitchen

Now: Morrison Residence living room and kitchen

The bar furniture piece below was Dave’s grandmothers, Lucille. She gave it to us and we just moved it to this spot recently. Dave had the idea to move it here and it fits perfectly.

Now: Morrison Residence kitchen
Then: Morrison Residence kitchen

I am so thankful for the previous owners of our home planting so many gorgeous plants and flowers. The daffodils and azaleas have been here for decades. I usually cut a few of them to bring indoors.

There is so much storage in this kitchen. We even have a wall of storage in the hallway off the kitchen, shown above to the right.

Then: Morrison Residence

This eating nook above now is a credenza and kegerator, below.

Now: Morrison Residence kitchen

Last June (2019) we had the great opportunity to meet the architect of this home, Robert Morrison. Here we are in the kitchen.

Then and Now. Robert Morrison and Brandi

It was such a treat to be able to sit in this home and listen to the design decisions, construction, and ideas directly from the creator of this home.

Then and Now. Robert Morrison and Dave

Thanks for taking the time to meet with us Bob! We hope that we are carrying on in your vision of this home. XOXO

Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 2 Bedroom and Craft Room

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Welcome to the second installment of the Morrison Residence Then and Now series. It has been so fun to finally put these thoughts in my head onto virtual paper. And I am so happy for all of the great feedback that I have been receiving from everyone. In case you missed it, read Part 1 to get the backstory on this series.

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019

The Morrison Residence book created by the architect Robert Morrison says it best.

Then: Morrison Residence Master Suite

When we first moved here in 2012, we used this room as our master bedroom. A few years later we decided to move our master bedroom to one of the back bedrooms and make this room a multipurpose room. It is now a guest bedroom, TV room, and office/craft/sewing room, essentially exactly for all the purposes that it was designed. Here is the bedroom from the Original owners.

Then: Morrison Residence Master Suite

And here is the room as of yesterday, March 2020.

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2020

The flooring was a beige carpet when we moved in. Last spring we replaced it with a black carpet tile (it was done on a tight budget and SUPER affordable from ReStore in Horsham), which is really funny, because now I see that it is almost exactly how it used to be. I didn’t even realize it at the time!

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019

I designed and made the quilt on the bed. The pattern I borrowed from the wall hanging above it. It is an antique hooked rug that I bought a few years ago in Maine. I also made the pillows, bolster, and lamp shades

Now: Guest Bedroom with Handmade Quilt by Brand*Eye Home, 2020
Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019

The portrait art above was found in a yard sale in Abington years ago. If anyone knows who this is, I would love to know!

Now: Winnie in the Guest Bedroom

This is our dog Winnie Cooper. She is a rescue dog who we started fostering in 2015 and ended up keeping 🙂 They call it a foster fail.

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019 with beige carpet

I redecorated this space the fall of 2018. You can actually read a bunch of posts about this process and find ALL the details on how I decorated this space here. I was just re-reading the last blog post on this room and it has an excellent quote for these trying pandemic times. Is it weird to quote myself? Yes, yes it is, but this is even more true now.

You can’t predict what madness you will face, but you can decide how you handle it and thrive in a new environment.

I hope you are all thriving during our new normal of being home bound.

This room also has its own bathroom. Here is the bathroom circa 2018 before we had it renovated.

Bathroom prior to renovation in 2018

I designed this bathroom with all of my favorite things: green hex tile, the Cole & Sons Woods Wallpaper. 2019 was the 50th year anniversary of the Woods wallpaper design and they had a special article celebrating it in their magazine. They picked one of my photos of this bathroom to include in the magazine!

Now: Bathroom in 2020
Now: Bathroom in 2020

You can read a blog post on the bathroom renovation here. The green hex tile is a favorite on Instagram. If you are on there, follow me at @brandeyehome.

Let me know your thoughts on these rooms. I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during this time!

Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 1 Living Room

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We are extremely lucky to have found this gem of a house that we live in. Our friends call it Ewok, because it feels like you’re living in a tree house. It was built in 1963 and has a mid century modern design.

Now: Living room in 2019

This past summer we were delighted to meet the architect of this house, Robert Morrison. He came to visit the home and we were so excited to meet him and learn more about it. He created a booklet of the home, so I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts showing the home then and now.

The most incredible tidbit of information that we learned from Bob is that he designed and built this home when he was in his early 20s! If I recall correctly, construction started when he was 25 years old and he did most of it himself. It was built in 1963 and is a true Mid Century Modern masterpiece.

I can’t wrap my head around being able to design this home (and landscape), especially at age 25. Bob lived here with his wife Ruth and their son. They lived in the home for almost 50 years. We are the third owners of this magnificent home.

Then: Original owners living room

I love to study the old photos and see what is different. The biggest change in this room is that the front windows used to be sliding glass doors that opened onto a small deck. The built-in section to the right of the windows looks very similar. I think the only difference is that the top of it is now painted white and the middle section doors were removed. The AC is new and was added by the last owners.

Now: 2019 living room
Then: Original owners breakfast nook
Now: 2019 Reading chair nook

This area where we have a chair or bench (depending on how I have rearranged this room on any given month) used to be a breakfast nook. The side table above was a DIY. The base was a lamp base and the top was a marble remnant that I found at a flea market. The yellow planters are from TJMaxx and the chair is Crate and Barrel. The hanging lamp is from Jinxed. The art is from a now closed antique store in Philly and is an African raffia textile. The quilt and pillow were made by me (you can find my online shop here.)

Another design element that we learned from Bob was that he designed all of the wall spaces to be removable so that they could be reconfigured. They are all based on 8 foot sections. Some of them remain in this room, as well as all over the house.

A really fun fact about the original owner is that she quilted! Ruth made the beautiful quilt that you see below on the wall.

Then: Original living room

Another big change in this room is that the kitchen used to be separated from this room by a partition wall. It is now open and the flow really works great for how we live and entertain. Dave is usually the one cooking, so I can sit at the bar and hang out with him while he cooks 🙂

Now: 2019 living room
Then: Original living room
Now: Living room 2018
Now: Living room 2019

The area above undergoes a lot of changes. I used to have the hanging chair in this spot, but since have placed this orange chair here. The hanging chair is currently in our entryway.

One decorating similarity remains the same. Houseplants!

The front of our Morrison Residence Book created by Bob Morrison, the architect and original owner.

I’d love to answer any questions that you have about this wonderful home. Let me know in the comments below!

Brand*Eye Home Shop at Makers

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I am so very excited to announce that the Brand*Eye Home shop is opening! You will be able to shop Brand*Eye Home in person at a fabulous new shop called Makers. MAKERS is a handmade market run by Jessica Jackson of The Craftery at The Shops at The Square. It is designed to showcase a collection of talented artisans, crafters, and vintage collectors selling independently produced goods. I’ll be one of them!

Brand*Eye Home shop at Makers in Dublin, PA.

You will be able to shop my quilts that I just posted about.

Maine Quilt collection at Brand*Eye Home shop at Makers in Dublin, PA.
Brand*Eye Home shop at Makers in Dublin, PA.

I’ll also have handmade pillows for sale.

Brand*Eye Home shop at Makers in Dublin, PA.

And of course lots of VINTAGE!

I also collaborated with my friend and ceramassassin [Dave’s term for her] Marilyn McCauley. She had already designed a planter that I loved so I asked her to make a few in grey for my shop. This is what she made and I love them! They will also be available in my web shop to come soon!

Marilyn McCauley ceramics at Brand*Eye Home shop at Makers in Dublin, PA.

The grand opening of MAKERS is Friday, November 15th from 6-9pm.

123 Main St. Dublin, PA 18917

Hope to see you there!

*brandi

Maine Quilt Collection

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The Maine Quilt Collection is finally complete! I actually started it in January 2017 and the only reason I know that date is due to photos having date stamps, yay! Lol. Sometimes it takes over two years to make 7 quilts. After I made the first two, I went on a long hiatus of quilt making. I was burnt out and decided to put Brand-Eye on hold, for like the 3rd time. However, in June of this year we had a photo shoot at our home with Better Homes and Gardens!!! I wanted to finish a quilt for the guest bedroom in time for the shoot and it rekindled my quilt making soul. I can’t tell you when or what they may be publishing in their magazine (I don’t even know), but quilts were involved in a few photos and it made me feel really proud of them. I decided to give this whole Brand*Eye thing another go.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

This collection started with hand sewn quilt blocks that I bought during our first trip to Maine in 2016. A few were found at an antique shop during that trip and I found a few more at a local flea market. Now I have made each of them into a quilt! It was a really fun experiment with color, because it made me break out of my usual color palette and take some risks. For example, hot pink and lime!

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. Fabric decisions.

As I mentioned, the first two were made in 2017. Below is the first one that I made and I am keeping it 🙂 I am a big fan of large expanses of solid fabric so you can really see and appreciate the texture that you get from quilting. The front of it is just one quilt block with an expanse of blue.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. The first one. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

The back has more colors with additional fabrics and patterns.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. The back of the first one. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

Early Fall Flowers

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I decided to squeeze the last of the life out of my outside flowers and bring them inside. A good time to do this is right now, the beginning of fall and before the first frost hits. The weather here has been crazy (over 90 Wednesday), and it’s starting to finally feel like fall (60s today). Since all of these flowers will be dead soon, I decided to cut some and make an arrangement.

The last days of the potted flowers

I plant a lot of coleus and it lasts a long time in a vase. It will actually grow roots and you can plant it and keep it all winter in your home. I usually do this each year.

Side patio with potted and climbing plants

Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair

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Last week I received an Eames Shell Chair for free! Ok, so let me back up a bit. This year I have been trying to do a lot of things outside of my comfort zone. A couple of months ago I saw that Herman Miller in Philly was having a contest of how you would design, or redesign this chair (using all or parts of the chair). This was one of those out of my comfort zone things that I just entered before I could overthink it. Below was the design that I entered, and lo and behold they picked it!

Design entry. My quilting skills are a bit better than my photoshop skills.

The fun part is that I don’t get to keep this chair (although it is SO comfy and now I want to buy one :-). All 15 of them will be auctioned off on October 10th during DesignPhiladelphia. I can’t wait to see all of the designs! All proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Charter High School for Architecture and Design. The event is open to everyone, and I’d love to see you there! You just have to register at the event page, linked in the photo below.

Herman Miller’s Annual Modern Classic Event, October 10

I was allowed to pick the color and either with or without arms. I choose peacock blue and with arms. Below is from the day they dropped it off.

Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair

Craft Night

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Having a craft night is a really fun way to get your friends together to hang out. I have them a few times a year. If I’m short on time, I’ll order out for food (Indian or Sushi is a fave). This time I made a taco bar. I supplied the taco ingredients for tacos and my friends brought appetizers.

Cheese board appetizer for craft night. Photo by Melissa Hassey.
Setting up the taco bar. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

Camping in Maine

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We just returned from a fantastic camping trip to Maine. The weather was perfect, we had no agenda (besides eating a lot of lobster), and I tuned out of social media. It was a great way to spend a few days.

Lucille Jean, our 1964 Shasta camper at Wolf’s Neck campground, spot 115.

We stayed at a really cool campground called Wolfe’s Neck. It was a campground, a farm, and an educational center about a half hour north of Portland in Freeport. They had cows, chickens, goats, a camp store, cafe and farmer’s market. It was basically the best campground that we have ever been to. You could get lobster rolls and ice cream at the cafe. What else do you need in a campground?

Farm cat enjoying the sun
Camp store at Wolfe’s Neck
Our Vintage Shasta camper LucilleJean with Vintage Ice Bucket