Decking the Halls
Living room, photo by Gerry Wenner
A design project came across my desk last month that was a fresh twist on the usual request. Instead of designing for primary residents of a historic house, I was designing for their guests. Nathalie Bonafé, the host of an Airbnb in New Haven
, called me to ready her oysterman's cottage for visitors.
Master Bedroom, photo by Gerry Wenner
Nathalie wanted a comfortable, simple and elegant feel to the house and provided much of the furniture. The remaining tables, draperies, artwork and pillows, were easily obtained from local sources, including an antique shop across the street. The cozy, riverside retreat at 280 Front Street offers gorgeous views of the Quinnipiac River and is within walking distance to shops and local eateries. Check out the end results
and you might suddenly find yourself planning a trip to New Haven.
Me and Q, the 1984 Deux Chevaux in New London, CT
After many months away from my dear friend, the 2CV is finally back home. It spent the early spring in Hamden getting some pesky issues resolved when it was discovered that the chassis was kaput and needed to be replaced immediately. It was then taken to Cardone and Daughter
where Ibrahim ElZain spent the summer getting to know the odd little car piece by piece.
When you replace a car chassis, you basically need to take apart the entire car and remove the engine, then remember how to put it all back together again. This is huge undertaking for anyone, but add to that the challenge of working on a French car and you begin to understand the magnitude of the job. The saying goes, "The French follow no one, and no one follows the French." The car is undoubtedly unique.
David Cardone and Ibrahim ElZain
The chassis was replaced in approximately 90 hours, taking time to repair a rusted firewall and make improvements to the rear brake and fuel lines. Ibrahim did beautiful work on the welding and took care in handling all the meticulous details. I wonder if he misses it now? I am very happy to have it back.
Tuesdays at the Attic
Artists talking about art and the art world; it's simultaneously dense and fun. Have something to contribute or in need of inspiration? Join us!
Bring one work of art or one art topic for discussion/critique. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks.
Tuesday, November 10
519 Montauk Avenue, New London, CT