Thursday, September 25, 2014

In which....stuff goes on.

I was verbally slapped by a commenter that I haven't posted any updates in 12 days.  Once Lisa and Jasmine moved in....oh, do you know about Jasmine yet?  Lisa will be sharing her space with Jasmine, who will be creating the most gorgeous fresh floral displays for sale out of the Ocean House.  Fresh flowers downtown...wooot!
Lisa is moving her things in and getting organized and feeling out the space.  Her merchandise and her props look amazing...someone saw us last night said that they had been in the space and bought a few things and thought the combination of Lisa and the Ocean House was a "game changer" for downtown Belfast in a great way.  I loved that.  Below are some early shots of the Brambles installation.

Not to be belabor the point, but note the gorgeous floors!

Anyway, after Brambles moved in, Greg and I tuned out.  We needed a break, both mentally and physically.  It is crunch time in Greg's studio, so he is up there working away on beautiful winter coats for clients, and I had to take a few weeks out to assess some auctions for potential purchases for clients.  Bought a beautiful pair of life-sized cast iron hounds in a London auction for clients in Chicago who have been looking for this pair of dogs for years.
 I then spent four days in New York buying a few more things for clients and attending a wonderful lecture on Irish Country Houses and their collections given by a friend and colleague. It was good to put on a suit and feel professional again, to show everyone that I am still alive and still in the game.  A lot of antiques dealers have imploded over the last six years, so the potential buying field at Christies was tellingly smaller than usual.  I picked up a gorgeous pair of 18th century New York side chairs with some of the best carving I have seen on NY chairs of the period, and a Boston easy chair with really lovely proportions.  I passed up bidding on a chair that ended up costing more than our house because of very hidden stress cracks to the legs, probably caused by kids jumping up and down on the seat over the years. or by some rather large soul plopping themselves down in it repeatedly.   

Back here now and slowly getting back to work on the building. We put down the floor for the bathroom in the lower level space so that we could get the bathroom installed down there and I have been painting sprinkler pipes to match the walls.  We are hoping to have the lower level space finished in October.  I haven't wanted to show the space to anyone yet because it is still in rough condition and I've found that potential renters don't have the vision to see the space finished the way we do.  The floor isn't down, the lights are not in, the back driveway isn't complete, the parking spaces are not evident in the back lot, etc.  
I am toying with renting the space to a group of artists for the Christmas season to introduce the space to Belfast and to let people see exactly what it could be.  That is of course, after we fix the damage to the walls and ceilings done by the sprinkler company.  What a friggin' mess.  That was the other "thing" about the building...the last contractors...a fire suppression company, left the lower level space dirty and damaged. There are holes in the walls everywhere. I was heartbroken to see the space after the sprinkler company left, and it took me awhile to kind of get back to it.  Needless to say, I am not happy.  
On a better note, the back lot will get a makeover starting next week when it is scraped and graded and stoned.  


Anonymous said...

What you have done with The Ocean House is by far a wonderful addition to downtown Belfast.....having Lisa there is the best match you could find.....WIN WIN,

Angi said...

It's gorgeous!!! You guys have more energy than anyone I know. And, I LOVE the dogs!!

Randy Crankshaw said...

Really Fan-Tas-Tic!!