Anatomy of a Remodel – Part Deux

Quite a while back, I posted some photos documenting the beginning phase of our living room update that included rewiring the room for distributed in wall sound with Paradigm SA-15R speakers and a complete overhaul design-wise by friend, colleague and renowned SF designer, Ken Fulk.  Well, I’m happy to unveil the result of our extreme living room makeover. 

I don’t know if there are enough adjectives to describe how awesome it is.  Suffice it to say, everytime I come home I still pause to make sure I’m in the right house.  It’s so sexy, hip and downright functional I don’t quite know what to do with myself.  Do I really live here? It is now my favorite music listening room too – as I sit in front of the fire and control my Sonos playlists with my iPhone Sonos Controller.  (Oh just stop me already!) Technology can be so good.

Speaking of music, I was going through my inbox today listening to some new tunes sent my way and uncovered this nice French electronica album from ElodieO that sounded perfect in my sexy new digs. She sounds like a trip hop version of Nico at times and a French version of Bjork at others.  I was intrigued to learn as well that Serge Gainsbourg and The Cure arranged some of the songs.

Listen to ‘Crazy‘ – a track off ElodieO’s new album, Stubborn.  If you like what you hear, go see ElodieO at The Elbo Room in San Francisco December 15. 

Listen to ‘Crazy‘:

 

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Before

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After. See that beautiful orchid? I give it 2 months before I kill it.

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Another perspective.

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The piece de resistance - my $100 Craigslist vintage sofa, refurbished and fabulous in mohair. I never gave up on you, my sweet sofa!

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Here you see the ceiling mounted Paradigm speakers.

 

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Anatomy of a Remodel – Part 1

Our living room has sat unfinished since the day we moved in.  And it’s all because of that couch.  I love it; it’s got that classic, vintage modern, low slung, sexy vibe. Adam hates it.  So we sat at an impasse for the past three years until we decided to call in the professional, Ken Fulk, to mediate and take this project to the finish line. We both love and trust his style and taste – as a professional and a friend.  He’s the best in San Francisco and has an eclectic, rock star style that’s hard to replicate.  So we decided his call was the final call on the couch.  The verdict?  I win. YES! Justice prevails….and perseverance.  The couch is being refinish and reupholstered as I write this.

So what does this have to do with technology?  Well, part of the overhaul of this room is the sound system. We’re installing new reference series Paradigm SA-15R in ceiling speakers for our Sonos system.  And since I’ve preached so many times before on this blog how important it is to have in wall speakers in every room to truly leverage the capabilities of the Sonos system, I thought I would give you an inside look into the installation process. It does require professional installation, but the aesthetics and audio experience are totally worth it.

Stay tuned for more remodel updates…

Cutting speaker holes in ceiling.

Cutting speaker holes in ceiling.

 

Pulling wires through walls.

Pulling wires through walls.

Speaker wire pulled and ready to mount.

Speaker wire pulled and ready to mount.

 

Paradigm Speaker installed

Paradigm Speaker installed

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