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Monday, April 21, 2014

Step away from the living room-another redo.

People, i am back from France and itching to show you pictures but my computer is not cooperating.  We're gonna work off what we have saved, and that is the current state of the living room.  So without further adieu-

Shazam.

Now that is one debrownified turned deblue-ified collected looking living room if i ever did see.

 brown couch, blue poof, gold pillow

 And that is one de-slipcovered, leg showing accent chair working fabulously alongside the plant happy hall table.

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And that is one texturelicious tray up on that there wall, with those ikat damask (designy words!) curtain panels who are doing their part to de-tan those tan walls without lifting a paintbrush.

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Not that this was so bad...but ignoring the big blue wall wasn't working out that well.  But ignore it i did try, with the gray curtains and the non blue having rug.  Certainly brightened things up, at the very least.  Ten points if you spot Sunday.
 
It was still too cool in here, with those light blue pillows and ottoman that i assumed were necessary to live with the blue wall and make it a little less random.


Seriously. so. much. better. 
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Matchy, but like a collected matchy.
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 Another bout of textureliciousness with the only unkillable plant i know.

That is why one must have it in multiples.

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I'm finding the blue wall is less bothersome without the slip cover on the chair.  That tv stand is a continued thorn in my side.  Stay tuned for an update on that.

Ah, the important things in life.  Travel, music, and home decorating.  Also, reading, because: Books!
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Who knew the key to making this work was golds and more vibrant blue? 






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Not me, i guess that one's obvious.  Would never have thought the key to ignoring the blue wall was to bring in a deeper blue.
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I love how although the pouf is not leather, it mimics the look of the leather ones with the stitching. And the size of that pouf is gigantic, allowing it to masquerade as a coffee table.




I can not even tell you how much i am loving this "new" space, and i seriously think (aside from the tv stand and minor accessorizing) that it is done.  Emily Henderson-esque, styled up pretty, done.  Step away from the living room.


sources-rug:rugsusa/ ottoman:amazon/ pillow cover: alexandra foster c/o house of turquoise/ curtains and pillows:homegoods

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Will i love Paris in the springtime?

Friends, my annual vacation is coming up and we are not far off from leaving on a jet plane for France.  More specifically, to Paris for a week and then renting a car and exploring Normandy and down to Mont Saint-Michel for another week. I hope to sample random wines (and ciders, Normandy is known for hard ciders) and cheese, and lose ourselves both walking along the Paris streets and driving on the coast. 

stripes, polka dots, toms

As much as i try and refrain from shopping before vacation-who am i kidding-in my head i'm refraining, but the rest of me is flicking through the (clearance) racks looking for the perfect clothes to bring (and that the boyfriend won't notice as new).  For Alaska, there were new boots.  For Hawaii or Aruba, how can one not get sun dress happy?  And for France, it's stripes and neutrals.


 Everything was on sale or clearance, and have a lot of mix and match potential.  Any Tom's fans out there?  I got these for this trip-do you think they will be comfy enough for all day sightseeing? Also, there will be pants.  There were just none newly purchased to show you.  But rest assured there will be pants.

toms, polka dots


I'm trying to get a little dressier with my every day clothes, especially for this trip, so i'm jumping on the blazer bandwagon and pairing them with a more casual shirt.  Blazer to me always meant interview, or stuffy, or constricting.  Happily this one is in sweatshirt material.  Hello little polka dot lining, could you be any cuter?

Also, this.  France made of cheese and bread
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Now please excuse me while i re-watch Amelie and Midnight in Paris in hopes of absorbing the language by osmosis!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Because there's a spring vignette party

and i want to go.  Therefore, my flat surfaces got photographed.  And blogged about. 


The itching for the greens, that's what spring does to me.
 It does not escape me that any and all vignettes really are just piles of books topped with objects d'art or plants.  Or plants and art.

And that said piles of books are pretty much about travel.
You may consider that photo a sneak peak of a project that i am super stoked about. Can you tell what it is/where it is?


Greens.  Check.
 Close up of the airplant-this guy is the original, his little friend has already been replaced once.  Apparently even though they aren't rooting to anything, one can't simply snip them back for aesthetic purposes.  Whoopsy.


I mean, of corks the dining room got some succulents, why ever not?  You see what i did there?  Of corks.

Mmmkay...

And you can consider this sneak peak number 2, also of which i am majorly stoked.  So yeah, there's been some stuff happening in the ol' cape. 

Also happening...France.  I am in panic/anxiety mode instead of excited mode, as per usual when i travel.  There will be a fashion post (natch, it's Paris, oui?) but any and all tips pertaining to anything are welcomed.  Rick Steve's (travel guru) has this nugget of wisdom-"Try to nasalize the n sound."  First i need to figure out how one nasalizes anything.  If you need me, i will be trying to make an n come out of my nose....

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Such a little thing, such a little thing

But the difference it made was grave. 

You may remember my kitchen is a dark, dark place that has had few updates. Those updates were meant to brighten and sleekify. Sleekify meaning to modernize and generally improve the space until we actually "do" the kitchen, and even then it isn't going to be a complete overhaul. This means to me, then, that even the slightest improvement will have a big impact.

So for about two years we've been sitting on this kick ass faucet that we got at a tiny kitchen and bath store that was going out of business. And if you've ever gone to a sale like that, you know people aren't messing around and needless to say most pieces were gone.  But i spied a faucet i had only ever dreamed of owning since these things cost a pretty penny.  Problem was this piece was a display piece, not for sale-do you know that means it's not a usable piece?  The faucet was only the pretty parts, not the parts that one needs for use, like tubing and connectory...things.  And usually they are not for sale for this reason. 

I'm sure you know where this is going.  We bought the faucet and were told we could contact the company who would send us parts, which we might have to pay for.  Only we didn't have to pay for them, they sent them for nothing.


It's the Elkay Arezzo faucet, priced at 375, on sale from 578, also on houzz for same price of 578.

Now here's the part where i get giddy over the fact that this gorgeousness now lives in my home for only sixty dollars.  Yes, sixty.  60. 6, and then a 0.  And then a...nothing. 

 Let's actually change this from "lives in my home" (as it was for 2 years, wrapped up in towels and waiting to be installed) and actually say "installed and ready for use".

single handle fauctet

Little things exciting me in this picture-Filtrete water system, push button garbage disposal...





 












 happy little rug.






















Speaking of little kitchen contents, i can't stop buying have enhanced the milk glass open shelving by a few pieces.


And that is all.  

What little thing is making a big impact for you these days?  Faucet?  Decor? Infant child?

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dos Kitties

This cat is hilarious. She reminds of those Dos Equis commercials, so this seemed only fitting. Enjoy.




I call her my little snow tiger, not only because she's striped and grey, but because she is a wild maniac.  A full on stalker, slinker, and predator in the guise of a tiny headed innocent looking kitten.  She bites, she hisses, she attacks my poor other cat, Sunday.  She doesn't jump, like most cats.  Instead she attaches and scratches.  Pity the fool who is oh, i don't know, innocently washing dishes, and this little beast attaches itself to you from behind.  Let me tell you, it is 1) startling and 2) painful.  She'll start at the legs, and walk her way up your back, digging her nails in, then detach as quickly as she attached, leaving you perplexed and in pain. 

But, you know, look how cute she is. 

Just an aside-that wool carpet isn't dirty, it's just leaving its wool business everywhere. And there's also many parts where Sunday has unlooped the looped weaves....love that she's so interested in scratching it, and not this device here for that purpose....and that disgusting tea bag toy is Sunday's favorite thing.  So as gross as it looks, i can't throw it out.  You know how it is.

What would these captions say if these were your pets? 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

What a steel!

This post is a post of many things. Part basement update, part thrifty find. Part lookie what came free with the house.

Let's start with the basement update.  What you, my friends, are looking at is the almost finished bar.  Can't get more retro fabulous than some turquoisey aqua, black and white tiles, and some red.  Correct me if i'm wrong, but that actually may be the very definition of retro.  Look up retro in the dictionary, bam, picture of this.  Throw in some stainless, and you're practically ordering up malts in a diner.  Except this diner is a bar, and instead of malts we've got a kegerator.  A retro kegerator. No, i made that up.  i don't think there is such a thing.


See that exposed wood there?  My darling is roughing up some metal (it came mirrored and shiny like) that we are then wrapping around that wood foot rest like a stainless little present.


These barstool beauties are what came with the house.  The vinyl is in pretty good shape, but the chrome needs to be polished.  It was perfect that these freebies were exactly in line with what we wanted down here, so that of course helps the budget.

Hubba, hubba, look at this piece of retro gorgeousness.  Now, i know this is retro in a different, more modern way, but it's way more comfortable and stylish and cheaper than the club chair we were initially looking at.  Even Ikea club chairs are around 100 bucks.  This thrifty find cost us $45.  A deal and a steal if i ever saw one!  A steel, if you will, as the brand is called Steelcase.


The plan, once we're done, is for this guy to be snug with that pole there.  We're gonna box it out and add a granite table top so that whomever is sitting here has a little unobtrusive side table to rest a drink on.  Because otherwise it's just a pole in the middle of the room.  And who wants that?  Who, also, wants a pile of baseboards in the middle of the floor.  Let me stress NOT ME, but we are still waiting for the stereo bench to be built.

We don't see this chair model on the Steelcase website, so this leads me to believe it's actually vintage, not modern but made to look vintage.  I mean, that tag looks pretty old, right? 


Are the chrome legs your favorite part or the slopey arms?  Or is it the back's perfect angle for reclining?  For me it's all three, plus the fact that visually it doesn't take up much space, since the legs are so long. 


One step closer to being done. All right, all right, all right.


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Punched up dining room

You're probably saying to yourselves "Here she goes again with that dining room." And you may be eye rolling. You'd be pretty much in line with my family, then, who is unfamiliar with the rapid rate of tweaking and change ups happening in my humble abode. I mean, usually a person tweaks, and then there's a finish line. There's not a "let's start again, go a whole different route" line. But, you know, these things happen. I'm becoming the queen of Before/After/Better After....Best After.

I'm a start you off with the Best After.  This is where we are now, and where i hope we stay.  

Previously we were here, with the Better After.


And it was all because of this light fixture.  As it often is, am i right?  I thought it made the room feel taller, and brighter, and lighter.


But then all you saw were RED CURTAINS. Loud and yelling and demanding all eyes on them. Opposite of lighter and airier.

And now it's all like, ahhhh.  Pattern, and light colors, and nothing SCREAMING at you.


New gallery wall pattern (before there were just sconces with red candles on either side of the mirror).


Just to reiterate with the SCREAMING RED curtains.

And letting the light fixture lead after.

Let's consult the archives-this was the old fixture that was special order, man.  i loved that thing.  But we never hung it as low as we should, and it gave off an orangey glow.  Note the sconces and wasted space on either side of the mirror.

Here we have our very first after, along with aforementioned orangey glow and table runners turned window valances.  Don't say this gal ain't crafty.
 

And our very first before, when the dining room was a bedroom.
You've come a long way, baby!  I think (nay, i know) your tweaking days are over.  Of course, i did declare success in the debrownification of the living room, and well....you'll see.

In case you're new, and are wondering why there's a victrola in the corner...

source list: gray curtains: homegoods, light fixture (previous) lowe's, current (euro style lighting: win) change of art frames: win, marbled paper in ikea frames,large mirror:diy, candlesticks,tray,bowl:thrifted

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