Thursday, April 29, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I'm a flowers girl. They just make me happy. If I didn't have such a black thumb, I think I'd plant a huge flower garden. Until I get that brave, however, grocery store blooms will hold me over just fine.

Purple tulips: $5. Smiles derived from their gorgeous colors in this vintage ball jar: Countless.

This hydrangea plant was $6 at my little small town grocery store.. and worth every penny. Don't you just love the beautiful colors in fresh blooms??


By the way.. anyone know what to do with a potted hydrangea plant after they lose their flowers? Will it grow again?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mood Board Monday

I'm joining in on Mood Board Monday a little late this evening, but better late than never, right? First of all, many thanks to Sarah for hosting such a fab event, and to the folks at PATCH NYC for sponsoring the party! The challenge this time was to create a room out of some of PATCH NYC's products. Here's a look at my room and the products I used.

I featured two of PATCH NYC's toss pillows and two of their framed prints. The room was built around these items. Here's the source list for the rest of the pieces that complete the space.

This was a lot of fun to put together! I'm looking forward to heading over to Sarah's blog & checking out all the others! Here's to a wonderful rest of the week!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Vintage Weekend

Thanks to a little tip from my aunt, I found out about a flea market going on in town this weekend. Zane was a little leery, but he decided he'd better go with me.. if only to keep me from buying the whole place.

I'll admit, it wasn't the most fabulous flea ever. But, I still managed to find a few things!

I picked up a set of 5 vintage ball jars with lids. Some of them are missing the metal latches, but that's just fine with me.

I just LOVE the color. Please excuse the dirty window.. spring cleaning is on its' way!

My other purchase is going to require a bit of TLC, but I'm so excited to get started.

These antique lyre back chairs had me at hello. They have slight differences, and plenty of imperfections, but I love their character. Check out the back:

I picked up the pair for $15, much lower than similar chairs go for. Right now I'm trying to decide whether I want to refinish & stain, paint, or even gold/silver leaf... What do you guys think?

Here's my inspiration photo, design by Amy Morris.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


If your family is anything like Zane and I, you've dealt with the issue of combining styles before. He's into a very rustic, country look. Me, I like a juxtaposition of many different styles, but with more of a modern feel than Zane's into. So of course, we had a few conversations about how we'll (rather, I'll) design the house. One thing I've agreed to is letting a little more of his style shine through in our basement. The walkout, daylight basement will be our fun zone, a casual little oasis where we can relax. So, here's a few of my ideas for the space.

Of course, no basement is complete without some bar furniture, so that's the first thing I went looking for. I just know Zane will love these fun stools from CSN. I went with natural textures on the sofa & rug, Then added in some time-worn rustic pieces with the coffee table & chest-turned-side-table. I couldn't resist a few natural-inspired, yet slightly modern pieces- the throw pillow, light fixture, and ox head. The green noodle chair was a fun find that really serves no purpose other than to add some color and visual interest to the space.

The whole thing is a little out of my comfort zone, but the more time I spend immersed in design, the more varied my taste becomes. Anyone else gone through this whole differing of taste thing with your spouse or roommate? How did you compromise?

If you have trouble viewing the image in this post, please let me know.
UPDATE: The photo has been uploaded differently. It should work now!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ideas, Ideas...

Sometimes when I'm scrolling through my google reader I get bitten by the idea bug. The most recent occurrence had me clicking over to this site to buy 3 yards of this:

Stay tuned. It just has to turn out beautiful.

Thanks, Camilla. You've inspired me again. ;)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Statement Console Table: 2 Ways

I fell in love with this console table when I first found this striking image via a google search.

Here, it's used as an entry table with turquoise accents. The turquoise glassware was what initially drew me in. {I wish I knew the source- I hate not crediting photos.}

Then, I found the same table featured on House Beautiful's website. This time, it's used as a sofa table with yellow & brown accents. Gorgeous, isn't it?

So, which do you like the best? I'm leaning towards the first one, but that may be due to my insane love for the color turquoise. Does anyone know the source for this table?!?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Make It Pretty: The Office

I just found the most wonderful supplier for chic office supplies. Seriously, I don't know how I hadn't heard of them before- their products have been featured in Domino, Lucky, InStyle, Coastal Living, Sunset, Real Simple, and many others magazines and newspapers. Readers, may I introduce you to See Jane Work. Check out some of their products:

And for those eco-conscious readers, check out this non-paper cup.

Adorable, no?? Are you guys in love as much as I am? I think a few of these might need to find their way onto my desk! :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Let There Be Light

So.. when you first saw my little corner it looked like this..

And then it looked like this.. can you spot the difference?

A little wiring and this is what it looks like now!

Woohoo! Love my new light fixture! When it first came in the mail it was a brownish color, not the reddish tone I was expecting. So, I mixed a few craft paints and gave it this beautiful new hue.

Don't you just love what paint can do???


Edited to Add: Our giveaway winner never came forward so I had to choose another one. This time picked none other than Christy of Embellished Bayou. Shoot me an email with your address and I'll get your prize off to you ASAP! :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

House Lust

This kitchen is from a house plan Zane and I have drawn some inspiration from lately. Isn't it gorgeous?!?

Perfect floors, perfect counter top, gorgeous architecture, and a knockout sink. MAJOR room lust going on here..

This floor plan website has unusually nice interior photos. It's not often I've found good interior design on a floor plan website, but this house is definitely an exception. The styling is fabulous as well. Want to see the rest of the house??

Sunday, April 11, 2010

DIY Campaign Hardware

Usually when I come up with a fab idea, I do it myself and then show you all. This time, I'm switching it up. Since I don't have any room for another piece of made over furniture right now, I figure that one of you will probably be able to use the idea first.

Everyone's seen the gorgeous Campaign-style furniture hitting the design world lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only one to have fallen in love. Take a peek:

If you're lucky enough to live in a city with a killer craigslist, you might just find a piece of your own. However, if you're like me and don't have a good one close, you can still get the look!

All you have to do is take a plain dresser much like the mid-century one I painted:

And add some fun campaign-style hardware, like this:

{All above from Paxton Hardware}

{above from Ansaldi & Sons}

I'm just dying to try this idea for myself. In fact, that white dresser might just be the piece to get the treatment. So what do you think? Anyone just itching to order some hardware now??

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"If you want to be happy,

set a goal that commands your thoughts,

liberates your energy,

and inspires your hopes."

- Andrew Carnegie

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Kitchen Design

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! We enjoyed every minute of our gorgeous weather & spent a lot of time out on our newly-purchased land. We did a lot of brush clearing, apple tree pruning, and walking-path-making. It was wonderful to stand on OUR land.. all 54 acres of it. Zane and I did a lot of house planning as well. We discussed the direction (south-west for gorgeous sun exposure to our great room), garage placement, driveway location, and lots of smaller details. On our way home we stopped at a granite/natural stone center & perused the selection. That got us on to talking about kitchen design.. this is kind of where we're at right now:

I'd love to do the backsplash with carrara subway tile in a herringbone pattern like the fabulous Ericka did:

What do you think? Any suggestions from those of you who've designed your own kitchen? Or maybe there are things you wish you had done we should know about? We figure the best advice comes from those who've 'been there, done that'.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Summer's Coming..

I'm so ready for summer (except the whole bathing suit thing..), and it looks like we might just get a hint of it this weekend. Right now that's just what I need. I haven't quite been myself lately, the results of prolonged work stress, I'm sure. These spaces make me look forward to the sunny, relaxing days ahead..

Images: 1. hurricane fence co, 2&3. jacinta preston via dti, 4. atelier am via dti, 5&6. southern accents, 7. unknown

Anyone else looking forward to warmer temps & breezy outdoor rooms?