Monday, May 31, 2010

I Can See Clearly Now...

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Sorry I just disappeared for a few days. I had every intention of posting a "goodbye" post Friday before we took off for the weekend, but the internet was not cooperating with me. After helping my little sisters get their hair and make up done and get off to prom successfully, Zane and I headed to the lake for a couple days of relaxation. I wish I could show you photos, but the internet is still having issues uploading photos.. darn wireless! I promise they'll be worth it though- we just purchased this sassy little guy:

Let me tell you, it was sooo worth it! Neither of us have ever had an SLR before, so it's taken a bit of getting used to. Overall though, it's very easy to use & takes downright amazing photos. Next on our shopping list is a few new lenses.. which I'm told make all the difference in the world. Anyway, more about all that later. I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! I'll be back with some pretty photos soon!

Friday, May 28, 2010

For The House: Drum Shade Pendant Light

Yes, I'm getting way ahead of myself. Our house isn't even built yet and I'm planning the decor. But that's the fun part, so I'll just do it all in my head until I can do it for real. One thing I know will make several appearances in our house is pendant lights with drum shades. A great source for inexpensive ones is Overstock. Here are a few of my favorites:

(Click on the photos to be linked to their website)

How expensive does that one above look?!? Very Jonathan Adler if you ask me.. and it's only $170!

All of these fixtures are under $200 & would make a great statement in our home (or anyone's!). Now, the problem is trying to choose one! Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Grad Party Plans

My little sisters graduate from high school in just a few short weeks. While I'll be a total waterworks show, I truly am excited for them. So, I figured what better way to graduate than to go out with a bang? I'm working on putting together a fab grad party for them. My mom will be handling a lot of the food stuff, and I'll be taking care of all the decor, details, & general prettiness. :) Here's the design board I put together for them to review.. because of course, it has to pass inspection with the clients first!

As you can see, our color palate will be purple & green with LOTS of natural texture. It all started with those napkins in the top right corner- they're from Ikea. Don't you love them? I think most of the board speaks for itself as to what I'm doing. However, you're probably a little lost on the purple lettuce & artichoke in the middle.. I won't give it away, but they're the ingredients in a super unique series of centerpieces. It's probably a little ridiculous how excited I am about someone else's party, but oh well. It's going to be fab.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Monday

Good morning, everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was made about 1000x better by 80* temps that are a bit rare in Maine. I spent the weekend relaxing by the pool w/ lemonade & design mags,

working on a new piano piece,

doing exercises in color for my design classes,

and working on the plans for our house.

When we first decided to build, Zane and I drew up our dream home on a napkin while sitting in the car looking out at our property. We talked about the sun exposure we wanted, the space for plenty of kiddos down the road, and the atmosphere we wanted to create. From those rough sketches originated the plans we're working on today. The past week we've spent a lot of time praying about just what to build, and how our house plans line up with God's plan for our family. We spent most of Saturday fasting and then yesterday we had a little talk & discussed our concerns..

Was it too big?

Should we delay longer?

Can we afford it?

We came to the conclusion that we would be open with whatever God told us to do. If we had to scale back, we'd scale back. I won't give you dollar amounts, but we were rather worried that the house would top out our budget.

Last night we ran our floor plans by my uncle, who owns his own construction business & who will be building much of our house. He gave us his estimate on what it would take to build.. and it was a good bit lower than we were thinking. After talking with him, it looks like our dream home (with a few slight modifications) is within reach. How exciting! We still need to make a few revisions to the layout, but as soon as we get them pretty much finished, I'll let you all have a peek!

Have any of you built your own home? Please, I'd love to hear your experiences/tips/woes. And for the rest of you, how was your weekend? Any other pool-dwellers? :)

*Image credits: 1-4 weheartit, last Real Simple

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

If You Give a Girl Hardwood Floors....

... She's going to want new fireplace tile & a mantel as well.

Just ask my mom. :)

I may or may not have had some part in nudging my parents towards redoing their fireplace, but I'm sure glad they are. The photo I showed you last week was of the hardwoods going in.

My parents have a gorgeous great room architecturally, especially for a home that's under 20 years old, and their renovations are certainly going to take the room to the next level. It started out with the 1 1/2 inch hardwood flooring.. then they gave in and off came the ugly green marble around the fireplace.. and now I've heard there's a custom mantle in the works as well. Dad calls it scope creep in his line of work (when the scope of a project begins to creep ahead, and ends up being much larger than planned). I call it fabulous. I'm so excited for them.

Right now they're just changing the major finishes in the room, but I've been putting together a design plan that we'll piece together over time. Here's a little peek at progress:

Ahh, demo.

See that green carpet in the above photo? That's what was in this whole room. To say the hardwoods are an upgrade is an understatement.

The register is propped up like that only for the installation/sanding/staining of the floors, don't worry. I can't wait to show you guys the before & after photos.

Speaking of which.. my parents also recently painted and tiled their kitchen. As soon as I have a chance to do a little staging I'm going to shoot some photos and post them.

Lots of work going on here, but so worth it. I'm off to check out that pounding noise I'm currently hearing upstairs...

For The Love Of: Chrome

Monday, May 17, 2010


What is it about Mondays that make me want to do nothing? Weekend withdrawal maybe? Whatever it is, I'd rather be here right now...

.. curled up with a good book.

Or here..

.. with an old Domino and lots of bubbles.

Where are you wishing you could be this Monday?

Images: Guido Barbagelata, Alessandra Branca

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jewels on a Wire

I know I'm not the only one whose jewelry ends up all tangled, so I'm guessing you'll like this little project I took on this weekend. Previously, I'd been using this little milk glass dish to toss everything in. While I love milk glass, this baby just wasn't doing the trick anymore.

With just a few supplies I crafted my own frame, wrapped it in some linen from Pottery Barn, and added some upholstery nail heads to the front.

I spray painted some S hooks and wire and strung them across the back, securing with a staple gun.

The end result was a pretty frame with tons of storage for my tangled mess.

The S hooks slide all around to accommodate all different sizes of necklaces, bracelets, & earrings.

The best part is that this whole thing cost me less than $10! And let me tell you.. it's a heck of a lot easier to see what my options are when they're not stacked up in a little ball.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pretty Things

I'm starting a periodic series featuring a collection on pretty things I've found while browsing. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Chair for Mom

I'm a day late on my Mothers Day post, but better late than never! This year we decided to buy my mom a chair for her entry way. I was out shopping with her a week ago and she dropped the hint.. "Hmm.. I'll have to have dad get me this for Mothers Day". Smart woman. We picked the chair up a couple days later.

The nailhead trim is my favorite part.

We enjoyed an early morning breakfast with the family and the rest of the day was a mix of working on this:

and this:

More on all that later.

Happy Mothers Day!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Special Deal for PP Readers!

Remember this post about See Jane Work? It's no secret once you've checked out their stuff that there's some serious style behind the business. In fact, you may have seen the home of former See Jane Work PR Manager Kelly Osborne featured in magazines as well as blogland. Take a peek:

{Photos courtesy of Design Public}

Gorgeous, right? Well, the kind folks who run the company have offered all Project Pretty readers a 10% discount for the next week only. Click on over to their site & simply enter 'PRETTY10'. This offer is good for ANY product(s) on their website until this Friday, May 14th. Soon, you can be creating gorgeous office vingettes like these (created with all See Jane Work products):

{Photos courtesy of Kevin Lafferty of SeeJaneWork}

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I {heart} Ikat

Just got a lovely package in the mail..

These fabrics will be making their way into pillow form very soon... accompany this fab new addition to the living area.

I have a fabric addiction. By the way, did you know you can find fantastic fabric on Amazon?? That's where those ikat prints are from. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Herringbone Backsplashes

I first mentioned my love for herringbone backsplashes here. While clicking through my reader, I found the following photos over at Things That Inspire.

Let's zoom in a bit, shall we?

The kitchen is designed by the firm Huff-Dewberry and kitchen designer Beth Barfield. I'm starting to notice a trend in backsplashes done with subway tiles in a herringbone pattern- they're most common over the range. Take a look at these other photos I found on flickr & photobucket:

I think I prefer the tile to take up the entire wall behind the range, rather than the framed look. But, both ways are beautiful.

Here are a few different takes on the tile, keeping with the same herringbone pattern.

{first two photos:, last:}

So, what do you guys think? Anyone else in love with the look? What are your favorite tiles/patterns for backsplashes?