Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wallpaper the kids?

So we love wallpaper. Kind of a catch 22 or a oxy-moron (did I spell moron right)??? Coming from a crew that loves to paint wall murals.

At any rate, all of the grass cloth in Nora Walker's home has inspired me and forced me to share my ALL TIME FAVORITE resource. I LOVE Phillip Jeffries. Their wallcoverings are so inspired that they take everyday materials that you would never think of and yes, cover walls!

I am waiting for the day that the PJ designers stop by my house and decide to do their next line out of food that sticks to walls (hot dogs, chicken nugget crumbs etc).

In all seriousness, they use bamboo, granite, silk, embroidery, leather, faux hides and horsehair, lacquers, sea grass and sisals, metallics and yes grass cloth galore. Every color, texture and design imaginable. I ordered some of the "Fine Arrowroot" this morning for a client and quizzed my fabulous rep on the latest and greatest. Needless to say, they will be my first stop at market. Check out some of my favorite rooms that have been graced by the gods of grasscloth and more...

The "Arches" from the Voyage Collection. I would love to put this in a powder room I am working on... Client, are you reading this??

Philip Gorrivan for the 2009 Traditional Home Showhouse.

Ahhh. The "Chain Link" -- comes in an array of colors from aqua, to gray to orange and celery. I would wallpaper my kids in this stuff.

Lacquered Strie. Pretty and sophisticated.

Jackson Square... Imagine it on an entire wall.

I love this room by Elizabeth Dinkel for the 2008 Veranda Showhouse. She used the Extra Fine Arrowroot too.

This another shot from the Traditional Home Showhouse done by color genius, Amanda Nisbet. Check out the metallic ceilings. I used to babysit for her children, way back when. I recall her wall-to-wall leopard carpet. I was inspired even then. Amanda, remember me?

Are you inspired? For am amazing gallery of work, check out the designer installs at Phillip Jeffries. If you want samples, let me know, I'll send 'em to ya!

Bye, bye birdie,

Credit to: Phillip Jeffries, Amanda Nisbet, Philip Gorrivan, Elizabeth Dinkel, Traditional Home, Veranda, Holly Hunt

Taking a sick day....

While Hooper and her crew were forced family funnin' it on Bald Head I was home with some forced family fun of my own.

What IS one to do when a child is home for a week with a fever of 101? Well... since the other kids are in school and sicky sleeps all day... hmmm... Redo my dining room! Of course!

Now for a little inspiration...

For inspiration purposes only I am going to pretend my D.R. is in this house.... (a girl can dream)

I spy with my little eye.... Wainscoting!

Totally loving the height of this but I have lots of scary portraits that must be hung on the walls!

Though I am looking for wainscoting inspiration I got a little distracted by the pillars on the table from Anthropologie. I'll take all 5 please. Thank you...

I should definitely paint mine high gloss white.

I am so thankful to have brothers that are carpenters and willing to throw some board and baton up for a sister on a Tuesday afternoon!

I am also thankful for my friends at Benjamin Moore who let me call in paint and pick up curbside!

I know... the pictures are not hung and the chair is begging to be recovered in a blue & white zig-zag. (not that I already have it picked out or anything...) I am also still debating the color. It might need more blue, less green. But, overall ...not bad for an unplanned week home!

May your sick days always be productive...

Bye Bye Birdie...


Credit: Anthropologie, Country Living, Soundside Carpentry, West Elm

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Brothers and Sisters

So here we are. All 16 of us. It is day 6 of the family vacay. Picture Griswold's meet Walkers. Because I could totally jump right into Nora Walker's family (and home) from Brother's and Sisters, I prefer to compare us to them. Plus I wouldn't want to pay Clark Griswold's power bill and Cousin Eddie hits a little too close to home.

The Walker's on the other hand, are all gorgeous, own a vineyard and live in a fabulous house in Pasadena. Sure, we have a lot in common. We think we are all great looking, we drink enough wine to support a vineyard but sadly our house looks nothing like theirs.

I wanted to share some pictures from the set of Brother's and Sisters because it is truly one of my favorites. Tons of grasscloth, incredible moldings, hand scraped floors... it feels lived in and "real". At least as real as you can get on an ABC set. Cue the drama. They fight, gossip, spill each others secrets episode by episode, often discover they have a long-lost sibling. All of this down home disfunction has inspired me and reminds me quite a bit of last night (minus the sibling part, there are still just four of us. That we know of...)

Luckily, they always make up in the end around a huge feast and tons of wine. Since this is our last night here, maybe we should give it shot?

P.S. Don't tell my mom, she thinks we all sit around after she goes to bed and sing "Kumbayah".

Bye, bye birdie,

Credit to: ABC, Hooked on Houses

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bald Head, Here We Come!

In a last ditch effort to hang onto summer and celebrate my mom's 60th birthday, my family (all 16 of us) are headed to Bald Head Island for a week. (She may not be glad that I just announced her age to the world). Oh well...

For those of you who have been to Bald Head, you already know how special it is. For those of you who haven't, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots with you. It is like diving head first into an issue of Coastal Living (only with very loud children tagging along).

I have been coming to Bald Head since I was five years old and there is no other place in the world like it. We would spend the entire summer here with just a handful of people. There were very few houses, no phones, no TV's, no cars. It was good ol' fashioned summer. While things have changed a lot over here, it is still breathtaking, peaceful and the perfect way to end a summer... the good ol' fashioned way.

At 7 am this morning, with tons of kids and coffee in tow, I scouted out some of my favorite spots to share with you.

You can't see in the picture, but there is a basket of flip flops on the porch and a swing. Sit back and have a lemonade with me. Uh oh, here come my kids... spike it quick.

These are a couple of my favorite houses on the harbor. You can hear the ferry roll in.

I love this Charleston style porch. I am sure that at 7:00 am the homeowners thought it was strange that I was stalking their house to get the best light.

This one is right next door. I love the flamingos.

Notice my child is barefooted, she lost her flip flops...

Ah ha! Don't know how these got lost with the fist-size bling on the toe. Good to have if you get stuck on a deserted island.

This is one of the three houses at Captain Charlie's Station and was built in the early 1900's for the lighthouse keeper. They are restored and rentable. I wonder if the renter's thought it was strange this morning when I was peeking around in their dining room. They still have the same old painted gray floors and exposed brick.

I love these garage doors. Since cars are not allowed on the island. This garage houses two golf carts.

Thankfully, these homeowners weren't home when I was trying to figure out who makes these benches. I am thinking Century?

Then I was trying to figure out how to move here. (To see the interiors of this home, check out the September issue of Coastal Living).

or here...

A friend of my mom's brought over this festive sign so everyone will know we are celebrating. Cute huh?

Thought you should see the picture of us arriving by golf cart. Remind you of anything?

Well now its time to say good by to Ted and all his kin.
And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
You're all invited back a gain to this locality
To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.
Y'all come back now, y'hear?.

Bye, bye birdie,

Credit to: Bald Head Island, Coastal Living

Sunday, September 19, 2010

To scare or not to scare?

Sooo.... usually Hooper and I write this together, or one will write and the other will edit. But the other night I must of been tired when reading through the Friend of a Friend post because something got past me. Hooper totally cracked on my dining room and said if scary portraits were the hot new thing then my D.R. was up on current trends! It all started with this room Em did. (we call her that now) I happen to LOOOOVE the huge guy above the fireplace. Hooper, I guess, was a bit frightened by him. So I took over the blog so I could show you my own scary portraits...What do you think?

So here goes...My Dad. My husband swears if this were full body there would be a meat cleaver in his lap. However, I love this picture...I love the frame...I love the fact that my grandmother used to rotate her children's portraits so they got equal time on the mantel & I love the fact that my Addie resembles him. Meat cleaver or not, I love it.

Ok, so Mom's... I'll admit, is a little scary. But a sweet story...it was painted by a WWII soldier that lived in my great grandparents carriage house after the war. They didn't charge him rent so he painted this portrait of my mom as a thank you. That makes it cool to me. Unfortunately the story is lost on my husband and every time he walks by he says "Come here my pretty so I can eat you!" in a lovely voice... nice.

Here they are together. Awww...it's like they eat with us every night, especially since their eyes follow you.

Em pulled it off...why can't I? Anyway we all have something that we think is fab even though the masses might disagree. (not talkin' bout my portraits- I KNOW they are fab!) What about you...Anything hanging around for sentimental reasons only....

Bye Bye Birdie


credit to: Emily Henderson, Mom, Dad

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friend of a friend of a friend...

OK, so we are obsessed with the new crop of fab stylists out there. Not scary obsessed, but just checking blogs and trying out their brilliant tips, and posting on their blogs (anonymously, is that weird)??

We were thrilled to find out that a friend of a friend, Frances Bailey, showcased her work on Bravo's Real Housewives of D.C. Since we are real housewives, we figured we could totally relate.

This is the home of Mary Schmidt Amons (D.C. Houswives star and mother of 5, yes, we said 5), and is styled to perfection by the ultra-talented Frances Bailey.

The home owner's personal fashion sense is shown throughout the house and is a true reflection of her.
I love the lock on the closet door. Maybe I could get one of those and lock myself in there?

Note the must-have shoes by the island... perfect for chasing 5 kids.

Check out the Pucci inspired chair... who doesn't want a little Pucci in their closet and their home?

So... our other BFF, Emily Henderson, winner of HGTV Design Star is sharing her tips and talent on the new show, Secrets of a Stylist.

In one of the final episodes, she designs an apartment around the way her client dresses. He had a buttoned up, polished style in a pin-striped suits and loved to travel. Can you see it in this room? Check out the pin striped wall!

Her taste is so lived in and real. It makes you think that after a trip to the flea market and some fresh new fabrics, you too, can transform your living room and your LIFE.

And I believe her. If you haven't been following her rise to fame, you should - you will be inspired. Check out her blog at www.brasspetal.blogspot.com.

Everything looks so collected and cherished. If scary portraits are the hot new thing then Ann's dining room is up on current trends.

Em is so relatable that we are now best friends. OK, so that is a little bit of an exaggeration. We "blog". OK, so that is a little bit of an exaggeration. We follow her blog and she has no idea who we are. Oh well...

What would your wardrobe say about you? Can you see your sense of personal style in your closet and your home?

Today, I have on the same thing I slept in last night. It is doubling today as "workout clothes". Since I haven't made it to the gym yet, I am still claiming "workout clothes". I hope that when Emily calls me for coffee, she wouldn't take that to be my personal style. That would make quite a pretty room...

Bye bye birdie...

Credit to: Frances Bailey, IVillage, Heather Jernigan, Bravo, Mary Schmidt Amons, HGTV, Emily Henderson
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