Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scary Trend

You know the design trends...Animal prints, Mid-century modern, geometric patterns, gray is the new brown, green is the new everything. Some of them, we hope will disappear in 2011, others we hope will stick around. This was one trend, I was hoping would NEVER catch on...

My husband, who is clearly biased and is certain I started this trend, stood in the middle of Oleander Drive to take this shot yesterday. Scary on so many levels. 

P.S. My toilet has been returned to it's rightful place. Stay tuned for pics of my completely renovated bathroom. Can't say as much for the home above. Happy Halloween!

Bye bye birdie...

credit to: crazy husband willing to risk life for blog

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Interesting Walls

Interesting. Very interesting. When you can't paint (me) hang stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. On another note, if you can't paint, call Ann. 

That is what we are doing today in my infamous bathroom. The toilet is enclosed, (thankfully) in it's own tiny room. There is still no toilet (in yard), but it is a small room none the less with hole in floor. 

My husband spends so much time in there, I wanted to give him something interesting to look at. Here's a hint... the boys in my family prefer the outdoors when they gotta go. More on that later... and I DO plan to move my toilet back inside, ASAP.

In the meantime, here are some peaks of some cool wall treatments we saw at market. 

Stay tuned for the bathroom walls... coming right up!

Bye bye birdie,

Credit to: Halo, Global Views, Currey and Company

Friday, October 22, 2010

Let There Be Light

This is fair warning...The next few post might be us going on and on about market and all that we saw...
Every now and then we looked the lights...the fabulous lights...

This is a great blend of our styles. It's a little fancy and a little twisted up raw wire. Looove!!!!

This one could guide a ship home or... complete your zen retreat...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Please, please, please! I'll do all my chores, walk the dog, clean my room!!!
We'll take 2!

I think Hooper took this picture to pick on me, but seriously don't you think you could have the most boring people over in the world for dinner and still find something to talk about? I'm just sayin' ...

So many lights, so few ceilings to suspend them from...
At least at my house!

Have a great weekend!
Bye, bye birdie,

Credit to: Halo, Global Views, Currey and Company, Arteriors Home

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

We left them home alone. 
Hope it's going well, but truly don't care.

 No kids, no husbands and because we are too dumb to work them, no cell phones. All alone at the High Point Furniture Market with millions of square feet of... heaven.  My version of heaven has a sun, of course. One big bright and shiny sun...  

            This is Ann's version... cool and industrial. 

   Kind of a mix of the two styles at the J.Douglas showroom...

                  Global Views blinged out version...

          We bought this one for a client. Organic and edgy. 

The perfect marriage. Organic bling. 

Stay tuned for more from market...

Bye bye birdie,

Credit to: Global Views, Arteriors, J Douglas

Friday, October 15, 2010


Let's pretend that is me. (Geena Davis). That's Ann driving. We are headed to the Furniture Market. This picture looks so much cooler than the actual. Me, Ann, mini-van... Stay tuned for our Market adventures. Hopefully they won't be as dramatic as Thelma and Louise's but do keep your fingers crossed for a Brad Pitt character.

Bye, bye birdie...


Credit to: Star Pulse images, Thelma and Louise

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stools in the garden??? Or Garden Stools.

Garden Stools. They can serve as a seat, hold a drink, or a glossy mag... live indoors or out. They come in a multitude of colors, styles and have a cool Asian flair. Like the white stool (bottom center)? I am about to put that in a client's family room. The ultimate multi-tasker...

Love this reading nook with a spot for a book...

Wow. That is all I can say.

Love the Chiang Mai Dragon...

Ohhh la la spa...
This is the stool in my garden (currently). Pun intended. Do you think anyone will mistake it for a "garden stool"?

Bye bye birdie,
Credit to: House of Turquoise, Apartment Therapy

Monday, October 11, 2010

Demo Diary Day 2

When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother's beach house had a claw foot tub. I can remember everything about it. It was cast iron with vintage fixtures and my great-grandmother hated it. She thought it was too small and eventually "updated" with a fiberglass unit.

I loved that tub. At this point, I would love ANY tub. My bathroom is almost too scary to blog about. I don't want any of you having nightmares about the crawl space and.... OK, enough. Back to my happy place. I am going to close my eyes and pretend that Sarah Richardson has created this for me.

It is the perfect mix of modern meets vintage with a touch of glam. Very me, don't ya think? So during this horrifying bathroom remodel, I have given much thought to what I would do, how I would change it. Our previous tub was so big our kids would take their snorkel and mask into bathe. I have shopped around, I have researched. I have blogged. I have narrowed it down to one criteria. My tub will hold one person and one person only. ME.

So, my dear bloggers. I have a treat. A teaser, if you will. I guess the fact that I can walk into my bathroom and fall into the ground is not a big enough challenge. I have decided to remodel my entire bathroom... from Craig's List. Really. Tub, check. Vanity, check, Lighting, check. Here is a sneak peak. This is not yet mine, but is about to be...

Stay tuned...
Bye, bye birdie,


Credit to: Sarah Richardson, Design Sponge, Craig's List

Friday, October 8, 2010

Demolition Date Night

This morning started off like every other morning. I ran the kids to school and was headed to Ocean Isle for an install while my husband was left at home... alone... unsupervised. The last thing I remember about my bathroom was that it looked like this AND, we had a small leak. Oh yeah, and Read, my oh so handy hubby was "going to work on it".
When I got home, the Schutte family was here, all seven kids were in this cage and after a long day, I retreated to my bathroom for a much needed Calgon, take me away moment.

Uh oh, where's my tub? and floor? and husband? Ann? Are you down there?
NEVER leave your husbands home alone.

Ann??? Call me! I need to go to my happy place and this is not what I had in mind...

I finally found Ann relaxing in my the yard. We ordered pizza, watched the kids as my bathroom paraded out the door, piece by piece.

Bye bye birdie, bye bye bathroom.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Go to your happy place...

Yes...I spent another weekend taking care of sick kids. This time I was not productive at demolition, no painting, in fact I got nothing accomplished at all. When the kids are better and off to school, I will have to use a leaf blower to clean this joint! By Sunday I had to take a few minutes to go to my happy place.
(I do not do sleep deprivation well).

In my happy place I might roll out of this bed... around 8. (that's seriously sleeping in to me!)

I would slip into this claw foot tub for a nice relaxing bubble bath. You can't see them but that bamboo chair would be piled high with magazines to read....

Oh my gosh! This is soooo my beautiful staircase that descends into my lovely foyer. I have to tell you I looooove this foyer. (Cue music) lo'ovin you easy cause you're beautifuuul.. dododododo...ahh ahh ahh ahh ahh ahhhhhh....

This would be the kitchen where my chef would prepare my morning cups of joe. I might even pour my own coffee in here... heck, I might even cook more if could do it on that stove surrounded by carrera... (Are you reading this Jeff?) Do you see the eggs in the basket from my chickens?

I know this might throw you and you might not be able to imagine me hanging out in here, but this is Sting's house. I thought maybe I would spend the rest of my day listening to some tunes, flipping through magazines and admiring my art collection...seriously? This is definitely my happy place with an art collection!

And all this would take place my farmhouse (I just showed you this house a couple of post ago but this is my daydream so here it is again!)

Well, the reality is my happy place is here with my fam. Picking up dirty clothes and cooking dinner in a tiny kitchen for a bunch of kids that sometimes forget to say thanks. But as you know I wouldn't have it any other way. It's fun to daydream and think the Cleavers really do exist and that the glossy people in the beautiful homes don't get sick, but they do...

Enjoy your happy week in your happy place...

Bye bye birdie...


credit to: Country Living, Vera Bradley, House Beautiful

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