Monday, January 31, 2011

Scrap Yard Field Trip!

Yes... We finally did it. Hooper and I took a field trip. We went over the big bridge that took us into a neighboring county. Technically, we went out of town. (or 20 minutes from my house) And we did all this so we could show you how COOL scrap yards can be! And the fact that you have to wear a hard hat was just a bonus! 

 

        Remember... I was a metals major in college. This huge pile made me happy! Very Happy....


This candlestick made Hooper happy.


 THEN...We saw the huge magnet car picker upper crusher thingy. (That is actually what it's called... I think?) We asked Jeremy (tour guide and owner) if we could have our boys birthday parties at the scrap yard. That would be a no go....


 This could be something great...


 Just saw these go for $5 each on Cash & Cari... Anyone seen that show?


My 10 year old asked me to take off my favorite over sized flower broach the other day before I took him to his school basket ball game. He said I would embarrass him if I wore it. What?! He has NO IDEA how cool I am. I wonder if I would embarrass him if I picked him up from school in this. Pretty sure he has no idea how cool this truck is either....


I think we can all agree that these propellers ARE cool.....


But the find of the day was this 3 foot tall steel 'S'. I think I screamed when I saw it, I might of jumped...It's all a blur now but anyway, this made the trip 'out of town' well worth it. I took the 'S' home with me and found a place for her in my stairwell. We are both very happy together.


Thanks Jeremy... Hooper and I had a blast! We can't wait to come back!

How bout you? Any cool finds ?
May all your scrap yard adventures be successful...
Bye, bye Birdie,
~A&H













Friday, January 28, 2011

Mental Health Day

My husband went on a business trip and one of the twins is sick. Not just sick, house bound. I won't go into details. I can't tell you the last time I was home all day... and was well. OK, maybe not mentally well, but physically well. 
It got me thinking about how drab my kitchen looks and how it needs updating and how I spend 95% of my time in there and how if I spend 95% of my time in there, then shouldn't it be beautiful and calming? I mean, it is the hub of the home... don't I deserve that? (I am hoping my husband is not reading this). Thankfully, he doesn't actually read our blog that much so I'm safe. 
I am working off of a black and white checkerboard tile. It all started because I told him I wanted to replace it. The understanding and practical person he is instantly said: NO, there is nothing wrong with our back splash. The fact that it is black and white checkerboard is fine with him. Me, I feel like I'm cooking here every night. Would you like a milk shake with that?
He doesn't realize that once I get an idea in my head, there is no turning back. He also doesn't understand that in order to distract from my checkerboard, I will need some BIG distractions. Did I mention that my cow hide rug arrived? Isn't she something?
Checkerboard, shmeckerboard. Must use under farm table, but beat up chairs make rug look misplaced. Hmmm. Also must fly under the radar with this one. Our chairs are perfectly good chairs. Just ugly and sad. Husband will not see the true value in new chairs, which I so clearly need. Clearly.


Ah ha! These ghost chairs are perfect. He won't even see them. And, I found some on Craig's List (for those of you that stopped by yesterday, yes, I really did). This is shaping up. Rug, check, chairs, check, backsplash, checkerboard. OK, keep going. I need to draw the eye upwards. Toward heaven. Toward something much prettier than my flourescent lighting... Yeah, this is really something. The frosted diffuser gives off a warm glow and the bugs that are stuck in side add a nice touch.
 Surely, he can't expect me to live with a bug collection above my sink? I decide to dose up little boy with Motrin and head out into the world for just a minute. Not to worry, we are prepared for any accidents. 
I stop by Maran Anderson Home for a change of scenery(staying home all day is for the birds) and just see if they possibly have a light fixture that I could try (aka install myself before husband gets home).
They had a drum shade similar to this. It's huge. And with a pendant this big, hubby won't notice the rug or chairs. Great plan. 
As I'm snuggling on the sofa with my baby (yes, in the store living room vignette, but pretending to be in own living room), I notice Maran's oh so fab wall color. I can paint, sort of. My cabinets may need a little facelift. Come to find out, it's Benjamin Moore's "Covington Blue" and reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor's apartment in Butterfield-8. 
She looks so glamourous. Like she could come over and have a glass of champagne with me in my new kitchen. She definitely does not look like someone who is going to fry up some burgers at my Checker's grille. Soooo.... I call my tile guy. Just to chat, really. About business and the weather and then I throw in a quick mention about how my back splash is tired and could he give me some tips on how to replace it myself so husband won't know. He laughs because he has seen my dry wall patches. So, tile is out, again. Read will notice if Adam is in our kitchen for a few days. What do do? And then, on Maran's sofa, where my son is comfortably napping, it hits me. I can put something over the tile. And I know just the thing. I can't get into it now, that's tomorrow's project. For now, I think I have enough to keep me busy. At least until the other kids get home.


Bye bye birdie...
~H


Credit to: Maran Anderson Home, Saddleman's of Santa Fe, Decor Pad, Apartment Therapy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sweet Baby 'S'...

I usually do not play favorites but if I had to choose a favorite nursery I've painted this is definatly a contender. We did not have much to go on other then we knew she was a girl and her name started with an 'S'. We got some hand-me-down furniture from big sister Kyla and borrowed style cues from her parents.  The home has a comfortable, eclectic vibe and we knew the nursery needed the same feel.


(before)

 We walked into purple walls, white crib and changer and a green bumper. Other than that, we had free reign over this sweet little girl's nursery.


 A painted bench and table needed a face lift. I gave them a green glazed over haul and a purpose...

(After)

 next to a brown chair in a lonely corner....  The only request was from dad who wanted a chandelier for his second princess.  I was thrilled to find this one, which looks amazing in the room.

                                            
Birds of a Feather and Blue Whale Portraits teamed up to personalize this space with family pictures. I accompanied Kevin Millard for a photo shoot that added the perfect amount of whimsy. 


We talked about wallpaper, but ultimately decided on a modern vine inspired accent wall to tie in the green, brown and break up the purple. 



Hooper scored when she came across this pale purple dandelion fabric that we had made into a quilt, pillow and added it to the existing bed skirt. 


Little details make a big impact for a little girl, we now know as "Silvie". 

Sweet Dreams Sylvie
Bye bye birdie,
~A&H

credit to: Shades of Light, Blue Whale Portraits

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Look out D.C....

So, Hooper and Read packed up the minivan and took their crew to D.C. for the weekend for a vacay. Look out D.C.! I know they will have a blast. Here's my problem, when I go to places like that I love to look at the houses. The real houses with real people. I like to walk up and down the streets wondering who lives there, what does it look like inside, I wonder if they have kids...etc...etc...
(I am no fun to go to Charleston, S.C. with- Ask Jeff)

So when I found out they were going I did some real estate stalking for them. (Read will be ecstatic!)

So, Hooper and Read, IF you were there to purchase a home I found 3 for you to look at....

Option number 1: for 2.2 mil. you can own this lovely little cottage with 4 beds/ 4 baths. Isn't she adorable....

Can't you just see us lounging out here ...flipping through magazines...our  kids  playing QUIETLY in the backyard.... Jeff and Read  grilling our dinner and the cabana boy refreshing our drinks.... 

Option number 2: Lovin' this one! (And it's just under 5 mil! Score!)

 Anyone notice the West Elm chairs?
Love the sunken living room...

If you buy this one, this is MY guest room, not your master...

Option number 3: you can own this beauty for just under 6 mil.


Kind of has a "Huxstable" vibe. Cliff, Claire, Theo, Rudy... Are you in there?


I wonder if they use this dining room much? I just can't see us sitting around that table grubbin' out on our pizza....


This house got me at the back stairs. Don't you just love them?

Anyway, Read & Hooper- Enjoy your mini vacay and don't forget to check out...

and...


Have fun and let me know which house you "buy"....

How about you... any other realestate stalkers out there?
Does anyone else go to important places only to get sucked in by the homes?

Bye, bye Birdie,
~A

Museam of American Art, National Zoo, Washington Fine Properties, L.L.C, Sotheby's

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We don't even have a speech prepared!!!

Cue: Tears, kiss husbands, fluff up long dresses and head gracefully to the stage....
We would like to thank the Academy...
Oh, wait. This isn't the Oscars?? We already picked out our dresses, showered, brushed hair and borrowed jewelry. Ann even has on make-up.
Hooper's pick. Frilly, elaborate. 
Ann's pick. Simple, elegant.


Don't we look great?
Cue: Slap. What? This isn't the Academy Awards? Ughmmm. OMG, this is the Stylish Blogger Awards? So we are a little over dressed... 
Let's try again.  We'd like to thank our dear fellow blogger, Loretta Fontaine for our award. We are inspired daily by her design tips and creative ideas. Visit her at Apples and Rubies. And Loretta, thank you!!! So as a rule for all recipients of this (very prestigious) award, we have to tell you 7 things about us that you may not already know. 


1. We went to high school together.


2. Hooper has 3 sets of twins in her family. Ann has two sets of twins in hers.
3. Hooper and Ann designed crib bedding, pj's and more for Hooper's line, Little Lambinates. The collection was called "Anna Cabana".
4. Ann used to have a chicken named 'Chicken' that had a mad crush on her husband and would meet him at his car everyday after work.
5. Hooper listens to Justin Bieber in her car. Alone. Ann listens to the voices in her head in her car. Alone. 
6. College Summer Jobs: Hooper worked in Nantucket as a hotel chamber maid. Soon after, there was a bed bugs out break in the North East.
Ann worked in Colorado as rock repeller. Wow. I feel safe just thinking about it.
7. Ann is a morning person, Hooper is a night owl. So when do we work on our blog?


Thanks again to Loretta for this honor. The best part is we got to accept it in our pajamas. 


Bye bye birdie,
~A&H

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A little cow goes a long way....

So this week I ordered my first hide rug. Yipee! I have huge expectations for this rug. I really think it is going to change my house. (Though I still don't know where I am going to put it) Hooper encouraged me to not go to 'cow'. So instead of big brown and white spots I chose salt and pepper brown.


Isn't she lovely.....


Of course I go to read Lonny and hides are everywhere. Now I am more excited because dare I dream my room could be this delicious....



I was thinking it could go under my dining room table. I hear they are indestructible. I wonder what they do when they test a product to say it can withstand anything. Do they put it in a house with a dog, 10, 7, 5, and 4 year old. They should. I am  a little nervous. Sometimes I turn mean when I get something new. I yell at the whole family until the new thing gets it's first stain or scratch. Then I  am over it.


Anyway, I'm totally psyched!
How about you...Anyone else have a hide rug? Where did you put it?

Bye, bye Birdie,
~A

Credit: Lonny Mag.
 
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