Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Before and After

My friend Emily asked me to help her update her space. At first glance, the sectional was closing off the room, so the first step was furniture placement. Relocating the sectional would open up the living space to the rest of the house.
 Also, take note of the very large 2 story wall behind the sectional, the 4 photos weren't the right size for the wall, at least all by their lonesome....
A floral rugs and dated and worn out fabrics on the sectional and pillows made for a tired room. 
They had just finished installing a new, updated fireplace surround, so we wanted something that would complement the cool coastal vibe they had going on. Also, their paint colors were perfect, so no need to change the colors. 
We slip covered the sofa in a new textured gray because the old one was looking a little faded and tired, added some amazing new pillows (mixing in some from Homegoods and some custom) and viola!
A new rug from Overstock is a much needed replacement for the floral rug. 
We added art, photos, sketches and different types of frames to the (now) proportioned photo wall and there is also room to grow. 
Fresh fabrics make a bold statement.
 We stole a console table from the entry and decked it out with a metallic green owl (everyone needs one), some family photos and an old-fashioned swing arm lamp for reading. 
You can see what a difference the new furniture placement makes! 
 Her TV is going to be relocated above the mantle, but we added additional interest with some sconces, accessories and a killer Ikat ottoman for more seating or feet.
 More lighting and texture...

Great accessories and a whole new look. What do you think?
Happy Monday!
Bye bye birdie,

Friday, October 14, 2011

I want...

A sliding barn door. I want one bad. Real bad. The problem ... I have no where to put one. Should we move? build? add on? How can I get my sliding barn door fix if I have no where to put it?...

 the walls, the floors, the hide, love love love it all!

 love the industrial vibe ...

so much I'm liking about this space...

diggin the rug too...

 what have you been diggin lately? Anything you can't imagine your life without?
And for all you Wilmington peeps- Big South is this Sunday and there are some pretty killer rugs, and this...
Now, don't go out bidding me... not sure where I'll put it... but it's mine!!!

Have a great weekend!!!
Bye, bye birdie,
 credit to: google images, Big South Auctions, Caroline DeCesare

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Despair Over Chair

 Yes, this is the newest addition to my living room. The remote you see ejects the person sitting in it into a standing position. It practically shot Hutson across the room. 
Pro: I don't have to help Read get out of the chair 
Pro: Read is relatively comfortable.
Con: I throw up in my mouth a little, everytime I look at it.
Con: It's made of velour.
What's a girl to do?
Clearly, I am very shallow. I'm less concerned with my husband's comfort during his (very long) recovery and more concerned with how long this eye sore will be the focal point of my living room. 
Has there ever been an attractive recliner?

This one... not so much. I mean, the robot doesn't seem to mind it, but of course, robots don't get annual pap smears. There's just something about a recliner that seems to have built-in stirrups.
Now this, I could do. Imagine it in a killer print or a charcoal fabric. It's Milo Baughman and a perfect midcentury take on the recliner. The retro styles are so much better than the current ones. Why is that? 
This is the "Gala" recliner chair by Franco Albini. It really reclines... I have no idea how, but who cares? It's pretty amazing. It looks comfortable (enough). 
This isn't bad. I like the lines of it. Not sure why you need the extra arm pads.
I've decided that I'm totally a looks girl. Who cares about function. I mean, I'll wear heels all day long until my feet fall off, if they look good. What about you?
Gotta go, my husband needs the remote.
Bye bye birdie,

Credit to:, Milo Baughman, Franco Albini

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why Men Don't Give Birth

How was your weekend? Mine was, should we say, interesting... My husband has had a problem with his hip since he was a little boy and this weekend, he got a new one. 

The best part are people's reactions when I tell them my husband is getting a hip replacement. They assume I am the trophy wife and he must be 85.  He did great and is out right now with his PT (in stockings) walking the halls. This is where the "in sickness and in health part" comes in. I just gave him a sponge bath. He has a walker and is going to be home bound for 6 weeks. That's 42 days; 1008 hours; 60,480 minutes. What will we do?
When a 36 year old gets a hip replacement, you feel a little out of your league. I'm thinking about my "Mimi" who just had hers done too. Maybe we can sit around and watch this...
And when he's really up and about, join some of our friends for...
Oh yeah, this is going to be awesome. Wish me luck!
Bye bye birdie, I'm off to play Parcheesi...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I heart....

October. It is my favorite month of the year. The weather has been gorgeous, I've worn my new fave boots twice and pumpkins are everywhere. It is also my birthday month. I will be.... older.
  I do tend to keep my eyes peeled this time of year for a few little trinkets that might make me smile should Jeff want to purchase a little something for his amazing, smokin hot, kind wifey... (moi)

Jeff would have to get me these except I already have them. Sweet Jen over at Fotojenik made them for me and gave them to me. They are my #1 accessory this fall. I wear one or the other everyday. (stay tuned...they might just be a giveaway soon...)
Jen and her hubby went on an amazing trip to NY and found these. They did not bring them home for me though. I guess they wouldn't fit on the plane. So, Jeff, head to NY and bring these back for my birthday...please.
 Kim over at Chattafabulous has these for sale. Brass stags...loving them just not enough horizontal surface in my house
Love this... 'Tiny Fawn' by Darrah Gooden. It is collage on canvas. (so sweet). Not quite sure why I am drawn to the deer. Except of course it is hunting season here and I am just waiting for that first venison cookout.. (not so sweet?)

I think this pillow is great! I would love it in my sun room on the new camp bed. Cute Shelly over at Pillow Happy on Etsy makes these.

So that's it... just a few fun fall finds that would make great birthday gifts for me  um, I mean anyone!

Sooo... if we were to do a cuff giveaway, which one should it be cowhide? or snakeskin?

Happy Thursday...
Bye, bye birdie,

Monday, October 3, 2011

How to ruin your 11 year old's life....

co·til·lion also co·til·lon (k-tlyn, k-) 1. A formal ball, especially one at which young women are presented to society.

A more accurate definition would be: Somewhere you force your 5th grader to go on a quest to ruin their life. (that's almost a direct quote from Jackson)

But for all us Southerners that were also forced to go, it is a right of passage. I remember it well. I had buck teeth, and was tooth pick skinny with a Pat Benetar haircut. Thank you 80's. Not really the girl the boys were asking to dance. (Not that the 5th grade boys were really asking anyone to dance). But I made it out alive and was thrilled to sign Jackson up for the same torture experience.

Here he is all dressed up and ready to go. (he's still not quite sure where he's going)

Why is it when you ask an 11 year old boy to take his picture you either get gang signs or James Bond poses?
I did get one good pic before I took him to "The worst place he's ever been to in his whole entire life". (another direct quote) I have no pictures once we got there- he really would have died. Though I did manage to sneak into the balcony and watch the entire lesson. Poor thing he looked green. -And he gets to go back next month. (Yipee!) Though he keeps asking me if I have called that lady to get our money back because he is never going back there again. I can only imagine that the dances and manners he is learning will serve him well one day...

(Boys stop burping the alphabet eventually...right? )

Anyway, I enjoyed Cotillion way more then he did and can not wait for the next lesson. I am soooo sneaking in a video camera! I'll keep you posted!

Happy Monday!
Bye, bye Birdie,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bought, finished and in place...

Remember this camp bed I bought from Sissy over at Blue Hydrangea? See here.

Another completed project at my house! Don't get used to this- 2 down, a gazillion to go...

My sewing lady extraordinaire made the mattress for me in an indoor/ outdoor blue ticking. I put it it in the sun room for the kids to hang out and watch t.v. This is really a great room and unfortunately I didn't snap pics of the whole thing because the world's largest basketball game is still consuming the other half. (Note to self:  do not take husband Christmas shopping for kids ever again)

And now my beloved artichoke lamp has a home. The rooms for rent sign has always cracked me up considering we are 6 people in a very small house with absolutely NO ROOM at the Inn! And the barn painting is something a great great aunt of Jeff's did. I'm glad to finally have a spot for a few of these things that we love.

Like the t.v.? Circa 1980? The red chair is the dogs and needs a serious redo but for now we are living with it. Or should I say, Charlie is...

I am so excited to have this little spot for the kids complete. They are now fighting over who gets to sleep out here Friday noise and they are back in their beds!

Stay tuned as the toilet in the Dining room saga continues. Maybe one day I can show you that completed project... A girl can dream...

Bye, bye Birdie,

Monday, September 26, 2011

Big Bang for the Buck

Once in awhile, every detail falls into place and the perfect finds fall right into your lap. Rarely does that happen under budget, but this particular week, the design gods were smiling on me. 
SIDE NOTE: We've learned that if we show the "before" shot first, readers think its the after and don't scroll down. So I'm showing you the 
"after" first.
Here's how it all went down. I got a request to meet with a couple and "update" their living room. They gave me $1500 to work with. Great budget for what they wanted done. They wanted new paint, accessories, maybe some pillows and a mini-facelift on their living space. No problem. Except that I love a challenge and just had to throw a giant wrench in the plan.  
Here is their "before" living room. Sure, a little paint and some fresh pillows would help, but the lines of the furniture seemed dated to me and so, you know me, I wanted to get some new furniture.... like ALL new furniture (but keep their leather chair). 
Here's the catch. Remember the $1500 I had to work with to update their look? Well, I still had $1500 to work with to re-do the entire living room. They wanted a face-lift. I wanted an overhaul. Disclaimer: $1500 is not normally enough to re-do an entire room, but once in awhile, you get REALLY lucky and that's just what happened. I started with these killer pillows as a jumping off point for the room... They were a little pricey at $24.99 each, but worth every cent. 
These pillows couldn't possibly go on sad olive sofa, so needed a new sofa. Budget for sofa: $0. 
I found this sofa on Craigslist for $350.
 It is in great shape, has amazing lines and good texture. 
     Added a $199 rug from Homegoods...
And a $5 Craigslist coffee table.
           One tiny problem. Client wanted an ottoman. 
Spray painted coffee table and sent to upholsterer so she could turn it into one!
Fresh coat of paint on the accent wall, a soft gray on the rest of the walls, accessorized the fireplace and what a difference it made!
Big improvement?
The butterfly chair on the left looked more like it belonged in a bedroom and the neutral color wasn't doing much for the space.
Uh oh, need a new chair? new chair = money...
I mentioned my budget and chair dilemma to Ann who happened to have a $5 chair in her car. No joke. She bought it for $5 at the monthly UNCW furniture sale and was willing to donate it to the cause.(I'm stubborn and simply refused to go over budget, plus I told them I could do it -- uh... no problem). 
I had the chair recovered in a solid teal fabric and it looks amazing! I added a $199 console from TJ Maxx to the back of the sofa...
It gave us the perfect surface
For lighting and some fun accessories.
I brightened up the built-ins with some family photos and pieces that they had in storage. 
Changing the paint was an expensive way to brighten the space and my fabulous clients painted it all themselves to save money. They did an incredible job. 
They love the way it turned out. It's fresh and updated and feels like home to this sweet family of 3. We can thank Chris Davis for his beautiful photos of the space. Check out his site here for more of his incredible work. 

I love a before and after... don't you?
Bye bye birdie...

credit to Chris Davis Photography

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