Thursday, August 30, 2012

Modcado.... A Reveal

Do you remember a few years ago when CB2 came out with the color Grello? (gray mixed with yellow) hmmm... I didn't know you could just make up a new color!?! Until yesterday when I was helping Hooper install a room and we discovered we were all about Modcado. (modern avocado) ... It's not your mamas harvest gold, avocado appliances anymore. AND it just so happens to make a beautiful, classic master bedroom mixed with grays.
It began with a blank slate...
Hooper then started with this fabric as her jumping off point...
The color combo is unexpected with grays, citrons, modcado (see,  just use the word like it's a real color and it might stick!)The pattern, though current, gives off a vintage vibe. 
 She had one of the homeowners existing chairs recovered in a patterned gray ...again, not what you'd expect to see with modcado but it works! She repeated all the colors
in lots of layers on the bed.
The gorgeous side tables give husband and wife plenty of storage and are in a beautiful limed oak finish. (I'll take 2 please)
A mint julep cup filled with flowers keeps the table top classic and oh so southern....
The fun thing about installs is the last minute shopping. There is always a few places that need to be finished once the room is near completion. You have to catch the vibe and go from there. Yesterday, the stars aligned and when Hooper and I walked into one of our fave places (Maran Anderson) we found the antique mirror and the insanely cool glass lamp (circa a long time ago!)
Hooper shopped the homeowner's rooms  and found a beautiful silver tray and glass bowl for jewelry.
 Room redo's also usually present a challenge and this one was no different. Because the house itself was very old, the stairwell was not made for anything larger then a double bed to be moved up. The homeowners bought a king mattress that could fold but didn't know how to get a headboard into the room.

 Hooper wanted  something upholstered. We came up with a 3 paneled headboard that could be moved up the stairs in pieces and assembled in the room. The double nail heads mask the sections and creates interest. It's fun to see collaborative sketches done on the backs of receipts come to fruition! And...thank you sewing lady extraordinaire!!!
 Did I mention the chandelier was existing (and perfect), the house is gorgeous, and the homeowners are adorable!!! All in all,  Hooper did an incredible job creating a space that fits the house and the homeowners! It was a fun install and transformation!

Bye, bye Birdie,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fifty Shades of Gray

I've got to find a way to get my husband to read the blog and figured this would get his attention! I was inspired by Fifty in more ways than one and promised a friend I would do a blog post about Fifty Shades of Grey.I doubt this is what she had in mind. OK, this is not a book review or a recap of my date last night (which I assure you was nothing like the book), but a list of my top fave 50 shades from recent projects. This sophisticated hue has been around the blog.

1. All time favorite DIY project (because I did it all by myself and because I would rather give birth than do it again).

2. Fave mural we ever did (OK Ann did it, but I helped)...sort of
3. Favorite grout color... doesn't everyone have a favorite grout color?? You guessed it. Gray. (It doesn't show dirt)
4. Prettiest bathroom I ever had the privilege of working on... 

5. Which leads me to my favorite gray counter top. Can't beat Carrera.  
6. Remember this surprise gray nursery? The client didn't know what she was having. The doc sent the sonogram to me so I could have it ready to install. We would have paired gray with pinks and corals had Jack been a Jill.
7-23. Great Shades...
GRAY OWL by Benjamin Moore is our go to color, the others are perfect picks too!
Here is the line up:
Benjamin Moore: Gray Owl, Horizon, Titanium, Moonshine, Revere Pewter, Coastal Fog, Edgecomb Gray, Harbor Gray, Horizon Gray, Nimbus
Olympic: Plantation Moss, Quill, Gray Ghost
Valspar: Frappe, Oatlands Subtle Taupe
Behr: Dolphin Fin
24. Favorite vanity with barn wood gray top. Remember this Craig's List find? see here.
25. Coolest dining table in galvanized gray.
26. Ann used this killer light to brighten up the gray ceiling in this dining room here
27. Favorite gray fabric. Seen here...
28. And here... in our very first blog post. Awwww.
29. I spy my other most loved gray piece in the room world (I'm not talking about Christian). Isn't he divine? 
30. He lives with me and we have breakfast together every morning while dining on my other most coveted find (Craig's List, no less). My gray driftwood dining table. 
31. Favorite gray accessories.
32. Favorite gray headboards used in twins' room. Plus, they were free. Not Fifty Shades Freed, just free, as in $0.
33. Favorite gray Overstock score. Of course that should be a category. I mean, who doesn't LOVE Overstock?
And it looks like we are making our way into the bedroom...So very Christian.
34. The gray washed "Ferret" bed by Noir was retrofitted as a canopy. 
35-41. Best colors to pair with gray. Punches of these babies will warm up any space. 
Note: Do not use all at once. 

42. Favorite blog about Gray. Yes, there is an entire blog devoted to this versatile hue. Check out A Perfect Gray, it won't disappoint!
43. Favorite gray (ok silver) accent wall. For all of you that questioned if it was painted... No, Ann and I would no longer be friends had I made her paint this. It is wallpaper.
44. Fave gray mirror
45. And Lana Sconces by Currey and Company

46-50. Can't show you these quite yet. I'm finishing a bedroom in ALL shades of gray and a very UNEXPECTED accent color. 


credit to: Birdsofafeather, Pinterest

Thursday, August 23, 2012


There's a lot I like about this room, and some I don't... I love table, chairs, rugs, & pillows. I get the light fixture though don't love it. But, the cloud art... bye, bye. I am sure it is great and wonderful and not from the World Market poster section, however It's not my thing... at all.
What I really like about this space is that it is current, fun and OBTAINABLE. With a few clicks and searches I was able to recreate the vibe of this room affordably...

I started at Overstock with an 8x10 sisal for about $170

Also at Overstock was this all wool Ikat. 5x8 for $232. It's not a dhurrie but plush is a nice texture too! If you haven't checked out the Ikat rugs at Overstock...go now, and read this later!

Here is a table option from World Market for around $350. However, for another $300 you can get the table below (also from World Market) That would be my vote!

Overstock chairs! And 2 for $162. I would do this route and do 6. You could ditch the window seat and instead add pillows to the head chairs.
Voila! 2 pillows for $50ish... (They are from.... wait for it... OVERSTOCK!)

So I liked the idea of a retro fixture just not really the one being used. I would have to go to my inner Jetson and for $300 use this one instead...

A girl likes a Sputnik!

Anyhoo... I love getting inspiration and seeing other's spaces. I also love the layered look of 2 rugs. I think this space needs to keep going but it's a good start to a fun fresh look on a budget fo sho!
And I would definitely trade the clouds for some Jasper Johns or a wall full of collected art.

Happy Online hunting!
Bye,bye birdie,

Credit: google images, Overstock, World Market

Monday, August 20, 2012

the bold and beautiful.....

It's raining... It's Monday... I have a child that starts middle school in exactly one week...
I'm gonna need some good vibing make me smile images this morning...

I just recovered some client's chairs in a bold b&w graphic...It  never gets old...
simply love...
This space makes me smile... I love one huge graphic punch in a room.
What about you? SEen anything cool lately?

Happy Monday!
Bye, bye Birdie,
credit to: Lonny Mag, Miles Redd

Friday, August 17, 2012

Powder Room Reveal

I recently had the privilege of redoing a client's powder room. It does seem I have been doing a lot of this lately. Maybe people liked my own? See here....
 There are so many special touches and because it is a small space, it was hard to shoot, but one of my fave Phillip Jeffries grasscloth in "Tantalizing Teal" is the backdrop.
 This metal mirror has a glam/rustic vibe and she fell in love with it when I showed it to her. 
 This lucite table/magazine rack does double duty. 
 We tore out the standard pedestal vanity and put in this piece. I love the color with the wallpaper. 
 It came with a dark stone top and we added a sleek faucet and some organic accessories. 
 These are like the earrings in the little jewel box. They are Currey and Company and oh so pretty in person. 

All done! Now onto the next space...
Bye bye birdie,

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