Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Never under estimate the power of a new fabric. Velvet may have an old feel, but in this bright cobalt, it brought the sofa to life. The Ikat, silk and bronze (leather) pillows add different textures and make the sofa VERY current.
Some simple changes and a pair of proud peacocks brought it up a notch.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The last time I welcomed two new additions to the family, it was twins. Not this time (thank goodness). Over the weekend, a precious new baby joined our family. Meet "Teddy":
We named him after my dad. You might be a redneck if... you name a pet after a family member. Well...
He is a baby cocker spaniel weighs 3.5 pounds (I picked the runt). He is growing fast and is the sweetest thing you have ever met.
This is how it went down: We had picked him out a week before. Kids had no idea. None. We left Greensboro early Friday from our Thanksgiving visit with Read's family.
We said: "Kids, no fussin' (another redneck word). Mom found a table on Craig's List in Burlington and we have to make a stop on the way home."
Kids didn't say a word because they think this is totally normal.
I dropped them off at the general store for a snack and bathroom break (with Read of course) and headed to pick up my new baby. Minutes later, I returned for some coffee with Teddy Bear in my coat. (Kids, still clueless).
Read filmed the entire thing and kids still thought that was normal.
Graham: Mom, did you get the table?
Me: Huh? Oh no, it was junk, but I did get this instead....
Shock and awe. They are loving every minute with their new "brother". Hutson said he is glad he is no longer the youngest.
Over the weekend, my upholsterer delivered his new bed.
Ok, just kidding.However, sofa was so fab, it made it into the living room and I couldn't bear to shut it up in my office. Teddy is digging it too.
Here it is a big shot of new sofa in living room. No comments about the Norman Rockwell weekend I had. Ignore giant pregnant tree in corner.
Remember the mother of pearl in-lay and the black lacquer trim? Oh yeah. Remember that I found it at auction for $250? See here. These two additions made for the best Thanksgiving weekend to date. Teddy tops the list.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Have fun and let us know if you need us to do it for you!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The "Aspen Bunny" ornament from Anthropologie is screaming Hooper and might have to show up on her tree. (She has the same vest... love it!)
But of course the shopping quickly turned to design stalking and I could not seem to get away from images of black rooms (in honor of black Friday)...
It is such a sophisticated look... love it as a backdrop to art.
Now we're talking. The crisp white moulding is making me dig this room!
hmmm... maybe I could do charcoal?
This is pretty and gentleman's clubish and I can picture the humidor on the coffee table. HOWEVER, if that golden retriever lives there, they are in shedding hell and I hope they own the Dyson pet vac.
Could you do it? Do you have enough great art and or great light to pull off a black room? And if you do... can we do it for you? (We'd really love a client that wants black!)
Check out Kathy over at My Interior Life here. She has been working on her own black office. (Can't wait to see it finished!)
Enjoy your weekend!
Bye, bye birdie,
Thursday, November 22, 2012
While attending a conference in Atlanta, GA in late 2009, Hal and Jen Griffin, the founders of Remnant, heard the story of one family’s adoption during the highlight of a leading family organization, Bethany Christian Services. Having already been on a journey to start their own family since 2006, they left knowing without question that adoption would somehow be a part of their story too, but just weren’t sure when.
Throughout the year long road of applications, questionnaires, classes, book readings, interviews, out of town meetings, and all of the waiting in between, one thing remained the same -- a deep desire to be a family to a child who would otherwise not know one.
They are now officially approved to adopt, and are waiting to finally become a family of 3.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Last Christmas, I bought a beautiful candle. I light it quite often and marvel at the beautiful colors of gold, emerald and turquoise. For a year, I have wanted to design a room around this color palate -- I just needed an unsuspecting client to trust me enough. Lucky for me, my clients are amazing and one such client/friend gave me free reign!!! I hope you like the outcome!We started with the green side tables. You may remember them from CraigsList/Southport. A steal at $40 each and we didn't have to touch them! I wrangled a trip to Bald Head out of the trip to pick them up, but for the client they were cheap. Me, not so much. Tip number 1: Anytime you can make a vacay out of a buying trip, do so. Tip number 2: Don't let husband in on it. I digress...
Because we spent so little on the side tables, we were then open to splurge on bedding. The green and white duvet and shams are from Legacy. Their bedding is made to order and the craftsmanship is extraordinary. I selected the brightly colored ikat for the shams and bed skirt and had those made at a local workroom.
|The headboard is also custom and adds another texture. It reads as a solid, but has some green flecks, if you look closely.|
The art is from a local haunt, Crabby Chic. I love the abstract modern lines of the art (and the colors).
The had these amazing lamps. They are very heavy chunks of quartz and I didn't touch them. They are perfect as they are and look great on our side tables.
A little styling goes a long way...
The ceiling heights allowed for a 27" chandelier. Would you believe I found this beauty at Home Depot? I love the finish and the fretwork at the top of the fixture.
We needed a spot for storage and the TV. She wanted her TV hidden, so we opted for this World's Away Cabinet. I adore World's Away, but they always seem to add basic knobs to beautiful pieces. Perhaps it is because they know we will HAVE to change them out??
These Pier One knobs are stunning and look like emerald jewelry. They were on clearance for .98 cents. Yes, as in under $1 each.
I designed the cornices to mimic the lines of the headboard, but also wanted to make the ceilings appear even taller. By dropping the silk drapes and adding a cornice (placed just below the ceiling), it gives the illusion of height.
I added nail heads for a touch of gold... and just love how the combination turned out.
And these stunning silk drapes (lined and inner-lined) are from Overstock. I added a green tape to the face of the drape to dress them up a little. Overstock is a great source for ready made drapes.
The curve of the headboard with the linear pattern of the bedding is a nice juxtaposition.
I added some softness to the floor with a sheep skin rug.
I added some masculine touches to the hubby's side of the bed..
What do you think? Do tell! We love your feedback. The client is thrilled and I may just have to give her my candle for Christmas.
Bye bye birdie...