Getting Ready For a Photoshoot!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Today I'm going nuts trying to get ready for a photographer from Houzz to come shoot my house for a feature in their Houzz Tours (I'm sure you know them - if not, get yourself over to today and sign up for the emails - you won't regret it!) So of course I left the staging for the last minute and didn't think it would be a big deal. Ha.

On another note, $100 doesn't go very far in fresh flowers. Just saying. I thought I had enough to start my own nursery, and it turns out I didn't even fill the first floor. Wouldn't it be amazing to have $250-300 a week to fill the house with flowers? That will never happen, but I guess it makes it all the more special when the house IS filled with flowers :) So here's what I've tackled today: 

Staging the kitchen - tv, toaster, toaster oven, Keurig, etc., hidden in my laundry room, and replaced with more stylish accessories: 

Setting the tables, which meant polishing silver (not yet in the photos):

And it looks like I need to get the iron out. Yuck.

Here is the best shot I've gotten of the kitchen in a while, seeing as I only have a phone to take photos on at the moment, and always forget to turn on the hall lights:

This one still needs silver, too, but you get the idea:

I'm still working on the family room, and the photo shoot tomorrow motivated me to actually work on it rather than just SAY I'm working on it.  Look what I found at Home Goods - this bench!!! It's actually the PERFECT color even though it doesn't quite look like it on the phone photos:

Oh, and then I decided after finally getting to my most recent edition of AD last night, featuring Victoria Hagan's own home, that I needed art just like hers in this photo:

So I took an old canvas that was in storage and painted this today.  I'm hoping I'll have time to get to Michael's and buy and spray paint a thin frame for it in the morning.  I think it needs a frame to make it pop against the wall color.  PS - I hate the gold table below (I posted about it a couple of weeks ago and you all were 50-50 on whether you liked it).  I'm returning it for a more substantial one at some point.  It took me a while to get there, because I was 50-50, too, and mostly wanted it because it was such a good deal. Sometimes I try to force things like that, and it NEVER works.

A closer up photo of the bench - it's actually pretty good quality and has great nail head detailing all the way around it:

And a close up of the painting.  It's much more blue/turquoise and less gray than in this photo:

I love cutting flowers short and using crystal glasses as vases.  How's that for a random thought :)

And finally, this is why I really think I'm crazy (for leaving everything to the last minute).  I've been meaning to get pillows for these chairs forever, but haven't been able to match the gray from the rug. So, I decided that instead, I'd do a fabric stripe like I have on the dining room chairs.  I got lucky and found the right color fabric today.  Now I have to find time in the next 1/2 a day to MAKE the stripes :)  

I'm just going to iron the panels and temporarily attach them with removable spray adhesive, and then go back and do a more permanent job later.  Maybe add some silver nail heads to the bottom, too.  Anyway, I think the fabric makes the room look interesting enough for the Houzz tour. And I love the pop of hot pink in the book in the background - I'm going to bring more of that color in with flowers tomorrow.


So that's my crazy day.  I actually think I had chest pains at one point.  And I haven't even gone upstairs yet to see what kind of shape the kids left their rooms in for me!  Wish me luck.... I'll need it.


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Dreaming Big (Again!!)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

First off, I know a few of you are not seeing images in your email subscription.  I have been told that this could be happening for a couple of reasons: (1) you need to click "Safe/Trusted Sender" or "Allow/Download Images" or the equivalent in your email programs; or (2) the post may be too long for some email providers (Earthlink comes to mind), so you have to click over.  This is an Earthlink or other email provider issue, and not one with Feedburner.  Which means I have no control over it - so sorry.  FYI - One subscriber unsubscribed and re-subscribed and the problem was corrected.  I hear Gmail has no problems (I recommend Gmail over Yahoo, etc.,  just based on personal usage).

Second, did you guys see this FREE custom monogram from For Chic's Sake?  It looks great as a printout, but I bet it could be cut out and used as a template for felt to monogram lampshades, like I did here.


Moving on, I was browsing around  at homes for sale in my old neighborhood (Washington DC) where we lived for 9 years.  There are three that I would buy in a heartbeat if I could.  Although each of them needs to be "warmed up" a little I think...but still pretty fabulous. Enjoy!

House #1:

House #2:

 House #3:


Do you like them, and have a favorite? I think #2 is my favorite.

As long as I dremaing, I might as well pretend I can buy every product that caught my eye today :)  
Click the images if you want to see the products:

This for my bedroom:

This for literally anywhere I can fit it:

And this for my guest room:

Thanks for reading!!

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