My House: Some Successes, And A Major Failure

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I've shown you this room before, but yesterday I was re-doing the trim on the curtains -- long story short, they didn't come out right the first time.

Anyway, I had the fabric laid out on the floor and my 7 year old daughter walked in, looked for a minute, and said "Mommy, you've sure been making a lot of curtains lately."  Long pause. Then she says "Maybe if you keep doing them you'll get good at them."

Out of the mouths of babes, right!?  She's a funny little thing all right!

On another note, I struck gold at Home Goods yesterday! Here are my finds:

 This candelabra - I love it.  It's one of my favorite things in the house now.  It's real Austrian crystal (not plastic!) and weighs about 15 pounds.  Gorgeous in person...nothing like a candelabra to glam up a room:

 This Moroccan pouf. I'm so glad Home Goods started carrying these, and am especially glad they they are good, real thick leather ones and not the junky copy cats. 
AND that they had one in the perfect color for me - it was fate:

(Oops - I just noticed that in the photo above the blankets on the white couch are folded the way the lady who helps me clean always does it - I don't usually have a black on the bottom and a blue on top :)

And these framed linen embroidery things for a hallway that needed an update:

And this cool silver table. I brought in a plant from outside. We'll see how it does over the winter.  This room is still under construction.

And I finally figured out this vignette. 
I showed you some of it before, but I just added the baskets under the table: 

And then the major FAIL: My friend and I decided this room needed some pink.  So she is going to help me make slipcovers for these chairs with a white base and then, get this, DETACHABLE stripes!! I wanted gray ones for every day, but then some pink for summer or if I just change my mind.  So I bought this pink fabric, thinking it would look awesome. It clearly doesn't. Not sure if it is too light, or if I just can't pull the trigger on pink in the living room.  I don't know. I need to think about it for a while. What do you guys think?  
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Black Lacquer: So Very Mary McDonald

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

 Can you think of black lacquer, or any lacquer for that matter, without immediately thinking of design goddess Mary McDonald?  I can't.  But this post is actually made up of images from other designers, only because I've showed you so much Mary McDonald and I wanted to show you other people's work.


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Design Crush: Rachael Reider

Monday, October 22, 2012

Rachel Reider is my newest design crush.  She is so versatile and talented.  And check out the orange bathroom walls with the hot pink flowers -- she's brave, too. I really admire that (and envy it a little).  Have you heard of her before?  I swear, sometimes I have my head stuck in the sand, so she may be really famous and I am just now "discovering her."  Either way, I hope you enjoy her work!

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My all time favorite manufacturer is back today - Currey and Company on Joss & Main!!
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