Do-it-yourself projects can be really daunting at times, can't they? Even if the steps of a project aren't particularly elaborate, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of supplies necessary to complete it. Well, today, I want to disprove the notion you've got to have millions of tools to get down to DIYing because...you don't. It's as simple as that.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Published in 1917, Alice Howard Harding's book The Book of the Peony captures the organic beauty of my favorite flower in a series color and black-and-white photographs that deserve to be framed like art and once you see these images, I think you'll agree.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Let's start musing inspiration for the transformation of these cool chairs, shall we?
Monday, March 25, 2013
Let me be the first to admit: I can't believe I'm writing about the stylish offerings from JC Penney because, truthfully, the store never had many products that appealed to me. Sure, I remember loving to study each page of their huge paper catalog as a kid, but that was a long time ago.
Yet, with a new visionary leader in Ron Johnson, the once-ugly duckling of a brand has emerged this spring like a swan. Only a few days into the spring, this season's goods are colorful, exciting, and attention-grabbing. We should take a look at them, no?
Friday, March 22, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
[Yep, that's a Paula Abdul reference; you're welcome.]
For Christmas, I received Ben Pentreath's book English Decoration and promptly began studying it. What appealed to me about the book was the English approach to interior design that Pentreath presents: imperfect, collected, aged, loved, layered.
Aren't those adjectives we'd all like to use about our own homes?
Examining the pictures inside, I noticed a running theme, a recurrent element appearing in many of the homes featured in the book: the use of rush matting as a rug or rug underpinning. Traditional rush matting or baskets, like grasscloth or linen, is a staple in decorating with texture (and a decorating staple in England, in particular). So why not learn a little more about it?
Monday, March 18, 2013
(Note: try not to get escorted from an auction in police custody, like Roger Thornhill)
I could have entitled this post ‘Everything You Wanted to Know about Auctions, But Were too Afraid to Raise Your Hand and Ask Because You Were Scared You Might Actually Bid on Something You Didn't Want” because, really, isn't that everyone’s fear with auctions?
Today, I thought it would be fun to share tips for a successful, stress-free auction experience and I’m not talking Ebay auctions; I mean the bidding-in-person-with-a-numbered-paddle-kind of auction. Since I was a child, I've been attending auctions and during that time I've gleaned a lot of knowledge that’s worth sharing, especially for those who want a good deal on antiques or first access to pieces without paying the retail markup. And remember, auctions aren't meant just for millionaires. We've all heard of Sotheby's or Christie's, but auctions can be a great venue for finding affordable treasures; after all, at auctions, the bidders name the price. I've walked away with furniture for $20, $10 and even $5! With that, let’s get into it.
Friday, March 15, 2013
All week, we've explored our new house and that brings us to the finished basement. Basements are not usually the most chic of spaces in any house, but our basement so exceeds my expectations already (even without boxes unpacked or books put away) that I can't wait to turn it into a place I'd be happy to show off.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In the ongoing saga known as "What I'm Workin' With" we are going to talk bathrooms today, friends. Brace yourselves because it might be a bumpy ride. We have 3 1/2 bathrooms in this house (with a possibility for another bathroom in the finished basement), so while they are not in a short supply the bathrooms each need some tweaking. Come see what I'm talking about.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
This week I'm taking you readers on a house tour full of "befores" in a series I'm calling "What I'm Workin' With". To fully appreciate the eventual "afters," you have to be subjected to the not-ready-for-primetime "befores", right? Most bloggers would cringe seeing these current photos without immediately sharing a jaw-dropping "after" but I'm keeping it real.
You've seen the kitchen, the living room, the den and the master bedroom; but today we're talking about the all-important first impression: the foyer. Foyers and entryways are the perfect place to introduce friends and family to the style of your home and, right now, our foyer doesn't offer much about us so why not start here?
Friday, March 8, 2013
All week I've been chattering about the living room like a little monkey. Well, enough of that. Today: it's all about the master bedroom. Let the post commence!
There comes a time when a "done" room needs to change, and that's how I feel about our master bedroom. With an abundance of light and space in our new room, I have the urge to go a little darker, moodier and a little more mature. Today, it's all about reimagining our master.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Are you tired of hearing about our living room yet? Well sorry, friends, you'll have to get used to it because it's the one space in our house that's getting a lot of my attention. Today, I thought it would be fun to chat about fabric choices for our tufted sofa.