Thursday, March 14, 2013

Painted Moldings... and a dream house.

There is a house that has been on my mind lately. It's a great house. A really great house. One with an amazing layout. A huge screened porch. A beautifully landscaped backyard. An incredible dining room. And huge bedrooms. Huge.
The foyer to this home has marble floors. Talk about first impressions.

Like this but a softer white with stronger green veining.
So really, nothing like this.

It is simply gorgeous. And... the only flooring I want to keep in the home. The rest is carpet and ceramic tile. I'm focusing on the positive. Marble.

The foyer is small but keeps popping up in my thoughts. {Mind you, I do not own this house, nor is it a project. But it is almost fully decorated in my head.} One thing I will surely do is paint the trim a color. Because, why does it have to be white?  

Source: Ellen on Pinterest

Source: viaBailey on Pinterest

I'm embracing a white wall, but for trim I would go with a shade like this..
Source: viaGeorgia on Pinterest

with this painting above a console-
And with two green sofas in the living room to the right to tie it all together.
See? Out of control.

What do you think about painted moldings? Do you always keep them white? Or treat them as accents for a room? Especially those of you who love a white wall.. Isn't this a little more fun?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Fine Art Friday: Photography

When I think about purchasing art for myself, I think about about long term. Will I still love this in 10 years.. 20 years. Maybe not as much as I do now, but will I be able to look at the piece and happily be reminded of a time in my life.
I like interesting art. Things that make you think or talk. Photography is one of favorite mediums. There are two incredible photographs on my wish list... ones that can hold their on in a room. Ones that I relate to and that make me think.
Available Framed at TurnRow Books, hint hint
This piece by Langdon Clay is gorgeous to me. Like any other child riding in the backseat of their parents car, I was always startled- but not scared- to see fields burning, and I can remember my father would explain the reasoning behind it. I can still smell it.

I went to a show at the Dixon in Memphis a few weeks ago and fell for this photograph. Who of my Memphis friends wouldn't know this dance floor?? Raiford's Hollywood Disco was a mere block and a half from my first apartment in the big city and I spent many a night dancing to Prince with a Forty in hand. The color and light are spot on- and I love the geometry of the whole piece.

Two totally different photographs. Day and Night, if you will. I think good art makes you think and makes you remember. Both of these do it for me.

So there you go. Enjoy your Friday. Check out some original art. Grab your camera and create.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Saturday Junk

One thing I love to do with a Saturday is to go exploring antique/ junk shops. There is just something about the ones around Greenwood that I love. There must be some real crazies around here with all the wild stuff I find. Which might not say much for me since I buy it. Regardless, it makes for a good Saturday, and luckily I have a friend who also loves to waste afternoons laughing about creepy Christmas tree angels.
I wasn't looking for anything in particular this trip, nor do I need anything extra for my current house. But I am always on the lookout for future project supplies or fun happies. Just a few things that caught my eye.. and wanted to come home with me.

Wow. That's fuzzy, sorry. I loved the lines on this piece.. it would work so well in that hard to fit space between doors. It had wonderful little pulls and the finish was in great condition.

Did you shudder at the fabric? It's pretty bad. But those lines are great! I want this so very badly. And I want it reupolstered- probably in something equally as loud or a pretty blue velvet. The price was ridiculous. Anyone need a loveseat???

This was the most wonderful needlepoint pillow backed with the softest dark green velvet. For once, I do not need pillows. Want, yes. Need, no. So it stayed at the shop. ......for now.

Could you imagine framing this handsome couple in a more modern frame, and them moving into your home? I thought about it more than once.

I did bring a few little goodies home. Normal ones.

 I have posted the pair of pillow that my mother made in home- ec... the teal and mustard.. so when I spotted this little emerald one, I knew it needed to join the party.

I went through a phase a year or so ago when I read my horoscope everyday. Then I realized what I was reading was dictating my day, so I stopped. I am an aries, and I truly do fit the bill. This little ram caught my eye years ago on a similar trip. It is an Avon bottle of perfume, I realized as I spilt it all over me that day. It stayed in the store, but I was so happy to see it this past week!

I loved this plate, so I got two. It reminds me of a very happy wallpaper I plan on using at some point in my life. But for now.. I have a $4 plate.

Any favorite antiquing travels in your future? Any great places near me I might not know about?
Are you still thinking about that loveseat???
I am. And my birthday is coming up.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Room Outside

One warm day around here, and I am dreaming about outside rooms and screened porches. I love being outside, though I hate a mosquito with all of my being. So screens are key in an outside space.
"Real" furniture makes an outside space an extension of your home. No more plastic chairs or wrought iron sets! I want to have a space that I can curl up and relax. These are a few of my favorites...

Those daybeds are calling for afternoon naps. I love the curtains too.

Such fun fabric! I might mix it up a little bit, but blue and white goes a long way with me.

The geometric framework is awesome. And while this is a little minimal for my taste, I love both of these pieces for their uniqueness. Why not have a crazy round birdcage?

There is not a piece in this space that you couldn't have inside your house. I love it. 
Accessorizing a porch or outside room is important too- This coming from the girl with an oil painting in her carport. Lamps, art, rugs all need to find a home, but make sure they are durable and definitely not priceless!

Another must- have on my imaginary porch?

This is where you will find me... 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I am ready for spring. I am over coats. Over running pants. Ready for flowers and crawfish and sitting outside. It has been a nice week though, and here are the things that are making me smile..

The boys rooms I have been working on for a few months are finally finished. All they were lacking were light fixtures but we are up and running now and I couldn't be happier.

I can't decide which one I like better! The rooms are so different from each other, but suit the boys to a tee.
We had a huge rain last night that I took as a good excuse to stay home, drink tea and read design books.

Do you have Big Easy Style by Bryan Batt? I have always been a fan of his store, Hazelnut, on Magazine Street.. and of course of his show, Mad Men. It is my new favorite book.. a happy souvenir from a New Orleans trip that is incredibly inspiring. Some of my favorite spaces with traditional mixed with something a little "off": 

Spring Fever also has me ready for new clothes.. especially this top.

and this bag... 

What's making you happy these days?Anything you are craving other than warmer weather?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Secretary Day

I am totally aware that it is Valentine's Day and not Secretary's day, but ever since I posted that lovely little Tory Birch S earlier this week, I have been thinking that A. eventually, it will be mine and B. where would I love to keep it?
One day I will have a beautiful antique secretary to fill with all of my odd loves.

I remember when my mother got hers. Now she has two and surely doesn't need both. I still love looking at the pretty things inside. {Look, don't touch}. I also love mixing the antique with the modern, of course, so images like this make me very happy.

Antiques and Lucite are made for each other.

Of course, the gorgeous pieces of Opaline are the perfect pops of color.
Other things I would put in my secretary with my lucite S?
Favorite books and a collection of other peoples' silver trophies.

Lovely pieces of art. 

And a small piece of taxidermy.
Too much crazy? Nah.
Happy Valentines.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 5 Tuesday

Whew. What a week. I've survived office changes, article deadlines, 13.1 miles of running!, and a quick trip to Memphis.  And other than the piece of king cake I have already had this morning, here are the 5 thing making me smile.. and giving me a case of the wants.

I'm loving these lucite letters from Tory Birch.. I have a vintage N from my sister- in- law but since I will be needing an S come May.. this one is calling my name :) It's not super tall though, so would fit great into a bookshelf.

I bought myself a super fabulous happy to congratulate myself on completing my first half- marathon. I have been a long time lover of Brave Design and the fabulous women behind it. They posted this necklace, and I KNEW it had to be mine! Follow them on Facebook.

I'm ready to move on from the black and white chevron rug in my dining room. It has had a good run, but since Frida sunbathes on it in the afternoons, it has also seen its day. 
While I know I should wait.. we also know I get super impatient. I would love to find something like this. 

I love a good gigantic piece of artwork, and I have a new John-Richard one in my sights. The colors are stunning.. and it is a showstopper at 8 feet tall.
And since anything snakeskin is good stuff in my book, I'm definitely loving these benches. 
Two tucked under my black console?? Yes, please and thank you. 

Have a great Mardi Gras!